We are accepting names for our waiting list for this trip.
Price: $2,500 per person based on double occupancy, $400 single supplement (parts of the agenda are subject to change)
Wednesday, December 6th
Fly direct from Greensboro to Chicago
Transportation will be provided from airport to the Kimpton Palmor, a refreshingly energetic downtown Chicago hotel, just off the Magnificent Mile.
They like to celebrate the finer things in life—in a manner that’s approachable, inclusive and authentically our own, taking a cue from the welcoming city we call home. Kimpton Hotel Palomar Chicago offers a sophisticated retreat in the heart of River North, yet it’s the personalized experiences that will keep you coming back for more.
The hotel offers a wine reception every night from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Thursday, December 7th
A full breakfast is included in your stay this morning.
Transportation will be provided to Art Institute for a guided tour and lunch (your visit also includes admission to the special exhibition Gauguin: Artists as Alchemist).
Return to hotel
Transportation to the Lyric for the pre-opera dinner
Dinner at Lyric before The Pearl Fishers (7:30 PM)
Join in on the Pre-opera discussion before the show.
For sheer exotic beauty, Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers has few rivals in the entire repertoire. The opera’s famed duet for tenor and baritone is a soaring melody that has turned countless opera newcomers into ecstatic fans. Bizet (who composed this work 12 years before Carmen) transports us to Ceylon, where two devoted friends find themselves in love with the same woman, an entrancingly beautiful priestess, Leïla. From its leading men and leading lady, The Pearl Fishers demands the ultimate in vocal beauty and elegance to do justice to this sweepingly romantic drama.
Transportation to hotel provided.
Friday, December 8th
Breakfast is included
Your day is free to explore the city.
Transportation provided to the Lyric for dinner (there are several restaurants at the Lyric.)
Pre-opera discussion following dinner
Turandot, Puccini’s final opera and one of the biggest blockbusters in the repertoire, transports us to a fantasy of ancient China. There the regal, forbidding Princess Turandot poses three riddles to each prince who wishes to win her — but anyone who fails to answer correctly is executed. Prince Calaf does answer correctly, and he declares that he’s willing to die if Turandot finds out his name by dawn. The plot unfolds to music of extraordinary brilliance, including “Nessun dorma,” the most popular of all Italian tenor arias!
Transportation back to hotel is provided.
Saturday, December 9th
Breakfast is included- Today is a free day
Optional tickets to Hamilton or to The Nutcracker at The Joffrey Ballet (based on availability).
Sunday, December 10th
Breakfast before we depart for Greensboro.
Transportation to airport from hotel.