Monday, March 29, 2010

Incantato Performance Venue: The Pantheon in Rome

Dear travelers of Quire of Voyces,
Incantato Tours proudly presents your Rome concert venue for June 17, 2010. Have a closer look at the Pantheon:

The Pantheon was built by Marcus Agrippa as a temple to all the gods of Ancient Rome, and rebuilt by Emperor Hadrian in about 126 AD. A near-contemporary writer, Cassius Dio, speculates that the name comes from the statues of many gods placed around the building, or from the resemblance of the dome to the heavens. Since the French Revolution, when the church of Sainte-Geneviève, Paris, was deconsecrated and turned into a secular monument, the Panthéon, the generic term pantheon may be applied to any building in which illustrious dead are honored or buried. The building is circular with a portico of three ranks of huge granite Corinthian columns (eight in the first rank and two groups of four behind) under a pediment opening into the rotunda, under a coffered, concrete dome, with a central opening (oculus) to the sky. Almost two thousand years after it was built, the Pantheon's dome is still the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome. A rectangular structure links the portico with the rotunda. It is one of the best preserved of all Roman buildings. It has been in continuous use throughout its history, and since the 7th century, the Pantheon has been used as a Roman Catholic Church dedicated to "St. Mary and the Martyrs" but informally known as "Santa Maria Rotonda”.

Quire Recital at the Pantheon confirmed

With more information to come soon, we just wanted to share that the Quire of Voyces has been granted permission for a 25 minute recital at the Pantheon on June 17, 2010.
Arriverderci from Germany, Sandra & Team

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Finds in Frascati, Italy - R rated

The three boobie cake is a local specialty
And that's the Italian Victoria Secret
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Italian composer Di Bianco dedicates his newest composition to the Quire

Guiseppe Di Bianco, a native of Maiori on the Amalfi Coast in Italy, and a dear friend of Incantato, just completed his newest work and dedicated it to the Quire of Voyces. Will we get to hear it soon on Italian soil performed by all of you?

Monday, March 15, 2010

Rachmaninov Concert

Congratulations to the chorus on a spectacular set of concerts this weekend, performing the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom! Bravo!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Facts about Capri

Quire of Voyces is going to spend some time of the Italy Tour 2010 on the beautiful island of Capri. Incantato Tours discovered some interesting facts about the Italian island:

Capri is an Italian island in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the Sorrentine Peninsula, on the south side of the Gulf of Naples, in the Campania region of southern Italy. It has been a resort since the time of the Roman Republic. In the latter half of the 19th century, Capri became a popular resort for European artists, writers and other celebrities. John Singer Sargent and Frank Hyde are among the prominent artists who stayed on the island around the late 1870s. Sargent is best known for his series of portraits featuring the beautiful local model, Rosina Ferrara. Also in the 19th century, the natural scientist Ignazio Cerio catalogued the flora and fauna of the island. This work was continued by his son, the author and engineer Edwin Cerio, who wrote several books on life in Capri in the 20th century.

The picture is from the official homepage of the Capri tourism office.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

About the Italian word of the Day

Dear Quire Travellers, we sure are thrilled that you love the Italian word of the Day, but sadly the widget that displays it is currently malfunctioning and that is beyond our control. We sent a note to the developer and hope they will fix it shortly. We added a replacement widget to the right navigation of the blog. Have a wonderful weekend - a dopo, Sandra & Team