June 27—July 1, 2012

                       Artistic Directors
                       Dr. William Skoog
                       Prof. János Czifra

                       Featuring Mozart’s
                         Missa Solemnis
                            C Major
         The Setting
The City
Salzburg, Austria
SALZBURG, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997, is the capital of the federal state of Salzburg, and the
fourth-largest city in Austria. Its most famous historical resident is, by far, the 18th-century composer Wolfgang
Amadeus Mozart. The name Salzburg literally means "Salt Castle," which refers to the heavy salt trade going through
the city during the 17th and 18th centuries.

                                                                                        The Festival
 Music Celebrations International is pleased to present the MOZART INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL,
   June 27—July 1, 2012. The festival will feature a large festival chorus under the direction of Dr. William Skoog,
   performing an eclectic selection of American and Western Classical works, as well as Mozart. Prof. János Czifra
        will conduct Mozart’s great masterpiece, Missa Solemnis in C Major, K. 337, accompanied by the Salzburger
 Domorchester. While employed in Salzburg, Mozart composed many of his great works, including a dozen masses
 and five violin concertos. And even after he escaped to Vienna — and was free to write whatever he wanted — he
                          began work on another religious work — the great C Minor Mass, with its stunning Kyrie.

    In his early years, Mozart was employed as a court musician by the ruler of Salzburg. During this time, the com-
 poser had the opportunity to work in many genres, including symphonies, sonatas, string quartets, serenades, and a
  few minor operas. On January 27, 2006, the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth, all 35 churches of Salzburg rang
       their bells to celebrate the occasion. Major celebrations took place throughout the year, including the original
                                                                                 Mozart International Choral Festival.

The Venue
Salzburg Cathedral
The SALZBURG CATHEDRAL, a 17th century baroque masterpiece, was the site where Mozart was baptized, and
where he also served as the cathedral organist for two years while he was a teenager. Inside, the cathedral’s brightly
lit dome is painted with scenes of the Passion in soft blues and rust hues. In 1944, an Allied bomb hit the dome and
destroyed part of the chancel. Once the necessary repairs had been completed, the Cathedral was consecrated again
in 1959.

                                                                               The Organizers
                                                                Music Celebrations International
            MUSIC CELEBRATIONS INTERNATIONAL (MCI) provides unique performance and educational
                                                                               opportunities to performing groups.
 MCI has produced outstanding instrumental and choral festivals in Canterbury, Lincoln, Wells and York, England;
  in Oberammergau, Germany; in Innsbruck, Salzburg and Vienna, Austria; in Lucerne, Switzerland; in Beijing and
   Tianjin, The Peoples Republic of China; in New York City, New York; in Washington, D.C.; and in Jamestown,
                                                                  Virginia as part of America’s 400th Anniversary.
                           WILLIAM SKOOG is Professor of Music, Chair of the Depart-
                           ment of Music, and Director of Choral Studies at Rhodes College.

                           Choral ensembles under his direction have distinguished themselves
                           at OCDA, OMEA, ACDA and MENC conference performances,
                           have performed at special events honoring William F. Buckley Jr.,
                           and Generals Colin Powell and Norman Schwartzkopf.

                           Dr. Skoog has conducted various university choirs with the Toledo
                           Symphony (OH), the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra (IN), the
                           Elkhart Symphony and Chorus (IN), the Prague Radio Symphony
                           Orchestra, and the Moravian Symphony Orchestra. He served as a
                           featured artistic director and conductor of the distinguished Lucerne
                           Choral Festival, Switzerland, in 2008, conducing 11 choirs from
                           throughout the United States with the Santa Maria Orchestra from
                           Lucerne. He has conducted European premieres of works by Dave
                           Brubeck, and has prepared choruses for Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Edvard
                           Tchivzhel, Stephan Sanderling, and Giordano Bellincampi.

