Sunday, May 22, 2011

The University of Miami Frost Chorale concluded its 2011 Incantato Performance Tour with a full house at the Church of Santo Tome on Saturday, May 21 at 8 P.M.

The UM Frost Chorale at Santo Tome in Toledo

Dr. Joshua Habermann conducts in Toledo

City Facts about Madrid

  • Madrid is the capital and largest city of Spain. It is the third-most populous municipality in the European Union after Greater London and Berlin, and its metropolitan area is the third-most populous in the European Union after Paris and London.
  • Its sister city in the USA is New York City.
  • Madrid is home to Real Madrid, who plays in the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu. Real Madrid is one of the most prestigious soccer clubs in the world, having won a record 9 European Soccer Cups.
  • The city bid to host the 1972 Summer Olympics, the 2012 Summer Olympics, and the 2016 Summer Olympics, which were lost to Munich, London, and Rio de Janeiro respectively.
  • Madrid hosts the largest Plaza de Toros (bullring) in Spain, Las Ventas, established in 1929. Las Ventas is considered by many to be the world centre of bullfighting and has a seating capacity of almost 25,000.
  • The Auditorio Nacional de Música is the main venue for classical music concerts in Madrid, is home to the Spanish National Orchestra, the Chamartín Symphony Orchestra and the venue for the symphonic concerts of the Community of Madrid Orchestra and the Madrid Symphony Orchestra.
  • The Royal Botanic Garden or Real Jardin Botanico was an 18th century creation. It was used as a base for the plant species being collected across the globe.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Live from Toledo - if it works

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University of Miami in Toledo - Panoramas

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The University of Miami Frost Chorale concludes 2011 Incantato Performance Tour with a concert at the Church of Santo Tome on Saturday, May 21 at 8 P.M.

The University of Miami Frost Chorale will perform at Toledo's Santo Tome on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 8 PM. Dating from the 14th century, Toledo’s Santo Tomé is best known for housing El Greco’s most famous painting, The Burial of Count Orgaz.
Santo Tomé was founded in the 12th century, but completely restructured in the 14th century as commissioned by the Lord of Orgaz, the subject of El Greco’s painting. Count Orgaz, born Gonzalo Ruiz, was a Toledo native and Señor of the town of Orgaz. He died in 1312, leaving substantial donations for the enlargement and detailed adornment of the Church of Santo Tomé. A pious man, Orgaz was known to donate to multiple local charities in his lifetime. It is believed according to local Toledo legend that Saint Stephen and Saint Augustine even presided over his burial. A painting depicting this legend was commissioned for the church on March 18, 1586.
The chosen painter was El Greco, who served as a member of the church. The painting was unveiled by Christmas of that year and immediately attracted attention. Spectators were especially impressed by the inclusions of realistic portraits of the Toledo’s most notable figures of the time posing as onlookers. The painting portrays the burial of Count Orgaz with the posthumous assistance of Saint Augustine and Saint Stephen miraculously appearing to thank the Count for his donations to all the religious institutions named after them.
Even more interesting about the painting is the lack of ground, horizon, sky, and perspective. There appears no conflict, and El Greco successfully achieves a convincing expression of supernatural space.
The Burial of Count Orgaz was El Greco’s first major work. Many of his later pieces are displayed in the Toledo Cathedral.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Concert Impressions from Cuenca: Frost Chorale sings at the octagonal church of San Pedro

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Concert Panorama from Cuenca

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UM Frost Chorale and the octagonal church of Cuenca

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More media coverage for Cuenca and Toledo concerts

While we wait for the TV new on yesterday´s performance in Cuenca, here you have some new links to the concerts:

El Digital, by the leading new Agency Europapress, for today's concert:

Global Castilla-La Mancha: a region Agenda included the concert in the Cuenca proposals

Frost Chorale Barcelona Benefit concert on the Press

Dear members and friends of Frost Chorale

While it is quite hard to follow up all the different digital, radio and television appearances of the concert, printed press is easier to trace ( and also harder to achieve).
Here you have some samples on Barcelona concert, from media among the most read in the city:

El Digital, by the leading new Agency Europapress, for today's concert:

Global Castilla-La Mancha: a region Agenda included the concert in the Cuenca proposals

El periódico de Catalunya, Gran Barcelona section, proposals, page 36

Letter from Fundación Josep Carreras to Frost Chorale, after Benefit Concert in Barcelona

Dear Incantato and Frost Chorale members

Thank you very much for the organization and collaboration on last Monday event, with Frost Chorale concert.

The concert was really magnificent and we were very impressed by the choir performance. Both the atmosphere and the repertoire were outstanding and on top of this, the top level they have. Also it was really moving to see the Church so crowded; and to see so many people listening to Frost Chorale singing to collaborate in fighting leukaemia.

Thank you very much for your donation, and also the audience donation was very good.

We send you all a hug


Apreciados miembros de Incantato y Frost Chorale,

Muchísimas gracias por la organización y colaboración en el acto del pasado lunes en que cantó la Frost Chorale.

Fue realmente magnífico y quedamos sumamente impresionados de la actuación de esta coral. Fue espectacular tanto el marco como el repertorio que cantaron y por supuesto el alto nivel que tienen.

Además fue realmente emocionante ver la iglesia tan llena y con tanta gente escuchando a la Frost Choralle cantando para colaborar en la lucha contra la leucemia.

Mil gracias por el donativo, que finalmente ascendió con las donaciones del público!

Un abrazo.