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The iPhone 6 and Apple Watch: What it Means for Travel

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Today the iPhone got a long-awaited upgrade—and Apple finally unveiled its rumored plans for the Apple Watch. What’s in it for travelers? Here’s a closer look at how the world’s most popular travel accessory is changing—and the latest round of innovations by the technology giant.

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Cute Animals Help Passengers Relax on British Airways

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This month, nervous flyers and homesick cat and dog owners can tune into British Airways’ new, adorable, Paws & Relax channel.

The stream of cat and dog footage (think camera-collar documentaries and animated shorts) is perfect for entertaining young travelers, and for soothing anxious passengers during their fight.

Of course, who hasn't spent hours at their computer streaming cute cats and cuddly pups on YouTube?

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The Best Hotel Loyalty Program Promotions for Fall 2014

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These days, competition is heating up in the hotel industry. The big chains are not only competing against each other, but they’re also competing against online travel agencies and startups like Rocketmiles and Hotelied for your business. When you book through the hotel directly, it’ll give you points, whereas reserving through online travel agencies generally disqualifies your stay from earning valuable hotel points and possibly even getting your elite status. So if you want those points, book directly with the hotel—especially during the busy fall travel season when many brands offer lucrative promotions.
 
Here are the major hotel chains and their promotion details. You should always double check and make sure that the hotel you want to book isn’t listed as an exclusion—a lot of hotels opt out of these promotions because they get charges for the extra points. You may also want to plan your stays around the days where you’ll earn the most points.
 
Starwood: More For You
 
SPG members can earn either double or triple Starpoints depending on which nights of the week their stay is with Starwood. This promotion is valid for stays between September 15 and December 15, 2014.

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Shop Like a Local Twitter Chat on Tuesday, September 9

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Where do style insiders shop? Find out in our Shop Like a Local Twitter chat on Tuesday, September 9th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Join along to ask the experts for tips and advice!

The Host:

T+L's Editorial Assistant, Katie James, @kjames259

The Panelists:

Refinery29, @Refinery29

Lilly Pulitzer, @LillyPulitzer

Nanette Lepore, @nanettelepore

Botkier, @botkier

Rebecca Taylor, @myrebeccataylor

Haute Hippie, @HauteHippie

Rafe, @RafeNewYork

Executive Editor of Yahoo Travel, Laura Begley Bloom, @laurabegley

David Keeps, @davidkeeps

T+L Lifestyle Correspondent, Shane Mitchell, @shanegoesforth

Patrizia Chen, @PatriziaChen

Maryam in Marrakesh, @MyMarrakesh

How does it work?

1. Log in to Twitter before the chat starts at 2pm ET and be sure to follow @TravlandLeisure.

2. Head over to http://twitter.com. Enter the hashtag #TL_Chat into the search bar and select the "All" search option to follow the chat in real time.

3. Remember to always add the hashtag #TL_Chat to your tweets.

4. We'll pulse out some questions for our expert panel to answer, but feel free to post your own responses. Or ask questions of your own! 

All tweets are subject to our social media terms and conditions and may be used in any and all media including editorial. See full social media terms and conditions.

Gabrielle Blitz is Associate Social Media Editor at Travel + Leisure.

New Monthly Subscription Club Highlights U.S. Cities

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Want to travel the country without leaving home? Or just need inspiration for your next American getaway? Turn to Hazel Lane, a new San Francisco-based start-up that curates monthly packages filled with artisan crafts and edible goodies from cities across the country. To start, the company is focusing on of-the-minute destinations—Nashville, Austin, Brooklyn, and Portland, Oregon, to name a few—and two six-month regional subscriptions will launch in time for the holidays: California Crawl (including wine country, Los Angeles, Oakland) and Hawaiian Island Hopper. 

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I’ve Heard Repositioning Cruises Are a Great Value—But Are They Worth It?

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These seasonal cruises, when ships relocate from one part of the world to sail in another, can offer as much as 70 percent off the price of regular voyages—though be prepared for more days at sea and potentially costly one-way flights. We asked cruise editor Jane Wooldridge to find the best ones.

