Writing this from the departure lounge in Munich, awaiting our Chicago-bound flight. It's been a fantastic trip!
This will be a short post, and I'll try to put up some pics. Yesterday, Henry Leck and I took a group of singers on a walking tour of downtown Rome...Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, the Pantheon. In the midst of it all was the Rome Marathon, so we ended up ducking under the police tape and dodging the runners several times as we criss-crossed the route. Coming back to the subway station to catch the train back towards our hotel, we heard an Italian community brass band playing "Stars and Stripes Forever" on the Spanish Steps!
Yesterday afternoon, the singers sang Mass at the Vatican, an inspiring and wonderful experience. We performed 5 pieces for a large crowd, including numerous cardinals. The Vatican staff runs the services very adroitly, and we were hustled from our waiting area to the choir loft very quickly.
I'll re-post with more details, but for now some pics.
Advisor (ES) and Advisee (Max Wellman) in Rome
Team Butler inspects the Trevi Fountain
Red (Casey Brege) and Black (Rachel Wendte) in Bologna
Singers preparing to perform at Mass at Vatican