PROGRAM REGISTRATION: Welcome! 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 this evening.
Dinner: Enjoy a flavorful buffet at the hotel with multiple choices including vegetarian and meat options, tasty sides, fresh bread, desserts, and beverage.Evening: ORIENTATION: The orientation session after dinner will be in our private meeting room at the hotel. The Program Coordinator will greet you with a warm welcome, introduce everyone, and provide key staff contact names and phone numbers. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. If you arrive after the orientation session has concluded, pick up your packet at the hotel front desk.
Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to weather, availability of lecturers, or other local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
PERFORMANCE: Peabody Conservatory Recital (TBA). As a special highlight, you are invited to attend recitals that are part of Peabody’s regular conservatory schedule. These free performances (not keyed to the Road Scholar course of study) afford you an opportunity to enjoy an extraordinary range of music performed by talented student artists perfecting their musical training. Peabody concerts and recitals take place in performance halls of the Conservatory complex, a walk of two blocks from the hotel.Lodging: Wyndam Baltimore Peabody CourtMeals Included: Dinner
FIELD TRIP: Backstage at Centerstage. Get a privileged, behind the scenes look at what it takes to put on high level professional performances and see areas not open to the public including the space beneath the stage, rehearsal rooms, and the Green Room where actors prepare before going on stage.Lunch: Lunch at the hotel is a nourishing buffet with multiple choices including vegetarian and meat options, beverage choices including fresh-brewed iced tea, and dessert.Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Garrett-Jacobs Mansion. On the register of National Historic Places and today home of The Engineers Club, the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion is a jewel in the crown of Baltimore’s most distinctive historic homes. This distinguished building is unique in combining the work of two of America’s most distinguished and influential architects, Stanford White and John Russell Pope, and epitomizes 19th Century “golden age” elegance and grandeur. During our guided exploration, imagine that we are back into the day when merchant princes lavished untold wealth on homes they considered suitable for living and entertaining.Dinner: Dinner this evening will be out at a popular local restaurant to enjoy more of Baltimore's varied food culture.Evening: PERFORMANCE: Centerstage. Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" is a tale of mistaken identity and mismatched ardor that unfurls as lords and ladies, servants and masters wind a topsy-turvy path to happiness. With its revelry, disguises, swashbuckling, and pining lovers, "Twelfth Night" is what many regard as Shakespeare's most perfect comedy.Lodging: Wyndam Baltimore Peabody CourtMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WALKING FIELD TRIP: Mount Vernon Neighborhood. We will gather in the hotel lobby to depart on a "cultural walk" through the distinctive neighborhood considered Baltimore's cultural hub. Learn how international trade, finance, and the railroad industry generated great wealth that led to the creation of some of America's foremost museums, libraries, schools, and more. See marvelous architecture, hear stories of fashionable and wealthy residents who called Mount Vernon home, as well as authors, poets, men and women of letters who sojourned here.Lunch: Lunch at the hotel is a nourishing buffet with multiple choices including vegetarian and meat options, beverage choices including fresh-brewed iced tea, and dessert.Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Peabody Institute Archives. The institutional records of the Peabody Institute chronicle not only Peabody's history, but the cultural development of Baltimore and Maryland from the mid-19th century to the present. The records also include an extensive archive of recorded Peabody performances — including visiting artists, faculty and student recitals — and a large photographic collection. The Archives also maintains the records of many of the performing arts institutions in the Baltimore area, among them the Baltimore Civic Opera, the Harford Opera Company and the Lyric Theater. The Archives' special collections includes the personal papers of the Institute's trustees, faculty and staff as well as noted musicians and artists.
After we explore the Archives, there will be free time until dinner.Dinner: Dinner this evening will be out at a popular local restaurant featuring an original menu of regionally inspired American cuisine with seasonal and all-natural ingredients.Evening: PERFORMANCE: Peabody Conservatory Recital. These recitals afford you an opportunity to enjoy an extraordinary range of music performed by talented student artists perfecting their musical training. Peabody concerts and recitals take place in performance halls of the Conservatory complex, a walk of two blocks from the hotel.Lodging: Wyndam Baltimore Peabody CourtMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
FIELD TRIP: Backstage at Peabody. Go behind the scenes to see how the magic is made. Hear from "pros" (who will vary based on availability) about their interaction with students and taking productions from conception to performance.Lunch: Lunch at the hotel is a nourishing buffet with multiple choices including vegetarian and meat options, beverage choices including fresh-brewed iced tea, and dessert.Afternoon: INTERACTIVE SESSION: Peabody Conservatory Students. Meet and talk with some of the students involved in this evening's performance and learn what performing requires in terms of training, rehearsal, talent, and ability.
Following this session, there will be free time to relax or explore on your own until dinner.Dinner: Dinner this evening will be out at a popular local restaurant featuring "Creative American" cuisine with global touches from Asia to France, and Morocco in between.Evening: PERFORMANCE: Peabody Opera Theatre presents Benjamin Britten's “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” One of the greatest musical geniuses in English history, composer, conductor, and pianist Benjamin Britten wrote some of the most appealing classical music of the 20th Century. Institutions around the world celebrated his centennial year in 2013. Britten and his partner, the renowned tenor Peter Pears, wrote the libretto for "A Midsummer Night's Dream" that faithfully follows the outline of Shakespeare’s play. It is one of the most beguiling and enchanting of all Britten's operas, a work that creates a spellbinding atmosphere in a dreamlike world.Lodging: Wyndam Baltimore Peabody CourtMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
FIELD TRIP: Baltimore Museum of Art. Home to an internationally renowned collection of 19th Century, modern, and contemporary art, the BMA was founded in 1914 with a single painting and today has 90,000 works of art including the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse in the world. Two beautifully landscaped gardens display an array of 20th-century sculpture that is an oasis in the city. The BMA is a major cultural destination for the greater Baltimore region, organizing and presenting dynamic exhibitions and innovative programs throughout the year, frequently hosting special events in collaboration with other cultural and educational partners. The grand historic building was designed in the 1920s by renowned American architect John Russell Pope; a massive wing for contemporary art was added in 1994. We will explore led by a museum docent.Lunch: Lunch is on your own today. You may choose to dine at Gertrude’s Restaurant inside the BMA featuring the Chesapeake Bay cuisine of nationally acclaimed cookbook author, chef, and cooking program host John Shields. Or, return to our beautiful Mount Vernon neighborhood to choose from among the restaurants there.Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: Continue exploring the Baltimore Museum of Art or set off on your own adventures. Your group leader will be happy to offer suggestions.Dinner: Enjoy a flavorful buffet at the hotel with multiple choices including vegetarian and meat options, tasty sides, fresh bread, desserts, and beverage.Evening: PERFORMANCE: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The program includes all six of J.S. Bach's superb "Brandenburg" Concertos. Concertmaster Jonathan Carney and Associate Concertmaster Madeline Adkins take turns leading this popular Baroque masterpiece featuring Baltimore Symphony soloists in music that is the glory of the Baroque.Lodging: Wyndam Baltimore Peabody CourtMeals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Then, moderated by the group leader, share your thoughts and favorite highlights of the program.
The program concludes with this session. Please note that hotel check-out is by 11:00am.
We trust you have enjoyed this exciting new program presenting "Baltimore's Bountiful Arts" and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!Meals Included: Breakfast