On May 9-30, 2017, the University Chorale journeyed to four European countries. The 22-day itinerary included visits to Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany. We reconnected with friends from our 2013 tour in these countries and made wonderful new friends as we shared our music and our lives in churches, schools and host homes.
With 2017 marking the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, the University Chorale visited important sites associated with the Reformation such as Martin Luther's birthplace and death house, the Schlosskirche in Wittenberg where he nailed his 95 Theses to the door in 1517 and Wartburg Castle where Luther spent considerable time hiding out as he translated the New Testament from Greek to German.
Watch the University Chorale sing "Hlohonolofatsa," a South African blessing, for the mayor and members of the town council at a reception in the choir's honor at the Town Hall in Bückeburg, Germany.
The University Chorale's experiences on the Luther trail included participating in a worship service in an Augustinian Monastery and an informal concert at J. S. Bach's tomb at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig.