Although we got an early 7:15 AM start on our trek to Cordoba, the slow travel speed of the bus and distance we needed to cover made it impossible to make our 12:00 noon arrival time. As stated earlier, we have a double-decker bus, which is generally comfortable for the group, but difficult to negotiate in an urban environment with low trees overhead. Buses in Argentina, like many foreign countries, have limitations on their gears to prevent them from going any faster than is considered safe. We did not arrive at the Maestro Marcelo Lopez City University Public School until after 1:15 PM. Despite our late arrival, the school, which had been waiting for our arrival since noon, was all ready for a much-anticipated exchange. The Music School had a lower, middle, and upper school choir that each performed for our US delegation. After their performances, the Morgan choir sang about five selections from our repertoire for them. Beyond a wonderful music exchange for both choirs, this was set-up as a teaser event to encourage the parents of the students to attend our concert in the evening at the church.
See link to lower school choir performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebhHVJsaGQc
So far, our concerts have been much better attended than any of our tours over the years. Although we have only had two concerts, both had large audiences that enthusiastically appreciated our music. Last night’s concert was at a church called Compañía de Jesús Church. One of the choirs from the music school opened up our concert. After they performed two selections, we sang a 75-minute concert to a crowd that was beyond capacity for the space. In the United States, fire marshals would have never allowed this many persons to be in such a structure. Every seat in the church was taken. Every space in the aisle was taken with either someone sitting or standing to hear our music. Again, we sang their Argentinian favorite Gracias a La Vida to great acclaim. One of the persons accompanying us proclaimed, you all must feel like rock stars! Again, we are trying to carry the name of Morgan with honor and excellence!
See link to concert at the Teatro Circulo in Rosario: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8ngKiLMn9g