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SACHERTORTE AND PAPRIKASH
Musical meanderings along the Blue Danube
Vienna and Budapest
September 27 – October 7 (10 nights)
There must be something in the Viennese pastry. How can one medium size city keep producing so many composers and conductors of note? Willkommen to Vienna, the world’s music capital! More renowned composers have lived here than in any other city – Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Strauss Jr., Bruckner, Mahler and Schoenberg all found inspiration for their music here. Nowhere else on earth are there more first class musical performances in a concentrated city core than in Vienna.
Gustav Mahler (1860–1911), the genius of the fin de siècle, studied and launched his career in Vienna and for ten years served as director of the Vienna Imperial Opera. Music lovers all over the world will celebrate him in 2011, the 100th anniversary of his death.
And Üdvözöljük to Hungary, which has made many contributions to the fields of folk, popular and classical music. Hungarian folk music is a prominent part of the national identity and continues to play a major part in Hungarian music. Considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world, straddling both sides of the Danube, Budapest today is a thriving metropolis, rich in history, tradition and culture. The Kodaly Method of musical education creates a high level of musical literacy throughout the country. In addition to Franz Liszt, Zoltan Kodaly and Béla Bartók, the fiery and virtuosic Romany Csárdás are heard everywhere.
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“I have to admit I am Viennese to the core.”
Rick Phillips is a busy writer, critic, broadcaster, teacher, consultant, concert host and tour guide in the classical music field. He has led many music seminars at Classical Pursuits in Toronto. For 14 years he was the host and producer of SOUND ADVICE on CBC Radio and is the author of The Essential Classical Recordings – 101 CDs. Rick never tires of Vienna and its cultural riches. He has experienced Budapest and vowed to return to get to know it better. Vienna and Budapest combine to make a magical musical tour!
€2995 per person
Single supplement: €574
Fee includes readings, accommodation, two meals a day, discussions, walking tours, talks, excursions, and admissions.
Concert tickets are available for purchase for a limited time in the spring for approximately €500.
This trip has been priced in Euro. Once you’ve made a reservation, we will invoice you in CAN$ at the prevailing exchange rate.