Columbus, OH, Indianapolis, IN, Chicago, IL, Milwaukee and Madison, WS, and Minneapolis,MN. Those are the six cities in five states where the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will be giving concerts on their tour during the next two weeks. We have been so busy doing many other projects over the last six months that we were elated to find out that we will be taking the same music we took on the last tour two years ago. Yay! Some have said that they are new enough in the choir that this program of music, most of which we have used on other programs in recent months, is difficult enough! Others have breathed a sigh of relief that we are not trying to learn 20 or more new pieces! Most of us are rejoicing that we will get the chance to perfect some of the more difficult pieces that we began on that last tour. All of us are delighted that we get the privilege of singing these wonderful songs and beautiful master choruses once again!
For me and my sister, we will be traveling over very familiar roads. My sister spent 4 years of her childhood in Ohio, and I graduated from High School there. Our first concert is in Columbus. I remember going to Solo and Ensemble contests in Columbus. Our a cappella choir sang every year in one of the big cathedrals there. I love the green rolling hills of Ohio and can't wait to see the beautiful trees again! Oh, how I miss the trees!!!!!
After the concert in Columbus, we will travel West on I-70, past Wright Patterson Air Force Base (where our Dad worked) and Beavercreek (our hometown) in the darkness of night. Too bad! It would have been great to take a walk down memory lane by gazing out the window. Oh well, on to Indianapolis. They tell us that we will get a recovery day in the hotel there. Okay, I'll take it. After spending nearly 24 hours in cars, planes, buses and standing for a concert, we will need it!!!! I think I have driven that stretch of I-70 at least twenty times, if not more. I guess I can miss seeing it. Hope we don't get caught in severe rain storms. I will take a raincoat and an umbrella just in case.
I admit that I have flown into and out of Chicago more times than I have ever really visited there. Once we drove through Chicago in a torrential rain storm. I really only remember the elevated train and getting some Chicago style pizza from that trip. The Choir will be singing at the prestigious Ravinia Music Festival there. It is in an outdoor venue. I will keep the umbrella handy.
Then we are off to a place I am not sure I have ever visited before - Milwaukee, WS. (Although, I probably have. My brother always made sure our parents drove though many locations on our trips cross country just so we could say we'd been there.) I loved traveling through the corn fields and pastures of the midwest before. Maybe we'll get to sample the cheese. I love cheese, but my sister is allergic. We may have to bring along some sushi for her snacks.
Somewhere on this trip we will stop at an area where some of our early pioneer ancestors may well have helped to fell trees and ship them down the Mississippi River to Nauvoo. We will have to check the historic records to be sure, but we do know that that's what these particular ancestors did - they found the trees, felled the logs, and even built lumber mills. The choir will sing there to help dedicate the site of "Pineries" with an Historic Marker. After that, we will sing in Madison and then go on to finish the tour in Minneapolis. I know I have been to both of those cities before, but it will be very nice to visit them again. Both are indoor venues. I like that, but I will keep the umbrella handy anyway.