Music Lovers take note: How would you like to spend a week attending three concerts by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, plus the Broadway smash Kiss Me, Kate plus opening night of the Newport Music Festival? Well, you can, thanks to Playbill Travel, in association with Dailey-Thorp Travel. We're hosting a special, upscale cultural tour July 6-12, 2000, taking travelers from Manhattan to Tanglewood to Newport, complete with deluxe hotels, museum visits and other special sight-seeing events.
We begin July 6 with arrivals at the Mayflower Hotel on Central Park West. After a meal at Barbetta Restaurant it's off to see Brian Stokes Mitchell and Marin Mazzie in their highly-acclaimed lead roles in Kiss Me, Kate at Broadway's Martin Beck Theatre.
The next day we travel to Tanglewood, Mass., with accommodations at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in nearby Pittsfield. Friday evening brings the opening night concert by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Seiji Ozawa and featuring Yo-Yo Ma playing Haydn's Cello Concerto in C.
Saturday morning it's a tour of the "Berkshire Cottages" -- mansions belonging to such turn-of-the-century notables as Andrew Carnegie and George Westinghouse. Dining and sightseeing fill the day, followed by another concert at the BSO, this one featuring John Williams conducting Tchaikovsky's "Francesca Da Rimini" and Gil Shaham on violin for the world premiere of Williams' "Treesong for Violin and Orchestra."
Enjoy the old-fashioned delights of The Norman Rockwell Museum on Sunday, followed by Beethoven's "Emperor Concerto" leading the line-up for the third BSO concert in the afternoon. Dinner is at Cranwell, a summer cottage overlooking the blue and purple Berkshire Hills. Monday it's off to Newport, with stops on the way to the Lunt Glassblowing Studios and perennial "Silver Garden." Nighttime brings the formal gala opening of the Newport Music Festival, with Russian pianist Andre Gavrilov in recital. Hotel accommodations in Newport are at Vanderbilt Hall, a mansion house hotel built in 1909.
Tuesday, the final full day of the trip, brings a drive along the shoreline past the "Newport Cottages," including the dramatic Marble House and Rosecliff, the latter designed by Stanford White. After dinner at the White Horse Tavern, it's back to the Newport Music Festival, featuring works by European composers.
Not including air transportation, the cost of the trip is $3,975 per person, with a single-room supplement for $765.00
Please make checks payable to: DAILEY-THORP TRAVEL, 330 West 58th Street, Suite 610, New York, NY 10019-1817.
For more details on this and upcoming trips, please call Director of Playbill Travel, Janice Marie Johnson at (212) 307-1555 weekdays. You can also email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to include your name, mailing address and telephone number. She will take care of all your flight and hotel arrangements and any special requests you may have, including getting you from your hometown to the Mayflower Hotel and back.
Don't miss your chance to spend early summer in beautiful New England, listening to glorious music! Come join us, July 6-12, 2000, on our New York, Tanglewood & Newport Tour!