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Monastery of St. John, Patmos

Temple at Delphi




Le-Bougainville ship



Greece , Sicily & Italy

With Artistic Director MICHAEL PARLOFF
September 18–27, 2019

Dear Traveler,
Your host for this exquisite musical odyssey is MICHAEL PARLOFF, who will lead a series of private recitals by world-MICHAEL PARLOFFclass musicians as you cruise the loveliest destinations from Athens to Rome. In the space of one week, this Musical Odyssey in the Mediterranean takes in the entire span of Greco-Roman antiquity, and during that week, musicians of the highest international caliber will perform aboard Le Bougainville, our deluxe floating concert hall.


The artists featured on the opposite page were each personally invited by Mr. Parloff, who chose them not just for their superb talent, but also for their affable personalities. Exclusively for this voyage, Mr. Parloff has designed four concerts for these musicans to perform, with themes relating to the countries and ports-of-call you will visit, including a concert inspired by Greek myths to correspond with the day in Sifnos; virtuoso showpieces by various Italian composers; and a selection of Sicilianos by composers ranging from the 18th- to the 20th-century which will be performed ashore at Taormina’s medieval Cathedral—an event that promises to be the highlight of the trip!

Mr. Parloff himself is a remarkable asset to have as Artistic Director aboard this special musical journey. Principal Flutist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra from 1977 until his retirement in 2008, he has been heard regularly as recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. He is highly respected as a lecturer and teacher, and gives regular presentations at the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society and Music@Menlo, and masterclasses at major conservatories and university music schools in the United States and abroad.

Aboard Le Bougainville, Mr. Parloff will illuminate the themes, composers, and repertoire of each private concert, examining the eras and circumstances surrounding the composers and their work—and adding a new layer of understanding and appreciation.


Margaret M. Betchart
President, Betchart Expeditions Inc.
For AAAS Travels, ACS & Sigma Xi Expeditions

Starting at $5,690 plus air

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