Chamber Orchestra

An Unforgettable Invitation

The BYU Chamber Orchestra and staff pose in front of the Colosseum in Rome.

During their final week on tour, the BYU Chamber Orchestra traveled to the Eternal City: Rome, Italy. Since the dedication of the Rome Temple in March 2019, local leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have continued to build meaningful relationships with government leaders, religious organizations, and humanitarian groups by holding special events at the temple visitor’s center.

Elder Alessandro Dini-Ciacci, Area Seventy and Representative of the Church for Italy, seized the opportunity of having the BYU Chamber Orchestra in Rome by organizing a concert to thank the local and global humanitarian organizations with whom The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints collaborates to alleviate the suffering of those in need.

Clarinetist John Bateman focuses during a concert in Italy.

Many guests accepted the invitation of Elder Dini-Ciacci, including Senator Lucio Malan, Stefano Prili and Paola Contavalli (Councilors of the Italian Red Cross of Rome), and Tim Hunter (Director – Private Sector Partnerships of the United Nations World Food Program) among others (see full article here).

The group took a day to recover and visit some of the iconic sites of Rome, including the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Then they held their final concert at Sapienza University, one of the largest and oldest universities in Europe, founded in 1303. The concert was an exchange program between two orchestras from both universities.

Even rainy weather can’t keep violinist Madi Riley from enjoying gelato.

The BYU Chamber Orchestra and staff gather in front of the Rome Italy Temple.