Listening to your wishes and requests we have sat down and worked out a way to support an eco-friendly way of travelling. Find below a sample tour that we have drafted for environmentally-concscious choirs wishing to travel by train and if we inspired you please contact us to create your individual green tour through Europe.
Depending on your tour locations we will compile your journey by train or by bus. Don't miss the experience of the night train services that are celebrating their renaissance.
Vegetarian or vegan food and an eco-friendly accomodation will be chosen according to your requests and specification.
A sustainable example for choirs:
--> Arrival at Munich Airport Transfer to Munich Main Station – 32 min via train (S-Bahn) Transfer to Salzburg Main Station – 1h 28min via ÖBB railjet express
Hotels Salzburg Hotel Evido Salzburg City Center 3 minutes by foot from Salzburg Main Station Austria Trend Hotel Salzburg Europa 2 minutes by foot from Salzburg Main Station Achat Hotel Plaza Salzburg 6 minutes by foot from Salzburg Main Station
Restaurants Zum Hirschenwirt – typical Austrian cuisine, vegan options available 6 minutes by foot from Salzburg Main Station
15 minutes to the old town Salzburg Electric Shuttle Bus for longer distances can be arranged in Salzburg
Transfer to Vienna Main Station – 2h 22min via ÖBB railjet
Hotels Vienna a&o Hotel Wien Hauptbahnhof 4 minutes by foot from Vienna Main Station Azimut Hotel Vienna 4 minutes by foot from Vienna Main Station Ibis Hotel Wien Hauptbahnhof 1 minute by foot from Vienna Main Station
Easy connection to public transport 12 minutes by U1 to St. Stephen’s Cathedral
Transfer to Prague Main Station – 3h 57min via ÖBB railjet
Hotels Prague Ramada by Wyndham Prague City Centre 9 minutes by foot from Prague Main Station Motel One Prague City Centre 9 minutes by metro from Prague Main Station Hotel Zlatá Váha 7 minutes by foot from Prague Main Station
Prague Main Station is right in the city centre 10-15 minutes by foot in the old town heart of Prague
Transfer to Prague Int. Airport – 35min via AE (Airport Express Bus), Shuttlebus can be arranged Green Tour 2021
Transfer to Mestre Main Station – 10h 45min via ÖBB Nightjet
Hotels Mestre Staycity Aparthotels Venice 7 minutes by foot from Mestre Main Station A&o Hotel Mestre 7 minutes by foot from Mestre Main Station Wombat’s Hostel Venice Mestre 6 minutes by foot from Mestre Main Station 7 Days Premium Hotel Venice Mestre 6 minutes by foot from Mestre Main Station
Daytrips to Venice City (via Tronchetto boat) Padua (15 minutes via Train) Verona (1h via Train)
15. April 2020, 18:00 Uhr Minoritenkirche Minoritenplatz 2A, Wien
Interpreten: Valley Christian Schools Choir and String Ensemble
Programm: R. Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves Arthur Foote: Serenade in E Major for String Orchestra, Op. 25 Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Guitar Quintet, Op. 143 F. Mendelssohn: Herbstlied A. Bruckner: Locus Iste Ola Gjeilo: The Rose Traditional Gospel Song: Lord, I Know I Been Changed
11. Juni 2020, 19:30 Uhr Großer Saal, Musikverein Wien
Interpreten: Mount Asama Orchestra Freude Chor Yokohama Katsuto Yokoshima, Dirigent
Programm: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827) Missa solemnis in D-Dur (op. 123)
11. Aug 2020, 20:30 Uhr Palau de la Música Catalana Barcelona
Interpreten: Maria Hinojosa, soprano Carol Garcia, mezzo Jorge Juan Morata, tenor Pau Bordas, bass Lixsania Fernández, voice & viola da gamba George Mihalache, cymbalon Óscar Martin, piano Berkshire Choral International Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès Saul Zaks, conductor
Programm: Ludwig van Beethoven: Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123 Three Sephardic songs: Y. Braun (arr. J. Jacobson): Nani, Nani Traditional Sephardic romance (arr. Y. Braun): Morenica Y. Braun (arr. J. Jacobson): Por Que Llorax
Arrival in Vienna Hotel details - Accommodation in 3- or 4-star hotel - Including daily buffet breakfast Opening ceremony - In local church - Possible venue: St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Minoritenkirche, Votivkirche
Day 2 / Fri, 27 August 2021
Competition / Celebration Concert in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein
Music lovers throughout the world know the Musikverein as the center of Viennese musical culture, as the focus of the international concert circuit and as the Eldorado of classical music.
Competition rules: For Choirs - One piece in the program must be a cappella - Others can be with piano - Time limit is 15 mins net For Orchestras - Time limit for orchestras is 20 minutes net Repertoire is the ensemble’s own choice
Day 3 / Sat, 28 August 2021
MuTh – Concert hall of the Vienna Boys’ Choir
MuTh is known not only as the musical home of the Vienna Boys’ Choir; as a concert hall and theatre, it is now firmly established in the cultural landscape of Vienna. The building is a unique ensemble of existing baroque structures (the gatehouse and wall) and modern architecture. At the heart of MuTh is the Concert Hall. Contrasting with the coolness of the glass and metal used in the building’s exterior, the Hall’s interior design features warm materials and bold colours. The Hall’s magnificent sound – enriched by the use of acoustic panels and specially-designed seating – is especially noteworthy.
