Symphonic Voyages' 2012 Music Festival at Sea

| 09.20.11

Cruise the Caribbean with a full symphony orchestra, four Grammy-winning soloists, and a beloved radio host.

The Symphonic Voyages Orchestra at Sea

If you love classical music then be sure to check out the next Symphonic Voyages' 2012 Music Festival at Sea. While onboard, guests will enjoy exclusive access to orchestra and chamber music concerts, pre-concert talks and Q&A sessions, film screenings, and countless opportunities to socialize with the musicians.

Featured artists include Bill McGlaughlin, host of the popular radio programs "Exploring Music" and "St. Paul Sundays"; the Parker Quartet, 2011 Grammy Award winners for "Best Chamber Music Performance"; composer Roberto Sierra; and conductor Eckart Preu leading the 50-piece Symphonic Voyages Orchestra, whose members hail from such distinguished ensembles as the Detroit, Indianapolis, Delaware, Charleston, and National Symphony Orchestras.

Symphonic Voyages's cruise sails January 23-February 2 on the Celebrity Millennium from Miami to the islands of Roatán, Cozumel, Jamaica, and Grand Cayman.

The Symphonic Voyages Story Having observed the surging popularity of theme cruises featuring music in other genres, Symphonic Voyages founder and president Eric Stassen wanted to create a similar experience for the community of classical musicians and music-lovers. The key word here is community – as Stassen puts it, "My goal is to make classical music less about the past, and more about people forming relationships in the present and future. The cruise ship environment helps us bridge the gap between the audience and musicians, so they can come to know each another as individuals. When the people in the audience and on the stage become friends, it changes the entire concert-going experience immeasurably." The Stassen's classical music social community vision became a reality on Symphonic Voyages' January 2011 debut sailing. Passenger Estelle Franklin of Baltimore, MD said, "I had an absolutely fabulous time, even though I arrived knowing not a solitary person on the entire ship. Everyone was friendly; and in addition to hanging out on the ship, I made several new friends I still keep in touch with. The music was magnificent – the program lineup, the variety, everything, perfect! I cannot wait until next year!" The theme for the 2012 Music Festival at Sea is "Musical Prodigies", featuring works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Bizet, Prokofiev, Telemann, Britten, Saint-Saens, and Rossini. The programming will also make a detour into the sound world of Leos Janacek, one of the most remarkable examples of a composer who found his voice late in life, and McGlaughlin will lead a discussion entitled "Beethoven and Brahms: Prodigies or Late Bloomers?" followed by performances of Beethoven's Symphony no. 1 and the Brahms Violin Concerto. Symphonic Voyages' 2012 Music Festival at Sea takes place during back-to-back five-night sailings (January 23-28 and January 28-February 2, 2012). Guests may sign up for one of the five-night segments, or opt to stay on board for all ten nights. Prices start at $1,199 per person; discounts are given to passengers who refer their friends, and a portion of each sale is donated to the local performing arts organization of the passenger's choice. For more information, call Symphonic Voyages at 800-970-SAIL, or visit

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