Paris 2018

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

Members of the WVC will be performing 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. Also in commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Charles Gounod, the WVC singers will perform Gounod's Requiem in the same concert.  MidAmerica International (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.  This trip will be for nine days of work (rehearsals and performances) and play (tours of the sites in and around Paris)!
Updated - March 12, 2018
Updated this page and added practice tracks for the individual voices in the Gounod Requiem.  (Click here: Gounod Requiem)

Updated - January 8, 2018
Created a new web page with practice aids and a vocal score for the Gounod Requiem.  (Click here: Gounod Requiem)

Updated  - December 17, 2017
This week MidAmerica announced the music program for the Paris tour: 
     Tuesday, June 12, 2018 – La Madeleine, Paris, France at 8pm
            Symphonique Bel’Arte     Richard Bourdham, Artistic Director
                FAURÉ: Requiem in D minor, Op. 48   Earl Rivers, Conductor
                GOUNOD: Requiem    Francis Bardot, Conductor        Commemorating the 150th anniversary of Gounod’s birth
           Participating Choruses:
                Choer d’Enfants d’Ile de France, Paris, France (Francis Bardot, Director)
                Clermont Chorale, Cincinnati, OH (Tim and Tracy Carpenter, Directors)
                Warwick Valley Chorale, Warwick, NY (Stanley Curtis, Director)
Northern Kentucky Community Chorus, Lakeside Park, KY (Stephanie Nash, Director)
                Knox Choir, Cincinnati, OH (Earl Rivers, Director)
                Saint George Greek Orthodox Church Choir, Oklahoma City, OK (Haldor Howard, Director)

       Thursday, June 14, 2018 – St. François de Sales at 8pm
             Symphonique Bel’Arte       Richard Bourdham Artistic Director
             Peter Tiboris, Conductor
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
                    MOZART: Symphony No. 36 in C Major, "Linz," K. 425
                      (American choirs will be "guests" for this concert)

Some more notes from emails from MidAm:
1. The American choruses will ONLY sing in the June 12th concert which is at La Madeleine:
            Fauré Requiem (Rutter edition)
            Gounod Requiem (Carus edition)

2. Here is a preliminary rehearsal schedule for this concert:
    *. Saturday June 9: In the Mercure Hotel in the morning, American choruses (only) convene from 9am am to noon for a rehearsal of Faure and Gounod.
    *. Saturday June 9 from 2:30PM TO 5:30PM at the St. Francis Church. 
                                    The American choirs and French choirs come together for a piano rehearsal of Faure and Gounod.
                                    It is a short bus ride from Mercure Hotel to the St. Francis Church.
    *. Sunday June 10 in St Francis, 2:30pm to 5:30pm. With piano.
    *. Monday June 11. 2pm to 5pm orchestra rehearsal with the soloists (not the choruses) of the Faure and Gounod.
                                    Starting at 8:30pm, the "general rehearsal" in L'eglise Saints-Marie Madeleine with all choirs, soloists and orchestra.
    *. Tuesday June 12: Concert in LaMadeleine at 8:30pm.
3. There will be a 2nd concert at the St. Francis Church on Thursday evening featuring Mozart and Beethoven symphonies.
                                    The American choirs will be guests at this concert and will not be performing.
4. The tours of Paris will be re-worked around this rehearsal and concert schedule.  MidAm reports that the revised tour schedule will be sent out in May.

5. MidAm offered an optional excursion tour to Versailles on Friday, June 15th. Those not going on the excursion will have a free day in Paris.

Peter Tiboris, the Director of MidAmerica, relayed this historical tidbit: Gounod was the music director at La Madeleine prior to Fauré. On Gounod’s death, his requiem was performed at La Madeleine with Fauré conducting, Saint-Saens playing the organ and Giuseppe Verdi in the audience!

Travel arrangements:  All WVC travelers have finalized their travel arrangements for this trip.  The times and locations for arrivals and departures in Paris have been forwarded to Zui Tao at MidAmerica.  Here is a reminder that the Paris singers will first gather at the Hotel Mercure late afternoon/early evening on Friday, June 8th, for a welcome toast, orientation, and other news and instructions for the upcoming week. 
A big thank you to Amy Ferrell who assisted WVC travelers in making the travel arrangements for this trip.

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   Amy Ferrell will have some options.  Viviana and I have been using Alianz  There are other options.

Sing along with this or other YouTube videos:

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

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

For more info about and photos of this venue see:,_Paris

The 2nd concert will be on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at the St. Francis Church (Saint-François-de-Sales, 70 Rue Jouffroy-d’Abbans, which is in the 17th Arrondissement).

The residence for the MidAm group of will use the Hotel Mercure Paris 19 Philharmonie La Villette (  See also for their headquarters - lodging, one rehearsal, pick up for tours, etc.  (This is a change from the hotel announced in the Aug 29th prospectus.)

This hotel is across the street from the famous new Cité de la Musique (See:é_de_la_Musique).  One can see directly opposite the new Philharmonie Hall! It is in an excellent location and 10 to 12 minutes by bus from the center-of-Paris.  The hotel is 2 blocks from the Porte de Pantin Metro station on the #5 line.

Here is the schedule of installment 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   <= Collected and forwarded to MidAm on Dec. 7th.
     Mar. 15, 2018     $500.00   <= Collected and forwarded to MidAm on Mar. 8th.
     May   1, 2018     Balance due. (Updated April 15th - I received the final invoice from MidAm.  Please submit final payments to WVC no later than Tuesday, April 24th, so we can send our final check to them by May 1st.)

Air fare to/from Paris is not included above.    MidAm has everyone's arrival/departure times & locations.  For those arriving in Paris by air on June 8th, MidAm will be sending notices about where to meet the transportation for the transfer to the hotel.

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   Amy Ferrell will have some options.  Viviana and I have been using Alianz 

Passports:  Don't forget to pack your passports.

Other info:  
1) MidAmerica has indicated that the Rutter edition of Fauré Requiem will be used in Paris.  The WVC music library has copies of the Kalmus and Schirmer editions to loan out.  In the early May, I will send out mappings of the differences between the Rutter, the Kalmus and the Schirmer versions of the vocal score.

The WVC singers used the Kalmus 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.   

MidAm has indicated that we will be using the Carus edition of the Gounod Requiem.  Each singer has received a copy of this vocal score. 

2)  Practicing the two Requiems.   Singers will have to refresh the Fauré on their own using CDs, Cyberbass, etc.  Given that the Warwick Valley Chorale will be singing the Fauré in Carnegie Hall on April 23, 2018, most of the Paris travelers will be "refreshed."  Click here to listen or download practice tracks as well as a vocal score for the Fauré Requiem.  
    Preparing for the Gounod Requiem will take some individual effort.  Click here to listen or download practice tracks as well as a vocal score for the Gounod Requiem.   
    Towards the end of April we will start having 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, please send me a note at: .

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

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