Concert Choir Tours Spain & Portugal
This summer, Hopkins Concert Choir departs for a European tour of Spain and Portugal, visiting Lisbon, Madrid, Lagos, Seville, Toledo, and Granada.
The choir will explore different cities throughout Spain and Portugal and perform at various venues, all whilst being immersed in the culture. CC Rocco ’20, a soprano in Concert Choir, said, “I am so excited to experience such an amazing trip. It will be so fun!”
The repertoire for the trip includes pieces from the choir’s winter and spring concerts: “Indodana” by Michael Barrett and Ralf Schmitt, “Stars” by Sara Teasdale, “Woke Up This Morning” by Jeffrey Douma, “Gambaya” by Paul John Rudoi, “Waiting on the World to Change” by John Mayer, “La Seis Cuerdas” by Matthew Harris, This Land and Passage by Javier Busto, “O Magnum Mysterium” by Morten Lauridsen, “Cornerstone” by Shawn Kirchner, and “Run to You” arranged by Kirby Shaw.
Soprano Casey Dies ’20 said, “Personally, my favorite song that concert choir performs is Pentatonix’s ‘Run to You.’ I’ve always been a fan of Pentatonix and it’s a beautiful five-part piece that I know will be a fan favorite.” Lauren Gillespie ’20, an alto, added, “I have to say my [favorite song] would be ‘Stars’ or ‘Cornerstone.’ Both pieces I have a lot of fun singing, and it is super hard to decide which one I like better.”
Erika Schroth, the director of the trip and conductor of the choir said, “In addition to developing our sense of ensemble, we have a few new pieces which we will perform at various venues in Lisbon, Seville, Granada and Madrid with our host choirs.”
There will be a concert on the day before departure where the choir, consisting of students in concert choir year round and students who learned the music outside of the class to perform on tour, will perform many of the pieces that will be showcased on tour. Schroth said that the concert will take place on Sunday, June 10, at 4:30 in the Yale Glee Club Room in Henrie Hall.
Students not only will get the chance to perform internationally, but also will explore a new culture. Gillespie said “I’m most looking forward to singing in gorgeous cathedrals and churches and getting to collaborate with choirs from different countries! As far as culture, I’m really excited for Spanish food and getting to see the streets and people there!” Colin Flaumenhaft ’18 said, “I think I am most excited to explore such a new environment while still getting to do something I love: singing.” Viajes Seguros to the Concert Choir this summer!