Join LDS Composers
Paul Cardall and Shane Mickelsen
Including Special Concert Event in Milan
on a special tour of Italy this fall (2017).
Discover Gospel Remnants
in the Eternal City of Rome, Florence, Naples
Discover the life of the Apostles Peter and Paul. Explore gems of the Vatican and learn of ancient remnants of temple rites and traditions.
Sep 8 - 16, 2017 - 8nt 9 Day Tour
Trip is $1799*
*Per person based on double occupancy
Single supplement additional and is 50% of double occupancy rate.
(Initial non-refundable deposit to hold your rate and space is $400 per person
Final payment due 3 months prior to departure) Airfare is additional.
Discover the home of the of the Apostles Peter and Paul. Visit the center of christianity to the world while focusing on the Life of Christ. Every hill, every stone has a story to tell and a testimony to bare of the divinity of the Christ. You will never read the scriptures the same as your mind and memory will take you back to Italy and our journeys again and again.
Musician - Paul Cardall
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Paul Layton Cardall (born April 24, 1973) is an American pianist known for his original compositions and arrangements of various hymns. His music is frequently categorized as New Age, Classical, and Religious. Cardall has had 2 of his works make it to number one on billboard charts.
Cardall's soothing, melodic style is born out of his compassion to help others endure hardship and connect to the strength of the soul. The passion he exudes during his performances is rooted in personal experience because the pianist has endured difficult challenges. He was born with essentially half a functioning heart, which required immediate surgery when Cardall was less than a day old. His life-threatening congenital heart disease and a series of difficult surgeries throughout his life, including a heart transplant, has given Cardall wisdom, depth and understanding that only music could express to heal hearts and minds of people all over the world.
Based in Salt Lake City, Paul has built a loyal – and ever growing – audience around the world through several social media channels. From Cairo to Chicago, Sydney to Madrid, Paul's fans live in more than 100 nations. He ads 200 new listeners per day, reaches more than 600,000 Facebook users per week and garners more than 15 million subscribers to his Pandora Radio station.
In addition to his recording career, Paul founded Stone Angel Music in 1999, which owns a catalogue of recordings by other similar artists. He launched cellist Steven Sharp Nelson's (The Piano Guys) recording career releasing three recordings which debuted on Billboard classical charts. As part of Stone Angel Music, Paul built one of Salt Lake City's premier recording studios.
In 2011, Utah State Board of Regents awarded Paul with an honorary doctorate because of his community service. As an executive board member of the Saving tiny Hearts Society 501(c)3, Paul actively promotes congenital heart disease medical research. Shortly after receiving a heart transplant in 2009, Paul established an endowment at Salt Lake Community College that awards annual scholarships for students affected by congenital heart disease. In addition to volunteer service related to healing hearts, Paul is an ordained lay-minister in his Christian faith and speaks and performs regularly to non-denominational congregations world-wide.
Day by Day Itinerary
(Subject to changes at guide's discretion
for effeciency and concern for the group)
Gospel Remnants of Florence, Rome, Naples, and Milan Italy
Friday Sep 8, 2017
Arrive: Naples airport (NAP) by 4pm and transfer to hotel and relax. ( *Update: We will have a beach hotel near Rome for 2 nights)
Saturday Sep 9, 2017
This day you will experience the ancient like you never have before. We will escort you through the ancient city life of bankers, slave traders, politicians, and normal roman citizens. You will see the forum, the temples, the courthouse, the homes, the bathhouses, theatres, and the amphitheater.
You will be escorted by a Latin teacher through the city that was destroyed by Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Transfer to Rome
Sunday Sep 10, 2017
Vatican - St Peter's - St. Paul's
You will spend this day walking the cobble stone streets of downtown Rome. We will visit the Vatican and St. Peter's Basiilica. See Michelangelo's Pietà, one of the most beautiful tender marble sculptures in the world.
Afterward follow tasty aromas leading you to artisan gelato shops and fine traditional Roman Cuisine for a good lunch.
Visit the historic church where it is believed that the Apostle Paul was executed. Learn the doctrinal significance of the gilded Latin inscriptions in this beautiful basilica.
Monday Sep 11, 2017
Coliseum/Roman Forum/Campidoglio/Pantheon and Trevi Fountain
Visit the Gladiators' arena, the height of Ancient Roman entertainment. Learn Coliseum-specific Latin terms that have influenced the related terms we use today! See how the Classical Age morphed into the Early Middle Ages as the Roman Empire declined and Christianity rose from obscurity.
Learn about ancient Roman life as we escort you through the Roman Forum - the city center of every-day life 2,000 years ago. You will see the old interweaved with the 18th-20th century and see the church where tradition holds is the ancient prison of the apostles Peter and Paul.
We will visit the Pantheon and Trevi Fountion before transfering to our hotel in Florence.
Tuesday Sep 12, 2017
Today we travel to Carrara to see the quarry that supplied the white marble used for Michelanhelo's David as well as the Rome Temple Visitor Center's Cristus.
The ancient world famous marble quarries of Carrara, are located along the coast north of Pisa. The quarries where many of the famous pieces of Italy have originated from including Michelangelo’s David, and many more. The statues of the Christus and 12 apostles created by Bertel Thorvaldsen of which the LDS church has adopted to use in many locations of the church also originated in Carrara. As part of the production of the Rome Temple, the church has commissioned a project to recreate the Christus (15 feet tall) and all 12 apostles (life size), made with the most rare marble from Carrara for the Rome Temple Visitor Center.
We will be able to visit the inside of the work shop to see the process of this creation and the robotic machines that do a lot of the cutting.
(Note: The Cristus and Twelve Apostles will have already been moved to Rome by the time of this tour.)
Wednesday Sep 13, 2017
This day tour will cover Michelangelo's David, Duomo, and have time to shop in Florence.
Thursday 14, 2017
Today we visit Davinci's Last Supper and the Duomo of Milan. (Free time this evening for possible Opera at La Scala)
Friday Sep 15, 2017
Free Day. Evening Concert with Paul Cardall. This is for all members and locals.
Saturday Sep 16, 2017
Morning transfer to the Milan airport (MXP)
Airport and Hotel Transfers
Trip Educator and Guide
Motor Coaches and Train Transportation
Admission to All sites listed in the Itinerary
Tipping for Bus driver and local guide (total $10/day)
Additional meals (plan on $25/day)
any personal items and snacks
Composer - Shane Mickelsen
Shane Mickelsen is an active composer, arranger, conductor, and teacher. His compositional style has its roots in his love of the classics from Bach to Brahms, whose rich harmonies he fuses with New Age styles to create emotive modern orchestral music.
He holds degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Composition from Utah State University and the University of Utah respectively.
In addition to these popular styles, Shane continues to write for classical music circles as a 21st-century composer touching on Free Style Atonality, Serialism, Atonal Impressionism, and Electro-Acoustic Compositions.
Shane’s composing career began when his mother began training him in music theory at age 12. It took flight when at age 17 he was commissioned by the School of Music at Utah State University to compose an opera for its Opera Theatre Program. Shane then composed, rehearsed, music directed, and conducted the premier performances of “The Wolf and the Seven Kids” to great local acclaim.
Shane is currently busy writing orchestrations, arrangements, transcriptions, and original music for various artists including The Piano Guys, Paul Cardall, and other private clientele. He serves as Music Director of the West Jordan Symphony, and happily works as private voice, piano, and composition teacher.