Music Camp International conducts one Festival each year in each country. Our annual Easter Festival, Pastele cu maestri, (Easter with the Masters) is held in Romania. At the end of each Music Camp throughout the year, students are auditioned to participate in the Easter Festival. We select different cities each year, and the students come from all over the country. Usually we use the dormitory facilities and cafeteria of a boarding school. The concerts are performed in some of the great cathedrals throughout the country. Repertoire is from the master choral works of the season from the great masters—Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.
Christmas in Ukraine has historically been in Kyiv—up until this year, when we went to Voznesensk. Because of the considerations of the winter season plus both New Years and Christmas being strong family holidays, participation has been by students from the local area.
Choral masterpieces of the season along with international carols are performed, including selections from the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah. Family concerts are becoming a strong tradition of the season.
January 11 – 16, 2015 Voznesensk, UkraineAfter ten years of Christmas Festivals in Kyiv and Kyiv Region, Music Camp International took the beautiful music of this season to a new city, Voznesensk. With the partnership of the Community Fundation and support from the Mayor’s office, we went to the south-central area of Ukraine, just north of Mikolaiv, (Our plan to go to Sloviansk had to be changed because of the war.)
Voznesensk proved to be a powerful partner. Classes and rehearsals were held in a large orphanage—bringing together for the first time the children from the orphanage and the children from the town. New friendships and bonds were formed, as the children became “one big family.” The concert at the Culture Palace didn’t even have standing room as the children sang selections from the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah. This music had never been performed in this region. The orchestra had never played Messiah. But the power of the performance transformed children, families, city officials, teachers and administrators who had historically segregated orphans from children from “traditional” families.
At the reception following the concert, the invitation was extended, and we have promised to return.
April 13 – 18, 2014 Easter With the Masters – Sinaia, RomaniaOur fifth annual Easter with the Masters Festival was in the small mountain town of Sinaia. This town is an international tourist attraction because of Peleș Castle—the residence of Romania’s last reigning monarch, King Caroll. The team of 15 teachers and the150 students stayed in Cantacuzino High School, a nearby boarding school. We ate at the cafeteria and had daily classes and rehearsals in the school. The performance was at the International Event Center, Hall of Mirrors.
This festival is gaining a national reputation as we draw students from all over the country. We chartered five buses to come from every region where we hold Music Camps.The town of Sinaia plans to “adopt” Easter with the Masters as it’s “official” annual Easter celebration. This collaboration will give us an international audience, and tie us even more closely to the heart of their national celebration.
December 28-January 7, 2014 Christmas in Kiev – our 10th yearEven in a time of political turmoil, Music Camp International held its 10th annual Christmas Festival in Kiev. Because the National Philharmonic is located very close to Maidan, this year’s concert was held on the other side of the Dniper River in the beautiful Greek Catholic Cathedral.
The concert was featured on a special newscast as one of the most important events of the week.
April 7-12, 2013 Easter with the Masters – Brasov, RomaniaThis year’s Easter with the Masters Festival was held in the medieval city of Brasov. Classes were held at the Honterus School—the school that has partnered with us for 9 years. Choir rehearsals were in the City’s Municipal Auditorium, and the concert was at Biserica Neagra (“The Black Church”) Romania’s largest cathedral. Children performed magnificent music by Mozart and Handel. City “awareness” exploded when the bell ringers created a flash mob on the city square. Young people came from all over Romania—Iasi, Cluj, Sibiu, Bucharest, Arad, and Brasov. These students, who have attended Music Camp for several years, are eager to rehearse, work hard, and deliver an outstanding performance. They are making history in their country!
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December 28, 2012 -January 6, 2013 Christmas in KievChristmas in Kiev celebrated its 9th year of Christmas Music Camp and concert in Kiev, Ukraine. Classes were held in the town of Vyshgarod at the middle school, “Intellect.” The concert was at the magnificent National Philharmonic Concert Hall in downtown Kiev.
The children performed the instrumentarium of Pachelbel’s Canon in D and The First Noel in the lobby as the guests arrived. Choral selections included Ukrainian carols, international carols, and selections from the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah.
