The Lucerne Festival: September 3 - 11, 2017
The world’s foremost orchestras, conductors and soloists gather each year at Switzerland’s prestigious Lucerne Festival for a final chapter of the summer’s international festival season. The renowned acoustics of the contemporary state-of-the-art Concert Hall attract today’s most sought-after stars. As in recent years, we have been able to secure a limited number of tickets for a leisurely sojourn of seven nights at the charming and intimate Hotel des Balances, ideally located in the heart of the old town under the dramatic backdrop of the Swiss Alps. This will enable us to include SEVEN MAJOR CONCERTS representing the highlights of the 2017 European season for lovers of great orchestras. With an irresistible event on each day, this year’s schedule will embrace two programs by the revered Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas and Daniel Harding; two concerts by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, both led by the recently appointed Chief Conductor, Daniele Gatti; a sold-out vocal Recital by the Peruvian ‘bel canto’ tenor Juan Diego Florez; a concert by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under Manfred Honeck, with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter as soloist; and a concert by London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit and featuring pianist Martha Argerich.
Our tickets and high-season rooms are at a premium and are expensive, but the quality and ambience of the Lucerne Festival are worthy of its superlative reputation as a connoisseur’s musical event. The Lucerne Festival has become a mecca for the artistic élite of Europe, and late summer is a perfect time to enjoy the mountainous scenery surrounding Lake Lucerne. Museums and restaurants are relatively uncrowded in September. This Tour is limited to only 15 people due to the difficulty of obtaining tickets for our premium events. We were sorry to turn away some of our disappointed friends for last year’s sold-out Tour.
Accommodations for seven nights with a generous Swiss buffet breakfast included at the Hotel des Balances. This four-star property is located in the historic city-center on the Reuss River with beautiful views of the Old Towne and the Alps. It is also within comfortable walking distance of our performances at the Concert Hall. The exterior façade is famous for its murals in the style of Hans Holbein, and the Restaurant Balances offers European and regional Swiss dining. The hotel’s friendly atmosphere and personal service will add immeasurably to our Lucerne experience.
Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)
Double Occupancy: $5,980
Single Occupancy: $6,930