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Poland: A Musical and Cultural Journey

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Guided by Cornell musicologist Neal Zaslaw, we'll experience Poland's musical genius, classical and contemporary, as we visit three acclaimed musical cities.

In Warsaw, we'll explore Chopin's music in many of its forms, including his use of the distinctively Polish polonaise and mazurka. We'll enjoy piano recitals at Ostrogski Palace and visit Philharmonic Hall for a performance by the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir.

In Krakow, a picture-book city untouched by the bombings of World War II, we'll attend a klezmer concert as well as performances by the city's renowned resident symphonic orchestra at Symanowski's Philharmonic Hall and by the Krakow Opera at its recently built music center.

Our tour will be rich in cultural and historic highlights as well. We'll explore the extraordinary chapels and ornately carved chambers of the Wieliczka Salt Mines. In Wroclaw, where delicate baroque architecture mixes with a vibrant European atmosphere, we will enjoy performances by the esteemed Witold Lutoslawski Philharmonic at the National Forum of Music.

Throughout our journey, we'll enjoy tasty traditional Polish meals as well as some sightseeing and exploration on our own.

Neal Zaslaw is the Herbert Gussman Professor of Music at Cornell. Dubbed "Mr. Mozart" by The New York Times for organizing the Mozart Bicentennial at Lincoln Center, he is a scholar of the history of Western music from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries.

Program notes

  • Double occupancy: $7,516 per person
  • Single supplement: $650
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  • Fitness scale: Slightly strenuous. May require extended walking over uneven ground as well as the ability to climb stairs and to stand for considerable periods of time.