This will be the Diamond Jubilee Celebration of the Sarasota Choral Society!! We have a wonderful opportunity in our 75th year celebration, not only to swell the ranks of our performing choir this December for our annual performance of The Messiah, but to also have the honor of traveling and performing internationally in July 2020 in the Great Basilicas of Italy!
The SCS Trip to Italy is a reality!!! Sarasota Choral Society Board of Directors has approved our trip, which is facilitated by Perform International, from June 28-July 6, 2020. On this trip, not only will we rehearse and perform in the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Assisi, Italy, but also sing at the Mass in the Basilica of St. Peter at the Vatican! This music will be rehearsed and conducted here in Sarasota by Genevieve Beauchamp, the esteemed Artistic Director and Conductor of the Sarasota Choral Society. At the Festival in Assisi, the program will be conducted by Dr. Gene Peterson, who Ms. Beauchamp has already interacted with at the ACDA Convention.
The trip itself is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all of us, not only by the chances it affords musically, but also by the itinerary itself with amazing sights to see in even more amazing venues! The attached PDF flyer of the itinerary and the details of the trip will fill you in on the entirety of the trip, from our first stop in Milan (home of the La Scala Opera House) to the Academia in Florence where Michaelangelo’s statue of David is housed. A guide will be with us who speaks both English and Italian, traveling on motor coach to scenic towns like Lucca, Montecatini Terme, Assisi, Siena, San Gimignano, and Spoleto, and finally ending in Rome.
The very reasonable price of $3910 pp for this 9-day trip, is based on double occupancy. It also is computed with a minimum of 30 people attending. The price might have to be adjusted if less than 30 people commit to the trip. However, we have at least 40 or more interested thus far. (All are invited to travel with us, including non-singing spouses and friends.) The Land-only price of $2640 (without airfare) might be used by those who would like to use Frequent Flyer points, or possibly those that wish to add a pre-trip or post-trip on of their own planning.
The payment schedule listed on page 5 of the attached printable flyer is established for your convenience. If you would like to pay for the trip in its entirety at the beginning or anywhere along the line, that is definitely acceptable. However, in any case, you do need to put the deposit of $300 down September 1, 2019 to hold your reservation.
Under the Payment Schedule on page 5, is the title “Booking”. This is very important. It has the link for you to use, to set up your account to individually pay for the trip. Please also read the required legal details on pp. 6 and 7 carefully. Trip insurance is advised.
We are all looking forward to this upcoming year to celebrate—
and especially for this amazing trip!
Alana J. Hufford
SCS Board Member and Tour Coordinator