Paris 2018

Sing Fauré's Requiem in Paris - June 7 to 17, 2018

Members of the WVC are going to perform Fauré's Requiem in Gabriel Fauré's home church, L'Eglise de la Madeleine in Paris, where he composed his Requiem and premiered it in 1888.  MidAmerica Productions (the group that sponsors the choral concerts in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center) will organize the concerts, tours, lodging, and local transportation.  See MidAm's prospectus for this trip at the bottom of this page.  The bottom line is about $2,500 per person plus air fare and meals (lunch & dinner) for nine days of work (rehearsals and performances) and play (tours of the sites in and around Paris).
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Update (November 21st, 2017)  MidAmerica has officially declared that their "2018 Premier Paris Music and Cultural Tour" is on.  They have about 70 singers registered and may fill in with some local singers for balance.  Next steps for the fourteen singers of the WVC contingent:  (1)  2nd installment of $400.00.  Checks made out to “Warwick Valley Chorale”, needed no later than Tuesday, Dec. 5th.  (Or use the “Donate” button on the WVC web site’s “Support” page:  http://www.warwickvalleychorale.org/our-sponsors.  If you use this PayPal option, please submit $412.00 - the extra $12.00 covers PayPal’s fee.)    

(2)  You can start making travel arrangements.  Amy Ferrell ( amypferrell@gmail.com  or  941-349-6069), who assisted WVC travelers to previous MidAm tours, has already started checking on some flights.  She is ready to assist.  Marilyn Myruski (soprano and veteran of the MidAm programs in Greece (2011) and Vienna (2013)) will be the coordinator for those who want to travel as a group.

Amy is a personal travel consultant previously from Dutchess County now living in Sarasota, Florida; old friend of Pat DeBruhl and the Westbrooks, who arranged travel for the Warwick singers and Poughkeepsie’s Christ Church choir on their European trips.  She is an all-service 22-year licensed travel agent, able to provide trip insurance, extensions to other locations with hotels and tours using car, bus, or train, also river and ocean cruises.

(3)  Trip cancellation and travel insurance.  MidAm and yours truly recommends that each of us take out this type of insurance.   MidAm (see page 11 of their prospectus) recommends http://www.travelexinsurance.com.   Amy Ferrell will have some options.  Viviana and I have been using Alianz  http://www.allianztravelinsurance.com.  There are other options.

Questions? Please send me a note at:  cholmes@warwickvalleychorale.org



Sing along with this or other YouTube videos:

Click here to listen or download practice tracks as well as a vocal score for the Fauré Requiem.   

There may be opportunities to sing several other works also. Click here for more information about these other singing opportunities.


  
L'Eglise de la Madeleine in Paris, outside, inside, and map.


For more info about and photos of this venue see:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Madeleine,_Paris


The MidAm group will use the Hotel Ibis (Ibis Paris 17 Clichy-Batignolles Hotel) for their headquarters - lodging, rehearsals, pick up for tours, etc.  This hotel is located within a few minutes walk from several bus stops and the No. 13 line on the Paris Metro.  Also it is about a 30-40 minute walk to the Moulin Rouge, the fabled Montmartre neighborhood and to the iconic Sacre-Coeur Basilica (Sacred Heart).


Looking ahead it will be good to plan for these payments (per person - double occupancy).  See page 11 of MAP’s prospectus (attached below):
     Nov. 15, 2017     $400.00   <= Collected and forwarded to MidAm on Nov. 8th.
     Dec. 15, 2017     $400.00   <= Individual checks due to me no later than Dec. 5th.
     Mar. 15, 2018     $500.00
     May   1, 2018     Balance due (which will be about $1,150 at the current exchange rate (see page 11 of the prospectus)).

Air fare to/from Paris is not included above.   You may want to budget another $1,000 per person for the air fare.  Some travelers will make their own arrangements for travel.  We have arranged for a travel agent who previously took care of flights and other travel options for WVC travelers to help on this Paris trip.  In any case, MidAm is cautioning travelers not to make flight reservations until after the registration deadline and they give the go ahead that the Paris tour is on.   At some point next Spring, MidAm will want to know everyone’s travel arrangements so they can arrange for transportation (transfers) to/from the Paris airports.

Passports:  For those who don’t have passports, now is a good time to apply for one.  Contact me if you have questions about the process for getting a passport.  For those who have passports, take a look at yours and check the expiration date.  If your passport expires in 2017 OR 2018, now is the time to get your passport renewed.

Other info:  
1) At some point we will be informed of the version of the Fauré Requiem that the conductor, soloists and orchestra will use.  The WVC music library has copies of the Kalmus edition to loan out.  The WVC singers used this version for last Spiring’s performance with the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra.  Whereas singers from Classic Choral Society and Newburgh Symphonic Chorale printed out the “Legge” edition which is in the public domain and available from the internet.  And for those interested we can order, on a reimbursable basis, a new copy of the edition specified by the conductor. 

2) At some time in the new year, MidAm will want a list of room assignments.  At this point all of WVC's registered singers are tentatively paired.

3)  Practicing the Requiem.   Singers will have to refresh the Fauré on their own using CDs, Cyberbass, etc.  Use the practice aids linked above. There is the assumption that the singers interested in this trip have performed the piece previously, e.g. last year with the GNSO.  Towards the end of April we will start having “refresher” sessions at the Warwick Reformed Church on Tuesday evenings 6:45-7:30 (prior to the regular WVC rehearsals).  Then we may schedule 1 or 2 Saturday am rehearsals prior to the departure date.  These 45-min sessions combined with individual preparation have proved successful for preparing singers for extracurricular activities such as the GNSO choral concerts, MidAm trips to Greece (Rutter Requiem, Carmina Burana) and Vienna (Mozart Requiem, Schubert Mass in G) as well as preparing the contingent of TBs who supported MidAm’s concert at Carnegie Hall last Feb (Handel Coronation Anthems and Beethoven Choral Fantasy).

If you have any questions about this trip or you may be interested in going, please send me a note at:  cholmes@warwickvalleychorale.org .


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Check out these web pages that captured some of our experiences on previous MidAm singing tours:  

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WV Chorale,
Sep 18, 2017, 1:58 PM