Cactuses? Cacti? Whatever they are called, we saw plenty of them in the beautiful Phoenix landscapes.
Our days were free for exploring until 4pm, and everyone had a unique experience. I hear stories of Gleeks who went hiking up the dusty mountain trails or in Papago Park; others visited museums, tried out a shooting range, or even went scorpion hunting. On my end, I saw a wonderful sampling of Arizona wilderness in the Botanical Garden. We all enjoyed the “cold” day Phoenix had to offer.
The Musical Instrument Museum (or MIM), gave us free passes before our rehearsal. As the day progressed, more and more gleeks trickled into the beautiful galleries exposing musical traditions, instruments, video and audio from all around the globe. We wandered in the museum for as long as possible.
At 4pm we met in the concert hall for rehearsal. The very good acoustics had us singing on our toes.
Lite, the a cappella subset, also rehearsed their repertoire before the concert. We were all excited and slightly nervous with our first concert fast approaching.
The concert itself was a fantastic experience for both us singers and the audience. We sung Renaissance counterpoint, folk tunes, spirituals, Harvard specialties and much more, and the full house was very responsive to our engagement, music, and silly jokes being thrown around during announcements.
After a fulfilling first concert we made it back to our hosts’ houses, and enjoyed our first post-concert night.
Welcome to the official tour blog of the Harvard Glee Club! This site, maintained by our Chronicler, archives our shenanigans while we’re on tour. As getting people to send pictures is sometimes a slow process, more pictures will appear as the tour goes along, so don’t forget to check out for updates. Finally, feel free to read up on past tours as well in the archives!
It’s 7:45am and the Harvard Glee Club members are crowding the T stop with their luggage, coats, and bags. Groggy from the late night packing, the last few stragglers arrive. We finally set out toward the American South West, where a formidable adventure awaits!
We must have filled half of the aircraft on our flights. Apart from a short stop in Detroit, a good portion of the Glee Club will remember very little from that flight.
Upon our arrival in phoenix, a pink striped bus took us to Scottsdale where we met our hosts. We all went our own way and made exciting plans for the next day. Tour is about to begin!