The tour included seeing many of the amazing historical sites Beijing has to offer. Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, The Summer Palace, The Temple of Heaven and The Great Wall were all a part of this journey Eastward.
One especially magical moment happened at the Temple of Heaven.
The chorus was to gather there in the morning and meet another chorus from the United States who were partnering with us on the show (The Alexandria Harmonizer's). The Toronto Northern Lights arrived a little early and were able to experience the beautiful surroundings of the Temple of Heaven before the "rehearsal" took place. We stepped off the bus and started to hear glorious music...singing in fact. As we slowly walked around the bustling grounds surrounding the old temple, we stumbled upon what seemed like an impromptu choir of mostly seniors bursting with song. We all couldn't help but watch in amazement as a few hundred voices rang out in harmony in this picturesque setting. Every person singing seemed vibrant and full of pure joy.
This experience made me realize how important music and singing are to our quality of life. It brings many of us great joy, inspiration and enlivens our spirit. To quote Berthold Auerbach, "Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."