© 2019 by Michael Dabroski.

 

 

Experience

HAVANA WORKSHOP

MOZART QUARTETS [HW|MQ] 

  • HW | MQ indulges experienced adult amateur chamber and pre-professional musicians with the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and sites in Havana, Cuba. The workshop provides organized chamber music coaching and listening pleasure while improving instrumental technical skills, chamber music techniques and musical insight. Most ideal for adventurous musicians also seeking travel to Cuba, the workshop integrates the beauty and lifestyle of Cuba with Mozart upon witnessing the street culture of cuisine, museums, architecture, fine arts and mingling with local people between the Mozart learning sessions.  

  • Schedule:

  • February 18

 

1:00pm - Arrival at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba

4:00 - Lodging Check-in

5:30 - Dinner with Private Concert by Cuban Musicians

8:30 - Buena Vista Social Club Concert

  • February 19, 20 and 21

 

6:30am - Morning Meditation

7:30 - Breakfast

9:00 - Coached Mozart Chamber Music Session (* rotating faculty)

12:00pm - Lunch

1:00 - Coached Mozart Chamber Music Session (* rotating faculty)

3:30 - City Touring (rotating architectural walking tour, Museo de Revolucion lecture, Cuban Music Listening)

5:30, 6 - Dinner

7:00, 8 - Cultural Event (rotating Faculty Concert, Workshop Concert, Salsa Dance Lessons)

  • February 22 [Attend and observe the “LA RUTA de MOZART” concerts of Mozart string quartets in a single day]

 

7:30am - Breakfast

9:00 - Plaza de La Catedral “Milanese” K.155-160

11:30 - Plaza Vieja “Viennese” K.168-173

1:30pm - Lunch

2:00 - Plaza de San Francisco “Haydn” K.387, 421 and 428

4:00 - Plaza de Armas “Haydn” K.458, 464 and 465

5:30 - Dinner

6:00 - Casa Mexico “Prussian” K.575, 589 and 590

8:30 - Oratory San Felipe Neri K.80 and 499

10:00 - Reception

  • February 23

 

7:30am - Breakfast

10:00 - Departure for Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba

  • 6 days, 5 nights.  20 participants (1 oboe; 4 flutists; 5 violin; 5 viola; 5 cello).  Participants 18+ years old.

  • $2,650 USD per participant. $1,500 USD per "partner" (family receive full benefits without music coaching and assignments).

  • Flute Quartets K.285, K.285a, K.258b, K.298; Oboe Quartet K.370; String Quartets K.387, K.589

  • Faculty include American violinist Michael Dabroski living in Havana, Cuba; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra principal cellist Dariusz Skoraczewski and flutist Marcia McHugh

  • Travel Package:  Round trip airfare from continental USA to Cuba. Cellists receive a cabin ticket for their instrument; Cuban Visa and Health Insurance (Mr. Dabroski maintains direct access to care providers and hospital); Certified letter of invitation for travel by Cuban host cultural institution; Detailed written itinerary and website portal access for trip information; On-site certified Spanish-English translator; On-site staff to support logistical needs and answer questions as arise; Ground transportation in Havana between the airport and lodging; 5-nights single occupancy lodging with air condition; 5 breakfasts (lunches and dinners, beverages, are not included); Chamber music assignments with bowed parts (when applicable); Chamber music coaching and private lesson; “La Ruta de Mozart” concerts with reserved seating on February 22 (see here), faculty concert, private concert, and Buena Vista Social Club; Guided walking tours, lectures (museum entrance fees are not included); Morning meditation class and salsa dance lesson; Social parties and gatherings.

 

  • Music Notes:  Private lessons scheduled per availability and communication between the participant and teacher; 2 group assignments (morning and afternoon); Coaches practice with participants; Participants perform in a “Workshop Concert” and not during the “La Ruta de Mozart” Festival; Rotating Coaches

  • Valid USA passport required at time of registration.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Cellist Dariusz Skoraczewski has been described by Tim Smith of the Baltimore Sun as having “lush tone, expressive style and solid technique that have earned him admiration in a career that encompasses solo, chamber and orchestral music-making…” He has delighted audiences across the United States, Europe and Asia showcasing his artistry and virtuosic command of the cello. As a recitalist and chamber musician, Dariusz has appeared in countless chamber music concerts series in Maryland and beyond. He is currently the artist in residence at An Die Musik Live– a lively and active performance venue in Baltimore. Dariusz began his musical education at the age of six in Warsaw, Poland and later was a scholarship recipient at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore where he studied with renowned cellist Stephen Kates. Dariusz’s diverse repertoire includes compositions from early Baroque to the present. His contemporary recording project “Cello Populus” has earned him the Baker Artist Award, the highest recognition for artists in Maryland. The most recent CD is his rendition of the Bach’s Cello Suites, which was praised by Dave Seaman of the Fanfare Magazine: "These CDs, produced and engineered by Skoraczewski, present the best recorded sound of a cello I ever have heard." During the summers Dariusz performs at the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming and the Festival Mozaic in California and plays a 1702 Carlo Giuseppe Testore cello, generously on loan from Marin Alsop. 

Flutist Marcia McHugh became a member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra after performing with the orchestra during the 2005-2006 season as Second Flute. She was the BSO’s acting piccolo player for 2017-2018 season. With five concertos performed since joining the BSO, Ms. McHugh has also been featured in the BSO’s annual New Music Festival chamber music concerts. She has performed, recorded and/or toured with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and the Cincinnati Symphony. Before joining the BSO, Ms. McHugh was second flute and a soloist with the Omaha Symphony. Her solo performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Halil was broadcast live on Nebraska radio. Her flute, viola, and harp trio, Trio Sirènes, has performed throughout the East Coast including the Chamber Music by Candlelight Series, which she is the Co-Artistic Director. During the summers, Ms. McHugh performs at the Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, California and the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson, Wyoming.