SALZBURG - BAD ISCHL - HALLSTATT - ARTSTETTEN - VIENNA
May 26 – June 9, 2020 (15 days)
CELEBRATING 250 YEARS OF BEETHOVEN
A delectable concert and culinary program hosted by Kai Gleusteen and Catherine Ordronneau complemented by castle, spa & luxury hotels in Salzburg - Bad Ischl - Vienna. Highlights include the Salzburg Whitsun Festival, Emperor’s Villa Bad Ischl, Vienna State Opera, Musikverein, Vienna Boys Choir and more
We board our overnight flight to Munich.
Upon arrival in Munich, we transfer to our hotel and check-in. We’ll gather for a Welcome Drink and Introduction to our Classical Austria Concert Series by our host Kai Gleusteen, and enjoy dinner. (D)
This morning we have a City Tour to see the highlights and then visit the Alte Pinakothek, housing the Old Masters. Time to enjoy lunch in the city before departing for Austria in the afternoon. Checking into our hotel there, we’ll have dinner and our first concert. (B, D)
Mozarteum Orchestra at the Mozarteum
Our exploration of this lovely city begins with a Walking Tour of the historic core, including a visit to the birthplace of the city’s most famous son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. After time for lunch, we will take the funicular to Hohensalzburg Fortress, the biggest fully preserved castle in Central Europe, perched above the Baroque rooftops of the historic district. Our evening concert showcases our host artists. (B, D)
Kai Gleusteen and Catherine Ordronneau perform in the Schloss Hotel Leopoldskron Great Hall.
Hotel Leopoldskron Salzburg
This morning we will tour the Festival Hall of Salzburg. Our afternoon excursion takes us up the mountain to the Eagle’s Nest for spectacular views.
A short trip brings us back to Salzburg where we’ll enjoy a concert as part of the Whitsun Classical Festival, details to be confirmed. (B, D)
Whitsun Classical Festival Salzburg, program TBA
We step into the romance of the Sound of Music as we stop at Mondsee to see St. Michael’s Church where the wedding was filmed. Also in the famously beautiful Salzkammergut is the Weisses Roessl am Wolfgangsee, setting for the popular songspiel/operetta by Ralph Benatzky and Robert Stolz. By end of the day, we find ourselves in Bad Ischl, celebrated spa town and summer retreat for the Austrian Royalty. (B,D)
A delightful concert on the Sound of Music theme, presented by a children’s choir and soprano Charlotte Pistor as Maria.
Hotel Leopoldskron Salzburg terrace
Morning City Tour including the Kaiservilla, built for Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elizabeth, where descendants of the Habsburg-Lorraine dynasty still reside. Here in July 1914, Emperor Franz Josef signed the declaration of war which became WWI. We’ll learn too about his Empress Sisi, whose loveliness and dramatic story have given her the aspect of a popular tragic heroine.
Then we will indulge in a special coffee and cake stop at Zauner, the legendary patisserie/ confectioners traditionally appointed Imperial Purveyor to the Austro-Hungarian Court. (B,D)
A cellist will accompany Kai Gleusteen and Catherine Ordronneau for this concert at a local performance space in Bad Ischl.
Bad Ischl Kaiservilla
Today’s side trip takes us to Hallstatt, spectacularly situated on a beautiful mountain lake. We’ll have a chance to admire the breathtaking scenery as we enjoy a boat cruise and a brief walking tour of the town, including its famous Beinhaus ossuary. (B, D)
Chamber music/symphony details yet to be confirmed
We visit Imperial Artstetten Castle and Museum, commemorating Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Duchess Sophie, the first real casualties of WWI, as their assassination in Sarajevo set spark to the conflict. Then we depart for Vienna and a special visit to the renowned Boesendorfer piano factory. We’ll check in and enjoy dinner before our first Vienna concert. (B, D)
The Wiener Philharmonic present Beethoven Symphonies in the Große Musikvereinssaal (the Grand/Golden Hall).
Wien Musik Musikverein
We begin with an introductory City Tour to see the highlights of the Ringstrasse and UNO Centre, then we’ll lunch at one of Vienna’s characteristic cafés. In the afternoon we’ll spend 1.5 hours on an intriguing Guided Walking Tour back through the Inner City, past St. Stephens and other landmarks.
After a break to freshen up, we’ll depart for our concert at the Mozartmuseum. Following this, we’ll relax over dinner at a traditional Viennese Cellar restaurant. (B,L,D)
Kai Gleusteen and Catherine Ordronneau at the Boesendorfer Hall of the Mozartmuseum.
We take a morning Walking Tour, starting with a tour of the Musikverein (where the New Year’s concert takes place each year) and then visiting the Haus der Musik (dedicated to Music and composers). The afternoon is at leisure to perhaps visit one of the famous museums, the Art or Natural History Museums, Albertina or one of the others in the Museum Quarter. Our evening concert follows dinner at the hotel. (B, D)
Daniel Barenboim presenting Beethoven sonatas in the Große Musikvereinssaal (the Grand/Golden Hall).
Wien Musik Musikverein
Morning drive and visit to the Vienna Zentral Friedhof, the second largest cemetery in the world, and resting place of many famous musicians. We will then drive to Eisenstadt and have lunch, then visit Esterhazy Palace and the Bergkirche which contains the Haydn Mausoleum. Returning to Vienna we’ll enjoy a bit of free time before a notable
dinner at the celebrated Hotel Sacher, including of course a piece of their famous Sachertorte.
The evening we spend at the Opera. (B,L,D)
The State Opera, program yet TBA
We take in Morning Mass with the Vienna Boys Choir. The rest of the day and evening is at leisure to spend or plan as you wish, perhaps making visits to other Museums, the Spanish Riding School or Schoenbrunn Palace, where a six-year-old prodigy named Mozart gave his first concert, before the indomitable Holy Roman Empress Maria Theresia (258 years ago.) The evening is at leisure for you to enjoy the nightlife or make plans to enjoy other performances individually. (B)
Sunday Morning Mass at the Wiener Hofburgkapelle, sung by the renowned Vienna Boys Choir.
We have a day trip to the celebrated Vienna Woods, with a visit to Heiligenkreuz Abbey and the monks’ noon prayer Choral Service.
After lunch at the Abbey we’ll drive through the Helene Valley to nearby Baden, long a refuge for the Viennese nobility. There we’ll have a lovely Walking Tour of the Biedermeier town centre with an exclusive visit to the Beethovenhaus before returning to Vienna for our Farewell Dinner and concert at the Hotel Bristol. (B,L,D)
Kai Gleusteen and Catherine Ordronneau private farewell concert at the Hotel Bristol.
We transfer to the airport for our flight home. (B)