Crystal Cruises, San Diego to Auckland, New Zealand; Cost per day*: from $212; 15 days
You’d ordinarily pay more than $400 per night on the luxury 922-passenger Crystal Symphony, where a recent update added Murano glass, Calcutta marble, and a 37-foot-long living wall. Guests have two days to explore Oahu, Hawaii, then a dozen more on board that are filled with filmmaking and art classes, magic shows, and lectures on maritime history and international relations. Oct. 28, 2014.

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Runners to Hit the Tarmac for Charity in Chicago

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This fall, Chicago’s two airports give new meaning to the word runway. On September 21, Midway Airport is hosting the second annual Midway Fly Away 5K, benefiting the Special Olympics of Chicago. And on October 5, O’Hare International Airport gets in on the action with the O’Hare 5K on the Runway, which raises money for military vets through the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Affordable New Hotels Video

Less than $200 a night and brand new. Meet the latest crop of affordable new hotels in the U.S.

The Remote Outpost: Outlook Lodge, Colorado Springs, Colorado

To get to the new Outlook Lodge, in Colorado, you’ll set off along a dirt road into the Rocky Mountains. After being welcomed by a strapping host, you’re on your own to explore the area trails or just grab a book and relax on the rustic porch.

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What Business Travelers Really Think

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What do some of the most experienced travelers think of life on the road? T+L and Fortune surveyed them to find out. Readers of both magazines offered insights into the best—and worst—parts of business travel. 

Travel Habits
Besides work, here's what business travelers have done while on the road:

• 71% snuck in sightseeing between meetings
• 71% only bring a carry-on bag
• 68% said they maintained their regular exercise and eating habits
• 54% have extended a work trip for leisure
• 40% ordered room service
• 28% say scrutiny of expense reports has increased from five years ago
• 23% have not removed liquids from their bag at security
• 7% got "creative" with their expense report

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Should I Be Worried About Cybersecurity While Traveling?

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Smartphone, tablet, laptop. Chances are you carry at least two of these devices on the road. I’ve been known to pack all three, along with a BlackBerry, for good measure. (Yes, I know: overkill.)

In many ways, our gadgets have become invaluable travel companions. But with their proliferation come new opportunities for cybersecurity breaches—whether it’s using an insecure Wi-Fi hot spot to check your e-mail or losing a device as you move from place to place. Unless you are carrying state or trade secrets, you are probably not a target for major espionage. But even the most leisurely of leisure travelers is still vulnerable. The risks run the gamut from having your credit card information stolen to full-on identity theft. Here are the major threats you should be aware of—and how to avoid them.

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Backstage Beauty at Ann Yee SS15

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Climate change was the theme of Ann Yee's Spring/Summer 2015 collection—something that was on the minds of those who turned out for her presentation yesterday morning in 90-degree September weather. Prior to the show, the scene was cool, calm, and collected on the rooftop of midtown Manhattan's Refinery Hotel.

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#SpottedAtThePalace for New York's Fashion Week

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With New York's Fashion Week kicking off on September 4, the New York Palace is getting in on the fun.

Once home to Gossip Girl stars, the hotel is celebrating #NYFW and the series finale's 9th anniversary on September 5-6, by inviting fans to share a picture dressed as their favorite character for a chance to win goodie bags or cocktails. Here are details on how to enter.

Use the hashtag #SpottedAtThePalace on Twitter and Facebook to have a chance to gossip over cocktails and remember, XOXO.

Gabrielle Blitz is Associate Social Media Editor at Travel + Leisure.

How Do Airlines Decide Who to Bump?

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Each carrier makes its own rules regarding who gets boarding priority when a flight is oversold or over capacity because of a change in aircraft. After looking for volunteers to give up their seats, some domestic carriers bump those who checked in last; others start with passengers in the lowest fare class. All of them give priority to people in special circumstances: those whose trips would be severely delayed, travelers with disabilities, unaccompanied minors, and (naturally) people in premier cabins or with elite loyalty-club status.

Amy FarleyHave a travel dilemma? Need some tips and remedies? Send your questions to news editor Amy Farley at tripdoctor@timeinc.com. Follow @tltripdoctor on Twitter.

