International Festivals

The Continuo Arts Foundation collaborates with the finest artistic organizations in the United States and around the World. Contact Continuo Arts at 908-264-5324 for audition requirements and performance invitations.

The 2016 Festival Pro Musica e Arte Sacra featuring The Continuo Arts Foundation & Evangel University
The 2016 Festival Pro Musica featuring The Continuo Arts Foundation & Evangel University 

Festival Programme 2016


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Repertoire: TBD
Artists: The Evangel University Chorale
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Conductor: Tom Matrone
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Repertoire: "Mass of the Children" 
Composer:   John Rutter
Artists:  The Continuo Arts Foundation's Symphonic Chorus with
The Evangel University Chorale
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Soloists:  TBD
Conductor: Candace Wicke
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Travel Provided by: Peter's Way Logo

Dates:      Festival dates: November 16-20  - Continuo Arts travel dates: 14-21
Location: Rome - Vatican City
       
        Date:           
 November 16th
        Time:            3:00 p.m.
        Concert:       IlluminArt Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, Tomomi Nishimoto, Conductor 
        Repertoire:  
Coronation Mass, K317, Mozart
        Venue:          
St. Peter's Basilica
       
        Date:             November 16th 
        Time:             
5:00 p.m.
        Event:           
Festival Mass, Cardinal Angelo Comastri, Celebrant
        Music:           The Sistine Chapel Choir, Msgr. Massimo Palombella, Conductor
        Venue:           St. Peter's Basilica

        Date:             November 17th 
        Time:            
 9:00 p.m.
        Concert:        IlluminArt Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, Tomomi Nishimoto,Conductor      
        Repertoire:  
Symphony n. 9 Opus 125, Beethoven
        Venue:           Papal Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls

        Date:             November 18th
        Time:            
5:00 p.m.
        Event:            
High Mass
        Music:          
The Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus & The Evangel University Chorale
                                Candace Wicke & Tom Matrone, Conductors
                                Br. Mark E. Spencer, Organist
        Venue:          
St. Peter's Basilica

        Date:              November 18th
        Time:              
9:00 p.m.
        Concert:        
Vienna Boy's Choir
        Repertoire:  
Selections by: Mozart, Monteverdi, Schubert, Gallus, Hayden, Wirth, Caldara, Fux
        Venue:            Papal Basilica of St. Mary Major

        Date:               November 19th
        Time:              
2:00 p.m.
        Concert:        
 The Evangel University Chorale, Tom Matrone-Conductor
        Repertoire:    Varia
                                 The Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus with The Evangel University Chorale
                                 Candace Wicke, Conductor
        Repertoire:    Mass of the Children, John Rutter, Composer
        Venue:             Basilica of St. Ignantius

        Date:                November 19th
        Time:              
 9:00 p.m.
        Concert:          
The Vienna Philharmonic, Zubin Metha, Conductor
        Repertoire:    
TBD
        Venue:            
Papal Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls
        
        Date:                
November 20th
        Time:              
 
9:00 p.m.
        Concert:          
Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra of Nationen, Justus Frantz, Conductor
        Repertoire:    
Sinfonia n. 2 (Resurrection), Gustav Mahler
        Venue:            
Papal Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls
Conductors Invitational - Annual
 
Conductors Invitational

Date: Annual
Location: Festival Pro Musica E Arte Sacra / Rome & Vatican City
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Contact: Executive Director, Candace Wicke: Candace@continuoarts.org

Invitations:
Each year several outstanding conductors are invited to attend the prestigious Festival Pro Musica E Arte Sacra as guests of the Fondazione Pro Musica and The Continuo Arts Foundation.  Witnessing first hand one of the world's finest music festivals, the goal is to expose non-European musicians and organizations to this 1st tier artistic venue.  Previous guests have included:

