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Philadelphia’s Cultural Pearls Featuring the Barnes Foundation

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Program #9068RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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Itinerary for May 9 — May 12, 2014

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Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Club Quarters is a private hotel available to members only. It is housed in an architecturally significant building constructed in the 1920s in the then-popular Georgian Revival style, for Provident National Bank. Our meals are in Davios restaurant (one of Philadelphia's finest). This stylish, upscale restaurant offers a variety of Northern Italian specialties. Philadelphia Magazine "Best of Philly" Award 2000, 2004, 2005. Wine Spectator Magazine "Award of Excellence" 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006. The hotel is ideally located in the Rittenhouse Square District and close to, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and centered around world-class dining restaurants and shopping, and all the unique historical sites that make Philadelphia a national treasure. With easy access to I-95, Philadelphia International Airport is only 20 minutes from our hotel. Located in the heart of the city's Business District at 1628 Chestnut Street and within walking distance of most cultural, historical, and family oriented attractions including Rittenhouse Square, Antique Row and the Academy of Natural Sciences. Adjacent to Liberty Place with over 70 unique boutiques and restaurants and easily accessible to the convention Center, 30th Street train station, and major universities. It’s restaurant/bar, Davio's, is a famous Northern Italian style restaurant.

Contact info:
1628 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA
phone: 215-282-5010
web: www.clubquarters.com

Room amenities: Free wireless Internet access, 2 line speaker phone, voicemail, HDTV cable television, hair dryer, tea/coffee/maker, iron, room service. Mini refrigerator and microwave available in some rooms. Please contact Road Scholar Customer Service if you will need a mini refrigerator.

Facility amenities: Instant check-in/fast check-out, 24-hour Member Service Desk, free purified chilled bottle water on all floors, fitness room and delivery of exercise equipment to room free of charge, automatic Gold Status on your first stay, complimentary coffee and snack station, restaurant, bar, and meeting rooms.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 2014 $119 + 15.5%tax
Additional nights- pre and post cost for 2014 $119 + 15.5% tax. Advance reservations required.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Friday, May 09 - Registration/Orientation/Dinner/Curtis Institute ...
Registration/Orientation/Dinner/Curtis Institute of Music Student Recital

Note: 3 block walk to/from Curtis Mansion

Afternoon: Registration at 4:00 PM, followed by orientation.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Evening: This evening we will attend a student music recital at the Curtis Mansion on Rittenhouse Square. 3 Blocks from the hotel.

Lodging: Club Quarters Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Club Quarters is a private hotel available to members only. It is housed in an architecturally significant building constructed in the 1920s in the then-popular Georgian Revival style, for Provident National Bank. Our meals are in Davios restaurant (one of Philadelphia's finest). This stylish, upscale restaurant offers a variety of Northern Italian specialties. Philadelphia Magazine "Best of Philly" Award 2000, 2004, 2005. Wine Spectator Magazine "Award of Excellence" 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006. The hotel is ideally located in the Rittenhouse Square District and close to, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and centered around world-class dining restaurants and shopping, and all the unique historical sites that make Philadelphia a national treasure. With easy access to I-95, Philadelphia International Airport is only 20 minutes from our hotel. Located in the heart of the city's Business District at 1628 Chestnut Street and within walking distance of most cultural, historical, and family oriented attractions including Rittenhouse Square, Antique Row and the Academy of Natural Sciences. Adjacent to Liberty Place with over 70 unique boutiques and restaurants and easily accessible to the convention Center, 30th Street train station, and major universities. It’s restaurant/bar, Davio's, is a famous Northern Italian style restaurant.

Contact info:
1628 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA
phone: 215-282-5010
web: www.clubquarters.com

Room amenities: Free wireless Internet access, 2 line speaker phone, voicemail, HDTV cable television, hair dryer, tea/coffee/maker, iron, room service. Mini refrigerator and microwave available in some rooms. Please contact Road Scholar Customer Service if you will need a mini refrigerator.

Facility amenities: Instant check-in/fast check-out, 24-hour Member Service Desk, free purified chilled bottle water on all floors, fitness room and delivery of exercise equipment to room free of charge, automatic Gold Status on your first stay, complimentary coffee and snack station, restaurant, bar, and meeting rooms.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 2014 $119 + 15.5%tax
Additional nights- pre and post cost for 2014 $119 + 15.5% tax. Advance reservations required.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Saturday, May 10 - Field trip to the National Constitution Center/Ro...
Field trip to the National Constitution Center/Rodin Museum/Philadelphia Museum of Art/Orchestra & Opera "Salome" performance

Note: Limited walking at Nat. Constitution Ctr. and Rodin Museum. Lots of walking at Art Museum (pace it to your own stamina). Wheelchairs are available.

Breakfast: at hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: to the National Constitution Center which opened in 2003 and is the leading center on The Constitution, the Bill of rights and the amendments. We will then visit the Rodin Museum, which houses the largest collection of Rodin sculptures outside of Paris.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own today at The Philadelphia Museum of Art following our trip to the Rodin Museum.

