JOIN THE FESTIVAL CHORUS & ORCHESTRA IN PERFORMING
VERDI REQUIEM ERIC DALE KNAPP, CONDUCTOR
LAKE COMO | VENICE | VERONA JULY 5-14, 2017
FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE WITH PROFESSIONAL ORCHESTRA & SOLOISTS
Eric Dale Knapp Conductor
Linda Sweetman-Waters Festival Accompanist
Megan Knapp Soprano
Teresa Buchholz Mezzo-Soprano
Jonathan Tetelman Tenor
Jared Schwartz Bass
MILAN | LA SCALA | BELLAGIO | MURANO | SIRMIONE attend an opera at the world-famous Verona Arena
. VERDI REQUIEM , WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2017
Depart USA on overnight international flight(s) to Milan, Italy
THURSDAY, JULY 6, 2017
Arrive in one of Milan's international airports. After clearing passport control, retrieving your luggage, and passing through customs, proceed to the arrivals hall to meet your Classic Performances tour manager, who will ensure there is time to find a quick coffee or snack, use the restrooms, and find ATMs prior to leading you to the waiting motorcoach. Transfer to the hotel, with a panoramic tour en route if time permits. Check in to the Grand Hotel Imperiale in the lakeside town of Moltrasio, enjoy an early dinner in the hotel, and have some time to relax and unwind from the rigors of your travel to Italy. FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2017
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning rehearsal at the hotel, followed by catered lunch. After rehearsal, board the motorcoach for a tour of Milan.
Milan, the epicenter of the Lombardy region of Northern Italy, is home all-at-once to high fashion houses, iconic car manufacturers, and, most important to us, grand opera. Teatro alla Scala remains today, as it did in the time of Giuseppe Verdi nearly two hundred years ago, the ultimate destination for vocal artists from all corners of the earth. On your guided tour of Milan, visit "La Scala" (some areas of the opera house may be off-limits depending on the production of the day), and then continue to Castello Sforzesco to see its rooms marvelously adorned by Leonardo da Vinci and a PietĂ by Michelangelo. Finally, pass the city's medieval Town Hall and end the tour in the bustling Piazza del Duomo for an outside look at the magnificent Gothic cathedral. Evening on own to explore Milan further, perhaps by shopping in the luxurious Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II next to the Duomo, dining in the Navigli (canals) district, or simply enjoying a light meal al fresco in one of Milan's many cafes. Don't forget to sample an affogato, the region's refreshing dessert of vanilla gelato topped with a shot of hot espresso. Return transfer provided to Moltrasio. SATURDAY, JULY 8, 2017
Breakfast at the hotel. Choose one of four options for the day: Lake Maggiore and Palazzo Borromeo. Transfer to the shore of Lake Maggiore for lunch on own and some free time in Stresa. Afternoon visit to Palazzo Borromeo and Gardens. Construction on this palace, whose design is meant to make the island look as if it is a ship sailing across the lake, began in the early 1600s.
The many lavish rooms, including the neoclassical Dance Hall, the Music Hall with its collection of valuable instruments, a gallery of 16th-century Flemish tapestries, and many others, provide an unforgettable glimpse into the elegance extravagance of one of Northern Italy's greatest dynasties. Isola Comacina and Villa Balbianello. Take a private boat transfer to Isola Comacina, a tiny wooded island which is home to one of Italy's most unique restaurants, for an unparalleled six-course dining experience. The menu at Locando dell'Isola is so classic that it has barely changed in 70 years. A feast of antipasti, wood-fired salmon, iron-pot chicken, cheese, fresh fruits and vegetables, and a FlambĂŠ dessert finale awaits you. After lunch, transfer by boat back to the mainland for a visit to Villa Balbianello. The villa dates to the late 18th century, when it was built atop a Franciscan monastery. Now part of the Italian National Trust (FAI), and recognizable from its use as a location in James Bond and Star Wars films, the villa hosts a collection of Chinese, African, and pre-Colombian artifacts, many of which were collected by the villa's final private owner, Milanese explorer Guido Monzino. The exquisite gardens rise high above the lake shoreline and are considered to be among the finest in the country. Return to the hotel. The Last Supper and Pinacoteca Brera. Transfer to the Como train station for a one-hour ride to the center of Milan and further exploration of the remarkable art the city holds in store. Your guided tour will include a visit to S. Maria della Grazie, the convent which is home to Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece The Last Supper. Also take a guided tour of Milan's premier public gallery of paintings, the Pinacoteca Brera, which features in its collections works by Raphael, della Francesca, Rubens, van Dyck, and many more. Return to Como via train and continue on to Moltrasio. Independent Time. Relax at the hotel or otherwise create your perfect day. Please conclude your independent activities in time for dinner and rehearsal. Dinner at the hotel, followed by an evening rehearsal at the hotel.
