Jonathan Griffith Singers 2011 Concert Tour of Argentina and Uruguay
For the Jonathan Griffith Singers’ sixth ACFEA tour, Maestro Jonathan Griffith was looking for somewhere new for the choir to explore after tours to Europe and China. After many options were considered, South America emerged as the perfect destination for the singers from all over the US and Canada to gather and perform once again. Coming from a diverse array of choirs and musical backgrounds, these singers look forward to reuniting every two years to present a masterwork with professional orchestras in world-class venues, and Uruguay and Argentina presented opportunities to do just that.
The repertoire was to be Mozart’s Requiem, performed in two fantastic venues: the Teatro Solis in Montevideo, the oldest opera house in the Americas, and the exquisite Basílica San José de Flores in Buenos Aires. With the outstanding Montevideo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Buenos Aires Symphony Orchestra, wonderful local soloists, and audiences of over 1,000 people at each concert, the choir could not have been more pleased. Said Maestro Griffith, “Both concerts were most successful, very well received, and musically fulfilling, especially the performance in Buenos Aires. The church was packed, standing room only, but it was the genuine and sincere response of the audience following the concert that made it so memorable. Many in the audience waited and greeted the singers one by one as they left the church, with tears in their eyes expressing as best they could the impact of the music. Many of the singers were similarly moved by the sincerity of the audience and were also in tears.”
Jonathan Griffith Singers performs with the Sinfónica de Buenos Aires in the Basílica San José de Flores in Buenos Aires
While the choir needed plenty of rehearsal time to put together such a significant work, the singers still managed some sightseeing highlights as well. After a long set of flights, the choir was welcomed to Uruguay with a vineyard tour and wine tasting to learn more about one of Uruguay’s top industries. The group also enjoyed a guided sightseeing tour of historic Colonia. Of course, no visit to Buenos Aires would be complete without a tango show, so they attended one over dinner. While many in the group returned home after another successful JGS tour, nearly half extended their trip with an excursion to the world-famous Iguazu Falls on the Argentina-Brazil border, a magnificent way to cap off their South American experience.
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