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Wednesday, October 4
Opening Night at Carnegie Hall

Arrive at The Belvedere Hotel. Located on 48th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues, in the heart of New York City’s theatre district, The Belvedere is a hidden jewel within walking distance of Broadway’s best theatres. Built during the 1920s Art Deco period, The Belvedere impresses guests with its elegant ambiance and comfortable accommodations, all complemented by a friendly and helpful staff. This evening, we'll dine together before enjoying an evening performance at Carnegie Hall.

It’s a gala opening night for the ages when The Philadelphia Orchestra and its superstar Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin launch Carnegie Hall’s 2017–2018 with a concert of American classics. Few works are as quintessentially New York as Gershwin’s bluesy Rhapsody in Blue and when the soloist is Lang Lang, the sparks fly. The energy, romance, and grit of New York is also portrayed in Bernstein’s music for the film On the Waterfront and his Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.

Thursday, October 5
Metropolitan Opera Tour and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi at the New York Philharmonic

After breakfast, enjoy a lecture by Dr. Marie Jureit-Beamish. In the afternoon, go behind the scenes for an exclusive look at what it takes to make operatic magic at the Metropolitan Opera! This backstage tours offers a fascinating look at one of the world’s premiere performing arts organizations, including visits to the scenic and carpentry shops, rehearsal rooms, dressing rooms, and stage area. We'll enjoy dinner as a group before an evening performance of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi by the New York Philharmonic.

Experience these films as never before at the world’s first-ever live performance of Star Wars — Film Concert Series! Don’t miss your chance to see this epic film on screen with the unparalleled New York Philharmonic performing the iconic music of John Williams.

Friday, October 6
Chelsea Gallery Art Tour and La Boheme at The Met

After breakfast, enjoy a leisurely morning before we embark on a two-hour guided tour of eight galleries in the Chelsea gallery district—the world’s center for contemporary art! Our tour director previews over 200 exhibits each month and selects the eight most fascinating and varied ones to explore. You'll see the very newest in painting, sculpture, electronic media, and photography by American and international artists. The choice of exhibits can be tailored to the interests and backgrounds of the participants. At each stop, our guide will explain the artwork and lead the group in lively discussion. The tour is about six blocks long and takes place no matter what the weather—rain, snow, or shine—as you’ll be indoors 90 percent of the time. Come experience a world-class treasure of ever-changing art!

You'll have a few hours on your own before we enjoy dinner and Franco Zefferelli's spectacular production of La Bohème, which returns to the Met for the third time in 2017. Since its premiere in 1896, La Bohème has grown into one of the most beloved operas in the world, with only Puccini's other masterwork Madama Butterfly rivalling it for sheer popularity.

Saturday, October 7
National September 11 Memorial & Museum and Wicked at The Gershwin Theatre

After breakfast and a morning lecture by Dr. Juriet-Beamish, we'll visit the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, the country's principal institution concerned with exploring the implications of the events of September 11—documenting their impact and exploring that day's ongoing significance. Following a group dinner, we'll attend our final performance—Wicked at The Gershwin Theatre.

Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin-smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships... until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”

Wicked has been hailed by The New York Times as “the defining musical of the decade.” Time Magazine cheers, “if every musical had the brain, the heart, and the courage of Wicked, Broadway really would be a magical place.”

Sunday, October 8

After breakfast, we'll explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art on a private, guided tour. The Met is one of the world's largest, most famous, and most highly respected art museums. Works in a wide variety of media from around the world and across eras are represented here for contemplation—not in isolation but in relation to other times, cultures, and media. 

After our tour, we'll provide transportation back to the Belvedere, where your luggage will be waiting for your return trip home.

This itinerary is subject to change.