Choirs, ensembles, and individual ringers (and non-ringing companions) are invited to join internationally-known conductors and clinicians, Fred Gramann and Larry Smith, for our 2010 European Handbell Festival—FRANCE! A native of Washington state, Fred Gramann began his early organ studies with Dr. Edward Hansen of Seattle. While earning a bachelor’s degree in organ performance at Syracuse University, he won first prize in the 1972 Fort Wayne National Organ Competition and was awarded the Arthur Poister Prize for outstanding organist at Syracuse University School of Music for four consecutive years. From 1972-75, Fred studied organ in Paris, France, with Marie-Claire Alain, also spending one year working with the organist and composer Maurice Duruflé. Fred earned a master’s degree in organ performance at the Fred Gramann and Larry Smith University of Michigan during 1975-76. He returned to Paris in 1976 as Director of Music at the American Church in Paris, the oldest non-governmental American institution abroad. Fred started the handbell program at the American Church in 1981. He has had numerous choral anthems and handbell works published in the U.S. and is Honorary Associate Director of the Raleigh Ringers.
Larry D. Smith is in his 26th year as Professor of Voice at the University of Southern Mississippi where he also conducts his wellknown handbell choir “Carillon,” which has performed in 20 states, Puerto Rico, and 10 foreign countries since 1985. Also Director of Music at the First Presbyterian Church of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Dr. Smith earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Mississippi and the D.M.A. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is past chairman of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers and remains busy as a conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. Halfpenny Bridge, Dublin
SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR RINGERS Early registration is strongly encouraged. Once we reach 40 participants, we will start a waitlist before adding a second bus for a maximum of 64 participants. The repertoire includes six pieces that are generally of level three difficulty but may include a level four work. All ringers are expected to be capable of ringing level three music and must prepare music before they arrive at the first rehearsal in Paris. The conductors will supply performance notes and suggestions for preparing the music. Solo pieces may be included at the concerts by complete choirs that attend the festival.
IN PREPARATION for two concert performances, ringers will meet for three intensive four-hour sessions. During rehearsal time, there will be planned and optional activities for non-ringers.
Tour Cost $3,955 per person from Atlanta Y O U C O U L D W I N A $ 5 0 0 C E R T I F I C AT E ! Everyone who sends in his or her application and deposit by December 11, 2009, will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 certificate toward the cost of the 2010 European Handbell Festival-France! Note: This certificate has no cash value and can only be used toward the cost of the 2010 European Handbell Festival-France.
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Tour Program 05, MONDAY
DEPARTURE D-IN FLIGHT
This afternoon, depart from various gateways to connect with the transatlantic flight. We’re on our way! 06,TUESDAY B-ON BOARD
D-HOTEL OR RESTAURANT
Bonjour and welcome to Paris! Upon arrival, we’ll meet our friend and tour manager, Norbert Vollebrecht. We’ll travel into central Paris and see views of the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Elysées, Paris Opera, Louvre, and Notre-Dame Cathedral. We’ll make a stop at the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens. This tranquil spot makes it hard to believe you are in the center of Paris. We’ll take time for an independent lunch in the lively area between the Luxembourg Gardens and Place St. Michel. Late afternoon, we’ll check into our hotel. After time to rest and freshen up, we’ll enjoy dinner together at the hotel or a nearby restaurant. 07, WEDNESDAY B-HOTEL
CHARTRES, PARIS D-INDEPENDENT
For the next three days, we are in for a special treat with morning rehearsals (8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) taking place right in “Fred’s Church”—the American Church in Paris. Non-ringers will receive guidance on how to use the Paris metro for their morning explorations of Paris. Ringers and non-ringers will have a two-day Paris Museum Pass for entrance into over 50 museums and historic sites in Paris and the Paris region. After morning rehearsal and time for a quick independent lunch, we’ll depart for our afternoon
excursion to Chartres Cathedral—one of the most magnificent of all of France’s cathedrals, in part because of the beautiful stained-glass windows. Back in Paris, tonight’s dinner is independent. From neighborhood bistros to some of the world’s top restaurants, there is something for every taste and budget. 08, THURSDAY B-HOTEL
PARIS L- INDEPENDENT
This morning ringers have their second rehearsal from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.. Non-ringers have the morning to explore Paris. The next two afternoons will be free for independent activities in Paris. In addition to the famous museums and monuments, there are many smaller museums with something for nearly every interest. One of the options for this afternoon is to join Fred for an informal tour of some of the “bells of Paris.” Carillon will give a concert in or near Paris this evening. Dinner will be included at a nearby restaurant before or after the concert. 09, FRIDAY B-HOTEL
The final rehearsal is planned this morning. After rehearsal, everything will be set up for tonight’s concert. The afternoon is again free for independent activities. One of the unique features of Paris is that each of the 20 different neighborhoods, known as arrondisements, is almost like a separate town within the city. Fred will offer a special walking tour of the 7th arrondisement area where the American Church in Paris is located. There are also several museums within easy walking distance of the church, including the Musée d’Orsay with its world famous
Concert Information THURSDAY, JULY 8 - “Carillon” from the University of Southern Mississippi will give an evening concert in one of the churches of Paris.
