Students from San Luis Obispo High School will head to Europe this summer to celebrate the 325th anniversary of their sister school.
Twenty-three Concert Choir members will spend about two weeks in July touring Germany and the Czech Republic with Director Paul Osborne, longtime choral assistant Cricket Handler said. The pinnacle of the trip is a gala performance at Eberhard Ludwigs Gymnasium in Stuttgart, Germany, known colloquially as Ebelu.
“It’s a very big deal for this community,” Handler said.
San Luis Obispo High students have been visiting Ebelu since 1948, when an exchange program was created to foster friendship between the two nations.
Each year, a San Luis Obispo High student goes to Stuttgart, while a German student comes to the Central Coast.
The Ebelu orchestra visited San Luis Obispo for the first time in 1998, Handler said, followed by the school’s choir in 2000 and a second orchestra trip in 2005.
The Concert Choir visited Germany three times with now-retired Director Gary Lamprecht — most recently in 2006. Osborne took over as director in the fall of 2007.
This year’s trip includes stops in the German cities Heidelberg and Leipzig and the Czech capital of Prague. In Stuttgart, San Luis Obispo singers will perform a selection of American spirituals and German folk songs before joining the Ebelu choir and orchestra for a performance of Johannes Brahms’ “Schicksalsied” (“Song of Fate”).
According to Handler, the trip will cost about $2,700 per student.
So far, choir members have raised $12,000 through tree and wreath sales, caroling and other fundraising efforts.
For more information, contact Handler at 596-4040, ext. 2700, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preview Concert on june 8
The San Luis Obispo High School Concert Choir will perform selections from its upcoming trip on June 8 at the Christopher Cohan Center in San Luis Obispo.
The concert, which starts at 7 p.m., also will feature performances by the high school’s Treble Chorus, the Laguna Middle School Choir and several elementary school students. General admission is $10.