Gearing up for the Tour of the Northeast

As I prepared the wiki page for the 1994 Tour of the Northeast, I couldn’t help but think about the upcoming itinerary that this year’s Virginia Glee Club has set for their Songs of Virginia tour, the 2010 Tour of the Northeast. Both itineraries had their outliers–1994 began in Knoxville, Tennessee, before a hell-for-leather bus ride up to South Hadley, Massachusetts. The 2010 tour begins innocently enough–Philadelphia suburbs up to Northampton and Wellesley, Mass., then back down to New York, then back into Virginia. Then there’s that massive detour up to Michigan.

Yes, Michigan. There are a few legendary gigs in Glee Club history, and being invited up to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the second oldest still extant glee club (Michigan) in the US, along with the oldest (Harvard), will surely shape up to be one of them. Three of the seven oldest glee clubs in the country on one program should be news in and of itself. And the fact that the next president of UVA will be in the audience is just icing on the cake. The 440 Years of Song gig should be legendary. (As long as it doesn’t end with this year’s version of Jim Wiser going to “reason” with anyone, it should be a good afterparty too.)

I’m looking forward to seeing the group at the Wellesley gig on March 8. I hope to see a bunch of other UVA alums there too. After all, how many times do you get to hear Virginia fight songs among the Wellesley hills? Or do a brisk round of Alle psallite in the parking lot? (OK, maybe not the last one.)