September 17, 2009
Classical Music: A Central European Tradition
Classical music is the enduring soundtrack of Central Europe and one of the many compelling reasons to visit the region. Some of the world’s greatest composers were born here—including Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Dvorak—and their musical masterpieces are a legacy treasured by locals and visitors alike.
One of our favorite ways to immerse ourselves, and our clients, in this living music tradition is by procuring prime tickets to performances at the stunningly beautiful and acoustically refined opera houses, concert halls and other performance spaces in the region, such as the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), the Berlin Philharmonic, the Hungarian State Opera in Budapest, and the National Theatre and Estates Theater in Prague.
Seeing the Vienna Boys’ Choir is a highlight for many of our travelers who visit Central Europe. We also arrange private recitals and concerts in attractive local churches, palaces and other historic buildings to suit the schedule and interests of our travelers.
Seasonal music festivals and other special events abound in many of Central Europe’s must-see destinations. We arrange for our travelers to attend the best of them, such as the Prague Spring International Music Festival, the Salzburg Festival and the Leipzig Bach Festival in the summer, the Haydn Festival Eisenstadt in September, and the Vienna Philharmonic’s famous New Year concerts.
Classical music enthusiasts visiting Central Europe will also appreciate our special-interest music tours of historic sites dedicated to the lives and works of individual composers. Favorites include tours of Mozart’s birthplace in Salzburg and Mozarthaus in Vienna; a private excursion to Chopin’s birthplace in the Polish countryside and a visit to the Warsaw church where the composer’s heart is entombed; private tours of the Bela Bartok Memorial House, Ferenc Liszt Memorial Museum and Music History Museum in Budapest; a backstage tour of the Estates Theater in Prague; a tour of the W. A. Mozart Museum at Villa Bertramka in Prague; and a private excursion to the birthplace of Antonin Dvorak in a small castle town in the Czech Republic.