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Berlin: A Rick Phillips Music Tour

Apr 15-24, 2021

11 days | Germany | Music & Theatre

All of us who love to travel and experience great cities and culture have been severely hit by the recent worldwide pandemic. Closed borders, cancelled flights, dark concert halls and museums and socially-distanced restaurants have all taken their toll on our love to travel. But it won’t be forever, and even as I write this in May 2020, Europe is starting to “re-open,” with good progress in re-establishing a strong and vibrant cultural life. If any nation can do it, I have a lot of faith in Germany and the German people, and the centre of the activity will undoubtedly be the marvelous and resilient capital of Berlin.

In the world of classical music, Berlin is a buzzing hive, with stellar concerts every night of the week. For our Worldwide Quest music tour to Berlin in April 2021, I’ve selected a raft of wonderful concerts with some of the world’s top artists and ensembles, including opera, choral music and symphonic and chamber orchestra concerts, with big names like pianists Yefim Bronfman and Sir Andras Schiff, baritone Sir Simon Keenlyside, and violinists Isabelle Faust and Frank Peter Zimmermann. We’ll hear most of the Berlin-based orchestras in a wide variety of repertoire, including the renowned Berlin Philharmonic in their home venue of the Philharmonie, as well as operas at the famed Staatsoper and the Deutsche Oper.

My daily informal talks and discussion about the artists and music, guided tours of the many fascinating Berlin museums and galleries, a day trip to nearby Potsdam, and scrumptious meals will fill our days. But ample free time has been built in to allow you to explore this historical European capital on your own, or shop, revisit a museum, or just relax. I’ve been to Berlin many times, and I am always knocked out by the amount of classical music that goes on, and the incredibly high standard.

It will be my pleasure to be your personal tour host and guide for this springtime music tour to Berlin. With music-making of this calibre, I know it will be an unforgettable Worldwide Quest music tour – the experience of a lifetime!


– Rick Phillips
Music & Theatre Cultural Explorations
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. C$5245 (Performance tickets: Approx. C$1400)
Group Size:
12 - 15 participants

What’s included: Accommodation; most meals; sightseeing and guided walks with Whisper earphones; all entrance fees to sites visited with the group; Berlin six-day transit pass; Berlin three-day museum pass; Rick Phillips’s presentations; taxes and gratuities; fully escorted by Rick Phillips

Rick’s morning talks and information sessions were excellent. This greatly enhances the enjoyment and appreciation of the performances.” – S.H., 2019 Vienna traveller

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
Rick has selected seven concerts for us - excellent seats. We will let you know as soon as tickets become available for purchase.
 
1Meet in Berlin, welcome dinner
2Tour the historic ‘Mitte’ area, see the landmark Brandenburg Gate
Performance: Mozart: Opera The Magic Flute at Staatsoper Unter den Linden
3Guided visit of the Boros Collection, a private gallery of contemporary art in a WWII-era bunker
Performance: Concert with Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin at Konzerthaus. Mozart, J.C. Bach
4One of the world's finest collections of European Art at the Gemaldegalerie
Performance: Concert with Deutsch SO/Robin Ticciati, Isabelle Faust at the Philharmonie, Schoenberg + Brahms Requiem
5Explore the Inner City with with a local architect
Performance: Concert with the Bremen Chamber Phil./Albrecht Mayer. Konzerthaus. Mozart, Gossec
6Excursion to Potsdam to visit the glorious Sanssouci gardens and palace
7Museum Island, Berlin’s treasure trove of art and artefacts
Performance: Mozart: Don Giovanni at the Deutsche Oper Berlin
8Guided visit of the Pergamon Museum
Performance: Concert with Berlin Phil./Yefim Bronfman at The Philharmonie. Brahms + Sibelius
9Visit the Museum of Musical Instruments, afternoon at leisure, celebratory dinner
Performance: 1930, Concert with Staatskapelle Berlin/Sir Andras Schiff at Pierre Boulez Hall. All Bach
10Depart Berlin
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Rick was the Host and Producer of SOUND ADVICE, the weekly guide to classical music and recordings, heard across Canada on CBC. He’s often a juror in the classical music categories for the Juno Awards. Rick holds a B. Mus. from McGill University and a M. Mus. from the University of Toronto.

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Music & Theatre Cultural Explorations
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. C$5245 (Performance tickets: Approx. C$1400)
Group Size:
12 - 15 participants

What’s included: Accommodation; most meals; sightseeing and guided walks with Whisper earphones; all entrance fees to sites visited with the group; Berlin six-day transit pass; Berlin three-day museum pass; Rick Phillips’s presentations; taxes and gratuities; fully escorted by Rick Phillips

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