Montréal Spring Holiday: May 24 - 27, 2018
After a several-year hiatus, we are eager to return in May to Québec’s cultural capital of Montréal – “one of the hemisphere’s most cosmopolitan cities” (NY Times). We have carefully selected an ideal balance of four performances which reflect the taste of this sophisticated French-speaking city. Mid-May should provide comfortable spring weather at a time when Montréal residents start to enjoy the city’s many cafés with ‘plein air’ outdoor tables.
First, the adventurous L’Opéra de Montréal will mount a new staging of Charles Gounod’s lyrical version of Roméo et Juliette, a favorite romantic work of the 19th century French repertoire. On our previous visit, the company’s outstanding production of Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night proved a unanimous hit with our Tour members.
Second, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal ranks with the world’s leading orchestras and is justifiably proud of its dazzling new home, inaugurated in 2011. The spring season will be highlighted by a Beethoven Festival encompassing all nine of his ground-breaking symphonies. Our Sunday afternoon program will include both Symphony No. 4 and Symphony No. 5, with Music Director Kent Nagano on the podium.
We are also pleased to include a chamber concert in yet another new venue, the intimate Salle Bourgie. During a busy season of many performances, we have selected an evening of duo-piano virtuosity, when the acclaimed French Labèque Sisters (Katia and Marielle) will offer a program of Stravinsky, Debussy and Philip Glass. (This beautiful small theatre is only a short walk from our hotel.)
In addition to opera and concerts, Montréal has become a thriving center for ballet and modern dance. Our fourth performance will be an opportunity to experience the renowned Grands Ballets Canadiens. Their full-length program is entitled Vendetta and will be based on stories of the Italian Mafia.
Also planned is a morning visit to the imposing Musée des Beaux-Arts, Montréal’s principal showcase of Canadian and European masters. For independent sight-seeing and advantageous shopping while the U.S. dollar remains higher than the Canadian dollar, our choice of the deluxe Leow’s Hotel Vogue hotel will prove to be especially convenient,within comfortable walking distance of the Museum and the Bourgie.
Accommodations for four nights at Leow’s Hotel Vogue, a luxury property enjoying an optimum location on Rue de la Montagne within the city’s principal shopping district and near rue Sherbrooke’s cultural institutions. La Société Bistro offers traditional French cuisine under a breathtaking stained-glass ceiling; and the Lux Lounge is convenient for lighter fare before or after our evening performances. The Vogue also offers a fully-equipped fitness center.
Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)
Double Occupancy: $2,980
Single Occupancy: $3,595