The orchestra's tour of Germanywith concerts in Sondershausen, Ilmenau, Eisleben, Bad Schmiedeberg, Berlin and Hannovermarked its first European tour. Orchestra members played a repertoire covering some of the greatest composers in German history, including Bach, Wagner and Mendelssohn.
"The tour was awesomeone of the best times I've ever had," says trombonist Ryan Wagner, a junior music education major from Federal Way, Wash. "Performing in the churches was an amazing experience because there was so much history. Orchestra members also had a chance to really bond, which showed a lot in our performances."
In addition to playing in the concerts, orchestra members experienced firsthand the places and the culture in which the composers lived. They also visited the sites of Martin Luther's birth and death, as well as played below the very pulpit from which he preached. They climbed to Wartburg Castle and stood in the room where Luther first translated the Bible into the German language.
The PLU community also was able to enjoy the orchestra's German performances at its homecoming concert later. CDs ($15) and cassettes ($12) of the concert are available by calling PLU Audio Services at 253-535-7268.