 

Photo: iStockphoto


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Wake Up With Al: Shoulder Season Values

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Travel + Leisure’s Sarah Spagnolo shares four destinations with affordable prices after Labor Day. Check out the video here.

1. Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Portsmouth is a charming town with an artisanal feel and an independent spirit—plus delicious seafood! The historic Wentworth By The Sea is a top choice for its recently renovated restaurant Salt, grand interior spaces, and incredible landscaping, plus an outdoor pool with marina views.

Price: $229 a night. Book now

2. Montauk, New York

The best time to head to “the End,” as locals call it, is in the fall, when the weather still sparkles and the crowds have cleared out. Montauk Yacht Club, right on the water, has a classic sense of style, with blue-and-white rooms, tennis courts, and a spa.

Price: $239 a night. Book now

3. Park City, Utah

It’s not ski season yet, which means that prices at the alpine-chic Washington School House are still affordable. Fall is a great time to visit Utah: there’s the bright fall foliage, crisp weather, and lots of outdoor activities from rock climbing to hiking.

Price: From $295 a night. Book now

4. San Diego, California

Late summer and early fall in San Diego promises warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine. Make the Lakehouse Hotel & Resort your home base for access to water sports (kayaks, pontoons, stand-up paddle boards) and an outdoor fire pit.

Price: From $129 a night. Book now.

For more deals and weekend escapes, sign up for Travel + Leisure’s Weekend Getaways newsletter at www.travelandleisure.com/weekend-getaways.

Editors’ Picks: Where to Go Next Video

Where do the Travel + Leisure editors want to go? These three destinations are on our radar now.

T+L Pick: Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee has always been home to country music but we’re noticing the rise of exciting, enterprising chefs. Start at Josephine, a farm-to-table-style spot in the 12 South area, then hit Pinewood Social, with a menu by local star Josh Habiger. The stellar turkey and cranberry sandwich tastes like Thanksgiving any day of the year.

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Zurich's Dolder Grand to Hold Food Festival

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Zurich’s Dolder Grand hotel is launching a new annual food festival, dubbed the Epicure.

The Dolder’s own Heiko Nieder, whose talents have earned the hotel’s restaurant two Michelin stars, will host top European chefs during four days of culinary programming, beginning September 18th.

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Why Don’t We Use Our Paid Vacation Days?

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Are you tired? Stressed from work? Want to take a vacation but feel like no one else can do your job or that you’ll return to an avalanche of unanswered e-mails and Excel spreadsheets? You are not alone; using paid time off is a pipe dream for many working Americans.

According to a survey conducted GfK Public Affairs & Corporate Communications for the U.S. Travel Association, one in four American workers are reporting that they are “very” or “extremely” stressed. But almost four out of ten American employees do not plan to use all of their paid time off (PTO) in 2014, despite having paid vacation days as part of their employment compensation.

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Land Rover Contest Goes Galactic

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Ever dreamed of going to outer space? Your chance has arrived.

Land Rover just announced its brand new premium compact SUV, the 2015 Discovery Sport. In conjunction with its luxury newcomer, the company has created a “Galactic Discovery” competition via its partnership with Richard Branson’s space-travel venture, Virgin Galactic. And it plans to take four lucky winners to the final frontier.

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London Hotel Value for T+L Readers

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The Athenaeum Hotel—small, warm, stylish—puts you at the very heart of London: a walk through Green Park across the street takes you to Buckingham Palace; a short stroll up Piccadilly lands you at Fortnum & Mason or the Wolsely or peering through the window at Ladurée.

See London (and the Atheneum) this September with an exclusive deal for T+L readers from the Athenaeum:
• Overnight accommodations with an upgrade to the next available room-category
• Complimentary wi-fi, mini-bar, and use of the spa, gym, and hot tubs
• Kids 12 and under can eat for free with an adult and all meals are 20% off during your stay

Rates begin at £249 ($410) per night, plus VAT. Good for stays throughout September.

For more information or to book, visit the Athenaeum online or call +44 (0)20 7499 3464; use booking code OUR GIFT TO T+L.

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc.

