What makes these legendary pianists so great? William Wellborn provides fascinating historical background about these great artists and details about their careers, along with many delightful anecdotes. The major focus is on some truly legendary recordings by these important musicians, who were among the most prominent figures of their day and remain unforgotten by modern audiences.Lunch: NoonAfternoon: 1-3pm: Legendary Pianists: Paderewski, Rachmaninoff & MoreDinner: 5:30pmEvening: 7-9pm: The Great Religions of the World
This program offers the participant an opportunity to learn about some of the important aspects of the great religions of today’s world. Each program will include a discussion of the nature of religious thought, practice and tradition, and then an overview/ history of that particular tradition’s worldview, practices and engagement with the larger world community. Possible traditions include Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity. A discussion of some of the major sects of each tradition will be included.Lodging: Hilton San Francisco Airport BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The Hanna House was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1936 for Stanford Professor Paul Hanna and his wife, Jean, who were specialists in childhood education. Wright had become interested in designing elegant and affordable homes for the American middle class to create a more harmonious, enlightened society.
The long-term collaboration between the Hannas and Wright resulted in an unprecedented design: a house based on hexagonal geometry, with no right angles in the floor plan. This radical experimentation allowed Wright to explore open spatial planning. Hanna House was a turning point in his career, leading to ideas later evidenced in the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
The Hannas lived in the house until giving it to Stanford in 1975. It housed four university provosts until suffering severe damage in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. It underwent complex restoration, made complicated by its unique design, and reopened to the public in 1999. (Courtesy of the Hanna House)Lunch: 2:15-3:15Afternoon: Free timeDinner: 5:30pmEvening: 7-9pm: Great Religions of the WestLodging: Hilton San Francisco Airport BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Architectural styles are determined by the philosophy and culture in which they were made. We will consider Egyptian pyramids; Classical structures; Romanesque and Gothic religious styles; Renaissance palaces and churches; Baroque and Rococo buildings; Neo-classical and Beaux Arts revival; and finally, modern styles with a focus on Frank Lloyd Wright.Lunch: NoonAfternoon: 1:30-3:30pm: San Francisco History and Neighborhoods
Americans have two hometowns: their own and San Francisco. Enjoy an engaging look at the City by the Bay starting with its founding in 1776 through the Gold Rush, 1906 earthquake, and 1967 Summer of Love while discovering its charming neighborhoods.Dinner: 5:30pmEvening: Free timeLodging: Hilton San Francisco Airport BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Look back at the American presidents of the 20th century and their effect on history. These include Woodrow Wilson, FDR, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.Lunch: NoonAfternoon: 1:30-3:30pm: The Story of Architecture: From the Pyramids to Frank Lloyd WrightDinner: 5:30pmEvening: 7:15-8pm: Live entertainmentLodging: Hilton San Francisco Airport BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner