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GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA

Celebrate Classical Music at the Eastern Music Festival

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Program #17873RJ
5 Days | 4 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 Jul 19 — Jul 23, 2013

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Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel is named after O. Henry, the distinguished and world-renowned short story writer, who was born in Greensboro as William Sydney Porter in 1862. The O. Henry Hotel was designed to embrace the idea of being “in and of” the city of Greensboro. They have used many local materials, emphasized various landmarks of the city, and selected a location where our guests can enjoy lovely views of Greensboro. They took some design cues from the original O. Henry Hotel, built downtown in 1919 and demolished in the 1970s. The O. Henry Hotel is also forward-looking and provide state of the art amenities for the comfort and convenience of their guests.

Contact info:
624 Green Valley Road
Greensboro, NC 27408 USA
phone: 800-965-8259
web: www.ohenryhotel.com

Room amenities: Get a great night’s sleep in the O.Henry's over sized guestrooms with 9-foot ceilings, cove moldings, and double walls for soundproofing separate rooms. The guestroom baths are divided into separate bath and dressing rooms.

Facility amenities: A complimentary "home-cooked" breakfast buffet is served in the Pavilion each morning. Enjoy a “good ol’ North Carolina” breakfast with homemade biscuits, sausage and gravy, eggs, and stone ground local grits--or opt for the lighter fare of homemade breads, pastries, assorted fruits, cereal and yogurt. Other amenities include complimentary airport transportation (including our popular London Taxi), high speed Internet, and pool and fitness center.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $124, plus tax for a King room
Please make arrangements for additional nights at the O.Henry directly.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Friday, July 19 - This evening's exciting concert features EMF's Yo...
This evening's exciting concert features EMF's Young Artists Orchestra, a high caliber ensemble comprised of some of the world's most accomplished pre-professional musicians.

Note: Trip includes a short walk on brick sidewalks plus a short flight of stairs. Wheel chairs will need to use alternate entrance.

Arrive To: Arrive and check-in at the historic O.Henry Hotel.

Dinner: Enjoy fine dining in a casual setting at the hotel. Orientation will occur during the meal.

Evening: Attend an exhilarating performance by EMF's Young Artists Orchestra, an ensemble comprised of some of the world's top pre-professional musicians ages 14-22. Preceding the concert, participate in Musically Speaking, an informal lecture that gives a brief history of the pieces performed in the evening's concert. Repertoire will be announced closer to the opening of the Festival.

Lodging: O.Henry Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel is named after O. Henry, the distinguished and world-renowned short story writer, who was born in Greensboro as William Sydney Porter in 1862. The O. Henry Hotel was designed to embrace the idea of being “in and of” the city of Greensboro. They have used many local materials, emphasized various landmarks of the city, and selected a location where our guests can enjoy lovely views of Greensboro. They took some design cues from the original O. Henry Hotel, built downtown in 1919 and demolished in the 1970s. The O. Henry Hotel is also forward-looking and provide state of the art amenities for the comfort and convenience of their guests.

Contact info:
624 Green Valley Road
Greensboro, NC 27408 USA
phone: 800-965-8259
web: www.ohenryhotel.com

Room amenities: Get a great night’s sleep in the O.Henry's over sized guestrooms with 9-foot ceilings, cove moldings, and double walls for soundproofing separate rooms. The guestroom baths are divided into separate bath and dressing rooms.

Facility amenities: A complimentary "home-cooked" breakfast buffet is served in the Pavilion each morning. Enjoy a “good ol’ North Carolina” breakfast with homemade biscuits, sausage and gravy, eggs, and stone ground local grits--or opt for the lighter fare of homemade breads, pastries, assorted fruits, cereal and yogurt. Other amenities include complimentary airport transportation (including our popular London Taxi), high speed Internet, and pool and fitness center.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $124, plus tax for a King room
Please make arrangements for additional nights at the O.Henry directly.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Saturday, July 20 - Take a Journey with Jazz! Visit the trumpet of Mi...
Take a Journey with Jazz! Visit the trumpet of Miles Davis, hear a live jazz quartet and receive behind-the-scenes insight into the music (New in 2012!). After lunch, meander the galleries of Weatherspoon Art Museum. In the evening, experience the Eastern Festival Orchestra conducted by renowned Maestro Gerard Schwarz.

Note: Field trip includes several short walks and a minimum of stairs. As it may be warm in July in North Carolina, wear cool clothing with layers for indoor air-conditioning.

