It was an unforgettable experience, said Suz Landay of her trip to Italy in January as part of a 90-member group who performed at several Masses. The most impressive was singing at the Feast of the Epiphany with Pope Benedict XVI presiding, said the Windsor Square resident.
Some 10,500 people were in the audience at St. Peter’s, with 20,000 outside listening in Vatican Square, she said.
The trip evolved when Nove Deypalan, former Ebell chorale director, asked if any chorale members were interested in singing in Rome at the Vatican. Both Suz and Jane Martin said yes.
To participate in the chorale, members rehearsed three to four times a week since last October.
After a concert in the 600-year-old St. Ignatius in Rome, the group received a standing ovation.
They also sang at one of the audiences with the Pope and at a Mass in St. Francis Basilica in Assisi. Final concert was in St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice. “The music floated through the church,” Suz said, “It brought tears to my eyes.”