21 days
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Europe
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Level 1 - Introductory to Moderate
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George Enescu Festival, Bucharest, Romania

The 2019 George Enescu International Festival (September 2 to 24) brings to Bucharest and a further seven cities more than  3,000 performers to some 80 events.

For Odyssey Travellers we are pleased to be able to offer a escorted program that allows you to attend the 2019 George Enescu Festival small group tour. This small group tour is limited to 14 people. The tour includes five days touring Romania before the festival starts and then 16 days in Bucharest.

Pricing per person for the 21 days of the George Enescu Festival small group tour as outlined below is expected to be in the order of AUD$10,995 per person twin share and AUD$12,980 for a solo traveller. Demand for the remaining tickets for the festival is expected to be above previous years making early booking essential if you wish to join this tour.

This tour will be guaranteed when 6 bookings have been made and deposits received. Early booking is essential as season passes have already been sold out.

About George Enescu

The Romanian composer George Enescu (1881-1955) is considered by many critics as one of the neglected giants of the twentieth century. Prodigiously gifted, composing pieces from the age of seven as he studied the violin and the piano. Enescu abilities enabled him to study at the Vienna Conservatory from the seven graduating just before his 13th birthday.

Enescu was best known in America as a conductor (where he was considered as a successor to Toscanini in New York) and in Europe as one of the greatest violinists of the century. But he was first and foremost a composer; and, tragically, his mature works - works of extraordinary emotional depth and intricate beauty - remain almost unknown outside Romania.

The Conductors, Soloists and Orchestras performing in 2017 provide an indication of the event for 2019.

The George Enescu Festival organisers have for this event assembled an incredible collection of people to lead and perform at the 2017 festival.

The stars of International classical music including Lang Lang, Jonas Kaufmann,  Philippe Jaroussky, Magdalena Kožená, Daniil Trifonov, Riccardo Chailly,  Thomas Hampson, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Olga Peretyatko,  khat Buniatishvili, Tine Thing Helseth, Andrei Ionita and Anoushka Shankar offer performances in 2017.  Some of the world’s great Orchestras are also performing this time including Orchestra Scala di Milano, Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia,  Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam,  Münchner Philharmoniker  and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Conductors confirmed for the 2017 festival include Zubin Mehta, Antonio Pappano, Daniele Gatti,Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit,  Riccardo Chailly, Mikhail Pletnev and Vladimir Jurowski.

Musical Highlights of the 2017  George Enescu series

Highlights include the renowned Antonio Pappano conducting Symphony No.3 in C Major Op.21 by George Enescu.  Orchestra Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia performs Enescu. The French National Orchestra conducted by Christoph Eschenbachand with soloist Truls Mørk perform Symphony Cello Concerto by George Enescu.  The Czech Philharmonic, conducted by Jiří Bělohlávekwill also present a program that includes works by Brahms and Martinu. Les Musiciens du Louvre, conducted by Marc Minkowski perform Cosi fan tutte by Mozart and opera Mathis der Maler by Hindemith Also National Radio Orchestra and Academic Radio Choir under the baton of Lawrence Foster perform concerts.

About the  2019 George Enescu small group festival tour.

The 2019 program concert series offers almost 40 pieces of work by George Enescu. For Odyssey Travellers joining this tour we anticipate being able to offer tickets to the majority of these concerts.

On this 2019 George Enescu Festival small group tour you spend the first, five days on a short tour exploring and learning about Romania, the country before returning to Bucharest for 16 days.

Odyssey will have finalised the concert program in early March 2019 however, the proposed list of concerts you are likely to be attending would include some or all of the following concerts during your time in Bucharest. Typically the program proposed for you would offer some 30 plus concerts, typically attending 2 performances per day.

Proposed Itinerary of performances for 2017 as an indication of the tour in 2019.

