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Musicians Take Road Trip Of A Lifetime



Members of Cornell’s Chamber Singers and Chamber Orchestra rehearse before their performance at the Salzburg Cathedral in Austria.

More than 200 years after Mozart’s death, select members of Cornell’s Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Singers performed his works in the Salzburg Cathedral where he spent his formative years. The engagement before an audience of 5,000 for the main service was the highlight of a 15-day, four-country performance tour during their Music in Europe course in May.

The 46 musicians also performed in Italy and the Czech Republic, concluding their tour in Munich, Germany. The groups were chosen to perform at a major music festival at Marostica, outside Venice.

This is the first time orchestra director Martin Hearne and choir director Lisa Hearne have taken the two groups to Europe. In 1999 they took Cornell’s steel drum band, Pandemonium, and the Calypso Singers to France, where they were the only U.S. band that performed by invitation at Carnival 1999 in Nice. In 1998 Pandemonium went to New Orleans.

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