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Celebrate Classical Music at the Eastern Music Festival

Program Number: 17873RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/19/2013 - 7/23/2013;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
Price starting at: $889.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Music Festivals
Meals: 12; 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Kosher; Gluten Free; Low Salt    

The Eastern Music Festival is one of the country's top summer music events, uniting accomplished artists, first-rate music faculty and gifted young musicians from across the U.S. and around the world. Spend four days reveling in the highlights of this spectacular festival, including concerts, recitals, rehearsals and the in-depth enrichment of lecturers, conductors and professional musicians who provide a behind-the-scenes look at contemporary music study.




Highlights

• Attend concerts by such ensembles as the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra and the Young Artists Orchestra, comprising the world's most accomplished pre-professional musicians.
• Explore the fabulous Cello Music Collection at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, including a look at rare manuscripts and a study of how the documents were acquired.
• Learn from professional orchestral musicians and ethnomusicologists about current music-related topics, such as careers in music and the recording industry.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.




Date Specific Information

7-19-2013

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Greensboro

The Tar Heel State’s third-largest city, Greensboro is a diverse, modern center of business and higher education set into the unique natural setting of the Piedmont plateau region. It is home to a vibrant arts community, boasting theater, opera, art museums and an eclectic music scene best known for the renowned Eastern Music Festival.



Accommodations
The sophisticated and historic O. Henry Hotel. Free airport pickup.
Meals and Lodgings
   O.Henry Hotel
  Greensboro, NC 4 nights
 O.Henry Hotel
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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $124, plus tax for a King room Please make arrangements for additional nights at the O.Henry directly.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $124, plus tax for a King room Please make arrangements for additional nights at the O.Henry directly.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 pm You will be staying at O.Henry Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
1:30 pm You will be staying at O.Henry Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
The hotel provides complimentary shuttles to and from the airport. The Eastern Music Festival will provide a coach bus for all other transportation needed for the program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Greensboro, NC
  Nearest city or town:  Greensboro
  Nearest highway: Interstate 40
  Nearest airport:  GSO - Piedmont Triad International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Greensboro, NC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Greensboro

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
O.Henry Hotel
phone: 336-854-2000
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Greensboro

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
O.Henry Hotel
phone: 336-854-2000
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

7 minutes 

 

Greensboro

 

To Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
O.Henry Hotel
phone: 336-854-2000

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

9 minutes 

 

Greensboro

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
O.Henry Hotel
phone: 336-854-2000

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Greensboro

 

To Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
O.Henry Hotel
phone: 336-854-2000

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

7 minutes 

 

Greensboro

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
O.Henry Hotel
phone: 336-854-2000
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

9 minutes 

 
Driving Directions
  From I-40 Eastbound (from Winston-Salem) From I-40 EAST, take Exit 214B for Wendover Ave EAST. Go 7 miles. Take the Benjamin Parkway North Exit. Get in the left lane & turn left onto Green Valley Road. O.Henry Hotel will be on your left.
  From I-85 Northbound (from Charlotte) Take Exit 120 for Business I-85 (get in the right lane as you approach the exit or you may miss it!). Take Exit 34 Holden Road. Turn right at end of ramp. Go 4 miles to Wendover East. Turn right. Go 2 miles to Benjamin Parkway North Exit. Get in the left lane & turn left onto Green Valley Road. O.Henry Hotel will be on your left.
  From I-85 Southbound & I-40 Westbound (from Durham/Raleigh) Take Exit for I-40West/I-85/To 70 (When I-40 splits you will go to the right, the signs will say to Greensboro). Very soon after exiting onto I-40 West/I-85 Business, take Exit 227 for US-70. Go 2 miles to the end of this road. Road ends at a stop sign. Turn right onto US 70. (This road becomes Wendover Avenue.) Go 6.5 miles on Wendover Avenue and exit Benjamin Parkway South. (You will see the O.Henry Hotel at that exit.) O.Henry Hotel will be on your right.
  From US 220 Northbound & I-73/74 (from Asheboro) Take Exit 79B for I-85 Business South/US 29 South/US 70 West. Go 3/4 mile. Take Exit 34 for Holden Road, turn right at the end of ramp. Go 4 miles to Wendover East. Turn right. Go 2 miles to Benjamin Parkway North Exit. Get in the left lane & turn left onto Green Valley Road. O.Henry Hotel will be on your left.
  From US 220 Southbound (from Martinsville, VA) As you enter Greensboro, you will be on Battleground Avenue. You will pass several shopping centers and Lowes Home Improvement on your right. Turn right onto Benjamin Parkway. Follow Benjamin Parkway to Green Valley Road. Turn right and the O.Henry Hotel will be on your left.
  From US 29 Southbound (from Danville, VA) Take Wendover Avenue West/US 220 Exit. Go 3 miles to Benjamin Parkway South Exit. O.Henry Hotel will be on your right.
  From the Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) Follow signs for Bryan Boulevard EAST / Greensboro as you exit the airport. Go 9 miles (Bryan Boulevard will become Benjamin Parkway after you travel 8 miles). Turn right onto Green Valley Road. The O.Henry Hotel and Green Valley Grill will be on your left.
  US 421 Northbound Follow US 29 North. Take the Wendover Avenue WEST exit. Go 3 miles to Benjamin Parkway South Exit. O.Henry Hotel will be on your right.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: 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.
(Friday, July 19)

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.
   
Accommodations: O.Henry Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: 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.
(Saturday, July 20)

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.
   
Accommodations: O.Henry Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: 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.
(Sunday, July 21)

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.
   
Accommodations: O.Henry Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: 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.
(Monday, July 22)

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.
   
Accommodations: O.Henry Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: 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.
(Tuesday, July 23)
   
 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
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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