On this tour, we will be attending a selection of the following Festival performances:

  • Enescu’s opera Oedipe by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir of the George Enescu Philharmonic (conductor Vladimir Jurowski) with Teddy Tahu Rhodes in the title role
  • Recital by Romanian pianist Raluca Stirbăt.
  • Recital by Academy of St Martin in the Fields (conductor and soloist Joshua Bell, violin)
  • Concert London Philharmonic Orchestra (conductor Vladimir Jurowski / soloist Christian Tetzlaff, violin)
  • Performance  by the London Philharmonic players
  • Concert by the Russian National Orchestra (conductor Michail Pletnev / soloist Nikolai Lugansky, piano)
  • Recital by Lang Lang (piano)
  • Concert by the Russian National Orchestra (conductor Horia Andresscu / soloist Vadim Repin, violin)
  • Concert of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (conductor Jiří_Bělohlávek / soloist Nikolai Znaider, violin)
  • Performance featuring the Romanian National Youth Orchestra (conductor Domingo Hindoyan / soloist Sergio Tiemp, piano)
  • Concert of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (conductor Jiří_Bělohlávek / soloist)
  • Valentin Răduţiu (cello)
  • Concert of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (conductor Manfred Honeck / soloist Mathias Goerne, baritone)
  • Recital by the Arpeggiata ensemble
  • Concert by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (conductor Manfred Honeck / soloist Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin)
  • Recital by Arc Ensemble
  • Concert of the Chamber Orchestra of Lausanne (conductor Joshua Weilerstein/ soloists Mihai Ritivoiu, piano and Tine Thing Helseth, trumpet)
  • Concert of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra (conductor Valery Gergiev / soloist Daniil Trifonov, piano).
  • Recital by Diotima Quartet
  • Recital by the Chamber Orchestra of Lausanne (conductor Joshua Weilerstein / soloist Boris Brovtsyn, violin)
  • Concert of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra (conductor Valery Gergiev / soloist Andre Ioniţă, cello)
  • Recital by Gautier Capuçon (cello) and Frank Bailey (piano)
  • Concert of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (conductor Charles Dutoit /soloist Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin)
  • Performance  by Leonidas Kavakos (violin) and Kiril Gerstein (piano)
  • Concert by the Royal Philharmonic London (conductor Valery Gergiev / soloist Martha Argerich, piano)
  • Concert by Renaud Capuçon (violin) and Jerome Ducros (piano)
  • Performance by the  Philharmonia Orchestra (conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy /soloist Michael Barenboim, violin)
  • Concert by the Orchestra of La Scala Milan (conductor Riccardo Chailly / soloist David Garrett, violin)
  • Performance by the  Philharmonia Orchestra (conductor Cristian Mandeal / soloist Boris Berezovski, piano)
  • Concert by the  Orchestra of La Scala Milan (conductor Riccardo Chailly / soloist Julian Rachlin, violin)
  • Recital by the London Chamber Orchestra (conductor and soloist Jörg Widmann, clarinet)
  • Recital by Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello) and Alexandre Tharaud (piano) followed Concert by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (conductor Zubin Mehta / soloist Khatia Buniatishvilli, piano)
  • Performance by Nicholas Dautricourt (violin), Garry Hoffman (cello) and Nelson Goerner (piano)
  • Recital by Jonas Kaufmann (tenor) Helmuth Deutsch (piano)
  • Concert by  the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (conductor Zubin Mehta / soloist Leonidas Kavakos, violin)

 

Early Booking is advised

From this collection of performance Odyssey is finalising the  George Enescu Festival small group tour  program in January that should provide you with absolute delight for some 21 days in Romania.  Early booking is essential for those who would like to join this tour with Odyssey Travellers in August/September 2019.

The next festival will be in 2021.

Travel tips and articles of Interest

For Odyssey Travellers articles that maybe of interest are often published  on this website to assist you with your tour planning. For this small group tour  to Romania this article on Packing  or this two part article on travel tips part one  and travel tips part two    may be useful. Plus these two pieces on avoiding queues when on holiday   and why take a small group educational tour may also be useful.

 


PDF of Tour

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Attend the Bi-yearly George Enescu Festival for 2019
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Listen to more than 30 concerts and recitals in Bucharest.
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Enjoy 5 days exploring and learning about Romania before the Festival
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Tickets to the festival are category 1 or 2.
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Enjoy the company of a Tour leader with a passion for Music

Overview: After flying in to Bucharest, we make our own way to the hotel, where we enjoy an introductory dinner and program orientation.

