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Musique dans la Vallée de la Loire

Musical Workshops, Performances & Conversations
with Jon Nakamatsu and the Ying Quartet
 
May 27–June 4, 2021
 
Trip Status: OPEN

 

Tour Cost: from $5400

Chateau de Noirieux

Standard room–$5850, double occupancy

Deluxe and Junior Suite–$500 extra, double occupancy

Chateau des Briottieres:

Standard room–$5400, double occupancy

Single Supplement for either Chateau: $1000

 
Activity Level:  excursions require 2 hours of walking at a slow pace

Château de Noirieux

Our Loire Valley trip will provide chamber music lovers (along with fans of Nakamatsu and the Ying4) 8 days of bliss. (Jon Nakamatsu is Co-Artistic Director of the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, and David and Phillip Ying are Co-Artistic Directors of the Bowdoin Music Festival.) Staying in the beautiful Château de Noirieux and the Chateau des Briottieres near Angers, Jon Nakamatsu and the Ying Quartet will treat us to daily music sessions and at least one concert which will be open to the public at the château. The venue for most musical events will be at Chateau de Noirieux, whose Pleyel grand piano provides an excellent instrument for Jon and a good accompaniment to the Ying Quartet. We have wonderful excursions planned for our travelers. The meals at Noirieux are exquisite, as is the gracefully elegant, but casual ambiance of the chateau.
Please note: This trip is a fundraiser for two organizations: the Bowdoin International Music Festival and the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival. Because we anticipate approximately 50 people, we have made reservations at two chateaux, both of which are 4-star hotels, Chateau de Noirieux and Chateau des Briottieres. Reservations for the trip are on a first-come, first-serve basis, and choice of rooms and chateau will be on that basis. Images of the grand houses and some of the available rooms are shown. You can see more information on the Chateaux websites, which are listed.

Chateau des Briottieres

Chateau Brissac

From Jon & David

“We are thrilled to be a part of this amazing journey to the Loire Valley! We’ll enjoy more than a week full of music, open rehearsals, discussions, Q&As, performances—all from the comfort of the incredible Château de Noirieux. This is a unique opportunity for us to make and hear music in the most intimate environment and to share this joy with you in a way not possible during the normal concert season. We hope you will join us for all the delights of this truly extraordinary experience. See you in 2021 in France!”

 

Chateau des Briottieres

Deluxe Rooms

The Oak Room, the Yellow Room, The Green Room, the Friends Room, or the Bird Room: all located on the chateau first floor.

Magnificent view on the Parkland, so quiet...

 

These five rooms are larger than the "Charm rooms of the "Fruitier" and well located in the chateau. A very good opportunity to live like royalty...

 

Maman’s Suite for 3–4 People 

A double bedroom connecting with a bedroom with two twin beds,

bath, shower, and private WC. Located on the first floor.

 

Deluxe Suites

Our best rooms in the chateau, nice view on the lake.

Pink room, Pound room, or Chambre Charles (bath only, no shower)

 

Standard Chateau Room

These ten rooms of the castle are furnished like real private apartments. Period furniture, canopy beds, alcoves, and luxury fabrics, and open onto the park.

Standard Cottage Room

This cottage "le Fruitier" is the old orangery built in 1850; it's full of charm...it's located at 50 mètres from the château; you have choices between 3 bedrooms: Potager is on the ground floor, with shower; Fruitier with shower on the first floor or Cote’ Ouest with bath (handheld shower in tub) first floor.

The Pink Room

Chateau des Briottieres

The Labrinth at Chateau de Noirieux

Go for a stroll along the river behind the Chateau

Deluxe Rooms

There are 3 Deluxe rooms on the first floor at Chateau de Noirieux. Each is individually decorated in its own style, Louis XIII, Louis XV or Louis XVI, but they all have the same feeling of elegance, charm, and tranquillity. The views over the Loire Valley are stunning! 

 

Junior Suite

There is only one! Two bedrooms, two bath suite on the first floor of the manor house. This suite offers every comfort and has extensive views across the grounds with their ancient trees.

