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Academies Choir invited to Germany, international broadcast:

March 9, 2011

The Culver Academies choir performs at St Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in Culver last November. CITIZEN PHOTO: JEFF KENNEY

Culver Academies Choir will join a combined chorus of select singers from every age group -- high school, college, and adult -- in the high-profile, four-day Mozart International Choral Festival June 29 through July 3, in Salzburg, Germany. The festival culminates in a performance of Mozart’s Mass in C “Coronation,” K.317, and additional selections, in the historic Salzburg Dom. Professor Janos Czifra, director of music at the Dom, (which is the same position Mozart held) and Dr. Eph Ehly, will co-direct the concert, accompanied by a professional Austrian orchestra and European soloists. The choir will be singing in the very venue in which Mozart himself composed numerous works of sacred music for the city of Salzburg.
"This festival will undoubtedly provide the musical stimulation and kind of experience that raises the level of musicianship and dedication to the performing arts for all participants," says choir director Stacey Warren. "We will take what we glean from this incredible opportunity back to our campus classrooms to continue our great work of offering musical excellence to the Culver community."
Further, this March, the choir will travel to Fort Wayne, Ind., to sing in a television studio for a program airing as part of the series, “Worship for Shut-Ins.” Due to the wide distribution of the show, Culver Academies Choir members whose parents are overseas, or serving in active duty, will be able to view this international broadcast on one of four satellites.
The show has a flagship station which is WPTA TV-21 (ABC affiliate). That, in Indiana, is broadcast in Evansville, Terre Haute, LeSea Broadcasting in South Bend, and Indianapolis. From there it is broadcast in Chicago and Rockford as well as Marion, Illinois. It’s uploaded to DirectTV Channel 377 (nationwide), and via four international Satellites.
Reception has been very positive from local audiences, who have had opportunities in recent months to hear the choir perform at the Lake Max Film Festival in September, the Academies' annual Vespers service in December, and at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church last fall.

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