Music Celebrations International (MCI) would like to invite your choir to perform in the Beethoven 250 Choral Festival in Vienna as part of Beethoven’s 250th Birthday Celebration. The festival will take place June 9 – 13, 2020 under the artistic direction of Marc Foster, Music Department Chair and Director of Choral Activities at High Point University. Select choirs will be featured in performance in Vienna’s historic St. Stephen’s Cathedral. All participating choirs are selected by application process through MCI.

 

MCI is pleased to announce that a world premiere, a commissioned work by Dan Forrest, will be included in the repertoire of the 2020 Beethoven Choral Festival in Vienna, Austria.  Dan Forrest is one of America’s foremost choral composers whose recent works such as Requiem for the LivingJubilate Deo and Lux:  the Dawn from on High have received rave critical reviews and have been performed extensively throughout the world.   The commissioned work will use motifs from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony to create a modern “remix” of this monumental piece, and will be performed with orchestra and 300+ voices in St. Stephens Cathedral on June 12, 2020.

 

Vienna, affectionately known as the “Capital of Classical Music”, holds a special place in the hearts of musicians as it was here where composers like Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, and Beethoven established their musical careers. Beethoven said of this city, “Perhaps heaven will permit me not to have to give up Vienna as my permanent abode.” Countless other composers and musicians have at one point called Vienna home as it has continued to embrace its musical tradition and propel classical music into the present day and future.

 

Austria is so steeped in music that musicians the world over consider a performance tour here as a musical pilgrimage to the cradle of Western Civilization’s musical heritage. To combine performances in exciting and historical venues with on-the-spot exposure to the music of the Masters is an enriching musical and educational experience.

Dr. Marc Foster, Artistic Director

Dr. Marc Ashley Foster is Chair of the Department of Music and Director of Choral Activities at High Point University (HPU). In his nine years at HPU, Dr. Foster has overseen a significant expansion of the Department of Music, with the addition of 23 new music faculty, 90 music majors/minors, 133 students singing in choirs, 13 new instrumental ensembles, and over 375 students in private lessons. Dr. Foster has taught at the University of Texas at Arlington in Arlington, Texas and Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi and comes to High Point after serving as the Director of Worship Arts Ministries at Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church in Jackson, Mississippi and as the Artistic Director of the Mississippi Chorus.

St. Stephen’s Cathedral

Built in 1147, this massive Romanesque-Gothic cathedral is the home of the Archdiocese of Vienna and the national symbol of Austria. The resonant and specious interior make this venue ideal for performances. Home to the largest church bell in Austria, Beethoven first discovered his deafness here after seeing, but not hearing the tolling bells.

Itinerary

Day One: Monday, June 8, 2020

  • Depart via scheduled air service to Vienna, Austria

 

Day Two: Tuesday, June 9

  • Arrive in Vienna
  • Meet your MCI Tour Manager, who will assist the group to awaiting chartered motorcoach
  • Stop at Vienna’s Central Cemetery to visit the grave sites of Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Strauß, and to see the Mozart Memorial
  • Next, enjoy a panoramic tour of Vienna’s highlights
  • Late afternoon hotel check-in
  • Evening Welcome Dinner included, and overnight

 

Day Three: Wednesday, June 10

  • Breakfast included at the hotel
  • Half-day guided tour of Historical Vienna includes the Ringstráße, Imperial Palace, State Opera, Town Hall, Burgkapelle (home of the Vienna Boys Choir), Palace Stables, Strauß Monument, and entrance to Schönbrunn Palace, built by the Hapsburgs in imitation of Versailles
  • Lunch, on own
  • Afternoon Rehearsal*
  • Evening dinner included, and overnight

 

Day Four: Thursday, June 11

  • Breakfast included at the hotel
  • Morning Rehearsal*
  • Half-day guided tour of Musical Vienna includes entrance to the Haus der Musik (House of Music), a modern interactive sound museum located in the historic city center. This tour also includes the Museum of the Vienna Philharmonic, which is part of the House of Music
  • Lunch, on own
  • Afternoon Rehearsal*
  • Evening dinner included, and overnight

 

Day Five: Friday, June 12

  • Breakfast included at the hotel
  • Morning visit to the Kahlenberg located in the Vienna Woods to see the Beethoven trail. Also visit (entrance included) to the Beethoven Heiligenstadt apartment
  • Lunch, on own
  • Afternoon Dress Rehearsal*
  • Evening Beethoven Choral Festival Concert in St. Stephen’s Cathedral*
  • Evening dinner included, and overnight

 

Day Six: Saturday, June 13

  • Breakfast included at the hotel, followed by check-out
  • Transfer to the Vienna Airport for return flight home

Itinerary Extensions

7 Nights / 9 Days

3 Nights in Prague
4 Nights in Vienna

8 Nights / 10 Days

2 Nights in Prague
4 Nights in Vienna|
1 Night in Salzburg
1 Night in Munich

7 Nights / 9 Days

4 Nights in Vienna|
2 Nights in Salzburg
1 Night in Munich

Complete this form or contact info@musiccelebrations.com for more details!