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The Cutting Edge of Transformative Change, Yiddish Culture, Music of Harold Arlen

Program Number: 20833RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/10/2013 - 2/15/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Price starting at: $1,098.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; Music Appreciation Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles.




Date Specific Information

2-10-2013

This program date features a major new art exhibition, “Paolo Veronese: A Master and His Workshop in Renaissance Venice.” One of the giants of Venetian painting, Veronese (1528–1588) was the most elegant artist of the triumvirate that included Titian and Tintoretto, brilliantly capturing the opulence and splendor of Renaissance Venice. This special exhibition presents some of the finest of Veronese’s paintings and drawings in North American museums and private collections. In addition to works from the Ringing Museum’s own collection, loans come from the National Gallery of Art, Washington; the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Harvard Art Museums; the Cleveland Museum of Art; the J. Paul Getty Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Morgan Library and Museum; the Blanton Museum of Art; and many other museums and private lenders.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by the Friendship Centers.



The Cutting Edge of Transformative Change

Join us for a broad overview of the cutting edge, across many fields, and how trends are coalescing. Discuss personal and societal implications. Emerge excited, optimistic and better prepared for what lies ahead during daily fundamental changes.



Yiddish Culture

Yiddish culture, has inspired humor, music, language, politics, and art for centuries. Explore European Jewish Life as it adapted to world philosophies of the Enlightenment, Romanticism and the modern era. (No knowledge of Yiddish required).



Music of Harold Arlen

Hyman Arluck, a cantor’s son, became one of the most successful composers of popular song for Tin Pan alley, nightclub reviews, and movies, collaborating with many lyricists. See how Arlen’s contributions remain as fresh today as when first created.




Sarasota

Situated on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico on Florida's west coast, Sarasota is rich in cultural treasures and recreational attractions within a short driving distance, including the outstanding John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the Ringling Museum of the Circus, art galleries, golf courses and beaches.



Accommodations
Hotel on the beach of the Gulf of Mexico .Two pools, three Jacuzzis, exercise room, private beach.
Meals and Lodgings
   Lido Beach Resort
  Sarasota, FL 5 nights
 Lido Beach Resort
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Hotel is located directly on the beach of the Gulf of Mexico. Take in breathtaking sunsets, enchanting tropical views and see dolphin making their daily trek through the Gulf. Walking distance to the renowned St. Armands Circle featuring dazzling dining, unforgettable entertainment and some of the finest boutique shopping in the world. Hotel has a Shuttle to drive guests to the Circle if they choose not to walk. When registering with Road Scholar there is an option to upgrade to a Gulf View Jr. Suite room which is classified as Category #1.
  Contact info: 700 Ben Franklin Dr.
Sarasota, FL 34236 USA
phone: 941-388-2161
web: www.LidoBeachResort.com
  Room amenities: Category #2 Standard Room: Enjoy a room close to the beach in a four story building, a free daily newspaper, ample closet space, plush top bedding, a refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, free Hi-speed Wireless Internet access, free self parking, voice mail, 25" TV, clock radio, electronic safe, and a hair dryer. Plus bottled water and microwave popcorn in your guest room. Category #1 Gulf View Jr. Suite: Must upgrade at time of registration with Road Scholar. This room features a private balcony overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, more upgrades and is located in the 13 story tower. If you wish to upgrade to the Gulf View Jr. Suite, (Category 1) please do so with Road Scholar participant registration.
  Facility amenities: Enjoy two beachfront free-form pools, three poolside Jacuzzis with a tropical landscaped sundeck. Private beach so you can splash around in the surf. A 900 sq ft exercise room is available to guests if you desire more exercise than long walks on the beach. Services include; a business center, two restaurants, lounge, beachside tiki bar and a garden area with waterfalls. When registering with Road Scholar there is an option to upgrade to a Gulf View Jr. Suite room which is classified as Category #1.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $193-$243 +20 nightly fee A green form is mailed to participants in their first welcome letter mailed within two weeks of enrollment date. Please make reservations directly with the Senior Friendship Centers by mailing us the form or by calling 941.556.3269, for a discounted rate for additional nights stay. You will be charged by the hotel upon arrival for the additional nights, plus a $20 per night resort fee, plus taxes. These rates are for 5 nights before and 2 nights after this program date. No deposit required!!
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $193-$243 +20 nightly fee A green form is mailed to participants in their first welcome letter mailed within two weeks of enrollment date. Please make reservations directly with the Senior Friendship Centers by mailing us the form or by calling 941.556.3269, for a discounted rate for additional nights stay. You will be charged by the hotel upon arrival for the additional nights, plus a $20 per night resort fee, plus taxes. These rates are for 5 nights before and 2 nights after this program date. No deposit required!!
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:30-4:45pm at the Road Scholar registration area at hotel on the 8th floor. (read information board for location). You will be staying at Lido Beach Resort that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 10:30am followed by a box lunch. You will be staying at Lido Beach Resort the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Sarasota, FL
  Nearest city or town:  Sarasota and Longboat Key
  Nearest highway: I-75 and U.S. 41
  Nearest airport:  Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Sarasota, FL
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Diplomat Taxi
phone: 941-365-8294

