Alumni Travel Program

danubeSymphony on the Blue Danube:
A Classical Music Cruise

Aboard the Exclusively Chartered, Deluxe m.s. Amadeus Elegant
Prague -Kraków-Budapest - Bratislava-Vienna

Featuring Retired Chair and Professor of Music Tom Denny

September 19 to October 1, 2013
Land/Cruise from $3895  approximately

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Visit six countries and up to eight UNESCO World Heritage sites on this exclusive and comprehensive, carefully crafted, 13-day journey showcasing the musical heritage of the European Masters. Explore the medieval gems of Prague and Kraków and embark a five-night river cruise on the legendary Blue Danube from Budapest, Hungary, to Passau, Germany, through the stunning Wachau Valley aboard the deluxe m.s. Amadeus Elegant. Enjoy panoramic views of the countryside along the river from the spacious public areas or the privacy of your Stateroom or Suite, most featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with a French Balcony. Experience the exciting centers of music in some of Europe's greatest cities and explore the cultural centers of the former Habsburg Empire that inspired the musical genius of Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss.Enjoy a program of classical music-themed performances and tours. Guided excursions include Bratislava's medieval Old Town, imperial Vienna, the storybook village of Dürnstein and magnificent Melk Abbey. A Budapest Pre-Program Option and Warsaw Post-Program Option are offered.

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Musicologist Thomas Denny lived and worked for two years in Vienna with his family and has traveled extensively in the Danube region.  He is recently retired from Skidmore College, where he taught music history and was a long-time Department Chair, including the period during which the Zankel Music Center came on line.     

He has published numerous articles and lectured extensively on Franz Schubert and operatic topics involving Gluck and Mozart's Don Giovanni.  Denny contributed the chapter on ";Schubert's Operas" for the Cambridge Companion to Schubert and co-edited the critical edition of Fierrabras, Schubert's last completed opera, for the Neue Schubert Ausgabe.  The National Endowment for the Humanities has supported Denny's research with three major grants. 

He enjoys lecturing for music-loving audiences, and has given pre-concert talks at Carnegie Hall, at Avery Fisher Hall for the New York Philharmonic, at SPAC for the Philadelphia Orchestra, at the Longy School of Music, the 92nd St. Y in Manhattan, and the Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum on Lake George. 

He continues to write program notes for Lincoln Center and for SPAC's chamber music festival each year.  Since the end of 2011, he has headed up Sustainable Saratoga's Urban Forestry Project, an advocacy group that just completed an inventory of Saratoga Spring's 4800 street trees under a state grant and is working to preserve and expand the City's urban forest.