ORIENTATION: Begins before dinner. We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and answer your questions. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.Dinner: Dinner in hotel
Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. In addition to the regular Road Scholar meal plan, this hotel offers a vegetarian meal option. Unfortunately, there are no other special meal options. Participants with special dietary needs should be prepared to avoid certain foods or supplement the regular meal plan as needed.Evening:
INTRODUCTIONS: Participants introduce themselves to the rest of the group.
Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Dinner
No other instrument better exemplifies the Romantic era in music than the piano. More than a century after the fact, the music composed for the piano throughout the 19th century remains the staple for performers and audience members alike. No other classical music is more dearly loved. Piano masterpieces by Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, Liszt, Debussy, and others will engage, enrich and entertain participants.
Lunch: Lunch in hotelAfternoon: CLASS: Piano Music of the Romantic EraDinner: Dinner in hotelEvening: Time to socialized with fellow participantsLodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth. Listen to the Bard as heard through the songs of Rodgers, Porter and Bernstein. From The Boys From Syracuse (The Comedy of Errors) to Kiss Me, Kate (The Taming of the Shrew) to West Side Story (Romeo and Juliet), three great theater composers sing Shakespeare. Join us for an excursion from Old London to The Golden Age of Broadway and musical theater at its best.Lunch: Lunch in hotelAfternoon: CLASS: The Great American Songbook: Where Have All the Tunes Gone?
Savor the unforgettable music of Gershwin, Porter, Berlin and Rodgers & Hart as we discuss the careers and musical styles of America’s most popular songwriters from the 20s to the 50s. Enjoy such favorites as “I Got Rhythm,” “You’re The Top” and “White Christmas.”Dinner: Dinner in hotelEvening: CLASS: The Great American SongbookLodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sexy, alluring, intelligent and dangerous, the femme fatale has long intrigued opera composers, from Monteverdi to Massanet, from Bizet to Berg. We look at their seductive beauties in Carmen, Manon, Salome and others. Could be a hot week!Lunch: Lunch in hotelAfternoon: FIELD TRIP: Celebrate OPERA SAN JOSE's 30th anniversary with a performance of Madame Butterfly: A heartbreaking love story. A tragic betrayal. An American naval officer marries a young Japanese girl for convenience only to leave her while she faithfully awaits his return. Set in 1890s Japan, Giacomo Puccini’s devastating saga of devotion, tradition and sacrifice is among the most beloved operas of all time. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. (Courtesy OPERA SAN JOSE)
PLEASE NOTE: On page 7 under Program Summary, one of the highlights states that the field trip is to Davies Symphony Hall and the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco which is the usual field trip for this program. However, your field trip for the February 20-25 date is to Opera San Jose for a performance of Madame Butterfly.Dinner: Dinner in hotelEvening: Free time to socialize with the fellow participantsLodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The music that got us on our feet was called jazz, big band, swing. Hear the artists who made jazz memorable: Louis Armstrong, Al Jolson, Sophie Tucker, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Glen Miller, The Dorseys, Billie Holiday, Dinah Shore and more. Eight to the bar!Lunch: Lunch in hotelAfternoon: CLASS: Swing/Big Band JazzDinner: Dinner in hotelEvening: MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT with Mark Levy
Mark has been performing and singing since birth according to his mother, a singer of show tunes and opera herself. He sings songs from all over the world, from the American songbook, folk music of many traditions, and accompanies himself on guitar. His travel schedule includes coast to coast tours, Europe and Road Scholar programs in many locations for the past 20 years.Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The program is concluded after lunch; hotel checkout is by noon.Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch