08-07-2020 until 20-07-2020
Sporken Leitmotiv together with Educa Travel organize a 13-day trip to Mongolia in July 2020. This will be a unique experience, with an extraordinary program, including the Naadam Festival. Travel with us through the vast, infinite, grandiose Mongolia and experience the simplicity, serene silence, pure tranquility and beautiful nature. Behind every hill you will discover a new landscape. Hot springs, vast sand dunes, extraordinary rock formations, nomads wandering with their herds and as an absolute highlight attending the famous Naadam Festival, with traditional dance, costumes, music and sports competitions. A must see experience!
Transportation by luxury coach from Limburg to Brussels airport and back
Hotel: 4 overnight stays in and excellent 4* hotel with private facilities in each room. 7 Days in a luxury yurt tent with shared facilities, on a full board basis, starting with lunch on day 2.
The excursion programme as described, including entrances, under the supervision of an English speaking guide. Transportation in Ulaanbaatar is by coach, outside with 4 wheel drive minivans.
The fans have had to wait a long time for it, but now the time has come: we are visiting the Puccini Festival in Lucca! We have tickets - good seats - for two successful Puccini operas: Tosca and La Bohème. These operas contain world-famous and heartbreaking choirs and arias. The operas are performed at the Gran Teatro all'aperto Giacomo Puccini in Torre del Lago, see: https://www.puccinifestival.it/en/
It is a combined flight and bus trip. First the bus takes us from Heerlen to Eindhoven Airport, from where we fly with Transavia to Bologna. The bus there takes us to the hotel in Montecatini Terme. We also use the bus for day trips to Lucca and Pisa and for transport to the shows. Of course there will be bus transport from Eindhoven to Heerlen on August 23rd.
All bus transport and flights, including luggage.
Six nights in the 4* Hotel Francia & Quirinale in Montecatoni Terme, based on bed and breakfast.
Mozart's Magic Flute in the Semperoper and three concerts in Leipzig.. it doesn't get any more beautiful! Because of (early) reservations, we are already bringing the trip to these music cities to your attention - so you can look forward to all these musical highlights for a long time to come.
Die Zauberflöte is a grand masterly opera with impressive choral work and beautiful arias. Attending this opera in the Semperoper will be a highlight in your life. This also applies to Beethoven's Messa Solemnis in the Oper of Leipzig and to a church and chamber concert at the Bachfest in Leipzig.
Semperoper Dresden - The Magic Flute (Mozart)
Opera Leipzig - Messa Solemnis (Beethoven)
Michaeliskirche - Michael Schönheit (organ), Gotthold Schwarz (bas): Bach & Reger
Mendelssohn Hall (Gewandhaus) - Mendelssohn Orchestra Academy: Bach e.a.
'There is poetry in a pint of Guinness' actually applies to the whole of Dublin, the capital of Ireland. A special city with the Temple-Bar, Dublin Castle, Dublin Bay, Guinness Storehouse, the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Dublin is also the city of Michael Gambon, U2, Bob Geldof, Bono, Sinead O'Connor, Oscar Wilde, John Bernhard Shaw, Samuel Beckett, Francis Bacon and Graham Norton.
We visit Kilkenny with its medieval centre and Belfast in Northern Ireland. During the excursions we will be accompanied by a Dutch speaking guide. And we visit three concerts!
Baroque ensemble Camerata Kilkenny, University Church Bach: Brandenburg Concert BWV 1050 Concert for oboe d'amore, strings and b.c. BWV 1055a Wedding cantata O holder Tag, wishful Zeit BWV 210
Concert by Academy Chamber Ensemble, National Gallery Clara Schumann: piano trio in g-cl. on. 17 Brahms: Sonata for violin and piano nr. 2 in A-gr. op. 100 Beethoven: Septet in E-flat major op. 20
Unfortunately the trip to Bulgaria is finished. With visits to various sights in and around Sofia, Plovdiv and Veliko Tarnovo, the participants got a good impression of this developing Balkan country. The Dutch-speaking guide spoke extensively and with great depth and humour about the culture, history, nature, religion and living conditions of Bulgaria. Of the three performances visited, the performance of the choir of the Paraskeva Cathedral in Sofia was the absolute highlight. All in all, it was quite an experience.
17-04-2019 until 21-04-2019
Some impressions of the music trip to Leipzig
For the second time this year the musical city of Leipzig was on the program. The city was fantastic, with lots of blossoms, pleasant temperatures, terraces, a friendly atmosphere and an impressive music scene. For our group this meant a piano recital by Yingshan Hu in the Schumannhaus, the Johannes Passion (Bach) on Good Friday in the Thomaskirche and Der Freischütz (von Weber) in the Opera of the city. We also visited the Blüthner piano factory and the Mendelssohnhaus. For those who missed it: in 2020 and 2021 we will go to Leipzig again.
