Friday, April 9, 2010

Day 6: Torrevieja

A standing ovation! What an exhausting day. From the very beginning, we were running, or as our busdriver Javi would say, "siempre corriendo!" After a fulfilling breakfast at the hotel, we got fancy and made our way over to the mayor's office, where we were met by a crew of reporters and television video cameras. As all of the participating choirs from Italy, Austria, Madrid, and Sweden filed in, our Chamber Singers sat in anticipation waiting for the press conference to start. With our fearless leader, Paola speaking on behalf of all the countries, hundreds of sounds, flashes, and laughs filled the room.
The mayor was very hospitable, and welcomed all of us to Torrevieja. He told us to make ourselves at home and to enjoy the rich exchange of cultures.
With the conference over, we went back to the hotel, ate, and packed everything up.
We then spent a few hours catching up on our relaxation time back at the boardwalk. And after we spent some time strolling around with a Burger King crown on made our way over to the concert hall.
We warmed up, and prepared ourselves mentally for the grueling concert ahead of us. Each song we were singing demanded every ounce of our voice, as well as our hearts. Finally the time came when it was our time to perform.
Half-way through, the Barbershop provided a quick break for the singers who were on the verge of collapse from such a demanding repertoire. The Four Chords won the hearts of the Spanish crowd with a stunning performance of "What Shall We Do With a Drunken Sailor?" Rested, and rejuvenated, the choir finished the concert full of passion and energy. As we all sang the last note, the crowd erupted in applause. Slowly but surely re received that treasured standing ovation.
We currently sit in our little tour bus awaiting our return to Valencia. Here we will sleep for a few hours and then make our way to Barcelona!

Fun Facts of the day:
Massages are Spain's largest exports. Cheung is not a universally recognized last name. The Burger King of Spain is very sexual.

1 comment:

  1. Hey, I want to hear the Four Chords version of, "What Shall we do with a Drunken Sailor?" Excellent segue from one dramatic song to another, like "Come Sweet Death" or something.
    It sounds like you're singing your way through Spain. Wish I could be there to hear your lovely angelic voices.
    Looking forward to hearing about the sexual Burger King of Spain...