Dr. William Skoog
Choral Studies Director, Rhodes College

                                                   Prof. János Czifra
Artistic Directors

                                      Domkapellmeister, Salzburger Dom
                                                         Born in Hungary, JÁNOS CZIFRA has
                                                     been the director of music of the Salzburg
                                                      Dom since 1989. Apart from his liturgical
                                                     services, Czifra has arranged the music for
                                                    the choir and the orchestra of the cathedral
                                                        for internationally recognized big events
                                                       such as the visit of the Pope to Salzburg,
                                                       Episcopal consecration and jubilees, and
                                                     festivals of sacred music and symposiums.

                                                       Numerous concert tours led János Czifra
                                                         and the Cathedral Choir to the USA, to
                                                     Japan and to various European cities. Due
                                                       to his international reputation, Czifra has
                                                         repeatedly been invited as conductor or
                                                   juror in Europe and overseas. In 2002 Janos
                                                          Czifra was admitted into the European
                                                          Academy of Science and Arts and thus
                                                      given the title "Professor.” It is personally
                                                     highly important for him to work together
                                                                 with musical guests in Salzburg.
Festival Itinerary & Tour Extension Options
 Festival Itinerary
 4 nights ~ Salzburg

 Arrival at Munich International Airport. Participants are met by Music Celebrations staff and board their awaiting motorcoaches.
 Transfer to Salzburg, Austria and check into hotel. Dinner at a local restaurant. Evening free at leisure.
 THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2012
 Morning guided tour of Salzburg including Mirabel Palace & Gardens, Mozart Square, the Dom (Cathedral), University Church, the
 Mozarthaus, and a cable car ride up to the Hohensalzburg Fortress. Festival Welcome Lunch and Introductions. Afternoon festival chorus re-
 hearsal. Dinner, on own. Evening festival chorus rehearsal.
 FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2012
 Morning at leisure. Afternoon festival chorus rehearsal. Dinner at a local restaurant. Evening festival chorus Dress Rehearsal.
 SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2012
 Morning tour of Hellbrunn Schloß. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner, on own. Evening Festival Finale Concert.
 SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2012
 For choirs extending their tour: Sing/participate in Mass at the Salzburg Dom . Continue on with extension tour.
 For choirs returning home after the festival: Transfer to Munich International Airport for return flight home.

MUSIC CELEBRATIONS knows that many choirs will want to spend time exploring Europe after the festival. MCI is able to help bal-
anced choirs perform in stand-alone concerts as part of the American Celebration of Music in Europe. The following are suggestions of
post-festival extensions to consider. MCI is happy to create a completely customized tour for you and your choir per your request.

 Tour #2 ~ Extension to Vienna
 6 nights ~ Salzburg & Vienna
Following the festival, transfer to Vienna via Melk, with a short recital in the Abbey. Tour musical and historical Vienna.
Evening Concert in Vienna. Farewell dinner.

 Tour #3 ~ Extension to Vienna & Prague
 9 nights ~ Salzburg, Vienna & Prague
Transfer to Vienna. Tour musical and historical Vienna. Evening Concert in Vienna. Transfer to Prague. Evening concert in Prague.
Take a half-day guided tour of Terezin (the infamous Nazi concentration camp for children). Return to Prague for farewell dinner.

 Tour #4 ~ Extension to Vienna, Eisenstadt & Budapest
9 nights ~ Salzburg, Vienna, Eisenstadt & Budapest
Transfer to Vienna. Tour musical and historical Vienna. Evening Concert in Vienna. Transfer to Budapest via Eisenstadt, and visit the
famous Esterhazy Palace. Take a tour of Budapest. Evening concert in Budapest. Take a day trip to the Hungarian Puzsta. Return to
Budapest for farewell dinner.

 Tour #5 ~ Extension to Heidelburg, Reims & Paris
 9 nights ~ Salzburg, Heidelburg, Reims & Paris
Transfer to Heidelberg. Take a half-day tour of Germany's oldest university town. Evening Concert in Heidelberg. Transfer to Paris
via Reims to visit the Cathedral of Notre-Dame. Take a half-day guided tour of Paris historique. Morning concert in Notre-Dame
Cathedral. Enjoy a half-day tour of Paris artistique. Farewell dinner.

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