Celebrating American Composers with the Conductor of the Boston Pops
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QUINTESSENTIAL MUSIC THEME
A combination of extraordinary sightseeing with private recitals by classical musicians: that is what we offer on our Ponant Quintessential Music Theme voyages. A signature of these voyages is that the artists do not simply perform and then retreat to their staterooms; they participate fully in excursions and in life aboard ship. Travelers can expect to share their company over drinks or dinner and in informal conversation. The intimacy of concerts aboard ship and ashore—designed especially for this voyage—and the quality of the performing artists provide a truly unparalleled experience.
• A series of concerts aboard ship, exclusively-curated by Keith Lockhart, Conductor of The Boston Pops, featuring six musicians chosen by maestro Lockhart
• A private concert in Quebec at Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique française, showcasing the music of Debussy, Ravel, Faure, and Saint Saens
• Optional excursions in every port of call, including history – old town Quebec and the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site – as well as the natural beauty of Saguenay, the Magdalen Islands, and Acadia National Park
- Staterooms & Suites
- LE CHAMPLAIN
- Port of call & excursions
- Cruise Package
- Guest(s) Lecturer(s)
Staterooms & Suites
Deluxe Stateroom AU$6,780 Available Prestige stateroom Deck 4 AU$7,530 Available Prestige stateroom Deck 5 AU$7,860 Available Prestige Deck 6 AU$8,230 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 3 AU$14,660 Not Available Deluxe Suite Deck 5 AU$11,270 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 4 AU$14,660 Not Available Deluxe Suite Deck 6 AU$14,660 Not Available Prestige Suite Deck 5 AU$15,110 Available Prestige Suite Deck 6 AU$15,830 Available Privilege Suite Deck 6 AU$16,590 Available Privilege Suite Deck 5 AU$16,590 Available Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5 AU$18,180 Available Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6 AU$18,180 Available Owner's Suite AU$25,050 Available
Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.
As the second ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Champlain will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.
Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.
Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.
Port of call & excursions
MontrealEmbarkation 19/10/2020 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 19/10/2020 at 18H00 .
Famous for its gentle way of life, Montreal, Canada’s second-largest city, is a warm and cosmopolitan metropolis. Situated on the eponymous river island, it is home to a multitude of districts, each as unique as the other. Set off to discover Old Montreal, most of which is declared a historic area, Little Italy, where you’ll be able to stroll around the largest open-air market in North America, or the Golden Square Mile, the luxurious district located on one of the hills of Mount Royal and which has sumptuous Victorian-style residences. Simultaneously marked by the influences of the Old Continent and North-American gigantism, Montreal will never cease to amaze you.
20 October 2020 – QuébecArrival 20/10/2020 early morning. Departure 20/10/2020 evening.
The capital of ﾓLa Belle Provinceﾔ sits at the confluence of the St Charles River and the Gulf of St Lawrence in south-east Canada. Founded in the 17th century, the city still has an encircling wall ﾖ a historic civil engineering work and the only one of its kind remaining in North America. You will love the postcard-perfect stone houses of Old Quebec, the historic district listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Shopping is a pleasure in pedestrian streets such as Petit-Champlain Street, or you can relax over a spruce beer, seasoned with pine buds. Dufferin Boardwalk, an esplanade near the emblematic Château Frontenac, is the perfect place for views of the river and old city.
21 October 2020 – TadoussacArrival 21/10/2020 early morning. Departure 21/10/2020 early afternoon.
The Quebec village of Tadoussac stands at the confluence of the Saguenay River and the Gulf of Saint-Lawrence, in south-east Canada. The village is bright with multicoloured houses nestling in an emerald-green pine forest. From the waterfront, it’s easy to spy out Tadoussac Chapel, thanks to its bright red roof. Not far from this church built of wood, one of the oldest in North America, stands a century-old village holiday resort, Hotel Tadoussac. Treat yourself to tea on the terrace overlooking the shoreline. In addition, at the marine mammal interpretation centre, you can hone your knowledge of the cetaceans that regularly frequent Tadoussac bay.
22 October 2020 – PercéArrival 22/10/2020 midday. Departure 22/10/2020 late afternoon.
If you appreciate the beauty of scenery and geological phenomena, you will fall under the irresistible spell of Percé, one of the most beautiful villages in Quebec. Apart from the attractions of the town itself, Percé owes its reputation to its proximity to the famous rock of the same name that rises opposite it in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. Along with the neighbouring Bonaventure Island, this rocky outcrop forms a national park famed for its natural, historical and geological heritage. With a choice of hiking, underwater exploration and cultural activities, you’ll never be short of things to do in this fascinating region.
