2018 Concerts with the AIMS Festival Orchestra



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Opening Ceremonies

Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 11:00 – Karl-Franzens-Universität, Aula
Dirigent: Marzio Conti

Orchestral works:

Ludwig van Beethoven Leonoren-Ouvertüre Nr. 3, Op. 72b
Leonard Bernstein Fancy Free Three Dance Variations
Johannes Brahms Ungarische Tänze (Hungarian Dances) Nr. 1, 2, 5, 10
Gioachino Rossini Ouvertüre aus La gazza ladra

Orchestra Concert #1 – Himmlische Klänge (Heavenly Sounds)

Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 19:30 – Herz-Jesu-Kirche
Dirigent: Marzio Conti

Orchestral works:

Hannah Lash Music for Loss (European Premiere)
Ottorino Respighi Vetrate di chiesa (Church Windows)

Vocal works will include sacred and secular arias and ensembles.

Orchestra Concert #2 – Eine Nacht in Paris (A Night in Paris)

Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 19:30 – Stefaniensaal, Grazer Congress
Dirigent: Marzio Conti

Orchestral works:

Giuseppe Verdi Ouvertüre aus Giovanna d’Arco
Jean Sibelius 5. Symphonie in Es-Dur, Op 82

Vocal arias and ensembles will be selected from La bohème, La traviata, La rondine, Manon, Manon Lescaut, and others.

Orchestra Concert #3 – Von neuen und alten Welten (From the new and old worlds)

Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 19:30 – Stefaniensaal, Grazer Congress
Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 19:30 – Stift St. Paul im Lavanttal
Dirigent: Lukas Beikircher

Orchestral works:
Giuseppe Verdi Ouvertüre aus Nabucco
Maurice Ravel Boléro
Antonín Dvořák 9. Symphonie in e-moll “Aus der Neuen Welt” Op 95 (only at St Paul)

A variety of Italian, French, German, and English vocal arias and ensembles will be presented.

Orchestra Concert #4
Operetta meets Bernstein

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 19:30 – Schlossbergbühne Kasematten
Friday, August 3, 2018 at 19:30 – Kunsthaus Weiz
Dirigent: Lukas Beikircher

Orchestral works:
Johann Strauß Wiener Blut Walzer Op. 354
Robert Stolz UNO-Marsch Op. 1275
Leonard Bernstein, arr. Jack Mason West Side Story Selections for Orchestra

Vocal works:
Johann Strauß aus Wiener Blut
Wünsch’ guten Morgen, Herr von Pepi! (Pepi Pleininger, sopran & Josef, tenor)
Grüβ dich Gott, du liebes Nesterl (Gräfin Zedlau, sopran)
So nimm mein süβer Schatz! (Pepi Pleininger, sopran & Graf Zedlau, tenor)
Das Eine kann ich nicht verzeih’n (Gräfin Zedlau, sopran & Graf Zedlau, tenor)

Robert Stolz
Die ganze Welt ist himmelblau aus Im weissen Rößl (sopran & bariton)
Mein Liebeslied muβ ein Walzer sein aus Im weissen Rößl (bariton, tenor, sopran)
Wenn die Sommersonne lacht aus Trauminsel (tenor, sopran, mezzosopran)
Vater Strauß, schau runter … aus Das Sperrsechserl (Ensemble)

Leonard Bernstein aus West Side Story
I Feel Pretty (Maria, sopran)
Maria (Tony, tenor)
Tonight (Tony, tenor; Maria, sopran & ensemble)

Leonard Bernstein aus Candide
Glitter and Be Gay (Cunegonde, sopran)
Make Our Garden Grow (Cunegonde, sopran; Candide, tenor; & Ensemble)


Orchestra Concert #5 – Meistersinger

Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 19:30 – Helmut-List-Halle
Dirigent: Marius Stieghorst

Orchestral works:
Benjamin Britten Four Sea Interludes aus Peter Grimes, Op. 33
Gioachino Rossini Ouvertüre aus La scala de seta

Meistersinger Finalists will sing before a jury and the Graz public. Prizes will be awarded.

