Music and Art in Philadelphia
May 7-12, 2018
Philadelphia, the birthplace of our nation, is home to top museums, spacious parks, beautiful gardens, and stately buildings of red bricks and stone columns. Join SCMS Executive Director Connie Cooper for 5 days of music, history, art, and food in the City of Brotherly Love.
120 South 17th Street (near Rittenhouse Square)
Monday, May 7 - Arrival in Philadelphia
Welcome to Philadelphia. The local Tour Director will be on hand in the hotel lobby to greet you. Join us for a Welcome Dinner with wine at Parc Brasserie. (Dinner)
Tuesday, May 8 - Philadelphia Historic Tour and Italian Market
Join you local guide this morning for included sightseeing focusing on the important buildings of this historic city, the "Birthplace of the Nation." Visit major attractions, including Independence National Historical Park, home to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Also visit the Avenue of the Arts, a recently designated area that acknowledges Philadelphia's artistic and cultural center stretching more than four-and-a-half miles along Broad Street in Philadelphia.
Join your guide for a Walking Food Tour of South 9th Street Italian Market this afternoon with lunch included. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Wednesday, May 9 - Longwood Gardens
Depart today for a visit to Longwood Gardens with 1,050 acres of flowerbeds, woodlands, and meadows. It is considered one of the premier botanical gardens in the United States. Enjoy a gourmet luncheon at their 1906 Fine Dining Room overlooking the Conservatory and Gardens. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Thursday, May 10 - Barnes Museum and Philadelphia Orchestra Concert
Experience a docent-led tour of the Barnes Foundation Museum, home to one of the world's greatest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist, and modern European paintings. The collection also includes important examples of African art, Native American pottery and jewelry, Pennsylvania German furniture, American avant-garde painting, and wrought-iron metalwork.
This evening we'll attend the Philadelphia Orchestra concert at Kimmel Center, with conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin and pianist Helene Grimaud in Dvorak's Othello Overture, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4, and Schumann's Symphony No. 4. (Breakfast)
Friday, May 11 - Rodin Musuem, The Curtis Institute, and Chamber Music Concert
Today we visit the Rodin Museum, home to the largest Rodin collection outside of Paris, with over one hundred sculptures and bronze casts of the artist's greatest works including The Thinker, The Burghers of Calais, and The Gates of Hell.
In the afternoon, we will have a private tour of The Curtis Institute of Music, whose President and CEO is SCMS violist Roberto Diaz. Later we'll enjoy a farewell dinner with wine at Tinto Restaurant, followed by a Philadelphia Chamber Music Society performance of Brahms' seminal Sextet for Strings with violinists Pamela Frank and Jaime Laredo, violists Nokuthula Ngwenyama and Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, and cellists Keith Robinson and Sharon Robinson. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Saturday, May 12 - Departure from Philadelphia
Departure from Philadelphia after breakfast. (Breakfast)
Price per person
(based on minimum of 15 travelers):
$4,250.00 (single occupancy)
$3,750.00 (double occupancy)
Does not include:
- Services of local tour director throughout the trip
- 5 nights' accommodation (includes breakfast, taxes and service charges)
- All meals as per the itinerary (5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners)
- Ground transportation as per the itinerary (air conditioned motorchoaches)
- Concert tickets, musuem admissions
- Local tours and guides as indicated in the itinerary
- $400 remit to Seattle Chamber Music Society