Classical Music and Jazz Travel – KC STUDIO
The Dudok Quartet performs aboard Amadeus River Cruises’ Classical Music on the Rhine. (photo courtesy of Amadeus River Cruises)
Live music has become a vibrant global scene, creating new options for those who travel with the listening mind in mind. The options for Western Classical and Opera are particularly wide. Amadeus River Cruises’ “Classical Music on the Rhine” brings string quartets aboard a riverboat that stops for symphony concerts in cities between Amsterdam, Holland, and Basel, Switzerland. Australia’s Academy Travel offers concert and opera cruises in Europe and the United States, and Australian travel agency Hayllar Music Tours offers behind-the-scenes access, premium seating and pre-concert lectures.
Classical music and opera tour companies often combine concerts and visits to heritage sites. Great Performance Tours offers tours of five to ten days in isolated regions or towns. These offer excellent seats for many shows and include visual arts excursions. Independent travelers can turn to Allegro Holidays, which arranges personalized packages, guarantees tickets and accommodation in music-rich venues across Europe, and advises on plans “for the intellectually discerning traveler”.
A number of symphony orchestras and chamber music societies design exclusive excursions. The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center sends its annual cruise to a new global destination every year. San Diego-based Mainly Mozart wows guests with her natural beauty on a cruise from Quebec to New York during the fall color season, welcoming talent such as concert pianist Anne-Marie McDermott on board.
The international jazz community looks forward to two annual onboard festivals, The Jazz Cruise and Blue Note Cruise, both featuring dazzling rosters of the world’s best jazz artists. If names like Christian McBride and Arturo Sandoval pique your attention, you’ll be excited about the 2020 lineup. For seven days, luxury passenger ships sail to Caribbean ports and offer countless performances, interviews and question-and-answer sessions. answers with jazz icons.