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
The shadow of Ludwig van Beethoven was so intimidating to composers of the early 19th century that new genres of music were developed to avoid comparison to his symphonies, sonatas, and string quartets. No other composer in the history of western music has had this effect on the next generation, and the power and mastery of Beethoven’s music continues to enthrall us today. An examination of his music in relation to his life and time will enhance the understanding of Beethoven as a person and as an artist who changed the course of the history of his art form.Lunch: Lunch in hotelAfternoon: CLASS: Music of Bach
Universally considered the finest composer of his time, Johan Sebastian Bach is one of the great music icons of world history. A master of every genre of the late-Baroque era with the exception of opera, Bach created some of the most enduring masterpieces of the classical music repertoire. Discussions will focus on the development of Bach’s music in relation to the chronology of his life.Dinner: Dinner in hotelEvening: Time to socialize with fellow participants.Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dancers who have lifted our spirits and embodied our national journey leap into center stage in this course. While it is hard to choose among many inspiring artists, the course will focus whom we can see on film and those whose dance styles reflected or created an American consciousness. Just a few of the stars of the course: Katherine Dunham, Judith Jamison, Jacque D’Amboise, Fernando Bujones, Cynthia Gregory, Savion Glover, Honi Coles, Buck and Bubbles, Astaire & Rogers, Gene Kelly,, Joffrey Ballet dancers, Gwen Verdon. Tap, modern, ballet; classical or revolutionary in their art their dances merged with the music of their eras to express a profound part of American culture. Take this course to feel their energy; it may be hard to sit still.Lunch: Lunch in hotelAfternoon: CLASS: Swing/Big Band Jazz
Ellington, Basie, Goodman, Miller and Dorsey, all part of The Big Band Era (1935-1946) brought about the jitterbug craze and made swing big business.Dinner: Dinner in hotelEvening: CLASS: Swing/Big Band JazzLodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Come listen to the greatest operatic voices from the dawn of recorded sound to the present. From Caruso to Ponselle, Sills and Pavarotti, hear what made these voices so sublime. Plus, you’ll hear fun and dramatic anecdotes about the world of opera!Dinner: Dinner in hotelEvening: CLASS: Golden Age of OperaLodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Gershwin, Kern, Berlin, Porter and Rodgers are among the gifted composers most influential in creating and shaping the unique sound of the American musical. You'll learn all about their remarkable lives and view rare film performances of their songs.Lunch: Lunch in hotelAfternoon: FIELD TRIP to San Francisco for backstage docent-led visits of Davies Symphony Hall and the War Memorial Opera House. The opera house, built in 1932, is the 3,146-seat home of the San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Ballet. Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall opened in 1980. This 2,741-seat auditorium is the home of the San Francisco Symphony.
Dinner: 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