23 October 2020 – Cap-aux-Meules, Magdalen IslandsArrival 23/10/2020 early morning. Departure 23/10/2020 late afternoon.
Although it is the administrative and economic centre of the Magdalen Islands archipelago, in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, the village of Cap-aux-Meules remains a peaceful location and is ideal for exploring preserved nature. Located on the eponymous island, in reference to the sandstone rocks of the cape that were used in the past to make grindstones, the location is above all considered to be the maritime gateway to the archipelago. In this respect, it offers privileged access to many sites renowned for their natural and historic heritage, such as the village of Havre-Aubert which is a member of the Most Beautiful Villages of Quebec.
24 October 2020 – LouisbourgArrival 24/10/2020 early morning. Departure 24/10/2020 midday.
Set in the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Breton Island turns up fun-to-explore curiosities such as Louisbourg, the former capital from when it was named Ile Royale. This picturesque little town is home to one of the country’s most significant historical sites: the symbolic and beautifully restored Fortress of Louisbourg. A tour transports you back to the heart of 18th-century Canada. Access the old fortified square via the drawbridge and Dauphin Gate, which is guarded by a sentry. You can then explore the fortified town as it was in its heyday. Get ready for an extraordinary adventure that’s more than just a journey back in time.
25 October 2020 – LunenburgArrival 25/10/2020 early morning. Departure 25/10/2020 midday.
Stretching out along the eastern seaboard of Nova Scotia, the picturesque port of Lunenburg will leave an indelible impression. You can admire the colonial architecture of this fishing village whilst strolling through the chequerboard streets studded with brightly coloured houses. The enchanting charm of the old town has earned it UNESCO World Heritage status. The former naval shipyard town of Lunenburg is where you will also find the replica of the legendary Bluenose schooner, originally built in this port.
26 October 2020 – Bar HarborArrival 26/10/2020 early morning. Departure 26/10/2020 early afternoon.
With landscapes that seem to have come straight from a Stephen King novel, made up of long rocky outcrops plunging into the cold waters of the Atlantic, the region of Maine is full of unexpected delights. Bar Harbor is one of them. A seaside resort for aristocrats of another era, this former fishing port, founded in the early 18th Century reveals an atmosphere that is both chic and refined, and over time has become the ideal destination for romantics and lovers of open spaces.
BostonDisembarkation 27/10/2020 at 07H00 .
Nicknamed “ America's Walking City”, the city is considered to be the epicentre of American history. Founded in 1630, the tenth largest agglomeration in the United States, is a pleasure for walkers. To get around, just follow the Freedom Trail circuit that serves most of the tourist sites with its red line traced on the ground. Don’t miss all the delicious local specialities on offer at Quincy Market, like the lobster sandwich, and then take time to explore North End, the Italian quarter. For the more romantic among you, Beacon Hill, the historic quarter, with its absolutely charming cobbled streets, is really worth a look.
The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.
Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.
Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.
Canada: Entry (or transit) by air - The ETA is required for Australian and British citizens, US citizens are exempt. Other nationalities, please contact Canada consulate website for details. http://www.canada.ca/en/index.html. A copy of your visa or ETA must be sent to PONANT at the very latest 45 days prior to your cruise date. In case the ETA is sufficient to enter Canada, we also ask you to keep a copy of your ETA with your passport throughout the duration of your trip.
USA : Depending on your nationality, an ESTA or Visa may be required. Please contact USA consulate website for details. A copy of your visa or ESTA must be sent to PONANT at the very latest 45 days prior to your cruise date. In case the ESTA is sufficient to enter the USA, we also ask you to keep a copy of your ESTA with your passport throughout the duration of your trip.
PONANT Quintessential Collection voyages are designed for travelers who want to engage with the world in order to understand it.
In addition to the usual elements of the PONANT experience, these voyages include lectures and performances aboard ship by world class experts and musicians and one or two exceptional activities ashore that encourage guests to embrace the sights and sounds, tastes and smells of the local culture. They also offer pre- or post-cruise stay with excursions relevant to the theme. We believe that travel approached in this way has the power ato transform us and to make us better citizens of the world.
Quintessential Collection included cruise package
Monday, October 19. You will be met at the airport in Montreal and transferred to the pier to embark Le Champlain. The ship sets sail in the evening.
