Salzburg is known by music-lovers as the birthplace of Mozart and, more recently, the setting for the film “The Sound of Music”. Situated on the Salzach River between scenic plains to the North, and rugged mountains to the South, Salzburg outdoors is every bit as breathtaking as its cultural and musical offerings.
Berlin famous for its recent past and present, but the city and its immediate surroundings are still home to a number of significant historic palaces which hearken back to the Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo periods.
Participate in the Classictic sweepstakes for the chance to win two concert tickets at Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral on January 26, 2016, at 8:30 pm.
One year ago, a new chapter for classical music opened in Paris, with the inauguration of the Philharmonie de Paris. With well over one million visitors in 2015, the project is a resounding success.
Giacomo Puccini takes his audiences on their own grand tour, offering the armchair traveller - and those brave enough to venture further afield - the chance to indulge in a little escapism through music, visiting Rome, Old Peking, Nagasaki, New Orleans, Florence, and Paris.
If you are like us, your list of New Year’s resolutions includes getting out of the house and into the concert hall more often in 2016. The beginning of the year finds some of the most exciting soloists of our time on tour.
In the three decades following the WWII destruction of all of its main musical venues, the city of Berlin focused on the reconstruction and restoration of these important cultural centers. In some cases, you see faithful reproductions of past architecture, while in others you see striking modernist departures.
The New Year’s Concert in Vienna’s Musikverein is Europe’s answer to Times Square. Tickets to the New Year’s Day performance by the Vienna Philharmonic are almost as coveted and hard to secure as a place in heaven, but millions follow the festivities through television broadcasts in over 90 countries.
Once upon a time, concert houses were elite institutions for the privileged few, and the word “royal” was an extra reminder that common folk should keep their distance. The Royal Concertgebouw brought a happy end to that fairy tale, at least for the city of Amsterdam.
We would like to plead for a kinder, gentler way to experience the remarkable array of buildings produced throughout history in the name of religion. A concert in a church is an ideal way to relieve your tourist angst, and steer clear of the “been there, done that, took a selfie” mentality.