Friends Travel Program
Each year, the Spivey Hall Friends take a trip to an exciting location with first-rate musical opportunities. Last summer, nineteen Spivey Hall Friends, including Executive & Artistic Director Sam Dixon, enjoyed outstanding performances at the Music@Menlo Festival in Menlo Park. This year, the Friends will visit Vienna, one of Europe’s supreme musical capitals.
Home to Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Brahms, a city whose rich cultural traditions are celebrated internationally, and whose historic venues attract excellent artists from throughout the world.
Friends will explore the city in excursions to the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace and Eisenstadt’s Esterházy Palace, where Haydn served as court musician, and marvel at the art collections of the Kunsthistoriches Museum. They will attend productions of Verdi’s Don Carlo and Rigoletto, Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, and Richard Strauss’s Elektra, an orchestral concert of music by Mendelssohn and Respighi conducted by Franz Welser-Möst, chamber music performed by members of the Vienna Philharmonic, a recital by legendary Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini, and the Vienna Piano Trio with critically-acclaimed British tenor Mark Padmore.
Many thanks to Friends Council members Susan Hunter and Jeff Adams for organizing yet another wonderful trip!
SPIVEY HALL FRIENDS ATTEND MUSIC@MENLO FESTIVAL IN CALIFORNIA
Last year, twenty-one travelers experienced Music@Menlo, located in Menlo Park, the gateway to Silicon Valley. Chamber-music power-couple cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, well known to Spivey Hall patrons for their captivating and high-energy performances, are co-artistic directors of both New York’s Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center and Music@Menlo. Each summer they head west to California, having invited international friends and colleagues for several weeks of intensive music-making, chiefly of instrumental chamber music.
Along with first-rate chamber music, participants enjoyed extraordinary accommodations at a four-star deluxe hotel, plus nearby excursions to a winery, gorgeous gardens, fine dining, and Stanford University’s art museum, all in the company of other music-lovers.
Details of the Spivey Hall Friends 2018 Tour Program will be announced to the Friends this fall.