Tim Sharp: Executive Director ACDA
Dr. Patrick Liebergen: Composer & Professor Emeritus University of Wisconsin
Dr. Micheal Kolstad:  Fine Arts Department Chair, Evangel University
Dr. Nicolas Dosman: Director of Choral Music, Colby College
Dr. Philip Mathias: Director of Choral Studies, New Castle University, Australia
Dr. Tom Matrone: Director of Choral Studies, Evangel University
Mrs. Lindy Connett: Director of the Australian Waratah Girls Chorus
Mrs. Ruby Roberson-Knox: Music Department Chair, Oak Knoll School
Mrs. Sharon Burn: Director of Music, Ward-Hartley School
Mr. Mark Spencer: Director of Liturgy and Music, Saint Patricks Church and School, Miami Beach
Mr. Tom Colao: Director of Music, All Saints Church, Princeton NJ

Previous Festivals have included: 


Conductors: 
Zubin Mehta, George Pretre, Andres Nelson, Riccardo Muti, Leo Kramer, Paul Salamunovich, Candace Wicke, Nikolaus Harnocourt and many more
Repertoire:
Major sacred works for chorus & orchestra

The roots of the Fondazione Pro Musica e Arte Sacra stretch back to 1975, with the idea of doing good in immediate terms and making a lasting contribution to the preservation of art in Rome and the Vatican. The Ambassador of Rome to the World, Sen. Dr. H. C. Hans Albert Courtial, founder and president of the Fondazione Pro Musica e Arte Sacra, continues to guide this 1st tier Festival, inspiring and promoting artists from around the world.

The presentation of the Continuo Art Foundation's Inaugural Concert in 2008 on the Festival Pro Musica e Arte Sacra began an on-going collaboration with the Fondazione. (Visit our Performance Archives page for more information on our Inaugural Concert)  Through this collaboration, the Giovani Musicisti Festival for young musicians began in 2011.  

Working with signature conductors from the United States in preparation for future Festival appearances, these conductors accompany Continuo Arts President Candace Wicke to Rome each year to attend the Festival. The Continuo Arts Foundation works in partnership with these conductors and 1st tier ensembles in the United States and Canada, coordinating and scheduling appearances on the Festival Pro Musica e Arte Sacra.

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Gallery:
Click Here to View 2011 Festival Photos 
Click Here to View Inaugural Concert Photos 
Festival Pro Musica E Arte Sacra - Annual

Festival Pro Musica E Arte Sacra

Date: Annual
Location: Rome & Vatican City
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Artists:
The finest the World has to offer, including:  The Vienna Philharmonic, the Prague Philharmonic, The Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus, Vienna Boys Choir, The Los Angeles Master Chorale, The Chorus of St. Cecelia and many more
Conductors: 
Zubin Metha, George Pretre, Andres Nelson, Riccardo Muti, Leo Kramer, Paul Salamunovich, Candace Wicke, Nikolaus Harnocourt and many more
Repertoire:
Major sacred works for chorus & orchestra

The roots of the Fondazione Pro Musica e Arte Sacra stretch back to 1975, with the idea of doing good in immediate terms and making a lasting contribution to the preservation of art in Rome and the Vatican. The Ambassador of Rome to the World, Sen. Dr. H. C. Hans Albert Courtial, founder and president of the Fondazione Pro Musica e Arte Sacra, continues to guide this 1st tier Festival, inspiring and promoting artists from around the world.

The presentation of the Continuo Art Foundation's Inaugural Concert in 2008 on the Festival Pro Musica e Arte Sacra began an on-going collaboration with the Fondazione. (Visit our Performance Archives page for more information on our Inaugural Concert)  Through this collaboration, the Giovani Musicisti Festival for young musicians began in 2011.  

Working with signature conductors from the United States in preparation for future Festival appearances, these conductors accompany Continuo Arts President Candace Wicke to Rome each year to attend the Festival. The Continuo Arts Foundation works in partnership with these conductors and 1st tier ensembles in the United States and Canada, coordinating and scheduling appearances on the Festival Pro Musica e Arte Sacra.

