TRAVEL TO LEIPZIG WITH YCA!
The 16th Young Concert Artists European Auditions
in Leipzig, Germany
September 4 to 11, 2017
Join us for an unforgettable 8 days/7 nights exploring the rich heritage of one of Europe’s great musical cities, home to J.S. Bach, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Mahler, and Goethe. Listen to exciting young artists, hear the renowned Gewandhaus Orchestra and St. Thomas Boys Choir in their homes, and enjoy deluxe accommodations and fabulous sight-seeing including a day-trip to the treasures of Dresden, delectable meals, and exclusive private events.
Experience the musical magic of Leipzig with Young Concert Artists!
Leipzig has been a vibrant trade city since the Holy Roman Empire, sitting at the intersection of two important ancient trade routes. The Leipzig Trade Fair, started in the Middle Ages, became an event of international importance and is the oldest remaining trade fair in the world. A major European center of learning and culture in fields such as music and publishing, Leipzig boasts one of the oldest universities in Europe, founded in 1409, whose alumni include Telemann, Goethe, Wagner, Nietzsche, numerous Nobel laureates, and even current German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The city became a major urban center within the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) after World War II, although its economic and cultural life suffered. It played a significant role in the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, and since German reunification, Leipzig has undergone remarkable redevelopment and restoration. It is home to Germany’s oldest university school of music, which was founded by Felix Mendelssohn, and has hosted YCA Auditions since 1994.
Monday, September 4
Pick-up provided from Leipzig airport upon arrival and transfer to hotel. Check into the Steigenberger Grandhotel Handelshof.
Afternoon at leisure
7:00 pm Welcome dinner at Zill’s Tunnel featuring the hearty traditional cuisine of Saxony.
Tuesday, September 5
10:00 am Meet in the hotel lobby for a guided walking tour of the old city center, including the medieval Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall); the Thomaskirche (St. Thomas Church), home of the renowned Thomanerchor (Boys Choir) where J.S. Bach was Kapellmeister for 27 years and which houses his grave; the Bach Museum; and the historic covered Mädler Passage arcade.
12:30 pm Lunch at the Panorama Restaurant, atop Leipzig’s tallest building, built for the University of Leipzig, with its views of the city.
Afternoon at leisure, or come listen to Preliminary Auditions at the Hochschule für Musik & Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy,” host of the YCA Auditions. See the historic building and its fine modern concert hall.
8:00 pm Walk to dinner nearby at Auerbachs Keller, the historic wine cellars dating from the early 15th century, with its excellent local cuisine. Frequented by Goethe during his student days in Leipzig, he set an important scene in “Faust” here.
Wednesday, September 6
Morning at leisure, or come listen to Preliminary Auditions at the Hochschule für Musik & Theater.
12:30 pm Lunch at Il Violino, a lovely neighborhood Italian restaurant near the Hochschule.
2:30 pm Visit the Museum der bildenden Künste (Museum of Fine Arts) for a guided tour of the collection, housed in a beautiful contemporary building, featuring works ranging from Cranach, Rubens, Hals, and Tintoretto, to Caspar David Friedrich, Otto Dix, and Max Beckmann.
Visit the beautiful Nikolaikirche (St. Nicholas Church), with its rich musical and political history, where Bach performed regularly.
8:00 pm Dinner with Auditions Jury members at Max Enk, an elegant contemporary German restaurant a few minutes walk from our hotel.
Thursday, September 7
10:00 am Walk to the Musical Instrument Museum for a guided tour of this fascinating collection, as well as a visit to the important Ethnography Museum in the same complex.
12:30 pm Lunch at Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum, the historic 18th century coffee house where Schumann dined regularly at a corner table with his “Davidsbündler” music society friends.
2:00 pm Visit the historic Schumannhaus, where Robert and Clara Schumann lived as newlyweds. Afternoon at leisure or come listen to Preliminary Auditions at the Hochschule für Musik & Theater.
