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Inside the Carmel Bach Festival

Program Number: 4623RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/12/2013 - 7/20/2013; 7/19/2014 - 7/27/2014;
Duration: 8 nights
Location: Carmel Valley, California
Price starting at: $1,549.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Music Festivals
Meals: 23; 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners    

Each summer since 1935, the Carmel Bach Festival has presented the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, his contemporaries and his musical heirs in concerts and recitals in a spectacular setting. Join Road Scholar to savor the offerings at this world-famous festival while benefiting from the knowledge of the musicians and experts whose lively presentations prepare you for each piece you will hear.




Highlights

• Attend all seven major concerts of the festival, including the coveted candlelight concert in the Carmel Mission, a U.S. National Historic Landmark.
• Learn about Bach and his contemporaries from the experts at the Hidden Valley Institute of the Performing Arts.
• Enjoy independent time to soak up the atmosphere and natural beauty of seaside Monterey.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking on flat terrain.



Coordinated by Hidden Valley Institute.




Carmel Valley

Still charmingly rural, Carmel Valley today includes not only rustic ranches, but also modern wineries and art galleries. This inland region, most famously described in the writings of John Steinbeck, is neighbor to nearby Carmel and Monterey Bay.



Accommodations
Simple single-story residence with small, cheery rooms. Two twin beds and private baths. All rooms open to an outside covered walk.

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

Coastal biologist David Shonman has lived in the Monterey area since 1968. After graduate studies at California State University’s Moss Landing Marine Laboriories, he worked as a mariculture biologist, raising shellfish and other marine molluscs. During the late-1970s, David focused on protecting coastal ecosystems. He has directed numerous projects involving the protection of rare and endangered species, the restoration of coastal dunes, and the long-term management of the Carmel shoreline.
 
Trevor Stephenson

Trevor Stephenson began piano studies at age 10 and, at age 12, decided on a life in music. Following two undergraduate degrees in piano performance, he earned a doctorate of musical arts degree in historical performance of 18th-century music from Cornell University. In 1990 in Madison, Wis., he began rebuilding and customizing a series of keyboard instruments. Trevor founded the Light & Shadow concert and recording company in 1994, and has released 12 recordings. He is artistic director of the Madison Bach Musicians.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Wright Hall
  Carmel Valley, California 8 nights
 Wright Hall
Type: Campus/Dorm
  Contact info: Carmel Valley Road at Ford Road
Carmel Valley, CA 93924 USA
phone: 831-659-3115
web: hiddenvalleymusic.org
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $35/single - $25 ea./double. Additional nights may be reserved only when available.
  Additional nights after: $35/single - $25 ea./double. Additional nights may be reserved only when available.


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in 2:00-5:00 PM. You will be staying at Wright Hall that night.
  End of Program:
Ends after breakfast and 8:45am Summing up & Farewell. You will be staying at Wright Hall the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Ample free parking
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Carmel Valley, California
  Nearest city or town:  Monterey/Carmel
  Nearest highway: Highway 1/Highway 101
  Nearest airport:  Monterey Peninsula Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Carmel Valley, California
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Carmel

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Central Coast Taxi
phone: 831-646-8294

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $30
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 12 miles

   

The Amtrak train has a service which brings people by bus to an outdoor terminal in Carmel. You must give Carmel as your final destination when purchasing your tickets for the train. You must be able to manage your own luggage to use this service.

 

Salinas

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Sal's Taxi
phone: 831-422-7276

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $60
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 35 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 25 miles

 

Salinas

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Sal's Taxi
phone: 831-422-7276

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $60
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 35 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 25 miles

   

The Amtrak train has a service which brings people by bus to an outdoor terminal in Carmel. You must give Carmel as your final destination when purchasing your tickets for the train. You must be able to manage your own luggage to use this service. Central Coast Taxi (831-636-3333) serves this area and can bring you to Hidden Valley.

 

Monterey Peninsula

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Central Coast Taxi
phone: 831-646-8294

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $30
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 10 miles

   

Hidden Valley can provide transportation by prior arrangement from Monterey terminals except Amtrak bus ($20/person).

 

San Francisco

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Monterey/Salinas Airbus
phone: 831-373-7777

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$45 subject to change without notice
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 100 miles

   

The Airbus takes riders to an outdoor terminal in Monterey. Hidden Valley can provide transportation by prior arrangement from Monterey terminals except Amtrak bus ($20/person).

 

San Jose

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Monterey/Salinas Airbus
phone: 831-373-7777

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35 subject to change without notice
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 1 1/2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 80 miles

   

The Airbus takes riders to an outdoor terminal in Monterey. Hidden Valley can provide transportation by prior arrangement from Monterey terminals except Amtrak bus ($20/person).