Click for more info regarding performance opportunities

Gallery:
Click Here to View 2011 Festival Photos 
Click Here to View Inaugural Concert Photos 
The 2015 Festival Pro Musica Conductors Invitational

The 2015 Festival Pro Musica Conductors Invitational  

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Festival Pro Musica E Arte Sacra 2014 - Continuo Arts Festival Chorus with Conductors Mark Hayes & Teresa Russell

Festival Pro Musica E Arte Sacra 2014

Date: Oct. 22-29
Location: Festival Pro Musica E Arte Sacra / Rome, Assisi & Vatican City
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Photo Album: Click Here

Festival 2014

Repertoire: Requiem
Composer & Conductor: Mark Hayes
Performance Video: Click Here

Mark Hayes

Artists:  The Continuo Arts Festival Choir
                Sounds of the Southwest Singers, Matt Deller-Director
                Cutler Road United Methodist Church Chancel Choir, Tim Morrison-Director
                UCC Norwell Chancel Choir, Karen Harvey-Director
                St. Luke's Presbyterian Church Choir, Marvin Gaspard-Director
                Southwestern College Chorus, Teresa Russell-Director
                The Roma Sinfionetta Orchestra
Soloists: Br. Mark E. Spencer

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Repertoire: Misa Azteca
Composer:  Joseph Julian Gonzalez
Conductor: Teresa Russell
Performance Video: Click Here

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Soloists:

Chrisma Miller Headshot           Victor Chan Headshot           Linda Scott Headshot


     Charisma Miller                                 Victor Chan                                      Linda Scott

The Performance of a Lifetime!  Concerto Cappella Sistina & Idyllic Ireland 2014

Concerto Cappella Sistina & Idyllic Ireland 2014

Date: February 13 -23. 2014
Location: Limerick, Waterford, Wicklow, Dublin, Rome, Vatican City, Assisi
Repertoire: Selections from "Requiem for my Mother" 
Composer:  Stephen James Edwards
Artists:
Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus
Conductor: 
Candace Wicke 
Harp:
Mark Spencer
Violin:
Rosemary Seimens

 Video Gallery :
Concert Video
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Click Here to View Itinerary 

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Airfare & Travel: Peter's Way Tours -  Click Here

Festival Pro Musica E Arte Sacra 2013 - Continuo Arts presents Echology, New Castle Australia

Festival Pro Musica E Arte Sacra 2013 - presents Echology, New Castle Australia

Date: Nov. 1 - 7. 2013
Location: Festival Pro Musica E Arte Sacra / Rome, Assisi & Vatican City
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Artists: Echology

Echology

Conductor: Dr. Philip Mathias

Philip Mathias

Press:

ECHOLOGY, The University of Newcastle Chamber Choir under the direction of Dr. Philip Matthias, will represent all of Australia on the prestigious Festival Pro Musica E Arte Sacra; a professional festival presenting only the finest musical ensembles from around the world.  Sharing the stage with the likes of the Vienna Philharmonic, the Cologne Dome Choir and GÜrzenich Orchestra,  the Sistene Chapel Choir and the IlluminArt Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus from Japan, ECHOLOGY will present a program of selections by Stravinsky, Berkeley and Petrassi in addition to Australian composers Butterley, Stanhope and Donovan.  According to Candace Wicke, President of The Continuo Arts Foundation, “For many years, Dr. Matthias and the choral program at The University of Newcastle have been on the cutting edge of outstanding musicianship, programming and concertizing.  In collaboration with the Fondazione Pro Musica in Rome, the Continuo Arts Foundation is pleased to issue this well-deserved invitation to ECHOLOGY and Dr. Matthias to perform on this world-class stage.”

The Festival Pro Musica E Arte Sacra is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious music festivals in the world.  With roots stretching back to 1975, the Festival plays host to the music industry’s elite artists, ensembles and conductors.  With the backdrop and acoustics of the major patriarchal basilicas, art and music come together in a unique and timeless fashion. An annual event, music lovers and patrons converge from across Europe, the United States and other world-wide destinations to take part in the two week festival.

With a long and successful history of performance tours and competitions including the World Choir Games, Battle of the Choirs and the Australian National Choral Championships, conductor Philip Matthias is no stranger to the international stage.  With appearances in China, France, Korea, England and the United States, Matthias will now share the podium with the likes of Eberhard Metternich, Tomomi Nishimoto, and Leopold Hager.  “This is a great privilege, being able to perform in such an important event as this, one which we look forward to with much anticipation, including its impact to our community and University” says Dr. Matthias.

