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Berkshire Performances: Tanglewood, Theater and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

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Program #14963RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
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Itinerary for Aug 11 — Aug 16, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The program's high-rise hotel/conference center is in the heart of downtown Pittsfield, with panoramic views of the Berkshire Hills. Easy walks to Pittsfield's Historic District, Berkshire Museum, Colonial Theatre Restoration Project, library, visitor's center, downtown shops, hair salons, pubs, coffee shops, restaurants, laundries. Poolside restaurant in the hotel.

Contact info:
One West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 USA
phone: 413-499-2000
web: www.berkshirecrowne.com

Room amenities: Alarm Clock, Rooms Air Conditioned, All News Cable Channel, AM/FM Radio, Cable/Satellite TV, Color TV Dataport On Phone, In Room Movies, Modem Connection, Voice Mail, Coffee/Tea Maker, Hairdryer Iron/Ironing Board, Private Bath.

Facility amenities: Indoor pool, jacuzzi, fitness center, sauna, restaurants, bars. In-room dataports, voice mail, HBO, CD players. Meals and classes in hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Hotel's standard rate.
Contact hotel for extending your stay. 413-499-2000. It is suggested you ask if you may maintain the Road Scholar rate, but it is "high season" in the Berkshires, and you may be quoted the full rate. Also request that you have the same room as during the program, if possible.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, August 11 - Arrival / Orientation / Evening theatre class
Afternoon: 4:30 Orientation

Dinner: Buffet at hotel

Evening: 7:00 Discussion about play to be seen Tuesday, as well as expert reviews of other plays available on free night.
br> Participants interested in attending performances on Thursday's free evening or on nights pre- or post-program must arrange their own transportation and ticketing. Please see Day Four for additional details. You will get a portion of the industrial history of The Berkshires, in the historical saga Maid of the Mills, by our popular theatre faculty Peter Bergman. Excerpted to cover some of the years 1860 to 1912 in Pittsfield, it explores the relationships between the immigrant women, principally Irish and Polish, and the American women they encountered while working in the woolen mills in this city.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The program's high-rise hotel/conference center is in the heart of downtown Pittsfield, with panoramic views of the Berkshire Hills. Easy walks to Pittsfield's Historic District, Berkshire Museum, Colonial Theatre Restoration Project, library, visitor's center, downtown shops, hair salons, pubs, coffee shops, restaurants, laundries. Poolside restaurant in the hotel.

Contact info:
One West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 USA
phone: 413-499-2000
web: www.berkshirecrowne.com

Room amenities: Alarm Clock, Rooms Air Conditioned, All News Cable Channel, AM/FM Radio, Cable/Satellite TV, Color TV Dataport On Phone, In Room Movies, Modem Connection, Voice Mail, Coffee/Tea Maker, Hairdryer Iron/Ironing Board, Private Bath.

Facility amenities: Indoor pool, jacuzzi, fitness center, sauna, restaurants, bars. In-room dataports, voice mail, HBO, CD players. Meals and classes in hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Hotel's standard rate.
Contact hotel for extending your stay. 413-499-2000. It is suggested you ask if you may maintain the Road Scholar rate, but it is "high season" in the Berkshires, and you may be quoted the full rate. Also request that you have the same room as during the program, if possible.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, August 12 - Morning Class on the Berkshires / Excursion to th...
Morning Class on the Berkshires / Excursion to the Clark / Theatre Performance at Williamstown Theatre Festival: "The Visit" by Terrence McNally, starring Broadway legend Chita Rivera.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Introductory class about the Berkshires, by Paul Flaum. Theatre preparation class by Peter Bergman, about the play "The Visit," by Terrence McNally, starring Broadway legend Chita Rivera.

Lunch: We will eat a casual lunch either at the hotel or at The Clark.

Afternoon: We will spend the afternoon witnessing the fully reopened, newly expanded Clark, with a docent-led tour followed by time on your own to check out more of the famous collections, beautiful grounds, new buildings. There will be some free time after the museum, to stroll the Williams College campus, shop in downtown Williamstown, or sit and relax in the college library or student lounge.