. VERDI REQUIEM , SUNDAY, JULY 9, 2017
Breakfast at the hotel, followed morning dress rehearsal with soloists and orchestra. After rehearsal, board a chartered ferry for a narrated cruise of Lake Como, noting the many beautiful villas on the shores and ending in the village of Bellagio for free time and lunch on own. Consider a walk through the gardens of Villa Melzi or even a quick dip in the lake. Time will be provided to freshen up in the hotel before dinner in a local restaurant and transfer to the concert venue. Night-time performance of Verdi Requiem with professional soloists and orchestra. Prolong the joy of the command performance at a post-concert reception with all travelers, then transfer back to the hotel for overnight. MONDAY, JULY 10, 2017
Breakfast at the hotel and early morning at leisure. Porters will load the luggage on a truck for transport to Venice. Check out of the hotel and transfer to the train station for the high-speed train to Venice.
Breakfast at the hotel, followed by hotel check out. Porters will collect bags from your room and move them to the boat and truck, which will transfer them separately from you to Verona. Morning at leisure in Venice, including lunch on own. Early afternoon boat transfer to the Santa Lucia train station for the high-speed train transfer to Verona Porta Nuova. Upon arrival in Verona, check into the Crowne Plaza Verona and embark on a guided tour of this Roman city. See the famous Arena, a 15,000-seat amphitheater whose perfect acoustics allow for unamplified outdoor opera productions. Continue through Verona's elegant shopping arcades to a small courtyard which is home to the balcony made famous by Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Evening at leisure and dinner on own. Return transfer provided to the hotel for overnight in Verona. THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2017
Late afternoon arrival in Venice's Santa Lucia train station. Transfer to Giudecca Island for check-in at the Hilton Venice Stucky and some independent exploration time, followed by a dinner on the lagoon. Remainder of the evening at leisure and overnight in Venice. TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2017
Breakfast at the hotel, followed by a transfer to Piazza San Marco. Venice was the maritime power of the Renaissance and developed its riches in large part as the terminus of the "Silk Road" trade route to the Far East. A guided tour of Venice includes a visit to the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica, where Monteverdi was appointed maestro di cappella in 1613, and for which Gabrieli penned many works for double choir and brass, utilizing the dual choir lofts on either side of the Basilica's nave. Continue to the Rialto Bridge and Market, the Accademia District. Following lunch on own and some time at leisure, take an excursion to Murano for a magical glass-blowing experience. Option to attend the evening Mass at St. Mark's Basilica. Dinner on own. Consider taking an evening gondola ride (on own) through Venice's romantic canals. Return to the hotel on own via water taxi or vaporetto and overnight in Venice.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2017
Breakfast at the hotel. Embark on an excursion to Sirmione, at the base of Lake Garda. Sirmione has been inhabited since the Stone Age, and became a playground for wealthy Romans about 2000 years ago. The Grotto of Catullus ruins date to 150 AD and are an example of the type of villa a rich family would build here. Some one thousand years later, Scaliger Castle was erected as a port fortification to protect the nearby Verona region. It remains today as a fine example of a medieval Italian castle. Lastly, the region is well-known for its thermal baths, which remain in active operation. Return to Verona to freshen up for a farewell dinner followed by a performance of Madama Butterfly in the ancient Arena. Late-night return to the hotel for overnight in Verona. FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2017
Breakfast at the hotel, followed by hotel check out. Mid-morning departure to Milan, with lunch on own en route. Arrive at one of Milan's international airports for the return flight(s) to the USA. (This day's schedule subject to change pending group flight departure time.)
*Itinerary is tentative and subject to change
. VERDI REQUIEM , ERIC DALE KNAPP, CONDUCTOR
LINDA SWEETMAN-WATERS, FESTIVAL ACCOMPANIST
Eric Dale Knapp is a dynamic conductor whose commitment and energy empower the musicians he leads to give performances that stir the soul. Maestro Knapp’s mastery of the choral and orchestral repertoire spans the full spectrum, from fresh yet authentic interpretations of traditional works to visionary performances of multimedia works of the new millennium. A versatile musical leader, equally adept with classics and pops, Mr. Knapp’s finely honed ability to communicate through both gesture and speech places him at the forefront of the rising conductors of his generation. Mr. Knapp has enjoyed success in church music, collegiate teaching, and with the most accomplished amateur and professional choral and orchestral organizations world-wide.
Linda Sweetman-Waters’ keyboard talents have provided her with a multi-faceted career as a piano soloist, chamber musician, accompanist and organist. She has performed in New York City at Carnegie Hall, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Weill Recital Hall, Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, Merkin Hall and WQXR’s “Listening Room.” She is an alumna of the Vienna State Academy of Music in Austria and a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University. In addition to her music studio, Ms. Sweetman-Waters has served as an adjunct faculty member at William Paterson University, Vice-President of the Professional Music Teachers Guild, and organist in the Ridgewood, New Jersey community.
