May 15, 2018

BYU Singers
Indonesia and Vietnam

In Kuta on the island of Bali, BYU Singers gives its last concert in Indonesia in the beautiful St. Francis Xavier Church, accompanied by three local choirs.

BYU Singers started the second week on tour with a stunning experience: group members watched the sunrise at the ancient Buddhist temple Borobudur, near Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Later they gave an outreach performance to handicapped children and youth at the YAKKUM Rehabilitation Center. The following day they sang at Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI) Concert Hall with ISI’s student choir, Vocalista Harmonic Choir, as part of the school’s 34th anniversary.

BYU Singers participated in a major concert on the stage of the historic Hanoi Opera House in conjunction with the Military University of Culture and Arts Choir.

The group’s final performance in Indonesia was in Bali, where they performed in the beautiful St. Francis Xavier Church for a collaborative concert with the Seraphim Children’s Choir, the Hallelujah Choir, and the Gamaliel Sonora Choir.

After traveling to Hanoi, Vietnam, on Friday, BYU Singers prepared for and participated in a major concert on the stage of the historic Hanoi Opera House in conjunction with the Military University of Culture and Arts Choir. This performance was attended by BYU president Kevin J Worthen; his wife, Peggy; and BYU international vice president Sandra Rogers.

The BYU Singers group enjoys a beautiful morning at the Borobudur Temple Compounds, near Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

BYU Singers member Josie Larsen exchanges greetings with one of the children at the YAKKUM Rehabilitation Center in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

The Ubud Monkey Forest on Bali enchants BYU Singers member Christian Hein. The group visited here on May 10.

BYU Singers performs in the historic Hanoi Opera House. This May 12 concert was in collaboration with the Military University of Culture and Arts Choir.

Living Legends
Germany and Switzerland

Members of the Native American section dance in a public square in central Frankfurt, Germany.

To enliven their second week on tour, BYU Living Legends members took a morning cruise up the Rhine River. Surrounded by castles and several medieval villages, this section of the Rhine is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Later that day, the group presented a public performance at the iconic Konstablerwache square in central Frankfurt, Germany. The area contains one of the busiest train stations in all of Europe, with tens of thousands of commuters. More than a thousand people stopped to watch the free performance, which was hosted by the Europe Area Office of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Living Legends then traveled to Heidelberg, a historic town founded in the 14th century that was spared from bombings during World War II. The BYU students walked through the cobblestone streets of the city center, crossed the historic Karl Theodor Bridge, and visited Heidelberg Castle. That afternoon Living Legends performed for students at Heidelberg University, Germany’s oldest university—founded in 1386.

The group presented a public performance at the iconic Konstablerwache square in central Frankfurt, Germany. More than a thousand people stopped to watch the free performance.

The next day the group divided into smaller groups and did several outreach activities in nearby Mannheim, including at St. Annastift Children’s Hospital and an elementary school.

In Nuremberg on Thursday, May 10, BYU Living Legends received a guided tour of the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds museum by Elder David Kitterman, a former German history professor at Northern Arizona University who is currently serving with Church public affairs in Nuremberg. The students also toured Nuremberg Castle and performed at the Meistersingerhalle, where the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performed two years ago.

On May 12, the students traveled to Augsburg, where they visited the Fuggerei, the world’s oldest social housing complex, founded in 1516 by Jakob Fugger. Later that night, the group performed for a full crowd at the Augsburg Congress Hall.

Members of Living Legends enjoy a day cruise up the beautiful Rhine River.

Living Legends members Charles Tu’ua and Catherine Fonoimoana-Lessary perform a Hawaiian dance at a local elementary school in Mannheim, Germany.

BYU dancer Michael Goedel interacts with a student at an elementary school in Mannheim, Germany.

Living Legends performer Mariah Matua shares the flowing choreography and beautiful wardrobe of a traditional Mexican dance.