Tuesday, October 20. While still firmly in French Canada, we begin with an included concert shore: Fête à la française, taking us back one hundred years to the Parisian salon of the Princesse de Polignac, the American heiress to the Singer sewing machine fortune and one of the most influential arts patrons of the 20th century. We’ll hear chamber music, piano works, and songs by Debussy, Ravel (including his ravishing Pavane), Faure, Saint Saens, and the crème de la crème of Parisian musical society.
Tuesday, October 27. After disembarkation in Boston, you will be transferred to the airport for flights homeward.
• Transfers and luggage handling from airport to pier in Montreal
• The program of sightseeing and private concert as described above
• Gratuities to guides and drivers on included excursions
• Comprehensive 8-night cruise aboard the deluxe Le Champlain, with all the amenities for which Ponant ships are famous
• Transfer from the ship to Logan airport in Boston at the end of the cruise
• Optional excursions
• Meals and beverages ashore other than those specified above
• Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, Internet, etc.)
This voyage is offered on a space available basis.
Program is subject to change without notice.
Keith Lockhart is Conductor of the Boston Pops, Chief Guest Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra, and Artistic Director of the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina (USA).
Now in his twenty-fourth season, he has served as Conductor of the Boston Pops since 1995, a tenure that includes over two thousand performances, forty-three national tours to more than 150 cities, and four international tours. He and the Pops have made seventy-nine television shows and participated in such high-profile sporting events as Super Bowl XXXVI, the 2008 NBA finals, the 2013 Boston Red Sox Ring Ceremony, and, most recently, Game 2 of the 2018 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. The annual July 4 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular draws a live audience of over half a million with millions more who watch on television or live webcast.
From 2010-2018 Keith served as the seventh Principal Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra. Highlights of his tenure include three critically acclaimed North American tours, conducting annual performances at The Proms, and celebrating the orchestra’s 60th year in 2012. In June of that same year, Keith Lockhart conducted the orchestra during Queen Elizabeth II’s gala Diamond Jubilee Concert, which was broadcast around the world.
In addition, he has conducted nearly every major orchestra in North America, as well as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the NHK Symphony in Tokyo, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic. From 1998-2009 he was the Music Director of the Utah Symphony, and led the orchestra during Opening Ceremonies of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. He has also served as Associate Conductor of both the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and the Music Director of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.
Born in Poughkeepsie, NY, Maestro Lockhart began his musical studies on piano at the age of 7, and holds degrees from Furman University and Carnegie Mellon University.
Pianist Jihye Chang enjoys a diverse career as a performer, educator, scholar, recording artist, and advocate for new music in the United States and abroad.
She is a recipient of the Henry Kohn Award from the Tanglewood Music Center, an Honorary Fellowship from the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, the Aaron Copland Recording Grant, and first prize of the Mikhashoff International Pianist-Composer Competition. Recent performances include more than 20 performances of her solo project “Continuum 88” series in venues across the states, Korea, and Taiwan as well as appearances at the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth, Old First Church Concert Series of San Francisco, Blue Candlelight music series in Dallas, Nuevo Mundo Festival y Academy in Aruba, and Tuesday Concert Series at Seoul National University. Her recordings can be found on labels including Sony/BMG Korea, Albany, Centaur, and Ravello/Parma.
Ms. Chang graduated from Seoul National University, and earned her Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Chang is a faculty member at the Brevard Music Center and a core member of the Intersection Contemporary Ensemble. She served as a Visiting Assistant Professor and a lecturer at Florida State University from 2011 until 2018.
Associate Professor of Violin at Florida State University, violinist Benjamin Sung is also a Faculty Artist at the Brevard Music Center and principal second violin of the Brevard Music Center Orchestra. Recent concert highlights include the 2019 Brevard Music Festival; a complete Beethoven cycle with pianist David Kalhous; an appearance with the FSU University Symphony Orchestra in Piazzolla's Estaciones Portenas for the 2016 ASTA National Conference; and a TED talk for TEDx Fargo. In the 2019-2020 season, he has engagements to play the 24 Caprices by Paganini in Canada, Taiwan, Brazil, and throughout the United States.
Sung has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Camerata Romeu of Havana, Cuba, the Virtuosi of Festival Internacionale de Musica in Recife, Brazil, and the National Repertory Orchestra. An enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music, Sung has recently released a solo violin album featuring works by Luciano Berio, Alfred Schnittke, Bruno Maderna, and Salvatore Sciarrino, and has worked with many of the greatest composers of this generation, including John Adams, Pierre Boulez, George Crumb, and Helmut Lachenmann.
Sung holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Oleh Krysa, and Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, from the studio of Nelli Shkolnikova. Benjamin lives with his wife Jihye and son Aiden in Tallahassee, Florida, where he enjoys running, watching Aiden climb through the Suzuki violin sequence, and everything that comes out of Jihye’s kitchen.
