MUSICAL PORTUGAL TOUR HOSTS
conductor & administrator
Dan has lived most of his life in Santa Barbara, California, where he founded and conducted the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony while still in high school in 1965. Dan was the first conducting major at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles (1970-73) where he studied with Lawrence Leighton Smith, First Prize winner of the Mitropoulos International Conducting Competition in 1964 and at his death in 2013 conductor of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Dan also studied with Henri Temianka, conductor of the California Chamber Symphony.
After graduating CalArts and studying in Europe with conductors Irwin Hoffman (Belgian Radio and Television Philharmonic) and Bernard Keeffe (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London) he enjoyed an active career in Seattle, conducting Seattle Wind Ensemble and Seattle Debut Orchestra. Dan brought the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival to Seattle in 1979 and 1980 creating a chamber music renaissance in that city. An inveterate entrepreneur, Dan was founding artistic director of the Santa Barbara Chamber Music Festival (2003-2007), and American Collegiate Symphony Orchestra (1983-2005).
Dan served as General Manager of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra for its 2008-2009 season and has been a music, theater, and dance critic for various media for decades. He is video interview host to California's diverse arts community regularly at BravoCalifornia! and has just launched Performing Arts Review.net devoted to CD, DVD, and video reviews and interviews, worldwide. In June/July 2017 Dan led the first Emeriti Philharmonic travel and music adventure tour of Cuba.
TOUR ORGANIZER & founder/ceo VIP PRIVATE TRAVEL
Greg arrived in Portugal in 1997 in time for the excitement of the Worlds Fair Expo of 1998 which opened his eyes to Portuguese and Spanish culture, so different from what he had known in the US. From this experience came the creation of Discover Portugal Travel, which provided discerning travelers personalized and incomparable journeys of discovery with all logistics handled at the highest caliber of professionalism and planning.
Greg founded VIP Private Travel in late 2016 when he returned to live in Colorado. Opening doors others cannot, and ensuring private journeys second to none, Greg will personally guide Emeriti Philharmonic participants on a unique musical tour of Portugal.
Greg is originally from Michigan, where he graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a BA and received an MBA from University of Michigan Business School. He has lived in Michigan, Atlanta, Maui, and Los Angeles before moving to Portugal in 1997, where he remained until early 2016. He currently lives in Colorado.