Lake Garda

We checked out of our hotel in Padua and headed for Milan.  We stopped for lunch at the southern end of Lake Garda where we viewed the Alps and the Dolomite Mountains. Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy.  We had lunch in the historical center of Sirmione at Modi Restaurant.  We were all wondering what kind of white meat or chicken it would be this time.  To our great surprise it was the most wonderful salmon trout.  The restaurant was so nice and breezy sitting outside, instead of hot and stuffy like all the other places.

We kept seeing these huge gelato’s that people were carrying so we went on the hunt for the biggest ones we had ever seen.  After wandering around a bit, the chorus went down by the lake and sang the Alaska Flag Song. It was so cool to see all the people gathering around and taking photos of them.

 

 

Pordenone

We boarded our bus and headed for Pordenone where the Anchorage Concert Chorus was going to have a concert in Duomo Concattedrale di San Marco.

We had some free time and we just sat and had a drink with friends.

The Coro ANA Fruili-Montecavallo sang too.  They were fantastic and just a wonderful group of men.  The choir Montecavallo consists of two dozen Alpine manly voices young and old. It is born in the spirit of the Statute of the Anas with the aim of keeping alive the traditions of mountain folklore and cante degli Alpini, veneto and Friuli. It was directed by the Foundation until January 2008 by Maestro Alessandro Pisano. In addition to regular concerts, the performances are also addressed to educational interventions in primary and secondary schools, both concert works, both with training interventions. In recent years attempts to maintain active relationships with popular songs from all regions of Italy, triggering musical growth projects with the cooperation of other choral groups.

We were all tired after our long day, even our tour guide fell asleep on the bus.

 

Sing for Mass at Basillica di San Marco

 

After our tour and all our other fun in Venice the Chorus sang mass at the Basillica.  As we stood outside waiting to go in Jonathon had bought a guitar and started playing.  The whole chorus started singing Lean On Me.  People were stopping to take photos of everyone.  It was really fun.  The chorus got dressed in the crypt.  As David leaned against a wall to put his socks on the wall was crumbling.  I was not allowed to take photos in there but I did get a couple and one of the church before I found out there were no photos allowed.  David thought the San Marco has to be one of the most spectacular building in the world.

Concert at Chiesa di Ognissanti

The Anchorage Concert Chorus had a concert in the church of Chiesa di Ognissanti.  Another beautiful church.  It would have been nice if they had more people there but the ones that were totally enjoyed their concert.  It sounded wonderful.

 

Anchorage Concert Chorus Sings at St Peter’s Basillica

DSC_0927I am having a terrible time with the internet in Italy.  I can’t seem to get an photos uploaded.  That is why I am not posting every day.

What an honor it was for a chorus from Alaska to get to sing during mass at the Basillica.  They sounded so wonderful.

I got to sit in the front pew because I was Catholic.  If you weren’t you had to go sit in the chairs in the back as a visitor.  I can’t believe that I have now actually received communion at St Peter’s Basillica.