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Music in the Baltics with UBC's Nancy Hermiston

Join UBC Opera Ensemble Director Nancy Hermiston for a trip to the three fascinating and diverse Baltic nations with the added fillip of Stockholm. Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have different languages, diverse histories, and distinct cultural identities but they share a passion for musical expression.

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.

Note:
We expect to confirm performance details by June, 2018. Pending concert schedules, the dates of this tour may vary by a day or two. Please check with us before making any travel arrangements.
 
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Music Cultural Explorations Alumni Expeditions alumni UBC Travel Club

Baltics | 11 days
Music

Dates:
Apr 26 - May 07, 2019
Cost:
Approx. C$5695 (Incl. $800 taxes, grat., and concerts)
Group Size:
Limited to 18 participants

Includes:

Airport transfers at destination for passengers arriving and departing as per the group itinerary, accommodations based on double occupancy in listed hotels or similar, meals as indicated, all ground transportation as listed, overnight ferry from Tallinn to Stockholm, Nancy’s pre-performance seminars, excursions as listed with experienced English-speaking local guides, all entrance fees, fully escorted by Nancy Hermiston. Taxes and gratuities of C$300 are included. Concert tickets at approx. C$500 are also included.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Meet in Vilnius
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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Your Tour Leader

UBC Opera Ensemble Director Nancy Hermiston’s operatic career has taken her throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. The consummate opera expert, Nancy is as knowledgeable as she is congenial.

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Music Cultural Explorations Alumni Expeditions alumni UBC Travel Club

Baltics | 11 days
Music

Dates:
Apr 26 - May 07, 2019
Cost:
Approx. C$5695 (Incl. $800 taxes, grat., and concerts)
Group Size:
Limited to 18 participants

Includes:

Airport transfers at destination for passengers arriving and departing as per the group itinerary, accommodations based on double occupancy in listed hotels or similar, meals as indicated, all ground transportation as listed, overnight ferry from Tallinn to Stockholm, Nancy’s pre-performance seminars, excursions as listed with experienced English-speaking local guides, all entrance fees, fully escorted by Nancy Hermiston. Taxes and gratuities of C$300 are included. Concert tickets at approx. C$500 are also included.

WHAT THEY SAY:

"We walked in the footsteps of famous Baltic composers."

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