Ballroom Dance Company
Eastern United States

Members of the Ballroom Dance Company entertain more than 400 energetic students at Hollymead Elementary School in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The BYU Ballroom Dance Company spent Monday, May 7, around Richmond, Virginia, where the group performed and taught basic dance steps to more than 400 young fans at Hollymead Elementary School as part of a school-wide assembly. On May 8 the company performed in the Alice Jepson Theatre at the University of Richmond’s Modlin Center for the Arts. While in Richmond, the group toured the capitol building and visited the Valentine First Freedom Center, which exhibits Thomas Jefferson’s 1786 Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom and highlights President Dallin H. Oaks’s contributions to current religious freedom efforts.

The BYU Ballroom Dance Company performed and taught basic dance steps to more than 400 young fans at Hollymead Elementary School as part of a school-wide assembly.

The group departed on May 9 for North Carolina, where they performed at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh. The next day, the BYU Ballroom Dance Company had a special treat as a few graduate students at Duke University who are BYU alums gave the group a tour of Duke’s campus. They visited historic Duke Chapel, sat in the famed Cameron Indoor Stadium (home of Duke Blue Devils basketball), and had the chance to hold a first-edition copy of the Book of Mormon currently housed in Duke University’s special collections.

On May 11 the group traveled to Pennsylvania, where they had the opportunity to see the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple and visit Independence Hall. The following night they performed at the Investors Bank Performing Arts Center in Sewell, New Jersey.

BYU alumni Brent and Kristyn Allred, professors at the College of William & Mary, greet the Ballroom Dance Company for a campus tour of the second oldest university in the United States.

BYU alumnus Vai Sikahema and his wife, Keala, pose with special guests Scott Thomson (police chief of Camden County, New Jersey) and his wife, Zabrina, following the BYU Ballroom Dance Company’s performance at the Investors Bank Performing Arts Center on May 12.

The BYU Ballroom Dance Company thrills the audience in Sewell, New Jersey, with their high-energy opener to Swing ’n’ Sway.

Members of the Ballroom Dance Company visit the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple, just blocks away from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. This activity was one facet of the tour’s theme, Faith, Family, and Freedom.

Wind Symphony
Australia

The BYU Wind Symphony group gathers together after presenting a devotional in the Sydney area.

Welcome to Canberra, Australia’s beautiful capital! On the day of arrival, May 7, the BYU Wind Symphony hosted a workshop with the Canberra Girls Grammar School in preparation for a joint concert the next day. On Tuesday the BYU students joined the Melrose High School for their band camp in Birrigai, an outdoor school just south of the capital city. The members of the BYU Wind Symphony took in a bit of culture as they visited the National Museum of Australia and the Australian War Memorial before their concert at Canberra Girls Grammar School. All proceeds from the concert were donated to the Australian Red Cross.

After arriving in Melbourne on Wednesday, the Wind Symphony held a workshop at Eltham High School on Thursday, where they played a joint concert that evening, with profits going toward supporting the school. The next day the group toured the National Gallery of Victoria and then got a bird’s-eye view of the city atop the Melbourne Star Ferris wheel. The BYU Wind Symphony students were especially excited to finish the day watching a game of “footy” (Aussie rules football).

The members of the BYU Wind Symphony took in a bit of culture as they visited the National Museum of Australia and the Australian War Memorial before their concert at Canberra Girls Grammar School.

On Saturday the Wind Symphony presented a concert at Scotch College, continuing their collaboration from last week with noted Australian singer Patrice Tipoki. The group’s final experience in the Melbourne area included a visit to Phillip Island, where they viewed one of Australia’s most popular natural attractions, the Penguin Parade.

BYU Wind Symphony member Mikayla Nance interacts with a student from Canberra Girls Grammar School during a workshop in Australia.

BYU students Reagan Horrocks, Emi Ferderber, Abby Bates, and Marah Christenson enjoy the scenery at The Nobbies, near the Penguin Parade on Phillip Island, south of Melbourne.

The Wind Symphony rehearses for a performance in the Ian Roach Hall at Scotch College in Melbourne.

Wind Symphony students visit the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

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