Standard Chateau Room

There are 9 of these, 4 of which are on the ground floor of the manor house. Please reserve the ground floor only if you have mobility issues. Our Standard guestrooms are located in the Manor House. Tranquillity and comfort to make you feel good all over.

Chateau De Noirieux

 

YOUR HOSTS

Jon Nakamatsu
Pianist & Instructor

American pianist Jon Nakamatsu continues to draw unanimous praise as a true aristocrat of the keyboard, whose playing combines elegance, clarity, and electrifying power. A native of California, Mr. Nakamatsu came to international attention in 1997 when he was named Gold Medalist of the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the only American to have achieved this distinction since 1981. Mr. Nakamatsu has performed widely in North and South America, Europe, and the Far East, collaborating with such conductors as James Conlon, Marek Janowski, Raymond Leppard, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Osmo Vänskä and Hans Vonk. He also performed at a White House concert hosted by President and Mrs. Clinton.

Mr. Nakamatsu studied privately with Marina Derryberry and has worked with Karl Ulrich Schnabel, son of the great pianist Artur Schnabel. He is a graduate of Stanford University with a bachelor's degree in German Studies and a master's degree in Education.

Jon Manasse
Clarinetist & Instructor

Among the most distinguished classical artists of his generation, clarinetist Jon Manasse is internationally recognized for his inspiring artistry, uniquely glorious sound and charismatic performing style.

Recent season highlights include return performances with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and debuts with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, The Chappaqua Orchestra, Montana’s Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Oregon’s Rogue Valley Symphony. With pianist Jon Nakamatsu, he continues to tour throughout the United States as half of the acclaimed Manasse/Nakamatsu Duo. The Duo’s activities include the world premiere performances of Paquito D’Rivera’s The Cape Cod Concerto with Symphony Silicon Valley, conducted by Leslie B. Dunner.

The Ying Quartet

The Ying Quartet occupies a position of unique prominence in the classical music world, combining brilliantly communicative performances with a fearlessly imaginative view of chamber music in today's world. Now in its third decade, the Quartet has established itself as an ensemble of the highest musical qualifications. Their performances regularly take place in many of the world's most important concert halls; at the same time, the Quartet's belief that concert music can also be a meaningful part of everyday life has also drawn the foursome to perform in settings as diverse as the workplace, schools, juvenile prisons, and the White House. In fact, the Ying Quartet's constant quest to explore the creative possibilities of the string quartet has led it to an unusually diverse array of musical projects and interests.

Joan Hill
Owner, Host, & Director

Years ago, it was suggested to Joan that she might offer an art program, and she jumped at the chance of a lifetime. Bringing together all of her life's passions, the development and administration of Artful Journeys is an exhilarating process for Joan.

 

Joan was born and raised in the apple country of the Hudson River Valley in New York; her father was a gentle, very tolerant, educated land surveyor, and her mother was the efficient business administrator and home engineer. The youngest of four children, Joan was encouraged to pursue anything she wanted, but also to do her best. Sometimes that was very difficult, especially succeeding three very accomplished siblings.

Carla Bohnett
Co-Director

Carla is a world traveler with a passion for art. Always toting a camera, Carla is a professional portrait, business, and travel photographer. She loves to share her passion for culture and art through her photography and is always more than happy share tips and tricks to capturing the perfect shot. She is very excited to be Co-Director for Artful Journeys and is already starting to plan future Journeys. Carla owns her own portraiture business and is also the owner and President of the Women's Networking Alliance

 

JOURNEY COST

From $5400 per person double occupancy​
  • Chateau de Noirieux

    • Standard room–$5850, double occupancy

    • Deluxe and Junior Suite–$500 extra per person

  • Chateau des Briottieres:

    • Standard room–$5400, double occupancy

    • Deluxe and Junior Suite–$500 extra per person

  • $1000 single supplement. 

  • NOTE: A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required upon registration. 

  • Airfare is not included to enable travelers to use their “travel points,” upgrade flight arrangements, or to extend their trip.

  • Not included are personal purchases and alcohol.

  • Travel insurance is strongly encouraged. Please see the Travel Insurance Form.

Loire

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A detailed itinerary and policy page will be provided upon registration.