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HOST Tour to the Veneto, Italy, Aug. 21-29, 2017 (9 days, 10 nights) This is not a CD! - [HOST Tour, 2017] $600.00

Historic Organ Study Tours (HOST)

announces a summer tour in

From Venice to the Dolomite Alps!

August 21-29, 2017

9 days, 10 nights
For our 24th annual tour of historic European organs, HOST is very excited to offer a tour in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy. Our home bases will be that most magical of all cities—Venice; one of the nine esteemed ECHO
(Europae Civitates Historicorum Organorum, or European Cities of Historical Organs) cities—Treviso; and one of the most beautiful ski areas in the magnificent Dolomite Alps—Cortina d'Ampezzo. From these, we will explore many beautiful towns and villages throughout the Veneto region and enjoy breathtaking alpine scenery in what have been called "the most beautiful mountains in the world."

This area of Italy possesses a remarkable number of antique Italian organs from the 18th and 19th centuries, and a substantial number of them have been restored in the last several decades, attesting not only to the relative affluence of the area but also to the determination and priorities of the people. We will encounter organs by famed organbuilders such as Pietro NACCHINI, who was the founder of the school of 18th-century Venetian organ building, Gaetano CALLIDO, Nacchini's student and the greatest exponent of the school, Francesco DACCI, Giacomo BAZZANI, Giovanni Battista DE LORENZI, Fratelli SERASSI, Gaetano ZANFRETTA, and other great organbuilders of the past. We will also visit several outstanding new instruments by Andrea ZENI, Francesco ZANIN, and Hendrick and Jürgen AHREND.

During our visit to each organ, we'll hear our leader, Roberto Antonello, present a comprehensive demonstration of the instrument's characteristic registrations and musical possibilities. Participants will then examine and play the organ. A booklet with information about each organ will be provided to each participant at the beginning of the tour. Photo and recording opportunities will abound. As time permits, other sights complementary to our organ visits will be included in order to make the tour as instructive, varied, and enjoyable as possible.

If you have never been to Venice, of course you must go there, and if you have been there, of course you must return. Consider extra days in the tour hotel before the tour to experience Venice at leisure! Then, come with us on our study tour through the inspiring organ and natural landscapes of the Veneto!

Roberto Antonello, Professor of Organ and Composition at the Conservatory of Music of Vicenza "Arrigo Pedrollo." International concert organist, recording artist, and competition judge. Recognized musicologist. Co-artistic director of the International Organ Festival "City of Treviso and the Province of Treviso" and member of the Board of Artistic Directors of ECHO.

Bruce Stevens, Director of Historic Organ Study Tours. Instructor of Organ at the University of Richmond. Organ recitalist and recording artist. Experienced organ tour director and leader.
William T. Van Pelt, Co-Director of Historic Organ Study Tours. Owner of Raven Recordings. Former Executive Director of the Organ Historical Society. Experienced organ tour director and leader.

Tentative Itinerary
Sunday, August 20
Participants arrive on their own at the tour hotel in Venice (instructions provided)
Overnight in Venice at Hotel Belle Arti

Monday, August 21
Venice: Chiesa di San Trovaso – 1765 G. Callido organ
Venice: Chiesa di San Polo – 1763 G. Callido organ
Venice: Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari – 1732 G. B. Piaggia organ and 1795 G. Callido organ
Overnight in Venice at Hotel Belle Arti
Tuesday, August 22
Venice: Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute – 1783 F. A. Dacci / 1845 G. Bazzani organ
Venice: Chiesa di San Salvador – 2009 H. and J. Ahrend organ in Renaissance style
Venice: Chiesa di San Cassiano – 1743 P. Nacchini organ
Overnight in
Venice at Hotel Belle Arti

Wednesday, August 23
Treviso: Chiesa della Santa Croce – 1750 P. Nacchini organ
Treviso: Chiesa di San Leonardo
– 1787 G. Callido organ
Treviso: Tempio Monumentale di San Nicolò
1778 G. Callido organ
Overnight in Treviso at Hotel Al Fogher

Thursday, August 24
Montebeluna: Chiesa di Santa Maria in Colle – 1806 G. Callido e Figli organ
Quinto di Treviso: Chiesa di San Cassiano – 1868 G. B. De Lorenzi organ
Salgareda: Chiesa parrocchiale – 1999 A. Zeni organ in French Romantic style
Overnight in T
reviso at Hotel Al Fogher

