After a warm welcome and a good night's rest with our homestay families, YPC rose bright and early on Wednesday, ready for the opening day of the Festival. The first stop was the Gymnasium Muttenz, a high school in a suburb of Basel, where YPC met with several other choirs participating in the Festival. Concert Chorus member McKinny describes meeting and rehearsing with these choirs:
Members of Young Men warm up before an exciting day of musical exchange with other choirs at the Festival
The choirs shared a few songs for one another at the high school in our very first performance of the Festival. But there was still more performing to be done! That evening, YPC participated in the opening gala performance for the Festival at the Basel Stadt-Casino alongside choirs from Ireland, Israel, England, and many other countries. Greg from Young Men writes:
"Today was a very exciting day! First, the Young Men sang a selection from Wagner's The Flying Dutchman with members of the Mädchenchor Hannover. We also sang Can You Hear? with that choir and I was highly impressed by the near perfect English many, if not all, of the girls spoke and sang in. At the end, all the choirs came together to sing the festival song Music Is Everywhere. According to my homestay, it was adorable. I would say that today was a great first day of the Festival!"
--Greg, 16 years old
|YPC performs to a sold-out house at the opening gala concert of the Festival|
|The final measures of Ain't No Grave Can Hold My Body Down, arr. P. Caldwell and S. Ivory|