Trinity School Jazz Ensemble
Our Performing Arts Department, for its second European tour, will lead the Jazz Ensemble on a discovery of the music, culture, and traditions of the Iberian Peninsula. The tour begins in Lisbon, Portugal, where the Moorish legacy lives in the Alfama district where the architecture and monuments dating from Portugal’s Age of Discovery in the 16th Century. Our musicians and singers will discover Portugal’s unique music genre at the Fado Museum and at a Fado performance. Setting out from Lisbon, they will stop in Tomar to visit the magnificent Convent of Christ built by the Knights Templar in the 12th century and the best preserved medieval synagogue. Then it is on to the dynamic city of Porto, and the historic Ribeira district-- a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From a “rabelo” (traditional Portuguese cargo boat) cruise on the Douro, our group will appreciate the beautiful façades of homes decorated with traditional Portuguese tiles of every color. Next stop: Salamanca, Spain known as the Golden City for the color of the local stone from which most historic buildings were constructed, and home to one of Spain’s oldest universities dating from 1134. En route to Madrid, a stop will be made in Segovia to visit the distinctive castle (“alcazar”) one of Spain’s most recognizable landmarks. Final stop on the tour is Spain’s capital of Madrid. Students will visit the Prado Museum the greatest cultural institution of Spain.
During the tour, the Jazz Ensemble will give four performances in towns and cities along the way. Venues, yet to be confirmed, will include schools and historic theaters, outdoor town squares, and deconsecrated former churches now used as performance venues.
Trip Leaders: Mr. Cifelli, Mr. Ferguson and Ms. Bonsignore
Dates: June 15-24, 2018
Cost: $5100 (est.)
This is performance trip. Acceptance is contingent on personal invitation to participate from Director of Performing Arts, and membership in good standing of an instrumental ensemble. If you have any questions, please direct them to Mr. Cifelli.