Pearls of Italy

Surrender to the allure of Italy

Interwoven with the golden threads of ancient history, Italy is a rich tapestry of stunning scenery, mesmerizing art, and heady wine. IU Professor Michael Schwartzkopf is part of the trip, making it even more special. Experience the floral scented breezes and beguiling views of the mythic Italian Lakes District when you sail to Lake Maggiore’s trio of islands, a 16th-century legacy of the aristocratic Borromeo family. Visit sophisticated Milan and Venice, the luminous city of water and stone. See Michelangelo’s famous David in Renaissance Florence. Stroll through medieval hill towns overlooking Tuscan countryside, and sample rich, ruby Chianti. Adopt Italy’s cultural tradition of embracing life to the fullest.

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Trip Name: Pearls of Italy
Date: Sept. 16–27, 2017

IU experts who inspire

Joining you on this trip is IU Professor Michael Schwartzkopf. As a singer and performer, Schwartzkopf's repertoire spans the entire spectrum of classical and popular music, opera, and musical theatre. He has sung in the theaters, on the concert stages, and in the cathedrals of Europe and the United States with various orchestras and choral ensembles.

While at IU, Schwartzkopf was a member of the Alliance of Distinguished Rank and Titled Professors and held the Pam and Jack Burks Professorship Chair in Music. Before his retirement in 2012, he became the tenth recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal of Indiana University bestowed by President Michael McRobbie. During his 17 years at IU, he was the conductor of the Grammy Nominated Singing Hoosiers and served as Chair of the Music Education Department and Interim Chair of the Choral Conducting Department.


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