Spotlight On: Crystal Summer Sailings Debuting Tomorrow's Brightest Musical Stars

European Itineraries Feature Marquis Performances from the Music Center of Los Angeles

Nov 19, 2012, 16:34 ET from Crystal Cruises

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Aboard two Northern Europe cruises next summer, Crystal Cruises' guests will have the rare opportunity to enjoy live performances from some of tomorrow's brightest stars at the beginning of their professional careers. Continuing its exclusive partnership with the Music Center of Los Angeles' distinguished Spotlight Program, the ultra-luxury line will showcase the talents of the program's most acclaimed young artists on its 2013 "Emerging Artists" Experiences of Discovery voyages:

  • Crystal Symphony Iceland/Norway voyage (Reykjavic to London, June 4): Flamenco guitarist Tim Callobre, vocalist Geoffrey Hahn, and flautist Sarah Johnson will perform jazz, blues, and international classics, with Broadway personality Karen Morrow leading a master class in vocal performance.
  • Crystal Serenity Scandinavia/Germany/Russia cruise (Copenhagen to Stockholm, June 15): Opera singer Sean Plumb, classical pianist Tianpeng Yu, and ballet dancers Charlie Anderson and Shelby Elsbree will perform classical and operatic pieces, with ballet mistress Francine Kessler-Lavac leading a master class in ballet.


In addition to solo and ensemble performances on/in the ships' stylish stages and expansive atriums, Master Classes at Sea will offer behind-the-scenes insight into the discipline required to perform at/with such esteemed institutions as Carnegie Hall, Julliard, New York City Ballet, and Kennedy Center at such young ages. A new, dedicated, in-stateroom Music Center television channel will also showcase the Music Center's Spotlight program and the performers' intensive training.

"Like Crystal, the Music Center has been a preeminent leader in its field for decades, with the highest standard for talent and a reputation for excellence," says Christopher Escamilla, Crystal's manager, production operations and entertainment integration. "When you consider the extraordinary stages these young artists have performed upon already, and the growing success sure to come in their futures, we're thrilled to have them playing exclusively for Crystal guests during even a few short weeks en route to the top."

The 11-day, June 4 "Emerging Artists" voyage overnights in Reykjavic, then visits Heimaey, Iceland; Torshavn, Denmark; Alesund, Hellesylt, Bergen, Eidfjord and Stavanger, Norway; and London.  The 10-day, June 15 sailing overnights in Copenhagen on June 15 before calling in Berlin, Germany; Helsinki, Finland; St. Petersburg, Russia (two overnights); Tallinn, Estonia; and Stockholm, Sweden (overnight).  Through December 28, all-inclusive "Book Now" cruise fares start at $4,565 for 11 days and $4,580 for 10 days, respectively.

Crystal Cruises' award-winning entertainment offerings include a range of venues and performances, from cabaret nightclub to piano bar saloon; acclaimed productions to headline entertainers; and sophisticated enrichment activities to in-room Blu-ray-viewing, for all world travelers.

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