Going for Baroque!

BHSU Director of Choral Activities
Stephen Parker - Music Director

SDSM&T Director of Music Activities
Dr. James D. Feiszli  - Logistics

Wed., May 21

      airport codes:

RAP - Rapid City

MSP - Minn./St. Paul

IAD - Dulles (Wash., D.C.)

AMS - Amsterdam

VIE - Vienna

Leave this day from Rapid City Regional airport for Vienna.

leave RAP 6:50am NW1902 arrive MSP 9:13am

leave MSP 10:23am NW1260 arrive IAD 1:35pm

leave IAD 5:30pm NW36 arrive AMS 7:15am (May 22nd)

leave AMS 8:05am KLM1839 arrive VIE 10:05am


Thurs., May 22 Vienna

Suitehotel Wien Messe

Radingerstrasse 2
Tel : (43) 1-245-880
Fax : (43) 1-245-88188
Manager: Heinz Weiss



Arrive this morning in Vienna, home to Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and Johann Strauss, to be met by your driver, Hans Jörg, and taken on a driving tour of some of the city highlights: the beautiful blue Danube and nearby Donaupark with its Prater, the Jubilaukirche, Belvedere Palace, City Hall, and Votivkirche before checking into your hotel.  After settling into your rooms, you'll embark on a walking tour of the old city, seeing such sites as Kärtner Strasse - the main shopping district, the Vienna State Opera House, the Hofburg - Imperial Palace of the Habsburg Emperors - home of the Lippizaner horses and Vienna Boys Choir, Karlskirche and Karlsplatz, finally ending up at St. Stephens Cathedral - the heart of Vienna for centuries with its Gothic interior and exterior.  Returning to the hotel, you'll get ready for a "welcome to Austria" dinner at a traditional Viennese Heuringer (wine tavern), known for their tasty and traditional cuisine.

Fri., May 23 Vienna

7:00pm performance

After breakfast at the hotel, you'll take a trip to Schönbrunn Palace, summer residence of the Habsburg imperial family with its beautiful gardens.  After lunch at the palace, you'll travel to the Minoritenkirche, site of the initial concert of this trip and you'll spend two hours rehearsing here.  Afterwards, you'll have a little free time to explore Vienna on your own.  Try to get into the Hofburg to see its museum of pianos and chapel.  Or visit gothic St. Stephens and climb the 345 steps to the top of the south steeple for the best view of the old city.  Check out the baroque elegance of the Karlskirche or the State Theater.  Or, after spending a little time over cake and coffee at one of the ancient Vienna cafes, do some shopping.  You'll meet for departure to the Minoritenkirche at 6:00 for pre-concert rehearsal and the evening’s performance.  Afterwards you'll be on your own for dinner.  Go explore!

Sat., May 24 Salzburg


Hotel Zum Hirschen

St. Julian Strasse 21-23

A-5020 Salzburg

Tel: (43) 662-88903-0

Fax: (43) 662-88903-58



Arise this morning to travel up the Danube for Salzburg.  We'll stop along the way at the small city of Melk to tour the stunning baroque Benedictine Abbey that sits high above the 13th century market town. After your tour of the abbey with its magnificent library you will enjoy lunch, then travel on to Salzburg, arriving in the late afternoon.

Often called the "Sound of Music" city, Salzburg enchants its visitors with its romantic atmosphere, its lovely setting on the River Salzach, the accessibility of its important sites, and great shopping.  Salzburg is without doubt one of Europe's most beautiful cities, equally admired for its setting and its fine buildings. The birthplace of Mozart, it is also an international cultural center, which is best known for its annual music festival.  Upon arrival you will check into your hotel, then leave for a walking tour of old town Salzburg to see the Baroque Salzburg Cathedral, whose interior is impressive in both size and richness of its marble, stucco and paintings (Mozart was baptized in the Romanesque baptismal font in 1756), Mozart's Birthplace and Museum, Mirabell Gardens, many of the original "Sound of Music" locations such as the Romanesque St. Peter's Basilica and cemetery that abuts the vertical rock wall of the Mönchsberg, crowned by the gigantic Hohensalzburg fortress which dominates the town.  We'll spend this evening at an arranged dinner in one of the town's fine restaurants.

