The Mozart Choral Festival is an annual celebration of the legacy of the 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It was a marvelous success last year, and this year, Dr. Scheibe invites you to join him in the 260th anniversary of Mozart’s birth between June 29-July 3, 2016 in the historic Salzburg Dom.
Mixed voices from a variety of backgrounds will harmonize for three days of rehearsals. These rehearsals are in preparation for a grand finale performance of Mozart’s Coronation Mass in C Major, which was originally debuted in the same venue hundreds of years ago. Mozart worked in the Dom in his early twenties as a concertmaster and court organist. He composed numerous works of sacred music for this very venue. Plus, he is easily the city’s most famous resident. As a teenager, Mozart was employed as a court musician by the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg. The young composer worked in many genres such as sonatas, serenades, symphonies, string quartets, and even several minor operas. Salzburg is a picturesque European city tucked in the heart of the Austrian countryside, and with beautiful music ringing from the Dom, the audience is guaranteed to feel like they’re in The Sound of Music.
Music director and choirmaster of the Salzburger Dom, Professor János Czifra, will share his pedestal with Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe. Prof. Czifra is a native of Hungary. He has directed music at the Salzburger Dom since 1989, organizing international events such as two papal visits and episcopal consecrations and jubilees. Dr. Scheibe’s is known for launching the careers of promising young composers. He also promotes international composers largely unknown in the United States. Together, they will spark a historic venue with vivacious energy.
For more information, visit ChorusAmerica.org.
For more photographs from last year’s event, check out Music Celebrations International Flickr stream.