Take a Musical Journey With The Strand Cruise This February

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The Strand Cruise is offering a sailing this February that classical music lovers will not want to miss. Departing Monday, February 13, 2017, The Strand Cruise is offering up to 42 passengers the opportunity to enjoy a musical voyage along Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady River from Bagan to Mandalay, featuring eight classical musicians, including artists from the famous Opera de Paris and Orchestre de Paris for an intimate, four-night cruise during St. Valentine’s Day.

The Strand Cruise, launched in December 2015, is known for operating a schedule of three-and-four night itineraries between the ancient cities of Bagan and Mandalay.

The itinerary marks the start of what will be a regular roster of cruises hosted by experts in music, cuisine and photography. Onboard, guests will enjoy hearing scores from some of music’s most famous composers, including Mozart and Puccini. Musicians onboard will include a string quartet of two violins, a viola and a cello; as well as an oboe, clarinet, bassoon and flute. Also onboard will be Elsa Boublil, popular French music journalist.

Boublil presents a weekly classic musical show on French radio station France Musique titled Musique Emoi. Fluent in both English and French, Boublil will provide lively and informative introductions at each concert onboard, supplying guests with background information on each of the composers and their scores. She’ll also be hosting music themed lectures as well as surprise activities with musicians during the day.

A special Valentine’s Day concert will feature Brahms’ quintet for clarinet and strings, and the theme from the film The Mission for oboe and strings. Also during the trip will be a Mozart themed recital and dinner on a private sandbank, sunset on the ship’s sundeck to the sounds of Mozart’s quintet for clarinet and strings, and a string quartet in G major.

The classical music cruise is the first in a series of themed trips operated by The Standard Cruise throughout 2017. The Standard’s Executive Chef, Christian Martena, is hosting two culinary cruises that will visit his favorite local suppliers along the Ayeyarwady River, departing March 10 and 13. A cruise lead by a photography expert is slated for departure in October 2017.