Ensemble Touring Blog

The Musée d'Orsay is a heavily-renovated train station, and features a stunning collection of Impressionist masters. 

From Paris to St. Peter, the Journey Reached its End

After concluding a fantastic 16 days with a stint in the lovely city of Paris, the tour has returned home safe and sound. Wednesday, the day began with a panoramic tour of the beautiful city of Paris, ending at the entrance to the Musée d’Orsay. Tom, one of our group guides, explained that while the Thames […]

The grave of William Shakespeare at Holy Trinity Church. 

G Choir Struts in in Stratford, Oxford, and Paris

Good evening from Paris! Despite Logan Boese ’16 claiming “huh, looks like South Dakota” upon spying the French countryside for the first time, we are thrilled to have reached such a treasured city. The last three days allowed us the chance to explore two tremendous pillars of England’s influence on learning the world over: the birth […]

Bath 

All Was Well In Wales

Hello from the Welsh town of Mold! The last few days have been a diverse scamper between England and Wales. Wednesday evening, the choir performed in Bath’s St. Michael’s, another beautiful 1800’s Anglican church. Further away from the opulence of St. Paul’s Cathedral or the elegance of Mayfair, St. Michael’s was a clear example of a […]

Westminster Front (1 of 1) 

We Evensang at Evensong

The past three days have been filled with two incredible performances, one trip to Stonehenge, and countless London adventures. Monday began with an intimate tour of Westminster Abbey, site of nearly 1,000 years of royal weddings and coronations. Westminster marks the final resting place of several hundred of the most influential and important figures in […]

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Gustavus Choir Performs at London’s Historic St. Paul’s Cathedral

As the first concert on its 2015 International Concert Tour, the Gustavus Choir and Conductor Gregory Aune performed as part of the Evensong service at London’s historic St. Paul’s Cathedral on Sunday, January 18. This performance is the first of 8 concerts the Choir will present in England, Wales and France during its 17-day concert […]

Victoria and Albert Museum (1 of 1) 

London Calling (and G Choir Answering), Jan 17-18

Greetings from London! The Gustavus contingency arrived entirely safe, mostly sound, and unanimously exhausted yesterday morning (Jan 17). We met our lovely tour guides, Tom and Anita, at Heathrow and hit a few recognizable sites. These included the Albert Memorial, the Royal Albert Hall, Herrod’s Department Store, St. James’ Palace (residence of Henry VIII), Buckingham Palace, and […]

The Gustavus Choir, Gregory Aune, conductor 

Gustavus Choir Embarks on 2015 International Tour to Britain & France

With a touring tradition that dates back to its founding in 1933, the Gustavus Choir has built a legacy of integrating fine choral singing, music education and music appreciation into its programs and concert appearances on, and off, the campus. With this continuing history of excellence, built on its experience of international concert touring that […]

 

Home Away From Home in Pomaz

While I’ve mentioned that the home stays in Pomaz/Budapest caused a little stress for the Gusties before the moment they met their host families, these photos from the morning we said our goodbyes and left Pomaz will better express the value of the experience. Some of the host “parents” were in the band at the […]

Coming Home

As I packed my last items into my suitcase this morning, preparing for our flight home today, I was drawn to the sense of fulfillment that I have known during the past five weeks, and in particular, since arriving in Europe some two weeks ago.  There are no words that properly or adequately describe what […]

Neuschwanstein Castle, Hohenschwangau, Austria 

All Good Things…..

As with all good things, after 16 days visiting and making music in the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Austria, it is time for the Gustavus Wind Orchestra to close the curtain on its 2014 European Concert Tour. As I write this, the members of the Gustavus Wind Orchestra are hiking or riding from the […]