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approx $30
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 min. 

 

Distance:

 

7.5 miles

   

Taxis are readily available 24hrs a day at the SRQ Airport.

 

Tampa International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Sarasota Tampa Express
phone: 800-326-2800 x9413558400
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35 to SRQ Airport or office of Sarasota Tampa Express
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hr 30 min 

 

Distance:

 

65 miles

   

Please call in advance for reservations. You will then need to call a taxi to transport yourself to the hotel. They can tell you who to call.

 

Tampa International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Starlight Limousine
phone: 941-957-6761
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approx $85 to hotel
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hr 30 min 

 

Distance:

 

65 miles

   

They use executive town cars and SUVs, please ask for Rick.

 
Driving Directions
  I-75 From I-75 exit #210 (Fruitville Rd) go west six miles until the road ends at Tamiami Trail, also known as U.S. 41. Turn left and continue south three blocks to Gulfstream Avenue. Make a right onto the Causeway, John Ringling Bridge and continue to St. Armands Circle. Continue halfway around the circle and follow the signs to Lido Beach and make a left at the beach onto Ben Franklin Drive. The Lido Beach Resort will be on your right just past the public beach and is approx. 7.5 miles from the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.
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: Arrival & Check-in Registration & Orientation, Getting to know you
(Sunday, February 10)
   
 Arrive To: PROGRAM REGISTRATION: Please take the elevator to the 8th floor to visit the Road Scholar registration table between 3:30 - 4:55pm. <> HOTEL CHECK-In: 4:00pm, room may be ready earlier.
 Afternoon: ORIENTATION: Begins at 5:00pm in our private meeting room. We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety, guidelines, emergency procedures, and any other administrative issues. 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: The dinner will be served at the hotel in the private meeting room at approx. 6:00pm. (There will be a vegetarian option available if you noted a vegetarian preference on your Health & Safety form.)
 Evening: GETTING TO KNOW YOU: After dinner we'll spend some time becoming better acquainted with participants and program staff. Find out what you have in common beyond a love of learning! The rest of the evening is yours to continue making new friends or just to relax and prepare for the full day of activity ahead.
   
Accommodations: Lido Beach Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Music of Harold Arlen, Worldwide political changes, Yiddish speaking world. Option afternoon walk on the beach. Evening musical performance.
(Monday, February 11)

Note: Afternoon walk on the beach at your own pace on uneven terrain.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the private meeting room and includes; a large assortment of fresh fruit, oatmeal, yogurt, bagels with cream cheese, pancakes or French Toast with warm maple syrup, scrambled eggs, hash browns, and freshly brewed coffee, decaffeinated coffee, herbal teas, orange and prune juice.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Through the use of vintage film clips and recordings, we'll see and hear the many wonderful songs written by Arlen, from "Shakin' the African" and "Minnie the Moocher's Wedding Day."

Break

PRESENTATION: Dispelling Judaism's "Artless Tradition." Worldwide political changes in the 1800s and 1900s, produced a significant level of Secularization in the Yiddish speaking world. The move from a conservative, religious environment to a more open outlook created opportunities in Literature, Music, Theater, Movies and Painting. Part of the class will include elementary level listening and conversation exercises purely for entertainment.

