JazzBoston & Dayla Arabella Adventures join forces to lead excursion to 2012 Panama Jazz Festival
JazzBoston and Dayla Arabella Adventures announce the dates for their 3rd annual trip to Panama City, Panama. The trip, led by JazzBoston executive director Pauline Bilsky and jazz impresario Dayla Arabella Santurri, offers a unique opportunity for an inside view of the arts, culture, and ecology of the nation known as both the Bridge of the Americas and the Bridge of Life.
The centerpiece of the trip is the Panama Jazz Festival, now in its 9th year, founded and directed by Boston's own Danilo Pérez, one of the most dynamic and inspiring musicians, educators, and social activists of our time. “For a week in January, Panama is the capital of jazz in Latin America,” declares Pérez. “But,” he adds, “our intentions go well beyond the music. The festival was founded with the objective of contributing to the cultural, social, educational, and economic strengthening of Panama. We have exceptional artists giving us their best onstage, but even more important is their hidden work offstage, in master classes, clinics, and seminars, where they give our young people the tools to grow as musicians, citizens, and leaders.”
JazzBoston’s longstanding relationship with Pérez, one of the organization’s original artistic advisors, and the Danilo Pérez Foundation, the beneficiary of the festival proceeds, gives the group special access to the festival’s artists, organizers, and supporters at VIP events and intimate gatherings throughout the week. Space is limited; inquiries and reservations should be directed to email@example.com.
- Private tour of the awe-inspiring Panama Canal
- Private receptions with the US Ambassador to Panama and the Administrator of the Panama Canal Authority
- VIP tickets to the Danilo Pérez Foundation Gala Concert and Reception at the historic Teatro Nacional in the Old City
- Daily clinics, master classes, and afternoon concerts led by festival artists and representatives of participating music schools and conservatories, including the Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Conservatorio of Puerto Rico, and Goldansky Piano Institute
- Private guided tours in the city and beyond, including a hike through the rain forest on Barro Colorado Island, the headquarters of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute; visit to the Bridge of Life BioMuseo, the first Frank Gehry building in Latin America and a tribute to Panama’s unique role as the land bridge for species traveling between North and South America and its own extraordinary biodiversity; canoe excursion to the native Emberá Indian community; stroll on the coralline sanded beaches of the San Blas Islands; shopping expedition to the Colón duty-free zone.
JazzBoston/Dayla Arabella Adventures is offering 4, 5, and 6 night packages starting from $835 per person based on double occupancy. This price includes:
- Accommodations on the Executive Floors of Hotel El Panama, the official hotel of the Panama Jazz Festival, including free Wi-Fi and full buffet breakfast
- Transfers between the airport and hotel in Panama City
- Transportation to and from the hotel for all festival events
- Welcome reception on arrival
- VIP tickets to the Gala Concert and 2 additional evening concerts
- Access to clinics, masterclasses, and afternoon concerts
- Access to the VIP pavilion at the free Saturday festival in the colorful Plaza Catedral of the Old City
- Closing dinner at one of the city's finest restaurants.
American Airlines, JazzBoston’s partner and official airline, is providing JazzBoston/Dayla Arabella Adventures trip attendees with an 8% discount for travel from anywhere in the continental U.S. to Panama City, Panama, between January 6 and February 2, 2012. When attendees reserve their place in the group, they will receive the JazzBoston discount code and other information needed to book flights directly with the airline.
About the Panama Jazz Festival
This year's festival lineup includes Tito Puente Jr., Chucho Valdés, Omara Portuondo, John Scofield, Carlos Garnett (legendary Panamanian saxophonist and the 2012 festival honoree), Charlie Sepulveda, Luis Bonilla, Teri Roiger, and the Jed Levy Quartet, a Jazz at Lincoln Center road band presented by Lincoln Center and the U.S. Department of State. For more information about the festival artists and participating music schools and conservatories, check out the Panama Jazz Festival website.
For more information about the trip, go to the JazzBoston website.
To reserve a place, write to firstname.lastname@example.org
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