Meistersinger Vocal Competition Rules, repertoire requirements and fee are published on the AIMS website. https://aimsgraz.com/the-program/voice/the-meistersinger-competition/


2018 Liederabende


Gabriel Dobner, Coach

Lost in Translation

Tuesday, August 7 at 18.00 – LKH Kirche
Wednesday, August 8 at 19.30 – Steinerner Saal, Stift Rein

Exploring various settings of the German Lied Repertoire based on poetry from other languages translated into German.

Composers to include:
Johannes Brahms
Antonin Dvorak
Edvard Grieg
Rudolf Jensen
Erich Korngold
Gustav Mahler
Eusebius Mandyczewsky
Joseph Marx
Felix Mendelssohn
Franz Schubert
Robert Schumann



Kenneth Griffiths, Coach

Friedrich Rückert Settings

Friday, August 3 at 19.30 – GrazMuseum, Vortragssaal
Saturday, August 4 at 11.00 – Musiksalon Erfurt

Often when one hears the name of Rückert in the context of Lieder settings the name that comes to mind is usually Gustav Mahler.  However, this poet was universally loved and this program will amply demonstrate his popularity.

Composers to include:
Robert Franz
Fanny Hensel
Wilhelm Kienzl
Carl Loewe
Gustav Mahler
Joseph Marx
Franz Schubert
Robert Schumann
Clara Schumann
Richard Strauss



Timothy Hoekman, Coach

Eine Schubertiade
A Schubertiade

Saturday, August 4 at 19.30 – GrazMuseum, Vortragssaal
Sunday, August 5 at 11.00 – Meerscheinschlössl

Franz Schubert


      – for singers, collaborative pianists, and instrumentalists


Montagskonzert: AIMS Artists in Recital

All Montagskonzert: AIMS Artists in Recitals are held at Pfarrsaal St. Leonhard
Monday, July 16, 2018 at 19:30
Monday, July 23, 2018 at 19:30
Monday, July 30, 2018 at 19.30
Monday, August 6, 2018 at 19.30

Singer and collaborative piano participants will be selected to perform on these recitals.


Broadway in Love Concerts

Friday, July 20, 2018 at 19:30 – Casino Graz, Casineum
Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 19:30 – Konferenzsaal der ams AG, Premstätten

Coordinators and coaches: Michael Ramach and Stephanie Weiss

Repertoire for this concert to be selected from:

Bart – As Long As He Needs Me (Oliver)
Bernstein – Somewhere (West Side Story)
Bock – She Loves Me (She Loves Me)
Gaudio – Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You (Jersey Boys)
Goldrich – Right before My Eyes (Ever After)
Guettel – Love to Me (The Light in the Piazza)
Hamlisch – What I Did For Love (A Chorus Line)
Herman – Time Heals Everything (Mack and Mabel)
Jacobs – Summer Nights (Grease)
Kander & Ebb – Maybe This Time (Cabaret)
Lauper – The History of Wrong Guys (Kinky Boots)
Lippa – Pulled (The Addams Family)
Loewe & Lerner – The Heather on the Hill (Brigadoon)
Loewe & Lerner – Show Me (My Fair Lady)
Lutvak – Sibella (A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder)
Menken – Suddenly, Seymour (Little Shop of Horrors)
Porter – So In Love (Kiss Me Kate)
Rice – Can You Feel the Love Tonight? (The Lion King)
Rodgers & Hammerstein – Hello Young Lovers (The King and I)
Rodgers & Hammerstein – Something Wonderful (The King and I)
Rodgers & Hammerstein – If I Loved You (Carousel)
Rodgers & Hammerstein – People Will Say We’re in Love (Oklahoma)
Rodgers & Hammerstein – Some Enchanted Evening (South Pacific)
Rodgers & Hammerstein – A Wonderful Guy (South Pacific)
Rodgers & Hammerstein – Love, Look Away (Flower Drum Song)
Schmidt – Old Maid (110 In the Shade)
Schönberg – On My Own (Les Misérables)
Simon – How Could I Ever Know (The Secret Garden)
Sondheim – Unworthy of Your Love (Assassins)
Sondheim – Too Many Mornings (Follies)
Sondheim – Not a Day Goes By (Merrily We Roll Along)
Sondheim – Being Alive (Company)
Tesori – Gimme Gimme (Thoroughly Modern Millie)
Webber – I Don’t Know How To Love Him (Jesus Christ Superstar)
Wildhorn & Bricusse – Someone Like You (Jekyll and Hyde)
Willson – Till There Was You (The Music Man)
Yazbek – Yesterday, Tomorrow, and Today (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown)
Yeston – Unusual Way (Nine)
Zachary & Weiner – I’d Order Love (First Date)


