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Music Center Strings Teacher Tours Italy

One of the joys of playing an instrument is the opportunity to travel and perform with an orchestra. Touring Italy with its unique blend of art and music is the best tour of all!

This past summer, Barbara Brothers, our Strings teacher, toured Northern Italy with the Varno International Chamber Orchestra for three weeks. The members flew into the Marco Polo Airport near Venice. During the first week, the orchestra played in Venice and Verona. Mrs. Brothers commented that, "One of the highlights of this first week was playing on the steps of a mansion designed by Palladioin Vincenza." During the second week, the American musicians joined forces with the Dohnanyi Orchestra, one of the top orchestras in Budapest, to perform the Verdi Requiem. This second leg of the tour found the orchestra in the picturesque towns near and in Perugia. Finally, the third week brought the chamber group to the Spoleto Festival dei 2 Mondi. Housed in a convent, they performed music of Bach, Elgar, Hindemith, and Tchaikovsky.

Mrs. Brothers explains, "Touring a country while giving concerts makes you feel as if you are a part of the country--if only for a short time. This was truly an unforgetable experience!"