Travel opportunity with MSO

February 11, 2003|by KEVIN CLAPP

An hour before each Maryland Symphony Orchestra MasterWorks series performance, Music Director Elizabeth Schulze strides onto The Maryland Theatre stage to share insights with a smattering of concertgoers eager to deepen their understanding of the concert.

In May, Schulze gets to take her show on the road, sort of, to a trio of European cities, each a hotbed of classical music.

Presented by the MSO Guild and Richards World Travel in Hagerstown, the Imperial Cities Tour to Budapest, Hungary, Vienna, Austria, and Prague, Czech Republic, will expose up to 47 travelers to the richness of European culture.


Along the way, Schulze will share her knowledge of music to deepen the 11-day experience.

"There is nothing like being in the place where great things have occurred," she says. "To see the sights that inspired works of art or to stand in a spot where an action took place that changed the world in some way is an incalculable experience."

This is the first Guild-sponsored trip. With more than seven weeks before the March 31 registration deadline, space remains.

On the itinerary are a tour of the Opera House in Budapest, tickets to "Amadeus" at the Budapest Opera and a Dallas Symphony Orchestra performance.

Guild Vice President Marty Talton says Richards approached the Guild about a tour in late 2001. The Guild revisited the idea last year, with Talton and former Guild president Agnes Supernavage helping to coordinate it.

"It would be nice if it filled up, but if we get a reasonably large group, which we have, it's going to be a fun trip," Talton says.. "And, with Elizabeth along, it's going to be a real treat."

And, since the travel agency is donating $200 in each participant's name to the guild, travelers win, the Guild wins, and, ultimately, the symphony benefits.

"We thought it was a way to attract a large number of people into supporting the symphony in a very easy manner," Talton says, "because it would be fun, and we would also be raising money."

If you go...

Imperial Cities Tour to Budapest, Hungary, Vienna, Austria, and Prague, Czech Republic, featuring Maryland Symphony Orchestra Music Director Elizabeth Schulze

Thursday, May 22, through Sunday, June 1

Registration deadline is Monday, March 31

Trip costs $3,295 and includes all transportation, lodging, performances and most meals.

For information, call Richards World Travel, 301-791-1010, 1-800-638-3502 or go to on the Web.

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