 
Driving Directions
  Anywhere Hidden Valley is located exactly 11.2 mi. east of Hwy 1 on Carmel Valley Road (G-16) in Carmel Valley, California. Traveling east on G-16, Hidden Valley is located on the right side just past Ford Road. The campus entrance is distinguished by a hand-carved sign denoting Hidden Valley Music Seminars, An Institute Of The Arts. Traveling on Hwy 101, take the Monterey Peninsula exit in Salinas (coming from the north, this is the 2nd Monterey Peninsula exit; from the south, it is the first Monterey Peninsula exit) and follow it (Sanborn Rd. which turns into Blanco Rd.) to Hwy 68. Turn left onto Hwy 68 (west) and follow it about 9 mi. until you see a sign for Laureles Grade (G-20) to Carmel Valley. Turn left onto G-20 and follow it until it ends (5 mi.) at Carmel Valley Rd. Turn left again and follow to Hidden Valley (approx. 2 mi.) Traveling on Hwy 1, simply come to the Carmel Valley Road (just south of Carmel) and once on Carmel Valley Road, come out 11.2 miles.
Elevation Note: Sea level

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: Check-in/Welcome Dinner
(Friday, July 12)
   
 Arrive To: Check-in 2:00 – 5:00 pm at Hidden Valley's office
 Dinner: 6:00 pm Dinner & Orientation
   
Accommodations: Wright Hall
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Bach Festival Concert
(Saturday, July 13)
   
 Breakfast: 8:00 am Long, slow stretching and breathing exercises prepare participants for the day's activities followed by 9:00 am Breakfast
 Morning: 10:00 am A coastal biologist explores the Natural History that contributes to making Carmel/Monterey a world famous area.
 Lunch: 12:30 pm Lunch
 Afternoon: 2:00 Concert Preparation: Each concert is reviewed and prepared by an expert performer/teacher.
 Dinner: 6:00 pm Dinner
 Evening: 7:15 pm Bus Departs for Bach Festival Concert
   
Accommodations: Wright Hall
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Bach Festival Concert
(Sunday, July 14)
   
 Breakfast: 8:00 am Long, slow stretching and breathing exercises prepare participants for the day's activities followed by 9:00 am Breakfast
 Morning: 10:00 am Concert Preparation
 Lunch: 12:30 Lunch
 Afternoon: 1:45 pm Bus departs for Bach Festival Concert
 Dinner: 6:00 Dinner
 Evening: Free Evening.
   
Accommodations: Wright Hall
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Bach Festival Concert
(Monday, July 15)
   
 Breakfast: 8:00 am Long, slow stretching and breathing exercises prepare participants for the day's activities followed by 9:00 am Breakfast
 Morning: 10:00 am History of the Harpsichord
 Lunch: 12:30 Lunch
 Afternoon: 2:00 pm Concert Preparation
 Dinner: 6:00 pm Dinner
 Evening: 7:15 pm Bus departs for Bach Festival Concert
   
Accommodations: Wright Hall
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Bach Festival Concert
(Tuesday, July 16)
   
 Breakfast: 8:00 am Long, slow stretching and breathing exercises prepare participants for the day's activities followed by 9:00 am Breakfast
 Morning: 10:00 am Concert Preparation
 Lunch: sack lunch provided
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon.
 Dinner: 6:00 pm Dinner
 Evening: 7:15 Bus departs for Bach Festival Concert
   
Accommodations: Wright Hall
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Bach Festival Concert
(Wednesday, July 17)
   
 Breakfast: 8:00 am Long, slow stretching and breathing exercises prepare participants for the day's activities followed by 9:00 am Breakfast
 Morning: 10:00 am Concert Preparation
 Lunch: 12:30 Lunch
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon
 Dinner: 6:00 pm Dinner
 Evening: 7:45 pm Bus departs for Bach Festival Concert
   
Accommodations: Wright Hall
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Bach Festival Concert
(Thursday, July 18)
   
 Breakfast: 8:00 am Long, slow stretching and breathing exercises prepare participants for the day's activities followed by 9:00 am Breakfast
 Morning: 10:00 am Concert Preparation
 Lunch: 12:30 pm Lunch
 Afternoon: 2:00 pm Scott Joplin: Take a break and listen as a fabulous pianist and Scott Joplin expert discusses and performs the American composer's works.
 Dinner: 6:00 pm Dinner
 Evening: 7:15 pm Bus departs for Bach Festival Concert
   
Accommodations: Wright Hall
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Bach Festival Concert
(Friday, July 19)
   
 Breakfast: 8:00 am Long, slow stretching and breathing exercises prepare participants for the day's activities followed by 9:00 am Breakfast
 Morning: 10:00 am Concert Preparation
 Lunch: 12:30 pm Lunch
 Afternoon: 2:00 pm Natural History: Continue exploration of the Monterey area's natural wonders.
 Dinner: 6:00 pm Dinner
 Evening: 7:15 Bus departs for Bach Festival Concert
   
Accommodations: Wright Hall
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Farewell
(Saturday, July 20)
   
 Breakfast: 8:00 am Breakfast
 Morning: 8:45 Summing up & Farewell
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Carmel Valley, California Allen Knight Maritme Museum
Near Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf
  Art Galleries
Over 35 art galleries in Carmel.
  Cannery Row
This street, once the home of the sardine canneries from John Steinbeck's "Cannery Row," now houses restaurants, galleries, unique shops, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
  Carmel Mission
Visit the historic Carmel Mission established by Father Junipero Serra.
  Colton Hall
A Museum of History about the days when Monterey was the California capitol.
  Fisherman's Wharf
Stroll along Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf to watch the seals, pelicans, & people.
  Garland Park
Hiking trails for every level of experience -- from easy, flat trails to very challenging, steep hikes.
  Monterey Bay Aquarium
The Monterey Bay Aquarium on historic Cannery Row.
  Monterey's Path of History
Take a self-guided walking tour and see the historic adobes along Monterey's Path of History.
  Shopping
Carmel Rancho Carmel Barnyard Carmel Crossroads Ocean Avenue, Carmel Del Monte Center, Monterey
  Walk on the beach
Stroll along beautiful Scenic Drive in Carmel. Sit on one of the benches overlooking the beaches of Carmel Bay from Pebble Beach to Point Lobos.
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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