Accommodation: Athenee Palace Hilton hotel or similar

Overview: After breakfast in the hotel, we head off for a sightseeing coach tour. Our first stop is Peles Castle, where we enjoy a guided tour of this majestic structure. The Castle is a Neo-Renaissance masterwork nestled in the Carpathian Mountains, near Sinaia, in Prahova County, Romania, on an existing medieval route linking Transylvania and Wallachia, built between 1873 and 1914. Its inauguration was held in 1883. It was constructed for King Carol I.

We then take a guided tour of the famous Dracula Castle, before travelling to Brasov for an evening walking tour of the city, in which we visit the Black Church, among other attractions.

Later on, we enjoy a group dinner in the hotel.

Accommodation: Overnight Hotel Belvedere or similar

Overview: After breakfast, we depart for Biertan, where we enjoy a tour of the spectacular fortified church. We then head to Sighisoara, where we enjoy a Citadel tour on foot with a local guide. While here, we also take in the main sights of the museum, and head to the History Museum to see the Clock Tower.

We also visit the Torture Room Museum, along with the Medieval Weapons Museum.

Later on, we enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation: Overnight Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Sighisoara – Cavaler or similar

Overview: This morning, we depart for Bucharest, stopping for lunch at a local restaurant on the way. Once we reach our destination, we enjoy a guided tour of the Mogoşoaia Palace. The Palace was built between 1698-1702 by Constantin Brâncoveanu in what is called the Romanian Renaissance style or Brâncovenesc style. It bears the name of the widow of the Romanian boyar Mogoș, who owned the land it was built on.

Accommodation: Athenee Palace Hilton hotel or similar

Overview: After breakfast in the hotel, we head out for a half-day tour of the city, taking in the main sights and enjoying a tour of the Palace of Parliament, the seat of the Parliament of Romania. Located on Dealul Arsenalului in central Bucharest (Sector 5), it is the second largest administrative building in the world,[1] after The Pentagon in the United States. With a height of 84 m, an area of 365,000 m2 and having a volume of 2,550,000 m3, it is also the fourth biggest building in the world, after the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center in Florida and the Temple of the Feathered Serpent in Teotihuacan, Mexico (and do not forget the Pentagon). In terms of weight, the Palace of the Parliament is the heaviest building in the world.

Later on, we visit the Romanian Costume Museum, as well as the Apostles Church. The remainder of the day is free to pursue our own interests at leisure. We regroup for dinner back at the hotel.

Accommodation: Athenee Palace Hilton hotel or similar

Overview: Today is the first day of the George Enescu Festival, which we celebrate with several performances.

Accommodation: Athenee Palace Hilton hotel or similar

Overview: Today is the second day of the George Enescu Festival.

Accommodation: Athenee Palace Hilton hotel or similar

Overview: The third day of the Festival.

Accommodation: Athenee Palace Hilton hotel or similar

Overview: The fourth day of the Festival.

Accommodation: Athenee Palace Hilton hotel or similar

Overview: The fifth day of the Festival.

Accommodation: Athenee Palace Hilton hotel or similar

Overview: The sixth day of the Festival.

Accommodation: Athenee Palace Hilton hotel or similar

Overview: The seventh day of the Festival.

Accommodation: Athenee Palace Hilton hotel or similar

Overview: The eighth day of the Festival.

Accommodation: Athenee Palace Hilton hotel or similar

Overview: The ninth day of the Festival.

Accommodation: Athenee Palace Hilton hotel or similar

Overview: The tenth day of the Festival

Accommodation: Athenee Palace Hilton hotel or similar

Overview: The eleventh day of the Festival.

Accommodation: Athenee Palace Hilton hotel or similar

Overview: The twelfth day of the Festival

Accommodation: Athenee Palace Hilton hotel or similar

Overview: The thirteenth day of the Festival.

On the final night of the tour, we enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation: Athenee Palace Hilton hotel or similar

Overview: After breakfast at the hotel we say our farewells and the tour draws to a close.

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