Afternoon: After lunch at one of the cafes or the cafeteria, we will meet our educator, Betsy Anderson to explore the galleries at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Dinner: Dinner at a local Restaurant

Evening: PERFORMANCE OF ORCHESTRA & OPERA: Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor Considered scandalous when it premiered in 1905, and banned for years in the U.S. and elsewhere, Strauss's adaptation of Oscar Wilde's play is among the most important musical works of the 20th century. Mahler, who attended the 1906 premiere along with Puccini, Zemlinsky, and Schoenberg, praised the piece as "one of the greatest masterworks of our time." This fast-paced, one-act opera is known as much for its revolutionary use of large-scale orchestra and virtuosic singers as it is for its graphic depiction of this deeply psychological tale. At the core of this erotically-charged opera set in biblical times exists a tangled and disturbed triangle: the persecuted John the Baptist, a lecherous King Herod, and the monarch's pathologically seductive stepdaughter, Salome, who eventually demands the head of the imprisoned prophet on a silver platter. This virtuosic score of massive proportions culminates with the famous and controversial "Dance of the Seven Veils," as well as an explicit scene with the beheaded prisoner. A production team comprised of stage director Kevin Newbury and designer Vita Tzykun gives this age-old biblical tale a timeless treatment, transforming Verizon Hall with custom-built design and staging elements, stylized costumes, theatrical lighting, and innovative design elements such as sculptural pieces integrated into the hall's architecture. The result is a completely immersive, 4-D concert environment--one that transports the audience into the heart of the action, with the musical score as the driving force.

Lodging: Club Quarters Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Club Quarters is a private hotel available to members only. It is housed in an architecturally significant building constructed in the 1920s in the then-popular Georgian Revival style, for Provident National Bank. Our meals are in Davios restaurant (one of Philadelphia's finest). This stylish, upscale restaurant offers a variety of Northern Italian specialties. Philadelphia Magazine "Best of Philly" Award 2000, 2004, 2005. Wine Spectator Magazine "Award of Excellence" 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006. The hotel is ideally located in the Rittenhouse Square District and close to, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and centered around world-class dining restaurants and shopping, and all the unique historical sites that make Philadelphia a national treasure. With easy access to I-95, Philadelphia International Airport is only 20 minutes from our hotel. Located in the heart of the city's Business District at 1628 Chestnut Street and within walking distance of most cultural, historical, and family oriented attractions including Rittenhouse Square, Antique Row and the Academy of Natural Sciences. Adjacent to Liberty Place with over 70 unique boutiques and restaurants and easily accessible to the convention Center, 30th Street train station, and major universities. It’s restaurant/bar, Davio's, is a famous Northern Italian style restaurant.

Contact info:
1628 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA
phone: 215-282-5010
web: www.clubquarters.com

Room amenities: Free wireless Internet access, 2 line speaker phone, voicemail, HDTV cable television, hair dryer, tea/coffee/maker, iron, room service. Mini refrigerator and microwave available in some rooms. Please contact Road Scholar Customer Service if you will need a mini refrigerator.

Facility amenities: Instant check-in/fast check-out, 24-hour Member Service Desk, free purified chilled bottle water on all floors, fitness room and delivery of exercise equipment to room free of charge, automatic Gold Status on your first stay, complimentary coffee and snack station, restaurant, bar, and meeting rooms.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 2014 $119 + 15.5%tax
Additional nights- pre and post cost for 2014 $119 + 15.5% tax. Advance reservations required.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Sunday, May 11 - Liberty Bell/Independence Hall/Barnes on the Park...
Note: 2 blocks of walking around Independence Hall & Liberty Bell. Barnes Foundation limited walking: 12 galleries to view (benches in every gallery). Wheelchairs are available.

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: After breakfast we leave for America's most historic mile to l visit Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. The old cracked Bell still proclaims liberty and Independence Hall echoes the words, "We the People." Explore Franklin's Philadelphia and learn about the past and America's continuing struggle to fulfill the Founders' declaration that "all men are created equal."

Lunch: lunch out

Afternoon: Our afternoon is a delight with entry to The Barnes on the Parkway. Between 1912 and 1951, Albert C. Barnes assembled one of the finest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modern paintings in the world. Acquiring works by some of the most daring artists of the time Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Chaim Soutine, and Vincent van Gogh, among others?Barnes marked himself as a collector of great ambition and audacity.

Dinner: At hotel or at a popular restaurant.

Lodging: Club Quarters Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Monday, May 12 - Morning lecture/lunch/program ends.
Breakfast: Hotel dining room. Checkout is 12 Noon. Bags can be stored with the concierge.

Morning: Following our lecture we will enjoy a farewell lunch at the hotel at 11:30 AM. Box lunches are not available.

Morning: We will be listening to a lecture on Philadelphia architecture.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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3 nights of accommodations
7 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
2 Performances

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4.7
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