Sound Advice with Rick PhillipsSalzburg Winter 2019

Mozart Week in Salzburg

January 24 - February 2, 2019

For decades I’ve attended concerts and music festivals 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. It remains a wonderful un-discovered secret. Unlike the over-popular Salzburg Summer Festival, concert tickets are available and affordable, the city is quiet and tourist-free, and the concerts feature the same calibre of international artists and ensembles. It’s the perfect combination of crowd-free relaxation with the stimulation of world-class artists, music and concert venues.

Always scheduled around his birthdate on Jan. 27, the music of Mozart is always central to Mozartwoche every year – a wide variety of the Salzburg native son’s works, from symphonies to concertos, choral music to chamber music and opera, performed by some of the classical music world’s most popular and renowned artists and ensembles.  

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

From our central Salzburg hotel, it’s an easy walk to the concerts, restaurants, cafés and museums. And the beautiful Austrian Alps, just to the south, are a short bus or train ride away.

- Rick Phillips

Sound Advice® Host Rick Phillips was affiliated with CBC Radio for 30 years, in a career that spanned production to on-air to management. For 14 years, he was the host and producer of SOUND ADVICE, the weekly guide to classical music and recordings, heard across Canada on CBC Radio One & CBC Radio Two every weekend.

Rick is very active in the adult/continuing education field of classical music. He’s presented Music Appreciation courses at the McGill Conservatory of Music, Alberta College, Mount Royal College in Calgary, the Royal Conservatory of Music, George Brown College, the University of Toronto and York University to mention a few.

 He is also a busy freelance writer and reviewer, lecturer, panel moderator, consultant, musical tour guide and concert host.

Here are a few of the artists, ensembles and repertoire we'll enjoy at Mozartwoche 2019:

  • Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Orchestre des Champs-Elysées
  • Chamber Orchestra of Europe
  • Conductors:
    Bernard Haitink
    Philippe Herreweghe
    Giovanni Antonini
    Robin Ticciati
  • Cappella Andrea Barca
    Sir András Schiff, piano & conductor
  • Il Giardino Armonico
  • Les Talens Lyriques
  • Renaud Capuçon, violin
    Janine Jansen, violin
  • Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano
    Sandrine Piau, soprano
  • Collegium Vocale Ghent
  • RIAS Chamber Choir
  • Salzburg Bach Choir Hagen String Quartet

Click here for "Rick's Pick's" Concert Details >

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: $3275 CAD per person
  • Single occupancy in a single room: $3649

*Prices are based on Mar 2018 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 €1235.
  • Flights, transfers to and from hotel and airport - we can arrange flights from cities across Canada and the US. Trip extensions are also available.

BOOKING FORM - download here


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To Reserve your place:

Send in the booking form with $500 deposit (fully refundable until August 9, 2018 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 August 9, at which time 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 by Nov 30, 2018. 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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Friday, Jan. 25, 11:00AM, Mozarteum   #04
Performers: Renaud Capuçon, violin; Alexander Lonquich, piano
W. A. Mozart: Sonatas for Piano & Violin, K. 454, K. 526, etc.

Friday, Jan. 25, 7:30PM, Mozarteum       #06
Performers: Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Robin Ticciati, conductor; Louise Alder, soprano
Mozart: a selection of opera arias; Serenade K. 100; Symphony No. 36, K. 425 “Linz”

Saturday, Jan. 26, 11:00AM, Mozarteum     #08
Performers: Cappella Andrea Barca/Sir Andras Schiff, conductor & piano; Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano
Mozart: Piano Concerto in B Flat, K. 450
             A selection of arias
             Piano Concerto in G, K. 453

Saturday, Jan. 26, 7:30PM, Haus fűr Mozart    #12
Performers: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Bernard Haitink, conductor; Janine Jansen, violin
Mozart: Symphony No. 33 in B flat, K. 319
             Violin Concerto in A, K. 219, “Turkish”
             Symphony No. 39 in E flat, K. 543

Sunday, Jan. 27, 5:00PM, Haus fűr Mozart    #17
Performers: Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset, conductor; Salzburg Bach Choir et al,
Mozart: Betulia Liberata, K. 118



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Tuesday, Jan. 29, 11:00AM, Mozarteum    #22
Performers: Janine Jansen, violin; Henning Kraggerud, viola; Gregory Ahss, violin, et al
Mozart: String Trio in E flat, K. 563
             String Quintet in G minor, K. 516

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 7:30PM, Mozarteum     #28
Performers: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Rainer Honeck, conductor; Krassimira Stoyanova,soprano
Mozart: A selection of opera arias; Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525; Divertimento No. 15, K. 287

Thursday, Jan. 31, 11:00AM, Mozarteum   #30
Performers: Hagen String Quartet
Mozart: String Quartets, K. 387, K. 575, K. 458

Thursday, Jan. 31, 8:00PM, Haus fűr Mozart    #33
Performers: Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Collegium Vocale Gent et al/Philippe Herreweghe, conductor
Mozart: Mass in C minor, K. 427

Friday, Feb. 1, 11:00AM, Mozarteum   #34
Performers: Il Giardino Armonico, RIAS Chamber Choir et al/Giovanni Antonini, conductor
Mozart: Serenade in D, K. 239, “Serenata notturna”
             Cantata for soprano, bass, mixed choir, orchestra & organ, K. 42
             Mass in C minor, K. 139, “Waisenhausmesse”

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