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Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin

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Program #21246RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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.
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Itinerary for Apr 21 — Apr 24, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Boutique hotel in the center of Baltimore's Mt. Vernon Historic District.

Contact info:
612 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 USA
phone: 800-292-5500
web: www.peabodycourthotel.com

Room amenities: Wyndham Baltimore Peabody Court offers 104 custom designed guest rooms that include voice mail, full marble baths, free cable TV with movies on demand, complimentary wireless high speed Internet service, in-room safe, business services, valet cleaning (weekdays) and valet parking are available 24 hours. All guest rooms showcase antique furnishings, original artwork and period furnishings.

Facility amenities: Wyndham Baltimore Peabody Court is a downtown Baltimore Hotel providing boutique lodging accommodations in the historic Mt. Vernon neighborhood. Wyndham Baltimore Peabody Court is close to many Baltimore attractions including Walters Art Museum, Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore's Inner Harbor, Ravens Stadium, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, National Aquarium and much more.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $84 double; $74 single
Additional nights may be available before and after this program for $84 a night for a double room and $74 night for a single room. Please call hotel to check on availability and make a reservation: 443-552-0758.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day One: Sunday, April 21 - Check-In and Orientation
Note: The concert hall where we will attend recitals is a one-block walk from the accommodations.

Arrive To: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:30pm.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, up-to-date schedule, and other important information we will review during Orientation. If you arrive late, pick up your packet at the hotel front desk.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to weather and other local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible.

ORIENTATION: 5:30pm. We will gather in our private meeting room in the hotel for a warm welcome and introductions. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Dinner: 6:45pm. Enjoy a delicious, relaxing catered buffet dinner in the Hotel rooftop meeting room overlooking the beautiful historic Mt Vernon Cultural District. While becoming acquainted with other participants, enjoy a meal freshly prepared just for our group.

Evening: PERFORMANCE: 8:15pm. Enjoy a recital at the renowned Peabody Conservatory of Music. Recitals are a key part of a Peabody education. Exceptional Peabody students perform in hundreds of recitals annually, often joined by faculty artists.

Recitals last approximately an hour. Spend the rest of the evening making new friends or relax and get ready for a full day tomorrow.

Lodging: Wyndam Baltimore Peabody Court

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: Boutique hotel in the center of Baltimore's Mt. Vernon Historic District.

Contact info:
612 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 USA
phone: 800-292-5500
web: www.peabodycourthotel.com

Room amenities: Wyndham Baltimore Peabody Court offers 104 custom designed guest rooms that include voice mail, full marble baths, free cable TV with movies on demand, complimentary wireless high speed Internet service, in-room safe, business services, valet cleaning (weekdays) and valet parking are available 24 hours. All guest rooms showcase antique furnishings, original artwork and period furnishings.

Facility amenities: Wyndham Baltimore Peabody Court is a downtown Baltimore Hotel providing boutique lodging accommodations in the historic Mt. Vernon neighborhood. Wyndham Baltimore Peabody Court is close to many Baltimore attractions including Walters Art Museum, Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore's Inner Harbor, Ravens Stadium, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, National Aquarium and much more.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $84 double; $74 single
Additional nights may be available before and after this program for $84 a night for a double room and $74 night for a single room. Please call hotel to check on availability and make a reservation: 443-552-0758.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Two: Monday, April 22 -
Note: The afternoon campus walking excursion lasts approximately an hour and covers approximately 6 blocks walking distance. The concert hall is a one-block walk from the accommodations.

Breakfast: 8:30am. Breakfast at the Hotel. Enjoy a hearty breakfast buffet in the Hotel rooftop meeting room overlooking the beautiful historic Mt Vernon Cultural District. Ample hot and cold breakfast choices, served with hot coffee, tea and juice are available each morning.

Morning: 9:30-10:45 PRESENTATION & DISCUSSION: “Alice’s Piano: The Life of Alice Herz-Sommer.” Guest lecturer, Eileen Perkins leads our examination of this stirring work of biography on the life of the world’s oldest living Holocaust survivor. Born in Prague in 1903, Alice Herz-Sommer was a talented pianist from a very early age and became famous throughout Europe. The Nazis arrested and deported her to Theresienstadt with her husband and young son in 1943. There, they attempted to fool the world with this propaganda “show camp” to convince outsiders that the Jews were being treated humanely.

There will be a 15-minute break between the two morning sessions.

11:00-12:15 PRESENTATION: Verdi's “Messa da Requiem” — Led by Peabody-Road Scholar faculty member Kris Faatz, we will begin our exploration of Verdi’s most monumental work for solo voices, chorus, and orchestra, his Requiem in memory of Alessandro Manzoni. Learn about the circumstances that led to its composition, its musical structure, and the techniques Verdi used to express the most powerful emotions.

Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30PM: Join us in the rooftop meeting room overlooking the beautiful historic Mt Vernon Cultural District. Delicious hot and cold lunch choices and beverages will be served.

Afternoon: 2:15-3:15 WALKING EXCURSION: We will explore the Peabody Conservatory campus to give you an idea of what goes into the conservatory musical education in developing and grooming the artists and educators of tomorrow. The walking excursion will last approximately an hour.

The remainder of the afternoon is free for you to explore on your own, mingle with new friends, or just relax.

Dinner: 5:15-7:30 Enjoy dinner at a favorite restaurant in the local Mount Vernon neighborhood. Stroll 3 blocks from the hotel to a restaurant with an inviting atmosphere, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the pleasures of fine dining. Choose from a prix-fixe menu that offers a bountiful fresh salad, your choice from one of three savory entrées accompanied by succulent vegetables, topped off with a decadent dessert. Alcoholic beverages may be purchased upon request.

Evening: PERFORMANCE: 8:15pm. Enjoy a recital at the renowned Peabody Conservatory of Music. Recitals are a key part of a Peabody education. Exceptional Peabody students perform in hundreds of recitals annually, often joined by faculty artists.

Recitals last approximately an hour. Spend the rest of the evening making new friends or relax and get ready for a full day tomorrow.

Lodging: Wyndam Baltimore Peabody Court

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: Boutique hotel in the center of Baltimore's Mt. Vernon Historic District.

Contact info:
612 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 USA
phone: 800-292-5500
web: www.peabodycourthotel.com

Room amenities: Wyndham Baltimore Peabody Court offers 104 custom designed guest rooms that include voice mail, full marble baths, free cable TV with movies on demand, complimentary wireless high speed Internet service, in-room safe, business services, valet cleaning (weekdays) and valet parking are available 24 hours. All guest rooms showcase antique furnishings, original artwork and period furnishings.

Facility amenities: Wyndham Baltimore Peabody Court is a downtown Baltimore Hotel providing boutique lodging accommodations in the historic Mt. Vernon neighborhood. Wyndham Baltimore Peabody Court is close to many Baltimore attractions including Walters Art Museum, Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore's Inner Harbor, Ravens Stadium, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, National Aquarium and much more.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $84 double; $74 single
Additional nights may be available before and after this program for $84 a night for a double room and $74 night for a single room. Please call hotel to check on availability and make a reservation: 443-552-0758.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, April 23 -
Breakfast: 8:30am: Enjoy a hearty breakfast buffet in the Hotel rooftop meeting room overlooking the beautiful historic Mt Vernon Cultural District. Ample hot and cold breakfast choices, served with hot coffee, tea and juice are available each morning.

Morning: 9:30-10:45 PRESENTATION & DISCUSSION: “Alice’s Piano” Part 2. In more than 100 concerts, Alice Herz-Sommer gave her fellow prisoners hope in a time of suffering. “Alice's Piano” — published in 2012 — is the first time her story has been told. Today, living in London at 107 years of age, Alice continues to play the piano and bring hope to many.

There will be a 15-minute break between the two morning sessions.

11:00-12:15 EXPERT LECTURE: Verdi Requiem, Part 2. In addition to further study of the delicate balance between orchestra, chorus, and soloists, study parts of the libretto and imagine and discuss their meaning and implications for the prisoners of Theresienstadt.

Lunch: 12:30pm: Join us in the rooftop meeting room overlooking the beautiful historic Mt. Vernon Cultural District. Delicious hot and cold lunch choices and beverages.

Afternoon: 2:00-3:00pm -- EXPERT PRESENTATION: Meet with Richard Giarusso who performed in “The Defiant Requiem” in 2012. In addition to serving as a member of the Peabody Conservatory faculty, Dr. Giarusso is a versatile musician with practical and scholarly experience in a wide range of repertoire. He also offers interdisciplinary classes in music and literature at the Johns Hopkins University and maintains an active career as a singer and conductor throughout the Northeast.

As the creator of "Defiant Requiem" -- Maestro Murry Sidlin -- has written: “Verdi’s Requiem Mass is a very difficult musical composition even for very healthy people to sing -- much less malnourished prisoners living in unbearably cramped living quarters, many in extremely poor health." Mr. Giarusso will share stories about his participation in a recent production of this concert/drama, as well as the effect the experience had on him physically, intellectually, and emotionally.

The remainder of the afternoon is free for you to explore on your own, mingle with new friends, or just relax before this evening’s dinner and performance of “Defiant Requiem.”

Dinner: 5:15pm: Enjoy an early pre-concert dinner at a favorite restaurant in the local Mount Vernon neighborhood. Stroll three blocks from the hotel to a restaurant with an inviting atmosphere, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the pleasures of fine dining. Choose from a prix-fixe menu that offers a bountiful fresh salad, your choice from one of three savory entrées accompanied by succulent vegetables, topped off with a delicious dessert. Alcoholic beverages may be purchased upon request.

Evening: 8:00pm – PERFORMANCE: “The Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin.” Attend this opening night performance at Peabody Conservatory. Excellent seats in the Orchestra section seats have been reserved for you. The performance lasts approximately two hours.

The concert/drama features a full performance of the Verdi with video testimony from surviving members of the choir, actors embedded in the orchestra, and original Nazi propaganda film footage made at Theresienstadt. The event is powerful, dramatic, and inspirational, with a contemporary message of hope. It has received wide critical acclaim, and has been performed from the Czech Republic and Budapest to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

10:15pm: Attend an exciting post-concert reception at Peabody in the stunning George Peabody Rare Book Library with Maestro Sidlin and other guest artists from tonight's performance.

Lodging: Wyndam Baltimore Peabody Court

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Four: Wednesday, April 24 -
Breakfast: 8:30 -9:30 AM: Enjoy a hearty breakfast buffet in the Hotel rooftop meeting room overlooking the beautiful historic Mt Vernon Cultural District. Ample hot and cold breakfast choices, served with hot coffee, tea and juice are available each morning.

Morning: 9:45-11:00AM: Meet for a post-Concert discussion and critique with our two expert lecturers, Seth Kibel and Kris Faatz, as you relate last night's dramatic performance to the story of Alice Herz-Sommer's confinement at Theresienstadt and evaluate the performance of Verdi's magnificent Requiem Mass. The program concludes with this session.

11:00-11:30 AM: Hotel Check-Out. Reminder: While lunch is not included today, you are welcome to enjoy lunch in the hotel dining room at your own expense after you check out of your room.

We hope you have enjoyed this very special program and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

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