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Celebrate Easter and Passover in Berlin

Easter & Passover in Berlin - with Beethoven!

Apr 03-13, 2020

11 days | Germany | Music

2020 will mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven, and there will be celebrations worldwide. One of the anniversary highlights happens in Berlin in April, when conductor Daniel Barenboim and his Staatskapelle Berlin present the complete nine symphonies by Beethoven over four concerts at the famous Philharmonie during the week leading up to Easter. The series will culminate with the great Symphony No. 9, “Choral” on Easter Sunday morning. What could be more thrilling and inspirational than Beethoven’s setting of the “Ode to Joy” by Schiller, and his universal and timeless message of joy and fulfillment here on earth!
 
“I am the conductor for life of the Staatskapelle Berlin, which fills me with tremendous joy because I feel absolutely at one with them. When we play, I have a feeling that together we manage to create one collective lung for the whole orchestra so that everybody on the stage breathes the music in the same way.”
Daniel Barenboim

Berlin is a buzzing hive of classical music, with stellar concerts every night of the week. As well as the complete Beethoven Symphonies, during our music tour we’ll also experience other wonderful concerts with some of the world’s top artists and ensembles, including a recital by pianist Sir Andras Schiff. 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 Beethoven 250 anniversary celebration in 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 Cultural Explorations
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. C$5495 (Performance tickets: Approx. C$1400)
Group Size:
12 - 15 participants
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What’s included: Accommodation based on double occupancy in hotel listed or similar; breakfast daily; meals as indicated in the itinerary; sightseeing with qualified English-speaking guides; 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; gratuities for escort, local guides, drivers, hotel and group meals; taxes; fully escorted by Rick Phillips

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
Rick has selected eight concerts for us - excellent seats. These tickets
are held for our group and must be confirmed with full payment by October 1. Tickets not paid for by that date cannot be guaranteed - please do register soon.
 
1Meet in Berlin, welcome dinner
2Tour the historic ‘Mitte’ area, see the landmark Brandenburg Gate
Performance: Beethoven Zyklus I
3Guided visit of the Boros Collection, a private gallery of contemporary art in a WWII-era bunker
Performance: Berlin Radio SO conducted by Karina Cannelakis with violinist Nicola Benedetti at the Konzerthaus
4Visit the glorious Sanssouci gardens and palace at nearby Potsdam
5Berlin’s treasure trove of art and artefacts
Performance: Beethoven Zyklus II
6Day at leisure
Performance: Piano Trios by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky at small hall at Konzerthaus
7Guided visit of the Pergamon Museum
Performance: Beethoven Zyklus III
8Take a short walk to the Gemaldegalerie
Performance: Piano recital of Mozart & Beethoven with Andras Schiff at Philharmonie
9Take a boat cruise along the river Spree
Performance: Martinu #4 and Mozart Requiem with Deutsche Symphonie Orch. Berlin under Sir Roger Norrington at Philharmonie
10Afternoon at leisure, celebratory dinner
Performance: Beethoven Zyklus IV
11Depart Berlin
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Your Tour Leader

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 Cultural Explorations
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. C$5495 (Performance tickets: Approx. C$1400)
Group Size:
12 - 15 participants
Reserve my spot now!

What’s included: Accommodation based on double occupancy in hotel listed or similar; breakfast daily; meals as indicated in the itinerary; sightseeing with qualified English-speaking guides; 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; gratuities for escort, local guides, drivers, hotel and group meals; taxes; fully escorted by Rick Phillips

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