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Santa Fe Summer Cultural Kaleidoscope: Opera, O’Keeffe, and More!

Program Number: 11298RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/18/2013 - 7/23/2013; 7/14/2015 - 7/19/2015; 7/21/2015 - 7/26/2015; 7/28/2015 - 8/2/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Price starting at: $1,199.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Opera; History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Salt; Low Fat; Gluten Free    

During the summer months, Santa Fe is transformed into a lively cultural phenomenon. Learn about the centuries-old history of the area, including how Native American and Spanish contributions influenced architecture, art and cuisine. Attend two performances at Santa Fe Opera after discussing the 2014 season, and explore the opera’s backstage area.
Enjoy classes on New Mexico art, including one about Georgia O'Keeffe, and learn about local arts and culture on field trips.




Highlights

• Attend two performances at the Santa Fe Opera after discussing the Opera season, enjoy a backstage look at the remarkable opera house.
• Trace Santa Fe’s fascinating history, multicultural diversity and art from early traditional styles to present-day contemporary gems.
• Take a field trip to Shidoni Foundry in Tesuque.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile over uneven, paved and packed-dirt terrain. Elevations up to 7,000 feet.




Date Specific Information

7-18-2013

Offenbach’s “La Grande-Duchesse de Gerolstein,” Verdi’s “La Traviata”



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Santa Fe

A cosmopolitan city famous for its world-renowned opera, chamber and choral music and for its art and artists, Santa Fe is situated at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Nearby, eight historic, continuously occupied pueblos and small Hispanic villages divulge a heritage that is impeccably preserved in this multi-cultural state capital.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotel with heated pool.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Oliver Prezant

Oliver Prezant has presented lectures for the Santa Fe Opera, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and numerous other organizations. He is the Music Director and Conductor of the award-winning Santa Fe Community Orchestra, and was on the faculty of The College of Santa Fe for many years. He studied conducting at The Pierre Monteux School and is a graduate of The Mannes College of Music in New York City.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe
  Santa Fe 5 nights
 DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The hotel has recently been completely remodeled, and offers cheerful Southwestern decor throughout. Of particular interest to our participants is the easy access to transportation to other parts of the city. There is a public bus stop right in front of the hotel, and buses run frequently to the downtown area, to the museums, and other parts of Santa Fe. There is convenient shopping nearby as well, with drug and grocery stores within a few minutes' walk. Several shopping centers surround the hotel, so bookstores, clothing stores, restaurants, hobby and craft stores and many others are nearby.
  Contact info: 4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
  Room amenities: Newly redecorated rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and many other amenities.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, lounge, indoor/outdoor pool, exercise room and gift shop, as well as ample free parking and very easy access from I-25.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Best seasonal rates Arrange for pre and post stays directly with hotel at (505) 473-4646
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Best seasonal rates Arrange for pre and post stays directly with hotel at (505) 473-4646
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check into hotel anytime after 3:00 PM, then register with program's group leader between 4:00 PM and 5:30 PM in designated area at hotel. You will be staying at DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after buffet breakfast in hotel dining room between 6:00 & 10:00 AM; checkout by noon. You will be staying at DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. No special documents or waivers required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free at the hotel. Participants have access to their vehicles throughout the program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Santa Fe
  Nearest city or town:  Albuquerque
  Nearest highway: I-25
  Nearest airport:  Albuquerque International Sunport and Santa Fe Airport (very small; commuter service from Denver only)
  From End of Program
  Location: Santa Fe
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Santa Fe

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Sandia Shuttle Express
phone: 888-775-5696
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$27
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 70 minutes 

   

Let shuttle service know, when you make reservations, when you'll be returning to Albuquerque. This shuttle also picks up and delivers to the Albuquerque AMTRAK STATION. Reservations for the shuttles must be made at least 24 hours in advance of your travel date, or your place will not be guaranteed on the shuttle.

 

Albuquerque

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Sandia Shuttle Express
phone: 888-775-5696
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$27
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 70 minutes 

   

Let shuttle service know, when you make reservations, the hotel where you'll need to be dropped off in Santa Fe and when you wish to return to Albuquerque. This shuttle also picks up and delivers to the Albuquerque AMTRAK STATION. Reservations for the shuttles must be made at least 24 hours in advance of your travel date, or your place will not be guaranteed on the shuttle.

 
Driving Directions
  Albuquerque International Sunport Exit the airport west onto Sunport Boulevard, which will take you to Interstate 25. Go north on I-25 to Santa Fe exit 278, Cerrillos Road (approximately 55-60 miles). Travel about 2.5 miles into Santa Fe; DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe is at the intersection of Airport/Rodeo Road and Cerrillos Road and will be on your RIGHT. There is a stoplight at that intersection; the DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe is about a block further.
  Interstate 25 From the north or south, take I-25 to Santa Fe exit 278, Cerrillos Road. Travel about 2.5 miles into Santa Fe; the DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe is at the intersection of Airport/Rodeo Road and Cerrillos Road and will be on your RIGHT. There is a stoplight at that intersection; the DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe is about a block further.
Elevation Note: Santa Fe is at an elevation of 7,000.'