6:30 pm Pre-theater Dinner at the elegant Michelin-starred Stadtpfeiffer restaurant inside the Gewandhaus.
8:00 pm Hear the famed Gewandhaus Orchestra in their dramatic and acoustically brilliant concert hall. The program, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies, includes Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and the German premiere of Phillip Glass’ Concerto for Two Pianos with Katia and Marielle Labèque.
Friday, September 8
9:00 am Depart hotel by private mini-bus for Dresden.
11:00 am Visit the Zwinger Palace and its Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
(Old Masters Painting Gallery) for a tour of the spectacular collection including works by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Titian, Rubens, Cranach, Van Dyck, Holbein, Zurbaran, and Raphael’s masterpiece “The Sistine Madonna.”
12:30 pm Lunch in the Museum’s excellent Alte Meister Restaurant.
2:00 pm Tour the Palace’s Historisches Grünes Gewölbe (Historic Green Vault), the largest collection of treasures in Europe and perhaps the world’s oldest museum, featuring 3,000 masterpieces of jewelry, silver, gold, amber, ivory and gemstones in equally lavish rooms.
Walk to visit the famous Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady),
the 18th century landmark destroyed in WWII, left in ruins for 50 years, and meticulously rebuilt after Reunification.
4:30 pm Return to Leipzig by mini-bus.
8:00 pm A very special Dinner at the Michelin 2-star Restaurant Falco, considered one of the finest restaurants in Germany.
Saturday, September 9
Morning and Lunch at leisure
1:00 to 6:00 pm The Finals and announcement of the Winners of the Young Concert Artists European Auditions in the Concert Hall of the Hochschule für Musik & Theater, before a distinguished Jury.
Optional at 3:00 pm: attend the weekly program in the Thomaskirche by the famed Thomanerchor (Boys Choir), featuring a J.S. Bach motet performed with members of the Gewandhaus Orchestra. Note: these unticketed performances are very popular and those of us who wish to attend will need to arrive by 2:30 pm when the doors open.
7:45 pm Depart by taxi for a celebratory Dinner with the Jury at Restaurant Heine, a charming gourmet restaurant set in an antique villa. Return to hotel by taxi.
Sunday, September 10
10:30 am Visit the Mendelssohn-Haus museum, home of the great composer, with original furniture, drawings, letters and manuscripts.
11:00 am Prize Winners Concert in the intimate Music Room of Mendelssohn’s home
1:00 pm Lunch with the Winners at a restaurant to be announced.
Afternoon at leisure.
7:00 pm Walk to dinner at Weinstock, a delightful restaurant facing the Old Market Square.
Monday, September 11
Breakfast at the Hotel. Private transfer to Leipzig airport provided for your departing flight.
Events may be subject to change.
YCA LEIPZIG AUDITIONS PATRONS’ TRIP
$5,850 Per person, based on double room occupancy
$6,350 Per person, single room
Included in the tour cost is a tax-deductible contribution to Young Concert Artists, Inc. of $1,500 per person. You will receive a tax-deduction receipt for your gift.
Seven nights in a Superior Room in the 5-star Steigenberger Grandhotel Handelshof, located in the heart of the historic center of Leipzig. Set in a restored building originally designed as one of the many trade fair centers, the hotel provides all modern comforts, while maintaining the high ceilings and expansive windows of the historic structure.
Meals, including all drinks:
Seven Steigenberger Grandhotel breakfasts, offering a lavish buffet.
Private transfer between Leipzig airport and Steigenberger Grandhotel upon arrival and departure. Private taxi for transport to and from events and dinners as needed, and private transport to/from Dresden.
Entrance and guides to all sights in the itinerary
A knowledgeable English-speaking guide will accompany us when touring. Young Concert Artists will also provide assistance throughout the week.
Trip price does not include:
Meals and other items not specifically mentioned as included
Personal costs including telephone calls and personal services such as: travel; room service, laundry, and valet service; mini-bar items and à la carte orders.
