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
Trip down memory lane as we review soaring music in the movies.Lunch: Enjoy a lunch buffet in the hotel which includes complimentary hot and iced tea.Afternoon: Early Afternoon: Memorable Film Scores, Part 2
Late Afternoon: Music of Beethoven
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.Dinner: Enjoy a dinner buffet in the hotel which includes complimentary coffee and hot tea.Evening: 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.Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
People have been singing together throughout recorded history. For centuries, composers have been exploring the possibilities of choral singing, not only by itself, but in combination with instruments and solo voices. We’ll be taking an overview of choral music in all its staggering variety, with an emphasis on works for chorus and orchestra from the 18th century through the present day. Bach’s cantatas, his “Mass in B Minor,” “Magnificat,” and the “St. Matthew Passion;” selections from Handel’s oratorios; Vivaldi’s opulent works; Mozart and Haydn; Beethoven and Berlioz and Verdi and Mahler; Fauré and Duruflé and Stravinsky; Benjamin Britten’s masterful “War Requiem.”Lunch: Enjoy a plated 3-course lunch in the hotel which includes complimentary hot and iced tea.Afternoon: Early Afternoon: Choral Masterworks, Part 2
Late Afternoon: The Singer/Songwriters of the 60s
From the ‘50s sounds of Chuck Berry, through the protest-oriented songs of Bob Dylan and the wide-ranging career of Paul Simon, the singer-songwriters have made the pop song the definitive means of expression in modern culture. This class will compare the styles of these leaders, as well as Billy Joel, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carley Simon & James Taylor with live and recorded music.Dinner: Enjoy a dinner buffet in the hotel which includes complimentary coffee and hot tea.Evening: CLASS: Swing/Big Band Jazz, Part 2Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Blue Skies, I'll Be Seeing You, Begin the Beguinne, God Bless America-- It's hard to believe that these hugely popular songs were almost lost when the shows they were composed for closed after only a few runs. In some cases, songs were pulled from the original shows by the composers. Come hear these almost lost numbers and how they were miraculously revived.Lunch: Enjoy a plated 3-course lunch in the hotel which includes complimentary hot and iced tea.Afternoon: Time to explore the Bay Area. Many suggestions will be provided.Dinner: Enjoy a dinner buffet in the hotel which includes complimentary coffee and hot tea.Evening: Musical EntertainmentLodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Explore the works of verbal virtuosos like Ira Gershwin (Embraceable You), Yip Harburg (Over the Rainbow), Lorenz Hart (My Funny Valentine), Alan Jay Lerner (My Fair Lady), Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof) and Fred Ebb (Cabaret).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: Musical EntertainmentLodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Program concludes after class. 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