FRIDAY, JULY 9 - The first festival concert will take place at the American Church in Paris.
SATURDAY, JULY 10 - The second festival concert, sponsored by the organization France Etats-Unis, is planned for one of the towns north of Paris.
Previous sold-out and successful European Handbell Festivals: 2008—Prague & Vienna 2007—Scotland 2006—Switzerland and Austria 2005—Italy 2004—Netherlands and Germany
collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings and the Musée Rodin. The group will either have a light meal at the American Church in Paris or a nearby restaurant before tonight’s concert. After the performance, we’ll go on an evening cruise down the Seine.
10, SATURDAY B-HOTEL
GIVERNY, PARIS, CAEN L-INDEPENDENT
Another wonderful day is in store for us! We’ll have some free time this morning in Paris, including time for an early independent lunch. Early afternoon, we’ll depart Paris for the town of Giverny (although close to Paris, it’s located in the province of Normandy). Our destination is the Monet House and Garden. After time to enjoy the beautiful gardens, we’ll have an early dinner at a restaurant in Giverny before our concert performance in one of the towns in this area. Tonight’s concert is being sponsored by the organization, France Etats-Unis, founded after World War II to promote friendship between the French and American people. After the concert, we’ll say goodbye to Fred as we continue to Caen, our “home” in Normandy for the next three nights. 11, SUNDAY B-HOTEL
NORMANDY BEACHES, CAEN L-INDEPENDENT
After traveling through the peaceful countryside, it’s hard to believe that the historic Battle of Normandy took place here in 1944. Most of today will be devoted to the D-Day landings. With a local guide, we’ll visit Omaha Beach, the code name for the beaches of St. Laurent, Colleville, and
Vierville-sur-Mer invaded by the allied forces on June 6, 1944. Near the end of the day, we’ll make a stop at the American Cemetery. Back in Caen, there will be free time for independent dinner. 12, MONDAY
BAYEUX, MONT ST. MICHEL, CAEN
We’ll continue our exploration of Normandy with a morning visit to Bayeux, the first French town liberated on June 7, 1944. Remarkably, the town suffered very little damage and its medieval quarter and Cathedral have been beautifully preserved. The highlight of our visit is the opportunity to see Queen Mathilda’s Tapestry—more commonly known as the Bayeux Tapestry. This famous medieval needlework is a pictorial narrative of the invasion of William the Conqueror in 1066. After this visit, we’ll travel to Mont St. Michel, located at the western edge of Normandy. Mont St. Michel is sometimes referred to as “the Wonder of the Western World” because of its extraordinary site and glorious architecture. We’ll return to Caen for independent dinner and overnight stay. 13, TUESDAY B-HOTEL
HONFLEUR, ROUEN, ROISSY L-INDEPENDENT
Before leaving Normandy, we’ll visit two more of its beautiful towns. After breakfast, we’ll travel the short distance to Honfleur, a lovely seaside town that continues to inspire artists, writers, and musicians. We’ll have time for independent exploration and lunch. This is a wonderful town for last-minute shopping! Early this afternoon we’ll continue to Rouen, a beautiful medieval town. It was here in 1431 that Joan of Arc was put on trial. We’ll visit Rouen Cathedral, which was immortalized by Monet in a series of paintings of its façade under different conditions of light and climate. In 2010, Rouen will recognize its strong artistic heritage when it becomes the “City of Impression” and hosts an exhibition celebrating the Impressionist artists’ love of this area of France. Before leaving Rouen, our group will have the opportunity to see this special exhibit featuring around 100 paintings of Rouen and the surrounding countryside. From here, we’ll continue via main roads to our hotel, located within an easy drive of the airport. Tonight’s farewell dinner will bring the 2010 Festival to a close. 14, WEDNESDAY B-HOTEL
RETURN L-IN FLIGHT
After our time in beautiful France, it is time to say au revoir! Following breakfast, transfer to the airport to check in for the return flights.
