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We have space available if you would like to join us in Berlin and Vienna September 24-October 7, 2010!
There also is an optional day trip to Salzburg.
√to understand life issues and problems, such as depression, mid life transition, and psychosis, as revealed in the lives and works of great artists.
√to understand the creative adaptations that are possible for the resolution of conflicts and problems encountered in life.
We will see the artists’ works in the museums and in some cases, where the inspiration and creation took place. There will be time for sight seeing, shopping, and relaxing. We will arrange, as options, for dinners at the finest restaurants, and when possible, for Opera and Concert tickets. We know that this conference will be one of the most enjoyable and intellectually stimulating two-week experiences you have ever had.
Berlin! September 25-October 1. We’ll stay at the luxurious new 5 star Ritz Carlton at Potzdamar Platz. Sumptuous buffet breakfasts at the Brasssiere Drossiere brought to Berlin directly from Paris. Berlin is thrilling , bursting with energy, history, contemporary architecture, music, and art. Berlin is the home to two world famous concert halls—The Berlin Philharmonic’s modern Philharmonie and the historic and stunning Konzerthaus. We will visit the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, The Reichstadt, The Jewish Museum and many more historical sites. Optional offerings will include Walking Tours to the five museums that comprise Berlin’s famous Museum Island, concerts, operas and ballet performances as available. There will be an optional day trip to Potsdam and the SansSouci Palace for strolling in its magnificent terraced gardens. SansSouci is the Versaille of Germany. Have lunch on the 6th floor of KaDeWe which is a gourmet heaven with all types of food and drink of the finest quality from all over the world. KaDeWe is the largest department store in Europe, with six floors stocked with everything!
October 1. Fall into Vienna, the City of Music where even the leaves are waltzing. We will stay at the elegant recently refurbished 5 star Vienna Marriott Hotel near the famous Ringstrasse and Vienna Stadtpark. We will visit the Belvedere Palace with its two museums containing works by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Oskar Kokoschka. We will visit the village of Grinzing and enjoy a dinner at a heurengin – a traditional tavern serving local wine and hearty food while we listen to Viennese music. There will be time to stroll in the Vienna Woods along the same paths as Brahms and Freud; visit the Prater – nearly 4000 square miles of parks, paths, cafes, and the world famous iconic Ferris Wheel; visit Kunsthistorisches Museum (one of the great museums of the world), the Freud Museum, the Vienna Chocolate Museum, Schonbrunn Palace, and of course, music, music, music! The Vienna State Opera for Grand Opera, the Volksopera for operettas, and the Vienna Philharmonic for concerts and ballet. There will be an optional day trip to Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart.
October 6th – We’ll enjoy our farewell dinner prior to our return to the US & Canada October 7th.
Detailed Berlin/Vienna Creativity and Madness Conference Itinerary and Program
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 24 Departure from the US and Canada
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 25
ARRIVAL IN BERLIN
If you are on our group flight, once you have passed through passport control and customs, please look for our representative who will be holding a Creativity and Madness Sign. She or he will escort you to the coach for transfer to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. If you are arriving separately but close to the group arrival you are welcome to join the group for the transfer. Please find the group in the arrival area. The escort will direct you from there. If you need to get to the hotel on your own, the taxi drive is about 30 minutes and approximately 45-55 Euros. We can arrange for a car and driver to meet you if you prefer. The cost of this will be approximately$75-$100
Our Delta flight arrives in Berlin at 9:40AM
7 PM WELCOMING DINNER
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 26
The Berlin Marathon is being held today. The course starts and ends not far from our hotel. The Marathon starts at 9AM. The elite runners will be running past our hotel at about 10:30AM. Other runners will be going by from then until about 1PM
8am – 1pm LECTURES
The Addicted Artist: Problems and Solutions, Joseph Pursch, MD
The Psychological effects of War: PTSD, TBI and Suicide, Terry Bohrer PhD
Beethoven’s Deafness: The Triumph of Creativity over Adversity, Barry M. Panter, MD
Physician Burnout Martin Keller, Ed.D., ABPP, FAACP
4 – 6pm DISCUSSION GROUP
KONCERTHAUS ACADEMY FOR ALTE MUSIC (Optional) 8PM
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach Sinfonie F-Dur Falck 67
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Adagio und Fuge f-Moll aus KV 404a (Bearbeitung einer Fuge von Wilhelm Friedemann Bach)
Michael Haydn Sinfonie D-Dur P 29
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach Konzert für Flöte, Streicher und Basso continuo D-Dur
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach Duetto für zwei Traversflöten G-Dur
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach Zwei Polonaisen und Fantasie für Cembalo solo
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach Adagio und Fuge für zwei Flöten, Streicher und Basso continuo
d-Moll Falck 65
We have a limited number of tickets at $25 and $30. Please let us know if you would like to reserve tickets.
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 27
9am CITY TOUR
The city tour will end at MUSEUM ISLAND. You will be able to go to one or more of the 5 museums that are here. These include:
- The Alte Nationalgalerie
- The Neue Museum – a collection of 19th century art.
- The Pergamum contains multiple reconstructed immense and historically significant buildings such as the Pergamum Altar and the Ishtar Gate of Babylon.
- The Bode Museum. Sculpture collections and late Antique and Byzantine art.
Those who prefer may continue on the coach to our hotel.
