Monday, June 27, 2011

The Fullerton College Concert Choir will sing mass at the pilgrimage church Wieskirche in Steingaden, Germany on Wednesday, July 6 at 10 am

The Fullerton College Concert Choir will sing for Holy Mass at the Pilgrimage Church of the Scourged Savior Wieskirche in Steingaden, Germany on Wednesday, July 6 at 10 am. First time visitors in the Wies, with no previous knowledge about the church, may well stand in wonder and ask themselves what could have possibly given rise to the building of such an unusually magnificent church in such a secluded place. Indeed, something out of the ordinary, from many points of view, took place here. Human tears, an age-old phenomenon, were the spiritual building stones, the precious pearls from which the Wies Church, a world famous rococo jewel, was created. In the 18th Century the Wies Church was already known throughout Europe as a place of reverence for the Scourged Savior, and at the same time a famous gem of baroque architecture. Out of the miracle of June 14, 1738, when tears were seen on the face of the Scourged Savior, there rapidly developed a pilgrimage of unexpected proportions. The pilgrimage has remained alive up to the present. Among the visitors from all over the world you will also find people in silent prayer. Even now new pilgrimages arise, such as a pilgrimage in the vicinity of Weilheim/Schongau, which each year brings about 1000 young people to the Wies. Interesting fact: Its architect, Dominikus Zimmermann, could not bear to leave this church, his most beautiful and complete work. Thus, he built himself a house almost at its door, where he lived until his death. In thankfulness for the happy completion of the church, he painted a votive tablet showing the pious master architect kneeling before the Scourged Savior. He signed it: "D.Z. Ex voto A. 1757". Every pilgrim and visitor to the Wies Church is rewarded by the magnificence and harmony of the wonderful song Zimmermann called forth in building the Wies Church. Come and praise Him, in this sacred place, come seek Him out in the Wies .Open - hearted, thank Him for His grace, for He offers us His Peace. Oh, my Jesus, fairest Jesus,
fairest Jesus, in the Wies who so full of blessings is.
When the visitor, in encountering the resounding four-tone chord of art, theology, light and music, experiences the total beauty of the Wies, he can experience what the builder of the church, Abbot Marianus II Mayer, expressed: "Hoc loco habitat fortuna, hic quiescit cor." (In this place abideth happiness, here the heart findeth peace).

Even today the church lives from both these wellsprings: its spiritual and artistic richness. Thus, the Wies Church continues as a pilgrimage church, a place of prayer and worship, and is simultaneously a magical drawing point for millions of visitors. Through their encounter with this joyous Baroque, full of life and hope, they sense a world which moved the writer Peter Dörfler, in the first half of this century, to write: "The Wies is a bit of heaven in this suffering world."

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Incantato proudly presents the Fullerton College Concert Choir at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, Austria on Tuesday, July 12th at 12.45 pm

The Fullerton College Concert Choir under the direction of John Tebay will perform at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, Austria on Tuesday, July 12th at 12.45 pm. St. Stephen's Cathedral, Austria's most eminent Gothic edifice, houses a wealth of art treasures, some of which can only be seen during a guided tour: The red-marble sepulcher of Emperor Frederick III, sculpted from 1467 to 1513 by Niclas Gerhaert van Leyden; the pulpit, a work from 1514-15 by Anton Pilgram (who put his own relief portrait underneath it as his signature); the Altarpiece of Wiener Neustadt (Wiener Neustädter Altar), a Gothic winged altar from 1447 - and the tomb of Prince Eugene of Savoy, dating from 1754. The architectural history begins in the 12th century, the oldest remaining parts date from the 13th century: the Giant Gate (Riesentor) and the Towers of the Heathens (Heidentürme), both Romanesque in style. Duke Rudolph IV of Habsburg, in 1359, laid the cornerstone of the Gothic nave with its two aisles. The South Tower (Südturm), 448 feet high, was completed in 1433 (the Viennese have given it the nickname Steffl, which also denotes the whole cathedral). After 1511, building in the Gothic style ceased; the unfinished North Tower (Nordturm), 224 feet high, was capped with a makeshift Renaissance spire in 1579.During the 18th century, the cathedral was decorated with Baroque altarpieces - the panel of the main altar shows the stoning of its namesake St. Stephen, the first martyr of Christendom.
Tip: climb the 343 steps to the tower-keeper's room of St. Stephen's and enjoy a breathtaking view...
Did you know?: The composer Ludwig von Beethoven discovered the totality of his deafness when he saw birds flying out of the bell tower as a result of the bells' tolling but could not hear the bells. St. Stephen's Cathedral has 23 bells in total.

