Past International Tours

Choral group pictured outside of Versailles Palace in France

Past International Tours

The LMU Choruses have travelled internationally on three previous occasions.

 

2010 Italy

The Loyola Marymount University choruses sang six engagements in four Italian cities in June 2010, culminating with a private concert in the Sistine Chapel and a public Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica. Led by Mary Breden, director of choral activities and chair of the Department of Music, the 100 members of the LMU choruses – the Consort Singers, Women’s Chorus and Concert Choir – performed free concerts for the public in Lucca, Florence and Venice, where they also sang at a Mass in St. Mark’s Basilica.

View the full article and a slideshow of this tour here.

2012 Germany and Austria

The LMU choruses performed in the Alte Peterkirche in Munich, Germany, the Residenz Salzburg–Rittersaal in Salzburg, Austria, and the Votivkirche in Vienna, Austria. They performed songs by Bach, Brahms and Mozart as well as spiritual and folksong arrangements by American composers Hal Johnson and James Erb. In addition, the choruses sang the European premiere of “O Rex Gloriae,” the work commissioned by LMU for its centennial that was written by Z. Randall Stroope. Breden said performing abroad gives students an opportunity to learn something that can’t be taught in the classroom or by reading a book.

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2015 France

The LMU Choruses presented three major concerts, one in Versailles (La Cathédrale of Saint-Louis de Versailles) and two in Paris (L’Église de la Madeleine and L’Église St-Etienne-du-Mont).  Most notable of these, perhaps, was St-Etienne-du-Mont, the church where composer Maurice Duruflé served as director of music.  The program included works of Sweelinck, Fauré, Duruflé as well as Handel, Chesnokov, Gjeilo and Lauridsen.  The choruses presented the European premier of movements from Paul Gibson’s “Te Deum”, commissioned to celebrate 50 years of the “modern day” LMU choral tradition.  In addition to the formal concerts, the choruses also sang for the flag raising and a short memorial program at the Normandy American Cemetery & Memorial.  Here they honored those who so bravely lost their lives on the beaches of Normandy with a wreath-laying as part of their presentation.  The words selected by the choruses to be placed on the ribbons of the wreath reflected the depth of emotion this experience held for the singers: “Just as their reward is eternal, so also is our debt of gratitude eternal.”  This was the “Sistine Chapel” moment of the France tour.

View the full article and photos here.