Ciao, it’s Ceci, writing to you about our day from Rome! Today was a very busy and exciting day, we started it off by doing some international travel to visit the Vatican. We visited museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. While in the museums, we looked at galleries full of marble statues, tapestries, mosaics and paintings. A few of my favorite rooms included the animal gallery which was full of small marble animal statues, and the map room, which was a long corridor lined with paintings of the geography from different regions of the Italian coast. After moving through the museums we visited the Sistine Chapel. It featured some of Michelangelo’s most famous works including The Creation of Adam painted on the ceiling. This was the first time I had seen any of Michelangelo’s work in person before, so it was very exciting to see them up close and realize just how beautiful they were in person.
St. Peter’s Basilica was breathtaking with its ornate domed ceilings and large mosaic murals. After having some time to relax and eat lunch it was time to play our final concert at the Sant’ignazio di Loyola Church, which was the last concert for GTCYS’ Class of 2022!! The church was beautiful with high domed ceilings and intricate artwork surrounding the inside of the entire building. I was so grateful to be able to play in this amazing venue for my last concert with GTCYS. It was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to play with all of these other wonderful musicians and Maestro for one last time, while sharing it with an audience who was engaged and moved by the music. As an orchestra I think this was one of the best concerts we have ever played, as we were very connected throughout our pieces and all played with great energy. After some heartfelt final words from Maestro and many hugs and photos we made our way back to our hotel to get ready for the next day.
Ceci Watson, bass