Fullerton College Concert Choir gives a recital at the Salzburger Cathedral in Salzburg, Austria on Thursday, July 7 at 12.30 pm

The singers of the Fullerton College Concert Choir will recite at the Salzburger Cathedral in Salzburg, Austria on Thursday, July 7th at 12.30 pm. Located where Residenzplatz flows into Domplatz in  Salzburg, Salzburg Cathedral (also known as Domkirche St. Rupert) is renowned for its harmonious Baroque architecture and 4,000-pipe organ. This site has hosted a Christian church since 774. The original was replaced with a late-Romanesque structure built in 1181-1200.The Romanesque cathedral burned down in 1598 and Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich took advantage of (some would say caused) the destruction to demolish the rest and make plans for a grand new cathedral to reaffirm Salzburg's commitment to the Catholic cause in the face of the Reformation. However, Dietrich's overthrow prevented the completion of this project. The present cathedral was commissioned by Archbishop Markus Sittikus Count Hohenems and designed by the Italian architect Santino Solari. It was consecrated in 1628 by Archbishop Paris Count Lodron. The cathedral's plaza is a complete aesthetic concept and one of Salzburg's most beautiful urban set pieces. In the center rises the Virgin's Column with a 1771 statue of the Virgin Mary. Considered by some to be the most perfect Renaissance building in the German-speaking countries, Salzburg Cathedral has a marble facade, twin west towers topped with green domes and a large green-roofed dome over the crossing. The bronze doors (1959) illustrate the themes of Faith, Hope, and Love. Near the entrance, look for the Romanesque font at which Mozart was baptized. The great composer later served as organist here from 1779 to 1781. Some of his compositions, such as the Coronation Mass, were written for the cathedral, and many were performed here for the first time.

Incantato proudly presents the Fullerton College Concert Choir at the Frauenkirche in Munich (Germany) on Tuesday, July 5

The singers of the Fullerton College Concert Choir will perform briefly on Tuesday, July 5 at the Frauenkirche in Munich.The Frauenkirche (full name Dom zu unserer lieben Frau, "Cathedral of Our Dear Lady") 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.he cathedral can hold approximately 20,000 people, and Catholic services are held regularly. The interior of the cathedral, which is among the largest hall churches in southern Germany, consists of the nave and two side aisles of equal height (31 metres (102 ft)). The arches were designed by Heinrich von Straubing.Constructing a church with a capacity of 20,000 is surprising when one considers at end of the 15th Century the city only had about 13,000 inhabitants. The interior does not overwhelm despite its size because the double-row of 22 metres (72 ft) high columns helps enclose the space. From the main portal the view seems to be only the rows of columns with no windows and durchlichtete "walls" between the vaults through which the light seems to shine. The spatial effect of the church is connected with a legend about a footprint in a square tile at the entrance to the nave, the so-called "devil's footstep". This is a black mark resembling a footprint, which according to legend was where the devil stood when he curiously regarded and ridiculed the windowless church that Halsbach had built. In another version of the legend, the devil made a deal with the builder to finance construction of the church on the condition that it contain no windows. The clever builder, however, tricked the devil by positioning columns so that the windows were not visible from the spot where the devil stood in the foyer. When the devil discovered that he had been tricked, he could not enter the already consecrated church. The devil could only stand in the foyer and stomp his foot furiously, which left the dark footprint that remains visible in the church's entrance today. Legend also says the devil then rushed outside and manifested its evil spirit in the wind that furiously rages around the church.

