2008 Ensemble Tour to Russia and the Baltics

Tour Dates: 

June 16-July 1, 2008
Ensemble will tour to St. Petersburg, Russia, to compete in a major choral festival, and then on to the Baltics (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) for touring and performing. We will depart San Francisco on Monday June 16th in the evening, flying to St. Petersburg via Munich. Return is on Tuesday, July 1st from Vilnius, Lithuania via Frankfurt and Chicago, arriving in San Francisco about midnight. 
St. Petersburg (June 17-22): We will take part in the Grand Prix St Petersburg, a world festival of singing choirs, which will include participating in both concerts and competitions. We will be staying in a hostel or Standard Class hotel for 5 nights. We will have an opportunity to do some sightseeing, including the famous Hermitage Museum and Peterhof Palace and Garden (Petrodvorets) built for Peter the Great.
Estonia (June 22-25): We will travel by bus from Russia to Estonia, where we will be hosted by the E-Studio Children’s Choir in Polva near Tartu. We will be there during Midsummer’s Eve -- the longest day of the year -- an occasion for many celebrations.
Latvia (June 25-June 28): We will continue by bus to Riga, Latvia, where we will be hosted by the celebrated Riga Girls Choir.
Lithuania (June 28-July 1): We will then bus to Vilnius in Lithuanisa, where we will be hosted by the Kivi Choir. Their hope is to rent a cottage in the countryside where both choirs can meet to share music and culture.

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