Journey to the Big Apple with the Arts - March 4-8

Lincoln Center, New York City - photo Krista JohansonLincoln Center, New York City - photo Krista Johanson

Travel with the alumni, students, faculty, and friends of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts on a four day trip to New York City in March. We’ll see a few sights, shop, and indulge in Broadway’s Tony Award winning Billy Elliot. Then on Sunday, March 7, we’ll join IU South Bend’s famed pianist Alexander Toradze at the Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall where he will perform with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

During the weekend of March 4-8, 2010, we will travel by motor coach from South Bend to New York City where we will stay at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in the heart of Times Square. During our stay we will have brunch at The Tavern on the Green, visit the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum, enjoy a trip to Broadway, and have free time to shop and see other venues around the city.

Alexander ToradzeAlexander Toradze

All of these activities lead up to the highlight of our trip on Sunday when Martin Endowed Professor in Piano Alexander Toradze appears with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. The performance in the Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall will include Shostakovich: Five Fragments; Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major; and Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 in C minor.

Packages for this trip range from $699-$1359 in price. An air travel option is available for an additional $200. The package includes: round trip motor coach transportation from South Bend; four night stay at the Millennium Broadway Hotel; transportation to and from the Guggenheim Museum and Museum of Modern Art; mezzanine seating for Billy Elliot; second tier seating at Avery Fisher Hall for the concert; brunch at Tavern on the Green, and all taxes, gratuities, and baggage handling. Reservations can be made through Signal Travel by calling 1-800-811-1522. A $200 deposit is due at the time of booking. All reservations and payments must be received by January 10, 2010.

Alexander Toradze is internationally recognized as a masterful virtuoso in the grand Romantic tradition and appears continuously with the world’s leading orchestras. He founded the Toradze Piano Studio at IU South Bend where he instructs an international group of talented young pianists.

For a sneak peak at Toradze’s powerful presence on stage, see him live, at the Campus Auditorium of IU South Bend, performing with the Toradze Piano Studio on November 6. More information is available at or by calling the Box Office at 574-520-4203.