CARNEGIE HALL, THE MET, BOSTON SYMPHONY
In April 2019, Richard Tognetti and his fantastic Australian Chamber Orchestra will tour the United States. Alumni Travel invites you to join this very special musical journey, spending two weeks in New York and Boston taking in:
• ACO concerts
• Metropolitan Opera performances of La Traviata and Clemenza di Tito
• Boston Symphony Orchestra concert with Gustavo Dudamel
• A top Broadway show
• Two concerts at Carnegie Hall with top soloists and the great Budapest Festival Orchestra
• Guided excursions to the great museums and galleries of New York and Boston
• Group dinners at fine restaurants
• Post concert receptions with the ACO
• Accommodation in top hotels in New York at the Sheraton New York Times Square and Boston’s
Hilton Logan Hotel, located near the airport
TOUR LEADER: ANTONY JEFFREY AM
Antony’s career in music goes back over 40 years. He was the ACO’s first general manager (1983- 1989) and ever since has maintained a close association with the Orchestra as a consultant, tour leader and concert goer. He has worked for many of our leading cultural groups as manager, consultant or board member including Opera Australia, Australian Ballet, Melbourne Theatre Company and the Song Company. in 2008, he was awarded an AM for his services to the arts.
He loves leading music tours abroad and this will be his twelfth and fourth involving the ACO. For past tour details, read his Blog on his website at www.antonyjeffrey.com If you would like more information on this tour, call him on 0425 206 312 or email at email@example.com
MONDAY 01 APRIL NEW YORK
Guests arrive in the splendid Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, our home for the next nine nights. (Please advise in advance if you would like to arrive a day or two earlier to recover from the long journey from Australia).
Early in the evening the whole party will gather in the hotel lounge for Welcome Drinks where introductions and a short talk will be given by Tour Leader Antony Jeffrey.
TUESDAY 02 APRIL NEW YORK
After breakfast in the hotel, Antony will lead us to Times Square and the Rockefeller Center area, followed by a walk through Central Park and a three course Welcome Lunch at a local restaurant.
The afternoon will be at leisure, followed in the evening by a Broadway show. (Perf 1) (B,L)
WEDNESDAY 03 APRIL NEW YORK
Our second full day in New York starts with a talk in the hotel after breakfast by Antony on Mozart’s last opera La Clemenza di Tito.
Later in the morning we will visit the famous Guggenheim Museum on 5th Avenue for a Highlights Tour. In the evening we visit the incomparable Metropolitan Opera for Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, starring the sensational Joyce Di Donato. (Perf 2). (B)
THURSDAY 04 APRIL NEW YORK
This is a day for informality and relaxation. We will enjoy a tour of the art galleries of SoHo and Chelsea. A ‘must’ experience is a visit to Chelsea Market, followed by entry to the world famous Whitney Museum of American Art.
The rest of the day and evening is at leisure and is a chance to visit some of the fabulous shopping precincts.
If you still have the energy, in the evening we can organise a visit to one of New York’s unmissable jazz clubs. (B)
FRIDAY 05 APRIL NEW YORK
This will be a momentous day, combining a visit to the vast and astonishing Metropolitan Museum of Art and a new production of the ever popular La Traviata at the ‘other’ Met.
After breakfast, Antony will give a talk in the hotel on Traviata, followed by the visit to the Met Museum on 5th Avenue. For art lovers, the rest of the day could be devoted to its inexhaustible collection.
In the evening we will travel to Lincoln Center for La Traviata at the Met. (Perf 3) (B)
SATURDAY 06 APRIL NEW YORK
Our first weekend day starts with a talk by Antony on America’s most celebrated concert hall, Carnegie Hall, and the program to be given by the Budapest Festival Orchestra conducted by Ivan Fischer. It includes a concert performance of Bartok’s one act opera Bluebeard’s Castle.
Later in the morning, we will visit the fascinating American Folk Art Museum, and in the afternoon we will be given a guided tour of Lincoln Center.
The performance at Carnegie Hall by the Budapest Festival Orchestra commences at 8 pm. (Perf 4) (B)
SUNDAY 07 APRIL NEW YORK
Sunday is a day of relaxation, beginning with a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge for our first excursion away from Manhattan. Brooklyn, with its old brownstone mansions, elegant streets and squares, is a complete contrast to crowded Manhattan. Our visit will include the Brooklyn Museum, Botanic Garden and we will suggest a lunch before returning to the hotel in the afternoon. The evening is free. (B)
MONDAY 08 APRIL NEW YORK
Today is another day of fascinating cultural exploration of this great city. We commence with a guided tour of Carnegie Hall followed by a visit to New York’s wonderful Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
In the evening we return to Broadway for a performance of the play making the most impact on Broadway at the time of our visit. Details of the production we will attend will be advised as soon as possible. (B)
TUESDAY 09 APRIL NEW YORK
After breakfast, Antony will give a talk on the ACO concert being performed in the evening. The rest of the day will be yours to explore the city’s byways or continue your shopping.
In the evening, we attend our first ACO concert on this tour at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. Following the concert we will join Richard Tognetti and the musicians for post-concert drinks. (Perf 6) (B)
WEDNESDAY 10 APRIL NEW YORK
In the morning, Antony will introduce the evening’s program, an exciting recital in Carnegie Hall by leading French cellist Gautier Capucon and the extraordinary young Chinese pianist Yuja Wang who has taken the world by storm. They play Cesar Franck’s much loved Violin Sonata in A Major (transcribed for cello) and the passionate Cello Sonata in G Minor by Rachmaninov.
