May 9, 2018

Ballroom Dance Company
Eastern United States

Members of the BYU Ballroom Dance Company visit the statue of the angel Moroni at the Hill Cumorah near Palmyra, New York.

The Ballroom Dance Company’s first stop on tour was the House of Mercy, a homeless shelter and advocacy center in Rochester, New York. Group members showcased a few of the company’s dances and then invited patrons to join with them in learning some basic dance moves.

In Rochester on Tuesday, May 1, the BYU group held their first performance of the tour at the Kodak Center Theater. The audience included BYU alumni, friends, community members, and people from the House of Mercy. The following day the company visited the UR Medicine Golisano Children’s Hospital, where the dancers performed for the young patients and delivered a box of toys and gifts they had collected before leaving Provo. One child wouldn’t stop imitating the dance moves, and he refused to let his IV line get in the way of moving to the beat.

 The following day the company visited the UR Medicine Golisano Children’s Hospital, where the dancers performed for the young patients and delivered a box of toys and gifts they had collected before leaving Provo. 

The dancers performed on Thursday at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, for a lively crowd of more than 1,100 people. The BYU Alumni Washington D.C. Chapter greeted attendees with a large reception in the venue lobby.

On Saturday, the group held a performance at Western Albemarle High School in Crozet, Virginia. Former BYU head football coach Bronco Mendenhall—now head coach at the University of Virginia—attended with several others from his staff and their families.

For their second week of tour, the Ballroom Dance Company will perform in Virginia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

In the first performance of the three-week tour, BYU Ballroom Dance Company’s Latin team performs “El Matador” at the Kodak Center in Rochester, New York.

BYU dancers Nichole Udall and Stephen Rallison take photos with patients and their families at UR Medicine Golisano Children’s Hospital on May 2.

Four couples from the BYU Ballroom Dance Company present the waltz “A Time for Us” to an energetic audience at the George Mason University Concert Hall.

Living Legends
Germany and Switzerland

BYU Living Legends dancer Jasmine Lopez shares a laugh with a guest at the Sana Klinikum Offenbach hospital.

Living Legends departed for Germany on Tuesday, May 1, and arrived in Hamburg fully equipped with costumes, props, technical equipment, and other necessities. With a total of 135 pieces of luggage, taking a group of 50 performing students overseas is no small feat.

The group’s first performance was to a packed house in Neumunster. The audience was captivated by the choreography, stunning costumes, and unique cultural appeal. During the Native American “Hoop Dance,” the crowd clapped along in unison with the music as they watched the performers work magic with the hoops. After the performance, some audience members even got a chance to experiment with the hoops.

The next day, the group traveled to Hagen and performed for another large crowd. Many members of the audience thanked the dancers for presenting the show completely in German, using both prerecorded narrations and live vocals.

Many members of the audience thanked the dancers for presenting the show completely in German, using both prerecorded narrations and live vocals.

On Saturday, the group visited the impressive Cologne Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is one of Germany’s most visited landmarks. Afterward they traveled to Frankfurt to watch Eintracht Frankfurt take on Hamburger SV in an epic soccer match.

The group spent the Sabbath attending church with a German LDS congregation, visiting patients in a local hospital, and presenting a musical devotional in the home ward of Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf.

BYU student Naakaii Tsosie gives a young boy in Neumunster some tips on how to control the Native American hoops.

In Neumunster, the entire BYU Living Legends cast comes together to sing the final song of the show in German.

The BYU Living Legends group visits the stunning Cologne Cathedral.

BYU Singers
Indonesia and Vietnam

The BYU Singers take a picture with their new friends, the Batavia Madrigal Singers of Jakarta.

BYU Singers arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Tuesday, May 1, and immediately began preparations for their first concert. The group collaborated with the Batavia Madrigal Singers, perhaps the most prestigious community choir in Indonesia, and the two choirs combined to perform a number in the Bahasa Indonesia language.

On May 2, also known as National Education Day in Indonesia, the members of BYU Singers held a special afternoon performance at the request of the general director of the Ministry of Education and Culture. The group met with the general director immediately after the performance.

On May 2, also known as National Education Day in Indonesia, the members of BYU Singers held a special afternoon performance at the request of the general director of the Ministry of Education and Culture.

From Jakarta the group traveled by train to Bandung, where they learned to make a traditional Indonesian bamboo musical instrument called an angklung. Afterward, they were treated to a performance featuring angklungs and traditional Javanese dancing and puppetry. While in Bandung, BYU Singers collaborated with the Maranatha Christian University Choir, and the audience reaction was enthusiastic.

The last stop this week was Surakarta, where the BYU group sang pieces in both English and Bahasa Indonesia. On Sunday they used their personal angklung instruments in a special devotional.

The coming week will feature visits to ancient Buddhist and Hindu temples, outreach activities, and the beaches of Bali.

The BYU Singers perform at the Ministry of Education and Culture for the National Education Day festivities in Indonesia.

In Jakarta during the first performance of the tour, the Batavia Madrigal Singers wear traditional Indonesian dress as they join with the BYU Singers to sing an Indonesian song.

Multimedia screens and creative staging enliven the joint performance with BYU Singers and the Maranatha Christian University Choir in Bandung, Indonesia.

Wind Symphony
Australia

Members of the BYU Wind Symphony pose in front of the Sydney Opera House.

After spending Monday morning with Australian wildlife at the Featherdale Wildlife Park, the BYU Wind Symphony conducted their first of many tour workshops at Moriah College, where they later performed on Wednesday. They visited the Sydney Australia Temple on Thursday and toured the city before giving a concert at Verbrugghen Hall of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Friday was the group’s first rehearsal with celebrated Australian singer and actress Patrice Tipoki, with whom they performed at The Concourse in Chatswood in a joint concert with the Sydney Youth Orchestras.

Friday was the group’s first rehearsal with celebrated Australian singer and actress Patrice Tipoki, with whom they performed at The Concourse in Chatswood in a joint concert with the Sydney Youth Orchestras. The following day, the BYU Wind Symphony enjoyed an excursion to the beautiful Blue Mountains, where they took in the sights and did a service project at Greystanes Disability Services center. They wrapped up their time in the Sydney area on Sunday with a devotional at the Baulkham Hills meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

A combined concert with the University of Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Jacob Watabe, Tyler Plowman, and Emi Ferderber pose for a picture with Penrith Stake Youth at a service project in the Blue Mountains.

The BYU Wind Symphony holds a sound check with Patrice Tipoki before a performance on May 4.

Members of the Wind Symphony take a picture in the Blue Mountains with the Three Sisters rock formation in the background.

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