April 8-13, 2012 Easter with the Masters in Bucharest RomaniaYoung people from all over the Romania who had participated in Music Camp and had been preselected, arrived in Bucharest on April 8. The students and staff lived in the dormitory and ate at the cafeteria at Dinu Lipatti, the music high school. The Festival included middle school and high school students. Repertoire included the great classical music of the season–an opening bell processional of the universally known Romanian hymn Hristos ă inviat din morți (“Christ is risen from the dead”); then the choral opener, Veniți să ne inchinam (“Come, let us worship” by Romanian composer, Valentin Timaru). Then the children performed Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus (in Latin) and selections from the Easter portion of Handel’s Messiah (in English). The children were accompanied by the principle players of the Georg Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, Romania’s most distinguished orchestra. The concert was at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in the city center. This was the third year for this annual event which is quickly becoming Romania’s premiere Festival for children during the Easter season.
December 28, 2011-January 8, 2012 Vyshgarod, UkraineChristmas in Kiev celebrated its 8th festival in this great city. This year daily classes and rehearsals were held in Vyshgarod, a town on the northern edge of the Kiev. Many new children participated. The beautiful National Philharmonic Concert Hall was filled to capacity. The instrumentarium, which was performed in the lobby, welcomed parents, dignitaries, and a host of media. Music Camp International collaborated with Source of Hope, a children’s charity in the Kiev Region. The Vice Governor of Kiev Region and President of Source of Hope spoke at the concert.
April 17-22, 2011 Easter with the Masters, Cluj, RomaniaEaster with the Masters celebrated its third year. This year’s extraordinary Festival included children and youth from other regions of Romania. The out-of-town students stayed in the dormitory and ate in the cafeteria at Brassai Samuel, the school where Music Camp is held. The concert, on Friday, April 22, began with a procession of the beautiful English handbells and orchestra playing Hristos a inviat din morti–“Christ is Risen from the Dead!” Then the choir sang Veniti sa ne inchinam by Romanian composer, Valentin Timaru. Then followed the beautiful Ave Verum Corpus by Mozart, and selections from the Easter portion of Handel’s Messiah.
This is the only Music Camp in Romania that includes a track for high school students. Members from the Transylvania Philharmonic Orchestra accompanied the choir. To hear excerpts, go to our audio/video page. CD’s can also be ordered from Music Camp International. Go to the “How To Help” page, order your CD and pay online.
December 28, 2010-January 9, 2011 Christmas in Kiev Celebrates its 7th SeasonMusic Camp International conducted its 7th annual Christmas in Kiev from December 28-January 9, 2011. This Camp brought special guests,The Lee Trio to work with the children and perform at the concert. Daily classes and rehearsals were held at School #130 of the Goloseevskiy District. The concert was again held at the beautiful Philharmonic Concert Hall which was filled to capacity.
April 3-10, 2010 Easter with the Masters Returned to Cluj, RomaniaEaster with the Masters celebrated its second year. This special Festival included children from other parts of Romania. The opening choir piece was written by Romanian composer Valentin Timaru, Veniti sa ne inchinam “Come let us worship and bow down.” Additional music featured selections from the Easter portion of Handel’s Messiah. The choir was comprised of middle school and high school students. The concert began with a procession of the beautiful English handbells and orchestra playing Hristos a inviat din morti–“Christ is Risen from the Dead!” Members from the Transylvania Philharmonic Orchestra accompanied the 100 voice choir.
December 28, 2009-January 8, 2010 Christmas in Kiev celebrates its 6th seasonMusic Camp International conducted its 6th annual Christmas in Kiev from December 28, 2009-January 8, 2010. This year’s Camp combined some of the blind children who had participated in their own Music Camp in May, with children who had the gift of sight. It was the first time these children have joined together for a concert of Christmas masterpieces. This year’s concert was held at the beautiful Philharmonic Concert Hall in Kiev. Watch video of the choir performing both Hallelujah! and Magnificat.
April 12-18, 2009 Easter With the Masters, Cluj, RomaniaMusic Camp International launched a new festival in Cluj, Romania, from April 12-18. Easter With the Masters is designed to feature the choral masterworks that celebrate the Easter season. This year the children sang selections from Handel’s Messiah. The concert was at the beautiful Biserica Reformata, which is known for its exceptional acoustics. This festival, which was endorsed by the Ministry of Education, is projected to become a regional and eventually a national festival, drawing participants and audiences from the entire country, and eventually the continent.
December 28, 2008-January 7, 2009 Kiev Christmas Camp Holds Concert at House of Organ MusicDecember 28, 2008-January 7, 2009 Music Camp International held its annual Christmas Camp, with its concert on Orthodox Christmas Day, January 7. The beautiful Polish Cathedral, Dom Organi Muziki, was the site of the concert. The magnificent acoustics made the children’s voices sound like angels. The smiles on their faces made them look like angels. The magnificent carols of Christmas enraptured both the performers and the audience in magical moments of music.