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Main Street Singers Tour Eastern Europe over Spring Break

The Main Street Singers traveled to Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic for their annual international tour. Their 18-day tour began on Wednesday, April 6 and ended with their return on Saturday, April 23.

The members performed in Warsaw, Kraków, Zakopane, Częstochowa, Poznań, Berlin, Wittenberg, Leipzig, Dresden and Prague.

During their annual tours, the Main Street Singers visit many countries while performing several concerts. With each tour, the students entered a new culture and explored a foreign environment while appreciating regional music.

This year they performed six concerts in Poland, three concerts in Germany and two concerts in the Czech Republic. Each concert was held in a unique location and usually composed of 20 to 25 songs in their repertoire, which would last from an hour to an hour and a half.

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“I was really surprised at how gratifying it was to give concerts and see people’s reactions at the end of the concert,” sophomore Chloe Arrouye said.

The students performed formal concerts in a variety of venues, including churches, cathedrals and chapels. In addition, they gave several impromptu concerts throughout their trips.

“We would go randomly in the square, in the Easter market in Prague, [and] we just sung for people outside,” junior Becca Wolber said. “I liked those best.”

In addition to the 11 formal concerts that they performed, the students visited many museums, cathedrals and other famous sites that usually had some significance in the area of music and arts.

Famous sites that they visited included the Frederic Chopin Museum, Chopin’s birthplace, Saint Thomas Church and Altes Museum. They took guided tours through several museums and cities.

Along with performing concerts and traveling to different places, the members were able to bond closer together as a group.

“I feel like I’m in a family now,” sophomore Andrew Leidenthal said.

The Main Street Singers also dined in restaurants with traditional foods for the region or had specialized dinners. They witnessed several cultural events, such as the ballet “La Esmeralda” and the opera “La Traviata.”

“We don’t believe that there is a good enough, there’s always a better to achieve,” senior Gokulesh Killer said. “We grew in a variety of [songs that we performed]. I was really proud of us.”

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