The rest of the day is at your leisure until the concert at 8pm. (Perf 7) (B)
THURSDAY 11 APRIL NEW YORK – BOSTON
After breakfast we depart New York by private coach for Boston and check in early in the afternoon to our Boston hotel the Hilton Logan Hotel. (B)
FRIDAY 12 APRIL BOSTON
The day starts with a guided tour of Symphony Hall, Boston Symphony Orchestra’s legendary concert hall.
Our guide will be the BSO’s Artistic Administrator Tony Fogg who will be interviewed by Tour Leader Antony Jeffrey following the tour.
In the evening we attend the concert by the BSO, America’s oldest and most revered orchestra. Leading vocal soloists and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus will join the BSO for an all South American program, of Ginastera, Cayman and Estevaz. (Perf 8) (B)
SATURDAY 13 APRIL BOSTON
Our last full day of the tour will start with a talk by Antony on the ACO’s program for the evening’s concert at Jordan Hall. This will be followed by a visit to the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, Boston’s leading interactive museum that traces the history of the iconic event that precipitated the American Revolution. We will also visit Harvard Yard, the oldest part of Harvard University, enclosed by many of its best known buildings.
We will then gather at a leading restaurant for a three course Farewell Lunch.
In the evening we will attend the ACO concert at Jordan Hall and will be invited to the post concert reception with the ACO. (Perf 9) (B,L)
SUNDAY 14 APRIL DEPART BOSTON
After breakfast make your own arrangements to continue your adventure or return home. (B)
GENERAL INFORMATION AND SPECIAL BOOKING CONDITIONS
Land only, per person twin share AU$10,545.00
Single Supplement AU$2,875.00
LAND ONLY TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:
• Tickets to 9 performances as per the itinerary
• 10 nights twin-share accommodation with private facilities in New York
• 3 nights twin share accommodation with private facilities in Boston
• Private coach transfer from New York to Boston
• Touring and entry fees as indicated
• Breakfast daily and other meals as indicated (B – breakfast, L – lunch, D – dinner)
• Service of a Tour Leader throughout the itinerary
• English speaking local guides
• Tour booklet
• All applicable tipping and gratuities for group arrangements
LAND ONLY PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
• International air travel from Australia to USA
• Meals and activities not stated in the itinerary
• Beverages with meals
• Airport to hotel transfers
• Visa requirements
• Travel insurance
• Items of a personal nature (telephone, laundry, etc)
If you require further information about the tour itinerary, performances or how to secure a place on the tour, don’t hesitate to contact the Tour Leader Antony Jeffrey on firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact Tony for the best airfares available at the time of booking: email@example.com
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY:
Please note that your level of health and fitness must be sufficient to enable you to keep up with the group activities such as walking from the hotel to restaurants or performance venues, or for gallery or museum visits. This can mean getting on or off a coach unassisted, lifting your luggage, or walking for two or three hours with short breaks.
I’m Interested…How Do I Book?
Fill in the online Booking Form, read and agree with our Terms & Conditions, select your payment option for your deposit of AU$1000.00 per person to Alumni Travel and Submit. Upon receipt of your Booking Form and deposit, you will receive a confirmation of your place in writing.
DEPOSIT AND FINAL PAYMENT:
The deposit is accepted as a first installment of the tour cost and is non-refundable due to part payment of performance tickets. A second non-refundable payment of $1000.00 per person will be required by the end of July in order to secure performance tickets.
Final payment for the tour needs to be received at least 60 days prior to tour departure. An invoice will be sent to you about a fortnight before the final payment becomes due.
CANCELLATION AND REFUNDS:
Any cancellation from the tour needs to be done in writing. The cancellation date will be taken from the day your written cancellation is received by Alumni Travel. Because of the tour cancellation charges imposed by our various suppliers, the following cancellation charges apply, per person:
Over 60 days Deposit of $1000.00
59 – 40 days 25% of tour cost
39 – 10 days 50% of tour cost
Within 10 days 100% of tour cost
If a difference occurs between these cancellation conditions and those imposed by our suppliers, then the conditions of the supplier shall apply. There is no refund before or after travel has commenced or for any unused portion of the tour, either in regard to the standard group arrangements or separate independent arrangements.
CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS:
Any payments by credit card will be subject to the 2% non-refundable Merchant Administration Fee. We do not accept Diners Club.
It is now standard policy with our company that all our international travellers have some type of international travel insurance, so that you are covered for any unforeseen circumstances that may arise. A comprehensive Insurance brochure is available from Alumni Travel. The insurance brochure contains the terms and conditions under which insurance cover will be offered to you.
ADDITIONAL TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS:
If you would like Alumni Travel to assist you with any additional arrangements pre or post tour, please contact our office for assistance at time of booking. All arrangements need to be finalised at least 30 days prior to your departure.
An administration fee of $30.00 per amendment will be charged for any changes made to any reservation within 30 days prior to your departure. Any additional charges imposed by our suppliers will also be payable.
PASSPORT AND VISAS:
It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure that you possess the necessary travel documentation for the tour, such as a valid passport and any required visas. Your passport should be valid at least 6 months beyond the end of your journey.
In the event that passenger numbers do not reach the minimum number of tour participants (approximately 12, excluding the tour leader) required for the tour, it may be necessary to either surcharge or cancel the tour. If such an event does occur, you will be notified at least 60 days prior to the tour departure.
This tour price has been calculated on the basis of exchange rates and tariffs as at April 2018 and is subject to change up until final payment has been received. At the time of final invoicing (approximately two months prior to the tour departure date), Alumni Travel reserves the right to re-cost the tour based on actual exchange rates. This could mean an increase or decrease to the above listed prices. Should you decide to cancel your arrangements on the basis of a change in the tour price, normal cancellation charges will apply.