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Cefalù

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.

Coming next in Cefalù:

Symphonic Holiday
29th April - 8th May 2022

Symphonic Holiday
8th - 17th October 2022

Sinfonietta Cefalù
29th April - 8th May 2022

Conductor: Cayenna Ponchione
Violin: Aaliyah Booker

ANTONIN DVOŘÁK: American Suite
FLORENCE PRICE: Violin concerto n° 1
KURT WEILL: Symphony n° 2

America!

Explore the music of the American composer Florence Price guided by American conductor, Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey, and American violin soloist, Aaliyah Booker. Price's Violin Concerto No. 1 (1939) is filled with her distinctive compositional style influenced by African American musical traditions.

Also on the programme is Kurt Weill's Second Symphony (1934), written after he fled Nazi Germany and just before he embarked to America where he finally settled in 1935. An underperformed masterpiece, Weill's Second Symphony is lush and expansive while filled with gorgeous tunes and moments of reflection.

Immediately after the triumphant premiere of the 9th Symphony, Antonin Dvorák composed the American Suite in New York in 1894 for solo piano and orchestrated it the same year.

SCHEDULE

29th April 2022
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.

6th May 2022
In the evening we will have our final concert.

7th May 2022
On this day we organize an excursion into the wonderful Natural Reserve Parco delle Madonie with its great variety of flora and fauna, stunning scenery and lovely towns. In the evening we will have our farewell dinner in Cefalù.

8th May 2022
Departure

TEAM
Conductor: Cayenna Ponchione
Soloist Aaliyah Booker
Coach violin: n.n.
Coach viola: Vincenzo Schembri (to be confirmed)
Coach cello: n.n.
Wind sectionals with Cayenna Ponchione.

GENERAL INFORMATION / FAQ
Please do also read our general information with frequently asked questions on Symphonic Holidays.

ACCOMMODATION
The participants will be accommodated in various apartments in the historic centre of Cefalù. Single or double rooms

MEALS
We will take our meals (lunch and dinner) together at the seafront restaurants "Al Gabbiano", "Al Porticciolo" and "Lo Scoglio Ubriaco".

TRAVEL
The nearest airport is Palermo. Train services from Palermo to Cefalù (approx. 1 h). We try to organize direct shuttle service from the airport of Palermo to Cefalù if there is a sufficient number of requests at the same time.
If you travel via Catania airport, please consider that there is no direct train or bus connection to Cefalù. The bus from Catania airport to Palermo train station takes approx. 2,5 h. Change at Palermo to Cefalù.
We are happy to help you with organizing your trip!

PRICE
980,- € including
- accommodation
- lunch and dinner, except two dinners
- bus transfers on the excursion and to concert venue

Students: 660,- €. The reduced fee for students is limited to the number of five places on this Symphonic Holiday.

Supplement for single room: 225,- €

BOOKING
If you wish to book this Symphonic Holiday, kindly use the booking form or send us an e.mail (mail@dacapo-travel.eu, writing in English, German, French or Italian). Your booking is binding as soon as we have confirmed it.

A non-refundable deposit of 150,- € is payable on confirmation that a booking has been accepted. The balance of the price is to be paid by 25th February 2022

Minimum group size 30 participants. We might decide to cancel a programme if at any time up to three 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

Thanks for a fantastic symphonic holiday. I loved every minute and can't wait to come back next year!
Kate (bassoon), Ilfracombe / UK

Sinfonietta Cefalù
8th - 17th October May 2022

Conductor: David Curtis

PAUL HINDEMITH: Symphony "Mathis der Maler"
ANTONIN DVOŘÁK: Symphony n. 8

Between 1933 and 1935, Hindemith composed an opera titled Mathis der Maler, which translates as Matthias the Painter. The opera details the life of Matthias Grünewald (c. 1470-1528), a German painter of religious subjects, and his struggle for artistic freedom of expression in the repressive climate of his day during the Protestant Reformation. Not coincidently, the opera mirrors Hindemith’s own struggle as the Nazis attained power and repressed dissent. Hindemith’s symphony Mathis der Maler is based on themes from the opera, though the symphony was actually composed before the opera was completed.

Cast in three movements, each movement corresponds to one of painted panels that together comprise Grünewald’s famous Isenheim Altarpiece (c. 1515): Angelic Concert, Entombment, and The Temptation of Saint Anthony.

For our Symphonic Holiday in Cefalù, we have combined this composition with Dvořák’s cheerful and optimistic symphony n. 8.

SCHEDULE

8th OCTOBER 2022
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
In the evening we will have our final concert.

16th OCTOBER
On this day we organize an excursion into the wonderful Natural Reserve Parco delle Madonie with its great variety of flora and fauna, stunning scenery and lovely towns. In the evening we will have our farewell dinner in Cefalù.

17th OCTOBER
Departure

TEAM
Conductor: David Curtis
Coach violins: Rodrigo Bauzá
Coach viola: Vincenzo Schembri
Coach cello and double bass: Constance Ricard
Wind sectionals with David Curtis.

GENERAL INFORMATION / FAQ
Please do also read our general information with frequently asked questions on Symphonic Holidays.

ACCOMMODATION
The participants will be accommodated in various apartments in the historic centre of Cefalù. Single or double rooms

MEALS
We will take our meals (lunch and dinner) together at the seafront restaurants "Al Gabbiano", "Al Porticciolo" and "Lo Scoglio Ubriaco".

TRAVEL
The nearest airport is Palermo. Train services from Palermo to Cefalù (approx. 1 h). We try to organize direct shuttle service from the airport of Palermo to Cefalù if there is a sufficient number of requests at the same time.
If you travel via Catania airport, please consider that there is no direct train or bus connection to Cefalù. The bus from Catania airport to Palermo train station takes approx. 2,5 h. Change at Palermo to Cefalù.
We are happy to help you with organizing your trip!

PRICE
980,- € including
- accommodation
- lunch and dinner, except two dinners
- bus transfers on the excursion and to concert venue

Students: 660,- €. The reduced fee for students is limited to the number of five places on this Symphonic Holiday.

Supplement for single room: 225,- €

BOOKING
If you wish to book this Symphonic Holiday, kindly use the booking form or send us an e.mail (mail@dacapo-travel.eu, writing in English, German, French or Italian). Your booking is binding as soon as we have confirmed it.

A non-refundable deposit of 150,- € is payable on confirmation that a booking has been accepted. The balance of the price is to be paid by 8th August 2022

Minimum group size 30 participants. We might decide to cancel a programme if at any time up to three 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

Thanks for a fantastic symphonic holiday. I loved every minute and can't wait to come back next year!
Kate (bassoon), Ilfracombe / UK

Who is coming?
Gillian, an amateur violinist from London, shares her experience of being on a Symphonic Holiday in Cefalù / Sicily. Read more ...