By Deborah Oh
With its breathtaking architecture, scenic landscapes, and rich culture, Spain is the perfect destination to make memorable and unique experiences. Over spring break, the La Cañada High School Chamber Singers and Concert Choir had the opportunity to take a trip there, where they performed at churches in four cities -- Madrid, Cuenca, Valencia, and Barcelona -- and held a benefit concert.
The choir sang at the famous cathedral, La Sagrada Familia, which rarely allows outside choirs to perform in its hallowed halls, but made an exception for our prestigious choir. The La Cañada High School Chamber Singers and Concert Choir is the only American choir other than the Yale University Choir that has been able to perform at La Sagrada Familia, making it a matter of great pride for La Cañada High School.
During the choir’s stay in Spain, they took bus tours and saw the sights of the various cities, visiting cultural attractions such as the bull ring in Madrid. The choir students were able to immerse themselves in the Spanish culture and create incredible memories that they will never forget.
Unfortunately, complications arose for the choir on the way back from Spain when the airline that they had planned to take back to Los Angeles went on strike. The choir was supposed to return on the Friday of spring break, but the chaperones struggled to find flights for students. They were eventually put on detour flights to various locations such as Dubai, Moscow, Istanbul, Munich, and Paris, safely making it back to LA before school started up again.
Despite the difficulty the choir had returning to school, students had nothing but praise for the Spain trip.
Sophomore Riana Lui said, “I thought it was a memorable experience and really brought the choir together as a whole. It was a huge honor to perform in places like La Sagrada Familia.”
Junior Gabby Giancola commented, “The trip was awesome. All of the venues were so beautiful and it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
“I was amazed by all of the opportunities that we had and never expected that we would perform at such historical and meaningful locations,” senior Josh Cabello added.
The choir director, Dr. Brookey, was honored by the positive responses the choir received, stating, “We had full crowds at all the concerts, and audience members left in tears because they were so moved. It was very memorable to sing in La Sagrada Familia, especially when it’s so rare for outside choirs to perform there.”
The Chamber Singers and Concert Choir made La Cañada High School proud, gaining a reputation for themselves not only at our school but throughout the world.
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