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 in hotel
Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. In addition to the regular Road Scholar meal plan, this hotel offers a vegetarian meal option. Unfortunately, there are no other special meal options. Participants with special dietary needs should be prepared to avoid certain foods or supplement the regular meal plan as needed.Evening:
INTRODUCTIONS: Participants introduce themselves to the rest of the group.
Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Dinner
Come listen to the greatest operatic voices from the dawn of recorded sound to the present. From Caruso to Ponselle, Sills and Pavarotti, hear what made these voices so sublime. Plus, you’ll hear fun and dramatic anecdotes about the world of opera!
Lunch: Lunch in hotelAfternoon: CLASS: The Golden Age of OperaDinner: Dinner in hotelEvening: CLASS: Music in the Movies: The Great Composers of Hollywood
From the father of film music, Max Steiner (Gone with the Wind), to the brooding work of Bernard Herrmann, to the sublime work of Henry Mancini, we cover the spectrum of Hollywood's great musical scores and their effect on films that we love.
Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
From zoot suits and saddle shoes to sock hops, malt shops and big tail fins we discover how the swing era climaxed, kept swinging and with the help of television became a multi-layered pop culture with the Hit Parade, country music, rhythm and blues, and cool jazz. Enjoy the journey with songs such as I’m Beginning to See the Light, String of Pearls, Harbor Lights, The Tennesee Waltz, All Shook Up, Blueberry Hill, Take Five, Only You and Rock Around the Clock. Includes live and recorded music plus video.
Lunch: Lunch in hotelAfternoon: CLASS: Swinging into the Fabulous FiftiesDinner: Dinner in hotelEvening: Free time to socialize with fellow participants.Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
No other instrument better exemplifies the Romantic era in music than the piano. More than a century after the fact, the music composed for the piano throughout the 19th century remains the staple for performers and audience members alike. No other classical music is more dearly loved. Piano masterpieces by Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, Liszt, Debussy, and others will engage, enrich and entertain participants.Lunch: Lunch in hotelAfternoon: CLASS: Piano Music of the Romantic EraDinner: Dinner in hotelEvening: CLASS: Music in the Movies: Hollywood's Great ComposersLodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Explore the works of verbal virtuosos like Ira Gershwin (Embraceable You), Yip Harburg (Over the Rainbow), Lorenz Hart (My Funny Valentine), Alan Jay Lerner (My Fair Lady), Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof) and Fred Ebb (Cabaret).
Lunch: Lunch in hotelAfternoon: FIELD TRIP to San Francisco for backstage docent-led visits of Davies Symphony Hall, War Memorial Opera House and Herbst Theater in the War Memorial Veterans Building. Please see details in the Activity Notes section below.Dinner: Dinner in hotelEvening: MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT with Mark Levy
Mark has been performing and singing since birth according to his mother, a singer of show tunes and opera herself. He sings songs from all over the world, from the American songbook, folk music of many traditions, and accompanies himself on guitar. His travel schedule includes coast to coast tours, Europe and Road Scholar programs in many locations for the past 20 years.Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The program is concluded after lunch; hotel checkout is by noon.Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch