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The Ventura Music Festival: High-Caliber Performances on California Shores

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Program #18704RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for May 3 — May 6, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Delight in the year-round sunshine of Ventura, California with its miles of clean, uncrowded beaches, spectacular mountainous back country, and the magnificent Channel Islands National Park on the horizon. At the center of it all, right at the water's edge, stands the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel. All of its guest rooms feature magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the mountainous curves of the California coastline. It is ideally situated within walking distance of historic downtown Ventura where you will find the San Buenaventura Mission, museums, antique stores, a wide variety of restaurants, bookstores, cafes, clothing shops, and art galleries.

Contact info:
450 E. Harbor Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001 USA
phone: 805-648-2100
web: www.cpventura.com

Room amenities: All rooms are equipped with Crowne Plaza "Sleep Advantage" bedding; coffee maker; iron/board; hair dryer; high-speed Internet access; 27" TVs; ocean-view balconies; in-room movies. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: The ocean-front Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach is a 12-story tower with balcony rooms, all with ocean views. There's a great walking path next to the hotel which stretches for miles up and down the coast. Guests enjoy a host of amenities including convenient parking; restaurants with outdoor patio dining; lobby lounge with ocean-front patio seating; room service; heated ocean-front swimming pool; exercise room; and laundry & dry cleaning with same-day service as well as a coin-op laundry. Wi-Fi Access: Road Scholar participants receive complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access as part of their package. The coverage includes all hotel guest rooms and public areas. Although there is no charge for this service, a password is required. This may be obtained from the front desk staff.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based upon availability
Call Laura Moran at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel at (805) 652-5142 to make a reservation for additional nights before or after the program and to inquire about rates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Friday, May 03 - Independent Arrivals/Evening Performance
Note: Field trips require one to easily get on/off a bus and walk 1-2 blocks on paved sidewalks to concert venues. On walking field trips and during free time, walk from hotel to downtown destinations on paved sidewalks at a distance of 4-7 blocks one-way.

Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Check into the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel after 4:00pm

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet which we'll review during our orientation session before dinner.

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 at hotel

Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants.

Evening: VENTURA MUSIC FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE

Featured Performer: ELDAR DJANGIROV

The Festival opens Friday with piano jazz prodigy Eldar Djangirov. Born on January 28, 1987, Eldar came to the U.S. from the former Soviet Union when he was ten. When Djangirov (pronounced john-'gear-ov) was signed to Sony Classical at the age of 17, the young pianist from Kansas City was already well known for his prodigious pyrotechnics and precocious knowledge of the bebop tradition. He was nominated for a Grammy in 2008 for his album "Re-imagination." Eldar has appeared at numerous major jazz festivals including the Tokyo Jazz Festival, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Java Jazz Festival, Vienna Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival and San Francisco Jazz Festival, and has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He has performed at venues ranging from the Hollywood Bowl to Carnegie Hall and has played at the most notable jazz venues across the world.

“Eldar’s keyboard technique can be blisteringly electric one moment, tender and thoughtful the next … boundless range and talent.” - San Francisco Chronicle

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Delight in the year-round sunshine of Ventura, California with its miles of clean, uncrowded beaches, spectacular mountainous back country, and the magnificent Channel Islands National Park on the horizon. At the center of it all, right at the water's edge, stands the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel. All of its guest rooms feature magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the mountainous curves of the California coastline. It is ideally situated within walking distance of historic downtown Ventura where you will find the San Buenaventura Mission, museums, antique stores, a wide variety of restaurants, bookstores, cafes, clothing shops, and art galleries.

Contact info:
450 E. Harbor Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001 USA
phone: 805-648-2100
web: www.cpventura.com

Room amenities: All rooms are equipped with Crowne Plaza "Sleep Advantage" bedding; coffee maker; iron/board; hair dryer; high-speed Internet access; 27" TVs; ocean-view balconies; in-room movies. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: The ocean-front Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach is a 12-story tower with balcony rooms, all with ocean views. There's a great walking path next to the hotel which stretches for miles up and down the coast. Guests enjoy a host of amenities including convenient parking; restaurants with outdoor patio dining; lobby lounge with ocean-front patio seating; room service; heated ocean-front swimming pool; exercise room; and laundry & dry cleaning with same-day service as well as a coin-op laundry. Wi-Fi Access: Road Scholar participants receive complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access as part of their package. The coverage includes all hotel guest rooms and public areas. Although there is no charge for this service, a password is required. This may be obtained from the front desk staff.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based upon availability
Call Laura Moran at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel at (805) 652-5142 to make a reservation for additional nights before or after the program and to inquire about rates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Saturday, May 04 - Introductory lectures/Evening Performance
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: CROSSING POINTS: Getting to know each other

CLASS: A Conversation with Nuvi Mehta, Artistic Director, Ventura Music Festival

Lunch: Lunch at hotel

Afternoon: CLASS: History of Ventura and Downtown Historic Sites

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Evening: VENTURA MUSIC FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE

Featured Performer: PETRIT CEKU

2012 Gold Medal Winner of the Christopher Parkening International Guitar Competition

Program to include works by Manuel de Falla, William Walton, Manuel Ponce, Giulio Regondi, and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

“Born in Kosovo in 1985, Petrit Ceku has established himself as one of the leading classical guitarists of the younger generation. Along the way he has won a slew of competitions, including the Andres Segovia Competition, the International Anna Amalia Guitar Competition, the Emilio Pujol Guitar Competition, and the Michele Pittaluga Guitar Competition.” – Nuvi Mehta, VMF Artistic Director

What’s the Score? Pre-Show Talk with Nuvi Mehta at 7:15 pm

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Delight in the year-round sunshine of Ventura, California with its miles of clean, uncrowded beaches, spectacular mountainous back country, and the magnificent Channel Islands National Park on the horizon. At the center of it all, right at the water's edge, stands the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel. All of its guest rooms feature magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the mountainous curves of the California coastline. It is ideally situated within walking distance of historic downtown Ventura where you will find the San Buenaventura Mission, museums, antique stores, a wide variety of restaurants, bookstores, cafes, clothing shops, and art galleries.

Contact info:
450 E. Harbor Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001 USA
phone: 805-648-2100
web: www.cpventura.com

Room amenities: All rooms are equipped with Crowne Plaza "Sleep Advantage" bedding; coffee maker; iron/board; hair dryer; high-speed Internet access; 27" TVs; ocean-view balconies; in-room movies. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: The ocean-front Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach is a 12-story tower with balcony rooms, all with ocean views. There's a great walking path next to the hotel which stretches for miles up and down the coast. Guests enjoy a host of amenities including convenient parking; restaurants with outdoor patio dining; lobby lounge with ocean-front patio seating; room service; heated ocean-front swimming pool; exercise room; and laundry & dry cleaning with same-day service as well as a coin-op laundry. Wi-Fi Access: Road Scholar participants receive complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access as part of their package. The coverage includes all hotel guest rooms and public areas. Although there is no charge for this service, a password is required. This may be obtained from the front desk staff.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based upon availability
Call Laura Moran at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel at (805) 652-5142 to make a reservation for additional nights before or after the program and to inquire about rates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Sunday, May 05 - Afternoon Big Band Concert
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: CLASS: Q & A Session with performance artist will be arranged if their travel schedule permits.

Otherwise another activity will be scheduled.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: VENTURA MUSIC FESTIVAL JAZZ CONCERT

The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra with Dennis Mackrel, Conductor and featuring Guest Vocalist, Carmen Bradford

This afternoon concert at the Majestic Ventura Theater will have seats for young and old and a dance floor, too. Listen from your seat, bop ‘til you drop, or sip wine at the bar to the strains of the orchestra that made the big band era so big. 30’s and 40’s attire encouraged!

“Through its school and workshops in Kansas, young players have been trained in the style of the swing era down to the last comma, often playing alongside the musicians who played with Basie. For those who may think a swing era hit like “April in Paris” or Basie’s own “One o’clock Jump” are a bit sophisticated or buttoned down, wait till the new Basie Band lets loose with vocalist Carmen Bradford!” – Nuvi Mehta, VMF Artistic Director

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Evening: Evening Performance

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Four: Monday, May 06 - Independent Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: CLASS: Take in a visual arts exhibition featuring works by local artists.

HOTEL CHECK OUT: This concludes the program. We hope you have enjoyed our Ventura Music Festival program and will join us for other rewarding adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast



Free Time Opportunities


Ventura, California
Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau101 S. California St.

Ventura, CA 93001

(805) 648-2075 or (800) 333-2989

Ventura offers a variety of recreational opportunities such as beach walks, biking and hiking trails, bird watching, camping, golf, sport fishing, water activities and whale watching. The Crowne Plaza Hotel is situated next to the beach and an oceanside boardwalk that stretches for many miles. Some trail heads are within walking distance of the hotel.
For additional information, visit: www.ventura-usa.com

Museum of Ventura County100 E. Main St.

Ventura, CA 93001

(805) 653-5469

One of the museum's permanent exhibits explores the community's past from the Chumash era through the 21st century. It consists of a fascinating collection of artifacts and displays focusing on Native Americans, Spanish and Mexican pioneers, and European and Yankee settlers. Especially notable are the George Stuart Historical figures, which are intricately carved figures from history that are dressed in elaborate period costume.
For additional information, visit: www.venturamuseum.org

Mission San Buenaventura211 East Main St.

Ventura, CA 93001

(805) 643-4318

Mission San Buenaventura was founded in 1782. It is the ninth of California's 21 missions and the last to be established by Father Serra. Visitors will discover a small museum with mission artifacts such as Chumash basketry, a quiet courtyard, and 250 year-old paintings of the Stations of the Cross.
For additional information, visit: www.mission.net/california/ventura

Channel Islands National ParkFive of the eight Channel Islands make up the National Park which is home to more than 2000 species of plants and animals - 145 of which are unique to the islands. Anacapa Island is just 14 miles from Ventura Harbor and is accessible for day trips and overnight camping. The Channel Islands National Park was established by Congress in 1980.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/chis/

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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