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UMBRIAN SERENADES: Choral & Cultural Tastings in the Secret Corners of Europe

UMBRIAN SERENADES is a unique CHORAL and CULTURAL program that brings together passionate singers, amateurs and professionals alike, who seek opportunities to perform exquisite choral repertoire spanning from the 16th to the 21st centuries, under leading conductors of out time, in art-filled venues throughout the breathtaking regions of Europe. These “Serenaders” and their travel companions also “taste” and “savor” what these “off-the-beaten-path” regions offer culturally, be it art, history, olive oil, local foods and wines.

2017 PROGRAM ITINERARY (subject to change)
Monday, July 17, DAY 1

AM Arrival at Madrid Barajas International Airport (MAD)

Transfer on your own to SORIA, Castile and León, from Terminal 4 or Madrid Center on ALSA direct bus line

Late-afternoon Check in at Hotel Alfonso VIII with Charlie & Paulo (4 stars)

8:00 PM Orientation (Hotel Alfonso VIII)

9:00 PM Welcome Dinner at Hotel (included)
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Tuesday, July 18, DAY 2

10:00 AM Meet in Hotel Lobby (Hotel Alfonso VIII)

Spanish Cultural Tasting I: Walking Tour of Soria Historic Center with Local Guide

2:00 PM Lunch on your own and free time

4:45 PM Meet in hotel lobby for group walk to Aula Magna at La Merced Convent, our Rehearsal Room

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Ensemble Rehearsal I: Individual Warm-up, Orientation, Seating, Repertoire Run-through (Aula Magna)

8:00 PM Optional Walk to Duero River or Free Time

9:00 PM Dinner on your own
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Wednesday, July 19, DAY 3  

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM  Ensemble Rehearsal II (Aula Magna)

1:00 PM Lunch on your own and free time

5:00 – 7 PM Ensemble Rehearsal III (Aula Magna)

7:00 PM Free Time

8:00 PM Musical Tasting Recital I (Casino)

9:00 PM Dinner on your own
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Thursday, July 20, DAY 4

10:00 AM – 12:15 PM  Rehearsal IV

12:15 PM Spanish Cultural Tasting II: Mercado Visit

2:00 Lunch on your own and free time

5:00 – 7:45 PM Rehearsal V

8:00 PM Musical Tasting Recital II (Casino)

9:00 PM Dinner on your own
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Friday, July 21, DAY 5

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Ensemble Rehearsal VI

2:00 PM Lunch on your own and free time

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Ensemble Rehearsal VII

8:00 PM Musical Tasting Recital III (Casino)

8:45 PM Spanish Cultural Tasting III: Paella Cooking Class & Dinner (La Merced Convent Garden)
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Saturday, July 22, DAY 6

AM Free Day

8:00 PM Musical Tasting Recital IV (Casino)

9:00 PM Dinner on your own
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Sunday, July 23, DAY 7

AM Ensemble Rehearsal VII (Cloister at La Merced Convent)

8:00 PM Spanish Cultural Tasting IV: Pre-dinner Progressive  Tapas & Wine in Soria

9:00 PM Dinner on your own
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Monday, July 24, DAY 8

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Ensemble Rehearsal VIII 

1:00 PM Lunch on your own and free time

6:45 PM Call at Aula Magna

7:00 PM Acoustical Rehearsal

8:00 PM Ensemble Concert (I) Aula Magna at La Merced Convent in SORIA

9:30 PM Post-Concert Dinner at local restaurante
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Tuesday, July 25, DAY 9

AM Depart for Day Trip to BURGO de OSMA and SAN ESTEBAN de GORMAZ

2:00 PM Lunch in Burgo de Osma on your own

6:45 PM Individual Warm Up at Iglesia in San Esteban de Gormaz

7:00 PM Acoustical Rehearsal

8:00 PM Ensemble Concert (II) at Iglesia in SAN ESTEBAN de GORMAZ

9:00 PM Post Concert Dinner at local restaurante in San Esteban

Return to SORIA
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Wednesday, July 26, DAY 10

AM Free Time to rest, shop, and/or pack

6:45 PM Individual Warm Up at Iglesia San Juan de Rabanera in SORIA

7:00 PM Acoustical Rehearsal

8:00 PM Ensemble Concert (III) at Iglesia San Juan de Rabanera in SORIA

9:30 PM Post Concert Dinner at local restaurante
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Thursday, July 27, DAY 11

AM Departure for Day Trip into LA RIOJA Wine Region

Visit to Vivanco Winery and Wine Museum in BRIONES

PM Lunch at winery

Late afternoon return to SORIA
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Friday, July 28, DAY 12

AM Individual hotel check out by 12:00 PM

Transfer on your own from SORIA to Madrid Barajas Airport Terminal 4 or Madrid Center on ALSA direct bus line or your next destination…

ADIOS!!!