Breakfast: Enjoy a "home-cooked North Carolina” breakfast at the hotel with homemade biscuits, sausage and gravy, eggs, and stone ground local grits--or opt for the lighter fare of homemade breads, pastries, assorted fruits, cereal and yogurt.

Morning: Travel to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to hear a live jazz quartet and lecture that offers an exciting new perspective of this rich and cool American musical genre. After the performance, visit the trumpet of Miles Davis.

Lunch: Continue a few short blocks by bus and be welcomed by tables set with delicious boxed lunches provided by the O.Henry Hotel and served in Weatherspoon Art Museum to help facilitate a sufficient amount of time to relax and take pleasure in a leisurely afternoon.

Afternoon: After lunch, spend time strolling through the galleries of Weatherspoon Art Museum or have coffee and conversation in a shop popular among many jazz players.

Dinner: A delicious meal will be provided by the O.Henry Hotel.

Evening: The Eastern Festival Orchestra (EMF's faculty orchestra comprised of professional musicians from around the country), acclaimed pianist Andre Watts, and renowned conductor Gerard Schwarz will perform some of history's greatest works. Before the performance, attend an informative and energetic pre-concert lecture by Dr. Greg Carroll, professor at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

Lodging: O.Henry Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel is named after O. Henry, the distinguished and world-renowned short story writer, who was born in Greensboro as William Sydney Porter in 1862. The O. Henry Hotel was designed to embrace the idea of being “in and of” the city of Greensboro. They have used many local materials, emphasized various landmarks of the city, and selected a location where our guests can enjoy lovely views of Greensboro. They took some design cues from the original O. Henry Hotel, built downtown in 1919 and demolished in the 1970s. The O. Henry Hotel is also forward-looking and provide state of the art amenities for the comfort and convenience of their guests.

Contact info:
624 Green Valley Road
Greensboro, NC 27408 USA
phone: 800-965-8259
web: www.ohenryhotel.com

Room amenities: Get a great night’s sleep in the O.Henry's over sized guestrooms with 9-foot ceilings, cove moldings, and double walls for soundproofing separate rooms. The guestroom baths are divided into separate bath and dressing rooms.

Facility amenities: A complimentary "home-cooked" breakfast buffet is served in the Pavilion each morning. Enjoy a “good ol’ North Carolina” breakfast with homemade biscuits, sausage and gravy, eggs, and stone ground local grits--or opt for the lighter fare of homemade breads, pastries, assorted fruits, cereal and yogurt. Other amenities include complimentary airport transportation (including our popular London Taxi), high speed Internet, and pool and fitness center.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $124, plus tax for a King room
Please make arrangements for additional nights at the O.Henry directly.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Sunday, July 21 - Learn from oboist Karen Birch Blundell about what...
Learn from oboist Karen Birch Blundell about what separates an average performance from a spectacular one, attend a Young Artists Piano Recital and participate in a Q & A session with student musicians and Resident Conductors José-Luis Novo and Grant Cooper.

Note: Same venue as Friday evening.

Breakfast: Enjoy a "home-cooked North Carolina” breakfast at the hotel with homemade biscuits, sausage and gravy, eggs, and stone ground local grits--or opt for the lighter fare of homemade breads, pastries, assorted fruits, cereal and yogurt.

Morning: Begin the day with a lecture-demonstration, “The Devil is in the Details” given by EMF faculty Karen Birch Blundell as she offers a hands on exploration of the minute considerations that bring music to life for the listener.

Lunch: A light, savory lunch will be provided at the O.Henry.

Afternoon: Begin the afternoon with a session of Tai chi, led by EMF faculty Gideon Rubin. Tai chi uses breath, slow movement, and concentration to energize and relax the mind and body. Many musicians and non-musicians practice Tai chi to increase their concentration and coordination. Afterward, head to the Guilford College campus for an afternoon of "Behind the Scenes at EMF!" Hear some of the nation's finest student pianists in a Young Artists Piano Recital, and participate in a Q & A session with EMF students and Resident Conductor José-Luis Novo.

Dinner: Experience delicious cuisine at Print Works Bistro with Conductors José-Luis Novo and Grant Cooper, giving you an up-close and personal look at the lives of conductors.

Evening: Take an evening to relax at the hotel or visit the nearby cinema.

