New International Choral Festival, Kerkrade, The Netherlands, 13-15 June 2014

CantaRode International Choral Festival is a new ambitious choral festival that will be organized for the first time from June 13-15 2014. The city of Kerkrade well known as the City of Music aims to organize a music event every two years (Ascension), gathering choirs from all over the world to present their high level in choral music. Kerkrade is famous for its large variety of music festivals. The World Music Contest for bands is in Kerkrade every four years. Famous bands from all over the world come to make music. Every summer the Orlando Festival for chamber music takes place in Kerkrade. From this year the CantaRode International Choral Festival will be added to this list. For its first edition in June 2014, CantaRode welcomes its neighbours,Germany and Belgium. Among these guest choirs are also choirs from France, Morocco, India and Lebanon with a divers program. The concerts will take place in the medieval abbey of Rolduc and in the mainchurch in the centre of Kerkrade. CantaRode invites the locals to actively sing in an open-singing event. Apart from the high-quality music, the festival also focuses on the youngsters in a education program, CantaYoung, in cooperation with the Elementary (Music) Schools. In the 2nd edition next year, 14-18 May 2015, an International Competition will be added for the participating choirs who also have the opportunity to perform in the region of Kerkrade. In the future, CantaRode will organize workshops and master classes. All singers will be hosted at Rolduc Abbey, founded in the 12th century. The Rolduc Abbey merges the age-old tradition of monastic hospitality with contemporary service. The modest atmosphere of tranquillity makes Rolduc Abbey a unique and inspiring location for the participants of CantaRode.    more...

 

Musica Sacra International, Marktoberdorf, Germany, 6-11 June 2014

Established since 1992, Musica Sacra International - the musical encounter of world religions brings music from the five major world religions into the Allgäu region. The aim of the Festival is to further understanding for people from different backgrounds and in so doing provide a basis for future peace in the world. In each of the 15 concerts three ensembles from at least two different religious backgrounds perform together. For the audience as well as for the musicians these concerts become unique interreligious encounters in a musical spirit. This year 11 ensembles from 7 nations come to Marktoberdorf. Among those are e.g. the famous Calmus Ensemble Leipzig, Germany, Fayha Choir from Lebanon, Ensemble Rouh from Meknes, Morrocco, Subrata Manna and Ensemble from Kolkata, India and a Tibetan Ritual Ensemble from Rabten Choeling Monastery, Switzerland. Enjoy choirs and instrumental music ensembles performing together in concerts, serving in church services or in other events from June 6 - 11, 2014. Look forward to another particular moments and encounters and celebrate with us the 25th anniversary of the Marktoberdorf Whitsun Music Festivals (1989 - 2014).    more...