Sound Advice with Rick PhillipsLucerne Easter Festival - April 2019


Lucerne’s famous covered Chapel Bridge and Water Tower

April 9-15, 2019
6 nights

Like Salzburg, Lucerne can boast a world-renowned summer music festival. But both cities  also host other festivals during the year  that are less expensive, with fewer tourists and less glitz, but with the same high calibre of artists, ensembles and repertoire.

When Sound Advice® music tours attended the Lucerne Piano Festival in November 2017 we were very impressed, and decided to return, this time for the Lucerne Easter Festival in April 2019, just prior to Easter.
 
Lucerne is a mid-sized, fascinating and beautiful ancient European city, easily accessible, situated on the shores of placid Lake Lucerne, surrounded by the Swiss Alps. The  area is especially lovely in springtime. Our hotel is centrally located, close to the concert venues, museums and galleries, shopping and restaurants.

This 2019 festival lineup is stellar, featuring music by Verdi, Handel, Mozart, Bruckner, Mussorgsky and others, with top-name artists and ensembles like conductors Riccardo Chailly, Bernard Haitink and Ivan Fischer, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra, violinist Janine Jansen, pianist Till Fellner, soprano Sandrine Piau and more.

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Tour Price:                          

Double occupancy: $2695 CAD* per person

Single occupancy: $2915 CAD* per person

*Prices are based on September 2018 international currency exchange rates and are subject to revision

Price includes:

  • Accommodation: 6 nights in a central hotel
  • Meals: 6 breakfasts and 2 dinners or lunches, depending on concert schedule
  • Private walking tour of Lucerne
  • Private tour of KKL, the venue for the concerts
  • Entrance to the Rosengart Museum
  • Rick’s daily presentations/discussions on the music and artists in our private room

All tips/gratuities to hotel, waiters at included meals, etc.

Price does not include:

  • Concerts – 5 performances have been requested for this tour. The cost is about CHF 775 per person (payable in Canadian funds) for very good seats.
  • Flights, transfers to and from the hotel and airport - we can arrange flights from cities across Canada and the US. Trip extensions are also available.

To Reserve your place:

Make a deposit of $500 and send in the BOOKING FORM (click to download, then print and complete).

Terms and Conditions:

Deposit: $500 due at the time of booking. Concert ticket payment is due when tickets are available for purchase. Tour balance is due by February 25, 2019. All payments are non-refundable.Cancellation insurance is recommended.

Complete terms and conditions are on the BOOKING FORM.
or contact  
Jane Clemens, Vision Travel Solutions
1-800-475-9494 ext 2243       
Direct: 416-915-2243

About Vision Travel Solutions

Canada’s largest privately owned travel consortium is a shareholder of Radius, a global travel company and a member of Virtuoso, specializing in luxury and adventure travel worldwide.
Vision  Travel acts only as agents for the traveler and accepts no responsibility for the services of any aircraft, bus, hotel, concert agencies, etc., used in this tour, nor any delays, loss or accident to travelers or baggage occasioned by such services. While the organizers will do everything possible to assist travelers, they similarly disclaim any such responsibility. 
The right is reserved to cancel or modify the tour.


251 Consumers Rd, 7th Floor
Toronto, ON, Canada M2J 4R3

Rick's Picks

Wednesday, April 10, 7:30PM
KKL Concert Hall
Performers: Soloists, MusicAeterna Orchestra & Choir/Teodor Currentzis
G. Verdi: Messa da Requiem

Thursday, April 11, 7:30PM
KKL Concert Hall
Performers: Denis Matsuev, piano
La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra/Riccardo Chailly
P. I. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
M. Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition

Friday: April 12, 7:30PM
KKL Concert Hall
Performers: Sandrine Piau, Tim Mead et al,
Ensemble Le Concert d’Astrée/Emmanuelle Haïm
“Desperate Lovers” - extracts from operas by G. F. Handel
 
Saturday, April 13, 6:30PM
KKL Concert Hall
Performers: Janine Jansen, violin;
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Ivan Fischer
W. A. Mozart: Symphony No. 34, K. 338; Symphony No. 39, K. 543
B. Bartok: Violin Concerto No. 1; Romanian Folk Dances for small orchestra

Sunday, April 14, 5:00PM
KKL Concert Hall
Performers: Till Fellner, piano;
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Bernard Haitink
W. A. Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25 in C, K. 503
A. Bruckner: Symphony No. 6

Artists, ensembles and repertoire subject to change

Download Rick's Picks and About the Artists in PDF

 

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About the Artists

Denis Matsuev, piano
Winner of the 11th International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow in 1998, Russian pianist Denis Matsuev is one of today’s top  concert pianists, especially known for his performances of the Russian piano repertoire. A People’s Artist of Russia and a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Matsuev played at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Sochi Olympic Winter Games in 2014.

Till Fellner, piano
Vienna-born pianist Till Fellner studied with the legendary Alfred Brendel, among others, and now performs around  the globe in recitals, with orchestra, and in chamber music. His repertoire is huge, ranging from the Baroque to Classical, Romantic and 20th century periods. Fellner’s recording of Piano Concertos by Beethoven with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano was internationally acclaimed.  

Emmanuelle Haim, conductor & harpsichord
French conductor and harpsichordist Emmanuelle Haim is a specialist in Baroque and early music. After studying with Canadian keyboard player Kenneth Gilbert and others, she joined the early music ensemble Les Arts Florissant directed by William Christie. After further studies with conductor Sir Simon Rattle, Haim formed her own early music ensemble Le Concert d’Astree, with which she now tours and records extensively. In 2017, she became the first woman to conduct at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Janine Jansen, violin
Dutch violinist and violist Janine Jansen came from a family of professional musicians and was a child prodigy. Today she is regarded as one of the world’s finest string players, with a broad repertoire of solo, chamber music and concertos. She performs on a legendary Stradivarius violin and directs her own chamber music festival in Utrecht.

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (BRSO) was established after WWII and is regarded as one of the finest broadcasting
orchestras in Europe. It has been led by such noted conductors as Eugen Jochum, Rafael Kubelik, Sir Colin Davis and Lorin Maazel. With numerous award-winning recordings on a variety of international labels, since 2003 its Music Director has been Mariss Jansons.

La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra
The La Scala Philharmonic’s first job is in the pit at the famous Italian opera house in Milan, La Scala. But in 1982, conductor Claudio Abbado added orchestral concerts to its duties and  it has been led by a string of famous conductors – from Carlo Maria Giulini to Leonard Bernstein to Riccardo Muti, who has been Music Director since 1987.

Riccardo Chailly, conductor
Milan-born Riccardo Chailly is one of today’s busiest and most highly renowned conductors. He has been Music Director of several of the world’s great orchestras, from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam to the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in Germany. Since 2015, he has been Music Director of the famed La Scala Opera House in his hometown. Since 2016 he was been at the helm of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra in Switzerland.

Bernard Haitink, conductor
Dutch conductor Bernard Haitink is one of the great statesmen of the conducting world today. Turning 90 in 2019, he conducts a huge repertoire and has maintained long and successful performing and recording relationships with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, the Boston Symphony and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, the London Philharmonic, the London Symphony and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.