SANTIAGO, Chile "Hermoso!" "Super-lindo!" and "Una banqueta" (Beautiful! Super-lovely! A banquet!) That's how many in the audience described performances by three vocalists from BYU following firesides in packed chapels and cultural halls in Vina del Mar and Santiago in July. The visit coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Church in Chile.
J. Arden Hopkin, a baritone and professor of music at BYU, was joined by fourth-year vocal students Emily Duke, soprano, and Juan Hector Pereira, tenor (who was born in Santiago but moved to the U.S. at age 2), in concerts and master classes at Catholic University and the University of Chile. The three firesides were a bonus for the singers, as well as for Church members and investigators.
On the first day after their arrival in Chile, the trio was featured at the Fourth of July flag-raising ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, joining about 300 U.S. citizens gathered under sunny skies.
Brother Hopkin said the firesides are always the highlight of any tour. Despite problems with fatigue, physical settings, and eating food they weren't used to, the singers "relied on the Spirit, and it lifted us up."
The visit to Chile followed a week's tour with concerts and master classes in Lima, Peru. Soprano Gabriela Quezada, a Church member and physician who lives in Lima, was unable to continue the tour to Chile. Laurie Williams Sowby