Friday, February 18, 2011

Fullerton College Concert Choir Tour Flight Schedule

Those of you who chose the air-land package will be flying the friendly skies on the long-hauls with one of the world's premier airlines, Air Berlin, on the 2011 Fullerton College Concert Choir performance tour to Germany and Austria. For more information on your on board experience, please visit the Air Berlin website.

Departure for Europe:
Saturday, July 2, 2011
AIR BERLIN flight AB7431 leaves LOS ANGELES (LAX) at 6:10PM
Arrives in DUESSELDORF (DUS) at 1:50PM on Sunday, July 3, 2011

Return to USA:
Tuesday, July 14, 2011
AIR BERLIN flight AB8241 leaves VIENNA (VIE) at 10:55AM
Arrives in DUESSELDORF (DUS) at 12:25PM
AIR BERLIN flight AB7430 leaves DUESSELDORF (DUS) at 1:25PM
Arrives in LOS ANGELES (LAX) at 4:10PM

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Meet the Fullerton College Concert Choir and their Director, Mr. John Tebay

Fullerton College Concert Choir, of Fullerton, California, USA, is under the direction of Mr. John Tebay, who has conducted the choir since 1985. The 110-voice ensemble has performed throughout the western United States, the Pacific Northwest, the East Coast, Canada, Mainland China, the United Kingdom, and Italy. They have been a featured choir at American Choral Director’s Association conventions. They have also competed at the International Eisteddfod Music Festival Competition in Wales, the Seghizzi International Choral Competition in Gorizia, Italy, and the California International Choral Competition in San Luis Obispo, California, USA.

Mr. John Tebay began his career in 1981 as the choral director at El Dorado High School in Placentia, California, USA. He has been director of choral studies at Fullerton College in Southern California, USA, since 1985. During that time he has conducted the 110-voice Concert Choir, the Chamber Singers, the Collegiate Chorale, the Men’s Chorale, the Women’s Chorale, the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and the song and dance troupe, Bravo. Mr. Tebay’s choirs have performed throughout the United States, Canada, China, the UK, and Italy. Mr. Tebay has conducted honor choirs throughout California including the Coastal and Central Regional Honor Choirs for California ACDA. He is in demand throughout the state as a guest conductor, choral adjudicator, and clinician. John lives in Southern California with his wife, Debby Tebay, and their four children.

Fullerton College Concert Choir - Performance Tour Repertoire

The Fullerton College Concert Choir will present selections from the following repertoire during their upcoming performance tour of Germany and Austria:

Title – Composer – Genre

Rorate Coeli - Jacobus Handl – Renaissance

Exultate Deo – Palestrina - Renaissance

Gloria – Hyun Woo – Contemporary

Ergebung – Hugo Wolf - Romantic

Achieved is the Glorious Work, from The Creation – Franz Joseph Haydn – Classical

O Magnum Mysterium – Francis Poulenc - Romantic/Contemporary

Miserere mei Dei – Alegri - Renaissance

The Lord is the Everlasting God – Richard Nelson - Contemporary

I Want Jesus to Walk With Me – Arr. Ken Berg - Traditional Spiritual  

Way Over in Beulah Lan’ – Arr. Stacey Gibbs - Traditional Spiritual 

Glory to His Name – Arr. John Tebay - Traditional Gospel 

God is Seen – Arr. Alice Parker - American Folk Hymn 

I’m Goin’ Away – Arr. Mac Wilberg - American Folk Song 

Shenandoah – Arr. Mac Wilberg - American Folk Song 

Drive – Bobby McFerrin - American Pop/Jazz Song 

Fly Like and Eagle – Steve Miller - American Pop/Jazz Song 

A New World – Jason Robert Brown - American Musical Theatre

Welcome to Germany!

Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is located in Central Europe. The North Sea, Denmark, and the Baltic Sea border Germany to the north; Poland and the Czech Republic lay on the eastern border; Austria and Switzerland border on the south, and France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Netherlands on the east. Germany hosts the largest population in all of Europe.
Historically nicknamed Das Land der Dichter und Denker, “The Land of Poets and Thinkers,” GermanyGermany’s history has been shaped by major intellectual and popular European trends of both religious and secular influence. The strength of German culture has produced such historical figures as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, novelist Franz Kafka, and poet Paul Celan. boasts an exorbitant array of scholarly culture.
Germany’s sixteen states offer 240 subsidized theaters, hundreds of symphony orchestras, thousands of museums, and over 25,000 public libraries. The abundance of culture attracts throngs of tourists each year, resulting in an annual average of 91 million museum visits, 20 million theater and opera attendees, and 3.6 million symphony concert-goers.
Germany claims many of the world’s most renowned classical music composers, including Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, and Richard Wagner. Since 2006, Germany has been recognized as the fifth largest music market in the world, influencing pop and rock artists such as Tokio Hotel, Kraftwerk, Scorpions, and Rammstein.
A popular German saying translates to “breakfast like an emperor, lunch like a king, and dine like a beggar.” German cuisine varies according to region. The southern areas of the nation share a culinary culture with Switzerland and Austria. Pork, beef, and poultry are the main source of protein consumption. Meat is often eaten in sausage form. Germany produces more than 1,500 varieties of sausage. 
With Germany's newly established comprehensive system of social security, the country continues to develop a very desirable higher standard of living. Germany holds a key position in European affairs as the government strives to perpetually strengthen international relations. Germany is recognized as a leader in many scientific and technological advancements. 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Incantato Impressions: Munich

