Classical and Jazz Music Trip – KC STUDIO

The Dudok Quartet performs aboard Amadeus River Cruises’ ‘Classical Music on the Rhine’. (photo courtesy of Amadeus River Cruises)

Live music has become a vibrant global stage, creating new options for those who travel with the thought of listening. The options for western classic and opera are particularly wide. Amadeus River Cruises’ Classical Music on the Rhine brings string quartets aboard a riverboat that stops for symphony concerts in cities between Amsterdam, Holland, and Basel, Switzerland. Australian agency Academy Travel offers concert and opera cruises in Europe and the United States, and Australian touring agency Hayllar Music Tours charges for backstage access, premium seating and background talks before the shows. gigs.

A view of Cochem, Germany, one of Amadeus River Cruises’ ‘Classical Music on the Rhine’ destinations. (photo courtesy of Amadeus River Cruises)

Classical music and opera touring companies often combine concerts with visits to heritage sites. Great Performance Tours offers five to ten day tours to unique regions or cities. These provide excellent seating for many performances and incorporate visual arts excursions. Independent travelers could turn to Allegro Holidays, which arranges bespoke packages, secures tickets and accommodation at music-heavy venues across Europe and advises on plans ‘for the intellectually demanding traveller’.

A number of symphony orchestras and chamber music societies design iconic excursions. The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center sends its annual cruise to a new global destination each year. Primarily San Diego-based Mozart wows guests with natural beauty on a cruise from Quebec City to New York during the fall color season, welcoming talents such as concert pianist Anne-Marie McDermott aboard.

The international jazz community looks forward to two annual festivals on board, The Jazz Cruise and Blue Note Cruise, both featuring dazzling rosters of the world’s top jazz artists. If names like Christian McBride and Arturo Sandoval catch your eye, you’ll be excited for the 2020 lineup. For seven days, luxury passenger ships cruise to Caribbean ports and offer countless performances, interviews and Q&A sessions- answers with jazz icons.

One of jazz’s most dynamic young singers, Veronica Swift sings with Anita Berry’s Big Band on The Jazz Cruise ’19. (Photo courtesy of Entertainment Cruise Productions)

Ada J. Kenney