Thursday, March 7, 2013

SMCC highlight Concert at the Croatian Music Institute in Zagreb on Easter Monday, April 1 at 6 pm

The San Marino Chamber Choir will have a special evening performance opportunity on Easter Monday, April 1, in the Croatian Music Institute in Zagreb, Croatia. 
The oldest musical institution in Croatia, the Croatian Music Institute was founded in 1827 under the title of Musikverein (Music Society) as a society of friends of music. Featuring the second most important concert hall in Zagreb, the Music Institute has be an originator of many forms of musical life in Zagreb and has had various purposes over the years. These include the organization of concerts in its concert hall and founding of a music school, which is known today as the Zagreb Academy of Music. 
The Music Institute has also edited and published works by Croatian composers and authors, which have led to a permanent collection of materials for the music library and archives. Some of the most famous artists who have performed here include Franz Liszt, Sviatoslav Richter, David Oistrakh, and Mstislav Rostropovich.
Today, the Music Institute serves mainly for solo and chamber music concerts, especially since it is known for its outstandingly rich acoustics. It is home to several ensembles, include the Community Orchestra, a Big Band, Social Chamber Ensemble and Community Choir. 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Incantato Presents: Packing Tips and Luggage Regulations

Dear travelers of  the San Marino Chamber Choir,
As your departure for your 2013 performance tour draws closer and closer, Incantato Tours would like to provide you with some travel tips to make it easier for you to get ready for your journey:

For most people, packing for a trip is the most difficult part. The solution for many is to just pack as much as you possibly can into your suitcase and backpack, but as a colleague explains it: "You'll be thanking me later when you don't break your back from having to carry everything on your own. Don't do it!" Her advice: "Pack as lightly as you can. The best way to get it all to fit nicely into your suitcase is to fold it nicely and then roll it tightly. It can all fit into your bag like a puzzle."
The major factor is that you should bring only 1 suitcase, no heavier than 50 pounds!

Keep in mind, however, that many cathedrals have a dress code and will not allow you to walk in if you are wearing tank tops or shorts. A scarf or shawl is a good solution in this case. And shorts or skirts should always go to your knees (both for Ladies and Gents).

Here are a few things that we think are essential to have to be comfortable with what the weather brings and with the weight of your bag - remember, we allow only one checked bag per person (maximum 50 pounds) and a small carry-on such as a bagpack. Here a sample packing list (just a suggestion!):

* Rain jacket, maybe with fleece insert
* Umbrella
* Gloves, scarf, hat.. if you tend to feel chilly
* An adapter plug/converter (if bringing electronic devices)
* Camera and batteries or charger with adapter
* At least two pair of jeans/pants, ladies may want to bring a couple skirts or dresses too
* a sweater or two (or three)
* Plenty of shirts, including a polo or two and at least two dress shirts (Europeans dress much more formal than Americans)
* Plenty of undergarments and socks for daily changes
* A watch, make-up and jewelry if applicable (carry on any valuables at all times)
* Choir music and attire
* Don't forget shoes, we recommend a maximum of three pairs (tennis shoes, good everyday shoes, dress shoes). Bring nice concert shoes, but make sure that you will be able to walk long distances in them. Europeans do not wear flip flops other than to the pool or at the beach.
* Put all liquids that are in your carry-on into a zip-lock bag. And remember the 311 rules: Transportation Security Administration 3-1-1 on Air Travel 
* All scissors, fingernail clippers, etc. are better packed in your check-in luggage along with liquids over 3 ounces. Bring enough contact lense solution and prescription medication that you may need for the whole duration of the trip.
If you forget anything there are plenty of shops where you can by shampoo, toothpaste, etc.