Program Registration: 3:30-4:30 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table (located either in the hallway in front of the Road Scholar meeting room or just inside the meeting room) and pick up your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule, and other important information we will review during Orientation, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.
Orientation: 4:30 p.m. The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily program schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.
During free time, the Group Leader will be available to guide informal excursions, activities, or meals not included in the program. You are welcome to join if you wish, with any associated costs (if any) on your own, or explore independently.
Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.Dinner: Dinner in the hotel
Menus are arranged in advance for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. This program offers the following choices for meals: standard, gluten-free, low fat, low salt and vegetarian. We are happy to accommodate the varying dietary needs of our group. These special meal requests should be written on your Participant Information Form and must be received at least 3 weeks prior to the start date of your program.
This evening, enjoy a plated, 3-course dinner plus complimentary coffee and hot tea; other beverages available for purchase in the hotel bar.Evening: Take the rest of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning. Get a good night's sleep for the full day tomorrow.Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Dinner
Love leads to tragedy – and more frequently than not, to death. A character sings beautifully as s/he dies, couples die rather than go on with life in separation. The persistent theme of tragic love is examined through select operas of the 19th century.
Lunch: Enjoy a lunch buffet in the hotel which includes complimentary hot and iced tea.Afternoon: Love & Tragedy in 19th Century Opera, Part 2Dinner: Enjoy a dinner buffet in the hotel which includes complimentary coffee and hot tea.Evening: Time to socialize with your fellow participants.Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The sonata, for centuries the solo and small-group genre par excellence, has a long and varied history, from its beginnings in Baroque ensembles to its eventual emergence as the main course of a solo recital or concert. We’ll use this multi-faceted and varied musical genre as our entrée into the changing face of music over the centuries, not only music’s styles and forms, but also its evolving place in our society. From Corelli to Copland, Scarlatti to Stravinsky, Vivaldi to Vaughan Williams—the sonata and the mirror it holds up to the culture it serves.Lunch: Enjoy a plated 3-course lunch in the hotel which includes complimentary hot and iced tea.Afternoon: Early Afternoon: Three Centuries of Sonatas, Part 2
Late Afternoon: Singers of the 70s
The soloist singer song writers ruled the 70s pop music scene in the early part of the decade. Carole King, James Taylor, Carly Simon, and Joni Mitchell were just a few of the talented singers who were mainstays of the early 70s pop music charts. There was also a lot of cross-over from the country music performers. Kenny Rogers, Olivia Newton-John, John Denver, Dolly Parton, Glen Campbell, and Johnny Cash were a just a few of the performers that blurred the line between country and 70s pop music. This class, through the use of audio, video, and live performance will discuss the many different genres, styles, and lives of the artists.Dinner: Enjoy a dinner buffet in the hotel which includes complimentary coffee and hot tea.Evening: Singers of the 70s, Part 2Lodging: 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: Enjoy a plated 3-course lunch in the hotel which includes complimentary hot and iced tea.Afternoon: Great American Dancers, Part 2Dinner: Enjoy a dinner buffet in the hotel which includes complimentary coffee and hot tea.Evening: Live Musical EntertainmentLodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Musical theater fans always have adored the great Broadway divas. We look at some of these leading ladies such as Ethel Merman, Mary Martin and Bernadette Peters to see what special magic launched them into super stardom.Lunch: Enjoy a lunch buffet in the hotel with complimentary hot and iced tea.Afternoon: 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: Enjoy a plated 3-course dinner which includes complimentary coffee and hot tea.Evening: Live Musical EntertainmentLodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The program ends after class. Please note that hotel check-out is by 12:00 Noon.
We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!Meals Included: Breakfast