One year ago my husband and I embarked on a trip of a lifetime. The trip took us to an unexpected layover in Frankfurt, then on to Prague, Helsinki and Vienna. Singing with the Berkshire Choral International in Prague, we began learning the score of Dvorak’s Stabat Mater and later practiced with CDs, sometimes filling our house with music for hours daily.
We allowed a few extra days for sightseeing in Prague before the Berkshire week commenced with about 5 hours of singing daily. Choristers from 7 countries numbered 163. Added were apprentices, faculty and native Czech singers so our ranks swelled to more than 175. The Bohemian Symphony Orchestra accompanied us and had some 80 members. Additionally, we had 4 wonderful soloists. Maestro Heinz Ferlesch of Vienna, Austria conducted us daily.
The venue for the August 10, 2019 performance was the Zofin Palace and where Dvorak also performed his Stabat Mater. It was a stellar venue and elegant inside with chandeliers hanging from ornate ceilings. It just doesn’t get any better than this! Music forges bonds between people and countries.
The photos will speak for themselves. Music still swirls in our heads, and the memories remain forever etched in our hearts and minds.