Dinner: We will have dinner in Williamstown.

Evening: Williamstown Theatre Festival presents "The Visit" by Tony Award winner Terrence McNally. In her Festival debut, Broadway legend Chita Rivera embodies Claire Zachanassian, the oft-widowed richest woman in the world, who returns to the hardship-stricken town of her birth. The locals pray that her wealth will bring them a new lease on life, but the carefully plotted renewal she offers carries a dreadful price. Sardonic and morally complex, The Visit asks: What can your heart afford? (Music by John Kander. Lyrics by Fred Ebb. Based on the play by Friederich Durrenmatt. Choreographed by Graciela Daniele. Directed by John Doyle.)

Lodging: Crowne Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The program's high-rise hotel/conference center is in the heart of downtown Pittsfield, with panoramic views of the Berkshire Hills. Easy walks to Pittsfield's Historic District, Berkshire Museum, Colonial Theatre Restoration Project, library, visitor's center, downtown shops, hair salons, pubs, coffee shops, restaurants, laundries. Poolside restaurant in the hotel.

Contact info:
One West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 USA
phone: 413-499-2000
web: www.berkshirecrowne.com

Room amenities: Alarm Clock, Rooms Air Conditioned, All News Cable Channel, AM/FM Radio, Cable/Satellite TV, Color TV Dataport On Phone, In Room Movies, Modem Connection, Voice Mail, Coffee/Tea Maker, Hairdryer Iron/Ironing Board, Private Bath.

Facility amenities: Indoor pool, jacuzzi, fitness center, sauna, restaurants, bars. In-room dataports, voice mail, HBO, CD players. Meals and classes in hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Hotel's standard rate.
Contact hotel for extending your stay. 413-499-2000. It is suggested you ask if you may maintain the Road Scholar rate, but it is "high season" in the Berkshires, and you may be quoted the full rate. Also request that you have the same room as during the program, if possible.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, August 13 - Theatre Review Class / Class on Contemporary Danc...
Theatre Review Class / Class on Contemporary Dance / Visit from theatre staff member / Brazil's Companhia Urbana de Danca at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Theatre review class, followed by class on contemporary dance.

Lunch: Buffet lunch at hotel

Afternoon: Coach bus trip to Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket. Tour of the grounds.

Afternoon: Optional film about Jacob's Pillow, "Men Who Danced." Free time.

Dinner: At Jacob's Pillow

Evening: Inside Out performance (outdoors, weather permitting). Dinner at the Pillow. Pre-performance talk by Pillow staff. Conclude tonight's Pillow experience with Companhia Urbana de Danca. Choreographer Sonia Destri Lie is known for combining high-energy hip-hop dance with dramatic, creative contemporary choreography. Her company features virtuosic street dancers from the suburbs and favelas of Rio de Janeiro, who incorporate hip-hop, urban, contemporary, and Brazilian social dance into every show. Following their rousing Pillow debut in 2013, Urbana de Danca burns up the floor with joy, athleticism, and an all-new program including Na Pista and Suite Funk.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The program's high-rise hotel/conference center is in the heart of downtown Pittsfield, with panoramic views of the Berkshire Hills. Easy walks to Pittsfield's Historic District, Berkshire Museum, Colonial Theatre Restoration Project, library, visitor's center, downtown shops, hair salons, pubs, coffee shops, restaurants, laundries. Poolside restaurant in the hotel.

Contact info:
One West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 USA
phone: 413-499-2000
web: www.berkshirecrowne.com

Room amenities: Alarm Clock, Rooms Air Conditioned, All News Cable Channel, AM/FM Radio, Cable/Satellite TV, Color TV Dataport On Phone, In Room Movies, Modem Connection, Voice Mail, Coffee/Tea Maker, Hairdryer Iron/Ironing Board, Private Bath.