 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel in our private meeting room.
 Afternoon: PRESENTATION: The Literature of a Dynasty: The Singer Family. The Singer family made up of Nobel Prize winner, Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902-1991), and his siblings—brother Israel Joshua Singer (1893–1944) and sister Esther Kreitman (1891–1954) were leading figures in the Yiddish literary movement which began in the 19th century. By the 20th Century, the family of authors drew from the most respected European Philosophers and Writers including Spinoza, Dostoyevsky, Turgenev, de Maupassant, and Chekhov, to create a large body of work that married the ancient moral commitments of Jewish traditions and beliefs and a modern literary style. Increase your knowledge in this class.

FREE TIME: To enjoy a leisurely walk at your own pace on Lido Beach, just steps from your hotel room.

 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the hotel in our private meeting room.
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: Musical Entertainment
   
Accommodations: Lido Beach Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Arlen's contributions to the music industry, Cutting edge changes in the future, Continuation of this class after lunch, DVD night.
(Tuesday, February 12)

Note: Explore Downtown Sarasota at your own pace. There will be uneven pavement during your visit.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the private meeting room and will be a continental breakfast on the third and fifth mornings.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Learn how Arlen's contributions remain as fresh today as when first created. Break

PRESENTATION: Join us for a broad overview of the cutting edge, across many fields, and how trends are coalescing.

 Lunch: Enjoy lunch in our private meeting room.
 Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Discuss personal and societal implications of the changes from the morning class.

EXCURSION: Board our bus for an afternoon exploration of Sarasota's Downtown, including the many art galleries.

 Dinner: Dine at the restaurant of your choice in charming Downtown Sarasota.
 Evening: HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Game night!
   
Accommodations: Lido Beach Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Yiddish Culture, Full day at the Ringling Museum Complex, dinner on your own and free night.
(Wednesday, February 13)

Note: There is uneven pavement at the Ringling Museum Complex, there are many bences to rest on in between galleries. Take the hotel shuttle or walk several blocks to St. Armands Circle for dinner on your own.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the private meeting room and includes; a large assortment of fresh fruit, oatmeal, yogurt, bagels with cream cheese, pancakes or French Toast with warm maple syrup, scrambled eggs, hash browns, and freshly brewed coffee, decaffeinated coffee, herbal teas, orange and prune juice.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Become optimistic and better prepared for what lies ahead in our ever changing world. Break

FIELD TRIP: Board our bus for a full day of exploring at the Ringling Museum Complex. A local expert takes you through Ca' d'Zan, (house of John) the Ringlings' magnificent, 32-room Venetian-Gothic mansion. See "Tibbals Learning Center," featuring Howard Brothers Miniature Circus. Next see the Circus Museum displays of memorabilia and artifacts from the long and eventful history of the Ringling Bros.

 Lunch: Enjoy a luncheon at the Treviso, an Italian restaurant located on the museum grounds.
 Afternoon: Enjoy the architectural elements of the Art Museum, focus of the collection; Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces and the collecting style of John Ringling. At your leisure explore the gardens and grounds given to the people of Florida, thus preserving for generations to come the exuberant lifestyle of America's spectacular Roaring Twenties. The beautiful landscaped grounds contain over 400 species of exotic Florida trees, plants, flowers, sculpture garden figures and Mable's historic rose garden.

SPECIAL EXHIBITION: Ending 4/14/13

Paolo Veronese is acknowledged as one of the giants of Venetian Renaissance painting. His artistic production was richly varied, extending from imposing altarpieces to smaller religious paintings for private clients, from grand portraits to sensual episodes drawn from the classical tradition. Veronese was also an outstanding draughtsman, and his graphic oeuvre ranged from preliminary sketches to highly finished chiaroscuro sheets. A foreigner in Venice, he created paintings for Venetian clients and settings, as well for the mainland and export abroad. Thus, Veronese's art was unusually versatile for its time.

This magnificent exhibition will display this extraordinary versatility and examine Veronese's artistic practice, concentrating on works from North American collections. For a sixteenth-century painter, many of whose works are in fresco or on enormous canvases still in situ, Veronese is unusually broadly represented in North America. At the same time, the broad spectrum of Veronese as a painter and draughtsman has not been available to American audiences in over two decades. This exhibition is a major contribution to Veronese studies. Focusing attention on both little-known works as well as acknowledged masterpieces, it will discuss Veronese's complicated chronology, his artistic process, technical discoveries, and issues of attribution, as well as exploring his depictions of sumptuous fabrics in his paintings.

