A MUSICAL ODYSSEY
in the MEDITERRANEAN
Greece , Sicily & Italy
With Artistic Director MICHAEL PARLOFF
September 18–27, 2019
Your host for this exquisite musical odyssey is MICHAEL PARLOFF,
who will lead a series of private recitals by world-class 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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