Cellist Alistair MacRae has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral principal throughout North America and in Europe, Asia, South America, and the Middle East. His playing has been praised for its "rich sound and lyrical phrasing" (Palm Beach Daily News) and his performances have been featured in radio broadcasts across the United States on WQXR, WWFM, WDAV, WCQS, KING FM, and Vermont Public Radio.
Mr. MacRae is the Cordelia Wikarski-Miedel Artist in Residence at the University of Puget Sound and the cellist of the Puget Sound Piano Trio. He is Principal Cello of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and also performs with his wife, soprano Allison Pohl, in the voice and cello duo Soprello. In addition, he is a member of the Artist Faculty at the Brevard Music Center.
His past projects include chamber music and recitals in venues such as Carnegie Hall's Zankel and Weill Halls, Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, and Palm Beach's Kravis Center for the Performing Arts; concerto appearances with the Asheville Symphony and at the Brevard Music Center; recordings of chamber music by Kodaly and Telemann; premiere performances of 21st-century pieces at Princeton, Yale, Columbia, and Harvard Universities; and ensemble albums of music by Mozart and Scott Joplin. His eclectic collaborations have found him on stage with Paul Taylor Dance Company, the Westminster Choir, tap dancer Savion Glover, jazz bassist Ben Wolfe, the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, and the rock band Scorpions.
Soprano Allison Pohl's vivacious stage presence and spirited singing have inspired enthusiastic responses across three continents. Her work has received positive reviews for her “sparkling voice” (outerstage.com) and “exuberant” performances (Opera News). Of her performance in L'elisir d'amore at Virginia Opera, The Washington Post wrote: “Allison Pohl stood out with a ripe, flavorful soprano and ample character."
Allison made her Seattle Symphony debut in 2018 as the soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah. She has appeared with opera companies throughout the United States, including Boston Lyric Opera, New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, Virginia Opera, and Tacoma Opera; and has been a featured soloist for orchestral tours in both Italy and China. Favorite operatic roles recently performed include both Countess and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Blanche de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites, Norina in Don Pasquale, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel.
As a member of Soprello, Allison has also performed chamber music and new compositions across North America with her husband, cellist Alistair MacRae. She is a Seattle Opera Career Grant recipient and holds degrees from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music and Boston University.
Violist Scott Rawls has appeared as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Europe. Recent chamber music endeavors include collaborations with Kurt Nikkanen, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Paul Rosenthal, Jinjoo Cho, Barry Douglas, Zuill Bailey, Andres Diaz and Sergey Antonov. With the Nikkanen/Rawls/Bailey string trio, he has played recent tours in Alaska, Washington, Arizona and Texas. Last season, he was a featured artist at chamber music festivals ranging from Sitka Summer Chamber Music Festival and El Paso Pro Musica to Northwest Bach Festival. His solo and chamber music recordings can be heard on the Centaur, CRI, Nonesuch, Capstone, and Philips labels. A strong proponent of new music, Rawls has toured extensively as a member of Steve Reich and Musicians. The ensemble has performed in every major music center around the world.
Under the baton of maestro Dmitry Sitkovetsky, he plays principal viola in the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. And during the summers, Rawls plays principal viola in the festival orchestra at Brevard Music Center where he also coordinates the viola program. He is also principal viola in Palm Beach Opera, David Stern director. Dr. Rawls currently serves as Professor of Viola at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Violinist Wendy Rawls is an active performer and teacher. She is presently assistant concertmaster of the Greensboro Symphony and recent concertmaster for the Greensboro Opera. Ms. Rawls is a member of the GSO String Quintet, an educational outreach ensemble that performs chamber music annually for hundreds of public school children across Guilford County. She has also performed as guest concertmaster with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, North Carolina Opera, Charlotte Symphony, Eastern Music Festival Orchestra and Bach Choir of Bethlehem. As an independent contractor, she has enjoyed collaborating and touring with a wide variety of artists from Rod Stewart to Mannheim Steamroller. She has been on the faculty of the Brevard Music Center since the summer of 2008 and for many summers, she performed in Italy at the Spoleto Festival, in the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and at the American School at Fontainbleau, France. As chamber artist, she has recently performed with Sitkovetsky and Friends, Bach’s Lunch @ Starmount, at the Brevard Music Center and with the new ensemble À la carte.
Ms. Rawls is founder and director of the Gate City String School in Greensboro, N.C. and was formerly on the artist faculty at Moravian College in Bethlehem.