Cefalù is the most vibrant of our destinations; a small town known for its picturesque historic centre with direct access to a wonderful beach. Sicily’s climate in autumn is normally still mild enough to allow swimming in the sea.
Cefalù is situated only 65 km east of Palermo, and together the two towns boast numerous noteworthy ancient monuments. Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Church of Cefalù together form a series of religious and community buildings dating from the era of the Norman kingdom of Sicily. Collectively, they are an outstanding example of a socio-cultural union between Western, Islamic and Byzantine cultures and, as such, are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The mountains of the Cefalù hinterland and the Parco delle Madonie natural reserve are ideal for both restful recreation and animated activities.
THANKS A LOT to all who have contributed to the success of our first Symphonic Holiday in Cefalù / Sicily which has ended on 13th October 2018 with a concert at the fully occupied theatre of Cefalù. Thanks above all to every single participant and member of the orchestra, including some musicians also from Cefalù, for your efforts and for making this a wonderful musical experience.
A programme with Bartók Viola concerto and Beethoven Symphony N° 7 had been studied during a week under the experienced musical direction of Julius Kalmar and with the assistance of a lovely team of coaches for the section rehearsals (Jaime González for winds, Donato Cuciniello and Rodrigo Bauzá for violins, Vincenzo Schembri for violas and Constance Ricard for cellos). Special thanks to our soloist Vincenzo Schembri who with the expressive and energetic tone of his viola mastered and shared with us Bartók’s musical language. We are also grateful to those who in Cefalù provided amazing places for making music.
The summer-like temperatures, a lot of sunshine, the lovely historic centre of Cefalù with its direct access to the beach, the fabulous Sicilian cooking and trips to places of touristic interest mixed well with what is the essential of a Symphonic Holiday: Intensive work on the music and a satisfying final concert.
11th OCTOBER 2019
Arrival of the participants in Cefalù and welcome dinner
ON THE FOLLOWING DAYS,
rehearsals (sectionals and tutti) will be in the morning until lunch and in the evening after an early dinner. Instruction by the coaches will be given on the first three days.
In the afternoons you can explore Cefalù, relax on the beach or make short sightseeing trips to near places.
15th OCTOBER 2019
A day off, no rehearsals are scheduled. At the request of the participants we can organize various excursions, that might include: An outing to Palermo; a trip to the Valley of the Temples (Agrigento); a day out at the seaside or a hiking tour through the wonderful Natural Reserve Parco delle Madonie with its great variety of flora and fauna and stunning scenery.
resume on 16th October
19th OCTOBER 2019
In the evening we will have our final concert and a farewell dinner.
20th OCTOBER 2019
LIGETI: 2[1.2/pic] 2[1.2/Eh] 2 2 — 3 2 0 0 — 2perc — str
PASCULLI: 2[1.2/pic] 2 2 2 — 2 2 0 0 — perc — str
MENDELSSOHN: 2 2 2 2 — 2 2 0 0 — tmp — str
Conductor: Julian Gibbons
Soloist and coach winds: Jaime Gonzáles
Coach violins: Rodrigo Bauzá and Donato Cuciniello (to be confirmed)
Coach violas: Vincenzo Schembri (to be confirmed)
Coach cellos: Constance Ricard
GENERAL INFORMATION / FAQ
Please do also read our general information with frequently asked questions on Symphonic Holidays.
The participants will be accommodated in various apartments in the historic centre of Cefalù. Single or double rooms
We will take our meals (lunch and dinner) together at the seafront restaurant "Al Gabbiano" and at "Bastione & Costanza". For the welcome dinner and the farewell dinner we will be at the restaurant "Al Porticciolo".
The nearest airport is Palermo, but you can consider also the airport of Catania for your travel. Train services from Palermo to Cefalù (approx. 1 h). Direct bus services from Catania airport to Palermo train station. We try to organize direct shuttle service from the airport to Cefalù if there is a sufficient number of requests at the same time. We are happy to help you with organizing your trip!
910,- € (860,- € for booking until 30th April 2019) including accommodation, lunch and dinner. Not included are travel expenses and expenses on excursions. Students: 540,- €. The reduced fee for students is limited to the number of five places on this Symphonic Holiday.
Supplement for single room: 160,- €
If you wish to book this programme kindly use the booking form or send us an e.mail (firstname.lastname@example.org, writing in English, German, French or Italian). Your booking is binding as soon as we have confirmed it.
A down payment of 150, € is due at the time we confirm your booking, the rest six weeks before the programme.
Minimum group size 30 participants. We might decide to cancel a programme if at any time up to two month before there were insufficient bookings. We would refund everything you had paid to us. We do not refund your travel expenses if you had booked your trip (for example flights or trains) prior to our confirmation of the programme.
“I liked the way you managed the orchestra to become part of the town instead of being a group of regular tourists.”
Rosaline (clarinet), Amsterdam / Netherlands
“One of the best weeks of my life ever.”
Gillian (violin), London / UK
“Es war einfach rundum schön, erholsam, inspirierend in einem herrlichen Ambiente.”
Gertrud (cello), Herrenberg / Germany