Fun Facts About Munich

  • The Bavarian city is called "Minga" in the Austro-Bavarian slang.
  • Its native name, "München", is derived from the German word "Mönche", meaning "Monks".
  • The park called "Englischer Garten", close to the city centre, is larger than Central Park in New York.
  • Best known for the largest beergarden in the town is the former royal "Hirschgarten", founded in 1780 for deer which still live there.
  • On October 16, 2009, the International Olympic Committee has listed Munich as one of the three Applicant Cities for 2018 Winter Olympic Games, with Annecy (France), and Pyeongchang (South Korea). If chosen, Munich will be the first city to host both the Summer (1972) and Winter Olympic Games.
  • The "Deutsches Museum" or "German Museum", located on an island in the River Isar, is one of the oldest and largest science museums in the world.
  • Munich has played host to many prominent composers including Orlando di Lasso, W.A. Mozart, Carl Maria von Weber, Richard Wagner, Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Max Reger and Carl Orff. With the music festival "Biennale", the city still contributes to modern music theatre.
  • In 2010 the famous beer festival "Oktoberfest" celebrated its 200 year anniversary.
  • The "Weißwürste" (white sausages) are a Munich speciality. Traditionally eaten only before 12:00 noon - a tradition dating to a time before refrigerators - these morsels are often served with sweet mustard and pretzels.
  • For its urban population of 2.6 million people, Munich and its closest suburbs have one of the most comprehensive and punctual systems in the world. The Munich Tramway is the oldest existing public transportation system in the city, which has been in operation since 1876.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Welcome to Austria!

The Republic of Austria is a landlocked country of approximately 8.3 million citizens located in Central Europe. The country is bordered by Germany and the Czech Republic to the north, Slovakia and Hungary to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west. Austria’s territory spans 32, 377 square miles of temperate and alpine climate, about twice the size of Switzerland and just slightly smaller than the state of Maine. Due to the presence of the Alps, the majority of Austria’s terrain is mountainous with only thirty-two percent of the land lying below 1,640 feet. The country’s highest point, Mount Grossglockner, stands at 12,457 feet. Although the majority of the Austrian population speaks German, the country’s official language, other common languages include Croatian, Hungarian, and Slovene. Austria’s history dates back to approximately 15 BC during the Roman Empire when a Celtic Kingdom was conquered by the Romans and later became the Roman Province of Noricum. The Frankish King Charlemagne later conquered the area in AD 788 and introduced Christianity to the population. Austria ultimately became one of the great powers of Europe under the Habsburg Dynasty, and in 1867 the Austrian Empire was reformed to become Austria-Hungary. The Austro-Hungarian Empire collapsed in 1918 with the end of World War I, following which the First Austrian Republic was established in 1919. Nazi Germany occupied Austria from 1938 until the end of World War II in 1945, after which Austria was occupied by allied forces and its former democratic constitution reinstated. The occupation finally ended in 1955 with the signing of the Austrian State Treaty, re-establishing Austria as a sovereign state. That same year, the Austrian Parliament introduced the Declaration of Neutrality, declaring the country permanently neutral. Presently Austria is a parliamentary representative democracy comprised of nine federal states. Vienna, Austria’s largest city with a population exceeding 1.6 million, serves as the nation’s official capital. Currently one of the richest countries in the world, Austria has developed a high standard of living and was ranked 25th in the world in 2010 on the Human Development Index. Austria has served as a member of the United Nations since 1955, the European Union since 1995, and is a founder of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. 

Incantato Tour Sight: Frauenkirche in Munich

The Frauenkirche is a church in the Bavarian city of Munich that serves as the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising and seat of its Archbishop. It is a landmark and is considered a symbol of the Bavarian capital city. The church towers are widely visible because of local height limits. The city administration prohibits buildings with a height exceeding 109 metres (358 ft) in the city center. Since November 2004, this prohibition has been provisionally extended outward and as a result, no buildings may be built in the city over the aforementioned height. The south tower is open to those wishing to climb the stairs and offers a unique view of Munich and the nearby Alps.
The cathedral, which replaced an older romanesque church built in the 12th century, was commissioned by Duke Sigismund and erected by Jörg von Halsbach. For financial reasons and due to the lack of a nearby stone pit, brick was chosen as building material. Construction began in 1468. Since the cash resources were exhausted in 1479 Pope Sixtus IV granted an indulgence. The two towers were completed in 1488 and the church was consecrated in 1494. However, the building's famous domes atop each tower were not added until 1525. Their design was modelled on the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, which in turn took a lead from late Byzantine architecture. The cathedral suffered severe damage during World War II — the roof collapsed and one of the towers suffered severe damage. A major restoration began after the war and was carried out in several stages, it was completed in 1994.

