Boston Weekend: September 29 - October 2, 2016
After a hiatus of five years, we have found an enticing combination of opera, concerts and theatre as the catalyst for our overdue return to the New England cultural capital of Boston. In a serendipitous and unusual scheduling coincidence, the revered Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) will offer a major operatic performance which will coincide with the Boston Lyric Opera’s fall production. First, the BSO has announced a concert performance of Richard Strauss’s most popular work for the stage, Der Rosenkavalier, with Music Director Andris Nelsons conducting and the ideal pairing of Renée Fleming and Susan Graham in the leading roles. Second, the Boston Lyric will present Georges Bizet’s French tragedy Carmen in the re-envisioned provocative Calixto Bieito staging that has riveted audiences in Europe and, most recently, San Francisco.
In addition to ‘Der Rosenkavalier’, the BSO schedule will enable us to enjoy an orchestral program under Andris Nelsons. The young Latvian maestro has captivated Boston with his charisma, his talented musicianship, and the physical grace of his conducting style. Just as Dudamel is synonymous with music in L.A. and Nézet-Séguin in Philadelphia, Nelsons has already earned a cult reputation for his recent tenure at the helm of the BSO. Our concert will be an all-Russian evening of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Festive Overture and Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition in the virtuoso version orchestrated by Maurice Ravel. We are always thrilled to experience the celebrated acoustics of Boston’s venerable Symphony Hall.
Our fourth performance will take us to the outstanding Huntington Theatre, Boston’s leading repertory company, for Stephen Sondheim’s most original musical, Sunday in the Park with George. Inspired by Georges Seurat’s iconic painting in The Art Institute of Chicago, this work was awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in 1985.
New England’s russet fall colors will add to the appeal of our long weekend. The weather should be comfortable for exploring Boston’s many attractions during our several free periods.
Our accommodations for four nights will be at the highly rated Colonnade Hotel. This premium Huntington Avenue property in Boston’s Back Bay enjoys easy access to the Boston Symphony, Museum of Fine Arts, the Gardiner Museum, and the Conservatory of Music’s Jordan Hall. We have chosen this fine hotel for its personal service and its proximity to three of our performance venues. The onsite restaurant, Brasserie JO, offers convenient dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The hotel also offers a fully-equipped fitness center and a rooftop pool, where evening cocktails are enjoyed while overlooking the Boston skyline.
Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)
Double Occupancy: $2,940
Single Occupancy: $3,590