 Dinner: Walk or hotel shuttle will take you to St. Armands Circle, renowned as a continental marketplace. The Circle is a charming and graceful synthesis of past and present. Relax and enjoy a meal from a plethora of award winning restaurants, from gourmet snacks to candlelit feasts, you'll find it all on St. Armands Circle.
   
Accommodations: Lido Beach Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Tune into music from Tin Pan Alley, Yiddish listening and Conversation. How to be better prepared for future changes, Evening play
(Thursday, February 14)

Note: When attending the theatre the bus will drop participants off in front of theatre and will pick up in front of the theatre.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the private meeting room and will be a continental breakfast on the third and fifth mornings.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Discuss the movies, nightclub reviews and Tin Pan Alley.

Break

PRESENTATION: What Makes the Violin the Jewish Instrument? The violin was perhaps the most important instrument for the Jewish people. Some say this is because the instrument replicates the human voice in all its moods—it can cry, sing, laugh, and sigh. Violins can capture emotions of sentimentality and penetrating power that are difficult to express with words alone. Learn more about violin virtuosos such as Itzhak Perlman, Isaac Stern, Jascha Heifetz, Yehudi Menuhi, and Joshua Bell, among many others, are world renowned.

 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel in our private meeting room.
 Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Yiddish in Theater, Yiddish in Hollywood

In the United States, the theater and movie industry, which was dominated by Jewish immigrants, produced screen plays that focused on Jewish Ideals: devotion to family, deep and abiding love for mothers, sincere patriotism, and tolerance toward the underdog in society. The universal immigrant experience of outsiders looking into a greater world that was not theirs for the taking. Learn how this created a unique opportunity for writers who searched for a way to unify a new world of foreigners who were becoming Americans.

FREE TIME: Enjoy a beach walk, or the Jacuzzi and a swim before dinner.

 Dinner: Dinner is at the hotel in our private meeting room.
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: Cap off your week with a play at the Asolo Theatre. "TBA." The dress for the play is Florida casual, for men (casual slacks and a collared polo shirt or dress shirt), for women (a nice casual slack outfit.)
   
Accommodations: Lido Beach Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Wrap up this week with music!, Lunch to go or stay then program ends.
(Friday, February 15)

Note: Morning class at the hotel. Program ends after lunch.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the private meeting room and includes; a large assortment of fresh fruit, oatmeal, yogurt, bagels with cream cheese, pancakes or French Toast with warm maple syrup, scrambled eggs, hash browns, and freshly brewed coffee, decaffeinated coffee, herbal teas, orange and prune juice.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Listen with a critical ear to "Blues in the Night" and "The Man that got Away." Discuss why Arlen was truly a major figure in American Popular Song.

Pick up souvenir photos taken during the week.

 Lunch: A box lunch is offered on Fridays to allow students who need to catch an early flight to take their lunch with them. Students who do not need to leave can enjoy their lunch in the meeting room or on the patio by the pool. Programs ends after lunch.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Sarasota, FL Sarasota attractions
Sarasota is known as the cultural arts center of Florida. The area has a plethora of activities: Selby Botanical Gardens, Ringling Museum of Art, Mote Marine Aquarium, Historic Spanish Point, Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Florida WestCoast Symphony, Sarasota Opera House, Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, Sarasota Ballet Co., Asolo Theatre Co., Golden Apple Dinner Theatre. The area also offers several high quality beaches, boat rentals, water skiing, canoeing and kayaking. Hiking in two local state parks. For additional information, visit www.sarasotafl.org/
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.

Suggested Reading List


Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All of Its Moods


Author: Michael Wex


Contemporary Futurist Thought


Author: Thomas Lombardo


Future Files: A Brief History of the Next 50 Years


Author: Richard Watson


Harold Arlen: Rhythm, Rainbow and Blues


Author: Edward Jablonski


Music from the Yiddish Radio Project (CD)


Author: Various Artists


Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science


Author: Michael Nielson


Yiddish World Remembered: The Emmy Award Winning PBS Documentary (DVD)


Author: Andrew Goldberg




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