This week, three BYU performing groups—Living Legends, Wind Symphony, and Vocal Point—set off on their first extended tours of 2023.
Living Legends departed on May 2 for New Zealand. They will hold ten performances of their show Storytellers in seven cities across the country and in Tahiti while they are there. Composed of 30 performers, the group uses spectacular choreography, colorful costumes, and heart-pounding music to bring to life the skill, beauty, and authenticity of their traditional Native American, Latin American, and Polynesian cultures. The group also looks forward to sightseeing as well as participating in numerous outreaches, Church activities, and devotionals.
Just two hours before Living Legends departed, 50 members of the BYU Wind Symphony left Salt Lake City airport, and touched down in Lisbon on May 3 for their first extended tour since 2019. During their time in Spain and Portugal, the group will put on six performances, 3 devotionals, and several outreach activities. One of many highlights they’re looking forward to is their performance in the historic Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona’s “magical musicbox”.
Vocal Point had the earliest start to their extended tour, leaving Provo at 3:30 a.m. After spending many anticipatory hours on a plane, the group finally landed in Manilla at 10 p.m. the next day. Over the course of the next three weeks, Vocal Point will perform in nine different cities across the Philippines. The group plans to hold devotionals and workshops, participate in a Habitat for Humanity service project, attend Sunday services with local Church members, and even swim with sharks.
Overall, the three groups are excited for the opportunity to take their talents to separate continents and spend three weeks serving and interacting with people from different cultures.