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: Arrive in Santa Fe and Hotel Check-in
(Thursday, July 18)

Note: Walking within hotel only



   
 Arrive To: Check into hotel anytime after 3:00 PM. Between 4:00 and 5:30 PM, register with our program group leader in a designated area at the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room from 6:00-7:00 PM
 Evening: Program orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room from 7:00 to 8:30 PM
   
Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Classes: Santa Fe History, Georgia O'Keeffe, and the Santa Fe Opera/Lunch at India Palace Restaurant/Exploration of Downtown Santa Fe/Santa Fe Opera performance of "The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein"
(Friday, July 19)

Note: Walking up to one mile over uneven paved and packed dirt terrain during the course of the day; negotiating a few steps to get on and off bus and walking about 1 block between the bus and the Opera house



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room from 7:00 to 8:00 AM
 Morning: Enjoy classes about the Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe's history, and the art of Georgia O'Keeffe. Classes are from 8:00 AM to noon with two breaks scheduled during the morning. Bus departs the hotel at 12:15 PM for lunch destination.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch at India Palace Restaurant from 12:30-1:30 PM
 Afternoon: At 1:45 PM, leave restaurant for a guided walking and driving exploration of Santa Fe, "The City Different." Stops include Santa Fe's historic downtown Plaza and other sites as selected by instructional guide. From 3:00-4:00 PM explore the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. Bus arrives back at the hotel by about 4:30 PM.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00-7:00 PM
 Evening: Bus departs at 7:15 PM for tonight's performance of Offenbach's "The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein." Offenbach's riotous opera features the fabulous mezzo-soprano Susan Graham in the title role. Spoiled and domineering, the Grand Duchess gets what she wants - until she set her sights on the young soldier Fritz (Paul Appleby). Her amorous pursuit mobilizes everything we need for a howling good time: wealth, wine and wicked satire. Performance begins at 8:30 PM. Bus will return to hotel LATE.
   
Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Classes on the Traditional and Contemporary Art Scene and the Santa Fe Opera/Performance at Santa Fe Opera of Verdi's "La Traviata"
(Saturday, July 20)

Note: Walking up to one mile over course of the day over paved terrain with some incline (at SFe Opera). Walking from bus into Opera house and back (one block each way over paved terrain).



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room from 8:00 to 9:00 AM
 Morning: Enjoy classes about the contemporary art scene, which retains much of the traditional art familiar to the area but explores many new techniques and ideas, and the Santa Fe Opera season. Classes are from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, with two breaks scheduled during the morning.
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room at 1:00 PM
 Afternoon: You'll have some free time after lunch to explore more of Santa Fe on your own or relax and rest up for tonight's performance.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00-7:00 PM
 Evening: Bus departs at 7:00 PM to take you to the Santa Fe Opera for a performance of Verdi's "La Traviata." Honoring the bicentennial of Verdi's birth, the Santa Fe Opera revives on of his most popular operas. Glamour and gaiety are on full display in director-designer Laurent Pelly's vision of the Parisian demimonde, but so is a much darker side. Whle elegant gowns and jewels create a glittering tableau, the partygoers of "La Traviata" inhabit a cynical world of power relations. Making her Santa Fe Opera debut as Violetta is American soprano Brenda Rae, who has generated excitement in starring roles in Europe. Tenor Michael Fabiano is Alfredo, Violetta's lover.

Bus returns to the hotel LATE.

   
Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Wine and Cuisine Classes and Wine Tasting/ Rancho de Chimayo Lunch/Santuario de Chimayo Visit/Local Winery Visit/Dinner on Your Own
(Sunday, July 21)

Note: Walking up to one mile over paved and packed dirt terrain over course of the day



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room from 7:00 to 8:00 AM
 Morning: Presentation on the growing wine production industry in New Mexico and cuisine of the area from 8:30-11:45 AM with breaks. You'll also have a wine tasting during this time.
 Lunch: Bus departs at 12:00 PM for lunch at historic Rancho de Chimayo. Lunch will be from 12:45-1:45 PM.
 Afternoon: After lunch, visit lovely El Santuario de Chimayo, fondly known as "the Lourdes of Northern New Mexico" because of the 'healing earth' found in one of the rooms near the altar area. You'll also see some of the traditional area weaving shops and other local sites. At 3:00 PM, the bus will depart for a visit to a local winery.

The bus will depart for the hotel at about 4:15 PM, arriving back in Santa Fe by 5:00 PM. You can be dropped off in the downtown area, as dinner tonight is on your own, or return to the hotel.

