Choir Sings in Rome During Spring Tour to Italy
The Alma College Choir arrived safely in Rome on May 12 and has
been busy ever since with rehearsals, sightseeing and cultural
Very different from previous tours where the singers travel to a different city each night, this trip has allowed the students to settle in Rome for a week of rehearsals with the Coro Polifonica of Rome’s Universita Tre. The American and Italian singers are spending the week rehearsing and performing together.
The Choir at the Coliseum
In an email from Choir Director Will Nichols, the Alma students are having a "fantastico" experience singing the Mozart Requiem with the Italian choir and orchestra.
The choir moves on to Florence via Assisi on Monday, May 19.
The Choir singing at Hadrian's Village in Rome.
The chance to meet and work closely with their Italian counterparts is one of the highlights of this trip, says Nichols.
“We wanted to have a chance to really get to know a city, to spend some
extended time in a neighborhood and learn the kind of things the locals
know,” he says.
Choir members in Rome
“Personally, I’ve never spent time overseas other than the last choir tour to Scotland,” says choir member and Huntington Woods senior Tony Rosenblum. “So I’m very excited to visit a new country and culture. In addition to singing some of our regular songs, we are learning Mozart’s ‘Requium’ to sing with the choir in Italy. I’m really looking forward to that.”
This trip is the Alma Choir’s sixth European tour in the past 10 years. The choir’s plan to travel abroad every other year is designed to give each student, most of whom are juniors or seniors, one chance to sing and travel overseas while at Alma. The next tour in 2010 will take the choir back to Scotland.
Posted: Mon, May 5th, 2008 at 12:46PM