Lodging: O.Henry Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel is named after O. Henry, the distinguished and world-renowned short story writer, who was born in Greensboro as William Sydney Porter in 1862. The O. Henry Hotel was designed to embrace the idea of being “in and of” the city of Greensboro. They have used many local materials, emphasized various landmarks of the city, and selected a location where our guests can enjoy lovely views of Greensboro. They took some design cues from the original O. Henry Hotel, built downtown in 1919 and demolished in the 1970s. The O. Henry Hotel is also forward-looking and provide state of the art amenities for the comfort and convenience of their guests.

Contact info:
624 Green Valley Road
Greensboro, NC 27408 USA
phone: 800-965-8259
web: www.ohenryhotel.com

Room amenities: Get a great night’s sleep in the O.Henry's over sized guestrooms with 9-foot ceilings, cove moldings, and double walls for soundproofing separate rooms. The guestroom baths are divided into separate bath and dressing rooms.

Facility amenities: A complimentary "home-cooked" breakfast buffet is served in the Pavilion each morning. Enjoy a “good ol’ North Carolina” breakfast with homemade biscuits, sausage and gravy, eggs, and stone ground local grits--or opt for the lighter fare of homemade breads, pastries, assorted fruits, cereal and yogurt. Other amenities include complimentary airport transportation (including our popular London Taxi), high speed Internet, and pool and fitness center.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $124, plus tax for a King room
Please make arrangements for additional nights at the O.Henry directly.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Monday, July 22 - Visit the unique Cello Music Collection at Univer...
Visit the unique Cello Music Collection at University of NC-Greensboro; the largest holding of cello music materials in the world. In the evening, enjoy the opportunity to hear the talent of EMF faculty in a chamber music performance.

Note: Morning field trip includes a little longer walk and a choice of steps or small elevator to reach exhibit area. Evening concert involves short walk with no stairs.

Breakfast: Enjoy a "home-cooked North Carolina” breakfast at the hotel with homemade biscuits, sausage and gravy, eggs, and stone ground local grits--or opt for the lighter fare of homemade breads, pastries, assorted fruits, cereal and yogurt.

Morning: Visit the impressive Cello Music Collections at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The Collections constitute the largest single holding of cello music-related materials in the world, including music libraries of eight prodigious cellists, original compositions, transcriptions, performance scores with hand-written notations by the performer, and personal papers. The program will consist of a discussion about the procurement of the Luigi Silva Collection initiated by Elizabeth Cowling; a documentary short film, BERNARD GREENHOUSE: SONG OF THE BIRDS, by Joanna Hay Productions for the University Libraries Cello Music Collection at UNC-Greensboro, 2010; and an overview of the preservation of materials in the Cello Music Collections. In addition, receive another interactive lecture focusing on the repertoire performed at this evening's chamber concert.

Lunch: During a delectable lunch at the Print Works Bistro, have the opportunity for a Q and A session with EMF student musicians. Students will be seated at various tables to facilitate discussion.

Afternoon: Enjoy an afternoon of free time. Information will be provided about nearby sites of interest.

Dinner: Savor a final dinner at the O.Henry hotel before heading to the concert.

Evening: Travel to the University of North Carolina's lovely and acoustically superb Recital Hall for an evening of chamber music of the highest caliber. The Eastern Chamber Players are ensembles created by the EMF faculty musicians and guest artists. Repertoire will be announced closer to the opening of the Festival.

Lodging: O.Henry Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five: Tuesday, July 23 - Enjoy a final lecture led by Dr. Timothy H. Linde...
Enjoy a final lecture led by Dr. Timothy H. Lindeman on the beauty of Beethoven followed by a performance of one of the six quartets from Beethoven’s Opus 18 by some of EMF’s finest young emerging artists.

Breakfast: Enjoy a "home-cooked North Carolina” breakfast at the hotel with homemade biscuits, sausage and gravy, eggs, and stone ground local grits--or opt for the lighter fare of homemade breads, pastries, assorted fruits, cereal and yogurt.

Morning: Join Dr. Timothy H. Lindeman, a well-known writer, scholar, performer, lecturer, professor and Chair of the Music Department at Guilford College for an interesting and inspired discussion about Beethoven. Following the lecture, listen and integrate the information received as a group of fine musicians form a quartet to reflect the sounds from Beethoven’s Opus 18.

Lunch: Enjoy a final lunch at the O.Henry Hotel with a performance by one of EMF's top-notch student chamber ensembles.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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