August 25
Santa Lucia di Piave: Piazza Chiesa – 1892 G. Zanfretta e Figli organ
Conegliano: Chiesa dei Santi Martino e Rosa
– 1862 G. B. De Lorenzi organ
Overnight in Cortina d'Ampezzo (Pocol ski area) at Hotel Villa Argentina

August 26
Chiapuzza di San Vito di Cadore: Chiesa della Beate Vergine della Salute – 1766 A. Tesia organ
San Vito di Cadore: Pieve dei Santi Vito, Modesto e Crescenzia – 1848 G. Bazzani e Figli organ
Borca di Cadore: Chiesa parrocchiale dei Santi Simone e Taddeo – 1791 G. Callido organ
Overnight in
Cortina d'Ampezzo (Pocol ski area) at Hotel Villa Argentina

August 27
Selva di Cadore: Chiesa parrocchiale di S. Lorenzo Martire – 1792 G. Zavarise organ
Dont: Chiesa parrocchiale di Santa Caterina d’'Alessandria – 17th century organ, if organ restoration is complete; OR, Canale d'Agordo: Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista – 1801 G. Callido organ
Overnight in
Cortina d'Ampezzo (Pocol ski area) at Hotel Villa Argentina

August 28
Valle di Cadore: Pieve di San Martino – 1768 F. A. Dacci organ
Feltre: Co-Cattedrale di San Pietro Apostolo – 1767 G. Callido organ
Overnight in
Treviso at Hotel Al Fogher

August 29
Treviso: Chiesa di Sant'Agostino 1858 Fratelli Serassi organ
Treviso: Chiesa Museo di Santa Caterina
– 1998 F. Zanin organ in Renaissance style
Treviso: Chiesa di Santa Maria Maddalena
– 1888 B. Zanin organ
Overnight in
Treviso at Hotel Al Fogher

August 30
End of tour. Optional transfer by tour coach to the Venice airport "Marco Polo" at no cost

Costs & Inclusions
Included in the tour cost of $2,850 per person are hotel accommodations in double occupancy rooms for 10 nights, all breakfasts, a group dinner, a group lunch or supper, luxury coach transportation, a two-day vaporetto (boat bus) pass in Venice, transfer from Venice to the tour coach, admission to all tour organs, the tour booklet, and the assistance of the tour directors. A single room may be had for a single supplement of $480. Not included in the tour cost are overseas air travel, land transportation to meet the tour, and other evening meals and lunches. The tour cost is based on a minimum of 30 participants and is subject to modest adjustment prior to departure, if necessary.

We will stay in comfortable, three- and four-star air-conditioned hotels. Each room will have two beds and a private bath. Participants may specify their roommates, or we will assist anyone wishing to have a roommate to find one, if possible.

Once again, our transportation will be provided by Hirsch-Reisen GmbH, of Karlsruhe, Germany, which will provide us with a first-class, luxury coach and a professional driver.

Arrival & Departure
Detailed instructions for transferring from the Venice airport "Marco Polo" and from the Venice train station to the hotel will be provided. On the morning after the last day of the tour, the tour coach will transfer those who wish to go to the Venice airport.

Historic Organ Study Tours assumes no liability for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, default, or irregularity occurring in connection with the performance of the tours. Participants must carry their own luggage to and from the bus and hotels. Participants must be prepared to walk reasonable distances for periods of up to 30 minutes at a time in Venice or when the coach cannot navigate narrow streets to get close to a destination. Participants are requested to refrain from smoking indoors in the vicinity of the tour group.

Deposit & Final Payment
Our tours often sell out, so you are encouraged to register without delay. To reserve your place, we must receive your deposit of $600 per person and a completed registration form. We will start a waiting list after 42 deposits have been received. The remaining balance must be paid by May 1.

A refund of the total amount paid, minus a $100-per-person administration fee, will be available until June 1. After June 1, only one-half of the total amount paid can be refunded, minus the administration fee. After July 1, no refund will be possible.

Registering for the Tour
When your deposit or your inquiry is received, we will send a Registration Form. You may pay via credit card on this website or via a check or other means. Contact via FAX or telephone: 804-355-6386.

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