Sydney Opera and Music Weekend

Music and opera lovers are in for a treat as they join Marshall McGuire for a feast of opera, symphony and chamber music in some of Australia’s most iconic settings. Begin at the best setting of all with Opera Australia’s production of Carmen on the Sydney Harbour, followed by a performance of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House. Enjoy four concerts of the Musica Viva Festival and hear world-class ensembles such as the Pinchas Zukerman Trio and the Goldner String Quartet, and renowned international musicians like US pianist Lambert Orkis and twice Grammy-nominated saxophonist Amy Dickson.

Arrive in Sydney and check-in to the Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel. Tour arrangements begin at 4.30 pm with a welcome briefing and dinner, followed by a performance of Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour – Bizet’s Carmen (cast to be announced). Return transfer to the hotel after the performance.

(D)

After breakfast, join Marshall for a musical introduction to this weekend’s concerts. Then, visit the White Rabbit Gallery, one of the world’s largest and most significant collections of contemporary Chinese art. Founded by Kerr and Judith Neilson, it focuses on works produced after 2000. Continue to the Art Gallery of New South Wales for the 2016 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes, an annual exhibition eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.

This evening, attend a concert at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by Roberto Spano. The program includes Elgar’s Cello Concerto with Harriet Krijgh on cello, and Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No.5.

(B)

Enjoy a morning at leisure before attending two concerts (at 2.00 pm and 7.30 pm) of the Musica Viva Festival at the Conservatorium of Music, situated 10 minutes’ walking distance from your hotel.

(B)

MUSICA VIVA FESTIVAL
Presented every three years by Musica Viva, Australia’s oldest independent professional performing arts organisation and the world’s largest presenter of chamber music, the Musica Viva Festival is a much loved and anticipated event on Sydney’s musical calendar. The 2017 Festival brings together a stellar array of Australian and international ensembles and soloists including Pinchas Zukerman Trio, Arcadia Winds, Goldner String Quartet, Elias Quartet, Amy Dickson and Lambert Orkis in collaboration with the Australian Youth Orchestra. The festival’s concerts take place in the wonderful Verbrugghen Hall at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Following a talk on today’s concerts, this morning’s concert starts at 11.30 am.

After a farewell lunch, return to the Conservatorium for the closing concert (4.30 pm) of the 2017 Musica Viva Festival.

(BL)

Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast; departures from Sydney.

(B)

Per person, twin-share

AUD 2,600

Single supplement*

AUD 600

Deposit (per person) at time of booking

AUD 500

*Single travellers may request to share.
Please advise at time of booking.

Final payment due

06 March 2017

Tour Code

SB1702

Fitness level

Moderate
Please see booking conditions for fitness level definitions.

Flights

Please contact Renaissance Tours for assistance.

Tour prices include

  • Accommodation for four nights at the Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel with breakfast daily (B)
  • Dinner (D) and Lunch (L) as per itinerary, incl. wines
  • Transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Premium tickets for HANDA Opera on Sydney Harbour – Carmen and Sydney Symphony concert
  • A-reserve seats to four concerts of the Musica Viva Festival

Tour price does not include

  • Flights to/from Sydney
  • Transfers on arrival and departure
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g. telephone, laundry, minibar etc.)
  • Travel insurance (recommended)

 

Your hotel
Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel *****
Ideally placed in Circular Quay the Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel welcomes guests with elegant rooms featuring magnificent views of Sydney Harbour or the city skyline. The hotel facilities include Icons Brasserie (breakfast, lunch and dinner), the Customs House Bar, fitness centre and indoor pool.

NB. Hotel of a similar standard may be substituted.

 

SATURDAY 22 APRIL

Concert 3 – 2.00 pm
PROGRAM
MARTINŮ – Trio for flute, cello and piano, H. 300
LIGETI – Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet
TANSMAN – Sonatina for bassoon and piano
BRITTEN – Sinfonietta for chamber orchestra, op 1
FITKINGate for soprano saxophone and piano
GLIÈRE – Duos (1-7) op 39 for violin and cello
WESTLAKERare Sugar

FEATURED ARTISTS
ARCADIA WINDS
KEES BOERSMA double bass
AMY DICKSON saxophone
PINCHAS ZUKERMAN violin
AMANDA FORSYTH cello
GOLDNER STRING QUARTET

Concert 4 – 7.30 pm
PROGRAM
VASKS
– String Quartet no 3
BRAHMS – Violin Sonata no 3 in D minor, op 108
BROADSTOCKMy Feet Want to Dance but My Eyes Want to Sleep
EDWARDSBright Birds and Sorrows (World Premiere)*
*Commissioned by Kim Williams AM

FEATURED ARTISTS
GOLDNER STRING QUARTET
PINCHAS ZUKERMAN violin
ANGELA CHENG piano
KIRAN PHATAK flute
LLOYD VAN’T HOFF clarinet
AMY DICKSON saxophone
ELIAS QUARTET

 

SUNDAY 23 APRIL

Concert 5 – 11.30 am
PROGRAM
MOZART – Horn Quintet in E-flat major, K407
ORLOVICH – Whirled Music for alto saxophone and marimba
POULENC – Sextet, FP100
YOUNANShoreditch Grind*
BEETHOVEN – Cello Sonata no 3, op 69
*Developed with assistance from Musica Viva’s Hildegard Project

FEATURED ARTISTS
RACHEL SHAW horn
AMY DICKSON saxophone
ARCADIA WINDS
LAMBERT ORKIS 
piano
AMANDA FORSYTH cello
TIMOTHY CONSTABLE percussion

Concert 6 – 4.30 pm
PROGRAM
DECRUCK – Sonata in C-sharp major for alto saxophone and piano
BEETHOVEN – Piano Trio in B-flat major, op 97 ‘Archduke’
CRUMB – A Little Suite for Christmas, A.D. 1979
JANKOWSKI – String Octet (World Premiere)*
*Commissioned with support from Australian Executor Trustees Community Program.

FEATURED ARTISTS
AMY DICKSON saxophone
ZUKERMAN TRIO
LAMBERT ORKIS piano
GOLDNER STRING QUARTET
ELIAS QUARTET