Paris 2018

Save these dates:  June 7 to 17, 2018

Sing Fauré's Requiem in Gabriel Fauré's home church, L'Eglise de la Madeleine in Paris, where his Requiem was composed and premiered in 1888.  MidAmerica Productions (the group that sponsors the choral concerts in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center) will organize the concerts, tours, lodging, and local transportation.  See MidAm's prospectus for this trip at the bottom of this page. (See also MidAmerica's web site.)  The bottom line is about $2,500 per person plus air fare and meals (lunch & dinner) for nine days of work (rehearsals and performances) and play (tours of the sites in and around Paris).


Sing along with this or other YouTube videos:

Click here to listen or download practice tracks for the Fauré Requiem.   There will be opportunities to sing several other works also. Click here for more information about these other singing opportunities.

As of mid-September, 2017, there are 18 people from the WVC and other Orange Co. chorales who are "seriously interested" in taking this trip - and more are inquiring about the trip.  We are recruiting not only from the WVC but also Classic Choral Society, Hudson Opera Theatre, Middletown Concert Chorale, and the Newburgh Symphony Chorale.   We have informed MidAm that we have a roster of singers that want to go.  That will get us a spot reserved for the trip.  Commitments will come in late Oct. & Nov. when initial deposits are due.


  
L'Eglise de la Madeleine in Paris, outside, inside, and map.
For more info about and photos of this venue see:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Madeleine,_Paris


The MidAm group will use the Hotel Ibis (Ibis Paris 17 Clichy-Batignolles Hotel) for their headquarters - lodging, rehearsals, pick up for tours, etc.  This hotel is located within a few minutes walk from several bus stops and the No. 13 line on the Paris Metro.  Also it is about a 30-40 minute walk to the Moulin Rouge, Montmartre and to Sacre-Coeur Basilica (Sacred Heart).


Looking ahead it will be good to plan for these payments (per person - double occupancy).  See page 11 of MAP’s prospectus:
     Nov. 15, 2017     $400.00
     Dec. 15, 2017     $400.00
     Mar. 15, 2018     $500.00
     May   1, 2018     Balance due (which will be about $1,150 at the current exchange rate (see page 11 of the prospectus)).

Starting in mid-October, we will start formally signing singers and accompanying travelers up to MidAm’s roster and start collecting the first installment ($400.00).  MidAm’s mode is that they want to receive one check per group per installment.  So we will be collecting your individual contributions a few weeks ahead of their installment deadlines.  The WVC treasurer will deposit your checks into the WVC account and then write a single check to MidAm for each installment. 

Air fare to/from Paris is not included above.   You may want to budget another $1,000 per person for the air fare.  Some travelers will make their own arrangements for travel.  We have arranged for a travel agent who previously took care of flights and other travel options for WVC travelers to help on this Paris trip.  In any case, MidAm is cautioning travelers not to make flight reservations until after the registration deadline and they give the go ahead that the Paris tour is on.

Passports:  For those who don’t have passports, now is a good time to apply for one.  Contact me if you have questions about the process for getting a passport.  For those who have passports, take a look at yours and check the expiration date.  If your passport expires in 2017 OR 2018, now is the time to get your passport renewed.

If you have any questions about this trip or you may be interested in going, please send me a note at:  cholmes@warwickvalleychorale.org .


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Check out these web pages that captured some of our experiences on previous MidAm singing tours:  

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WV Chorale,
Sep 18, 2017, 1:58 PM