Sun., May 25 Salzburg

7:30pm performance

Breakfast in the hotel.  Morning free so that those who wish may attend worship services in one of Salzburg's beautiful churches. 

Today you'll travel to the Wolfgangsee, during which you will visit the beautiful lakeside towns of St. Wolfgang, a picturesque town on the shores of the Wolfgangsee.  After seeing the beautiful Michael Pacher Altar in the Pfarrkirche, you'll have free time to explore this picturesque town.  Then to St. Gilgen, where Mozart's mother was born.  Rehearsal and concert in the Pfarrkirche, St. Gilgen.  Return by coach to Salzburg.  This is your last evening in Salzburg, so pack.

Mon., May 26 Innbruck

Hotel Alpinpark
Pradler Strasse 28
A - 6020 Innsbruck
phone: (43) 512–346800
fax: (43) 512–364172

Get up early, grab breakfast, and head out to pick up any souvenirs or take any photos you've missed, because we'll head west for the ancient, beautiful, and famous town of Innsbruck, the capital of the Austrian Tyrol, a handsome red- and green-roofed city located at the crossroads of an ancient north-south trade route over the Brenner Pass, the easiest crossing of the mountain range of the Alps.

Innsbruck became a popular trading post in the 15th century and commanded the attention of the Habsburgs. Maximilian I, the first of many Habsburgs to attain the crown of the Holy Roman Emperor, set up court in Innsbruck where he could easily pursue his hobbies, which included mountain climbing, hunting and fishing.  On the way into the old town, we'll stop first at the Wiltener Basilica, one of the most beautiful Rococo churches in Austria, situated almost directly under the ski jump used in the 1960 Winter Olympics.  On your walking tour in the Old Town, you'll see Maximilian's 15th-century Imperial Palace and his "Golden Roof." Perhaps Innsbruck's most famous monument, the Golden Roof is a three-story balcony capped with 2,657 gold-plated tiles on a porch built for Maximilian. It was here that the Emperor sat to observe the beauty of the Alps and the bustle of the town below. You'll also see the Hofkirche--Court Church--built in the 16th century to house Maximilian's mausoleum. The tomb is guarded by 28 larger-than-life bronze statues; among them, the legendary King Arthur of England. The church also contains the tomb of the Tyrolean national hero Andres Hofer.  Afterwards,  we'll have dinner at a local eatery and be free the rest of the evening. You can wander the old town, soaking up the atmosphere of the Baroque cathedral of St. James with its restored organ or the Byzantine splendor of the Herz-Jesu kirche.  Dinner on your own tonight.

Tues., May 27 Oberammergau

Hotel Ludwig der Bayer Kaiser-Ludwig-Platz 10-12

82488 Ettal, Deutschland

Tel: (49) 8822-9150




Today we travel north across the border from Austria to the Bavarian Alps of Germany.  Destination: Stift Ettal (on this link, click on the "panoramabilder" link and do a webcam tour of the grounds) - the monastery of Ettal near Oberammergau.  This Abbey's history goes back to the Middle Ages is a beautiful example of Rococo architecture.  The large, castle-like grounds of the monastery are the result of a long historical development and demonstrates one of the main concerns of a Benedictine Abbey: An independent religious community which produces everything needed for life and thus has all the important workshops and undertakings, if possible within the confines of the monastery. We'll take a guided tour of the monastery which will give us a glimpse into what monastic life was like during ancient times.  Today Ettal stays open by hosting conferences and concerts such as the one we'll do here tomorrow.  The hotel we'll stay in for two nights is owned and operated by the monastery.  Their restaurant is widely praised for its quality, so you'll be glad for the dinner we have here this evening.