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 28
AM JEWISH MEMORIAL TO THE MURDERED JEWS OF EUROPE
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 29
8am – 1pm LECTURES
Imagining The Unimaginable: Creativity And Madness In Holocaust Perpetrator Fiction, Burns Woodward, MD
Lover Boy: The Legend of Don Juan in Literature, Opera, and Film, Judith Reynolds, PhD
A Caldron of Creativity: Clara & Robert Schumann & Johannes Brahms, Barry M. Panter, MD
A Psychological Study of Trauma Recovery – the Myth of Inanna, Egyptian Goddess, and her Journey to and from the Underworld, Carola Hauer, Ph.D., MFT
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 30
9:30 bv AM Day outing to POTSDAM (Optional)
This will be a 4-5 hour excursion. We will….. (more details will be provided at a later date)
8 PM BERLINER PHILHARMONIE (Optional)
Bohuslav Martinu Three Fragments from Julietta
Antonín Dvorák Symphony No. 7 in D minor
We have a limited number of tickets at $110 and at $60.
Please let us know if you would like to reserve tickets.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 1 DEPARTURE FOR VIENNA
Arrival at the Vienna Marriott and check-in.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 2
9:30am -12:30pm city tour
6:00pm Dinner and Strauss Concert at The Lanner House. (Optional)
We have a limited number of tickets at $80 for the concert only at 8:15PM
the cost for a three-course dinner at 6PM plus the concert at 8:15 is $135.
Please let us know if you would like to reserve tickets.
The Vienna Kursalon was built between the years 1865 and 1867 by Johann Garber in the style of the Italian Renaissance. After two years of restoration, the Kursalon sparkles in renewed splendour, inviting audiences to experience the musical pleasures that have thrilled visitors since the famed Promenade Concerts of the brothers Strauss. The Wiener Kursalon is one of the most beautiful concert venues in the heart of Vienna. Take part in this unforgettable evening filled with Viennese charm and joi-de-vivre. Enjoy the unique ambience and partake of this wonderful musical journey through time.
Originally, the Kursalon attracted only a few visitors, as the beautiful facilities were used solely as a spa. Concerts and other entertainment were strictly forbidden. But the thirst for music was greater than that for water. Only a year after its opening, the first Johann Strauss Concert took place on October 15th, 1868.
Since then, the events have become an attraction within the musical life of Vienna. The Salonorchester “Alt Wien” upholds this tradition. The Johann Strauss Salonorchester was founded in 1994 by the concertmaster of the Vienna Volksoper, Prof. Udo Zwölfer. Sold-out concert halls and enthusiastic reviews attest to their musical excellence. The primary concern of the Johann Strauss Salonorchester is that vital care be taken of Viennese classical music. This, combined with the joy of music making, distinguishes this orchestra, as did the concerts of Johann Strauss and his contemporaries more than a hundred years ago. The repertoire spans the works of Strauss, Lanner, Ziehrer, as well as Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and traditional “Schrammeln” and Salonmusik. This chamber orchestra uses uniquely adapted arrangements that have been carefully constructed based on the original scores of the composers themselves. Distinguished singers and ballet dancers add to the extraordinary musical achievements and enchant audiences. An authentic concert experience, which enables a musical journey through time!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3
The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna numbers among the most important European museum buildings put up during the 19th century. The monumental structure, built at the behest of Emperor Franz Joseph I as part of his expansion of the city in 1858, was intended to both unite and appropriately represent the artistic treasures that had been collected by the Habsburgs over the centuries. Construction work lasted 20 years, from when ground was first broken in 1871 to the museum building’s completion in the year 1891. The foundations of the collection were laid and its main emphases set in the17th century: 16th-century Venetian painting (Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto), 17th-century Flemish painting (Peter Paul Rubens, Sir Anthony Van Dyck), Early Netherlandish painting (Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden) and German Renaissance painting (Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach). Among the other highlights in the Picture Gallery are its holdings of pictures by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, which are unique worldwide, as well as masterpieces by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Raphael, Caravaggio, Velázquez and Italian Baroque painters.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 4
Alma & Gustav Mahler: The Artists’ Muse, Jacqueline Berz Panter/Barry Panter, MD
Alexander Scriabin: Musical Genius, Mysticism, Madness, Mark Davidow, MD
Johann Strauss, Jr. and Depressive Illness: is love better for you than Prozac? Marlene Paley/Jacques Winter, MD
Tchaikovsky’s PIQUE DAME at the Vienna State Opera House (Optional)
We have a limited number of tickets at $250 and $125. Please let us know if you would like to reserve tickets.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5
Day trip to Salzburg (Optional) More information and costs later.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6
10am -1pm UPPER BELVEDERE MUSEUM
The Upper Belvedere houses the impressive collection of Austrian art dating from the Middle Ages to the present day. At the heart of the displays of “art around 1900” is the world’s largest Gustav Klimt collection. The glittering highlights are Klimt’s golden pictures “The Kiss” and “Judith”, and masterpieces by Schiele and Kokoschka. Prominent works by the French Impressionists and the outstanding collection of Viennese Biedermeier paintings are further attractions at the Upper Belvedere.
7PM Farewell Dinner
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7
Transfer to the airport for return home.
Cost & Travel
The cost is $4445 + airfare per person double occupancy. Single Supplement (one person in a room) is $1595. Cost includes 5 star hotel accommodations, breakfasts every day, welcoming and farewell dinners, an evening with dinner in Grinzing, deluxe air conditioned motor coach, baggage handling, admission to museums visited as a group, local guides where indicated, and admission to the lecture presentations. Not included: Airfare to Berlin return from Vienna, and Berlin to Vienna. We reserve the right to make changes as necessary.
Please call The Travel Station (800 990 2282) for discounted group airfare.
If you are traveling singly, we will try to match you with another registrant if you wish. Please advise.
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