The Renaissance Tours Beethoven Festival
Hosted by Christopher Lawrence
Join classical music broadcaster Christopher Lawrence for the inaugural Renaissance Tours Festival in the glorious ballroom of Epsom House in Tasmania next February. Our very own festival of music, crafted exclusively for Renaissance Tours patrons, will feature a programme dedicated to the music of Beethoven, in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.
Enjoy five specially curated performances over the weekend by musicians including the internationally-acclaimed Tinalley String Quartet, leading Australian pianist Stefan Cassomenos and mezzo-soprano Liane Keegan, showcasing a selection of Beethoven’s most celebrated instrumental and vocal works.
Each performance will be introduced by Christopher Lawrence, while an array of gourmet lunches and teas will be provided in between concerts.
Suggested arrival in Hobart in the early afternoon and make your own way to the hotel. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements.
At 16:30 meet tour leader Christopher and fellow tour members at the hotel and transfer to Epsom House, the venue for The Renaissance Tours Beethoven Festival. Upon arrival, enjoy a welcome glass of champagne and canapes before moving to the ballroom for a welcome and introduction by host Christopher Lawrence.
Then, enjoy the first concert of the weekend with a performance by the Tinalley String Quartet and one of Australia’s most vibrant and versatile musicians, pianist Stefan Cassomenos.
Tinalley String Quartet
Regularly showcased as part of Australia’s premier music festivals and performing in the world’s finest venues from the Vienna Musikverein and Berlin Konzerthaus, the Tinalley String Quartet have established themselves as one of Australia’s most accomplished musical exports. The group is comprised of Adam Chalabi (violin), Lerida Delbridge (violin), Justin Williams (viola) and Patrick Murphy (cello).
As one of Australia’s leading pianists and the first Australian composer to be commissioned to compose for the international 250 Piano Pieces for Beethoven project, Stefan Cassomenos is internationally recognised as a master of Beethoven. He has been a recipient of both the Second Grand Prize and the Chamber Music Prize in the prestigious International Telekom Beethoven Piano Competition in Bonn, Germany.
String Quartet – Opus 18 No 4
String Quartet – Opus 95 Serioso
String Quartet – Opus 59 No 1 Razumovsky 1
Piano Sonata – No 25 Waldstein
At the conclusion of the concert, return to the hotel.
After breakfast, return to Epsom House to attend two further performances by the Tinalley String Quartet and pianist Stefan Cassomenos, one in the morning and the other after lunch.
String Quartet – Opus 59 No 2 Razumovsky 2
Piano Sonata – No 29 Hammerklavier
After the morning concert, enjoy a gourmet plated lunch before returning to the ballroom for the second concert of the day.
String Quartet – Opus 74 Harp
Piano Solo – Opus 126 Bagatelles
String Quartet – Opus 59 No 3 Razumovsky 3
Cheese and wine will be served after the performance before returning to the hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the evening at leisure.
After breakfast, return to Epsom House for coffee and cake before a performance by mezzo-soprano Liane Keegan accompanied by pianist Stefan Cassomenos, and the Tinalley String Quartet.
After an illustrious career abroad in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and as a member of the cast of the Deutsche Oper Berlin for four years, Liane Keegan returned to Australian in 2012. Since her return, Liane has sung in productions for the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic, Opera Australia and the Victorian Opera. In 2019 Liane will sing the role of Margery in a newly-commissioned work, Pieces of Margery, for More than Opera.
An die ferne geliebte
String Quartet – Opus 127
After a gourmet buffet lunch, return to the ballroom for the final performance of the festival.
Piano Sonata – No 23 Appassionata
String Quartet – Opus 132
After the performance, conclude three wonderful days of world-class performances celebrating the contribution of Beethoven’s works to classical music with cheese and wine before returning to the hotel in the late afternoon. The remainder of the evening is at leisure.
Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements, including any additional nights’ accommodation, either before or after the tour.
Final payment due
06 December 2019
*Single travellers may request to share. Please advise at time of booking.
Room upgrade available subject to availability.
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Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for current airfares and flight reservations.
Tour price includes
- Five exclusive private concerts of the inaugural Renaissance Tours Beethoven Festival
- Three nights’ accommodation in a centrally-located four-star hotel with breakfast daily (B)
- Meals as per itinerary (L=Lunch, R=Reception) including wine
- Pre-concert introductions with your host, Christopher Lawrence
- Transportation on comfortable, air-conditioned coaches
- Gratuities for local guides and drivers
Tour price does not include
- Airfares (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
- Airport/hotel transfers on tour arrival and departure
- Items of a personal nature, including telephone, laundry, taxis, minibar, room service etc.
- Travel insurance (highly recommended; please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
- Hotel porterage
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart ****
Located on Hobart’s picturesque waterfront, this four-star hotel is a short walk away from popular attractions such as Salamanca Place, Battery Point and the CBD. Facilities include a heated indoor pool and contemporary dining at the Restaurant Tasman. Each room is fitted with Tasmanian timbers, polished granite and modern furnishings.
N.B. A hotel of a similar standard may be substituted.