Wed., May 28 Oberammergau

5:00pm performance

Today we have some options.  We can do some relaxed hiking through the Bavarian woods on some little-known footpaths, coming out on the slopes above the famous Neuschwanstein Castle, one of the fairytale castles built by "Mad King Ludwig II of Bavaria". Bristling with towers and turrets, this castle served as the inspiration for Disney's Fantasyland castle. If we decide we want to tour the inside, you'll see the Palace, its beautiful park, the Moorish pavilion, and the Grotto of Venus and then have a late lunch in nearby Schwangau and head back to Ettal to ready ourselves for this evening's concert in the sanctuary of this beautiful monastery.  On your own for dinner.

Thurs., May 29 



Say good-bye to Ettal as today's trip takes you down south again through impressive mountain scenery, ever leading downward until at last you see a large body of water.

You have reached the Bodensee, known to the rest of the world as Lake Constance. Soon after it completes its descent from the Alps, the Rhine River broadens and forms Lake Constance before continuing its 820-mile route to the North Sea. Measuring 40 miles in length and 8.5 miles in width, Lake Constance covers 220 square miles, making it central Europe’s second largest freshwater lake.  Three countries border the Bodensee: Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.  We'll hug the northern shore of the lake and stop at  Lindau.

Germany’s southernmost “island”, this picturesque town is a delightful work of art, combining Gothic with Renaissance and Baroque.  Lunch in Lindau with free time to explore this resort town. Leave Lindau at 4:00 and continue your journey along the northern shore of the Bodensee.  You'll cross the lake via ferry at Meersburg and arrive in Konstanz around 6:00pm to check into your home for the next four nights.

Welcome to Konstanz dinner at the Hafenhalle, (Harbor Hall) a well-known local eatery on the edge of the Konstanz harbor.

Fri., May 30 Konstanz

7:00 performance

There will be a walking tour of Konstanz this morning to acquaint you with your home for the next few days.

This ancient city straddling the Rhine at its outflow from the Bodensee has, despite occupying the “Swiss” bank of the river, never been a part of Switzerland, but – thanks to its giant "Münster" (cathedral) – has remained an important ecclesiastical hub for centuries. Between 1414 and 1418, Konstanz was the focus of world attention, as it hosted an ecumenical council, which attempted to heal divisions within the Church that had left three popes, based in Rome, Avignon and Pisa, competing for supremacy. Kings, princes, cardinals and other decision makers, religious and secular, came to Konstanz from all over Europe – along with more than 70,000 hangers-on – to take part in the deliberations, which eventually agreed on the necessity of papering over the cracks. The permanent schism of the Reformation followed exactly a century later. The council sat in Konstanz’s Münster at the heart of the Old Town, originally a Romanesque basilica that continued to be added to until 1856, when a spire was placed atop the tower. Our performance this evening will be in one of the beautiful chapels of the Münster, so we'll do a rehearsal here either this morning or afternoon in preparation. The alleys and streets around the Münster are attractive and full of character, and the whole town is given extra dynamism by the presence of students from the local university.

Herr Markus Utz, the Münster organist and music director, will give us a special guided tour of the cathedral after the concert.  Feel free to enjoy the nightlife of this vibrant city.  But don't stay out too late because tomorrow is a busy day, too.

Sat., May 31 Konstanz


And now Lucerne! People who have been everywhere say this is one city you must not miss!  For more than a century the picturesque lakeside town of Lucerne, with its well-preserved medieval core and its handsome and historic old buildings, has been one of the great tourist attractions of Switzerland.  You should see the Chapel Bridge, the Old Town, the quays and the Jesuitenkirche.  In and around the Old Quarter is a maze of charming, narrow streets and little squares, adorned with wrought-iron signs and lovely old buildings with painted facades.  The balance of the day is at leisure. How about an excursion to the peak of Mt. Pilatus?! Or take a stroll along the shores of Lake Lucerne.  We meet together this evening for a dinner at a traditional Swiss restaurant where you might learn to yodel or play the Alpenhorn!  We'll return to Konstanz late this evening.

