THIS MONTH, THE VANCOUVER SYMPHONY PROUDLY HIGHLIGHTS:
Classical Music Tours with
SPECIAL TRAVEL INTERNATIONAL
Special Travel International greets the Vancouver Symphony from our head office in “the other” Vancouver! We are specialists in river cruising and we take the art and pleasure of classical music on Europe’s historic waterways to new heights with remarkable luxury journeys.
Special Travel International
4603 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V5V 3R6
Phone: (604) 291-1332
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COMING UP FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION AND ENJOYMENT:2018 [May] - MOLDAU - ELBE - Prague to Berlin – The world of J.S. Bach – early music in the lands where it was first created!
5 concerts on board / 5 on shore
2018 [Oct.] - DANUBE Prague, Budapest, Vienna - (our featured tour, above and below) to the homeland of CLASSICAL MUSIC
Mozart and Schubert [probably with a little Beethoven thrown in!
5 concerts on board / 7 on-shore
WE INTERVIEWED SPECIAL TRAVEL INTERNATIONAL'S
OWNER & PROGRAM DIRECTOR, GERY VALTINER
Tell us about yourself-
I grew up in Austria, and was exposed to Classical Music all my life. Travel has always been my passion, so naturally I wanted to combine the two. Showing travelers great destinations while also bringing them together with great music, wonderful artists ... it is a delight to see how much joy our travelers get out of these unique tours. Since moving to Vancouver, Canada in 1987, I have developed an understanding of what makes tours work for North Americans while exposing them to the unique cultures of other countries.
How did you first hear about the VSO?
The connection was established in 2016 through the Executive Director - Igor Shakhman, who realized that a partnership between the VSO and Special Travel International could be a wonderful adventure, benefitting the great audience of the VSO, as they could hear about the unique, high end programs available.
Why did you decide to support the VSO?
When we saw with how much enthusiasm the organizers of the VSO work to provide great music for their audience, we were happy to become part of the adventure. Being a sister city by name was also a “sign” for us that we should be involved and give our support.
What has been the biggest impact of your partnership with the VSO?
The relationship is very fresh and new but we are excited about the prospects of having travelers from Washington and Oregon join us on our absoutely special CLASSICAL MUSIC tours. The fact that the Canadian dollar is lower than the US dollar also makes the tours attractive to travelers south of the 49th Parallel.
What would you say to others who are thinking about partnering with the VSO?
If one looks to work with organizations and supporting them, then one should look at the people involved and their enthusiasm and zest to provide amazing culture to the local audience. Without the efforts of people who dedicate their time, it would be impossible to have the chance to enjoy quality programs away from the “big” cities and cultural capitals. As such, the VSO and their movers and shakers are TOPS and one should assist them in their efforts.
What do you hope for the future of the VSO?
Through the tireless efforts of everyone involved, the level of quality will continue to rise and amazing music will continue to find its way to an enthusiastic and supportive audience in the Pacific Northwest.