Fullerton College Concert Choir's second concert in celebration of Independence Day at Stadtkirche St. Peter & Paul, Weimar on Monday, July 4 at 7pm

In celebration of Independence Day, the Fullerton College Concert Choir will perform at the St. Peter & Paul Church in Weimar on Monday, July 4 at 7 pm.The town church of St. Peter and Paul , a protestant Lutheran church- also known as the "Herder Church" - is closely connected with the name of Johann Gottfried Herder who worked here for 26 years as the general superintendent. His monument, standing in front of the church, was the first to be dedicated to a poet in Weimar and commemorates his philosophical, theological and literary work. His tomb can be found inside the church as well as those of duchess Anna Amalia and the original tomb slab of the painter Lucas Cranach. Today´s building was erected between 1498 and 1500. It is already the third church on this site - both the former churches burnt down. Especially remarkable are its gothic hall and the closed choir. The three-winged altarpiece by Lucas Cranach showing Jesus, the ducal family, Martin Luther and the painter himself is the masterpiece which he began during his last year in Weimar. Today, the St. Peter and Paul church is part of the UNESCO World Heritage.

Incantato presents the Fullerton College Concert Choir at Herz-Jesu-Kirche (Weimar) on Sunday, July 3 at 7pm

The Fullerton College Concert Choir will perform their first concert under the direction of John Tebay at Herz-Jesu-Kirche in Weimar, Germany on Sunday, July 3 at 7pm. Weimar is famous for its cultural heritage. Its oldest records go back to 899. Weimar's cultural heritage is vast. It is most often recognised as the place where Germany's first democratic constitution was signed after the First World War, giving its name to the Weimar Republic period in German politics, of 1918–1933. However, the city was also the focal point of the German Enlightenment and home of the leading characters of the literary genre of Weimar Clacissism, the writers Goethe and Schiller. The city was also the birthplace of the Bauhaus movement, founded in 1919 by Walter Gropius, with artists Wassily Kandinski, Paul Klee, Oskar Schlemmer, and Lyonel Feininger teaching in Weimar's Bauhaus School. Many places in the city centre have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites.Max Meckel, an architect from Frankfurt, built the Herz-Jesu-Kirche from 1889 to 1891 in the style of the Italian renaissance. It is the center of the catholic community in Weimar. The Franz Liszt Memorial Organ” has been consecrated in the Herz-Jesu Church on May 8, 2011. The organ was financed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Society) with almost €1,000,000.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Fullerton College Concert Choir will attend the year end party at the Liszt School of Music on Monday, July 4th

The Fullerton College Concert Choir will have an exchange with local students of the "Department of School Music and Church Music" of the "Liszt School of Music" in Weimar on Monday, July 4th.
The students will celebrate the end of the semester and will have a party with live music and entertainment and are inviting the Fullerton College Concert Choir to celebrate with them. About the Liszt School of Music: It was Franz Liszt who first had the idea to establish a school of music in Weimar: already in 1835 he had thoughts about the establishment of "progress schools of music". Highly-qualified instrumentalists had to be sought after, in order to make the orchestras efficient enough for the new music of their time. For a long time Liszt fought to establish a training centre for orchestral musicians in Weimar, but it was first in 1872 that Liszt's pupil Carl Muellerhartung realised this dream and established the first orchestral school in Germany. Training on all orchestral instruments, the piano and conducting were available and extra areas were soon added such as: voice, opera and theatre, composition, teacher training for instrumental and voice teachers as well as the expected training of genuine virtuosos. Therefore the training centre was first called "Orchestra School", then "School of Music and Orchestra", later "Orchestras-, Music and Opera School" and finally "Music-, Opera and Theatre School". In 1947 the theatrical department closed again (although the opera school remained). In 1948 musicology was recognised as a viable academic subject and was integrated into the mandatory academic fields - the curriculum as we know it today was thereby complete. Since 1956 the school bears the name of its initiator.