Sound Advice with Rick PhillipsSalzburg Winter 2018

Mozart Week in Salzburg

January 26 - February 4, 2018

For decades I’ve attended music festivals and concerts across North America and Europe, and one of my favourites – one that I try to return to every year, is the spectacular Mozartwoche (Mozart Week) in Salzburg, Austria. Unlike the overly-popular summer Salzburg Festival, concert tickets are available and affordable, the city is relaxing and tourist-free, and the concerts feature the same calibre of artists and ensembles.

Although the music of Mozart is always central, the Mozartwoche festival will also feature music of Schubert, Beethoven, and others. We’ll enjoy orchestral concerts, choral music, recitals, and chamber music.

Sound Advice® Music Tours has visited this superb festival several times with small, international groups of music lovers.  We’ve enjoyed many stimulating discussions after the concerts over glasses of crisp Austrian wine or robust beer.

From our central Salzburg hotel, it’s an easy walk to the concerts, restaurants, galleries and museums. And, of course, the beautiful Austrian Alps are a short bus-ride away. - Rick Phillips

Here are a few of the artists, ensembles and repertoire we'll enjoy at Mozartwoche 2018:

  • Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Valery Gergiev, conductor
  • Renaud Capuçon, violin
  • English Baroque Soloists
    Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor
  • Cappella Andrea Barca
    Sir András Schiff, piano & conductor
  • Schuman String Quartet
    Kit Armstrong, piano
  • David Fray, piano
  • Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
  • Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
  • Marlis Petersen, soprano
  • Jörg Widmann, clarinet
  • Piotr Anderszewski, piano
  • Mozart Symphonies Nos. 31, 35, 39, 41
    Mozart Serenades for Winds
    Mozart Piano Concertos, solo piano music
    Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, K. 622
    J.S. Bach: Keyboard Concertos, Partita No.2
    E. Elgar: Violin Concerto in b minor
    Tchaikovsky: Orchestral Suite No.4, “Mozartiana”
    Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings, Op. 48
    G. Bizet: Symphony No.1

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Reviews from previous Mozart Week  participants:

 “The company was wonderful, and the experience of walking through the town, sampling the many galleries, coffee houses, restaurants, and pubs was so enjoyable... .I am already looking forward to returning next January for another incredible  European  musical experience.
Jane and Rick did a great job of organizing everything, without a glitch, and the hotel was excellent "

- Celia O.

“I really enjoyed the trip - thanks for all your organizing and your laid back leadership.  I can admit now that I was somewhat leery in advance about 10 musical events in as many days but I would gladly have stayed for 10 more”
- Pat R.

"It was a trip of a lifetime - arranged with very personal touches: the tickets for the performances were excellent, the venues were acoustically perfect and the cream, of course, was to be able to enjoy lectures before the concerts so that  musical comprehension was enormously enhanced. The experience of being immersed in Mozart gave inspiration and romance..." 
- Stephanie C.

“I can’t imagine hearing music played any better—it was so moving!”
- Virginia G., after a performance of Brahms by Mitsuko Uchida and the Hagen Quartet


Tour Price

  • Double occupancy: $3150 CAD per person
  • Single occupancy in a single room: $3497 (limited availability)
  • Single occupancy in a double room: $3697

*Prices are based on Mar 2017 international currency exchange rates and are subject to revision

Price includes:

  • Accommodation: 9 nights in a centrally located Salzburg Hotel
  • Meals: 9 breakfasts and 6 dinners or lunches, depending on concert schedule
  • Rick’s guided walking Tour of Salzburg
  • Guided backstage tour of Festival concert hall complex
  • Rick’s daily presentations/discussions on the artists, ensembles & music
  • All Tips/Gratuities to hotel, waiters at included meals, etc.

Price does not include:

  • Concerts – Rick has picked 10 concerts for us—excellent seats. The tickets are requested and the price will depend on availability--approximately €1130
  • Flights, transfers to and from hotel and airport - we can arrange flights from cities across Canada and the US. Trip extensions are also available.

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To Reserve your place:

Send in the booking form with $500 deposit (fully refundable until June 22, minus credit card fee if paid by credit card rather than cheque). Requests for the few single rooms will be filled on a first come/first serve basis. After that, there are double rooms at a single use rate available.