Facility amenities: Indoor pool, jacuzzi, fitness center, sauna, restaurants, bars. In-room dataports, voice mail, HBO, CD players. Meals and classes in hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Hotel's standard rate.
Contact hotel for extending your stay. 413-499-2000. It is suggested you ask if you may maintain the Road Scholar rate, but it is "high season" in the Berkshires, and you may be quoted the full rate. Also request that you have the same room as during the program, if possible.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, August 14 - Closed rehearsal at Tanglewood / Talks and Walks ...
Closed rehearsal at Tanglewood / Talks and Walks at Tanglewood / Free Evening

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: We will spend the day at Tanglewood in Lenox, with two or more hours as the special guests of the BSO in their otherwise closed rehearsal.

Lunch: Boxed lunch at Tanglewood

Afternoon: After lunch in the Tent Club, we will hear either a guest artist or a staff member from the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. The talk will be followed by a tour of the grounds. The afternoon will end with an overview class about the Friday night Tanglewood experience of the group.

Evening: Free evening to explore the area or take in a performance on your own. You will be provided with a complete list of restaurants and evening performance options.

Those attending performances must arrange their own transportation and ticketing. Ticket prices vary. Tanglewood: 888-266-1200. Jacob’s Pillow: 413-243-0745. Barrington Stage Company: 413-236-8888. Berkshire Theatre Group: 413-997-4444. Shakespeare & Company: 413-637-3353. Williamstown Theatre Festival: 413-597-3383.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The program's high-rise hotel/conference center is in the heart of downtown Pittsfield, with panoramic views of the Berkshire Hills. Easy walks to Pittsfield's Historic District, Berkshire Museum, Colonial Theatre Restoration Project, library, visitor's center, downtown shops, hair salons, pubs, coffee shops, restaurants, laundries. Poolside restaurant in the hotel.

Contact info:
One West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 USA
phone: 413-499-2000
web: www.berkshirecrowne.com

Room amenities: Alarm Clock, Rooms Air Conditioned, All News Cable Channel, AM/FM Radio, Cable/Satellite TV, Color TV Dataport On Phone, In Room Movies, Modem Connection, Voice Mail, Coffee/Tea Maker, Hairdryer Iron/Ironing Board, Private Bath.

Facility amenities: Indoor pool, jacuzzi, fitness center, sauna, restaurants, bars. In-room dataports, voice mail, HBO, CD players. Meals and classes in hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Hotel's standard rate.
Contact hotel for extending your stay. 413-499-2000. It is suggested you ask if you may maintain the Road Scholar rate, but it is "high season" in the Berkshires, and you may be quoted the full rate. Also request that you have the same room as during the program, if possible.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, August 15 - Class to prepare for evening concert / Review of ...
Class to prepare for evening concert / Review of Jacob's Pillow Performance / Tanglewood: Guest artists Emanuel Ax, Elena Manistina, and The Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor; Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Classes to prepare for your full enjoyment of the concert tonight.

Lunch: Buffet at hotel

Afternoon: Class review of Jacob's Pillow performance Wednesday. Free time.