Photo courtesy of the Athenaeum

The RedBall Project Rolls into Montréal

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If you have yet to encounter the RedBall Project, get ready, because this traveling art project might be coming to a city near you. Passersby have been amazed to see the giant red ball hovering above London's Golden Jubilee Bridge, perched in front of Paris's Pompidou Center, or squished between two Beaux-Arts buildings in Barcelona. It's currently in Montréal, and first appeared at the Biosphere Environment Museum.

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Style Hunter: An Oversized Pashmina from Delhi

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On every journey, I am always on the lookout for stylish souvenirs, but what really catches my eye are pieces with "you can only get it there" bragging rights. These wearable mementos might turn up in bazaars, vintage stalls, artisan workshops, even late-night bars where ex-pat jewelers will trade the occasional ruby-studded bangle over cocktails.

While exploring Shahpur Jat, an urban village where many of Delhi's next-wave stylists (Nida Mahmood, Olivia Dar, Sonam Dubal) have recently set up shop, I walked into interior designer Punit Jasuja's Second Floor Studio, filled with boldly silkscreened pillows and other tempting accessories.

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Local Experts Twitter Chat on Tuesday, September 2

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How do you avoid looking like a tourist when you travel? Find out in our Local Experts Twitter chat on Tuesday, September 2nd from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Join along to ask the experts for tips and advice!

The Host:

T+L's Deputy Digital Editor, Adrien Glover, @xoadrien

The Panelists:

Co-Founder, @Black_Tomato, Tom Marchant, @TommyMarchant

Fathom, @FathomWaytoGo

Christopher Elliott, @elliottdotorg

Amy Tara Koch, Chicago Local Expert, @AmyTaraKoch

Nicholas Fonseca, Sydney Local Expert, @NFonseca78

Carla Torres, Miami Local Expert, @ohcarlucha

Ashley Niedringhaus, Bangkok Local Expert, @A_Nieds

Samantha DiMauro, Boston Local Expert, @Sam_DiMauro

Brian Kevin, Maine Local Expert, @briantMT

Matt Chesterton, Buenos Aires Local Expert, @mattchesterton

Laura Winfree, Cancun Local Expert, @CancunGringa

Stephanie Pearson, Santa Fe Local Expert, @stephaniepears

Beatrice Aidin, London Local Expert, @beatriceaidin

Kate van den Boogert, Paris Local Expert, @_gogoparis

How does it work?

1. Log in to Twitter before the chat starts at 2pm ET and be sure to follow @TravlandLeisure.

2. Head over to http://twitter.com. Enter the hashtag #TL_Chat into the search bar and select the "All" search option to follow the chat in real time.

3. Remember to always add the hashtag #TL_Chat to your tweets.

4. We'll pulse out some questions for our expert panel to answer, but feel free to post your own responses. Or ask questions of your own! 

All tweets are subject to our social media terms and conditions and may be used in any and all media including editorial. See full social media terms and conditions.

Gabrielle Blitz is Associate Social Media Editor at Travel + Leisure.

New Photo Tours Launch in Barcelona and London

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Grab your cameras and passports! The Buenos Aires-based travel photography company, Foto Ruta, is launching workshops in Barcelona and London. Founded in 2011 by professional photographers Beck Hayes and Jocelyn Mandryk, Foto Ruta champions the idea of “experiential travel" by offering tours/workshops that allow travelers to have an immersive experience in a destination—and take home some great photos to boot.

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Tickets Now on Sale for New York Wine and Food Festival

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Tickets are on sale now for the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival, sponsored by Time Inc. sister publication Food & Wine. Taking place October 16-19, the annual food extravaganza has a few new events we’re excited about: Grammy Award-winning country star and cookbook author Trisha Yearwood is hosting the Down-Home Southern Brunch (Oct.19, $150), while actor/TV personality Mo Rocca will be at the Standard hotel’s biergarten for the Hot Dog Happy Hour (Oct. 17, $99, sold via Groupon). Ample Hills Creamery founders Brian Smith and Jackie Cuscuna are hosting an ice cream-making class (Oct. 19, $200). (If you prefer tasting to making, check out their new bi-level shop in Brooklyn.) Sadly, the nighttime dessert buffet hosted by pastry wizard Dominique Ansel is already sold out.

