The Kansas City Symphony Alliance (KCSA) has announced an international trip to Paris, France, from March 31 to April 10, 2019. Spots on this trip are filling up, and the trip is limited to no more than twenty travelers.
Among the performances we will enjoy in Paris are several concerts at the new Philharmonie de Paris concert hall, including the famed Orchestra de Paris and the Russian National Orchestra, the famed piano duo Katie and Marielle Labeque, a performance of Handel’s opera Rinaldo at Versailles, a concert of Handel’s oratorio Semele, and visits to the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay and many other great museums. Also included are side trips to Giverney, the longtime home of the painter Claude Monet, and the Domaine de Chantilly.
For details, please see the full trip brochure which is available here:
The trip will open on Day 1 with an orientation tour including the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, St. Germaine, Notre Dame Cathedral and several of the city’s other iconic landmarks. On Day 2 We will have a backstage tour of the historic Palais Garnier, the “Phantom of the Opera” opera house. It will continue with a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral and to Sainte-Chapelle, the finest royal chapel in France. The group will go to spectacular Philharmonie de Paris concert hall to hear the Russian National Orchestra conducted by Mikhail Pletnev perform works of Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich.
The trip will continue on Day 3 with a visit to the Louvre Museum, some free time in Paris, and then a return to the Philharmonie de Paris for a concert by the world renowned Orchestra de Paris, with Kristian Bezuidenhout in a Mozart piano concerto, and the orchestra playing Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 7.
The highlight of Day 4 is a visit to the Musée Guimet, the fabulous Asian art museum in Paris, and a tour of of the Tuileries Gardens and the Impressionist and post-Impressionist artworks on display at the Musée de l’Orangerie. In the evening we will go the modern opera house, the Opéra Bastille, for an optional performance of Verdi’s grand opera Otello (extra charge).
Day 5 will include a duo piano recital by the famed sisters Katie and Marielle Labeque, performing a four-hand version of Ravel’s Bolero along with other works. On Day 6, we will go to nearby Giverny, the home of Impressionist painter Claude Monet who lived and worked there from 1883 until his death in 1926. You will visit the artist’s home and the elaborate gardens featured in many of his paintings.
Day 7 of the tour features a journey to the neighboring city of Versailles, made the French capital by Louis XIV, and a tour of the spectacular palace and its world-famous gardens. We will attend a matinee performance in Versailles, a concert version of Handel’s opera Rinaldo
On Day 8, our KCSA travelers will visit the Domaine de Chantilly, a spectacular and historic chateau about an hour north of Paris. After free time in Paris the group will hear the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists perform a concert version of Handel’s English-language oratorio Semele at the Philharmonie de Paris. If you like the Messiah, you will like Semele.
The highlight of Day 9 is a visit to the famed Musée D’Orsay and its celebrated collection of Impressionist art, including some Monet paintings based upon the gardens you visited on Saturday. You will have some free time in the afternoon and then attend, if you wish, an optional performance at the Philharmonie de Paris of the chamber orchestra Les Dissonances, which notwithstanding its name will be performing the Concerto of Stravinsky and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11. Day 10 will be our day to return to Kansas City from Paris.
The tour will include all hotel accommodations at a delightful hotel near the center of Paris. Each day will feature both a fine buffet breakfast at the hotel and either a lunch or dinner at one of the top restaurants in Paris or in a nearby location during one of our tours. The air fare is included, as are all concert tickets (except for optional performances), baggage handling fees, tips, museum entrance fees, and tour costs. Basically, your only additional expense will be any incidentals on your own. The cost of the trip is $7,850 per person, plus an additional single supplement if you want a private room at the hotel. Compared to other similar tours, and considering all that is included, this is an exceptional value for a ten-day trip to one of the most expensive (and attractive) cities in Europe.
Consult the brochure for full details. If you have questions, please contact our KCSA Trips chair, Don Dagenais, at 816-444-7407 (home) or 816-460-5715 (office) or at ddagenais503@ gmail.com. We hope you can join us!