MITA prides itself on presenting an excellent performance series during its’ three-week run. Established by concert pianist Dr. Irena Portenko in 2013 after arranging a concert for one of her students at the home of conductor and former Director of the Vienna Boys Choir, Uwe Harrer, MITA aims to present concerts that encourage cultural exchange and present innovative musical excellence. The concert series includes performances by several MITA faculty and guest artists, as well as masterclasses, chamber music sessions, and other presentations designed to give students and audience members alike a well-rounded experience in musical exploration.
In addition to its robust classical program, MITA opened its doors to a jazz and popular music series in 2017. The festival has welcomed talented artists to perform and work with the students from across the United States, Czech Republic, Germany, and the Netherlands.
One of the festival’s guests, Dr. Corinna Schmohl from Germany will present a lecture on the topic “What if the melody of your life?”, which will ask one of the most important questions for many people today: what encourages you to activate your ideas and your relationship with yourself?
For younger musicians, as well as for those who would like to enhance their knowledge about the history of music and related arts, we have created a “Rising Stars” program with private lessons and collaboration in chamber music groups. Students have the opportunity to learn in a fun and inspirational environment, as well as enhance their skills through frequent performances.
JAZZ and POPULAR MUSIC SERIES
In 2017 “Music in the Alps” opened its doors to the jazz and popular music and Bad Gastein whole-heartedly welcomed artists from the USA, Czech Republic, Germany and Netherlands: Robert Redweik, Jiri Slavicek, Cyrille Oswald and Taras Volos.
In 2018 Jazz program led by Bob Arthurs, a former Dean of the Music Conservatory of Westchester and a guitar program with Dario Chiazzolino will bring some new world tunes enjoyed by the audiences of all ages and backgrounds.