Friday, May 20, 2011

Awaiting the choir's arrival!

For all of our friends and family back home, Oi do Lisboa! My name is David Okun and along with Lauren and others, I'll be updating the Tour blog throughout our adventures in Portugal and Spain.

It's 4:00 PM local time, and the rest of the choir is due to arrive at 5:35 PM from their layover in London. Stefania and I are checked into the hotel and will be departing shortly to meet them.
Above is the sign I made to welcome them! And below are some of my first impressions from Portugal.

Tonight, Dr. Andaya has arranged for a brief rehearsal to get everyone up to speed, then it's off to dinner and exploring downtown Lisbon on our own.

We're staying at the Hotel Roma, which is right beside the "Roma" metro stop -- easy access to Baixa-Chiado, the veritable center of town. Our first concert is tomorrow at the Palacio Foz (Mirror Hall) at 6:30 PM, after which we head to our welcome dinner and Fado show!

Check out the concert details on Facebook at

Concert posters and flyers are up around town already. Many thanks to Incantato for the publicity. We hope for a packed house tomorrow for our inaugural concert. Pictures to follow!

For now, all you folks back home, take a look at some of what Lisbon has to offer.

Rosé and White porto wine:

The Bairro Alto district

The beautiful port area of nearby Belém, with the Tower of Belém (from where Vasco da Gama set sail for India) in the distance


Tixinha said...

Hi! My name is Patrícia and just received word from the President of the CORUÉ, The Choir of the University of Évora (of which I'm also part of), that you will be joining us for a visit at our University on Monday. I would just like to say I'm very happy that you are stopping by our town during your tour. I don't know if I'll be one of those greeting you because I have classes all day on Monday but I'll try to sneak out for a bit to say hi.
I hope you'll enjoy your time here.

Incantato Tours and Concerts said...

Dear Patricia, we hope to meet you too!