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European Tours
Altar of Mathias Church, Budapest

TOCCATA has previously taken concert tours to Europe in 2015 (Italy) and 2017 (Austria and Czech Republic). In 2019, TOCCATA will perform on its third biennial tour in Europe. We will travel from Bratislava through Slovakia and Hungary to Budapest, performing concerts and touring along the way. Travel will be on a pair of motorcoaches that can accomodate about 75 people. We expect around 35 ”boosters" to travel with the Touring Chorus members, Orchestra members, and staff.

The tour is being organizard by Music Contact International, the company which organized our two prior trips. The itinerary for our upcomign tour maybe viewed here: http://music-contact.com/2019toccata/. In addition to the itinerary, they have provided the following note:

We are delighted to be working on your performance tour of Slovakia & Hungary. For those of you who’ve not yet been to these places, you will find them intriguing, rich with culture and filled with people who have a great appreciation for music. I have spent time in these destinations, and like me, you will find Bratislava charming, historic and easy to be in. Lake Balaton has many similarities to California in terms of vineyards and orchards and great farm to table food. You can shop for Hungarian paprika, jams, lace and other sweet handicrafts.

The first time I was in Budapest, I was awed by the grandeur of the place. It’s beautiful... the jewel of the Danube... and in a very different way from Vienna. There are two sides of the River: Buda and Pest. The Buda side is where the Hapsburg palace and colorful Matthias Church is where your ensemble may perform. Pest is where most hotels, restaurants, and Central Market are. My favorite things to do in Budapest are spend time in the spas (they’re really warm swimming pools), eat flavorful Hungarian food with fresh veggies, sauces and those great flat potato pancakes, and of course taste local wine. One of the most enjoyable travel memories I have is of walking along the promenade in Budapest listening to local musicians. You are lucky to be going there!

On this note, the tour we are working on includes:
▶ Activities as we have outlined them on your handout;
▶ 3 nights in Bratislava, 3 in Balaton, and 4 in Budapest. Hotels will be convenient and comfortable.
▶ Breakfast daily and approximately 4 other group meals that will consist of traditional dinners - and despite what you may think, vegetarians will have no issues in Hungary!
▶ Private motorcoach transportation to satisfy the program.

Concerts are all pending confirmation which means that we will work “full steam ahead” on them and confirm all arrangements in due time. Meanwhile, please understand that where we plan to have performances, concert times and other related details are subject to change. We are working as quickly as we can on the prices for your tour and will confirm them shortly. Your director will be able to give you more details on how we work and in the coming weeks you will receive more updates from my and my company as well.

Thank you for traveling!

This tour will include Elizabeth Pitcairn as ouir travelling Solo Violinist. There are currently just 6 six "tour slots" remaining, and we tour to be fully subscribed shortly. If you would like to take part, you may use either the contact phone (above) or the Web Contact Form here.


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✔ A Wide Variety of Music Performed

✔ Featuring Local Musicians of All Ages

✔ Affordable Ticket Prices & Free Entry for Children

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