MEGAN KNAPP, SOPRANO
TERESA BUCHHOLZ, MEZZO-SOPRANO
American artist Megan Knapp is quickly establishing herself as a unique and versatile soprano. Lauded for her exceptional artistry and rich tone, Ms. Knapp’s most recent concert engagements include Verdi’s Requiem with the New York Philharmonic in Lincoln Center under the direction of Alan Gilbert, Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe in a collaboration with the San Francisco Symphony at Carnegie Hall, Rutter’s Mass of the Children at Carnegie Hall, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in London’s Cadogan Hall with the London International Orchestra of Academia, Bach’s Magnificat with the New Jersey Choral Society, Schubert’s Mass in G, Bach’s Hunting Cantata, and Mozart’s Laudate Dominum with the Connecticut Choral Society, and Mozart’s Alleluja and Mascagni’s Ave Maria at St. Malachy’s Church in New York City.
Versatile mezzo-soprano Teresa Buchholz enjoys success in the realms of opera, art song and oratorio. Some of her performances for the 2015 - 2016 season have included the role of Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with Asheville Lyric Opera, the title role in Giulio Cesare in Egitto with Opera Roanoke, Mozart’s Requiem with the Tulsa Symphony, the Stamford Symphony, and Voices of Ascension (NYC), Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, Schubert’s Mass No. 6 in E Flat with the New Jersey Choral Society, Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody at the Bard Music Festival, and a return to the Gateway Chamber Orchestra (TN) for Berio’s Folk Songs.
JONATHAN TETELMAN, TENOR
JARED SCHWARTZ, BASS
Jonathan Tetelman, tenor, debuts as Gabriel von Eisenstein with the Martina Arroyo Foundation this summer in the Strauss Viennese opera, Die Fledermaus. Most recently, Mr. Tetelman was awarded First Prize in the New York Lyric Opera Competition at a performance in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and was also was a semifinalist in the Gerda Lissner and the Giulio Gari Foundation Competitions. Mr. Tetelman will be covering the role of Agamemnone in Gnecchi's Cassandra with the Teatro Grattacielo this October. Previously, he performed scenes from both Carmen and La Traviata in Lincoln Center. He performed with Opera North, serving as Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata, Freddy Eynsford-Hill in Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady and Steve Sankey in Weill’s Street Scene.
The young American bass Jared Schwartz is a versatile artist with a rich and varied performance experience in art song, oratorio, opera, musical theater, gospel, and chamber music. A review in Opera America of his roles in the world premiere of Strouse’s opera East and West praised him for his "comedic perfection." In 2013 he received the "People’s Choice" Award in the American Traditions Vocal Competition in Savannah, Georgia. Mr. Schwartz’ oratorio engagements have included the Fauré Requiem at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Cathedral (Dallas), under the baton of H. Michie Akin. His Verdi Requiem debut was under the baton of Eric Dale Knapp with the New Jersey Choral Society in June 2015.
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One of the historical hotels on Lake Como, the Grand Hotel Imperiale is a 4-star resort of great charm, built in late Art Nouveau style, with a new wing reminiscent of the Rationalist style which originated in Como. Dating to 1926, the hotel opened at the time Lake Como was a top holiday destination for the high bourgeoisie of Milan and as tourists from Britain and across Europe were beginning to discover the area. The hotel has kept all the atmosphere of a period hotel; it directly faces the lake and is surrounded by colorful flower gardens in an environment of great beauty.