 Dinner: Dinner on your own tonight; your group leader can provide suggestions for your dining pleasure both in the downtown area and the area surrounding the hotel.
 Evening: Free evening. Your group leader can make some suggestions for evening entertainment, if you wish. If you don't return to the hotel on our bus at 4:45 PM, you'll be responsible for getting yourself back to the hotel, either via city bus or taxi.
   
Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: New Mexico's History/Visit to Pecos National Historical Park/Santa Fe Opera Backstage Visit/State Capitol Art Collection
(Monday, July 22)

Note: Walking up to one mile over course of the day on paved terrain at Pecos National Historical Park. Walking up and down several flights of stairs during afternoon as well. Reduced activity backstage visit with advance notice. Standing up to an hour at State Capitol



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room from 7:00 to 8:00 AM
 Morning: Enjoy a class about New Mexico's history from 8:00-9>00 AM. Bus departs at 9:15 AM for a field trip to Pecos National Historical Park; your group leader will offer more information on the area's history while on the bus.

The bus will depart for return to the hotel at 11:30 AM.

 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel from 12:30-1:30 PM
 Afternoon: Bus departs at 1:30 PM for a backstage visit to the Santa Fe Opera. This visit involves some walking uphill and several flights of stairs. If you can't handle the stairs, please let the Road Scholar Santa Fe office know in advance (505-983-0613), and we'll arrange for a modified tour for you.

At 3:00 PM, the bus will depart for Santa Fe, where you'll visit the New Mexico State Capitol building and, with a guide, view its wonderful art collection; there are many paintings by famous New Mexico artists.

 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00-7:00 PM
 Evening: Class about contemporary Santa Fe and program closing from 7:00 to 8:30 PM
   
Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Breakfast followed by hotel check-out and departure
(Tuesday, July 23)
   
 Breakfast: From 7:00-8:00 AM, we'll have breakfast in the dining room at the hotel. You may depart any time after breakfast. Check-out time from the hotel is 12:00 PM.
 Morning: Independent departures from the hotel. Checkout time is by 12:00 noon.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Santa Fe General Overview
Museums and galleries, e.g., Palace of the Governors Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Indian Art and Culture, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Spanish Colonial Museum, Laboratory of Anthropology, Rancho de los Golondrinas (recreation of a Spanish Colonial village), Gerald Peters Gallery, Nedra Matteucchi (Fenn) Gallery, Alan Houser Sculpture Garden, Houshang's Gallery, Alene Lapides Gallery, Laurel Seth Gallery and many more. Historic buildings and churches include Sena Plaza, El Santuario de Guadalupe, the Oldest House, San Miguel Mission, St. Francis Cathedral, the Chapel of Loretto (with its miraculous staircase!) and Cristo Rey Church. During late June, July and August, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and Santa Fe Opera are in full swing and there are many theatre productions and concerts going on in the city year round. The Santa Fe Visitors' Guide provides seasonal listings of events, as does New Mexico Magazine. A link to Santa Fe's calendar of events, web sites and telephone numbers is listed below. For additional information, visit www.santafe.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


Bless Me, Ultima


Author: Anaya, Rudolfo


Cooking With the Santa Fe Opera


Author: Santa Fe Opera Guild


Georgia O'Keeffe and New Mexico: A Sense of Place


Author: Buhler Lynes/Poling-Kempes/Turner


Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life


Author: Robinson, Roxana


Hispanic American Literature: A Brief Introduction and Anthology


Author: Kanellos, Nicolas


Indian Arts of the Southwest


Author: Page, Susanne & Jake


Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe


Author: Lisle, Laurie


Pueblos of the Rio Grande: A Visitor's Guide


Author: Daniel Gibson


Description: One of the best and most definitive books on the Pueblos along the Rio Grande in New Mexico. Information about pueblo events including feast days and special dances included, as well as a page or two of information about the origination and history of each pueblo. An excellent book for anyone interested in New Mexico's pueblos and the people who keep the traditions alive.



Southwestern Landscapes in Women's Writing and Art


Author: Norwood, Vera & Monk, Janice


The Pink Adobe Cookbook


Author: Rosalea Murphy


Description: From the long-time owner and creator of one of Santa Fe's most famous restaurants, The Pink Adobe, this cookbook features many of the unique and delicious recipes created by Rosalea Murphy and some of her top chefs.



The Route 66 Cookbook


Author: Clark, Marian


The Santa Fe Opera: An American Pioneer


Author: Huscher, Phillip


The Santa Fe School of Cooking Cookbook


Author: Susan D. Curtis


Description: Contains some of the very best recipes from Santa Fe School of Cooking and features glorious photography.



The Wines of New Mexico


Author: Sandersier, Andy


Tierra: Contemporary Short Fiction of New Mexico


Author: Anaya, Rudolfo




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