05-03-2019 until 09-03-2019
Some impressions of the concert trip to Leipzig
A trip to Leipzig. This time with students and teachers from the Young Talent Class of the Maastricht Academy of Music, joined by music lovers from all over the country. The young musicians performed very successfully in the houses/museums of Schumann, Mendelssohn and Bach and the performances in the Oper and the Gewandhaus made a deep impression. There were also interesting excursions to the Bach House in Eisenach (his birthplace) and the Musikhochschule in Leipzig. Attending the rehearsal of the Thomanerchor was an unforgettable experience.
26-11-2018 until 30-11-2018
SOME IMPRESSIONS OF THE MUSIC TRIP TO LUXEMBOURG
The concerts in the Philharmonie of Luxembourg city were memorable. For example, the Amatis Piano Trio impressed with compositions by Haydn, Shostakovich, Mendelssohn Bartholdy and the brand new Moorlands by Andrea Tarrodi. The performance of The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields was sublime. Jan Lisiecki (23), who replaced the sick Murray Perahia and played Beethoven's piano concerts 1 and 3, rightly received ovational applause from the audience.
There were also several excursions on the programme: -city tour -trips to Echternach and Trier -Slag om de Ardennen (WO ll) - photo exhibition The Family of Man (Unesco) in Clervaux.
Above some pictures of the trip. Too bad, it's over again.
19-06-2018 until 25-06-2018
Prague and Dresden
In June we set our course to two important cities of music, for three special musical performances:
The visit to Prague and Dresden provided great moments for the music lovers who travelled along. The operas Werther (Massenet) in Prague and Carmen (Bizet) in the Semper Opera of Dresden were brilliant. The Dresdner Philharmonie by Bertrand de Billy impressed with romantic compositions by Schoenberg, R. Strauss and Korngold.
Furthermore, the participants visited the many historical and cultural sites of these cities, in Prague also with the help of an expert and Dutch speaking guide. So sad, it's over again. Check out some of the impressions of this musical journey in the photo gallery.
14-04-2018 until 17-04-2018
Rossini, Mozart, Grieg and Schumann in Frankfurt
SOME IMPRESSIONS OF THE IMPRESSIVE MUSICAL JOURNEY TO Frankfurt
This trip was too short, according to the participants. There is much to see and experience in that city, especially the Manhattan-like skyline is striking. For art lovers there are many museums, for hikers the green strips along the Main and of course there are plenty of dining and shopping opportunities.
We attended two music performances, first Rossini's opera La Cenerentola in the (new) Oper: beautiful staging, high musical level (singing and playing). Thanks to the Limburg horn player Stef van Herten (working at the Oper) for the view behind the scenes.
Lars Vogt played and conducted the Piano Concerto by Grieg, Mozart's 25th symphony and Schumann's first 'Frühling' at the Alte Oper. Perfect versions of these classic-romantic works.
After a beautiful bus trip along the Rhine, the trip was rounded off with an afternoon in the sun-drenched Koblenz.
29-01-2018 until 05-02-2018
Early spring and beautiful concerts in Portugal
SOME IMPRESSIONS OF THE IMPRESSIVE MUSICAL JOURNEY TO Porto and Lisbon
The musical and cultural journey to Porto and Portugal was one with many impressions. With two excellent guides we have learned a lot about the history, culture and nature of Portugal and the lifestyles of the Portuguese. The weather was also very pleasant with radiant blue skies and temperatures rising to 16 / 17 degrees.
The biblical songs of Dvořák by Thomas Hampson and Ein deutsches Requiem by Brahms (soloists Miah Persson and Thomas Hampson) in the Gulbenkian theatre made a deep impression. We will never forget Kathia Buniatishvilli's piano recital, with her virtuosity and musicality go hand in hand. Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Liszt loosened a lot in the hall and after two encores (Liszt and Schubert) the audience floated outside.
13-11-2017 until 20-11-2017
Beautiful trip to Poland
SOME IMPRESSIONS OF THE IMPRESSIVE MUSICAL JOURNEY TO KRAKAU AND WARSAW
The trip to Poland has already come to an end, it was an impressive experience in all respects. With help of excellent guides, we took a look at Poland’s history (particularly that of the 20th century), Auschwitz-Birkenau, Krakau and Warsaw, the Wieliczka salt mines and Czestochova monastery. Undoubtedly, we also paid attention to the recent political and social developments in the country.
The three scheduled musical performances were extraordinary, such as the living room concert by young Airis Kwartet with works by Beethoven, Dvorák, Tansman and Meyering. The Philharmonie of Warsaw played a great Bruckner 2 and we had eyes and ears short regarding the ballet performance with Le Sacre du Printemps and Krzesany.