If due to weather, flight schedule changes, or other uncontrollable factors, additional hotel nights are required, patrons are responsible for their additional hotel, transfers, and meal costs.
Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance is not included, but recommended.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Young Concert Artists, Inc. (“YCA”) reserves the right to cancel the tour prior to departure for any reason including insufficient numbers of participants, as well as the right to decline to accept or retain any person as a member of the tour at any time. If YCA cancels the tour prior to departure, participants will receive a full refund of any monies paid to YCA. If bookings fall below the minimum required, participants will be advised of itinerary alterations or trip cancellation no later than July 5, 2017. Cancellations by participants must be received in writing by YCA, and charges are calculated as of the day notification is received in writing by YCA. If a participant cancels, the following scale of charges is incurred: For written cancellation received by YCA by June 19, 2017 or before, $200 cancellation fee per person; from June 20 through July 17, 2017: $500 cancellation fee per person. Cancellations received from July 18 through August 15, 2017 result in forfeit of $1,000 per person; and cancellations received from August 16 through September 4, 2017 result in forfeit of $1,500 per person. After the tour has commenced, it is not possible to issue any refunds. No refunds are given for any unused portion of the tour including, but not limited to, missed meals or other events. A package of cancellation, baggage, and medical insurance is recommended.
A $1,000 per person deposit is required to confirm a space for the trip. The balance is due in full by June 30, 2017. Deposit and balance payments are preferred by check to Young Concert Artists, Inc. or wire transfer. If you wish to pay by credit card, there will be a 3½ % surcharge.
Young Concert Artists, Inc. (“YCA”) acts as the agent for the suppliers of services (including, but not limited to, ground transportation, meals, and lodging) provided in conjunction with the tour. YCA is not liable for the negligent acts, omissions, defaults, or failure to perform of suppliers. The Participant releases YCA from any and all liability resulting from acts or omissions of the suppliers of services, including, but not limited to, loss, damage, delay or injury, or damage to Participant (including death) or personal property. YCA is not liable for losses or delays arising from sickness, quarantine, government restraints, war, acts of terrorism, weather conditions, earthquakes, or acts of God. In no event shall YCA’s liability exceed the amount received by YCA from Participant.
YCA has no special knowledge of hazards regarding health or safety in the destinations visited by Participant. Participant agrees to assume full responsibility for his/her safety. Participant assumes all risks of damage or injury in connection with any risks and agrees to indemnify and hold harmless YCA against any and all claims arising from Participant’s travel to such destinations.
Dates, schedules, program details, and costs stated by YCA’s itinerary and brochure are given in good faith and based on information available at the time of publication of the brochure and of pricing the tour and are subject to change and revision at any time by YCA. YCA does not guarantee the rates of any suppliers and reserves the right to substitute alternate suppliers if deemed necessary by YCA. YCA reserves the right to change Participant’s itinerary if, in YCA’s sole discretion, such change is advisable to protect Participant’s safety. No refund shall be due from YCA in conjunction with changes in rates or itineraries, substitution of suppliers, or Participant’s decision not to complete a tour itinerary. YCA reserves the right to refuse to accept any Participant, cancel any tour at any time, or request a Participant to withdraw from a tour if, in YCA’s sole discretion, such refusal, cancellation, and/or withdrawal are in the best interest of Participant or other tour Participants. Participants are encouraged not to purchase airline tickets until after receiving a letter stating that they are confirmed on the tour, and YCA does not accept liability for any airline cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a non-refundable ticket to the tour departure cities and return. Baggage and personal effects are the sole responsibility of the owners at all times.
For information and reservations, please contact:
Mark Hayman, Executive Director
Young Concert Artists, Inc.
250 West 57 Street (Suite 1222), New York, NY 10107
Tel: (212) 307-6655 or firstname.lastname@example.org
YCA 2017 European Auditions in Leipzig Reservation Form September 4-11, 2017