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Trip Opportunity to Vienna and Salzburg

Musikverein Concert Hall in Vienna

Musikverein Concert Hall in Vienna

Join us in Vienna!

The Kansas City Symphony Alliance (KCSA) is now launching a new international trips program for the enjoyment of Kansas City Symphony fans, and why not make Vienna our first destination?

You are cordially invited to join us June 2018 in what is sure to be a memorable trip to one of the great musical capitals of the world. Not only will we hear two celebrated international orchestras, the resident Vienna Philharmonic and the visiting Berlin Philharmonic, but we will also enjoy many of Vienna’s wonderful museums, magnificent gardens and historical sites. Join us on a day trip to Salzburg, the “city of Mozart,” where we will tour Mozart’s birth house, the residence where he wrote many of his great early masterworks, and walk the very cobblestoned streets where the great master once walked.

We will enjoy an orchestra concert featuring the magnificent soprano Diana Damrau in recital, the masterful ballet Giselle at the famed Vienna Staatsoper theatre, and visits to the beautiful Danube Valley and Vienna Woods.

We will be staying at an outstanding hotel, eating at some of the area’s most delightful restaurants, and have plenty of time for shopping and exploration on your own.  Plus, if you like, you’ll be able to attend optional performances of Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the historic Volksoper Theatre and Verdi’s Rigoletto with the tenor Juan Diego Florez, soprano Aida Garifullina and baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky at the Staatsoper.

Better than that, this tour is offered at nearly half the cost of similar tours promoted by various international travel agencies, and part of your tour cost will be a charitable contribution to the Kansas City Symphony Alliance!  What more could you want?

Proposed Itinerary:

Friday, June 1, 2018.  We depart from Kansas City and fly to Vienna, arriving the following morning. You will enjoy an orientation tour of Vienna given by our outstanding tour guide, Rob Seaver, a native of Lawrence, Kansas who has spent his adult life in Europe and who, along with his wife Barbara, specializes in arts-oriented tours for small groups.

That evening we will have a spectacular welcoming dinner and let you relax in preparation for the busy days to follow.

Sunday, June 3.  Today we will attend a concert of the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by the world-famous Sir Simon Rattle, performing Anton Bruckner’s magnificent Symphony No. 9.  The concert is at Vienna’s leading concert hall, the historic Musikverein.  We will have a group dinner in the evening, and if you like you can opt for a second performance that day, Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Staatsoper.

Monday, June 4.  Today we will tour more of Vienna and enjoy two of the city’s magnificent art museums, the palatial Kunsthistorisches Museum with paintings and sculptures by Old World masters, and the Galerie Belvedere, featuring works of Klimt, Schiele and Messerschmidt as well as French Impressionists, among others.  In the evening we’ll attend a concert of the Munich Rundfunk Orchestra at the Musikverein concert hall featuring the celebrated soprano Diana Damrau and baritone Nicholas Teste in a concert of Verdi operas and duets.

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Two destination spots, Danube Valley (left) and Salzburg (right,) the land of Mozart.

Tuesday, June 5.  Today we will journey outside the city to see the beautiful Danube Valley and the towering Melk Abbey, built by the Benedictines in 1089 and a UNESCO world heritage site.  We will enjoy a group lunch along the way. After returning to Vienna we will attend a concert by Vienna’s “second” orchestra, the Tonkustler Orchestra, which dates back to the days of Haydn and Mozart, featuring the Ravel Piano Concerto, the Symphony No. 102 of Haydn, and Dvorak’s ravishing Symphony No 8 at the Musikverein.

Wednesday, June 6.  We will visit the splendid Hofburg Palace, featuring the Kaiser apartments, the crowns of the Habsburg emperors and the Sisi Museum, have a group lunch, and have a free afternoon to explore more of the delights of Vienna on our own.  A late afternoon sacher torte, anyone?  In the evening we will go to the Vienna’s famous State Opera House, the Staatsoper, for a performance of the classic ballet Giselle with music by Adolphe Adam.

Thursday, June 7.  Today we will spend the day in Salzburg, the land of Mozart.  Our tour will include Mozart’s birth house as well as his childhood home, the apartment where he composed many of his classic works, and other spots as we journey along the “trail of Mozart.”  You will ascend the funicular (outside elevator) to visit the historic Hohensalzburg Castle, including its magnificent concert hall.  We will also peek inside the historic Salzburg Cathedral where the works of Haydn and Mozart are often performed, then relax at a dinner/concert that evening featuring costumed waiters and performers in period costume performing Mozart’s music on period instruments.

Friday, June 8.  We’ll sleep in late to rest up from our long day in Salzburg, and then we will visit the lavish Albertina Palace with its famous collection of drawings and prints from all periods.  You will have some free hours in the afternoon before we gather for a group dinner and a Vienna Philharmonic concert with famed conductor Mariss Jansons featuring the music of Bartok and Tchaikovsky, including Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, back at the Musikverein.

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The streets of Vienna (left) and a journey to the Vienna Woods (right) will cap off our experience.

Saturday, June 9.  For our last day in Austria we will venture outside the city once again for a journey to the Vienna Woods and the impressive Heiligenkreuz Abbey, still functioning 884 years after its founding.  This evening will we enjoy a spectacular farewell dinner and, if you wish, you may attend an optional performance of The Magic Flute at the historic Volksoper Theatre, the “second” opera house in Vienna.

Sunday, June 10.  We will return to Kansas City with the sights and sounds of Vienna in our minds, and the music of Mozart and others ringing in our ears.

And the price for all of this?
A total of $6,850*, which includes:


  • Round trip airfare between Kansas City and Vienna (unless you opt to make your own travel arrangements). *Airfare prices increase after October 15.
  • Eight nights of accommodations at the 5-star Steigenberger Hotel in the historic center of Vienna, just steps from many attractions and the Staatsoper.
  • Tickets to five concerts and one ballet at the Musikverein and Staatsoper.
  • Breakfast at the hotel each day, and either a group lunch or dinner each day.
  • All museum tickets, tour guide expenses and admission fees to all attractions.
  • All ground transportation.
  • All tips and gratuities at the hotels, restaurants and elsewhere.
  • Tax deductible contribution to the Kansas City Symphony Alliance (KCSA) once all group expenses have been reconciled. 

The optional performances listed above will be at an extra cost as listed in the reservation coupon at the end of this brochure. The hotel cost assumes double occupancy, so if you wish a single room at the hotel, there will be an extra charge of $­­­­­­­­­­­­­1,000. If you desire to make your own air arrangements, that is no problem and you will only be charged the basic tour price without air fare. If we book your air fare, the tour cost does not include your own airline baggage fees, which you must pay on your own. The personnel and repertory for the concerts are beyond our control, of course, so these are subject to any changes the presenting organizations may make.

We will require a copy of your passport and your signature on a liability waiver form in favor of the Kansas City Symphony and KCSA. Your deposit, once made, constitutes a contract for you to join this trip since we will be undertaking significant prepaid expenses on your behalf, so not only is your deposit nonrefundable, but you will be bound to make the final payment on the trip.  Therefore, we recommend trip cancellation insurance, which is available through a number of vendors which can be found online or through your own insurance agent.  We do not arrange for trip cancellation insurance.

Questions? Please contact Don Dagenais, our KCSA trip leader, at (816) 444-7407 (home) or 816-460-5715 (office), or by e-mail at ddagenais503@gmail.com.

To reserve your spot on this trip, please download the registration form and contact Don no later than December 1, 2017.  We will reserve spots on this trip on a first-come first-served basis, so please act as soon as possible. This trip is limited to a maximum of 20 people.

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