Operetta Concerts (with piano)

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 19:30 – Pfarrsaal St. Leonhard (Benefit for Odilien-Institut)
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 19:30 – Casino Graz, Casineum
Friday, July 27, 2018 at 19:30 – Pfarrsaal St. Leonhard (Benefit for Odilien-Institut)

Coordinators and Coaches: Christine Fasser and Vanessa Bosch

The Operetta Program at AIMS is a unique opportunity for AIMS singers and pianists to become acquainted with a genre that has a vast repertoire and remains popular in German speaking countries and around the world.  Most Americans only know of operetta through two of its towering hits, Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, Jr and Die lustige Witwe by Franz Lehar.  At AIMS, participants will encounter other works by the famous Strauss and Lehar, as well as operetta gems by composers such as Kálmán, Lortzing, Dostal, and Graz-born Robert Stolz.  Far from being a poor stepchild of opera, operetta has vocal demands no less exacting than opera and a style all its own.  Singers looking to establish themselves in Germany and Austria will find that many opera houses regularly perform operettas and prize performers with skills in this genre.  The AIMS Operetta concerts with piano (in the Graz Casino, the benefit concert for the Odilien Institut in the St Leonhard Pfarrsaal, and in the elegant Meerscheinschlößl) are well-attended by the Graz public, who view these concerts as yearly events not to be missed.  The programs of arias, duets, and ensembles are animated with staging and choreography (de rigueur for this delightful and sparkling repertoire) and often accompanied by a small chamber ensemble.


Spirituals and American Sacred Music Concerts

Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 19:30 – Wallfahrtskirche Maria Straßengel
Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 20:00 –  Münzgrabenkirche

Coordinator and Coach: Alfonse Anderson

Spiritual solos and ensembles. Open to all singers. Indicate your interest in performing after arrival. Bring music you want to perform.

Concert dress:
Ladies – floor-length gowns with modest necklines and shoulders covered. (No exceptions)
Men – dark suits with ties.


Italian Arias & Songs Concerts

Buona sera, Graz! Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 19:30 – Minoritensaal

Coordinator: Piotr Wisniewski

Italian opera arias and ensembles. Open to all singers. Indicate your interest in performing after arrival. Bring music you want to perform.


Performance opportunities at Graz church services

Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 9:30 – Herz-Jesu-Kirche
Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 9:30 – Kirche St. Leonhard
Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 9:30 – Heilandskirche
Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 11:30 – Franziskanerkirche
Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 9:30 – Münzgrabenkirche

Coordinator: Vanessa Bosch

Open to all singers, collaborative pianists, and instrumentalists. Indicate your interest in performing after arrival. Bring sacred music you know.


Viva Espana! Spanish Concerts

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 19:30 – GGZ, Albert-Schweitzer-Klinik
Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 19:30 – Meerscheinschlössl

Coordinator and Coach: Gustavo Halley
John Muratore, guitar

Songs in Spanish from Spain/Latin America, and arias from Zarzuelas.
Bring music you wish to perform.


Kammermusik Instrumental Chamber Music

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 19:30 – Franziskanerkirche

Coordinator: Randy Glasner

Open to all instrumentalists. Indicate your interest in performing after arrival. Bring ensemble music you know. (Additional chamber music available in the AIMS library.)