Sun., June 1 Konstanz

Morning off!  If there is enough interest, we'll organize a lake ferry cruise to visit the beautiful garden island of Mainau.  The documented history of the Mainau island goes back to Roman times. During the 500-year reign of the Knights of the Teutonic Order, a baroque church and castle were built, beginning in 1732. Since 1853, when Grand Duke Friedrich I. of Baden bought the island for his summer residence, Mainau has been owned by one family. The Grand Duke was the founder of the "Arboretum" and began the construction of the Castle Park, which his great-grandson, Count Lennart Bernadotte, has made into one of Europe's most beautiful garden parks.  You could spend hours and still not fully explore Mainau.  The ferry will stop at Meersburg on the way back, so if you didn't get a chance to explore the castle yesterday, you might want to do that today and catch a later boat back.

We might also bus to the island of Reichenau, not only the region’s supplier of vegetables, but also a UNESCO World Heritage site.  The three Romanesque churches on the island are remnants of a vast Benedictine monastic community, founded in 724, which exercised a remarkable spiritual, intellectual and artistic influence over the entire region. The churches of St Mary and Marcus, St Peter and St Paul, and St. Georgs, mainly built between the 9th and 11th centuries, provide a panorama of early medieval monastic architecture in central Europe. Their wall paintings bear witness to impressive artistic activity.  After a quick tour, you’ll have free time to explore the island and relax before heading back to Konstanz 

Or maybe we can get Hans to take the bus to Schaffhausen to see the Rhine falls, Europe’s largest waterfall. They are truly magnificent, not so much for their height (a mere 23m) as for their impressive breadth (150m) and the sheer drama of the place, with the spray rising in a cloud of rainbows above the forested banks. The turreted castle Schloss Laufen on a cliff directly above the falls to the south completes the spectacle. Schaffhausen has one of the most captivating medieval town centers in the whole of Switzerland.  Maybe on the way back you can stop by Stein am Rhein, a perfectly preserved medieval Swiss town straddling the Rhine between Schaffhausen and Konstanz.

Mon., June 2 Konstanz

7:00pm performance

Today we'll head west and travel around the end of the Bodensee to the north side to visit three fantastic places: Birnau, Meersburg, and the former monastery of Salem.  From 1746-1750 the Baroque church of Birnau was constructed for the Cistercian Abbey under Abbot Anselm II. and was consecrated by the Bishop Fugger of Constance.  It was designated a Roman Catholic heritage church by Pope John Paul II and is a famous tourist attraction.  Meersburg lies directly north of Konstanz, across the Bodensee.  It was here that the Prince-Bishop of Konstanz fled to take up residence when the citizenry of Konstanz overthrew his rule during the Reformation.  The gigantic castle, which dominates the town, is one of the largest in Germany and overlooks the picturesque medieval town and lake. After lunch and some time to wander the medieval streets, we'll board the bus again for Salem, a former monastery which today is a school and artistic commune.  Here we'll find an actual winery, glass-blowers, and other fabulous artisans as well as a school of young people for whom we'll perform a concert this evening, followed by dinner at the monastery restaurant.  Late night return to Konstanz.

Tues., June 3 Konstanz


Last day in Europe!  And a full day to do whatever it is your heart desires.  Stroll along the Rhine or the lakeshore.  Or explore Konstanz at your leisure.  Go shopping.  Anything you want to buy can be found here.  Your only obligation is to join your fellow travelers for a farewell-to-Europe dinner this evening at the beautiful Rheinterrase restaurant at the mouth of the Rhine river.

Wed., June 4

airport codes:

RAP - Rapid City

MSP - Minn./St. Paul

AMS - Amsterdam

ZRH - Zurich

Depart from Konstanz via coach to the Zurich airport (45 minutes) for the U.S.


leave ZRH 12:25pm KLM1958 arrive AMS 2:20pm

leave AMS 4:35pm NW55 arrive MSP 6:00pm

leave MSP 8:55pm NW1846 arrive RAP 9:34pm