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Mozart Festival Salzburg: 31 January 2020
|5 days and 4 nights|
Mozart Festival Salzburg
31 January 2020
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Every year Salzburg celebrates its most famous son with a week of performances around Mozart’s birthday. Uncover Salzburg’s musical heritage as we visit Mozart’s birthplace and dwelling house and see this stunning city as we take you on a walking tour. This tour is not just for lovers of Mozart but for everyone who is an admirer of music, culture and history.
The 2020 Mozart Festival programme presents an exceptionally rich selection of orchestral and hamber concerts with top international performers. Our programme includes two wonderful performances, an orchestral performance by one of the world’s great orchestras, the Vienna Philharmonics and a chamber concert by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
Day 1 – Friday 31 January 2020
Your tour will start with an early morning flight to Munich airport. Your flight departs Dublin airport at 08:50 and arrives Munich airport 12:15 (please note that flight times are subject to change at airlines discretion). On arrival, meet your local guide for coach transfer to Salzburg where you are booked for four-nights on a bed and breakfast basis.
Your hotel: 4* Hotel ATH Europa in Salzburg
The 4* Hotel ATH Europa is well located and is just a 10-minute walk from Mirabell Gardens, the Congress Centre and Mozarts residential building. It offers a panorama restaurant and free WiFi access. The rooms are air-conditioned and feature a flat-screen cable TV, a minibar, and a bathroom with hairdryer. The restaurant on the 15th floor provides views over the entire city and the surrounding area.
Arrival time at your hotel is approximately 15:30.
In the evening, a welcome dinner will be served in the Hotel Restaurant.
Day 2 – Saturday 01 February 2020
Today, join your local guide for a guided walking tour of Salzburg. See the city sights including the Marionette Theatre, Mozart’s Residence and his birthplace on the Getreidegasse, Mozart Square, Trinity Church, the Horse Pond, Sigmund’s Gate and more.
Enjoy an afternoon at leisure before getting ready to attend the first of our festival performances.
Early dinner at hotel followed by a concert at the Salzburg Festival Hall (Grobes Festspielhaus).
19:30 Concert at the Salzburg Festival Hall (Grobes Festspielhaus).
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with Daniel Barenboim (conductor and piano)
• Serenade in B flat major for two oboes, two clarinets,
• two basset horns, four horns, two bassoons
• and double bass K. 361 "Gran Partita"
• Concerto in A major for piano and orchestra K. 488
• Symphony in D major K. 385 "Haffner Symphony
This year, the Vienna Philharmonic – for Rolando Villazón “one of the best ‘original’ Mozart orchestras of all time” – begins a double series planned to last until the 2023 Mozart Week. It consists of the last ten major symphonies and piano concertos – and “it is in the piano concertos”, says Villazón, “that Mozart’s soul is found”. Daniel Barenboim will be the orchestra’s main, though not exclusive, partner. For two of the three concerts in 2020, he will take his place on the rostrum or at the piano – and the Philharmonic wind-players will display their prowess in the “Gran Partita”. In each third concert, a young star will demonstrate expertise in Mozart interpretation – this time the internationally acclaimed Lahav Shani, performing as both pianist and conductor.
Coach transfer back to hotel at the end of the evening.
Day 3 – Sunday 02 February 2020
Morning and afternoon at leisure.
In the early afternoon, meet your local guide for the coach transfer to the “Stiftung Mozarteum”, where you will attend a concert by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (Orchestra), Daniel Harding (Conductor) and Andreas Ottensamer (Clarinet).
Symphony in A major K. 201
Concerto A major for clarinet and orchestra K. 622
"Così fan tutte" K. 588: Overture
"Così fan tutte" K. 588: Aria of Fiordiligi No. 14
"Come scoglio immoto resta"
"La clemenza di Tito" K. 621:
Aria of Sesto No. 9 "Parto, ma tu ben mio"
Symphony in D major K. 504 "Prague Symphony" 7
Le nozze di Figaro with András Schiff conducting his Cappella Andrea Barca while playing continuo – in a concert performance scrupulously adapted by Rolando Villazón for staging in the Felsenreitschule. This is the prelude to a series of da Ponte operas conducted by Sir András, who has at his disposal his illustrious ideal cast. Mitsuko Uchida continues the intimate concert series begun in 2019 with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra; oboist François Leleux is accompanied by the Chamber Orchestra of Europe; with their period instrument ensembles and outstanding voices, Christina Pluhar and Andrea Marcon perform sacred music works both great and small, well- and lesser-known. Finally, under Daniel Harding, Andreas Ottensamer concludes the Mozart Week with the Clarinet Concerto, linking this year’s programme, with its emphasis on wind music, with that of next year, which focuses on the voice – anticipated by mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught
After the concert transfer back to the hotel for post-concert dinner.
Day 4- Monday 03 February 2020
Today, relive your favorite scenes from the classic musical "The Sound of Music" on this Salzburg sightseeing tour. . This tour, which has been Salzburg’s most popular tour since 1967, is a combination of both historical Salzburg and the breathtaking Lakes and Mountains region.
We will show you many of the film locations from the ‘Sound of Music’ and share not only background stories of the movie but also the history and culture of the region.
Visit; Mirabell Gardens: Shown in many scenes including where Maria and the children sang ‘DoRe-Mi’; The Gazebo: Where Rolf and Liesl sang ‘Sixteen Going on Seventeen’ and Maria and the Baron sang ‘Something Good’; Palace of Leopoldskron: This historical palace and its ground provided many filming locations including the lake where the boating scene took place; Nonnberg Abbey: This historical abbey was used both in the movie and the true story. In real life Maria and the Baron where married here in 1927; St. Gilgen/Lake Wolfgang: This picturesque area was featured in the opening sequence of the movie. The village of St. Gilgen is situated directly across from the famous Schafberg mountain and The Church of Mondsee: The Sound of Music Wedding Church. This historical church of Mondsee was the location of the movie wedding between Maria and the Baron.
Afternoon and evening at leisure.
Day 5 – Tuesday 04 February 2020
Today, you have the morning and afternoon free in Salzburg for independent sightseeing. In the late afternoon, coach transfer with your local guide to Munich airport for your return flight. Flight departs Munich at 12:50 and arrives Dublin 14:20 (please note that flight times are subject to change at airlines discretion).
• Return flight from Dublin, taxes and transfers
• Four-nights in the four-star ATH Europa Hotel in Salzburg with breakfast
• Thee evening meals
• Walking Tour of Salzburg
• Sound of Music Tour
• Orchestral concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (cat 2)
• Concert performance by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (cat 1)
• Private coach and guide assistance as per the programme
Price does not include
Travel Insurance is not included. Keith Prowse strongly recommends travel insurance be booked in advance of travel and can offer a competitive quotation if not already purchased. If you or any person travelling has a pre-existing medical condition then you must declare that condition to the Health Insurer on booking. The EHIC is a European Health card available to all EU citizens and is recommended to carry for travel within Europe. Please check www.ehic.ie for more information.