Established in 1995, the Newcastle University’s Chamber Choir includes students and staff of the University along with members of the wider community who share a love of singing and enjoy performing a challenging and varied repertoire.  Decorated on numerous occasions with top ranking awards and medals, ECHOLOGY has been featured ABC Radio, BBC Radio, national and international television, and has an extensive discography.  Due to its demanding schedule of international engagements, Echology is looking to expand its choral network, and is seeking expressions of interest for those who would like to join the choir for the festival in Rome, and similar events. For further details contact Phillippa.Miskiewicz@newcastle.edu.au. Ph 02 4921 5507. Rehearsals will be held from late July. ‘Singers need just a good choral tone and good music reading ability. Much of the learning will be done in singers own time, lessening the need for weekly rehearsals’, states Matthias. 

According to Matthias, Echology is opening this extraordinary invitation to choristers from across Australia, and non-performers wishing to accompany the ensemble and experience the festival are welcome to join to touring group. In addition to the Festival Concerts in Rome, members of ECHOLOGY and friends will have opportunity to take in tours of Ancient Rome, the Sistine Chapel as well as visit and perform the St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral in Assisi. 

International Festival Per Giovani Musicisti 2012

International Festival Per Giovani Musicisti

Date: November 23 - December 1st, 2012
Location: Rome, Assisi & Prague
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Repertoire:
 World Premiere  "Missa Brevis"
Composer: Stephen James Edwards
Artists:
Continuo Arts Foundation Choruses, The Waratah Girls Choir, The St. Patrick's Children's Choir, Miami Beach
Conductors: 
Lindy Connett & Candace Wicke
Organist:
Mark Spencer
Soloists: Kelsey Evenson, Carlie McCumber, Katie Hammond, Julia Craig, Jessica Blunt, Anna Davidson,Kathryn MacPherson, Emily Swain, Elizabeth Adamczyk, Emma DiMaio
Concert Program: Click Here    

Video Gallery :

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Click Here for Edwards Missa Brevis Premiere 

Photo Gallery:

Australian Rehearsals
Concert Tour 

Rehearsal Visits: 
New Castle Australia - Waratah Girls Choir, Aug 11 - 13
Miami, Florida - St. Patrick's Children's Chorus, October 17 - 19 

 

International Festival Per Giovani Musicisti 2011

International Festival Per Giovani Musicisti

Date: March 24 - 30, 2011
Location: Rome, Vatican City, & Assisi       
Conductors:
Ruby Robertson-Knox
Candace Wicke
Artists:
Continuo Arts Children's Chorus, Singers & Continuos
The Oak Knoll Ensemble
Soloists:
 Lizzie Borowiec
 Kelsey Evenson
Young Artist Debut:
Samantha Donohue
Organist:
Mark Spencer
Program:
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Video Gallery:
Click Here to View Samantha Donohue perform Debussy
Click Here to View "Kyrie" chorus with soloist Kelsey Evenson
Click Here to View "Sanctus & Benedictus" chorus with soloist Lizzie Borowiec
Click Here to View "Agnus Dei" chorus with soloists Lizzie Borowiec Kelsey Evenson
 
Photo Gallery:
Click Here to View Photo Album      

Festival Pro Musica e Arte Sacra - The Continuo Arts Foundation's Inaugural Concert 2008

Inaugural Concert 2008:  "Requiem For My Mother"  Festival Pro Musica E Arte Sacra


Date: November, 2008
Location: Rome & Vatican City
Repertoire:  "Requiem For My Mother"
Composer: Stephen James Edwards
Conductor: Candace Wicke
Performance Video: Click Here
Documentary: Click Here

Artists:
Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus
St. Patrick's Choir: Miami Beach, FL
The Lourdes Singers: Lourdes Academy, Miami, FL
St. Bernard Parish Choir: Madison, WI
ArchBishop McCarthy Choir: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
And singers from Vero Beach, FL & Pittsburgh, PA

Soloists:
Beverly Coulter
Kristopher Jean
Keith Spencer

Directors:
Mark Spencer
Michelle Garcia
Marilyn Esser
Beatric Malnic

Orchestra:
Continuo Arts Orchestra & The City of Prague Philharmonic.

Gallery:
Click Here to View Photo Album One
Click Here to View Photo Album Two 
Click Here to View Photo Album Three              

 

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