Subsequent payments

The deposit becomes non-refundable on June 22, when we recommend purchasing trip cancellation insurance. Concert ticket payment is due when tickets are available for purchase (early fall) and is non-refundable. Tour balance is due on Dec 4, 2017. Complete terms and conditions are on the registration form.

Registration and Information:

Jane Clemens
Vision Travel Solutions
251 Consumers Rd, 7th Floor
Toronto, ON, Canada M2J 4R3
1-800-475-9494 ext 2243       
  Direct: 416-915-2243

About Vision Travel Solutions

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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.

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Sat Jan 27, 2018 at 11 AM: Mozarteum, #03
Performers: Cappella Andrea Barca, Sir András Schiff (conductor & piano), Kuok-Wai Lio (piano)
J. S. Bach: Concerto in C minor for two pianos, BWV 1060
W. A. Mozart: Adagio & Fugue in c minor, K. 546
J. S. Bach: Concerto in C minor for two pianos, BWV 1062
J. S. Bach: From "Musical Offering": No. 2 Ricercar, BWV 1079
W. A. Mozart: Piano Concerto in C minor, K. 491

Sat Jan 27, 2018 at 7:30 PM:  Großes Festpielhaus, #05
Performers: Vienna Philharmonic, Robin Ticciati (conductor), Renaud Capuçon (violin)
Edward Elgar: Violin Concerto in b minor, Op. 61
W. A. Mozart: Symphony No. 41, K. 551, "Jupiter"

Sun Jan 28, 2018: 7:30 pm: Großes Festpielhaus, #08
Performers: Sir John Eliot Gardiner (conductor), English Baroque Soloists
W. A. Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E flat for violin & viola, K. 364
Symphony in G major (Ovt.), K. 318, Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K. 543

Tue Jan 30, 2018: 11 AM: Mozarteum, #12
Performers: Schumann String Quartet, Kit Armstrong (piano)
W. A. Mozart: Piano Concerto in A major, (version for piano & string quartet) K. 414
C. P. E. Bach: Piano Concerto in a minor, Wq 26 - H 430
 W. A. Mozart: Piano Concerto in E Flat, K. 449

Wed Jan 31, 2018: 11 AM: Mozarteum, #15
Performers: Members of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Antonio Salieri: Octet for winds in E flat major, "Armonia per un Tempio della Notte"
W. A. Mozart: Serenade for Winds in c minor, K. 388
W. A. Mozart: Serenade for Winds in B flat major, K. 361, "Gran Partita"


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Wed Jan 31, 2018: 7:30 PM: Großes Festpielhaus, #17
Performers: Vienna Philharmonic, Alain Altinoglu (conductor), Piotr Anderszewski (piano)
W. A. Mozart: Symphony in D major, K. 297, “Paris
W. A. Mozart: Piano Concerto in B flat major, K. 595
George Bizet: Symphony No. 1 in C major

Thu Feb 1, 2018: 7:30 pm: Mozarteum, #20
Performers: Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, Riccardo Minasi (conductor), Antje Weithaas, Florian Birsak, fortepiano
J. C. Bach: Symphony in E Flat for two orchestras, Op. 18, No. 1, W C26
J. C. Bach: Sinfonia Concertante in B flat for Piano, Violin, Oboe & Cello, W C48
W. A. Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A, K. 219, “Turkish”
W.A. Mozart: Symphony No. 35 in D, K. 385, “Haffner"

Fri Feb 2, 2018: 3 PM: Mozarteum, #22
Performer: David Fray (Piano)
W. A. Mozart: Fantasy in c minor, K. 475
W. A. Mozart: Piano Sonata in c minor, K. 457
W. A. Mozart: Rondo in a minor, K. 511
J. S. Bach: Partita No. 2 in c minor, BWV 826

Sat Feb 3, 2018: 11 AM: Mozarteum, #24
Performers: Marlis Petersen (Soprano), Camillo Radicke (Piano), Florian Mayer (Violin)
A selection of instrumental music for violin & piano and opera and concert arias by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven

Sat Feb 3, 2018: 7:30 PM, Großes Festpielhaus, #26 
Performers: Vienna Philharmonic, Valery Gergiev (conductor), Jörg Widmann (clarinet)
W. A. Mozart: Overture to “La Clemenza di Tito,” K. 621
P. I. Tchaikovsky: Orchestra Suite No. 4 in G major, op. 61, “Mozartiana”
W. A. Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622
P. I. Tchaikovsky: Serenade in C major for strings, Op. 4

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