Music in the Baltics with UBC's Nancy Hermiston
We’re dividing our time between four gorgeous cities. Start in Vilnius, a Baroque beauty with a labyrinth of cobbled streets and a vibrant contemporary art scene. Riga is a delightful combination of flamboyant art nouveau and Gothic churches. Tallinn is splendidly photogenic; the walled city looks over the Baltic Sea and its medieval streets are lined with gabled merchants’ houses, churches, and classical buildings. And the beautiful archipelago of Stockholm offers a grand finales of historic proportions. Part of each day will be spent visiting key cultural sites in each city with our guide.
In each city our focus will be on performances and opportunities to learn about the rich history of music in the region. We plan to include a ballet, an organ concert, a piano recital and performances of the Estonian National Symphony, the Stockholm Chamber Brass, and the Royal Swedish Opera (schedules permitting). We also plan to attend rehearsals and student performances. Nancy’s presentations add exclusive insights to the performances, composers, and musical history of the Baltics.
Itinerary at a Glance
Day 2: The Baroque city palaces and the ‘Gates of Dawn’
Day 3: A wealth of architecture in historical Kanaus
Day 4: The Hill of Crosses, the splendid palace of Rundāle
Day 5: Riga’s medieval streets; Gothic and Baroque churches
Day 6: Art Nouveau and traditional Latvian arts
Day 7: Through beautiful hilly scenery to Tallinn
Day 8: Upper city and the picturesque medieval Old Town
Day 9: Overnight ferry to Stockholm
Day 10: Exploring the Stockholm Archipelago by boat
Day 11: Fabulous food halls; world’s longest art gallery
Day 12: Depart Stockholm
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"We walked in the footsteps of famous Baltic composers."