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The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Tours Home and Abroad
The Philadelphia Orchestra Asia Anniversary Tour
The Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas and Alondra de la Parra Mexico Tour and Latin Grammys
London Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev Invite the Choral Arts Society of Washington for Mahler's 8th Symphony
The Cascade Youth Orchestra Cruises on Home from Scandinavia
The Pacific BoyChoir Takes On a 17 Day-8 Concert Tour to Argentina
Minnesota Orchestra Wows New York
4 Triumphant Tours to Italy
Italy Applauds the Children's Chorus of Washington
Melodia! South American Music Festival an Absolute Success!
2008 Rhapsody! International Music Festival a Hit!
Summer 2009 is the Inaugural Ihlombe! South African Choral Festival
The Young People's Chorus of NYC and the University Glee Club of NYC Engage Canada
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and "Genius" Violinist Captivate Chicago
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Astounds Asia
Russia Rejoices the Hong Kong Children's Choir
South Africa Celebrates Florida's Singing Sons BoyChoir
Northwestern College Returns from Australia
Home, Health and Heart: Yale Dominican Republic Service Tour
The University of Manitoba Singers Return from a Successful Tour to Argentina
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra SELLS OUT Carnegie Hall & the Kennedy Center with Leonard Bernstein's "Mass"
2008 Rhapsody! International Music Festival a Hit!
4 Great Choirs Join Forces for Finale Concert in Smetana Hall

2008 was a great year for the Rhapsody! International Music Festival. Four fabulous choirs traveled and performed against the magnificent backdrops of Vienna, Salzburg and Prague. The choirs rehearsed and performed under the direction of the illustrious choral director Francisco Nez. Between the rehearsals, concerts, sightseeing, and cultural exchanges with local choirs abroad, this festival is always a delight to our participants. The choirs joined forces with the exceptional Czech orchestra Virtuosi Di Praga at the glorious Smetana Hall in Prague. Directed by Francisco Nez, the combined choirs and orchestra performed works by Bernstein, Delibes, Fazel, Jenkins, Nez and Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Participating Choirs:

The Colburn Children's Choir, directed by Mikhail Shtangrud
The Kalamazoo Children's Chorus, directed by Fred Sang
The Minnetonka Chamber Choir, directed by Roger Satrang Hoel
The Young People's Chorus of New York City, directed by Francisco Nez

Audiences deeply treasured and applauded the individual choir's concerts, held in such acclaimed venues as St. Andr Church in Salzburg, Beethoven Hall in Vienna and St. Nicholas Church in Prague. The choirs were invited to be a part of mass at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna and St. Vitus' Cathedral in Prague. As a grand finale for the Festival, the combined choirs had the privilege to sing at the colossal Smetana Hall in Prague. With a total of 6 concerts throughout the Festival, the choirs had plenty of occasions to display their wonderful talents and repertoire.


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