Mozart Festival in Salzburg

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Every year Salzburg celebrates its most famous son with a week of performances around Mozart’s birthday on January 27. The 2018 Mozart Festival programme presents an exceptionally rich selection of orchestral and chamber concerts with top international performers. Our programme includes two wonderful performances, an orchestral performance byone of the world’s great orchestras, the Vienna Philharmonics and a chamber concert by the Schumann Quartet (making their festival debut) in a programme of works by Mozart and Bach. Uncover Salzburg’s musical heritage as we visit Mozart’s birthplace and dwelling house and see this stunning city as we take you on a walking tour. This tour is not just for lovers of Mozart but for everyone who is an admirer of music,culture and history.

Inclusions

  • Return flight from Dublin
  • Taxes and transfers 
  • Four-nights bed and breakfast in the four-star Holiday Inn Salzburg 
  • Welcome lunch 
  • Walking Tour of Salzburg 
  • Visit to Mozart’s house 
  • Visit to Mozart’s birthplace 
  • Pre-concert dinner 
  • First category to orchestral concert by the Vienna Philharmonics 
  • First category ticket to chamber concert performance by the Schumann Quartett 
  • Post-concert lunch 
  • Exclusive backstage tour of the Festival Hall 
  • Private coach and guide assistance for all transfers and excursions

Itinerary

Day 1

Your tour will start with an early morning flight to Munich airport. Your flight with Aer Lingus departs Dublin airport at 06:50 and arrives Munich airport 10:15 (please note that flight times are subject to change at airlines discretion).On arrival, meet your local guide for coach transfer to Salzburg where you are booked for four-nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

Your hotel: 4* Holiday Inn Salzburg

The Holiday Inn Salzburg City is only a 10-minute walk away from the Mirabell Gardens and a 15-minute walk from the Old Town while the Linzergasse shopping street is only a 7-minute walk away. The hotel offers modern and quiet rooms with air-conditioning. The breakfast buffet is served from 06:30 to 10:00 on weekdays and until 11:00 on weekends andthe bar at the Salzburg City Holiday Inn offers a selection of snacks and drinks around the clock.

Arrival time at your hotel is approximately 13:30/14:00.

A three-course welcome lunch will be served in the hotel on arrival

The remainder of the afternoon and evening is at your leisure.

Day 2

Today, join your local guide for short coach transfer to the city centre for a guided walking tour of Salzburg. See the city sights including the Marionette Theatre, Mozart’s Residence and his birthplace on the Getreidegasse, Mozart Square, Trinity Church, the Horse Pond, Sigmund’s Gate and more. Today’s tour also includes a visit to Mozart’s House: From 1773 to 1787, the Mozarts lived at the so-called “Dance Master’s House”, located on Makartplatz. We can trace the history of this house at No. 8 Makartplatz back to 1617. It was first referred to as the “Dance Master’s House” in 1713. The spacious eight-room apartment on the first floor is now home to a museum. Here you can see – in addition to Mozart’s fortepiano – many original documents and portraits. The exhibition provides an array of interesting facts about the history of the house, Mozart’s Salzburg years and the life of the Mozart family.

Enjoy an afternoon at leisure before getting ready to attend the firstof our festival performances.

Early dinner at hotel followed by coach transfer to the Salzburg Festival Hall.

19.30: Orchestra Concert at Salzburg Festival Hall

Vienna Philharmonics, Robin Ticciati, Renaud Capuçon

Program

Edward Elgar Concerto in b minor for violin and orchestra op. 61 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony in C major KV 551 "Jupiter-Symphonie"

Coach transfer back to hotel at the end of the evening.

Day 3

Today, you have the afternoon and evening free for independent sightseeing.

After breakfast, visit Mozart’s Birthplace. No.9 in the Getreidegassealways draws great attention as this is the house in which Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born. Salzburg’s most famous son came into this world on 27 January 1756. His family lived here for 26 years, from 1747 on, occupying an apartment on the third floor. With parents Leopold and Anna Maria as well as sister “Nannerl”, Mozart spend his childhood and much of his youth there. Discover in this museum items of everyday life as well as furniture from the 18th century, and feel as if you have personally been transported back to the days of Mozart! Original certificates, letters and memorabilia document Mozart’s life in Salzburg. A collection of portraits, mostly done during Mozart’s lifetime, allows you to basically stand face-to-face with this musical genius. A particular joy for Mozart fans: the historical instruments, including Mozart’s own violin and clavichord.

Lunch in a nearby restaurant.

15.00: Chamber Concert at Mozarteum (Wiener Saal)

Schumann Quartett

Performers

  • Schumann Quartett
  • Erik Schumann (Violin)
  • Ken Schumann (Violin)
  • Liisa Randalu (Viola)
  • Mark Schumann (Violoncello)

Program

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Quarted in the mirror two violins, viola and viloncello KV 173
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Duo in G major for violin and viola KV 423
  • Jörg Widmann
  • Selection from: 24 duos for violin and violoncello
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • 5 Fugues from "Well Tempered Clavier" Book 2 by Johann Sebastian Bach.Adaption for string quartet by Mozart KV 405
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Quartet in G major for two violins, viola and violoncello KV 387

After the concert transfer back to the hotel.  Evening at leisure.

 

Day 4

After breakfast exclusive backstage tour Festival Hall. Duration 3 hours.

The Large Festival Hall (Grosses Festspielhaus) in Hofstallgasse was built from 1956 to 1960 to plans by the architect, Clemens Holzmeister. It is one of the Salzburg Festival's most impressive venues.

Work on the Large Festival Hall commenced in 1956 when approx. 55,000 cubic meters of conglomerate rock were cut out of the Mönchsberg to make room for the huge backstage area. Clemens Holzmeister already distinguished himself as the architect of the Small Festival Hall during the 1920s. The building, specially designed as a festival hall, incorporated the original façade of the former royal stables, which were transformed into a break room. The floor is decorated with mosaic horse heads, reminiscent of the building's former use. With a width of 100 meters, the Large Festival Hall is one of the largest opera houses in the world. It opened July 26, 1960 with a performance of Richard Strauss' "Rosenkavalier" conducted by Herbert von Karajan. Countless works of art can be found inside the building, including two sculptures made of Carrara marble by Wander Bertoni called "Theater" and "Music", four large crosses on the theme "Dreams with the Wrong Solutions" by Robert Longo, ceramic sculptures by Arno Lehmann, the "12-tone relief" as a tribute to Anton von Webern by Rudolf Hoflehner and mural paintings by Wolfgang Hutter and Rudolf Plattner.

Afternoon and evening at leisure.

Day 5

Today, you have the morning and afternoon free in Salzburg for independent sightseeing. In the late afternoon, coach transfer with your local guide to Munich airport for your return flight. Flight departs Munich at 20:10 and arrives Dublin 21:50 (please note that flight times aresubject to change at airlines discretion).

Extra Information

Price per person sharing €1549pps

Single Supplement €169

Please note that Aer Lingus charge 80 Euros per return checked in cabin baggage which is not included in the tour price. Please advise at the time of booking/ pre-departure should you wish to check-in a bag.

Booking deposit €350 per person.

Balance due 10 weeks prior to tour departure date. No surcharge on deposit payments. 2% surcharge on balance payments made via credit card. Flight and tour timings are subject to change.

 

  Cost per person: €1,549pp
  Number of nights: 4
  Dates available: 26 January 2018

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