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EUROPEAN HANDBELL FESTIVAL—FRANCE
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July 5 - 14, 2010 $3,955 per person from Atlanta
APPLICATION FORM Register online at www.regonline.com/2010handbell or return this completed form to Witte Travel & Tours, 3250 28th Street, SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512, along with your deposit in the amount of $400 per person, made payable to Witte Travel. Applications and deposits are due by December 11, 2009. Please note: all applications received by December 11 will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 certificate toward the cost of the 2010 European Handbell Festival-France! Please refer to the Terms and Conditions for the complete payment schedule. If you are signing up for the tour after further payments are due, include sufficient funds with your application to bring your account up to date. Be sure to indicate if you wish to purchase or decline travel protection as outlined below. IMPORTANT NOTE ALL RINGERS! Even if you are not bringing your own bells, please be sure to fill out the section “Instrument/Special Equipment” on the reverse side of this form. ALL INF ORMA TION IN THIS SECTION MUST BE FILLED OUT IN ORDER FFOR OR US TTO O PR OCESS THIS APPLIC ATION INFORMA ORMATION PROCESS APPLICA IMPORTANT NOTE-Your passport must be valid for a minimum of (three / six) months beyond your intended return date. See “Documentation” in the terms and conditions for more information. Print full legal name (no initials) as it appears on your passport: 1. Last __________________________________________ First ____________________________ Middle ___________ Name (if other than legal first name) you wish printed on your nametag _________________________________________ Male Female Birthdate __________________________________________________ Age _____________ Citizenship: U.S. Other _______________________________________________________________________ Passport # _____________________________________________ Exp. Date (mm/dd/yyyy) ______ / _____ / _______ 2. Last _________________________________________ First ____________________________ Middle ___________ Name (if other than legal first name) you wish printed on your nametag _________________________________________ Male Female Birthdate _________________________________________________ Age _______________ Citizenship: U.S. Other _______________________________________________________________________ Passport # _____________________________________________ Exp. Date (mm/dd/yyyy) ______ / _____ / _______ NO TE: ALL MAILINGS PERT AINING TTO O THIS APPLIC ATION WILL BE SENT TTO O THE ADDRESS BEL OW NOTE: PERTAINING APPLICA BELO Mailing address: Street ______________________________________________________________________________ City _______________________________________________ State _____________________ Zip Code ___________ Telephone: Home ___________ / _________________________ Work _________________________ / _____________ Cell Phone ______________ / ____________________________ E-mail _______________________________________ May we contact you via e-mail about travel specials, tours and promotions? Yes No I plan to have a roommate (name if not listed above): ______________________________ Roommate not yet known I do not have a roommate and appreciate assistance in finding one. I understand that if a suitable roommate is not available, I will be responsible for the cost of single accommodations. I prefer single occupancy Smoke Do not smoke CREDIT C ARD INF ORMA TION CARD INFORMA ORMATION U Witte Travel is authorized to charge the deposit and all payments on account, per the schedule as noted, to the following credit card, OR U Witte Travel is authorized to charge only the initial deposit. All further payments will be made by check. Refer to the Terms and Conditions for the complete payment schedule. If you are signing up for the tour after further payments are due, include a check to cover these payments with your application.
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