Center Stage: European Tour Center Stage Update Day 3
Our first stop this morning was Stift Melk (Melk Abbey), founded in 1098. After we were dropped off by the buses we walked up a little hill to get to the abbey where we could see views into the town below.
We're excited to go in! Some of us pose for the camera while waiting to be admitted into the Abbey(left to right: Dylan Simpson (PVGC), Ryan Straut (PVGC), Bailey McGrath (Purduettes), Brandt Smith (PVGC), Julia Scherer (Purduettes), Clint Buechler (PVGC), and Abby Everett(Purduettes).
Our tour guide led us into the first of 6 colored rooms, the Blue Room, which was filled with symbols representing the kind of life and the rules that one of the original abbots set for the monks here.
The next few rooms were filled with treasures such as vestments worn by the bishop in the past and today, art, and a centuries old treasure chest that has 14 levers working in the lock which still works.
The balcony between the first set of galleries and the library of the Abbey provided beautiful views of the surrounding town and countryside.
Our guests seem to be enjoying themselves! Left to right are Rod and Natalie King and Emilie and Jarry Crabb.
After we passed through the library and went down an intricately painted spiral staircase, we entered a breathtaking cathedral.
The Glee Club and Purduettes took advantage of the amazing acoustics to have an impromptu performance. Here the Glee Club sings “Ave Maria.”
The Purduettes sang “Ave Maris Stella” and Go Ye Know in Peace.
After the tour and performance at the Abbey, everybody went down to the town to get some lunch.
We found a variety of food to eat including pizza margarita, vegetable strudel, and homemade ice cream or gelato. Here some of us enjoy some eis (ice cream) and soft drinks.
After our excursion into Melk, we drove about an hour to the town of Kremsmünster where we stopped at our hotels and then drove to the Bruknerhaus in Linz for our evening performance. Some of us settle in the auditorium to wait for instructions.
Here the Glee Club Voiceovers perform a sound check in preparation for the show.
Before the performance, we ate a delicious dinner at the Anklang restaurant in the Bruckerhaus.
The Purduettes opened the show and their set with the always popular “Broadway Medley.”
The Bells then took the stage and performed several songs including “Overture from the Barber of Seville and “Da Droben vom Berge”, a popular Austrian carol.
The Glee Club performed last, ending with the fun “Strike Up the Band.”
All the groups ended the show with two of our collaborative songs.
This is what one of us had to say about today:
Ultimately, the highlight of the day was doing what I love- performing and hearing the surprised gasps of the audience hearing handbells for the first time. It was an awesome concert. Earlier today on our visit to Stift Melk (Melk Abbey) impacted me with its absolute gorgeous sights. Hearing the Purduettes and Glee Club perform in the sanctuary [of the abbey] was a very powerful experience and I thank God for everything I experienced today, knowing that its things like this [that] I will never forget for the rest of my life.
~ Jeff Franklin, Purdue Bells