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Rosenbaum summer choir tour features Prague
by Robert Pape for Vocal Area Network
Posted March 12, 2005

PragueDescribed by many as the "jewel in the crown" of Central Europe and as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Prague, with its breathtaking landscapes from the Petrin hillside and rich history in the arts and architecture, is an enchanting capital begging for exploration. And that's just what a group of singers will do this July, as critically acclaimed and accomplished choral conductor Harold Rosenbaum leads his latest European choir tour to the city admired by great composers like Mozart and native son Antonín Dvořák.

"It will be like none I have done before," says Rosenbaum, conductor of the New York Virtuoso Singers, Canticum Novum Singers and Westchester Oratorio Society about this, his sixteenth European tour, noting "the region's extraordinary beauty and history." The trip, which includes nine nights and eleven days in the Czech Republic, features some of the region's finest attractions, including Old Town Square, Hradcany Castle, the Moser Glass Factory, the Moravian cultural center city of Brno, a leisurely day-cruise on the Vltava river, and many other points of historical and tourist interest. An optional five-day extension of the trip includes stops in Berlin and Leipzig, site of the Thomaskirche, where Johann Sebastian Bach is buried at the foot of the altar.

Not only is this European summer tour a chance to absorb and explore some of the finest art and history Europe has to offer, but it is also a chance for you to contribute to the living tradition of great music by singing with Mr. Rosenbaum's tour choir. Three performances of a new edition of the Mozart Requiem (with added fugues based on Mozart's own original sketches), two of which will be sung with a professional ensemble comprised of members and colleagues of the Prague Radio Orchestra, give every singer a chance to share in the rich artistic experiences of Prague. As an added enchantment and treat to both the audiences of Prague and the choir, Metropolitan Opera baritone David Arnold will be joining the ensemble as the baritone soloist.

This majestically captivating trip, with accommodations fully inclusive, is an exciting chance for singers (though non-signers are welcome, too) to experience both the astonishing beauty of Prague and a timeless masterpiece conducted by one of the most devoted and impressive modern-day conductors. For more information on how you can become a part of this tour, contact Mr. Rosenbaum by e-mail at hrconductor1@aol.com or by phone at 914-763-3453. Booking for this tour is taking place now and earlier registration will better ensure a successful trip.

Robert Pape is an assistant to Harold Rosenbaum at the University of Buffalo. This is his first article for Vocal Area Network.

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