Dinner: Boxed meal at Tanglewood

Evening: The 6:00 Prelude Concert at Tanglewood's beautiful Ozawa Hall is usually chamber music by members of the BSO, TBA. The 8:30 Shed concert features guest artists Emanuel Ax (piano), Elena Manistina (mezzo-soprano), and The Tanglewood Festival Chorus conducted by John Oliver. Conductor, Stephane Deneve, conducting Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor; and Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Saturday, August 16 - Departure
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast at the hotel, you will check out by 11:00am.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Central Berkshires - Pittsfield
Arrowhead, Home of Herman MelvilleRegistered National Historic Landmark, where Moby Dick was written. Charming 18th century farmhouse complimented by period furnishings and inspiring natural surroundings. 780 Holmes Road Pittsfield, MA 01201 413-442-1793
For additional information, visit: www.mobydick.org
Berkshire MuseumThe area’s only art, history and natural science museum for families. Fine arts galleries, aquarium, dinosaurs and paleontology gallery. Alexander Calder toys and mobiles. 39 South Street Pittsfield, MA 01201 413-442-9955
For additional information, visit: www.Berkshiremuseum.org
Canoe Meadows Wildlife SanctuaryThe sanctuary is located just one mile from the center of Pittsfield and attracts a variety of birds such as bobolinks, ospreys, and great blue herons at different times of year. Three miles of trails wind through the sanctuary’s scenic woods, fields, and wetlands, and along the edge of the Housatonic River. Keep your eyes open for signs of beavers, otters, and wild turkeys while exploring Canoe Meadows. Holmes Road Pittsfield, MA 413-637-0320
For additional information, visit: www.massaudubon.org
Chesterwood, home and studio of Daniel Chester FrenchDiscover the place that inspired a sculptor to inspire a nation, through sculptures such as Abe Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial and the Minuteman in Concord. Visit the studio, residence, garden, grounds, and galleries. 4 Williamsville Road Stockbridge, MA 01262 413-298-3579
For additional information, visit: www.chesterwood.org
Hancock Shaker VillageExplore twenty historic Shaker buildings set among acres of gardens, far and pasture. Changing exhibitions, activities, tours and presentations of Shaker crafts, music, worship, life offer a variety of experiences. Route 20 Pittsfield, MA 01201 413-817-1137
For additional information, visit: www.hancockshakervillage.org
Mass MoCAHoused on a beautifully restored 19th century factory campus, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is one of the largest centers for contemporary art in the country. 87 Marshall Street North Adams, MA 01247 413-664-4481
For additional information, visit: www.massmoca.org
Mount Greylock State ReservationAt 3,491 feet, Mount Greylock is the highest peak in Massachusetts. Arriving at the summit by foot-trail or auto road you may see a panorama of five states, visit the Veterans War Memorial Tower , or relax in rustic Bascom Lodge which also offers overnight accommodations and meals. The reservation has over 70 miles of trails including a section of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail . Rockwell Rd., Lanesborough, MA 413-499-4262 or 413-499-4263
Naumkeag House & GardensAn original 1886 Berkshire Country Cottage surrounded by one of the most beautiful gardens in America. 5 Prospect Hill Road Stockbridge, MA 01262 413-298-3239
For additional information, visit: www.thetrustees.org/naumkeag.cfm
Pittsfield Visitors CenterA good souce of information on everything happening in the Berkshires and especially in Pittsfield. Pittsfield Visitors Center being relocated summer 2011 to Colonial Theatre Lobby on South Street, across from hotel Pittsfield, MA 01201 413-395-0105
For additional information, visit: www.berkshires.org
Pleasant Valley Wildlife SanctuaryPleasant Valley’s thriving beaver population is one of the many fascinating features of this sanctuary. When you walk along Yokun Brook, take note of the “lodges” of tree branches and mud, where these nocturnal creatures spend their days. Salamander migrations are a major spring event along West Mountain Road. Seven miles of trails that wind through hardwood forest, meadows, wetlands, and along the slopes of Lenox Mountain make this site an excellent location for hiking. 472 West Mountain Road Lenox, MA 01240 413-637-0320
For additional information, visit: www.massaudubon.org
The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Estate and Gardens[Note: 2013 Road Scholar programs 14963 will be visiting the Mount on Tuesdays.] Elegant 1902 mansion and magnificent formal gardens designed by the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and authority on architecture, interior design and gardens. (May be included in week's program.) 2 Plunkett Street Lenox, MA 01240 413-637-1899
For additional information, visit: www.EdithWharton.org
Ventfort Hall, Museum of the Gilded AgeAn 1893 Gilded Age mansion, built by Sarah and George Morgan. Location of the St. Clouds Orphanage in the Miramax film Cider House Rules. 104 Walker Street Lenox, MA 01240 413-637-3206
For additional information, visit: www.gildedage.org
Williams College Museum of ArtFourteen galleries, new exhibitions monthly, 12,000 objects emphasizing American, contemporary, modern and non-western art. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Suite 2 Williamstown, MA 01267 413-597-2429
For additional information, visit: www.wcma.org

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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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
6 Performances

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