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Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico

Discover Puerto Rico Choral Festival


FESTIVAL DATES

March 13-16, 2020

Welcome to Puerto Rico

Join choirs from across the United States and Canada at the Discover Puerto Rico Choral Festival. Perform for appreciative audiences in the culturally rich southern Puerto Rico city of Ponce. Broaden your understanding of the unique aspects of Caribbean and Puerto Rican choral traditions during a workshop at the Juan Morel Campos Institute of Music in Ponce. Choose between hotel accommodations in the historic city center of Ponce, or at a fabulous beachside resort.

The City of Ponce welcomes your choir at the opening event hosted by city officials and featuring local performances. The citizens of Ponce rejoice in the festival’s main event, where visiting and local choirs will both entertain the large and enthusiastic audience at the La Perla Theater on Sunday night. Celebrate Puerto Rico’s unique musical traditions during four days of singing. Discover the beautiful sights and people of this lovely Caribbean island!

Itinerary

March 13-16, 2020


FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2020 | WELCOME TO PUERTO RICO! | OPENING CEREMONY

Upon arrival in San Juan, meet your Music Contact International tour manager and board your private motor coach for sightseeing in the historic center. Tour La Fortaleza, the official residence of the Governor of Puerto Rico. Walk through the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan and enjoy a visit to El Morro, the 15th-century Spanish fort at the mouth of San Juan Harbor. Later, drive across the Island to Ponce. Gather for the opening ceremony, which includes wonderful performances by local Puerto Rican musicians and welcoming words from representatives of the host city of Ponce. After the presentation, you’ll be treated to a lovely dinner and have an opportunity to mingle with your fellow attendees. Today you’ll arrive in San Juan, the Spanish-colonial capital of Puerto Rico on the Caribbean coast. Upon arrival, meet your Music Contact International tour manager and travel by private motor coach to your hotel in the Ponce area (approximately 2 hours from San Juan). For those arriving early, sightseeing can be arranged for your group. Tour La Fortaleza, the official residence of the Governor of Puerto Rico, or take a walk through the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan and enjoy a visit to El Moro, the 15th century Spanish fort at the mouth of San Juan Harbor. Tonight, choirs gather for the Opening Ceremony, which includes wonderful performances by local Puerto Rican musicians and welcoming words from representatives of the host city of Ponce. After the presentation, you’ll be treated to a lovely dinner and have an opportunity to mingle with your fellow attendees.



SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2020 | PONCE: “LA PERLA DEL SUR” (PEARL OF THE SOUTH) | CONCERT

This morning, participate in a workshop on Puerto Rican music. You will learn about classic, local genres such as Bomba and Plena. Your choir will also rehearse the theme song for the festival, which will be performed in a massed sing on the last night of the festival.

Tonight, your choir will enjoy a friendship concert. You’ll be matched with a choir from Puerto Rico and spend the evening performing for and socializing with each other. Dinner will be provided by your host choir.




SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2020 | CLOSING CEREMONY | CONCERT

This morning, there is the opportunity to perform during a morning worship service in one of Ponce’s beautiful churches. The afternoon is free to enjoy shopping in town or spend some time exploring the beach.

This evening, the Discover Puerto Rico choral concert will include all festival choirs gathered together at the newly renovated Teatro La Perla to perform for the people of Ponce! After choirs sing individual programs, all participating choirs will join voices and perform the theme song of the festival composed by Puerto Rican composer and co-artistic director of the Festival, Mr. Rubén Colón Tarrats. Afterwards, enjoy a farewell reception with all participating choirs.




MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2020 | DEPARTURE

Following breakfast at the hotel, enjoy the morning at your leisure. Revisit some of your favorite sites in Ponce, like the spectacular art museum, or enjoy extra time at the beach. Later, you’ll depart by motor coach for the airport in San Juan and your return flight home.

Package

Inclusions

Accommodations
•3 nights in either a resort style hotel on the Caribbean Sea—or—a historic downtown Ponce hotel

Transportation
•A private, modern, air-conditioned motor coach with a professional driver is provided for all transportation as described in the itinerary.

Meals
•Breakfast each morning at the hotel
•Dinner on arrival night
•Dinner with host choir
•Farewell reception

Tour Manager
•Full-time Music Contact International tour manager to accompany your group during their entire stay, from arrival to departure

Performance Opportunities
•Workshop on Puerto Rican music
•Friendship concert with Puerto Rican choir
•Sunday worship service
•Participation in group sing during festival concert

Special Events
•Opening Ceremony
•Closing Ceremony

Complimentary Places
•Two complimentary land packages for every 30 paying travelers in single rooms

Additional Days in Puerto Rico

If your choir is interested in staying in Puerto Rico for additional days, please let us know. We will be glad to offer an extension tour, with singing or without, according to your choir’s interests.


Inclusions


Accommodations
•3 nights in either a resort style hotel on the Caribbean Sea—or—a historic downtown Ponce hotel

Transportation
•A private, modern, air-conditioned motor coach with a professional driver is provided for all transportation as described in the itinerary.

Meals
•Breakfast each morning at the hotel
•Dinner on arrival night
•Dinner with host choir
•Farewell reception

Tour Manager
•Full-time Music Contact International tour manager to accompany your group during their entire stay, from arrival to departure

Performance Opportunities
•Workshop on Puerto Rican music
•Friendship concert with Puerto Rican choir
•Sunday worship service
•Participation in group sing during festival concert

Special Events
•Opening Ceremony
•Closing Ceremony

Complimentary Places
•Two complimentary land packages for every 30 paying travelers in single rooms


Additional Days in Puerto Rico


If your choir is interested in staying in Puerto Rico for additional days, please let us know. We will be glad to offer an extension tour, with singing or without, according to your choir’s interests.

Your Tour Includes


Traveler's Resource Website


The site is customized exclusively for your group and is full of exciting and interactive features that you will find informative and helpful before, during, and after the tour.

•Current tour itinerary with full descriptions of each day
•FAQ’s and things to know before you go
•Recommended books, movies, websites, and videos


Online Payment System


Group leaders have the option to use our Online Payment System, which enables you to effortlessly collect payments for your trip. Group leaders receive weekly automated reports with traveler balances and due dates.

Travelers can log in to our secure website to review the cost of their trip and all payment deadlines, register for the trip, and make credit card payments. All travelers receive automated reminders when payments are coming due.


Additional Materials


•Customized handbook for each person traveling with your choir, including a detailed program and travel information.
•Electrical adapters*
•Luggage tags
•Passport holder*

*for international travelers

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