Long an important delineator of east and west, the Elbe River links two of the most fascinating capitals of Europe — Prague and Berlin — as it traverses a land filled with captivating treasures. Join your fellow Princetonians for a seven-night river cruise aboard the intimate Swiss Ruby, April 28 – May 8, 2015.
Begin with two days in Prague, including visits to Prague Castle and the remarkably well-preserved Old Town. Marvel at the fortress-crowned crags and spectacular gorges of "Saxon Switzerland" while cruising across the border into former East Germany. See the Wittenberg church where Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses. Tour Meissen's fine porcelain workshop, the treasures of Dresden's Green Vault and Potsdam's whimsical Sanssouci Palace. Complementing these fine examples of the region's material culture will be lectures by Scott Burnham on the area’s rich musical heritage—with an emphasis on Mozart and Bach.
A post-cruise extension to Berlin will be offered (5/8-11).
Please note: Princeton travelers will be joined by those from Yale and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Scott Burnham, Scheide Professor of Music History, Princeton University, will serve as will serve as Princeton Study Leader for this program.
A favorite Princeton Journeys Study Leader, Professor Burnham has taught in the Music Department of Princeton University since 1989 and served as department chair from 2000 to 2008. In 2013, Burnham was awarded Princeton University's Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities. He has also been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Humanities Center. In addition to his widely-acclaimed book Beethoven Hero and his more recent work Mozart’s Grace, which explores aspects of beauty in Mozart's music, he has also published essays about humor in Haydn, memory in Schubert and manic drama in Schumann. On this Journey he will concentrate primarily on Mozart and Bach.
Rand Mirante '70 will serve as Princeton Staff Host on this Journey. A frequent lecturer in the Princeton Writing Program, Rand is an expert on issues of treason and military history and will be on hand to discuss the battles for Leipzig (1813 and 1945) and the Berlin Airlift.