Friday, May 29, 2009

UGA in Cremona

Enjoy the slideshow showcasing the Duomo di Cremona, local specialties, the choir on tour and singing at the Monteverdi Theatre, the Stradivarius Museum etc.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Milan sightseeing and a rustic welcome dinner Italian-style

The UGA Chamber Choir singers, friends and family explored Italy's fashion and design capital Milan both on their own and with local guide Esther today. Highlights included an inside visit of the Duomo, the Scala Museum and short recital in the lobby. After leaving the city, the group headed to the picturesque town of Nazzano where a welcome dinner awaited them at the Agriturismo Belvedere. Home-made quiche, pizza and a lemon risotto were served on the outside terrace and the choir thanked the cooks with an impromptu performance Monteverdi's "Cantate domino". Daniel E. commented on dinner: "Everything I had tonight was my favorite."

Milan sightseeing and a rustic welcome dinner Italian-style - PICTURES

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

UGA Chamber Choir arrived safe and sound in Italy

Just a quick note from the Incantato Italy Team: The 21 UGA Chamber Choir singers, friends and family who traveled as a group from Atlanta via Frankfurt to Milan on Lufthansa have arrived safely in Milan. Tour manager Stefania de la Rosa welcomed the group at the airport waving a Bulldogs' flag. They are now re-united with Dr. Andaya and the other tour participants that arrived independently. Together with Prof. Masciadri and some of his students, the travelers from Athens, GA are exploring Milan and Da Vinci's Last Supper in particular prior to continuing to their base for the next few days, the town of Salice Terme where a dinner is awaiting them at the hotel.
More updates, especially about the performances will follow in the days to come.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

In Italy, change is always for the better, especially when it comes to the concerts

We just received news that there has been a change in venue during the UGA Chamber Choir's special appearance for the Ultrapadum Festival because of an Italian political meeting. The Sale Comunale Polivalente is now needed for a political meeting and this results in a special upgrade to a prime concert venue.

The recital that was to be held in the Sala Comunale in Vigguzolo is now relocated to the Oratorio Di San Francesco in the charming town of Pontecurone at 6 pm on Saturday, May 30. The Festival Director confirmed advised us of the venue change on Tuesday and also mentioned how happy your local contact, Prof. Masciadri is with this change as he is familiar with this venue already. And we are sure you will like singing in this beautiful church too!

The Oratorio Di San Francesco was built in the early 17th century and contains the original choir stalls still. It holds up to 100 people and with over 300 invitations being sent out - and now in a revised version - the UGA Chamber Choir may well be performing to a full house in the opening concert for this unique international choral festival in the Pavia region of Italy.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Safe travels - and remember to stay hydrated

We wish all the members of the 2009 UGA Performance Tour to Italy a very safe journey as you travel to Italy on Lufthansa. A busy day in Milan awaits you upon arrival, and it is very summery in the city with temperatures between 80-95 degrees Fahrenheit. Remember to drink plenty of water, both on and off the plane as staying hydrated is not only good for your voice, but also your overall well-being. Arriverderci in bella Italia.

Friday, May 22, 2009

The UGA Italy Tour Poster & Concert Postcard

"Musica oltre i confini" is the theme for the 2009 UGA Chamber Choir Italy Performance Tour. Incantato Tour proudly presents the custom-designed poster for the highlight concert as part of the Ultrapadum Festival.
Our graphic designer, Mrs. Marti Naughton drew her inspiration from the University of Georgia school colors red and black as well as the musical theme chosen by Dr. Mitos Andaya, the director of the UGA Chamber Choir.

On the right are the front and back of the UGA Concert Postcard which highlights all performances arranged by Incantato and serves both as a marketing tool while on tour, but also as a memory keepsakes for the singers, the organization they represent and the members in the audiences.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

UGA Chamber Choir sings in beautiful cathedrals and churches during the 2009 Italy Performance Tour

The UGA Chamber Choir under the direction of Dr. Mitos Andaya will be performing in both major cathedrals and off-the-beaten path gems. Here is an overview of the performance venues for the 2009 Italy Tour.

May 30th at 6:00PM Reception and Recital as part of the opening ceremony for the Ultrapadum Festival at Oratorio di San Francesco in the charming town of Pontecurone

May 30th at 9:15PM Ultrapadum Festival First international concert at San Michele Arcangelo Church in Montú Beccaria

May 31st at 6:45PM High Mass at St. Mark's Basilica

June 2nd at 6:00PM High Mass and Recital at Florence Duomo

June 4th at 5:00PM High Mass at St. Peter's Basilica followed by a private visit of the Vatican Museums and highlight recital in the Sistine Chapel

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

UGA Concert Venue on Saturday, May 30: San Michele Arcangelo

The Church of Montacuto, today called Montù Beccaria, was erected in honor of St. Michael the Archangel (San Michele Arcangelo) in August 1303 by Pope Boniface VIII, as declared in the will of Count Manfredi Beccaria. The building features numerous architectural styles ranging from Medieval to Baroque. The church seats about 300 people and is known as a prime concert venue in the Pavia region of Lombardia. San Michele Arcangelo is located in a beautiful yet rather unknown area of Italy. At Incantato, we encourage the fine choirs traveling with us to step off the beaten path for a full immersion into the local culture.