Concert Choir travels to Italy for spring break
Spring Break is usually a time when college students head for the nearest beaches to soak up the sun’s rays. But about 50 members of the University of South Carolina’s School of Music Concert Choir are on their way to Italy for spring break to sing and soak up the culture of Florence and Rome.
During the 12- day trip, the students will travel up Italy’s west coast, to the regions of Tuscany and Umbria, including Montecatini, Florence, Pisa, Lucca, the Cinque Terre, Orvieto, Perugia and Calvi, plus Rome and the Vatican. They will stop to view the historic architecture and art they’ve studied before performing classical choral pieces and spirituals at two church services and giving three concerts.
The choir will sing mass at San Lorenzo Church, Florence; perform at Basilica Sant’Agnese in Rome; Santa Maria Maggiore, Florence; and sing a highlight concert at Il Teatro Flavio Vespasiano, Rieti.
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They are being led by five SOM faculty and Larry Wyatt, director of choral studies. Wyatt said the School of Music trips abroad are an enriching experience for students, as well as a wonderful recruiting tool for prospective music students.
“I’ve taken the choir to China for the 2008 Olympics, as well as to Bulgaria, Austria and Germany,” he said. A primary reason for the tour is to give students not just a cultural experience but the opportunity to travel and sing in major artistic centers and beautiful venues. And, it’s great visibility for the University of South Carolina.”
The Concert Choir is USC’s premier choral ensemble.