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INCLUSIONS Roundtrip airfare from JFK to Milan on regularly-scheduled carriers (including fuel surcharges and government imposed fees of $575 as of 08/25/16; final amount subject to change) Rehearsals for and participation in a performance of Verdi’s Requiem English-speaking Italian tour manager for the duration of your tour Classic Performances production staff on-site Four nights’ accommodation at the Grand Hotel Imperiale in Moltrasio Two nights’ accommodation at the Hilton Venice Stucky in Venice Three nights’ accommodation at the Crowne Plaza Verona Daily breakfast at the hotel Five dinners, a post-concert reception, and one lunch Guided tours of Milan, Venice, and Verona Entrances: Teatro alla Scala, Castello Sforzesco, Murano Glass, St. Mark’s Basilica Narrated boat tour of Lake Como Tickets to a performance of Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly at the Verona Arena Train tickets from Como to Venice and from Venice to Verona Deluxe private motor coach for transfers as outlined in itinerary Boat transfers to and from your hotel in Venice for scheduled activities Transportation of luggage to your Venice hotel, with porterage included at the hotel, and transportation of luggage to your hotel in Verona
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TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Unless otherwise notified, CTS will mail you your travel information approximately 10-14 days before departure. ITINERARY: The Itinerary as presented in this brochure is tentative and represents what we are planning for you, however it is subject to confirmations from many organizations. Because of changes in local schedules, we may need to alter specified events, dates and/or venues to better fit the overall plan. The right is reserved to alter or cancel the itinerary, at CTS’s sole discretion, as it may deem necessary or advisable. GRATUITIES: Gratuities for your escort, driver and guides are not included. In Europe it is customary to tip the escort four (4) Euros and the driver three (3) Euros per person per day. The tip for the local guides is usually about one (1) Euro for half-day tours and two (2) Euros for full day tours. ROOMS: Tour prices are per person according to a room type: a “Single” room is one person in a room and a “Double” is two persons in one room. Triples are one double bed with two persons sharing the bed and one single bed. Triples are not always available and are discouraged because of cramped quarters and smaller beds. LUGGAGE: Baggage is at owner’s risk throughout the tour. Checked Baggage: Fees are not included in this tour package price. Most airlines charge fees ranging from free to $100 per bag one way. If traveling with group air, the air carrier for your flight will be announced in your final travel documents and an online link provided to learn the exact charges of your carrier. (Note: The website iflybags.com may be helpful and gives sample fees for all carriers.) Checked baggage is limited to one bag per person. There can be no exceptions. For most airlines, the one checked bag is limited to 50 pounds and 62 inches (length + width + height). If these specifications are exceeded, excess charges may be collected by the airline at the airport. Do not lock baggage you intend to check in at the airport. Please confirm these specifications when you receive your final travel documents, as they can and do change. Carry On Luggage: You may also bring a small carry-on bag that will fit under an airline seat and on the small parcel racks of the motor coach, which average about 8 inches high by 18 inches deep. It is best if your carry-on bag is soft sided, as the parcel racks on the motor coaches are small. Currently, travelers are allowed to transport only small amounts of liquids, gels, lotions, aerosols or similar items on their person or in their carry-on luggage. Details will be in your final travel documents. Hazardous Materials: Federal law forbids the carriage of hazardous materials aboard the aircraft, in your luggage, or on your person. A violation can result in five years imprisonment and penalties of $250,000 USD or more (49 U.S.C. 5124). Hazardous materials include explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids and solids, oxidizers, poisons, corrosives, and radioactive materials. HEALTH REQUIREMENTS: Travelers must be medically and physically fit for this tour. This tour requires significant walking, as motor coaches are not permitted to pick up and drop off in front of major attractions. The tour is not wheelchair accessible and is not suitable for motorized scooters, walkers, and canes. Any special medical conditions or equipment must be advised in writing, for evaluation of feasibility, at the time of making your reservation. Should any special assistance be required, traveler agrees to bring a companion capable and willing to assist traveler. CHILDREN UNDER 18: For a minor under the age of 18 to travel out of the United States without both parents or legal guardians, a notarized affidavit from the non-travelling parent(s) or guardian(s) must be obtained and presented upon departure and return to the United States. You may request a form from our office. STATE DEPARTMENT & OTHER AGENCIES: From time to time the State Department (www. state.gov) and the Center for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) and other government agencies and departments issue travel advisories or warnings for one or more of the destinations that you may be visiting on tour. We encourage you to contact these agencies directly to obtain the most current information. CTS cannot change the cancellation terms or conditions based on the issuance of any such warning or advisory or the occurrence of any terror, health or other incident in one or more of the places this tour is scheduled to visit. All cancellation penalties remain in full force and effect. PHOTOGRAPHY: CTS may take photographs or film of its trips and trip participants, and participant grants CTS express permission to do so and for CTS to use such for promotional or commercial use without payment of any fee or royalties. UNUSED SERVICES: There is no right to a refund for any unused services including airline tickets. PARTIAL PACKAGES NOT AVAILABLE: Tour Packages are offered only as described in this brochure, at the stated price. For liability reasons, it is not possible to purchase a partial package. CHANGES: Changes in any of the terms and conditions can be made only in writing signed by an officer of CTS. PARTICIPATION: CTS reserves the right to decline to accept or retain any participant on any of its tours if, in its sole discretion, it deems accepting or retaining any such participant as being detrimental to the tour. In the event any participant is removed from a trip, CTS’s only obligation is to refund to that person that portion of the payment allocable to unused services. BINDING ARBITRATION: Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating in any way to these Terms and Conditions or any other information relating in any way to the trip, or to the trip itself, shall be settled solely and exclusively by binding arbitration in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, in accordance with the commercial rules of the American Arbitration Association then existent. Substantive (but not procedural) Michigan law shall apply in any such arbitration. The arbitrator and not any federal, state, or local court or agency shall have exclusive authority to resolve any dispute relating to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability, conscionability, or formation of this contract. Including but not limited to any claim that all or any part of this contract is void or voidable.
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