June 3-15, 2018 “BachFest” in Leipzig and an optional trip to Prague

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Bach's grave in the Thomaskirche (St. Thomas Church) in Leipzig

Bach’s grave in the Thomaskirche (St. Thomas Church) in Leipzig

Highlights

  • 8 days at Leipzig during the International Bach Festival
  • 4 days in Prague (optional)

Leipzig

  • Several performances of the BachFest
  • private lecture by a notable Bach scholar
  • Thomaskirche and Frauenkirche
  • Gewandhaus Concert Hall
  • Bach Museum
  • Mendelssohn and Schumann Museums
  • Grassi Collection of Musical Instruments
The Estates Theater in Prague is where Mozart's "Don Giovanni" was first performed, and where the opera scenes in "Amadeus" was filmed. We'll see it.

The Estates Theater in Prague is where Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” was first performed, and where the opera scenes in “Amadeus” was filmed. We’ll see it.

Prague

  • Antonín Dvořák Museum with a lecture by a international Dvořák scholar
  • National Opera House
  • Rudolfinum Concert Hall
  • Museum of Czech Musical History
  • Old Town Square and the Charles Bridge
  • Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral
  • Tours of each city led by local guide

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Performances

BachFest in Leipzig

  • Opening Concert at the Thomaskirche (Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, vocal/orchestral music by Bach, Schein, Mendelssohn)
  • Concert of Handel’s orchestral works at the Gewandhaus (Concerto Grosso in G, Suite No.3 in G, Suite No.1 in F, “Il delirio amaroso”)
  • Keyboard Recital: preludes and fugues by Bach and Shostakovich
  • Recital by Andras Schiff: Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations
  • Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at the Thomaskirche
  • You also have the option of attending other performances of the Bach Festival

Prague

  • Verdi’s “La Traviata” at the Prague National Theater
  • Czech Philharmonic Orchestra at the Rudolfinum (Martinu’s Symphony No.2, Sibelius’s Violin Concerto, Bernstein’s Symphony No.2)

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Prague's Charles Bridge at night

Prague’s Charles Bridge at night

What’s Included in the Price

  • 12 nights in 4-star hotels (8 for Leipzig only)
  • Transportation from Prague to Leipzig to BudapestDay trip to Dresden, transportation, tours and lunch included
  • Public transportation passes in each city
  • Tickets to the performances listed aboveWalking tours in each city led by local guides
  • All museum admissions listed in the itinerary
  • At least two meals a day (breakfast and lunch, or breakfast and dinner); drinks not included.
  • Hotel and restaurant gratuities
  • Maps of each city
  • David Nelson’s guidance and assistance at all times
  • Copious amounts of fun

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Itinerary

John Lennon Wall in Prague

John Lennon Wall in Prague

Note: This itinerary is subject to change.

Saturday, June 2 – Travel

  • Fly to Europe (overnight if you are leaving from North America). You can also travel to Prague a day or so earlier. Just let David Nelson know and he can arrange for your room in the group hotel.

Sunday, June 3 – Prague

  • arrive in Prague
  • opening dinner
One of the outdoor stands in Prague's Old Town Square

One of the outdoor stands in Prague’s Old Town Square

Monday, June 4 – Prague

  • Walking tour with a local guide
  • Group Lunch
  • Czech Museum of Musical History
  • Group dinner

Tuesday, June 5 – Prague

  • Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral
  • group lunch
  • some free time in afternoon
  • dinner on your own
  • Verdi’s “La Traviata” at the National Theater
Antonín Dvořák's Bosendorfer piano in the Dvorak Museum in Prague.

Antonín Dvořák’s Bosendorfer piano in the Dvorak Museum in Prague

Wednesday, June 6 – Prague

  • lecture on Antonín Dvořák by an international Dvořák scholar
  • group lunch
  • afternoon free
  • dinner on your own

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra at the Rudolfinum (Martinu, Sibelius, Bernstein)

Thursday, June 7 – Prague to Leipzig (arrival day in Leipzig for those doing Leipzig only)

  • travel to Leipzig (approximately 5 hours)
  • group lunch
  • orientation walk
  • dinner at Auerbach’s Cellar
Leipzig's City Hall. We'll see the room and table where Bach signed his contract with the city leaders

Leipzig’s City Hall. We’ll see the room and table where Bach signed his contract with the city leaders

Friday, June 8 – Leipzig

  • walking tour of Leipzig with a local guide
  • group lunch
  • 5 p.m. opening concert of BachFest
  • group dinner after concert
Mendelssohn Museum in Leipzig

Mendelssohn Museum in Leipzig

Saturday, June 9 – Leipzig

  • Bach Museum
  • group lunch
  • Leipzig History Museum at Old City Hall
  • dinner on your own
  • Concert of Handel’s orchestral works at the Gewandhaus

Sunday, June 10 – Leipzig

  • in the morning, attend optional performances: a choral mass as part of BachFest or a chamber music concert in the Mendelssohn Museum
  • afternoon: Mendelssohn Museum
  • group dinner
  • Keyboard Concert of Bach and Shostakovich at the Salles de Pologne

Monday, June 11 – Leipzig

  • spend the morning with a great author and scholar on Bach; visit the Bach Archive to view some of the composer’s manuscripts
  • group lunch
  • afternoon free
  • evening (optional) attend more performances of BachFest
Zwinger, a large ceremonial and historical building in Dresden

Zwinger, a large ceremonial and historical building in Dresden

Tuesday, June 12 – Day Trip to Dresden

  • take the train to Dresden (about 1 hour)
  • tour Dresden with a local guide
  • group lunch
  • tour the Semper Opera House
  • free time in Dresden
  • take train back to Leipzig
  • dinner in Leipzig on your own

Wednesday, June 13 – Leipzig

  • Grassi Museum of Musical Instruments
  • Schumann Museum
  • group lunch
  • afternoon free
  • dinner on your own
  • attend recital by Andras Schiff
One of the organs Bach played. In Leipzig's Bach Museum.

One of the organs Bach played. In Leipzig’s Bach Museum.

Thursday, June 14 – Leipzig

  • tentative schedule:
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Walking tour of Martin Luther’s sites
  • group lunch
  • pre-concert lecture
  • attend Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in the Thomaskirche

Friday, June 15 – Travel

  • travel back home, or stay to explore more of Europe

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Price

  • Leipzig and Prague $3595 per person, double occupancy
  • Leipzig only: $2395 per person, double occupancy
  • For a guaranteed single room, the single supplement is $650 (Leipzig and Prague) or $450 (Leipzig only).
  • For those traveling alone, you may be placed in a double room with another person of the same gender traveling alone. Depending on who signs up for the trip, you may be in a double or a single room, and will still pay the double-occupancy price. The only guaranteed single rooms are for those paying the single supplement.

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