Incantato Tour Sight: Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle (German: Schloss Neuschwanstein) is a 19th-century Gothic Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as an homage to Richard Wagner. The palace was intended as a personal refuge for the reclusive king, but it was opened to the paying public immediately after his death in 1886. Since then over 60 million people have visited Neuschwanstein Castle. More than 1.3 million people visit annually, with up to 6,000 per day in the summer. The palace has appeared prominently in several movies and was the inspiration for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle. For more information, please see the following website:

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Potential performance venue: Salzburg Cathedral

Located in Sazlburg, Austria, where the Residenzplatz flows into the Domplatz, the Salzburg Cathedral (Domkirche Saint Rupert) is renowned for its harmonious Baroque architecture and 4,000-pipe organ. It also contains the medieval font in which Mozart was baptized.
The original Romanesque cathedral burnt down in 1598. Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich commissioned for a grand new cathedral to be built in its place, reaffirming Salzburg’s commitment to Catholicism during the Reformation. However, Dietrich’s overthrow prevented the completion of the project, and the present cathedral was completed by Archbishop Markus Sittikus Count Hohenems and consecrated by Archbishop Paris Count Lodron in 1628.
The cathedral’s plaza, a complete aesthetic conceptualization, is considered one of Salzburg’s most beautiful landmarks. The Virgin’s Column, a 1771 statue of the Virgin Mary rises in the center. Recognized by many as the most perfect Renaissance building in the German-speaking countries, Salzburg Cathedral is adorned with a marble façade, twin west towers topped with large green-roofed domes, and bronze doors illustrating the themes of faith, hope, and love.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who was baptized in the cathedral, served as the organist there from 1779 to 1781. Some of his compositions, including the Coronation Mass, were written for the cathedral, and many of his works premiered there.

Photos courtesy of the Salzburg Tourism Board.

Fullerton College Concert Choir to perform at Singkreis Porcia Choir Competition in Spittal, Austria - July 7 through 10

The Fullerton College Concert Choir will perform and compete at the 48th annual Singkreis Porcia Choir Competition at Schloss Porcia in Spittal an der Drau, Carinthia, Austria from July 7 through 10, 2011.

The Singkreis Porcia, or “singing circle of Porcia,” was founded in 1956. While none of the choir members, who are all residents of the communities of Upper Carinthia, are professional musicians, they have all received some form of musical training. The ensemble is now one of the most well recognized choral ensembles in the country, having toured throughout the world, participated in prestigious festivals, and been featured on national and international radio and television stations. In 1964, the Singkreis Porcia began their international choir competition to promote international choral studies and performance through financial awards.
The 2011 Singkreis Porcia Choir Competition features choirs from throughout the world, including ensembles from Denmark, Germany, Indonesia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, the United States of America, and Austria. This year’s competition, which will take place at Schloss Porcia (Porcia Castle) is sponsored by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, the Arts, and Culture, the Regional Government of Carinthia, Austrian Radio, the Cultural Department of the Municipality of Spittal an der Drau, and Singkreis Porcia.
Schloss Porcia stands in the town of Spittal an der Drau in the Austrian state of Carinthia and is hailed as one of the most significant Renaissance buildings in Austria. Construction of the castle began in 1533, commissioned by Archduke Ferdinand I of Habsburg, although he never had the opportunity to live here as the structure was not completed until 1598. In 1918 the Porcia family sold the castle, and in 1951 it officially became the property of the municipality of Spittal. The castle’s famous inner arcaded court houses several Lombard-Italian sculptures and annually hosts the Komödienspiele Porcia (comedy theater) festival. The castle also contains a museum of local history and serves as a popular venue for concerts and choral recitals. 

Click here for more information on the 2011 Singkreis Porcia Choir Competition. 

Austria's Best Video Collection: An American in Austria

To inspire the visitors, the website has created a number of videos to introduce the major Austrian cities, giving insider tips and must-do activities - all presented by Mariessa, host of "Getting Around". Join her and explore Salzburg, Bregenz, Innsbruck and Vienna by clicking on the following link

Squares & Streets in Salzburg, Austria

Fall for the charm of Salzburg by strolling through the city's historic streets and alleys. Here, each house tells a story, and building preservation continues to be a guiding principle. To discover the secrets, please click on the following link: The picture shows the famous "Getreidegasse".

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Vienna Sightseeing Tip: The Mumok

The Mumok (Museum Moderner Kunst/Museum of Modern Art) is the biggest museum of contemporary art in Central Europe, and Vienna’s greatest. The Mumok is always worth a visit, if only for its architecture. And inside it’s just as impressive, since the curators can draw from an extensive collection and present interesting focal points. There are five levels with works by Pablo Picasso, Nam June Paik, Andy Warhol and Günter Brus, ranging from Pop Art to Photorealism and from Fluxus to New Realism. 230 pieces were given to the museum by the German industrialist and art lover Peter Ludwig and his wife Irene in 1981. The Mumok regularly organizes special exhibitions and is known for its large collection of art related to Viennese Actionism. The Mumok is located in the Museumsquartier in Vienna, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien. It is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm, Thursdays till 9 pm. This sightseeing tip originates from the website