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Slow Motion Base Jumping Gives Birds-Eye Views

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For the adventure traveler, extreme sports such as sky-diving, zip-lining, and base jumping may be the ultimate adrenaline kick. The thrill of hurtling through the air with nothing but a parachute and a thin windsuit is a bonus to the unique, birds-eye perspective jumpers get.

Yet even in these death-defying leaps, there is a moment of Zen that may appeal to even the mellowest sightseer.

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Must-Try Autumn Dishes Around the World

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As autumn descends around the globe and the light grows softer, there is a hush. Tourists have gone home and children are back in school, but as seasoned travelers know, fall is one of the best times to travel under the radar and experience cultures a little more intimately. Part of the charm of the season is the earthy, hearty ingredients and specialties gracing local markets. Here are just a few to savor.

Crayfish in Stockholm: Swedes celebrate the end of summer with crayfish parties, orkräftskiva, at their summer cottages, donning silly paper hats, singing songs, and drinking lots of Aquavit while eating the heavily dilled crustaceans. Don’t have a Swedish idyl of your own? Try Sturehof restaurant in Stockholm for a taste of this joyous tradition.

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World's Top Fall Food Festivals

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Come fall, people around the world will be celebrating the season’s bounty with food festivals. Lots of them. While New Englanders gather to taste the best artisanal ciders, coastal communities feast on fresh seafood. In California, it's time to sip wine. Whether you're craving a foodie getaway or are simply in the right place at the right time, these are five of fall’s top food festivals.

CALIFORNIA: Flavor! Napa Valley
This November, join the Culinary Institute of America and the region's top vineyards for a week of wine and food tastings. Culinary superstars Michael Chiarello, Todd English, and Andrea Robinson will be at the helm of vine-to-table signature dinners and hands-on demonstrations. Learn to make your own cheese, and to note a wine's distinct terroir while blindfolded. November 19-23. 

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On Point with the American Ballet Theatre's Liam Scarlett

On Point with the American Ballet Theatre's Liam Scarlett

Boyish British choreographer Liam Scarlett created Asphodel Meadows, his first major work—and sensational hit—for London’s Royal Ballet in 2010. Now the 27-year-old serves as the company’s artist-in-residence, and this fall mounts world premieres for New York’s American Ballet Theatre as well as the Royal. He spoke to T+L about the new ballets and his cultural agenda for the season.

Q: Tell us about your first piece for American Ballet Theatre.

A: It’s a chamber piece with four couples, debuting on the opening night of ABT’s 75th anniversary season. I’m looking forward to working with the exceptional Marcelo Gomes and the talented Misty Copeland and Sarah Lane (Oct. 22–Nov. 2).

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Hotel Commonwealth Unveils Punk-Themed “Rat” Suite

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The Rat. Besides having the single best name for a nightclub ever—short for The Rathskeller, which no one ever once called it—the cramped and dingy Kenmore Square dungeon known as “The Rat” was Boston’s most celebrated and notorious rock club, in an era when Boston had one of the nation’s great rock scenes. Between 1974 and 1997—from the protean days of punk through its latter-day revival—every band that mattered passed through that scuzzy, smoky basement: The Ramones, the Talking Heads, the Police, R.E.M., Husker Du, and local heroes like the Cars, Mission of Burma, and the Pixies. The club’s former owner recalls to the Boston Globe the subzero February night when Metallica played at the Rat—for six people.

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Fab Four: The Danish String Quartet

Fab Four: Danish String Quartet

With their shaggy corn-silk hair and seafarer beards, the strapping members of the Danish String Quartet could be mistaken for 21st-century Vikings. But unlike their marauding forebears, this supremely gifted group of thirtysomething Scandinavians—three Danes who met as schoolboys and a Norwegian cellist—is out to conquer the world through sheer musical charisma. Already hailed as one of the finest ensembles of their generation, and now in the middle of a three-year residency at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, in New York City, the DSQ will continue to win over North American audiences this fall with a tour that includes Chicago; St. Paul, Minnesota; Washington, D.C.; Vancouver; New York City; and La Jolla and Santa Barbara, California. Oct. 10–Nov. 18.

Photo courtesy of Caroline Bittencourt / the Danish String Quartet

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