Portland Symphonic Girlchoir 2011 Concert Tour of Germany and the Czech Republic
by Roberta Q. Jackson and Debra R. Burgess, Co-Conductors
Glorious venues and appreciative audiences welcomed the Portland Symphonic Girlchoir and inspired us to new artistic heights on our recent tour of Germany and the Czech Republic. We shared an eclectic mix of traditional sacred repertoire, world music and examples of American jazz and gospel music with enthusiastic audiences everywhere we performed.
This tour, rich with history and beauty, provided lifelong memories and transformed singing relationships into lasting friendships. Each city and venue provided special memories. To see the results of the incredible rebuilding of war-ravaged Leipzig and Dresden was breathtaking, yet sobering. Singing in the Thomaskirche, Bach’s church, was deeply moving as we experienced the audience’s appreciation by its warm applause ending in a standing ovation.
Portland Symphonic Girlchoir in the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Germany
Our joint performances with the JungesVokalensemble Potsdam, the choir from the MittelSchulePegau, and the Dresden Mädchenchor made for delightful music making and gave us the opportunity to make new friends and connect with this unique culture. Finishing in Prague, with its beauty and splendor, and singing our final concert in St. Nicholas Church in the Old Town Square, with its stunning interior and wonderful acoustics, was the perfect end to a fabulous tour, one of our best. We will never be the same!
This was our ninth international tour and fifth consecutive with ACFEA and once again this company exceeded our expectations with excellent promotion, exciting collaborations and a perfect balance of performing and sightseeing. We appreciated the attention to detail and personalization of this tour, based on our requests and desires, by ACFEA Tour Manager Erin Harlan. Thank you, Erin!