House of Music – interactive museum and birthplace of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Haus der Musik is an interactive sound museum which provides a new approach to music on a playful as well as scientific level. At one time the former Palais of Archduke Charles, today’s Haus der Musik was also the residence of Otto Nicolai (1810 – 1849), and founded the Vienna Philharmonic concerts here. On the “Beletage” first floor, the Vienna Philharmonics present original documents from their history.
Entrance to the museum Additional Concert - Possible venue: House of Music Auditorium, Minoritenkirche, Votivkirche - Depending on size, repertoire and ensemble type Farewell dinner with local folklore music At local restaurant
Day 4 / Sun, 29 August 2021
- Exact time of activities depends on the final schedule -
The Salzburg born conductor-composer-violinist has chosen 3 tracks to bring the fruits of a blossoming spirit to full exchange with our musical world. His actual position as an artist-in-residence at Theater Nordhausen has been preceded by composing-residencies at Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse, Ozawa Academy Geneva, Festival Retz, Loisiarte, St.Gallen- and Palmklang. Among the acclaimed premieres are works such as Ehrenfellners 1st Symphony, 2nd Opera, 1st Ballet, or 3rd violin-concerto.
His partners are Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Loh-Orchester Sondershausen, Kransnojarsk Chamber Orchestra, the Dialoge-Festival Salzburg, Brucknerhaus Linz, Allegro Vivo Festival. Musicians such as Gidon Kremer, Leif Segerstam, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, Enrico Pace, Erwin Ortner, Christoph Sietzen etc. perform his music. In the coming season it will be Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, Liszt Biennale Weimar, Tyrol Festival Erl, Tchech Chamber Philharmonic Praha und Manila Youth Orchestra, who will have encounters with Christoph Ehrenfellner.
Enthusiastic reviews about his music come from NY Times, Spiegel online, Austrian newspaper Die Presse, Salzburger Nachrichten, Kurier, Krone and many more. The Tjeknavorian-CD-recording of Ehrenfellners Suite des Alpes at SONY-Classical won the OPUS-classic-prize 2018 in Germany. Elbphilharmonie, Royal Albert Hall, Cité de la Muisque, Concertgebouw or Vienna Musikverein: in nearly all of the leading European Concert Halls the music of Christoph Ehrenfellner has won enthusiastic audience.
Ehrenfellner is honorary member of the Japan Austria Cultural Association. His thesis ‘Art&Money’ is edited at the Akademiker Verlag Saarbrücken.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1961 and living in Denmark, Saul Zaks is and international conductor and mediator who connects people from different cultures and provides a cross-cultural communication through music and the arts.
He has been the conductor of The Musicology Students Choir at the University of Aarhus, and of The University of Southern Denmark Chamber Choir and Symphony Orchestra.
Saul Zaks is a guest professor in choral and orchestral conducting at the University of Buenos Aires, Universidad Católica de Asunción del Paraguay, Conservatorio Nacional de Bolivia, Universidad Federal de Rio de Janeiro and Universidad de Oriente, Santiago de Cuba.
He studied at The Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music & Dance, Israel, with Prof. Mendi Rodán, and at The Royal Danish Academy of Music Aarhus.
Saul Zaks is specialized in the music from Latin America and has performed and recorded with, amongst others, the composer Ariel Ramirez, the singer Mercedes Sosa, the composer & pianist Pablo Ziegler and the bandoneón players Daniel Binelli, Pablo Mainetti, César Stroscio and Rodolfo Marcelo Zanetti.
As Chorus Master, Saul Zaks has gained a nomination for the Danish Grammy Award 2006 - Best Classical Album - together with the Danish National Choir & Symphony Orchestra for recordings of "Choral Symphony & Requiem" by Asger Hamerik.
Additionally he has gained a nomination for the Latin Grammy Award 2016 in the category Best Tango Album - "Sax to Tango" - together with Pablo Ziegler, Julio Botti, Franco Pinna & The University of Southern Denmark Symphony Orchestra.
Together with Argentinean composer Martin Palmeri, Saul Zaks performed the Scandinavian premiere of "Misatango", and the World Premiere of the "Tango Credo" at Lincoln Center, New York in 2017.
Today Saul Zaks is the Artistic Director & Conductor of the Misatango Festival Vienna (www.misatango.com).
In 2018 Saul Zaks was appointed Artistic Director for the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in Vienna.
Appointments in 2019 include the World Premiere of Martin Palmeri´s "Gran Misa" in Carnegie Hall, New York City, The International Music Festival in Bratislava and workshops and concerts at Hanover University of Music, Theatre and Media.
Described as a ‚rising star’ by the Strings Magazine and as a ’glamorous and influential star’ by Pianist Magazine. Esther performs internationally as a soloist in venues such as Carnegie Hall (New-York), Stephansdom (Vienna), Leeds Town Hall (UK) and Salle Cortot (Paris). Esther has featured on both TV and Radio shows including Sky News, BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.