Dr. Eric Stark
June 2014

Join me in Italy

   Italy - Rome, St Peter's Basilica

Italy with Eric Stark - June 2014

Chamber Choirs - invitation to perform Vivaldi's Gloria - Tour Italy, Individual performances, Combined Festival concert, Sing Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, Options to extend to Florence/Venice

Thank you for your interest in the 2014 Chamber Choir Festival in Rome, Italy, featuring Antonio Vivaldi’s exuberant “Gloria” for orchestra and chorus! Our festival brings together one of the greatest works ever in one of the world’s most magnificent cities for a cultural and performance experience second to none. I look forward to sharing this unforgettable opportunity with you and your singers! 

Why a “Chamber Choir Festival”? Often, the opportunity to sing a major work for chorus and orchestra is only available to large groups. However, we know that some of the very best school and community choruses around are smaller, often numbering 60 or less. For example, you may be a part of a group that performs madrigals, part songs or even vocal jazz. The highly talented and dedicated members in these groups make it possible to sing advanced repertoire with fewer voices. 

While our festival is open to groups of ANY size, we hope our plans will be especially attractive to chamber-sized groups, who might even take the opportunity to perform some or all the Vivaldi “Gloria” in your own venue before coming to Italy for the festival. (The first two movements make a brilliant choice for your holiday concerts!!) 

The genius of the composer’s composition is that the Vivaldi “Gloria” is a major work that can be performed with far less than 100 voices, depending on the circumstances. 

We hope our festival, culminating in June, 2014 in one of the world’s most culturally and history rich cities, Rome, can be an exciting part of your 2013-2014 programming. Working on this amazing repertoire, perhaps even performing it at home with your own ensembles, will reward your singers with the wonderful exposure to the majestic sounds of voices combined with instruments, in one of the most timeless and thrilling works of all time. 

I look forward to seeing you in Rome! 

- Dr. Eric Stark, Festival Director