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Opera is Alive and Well in Indianola: Behind the Scenes and Two Professional Mainstage Performances

Program Number: 20661RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/7/2013 - 7/13/2013;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Indianola, Iowa
Price starting at: $785.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Opera; Music Appreciation
Meals: 16; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

Since its founding in 1973, Des Moines Metro Opera (DMMO) has grown to become one of the most respected performing arts organizations in the nation: a progressive company with a national reputation for excellence, diversity, and vitality. Attend two mainstage DMMO productions on the Simpson College campus and go behind-the scenes to learn how the magic happens through interactive sessions with professional opera singers, conductors, stage directors, technicians, stage combat coaches and make-up artists. Guest appearances and surprises from the opera company are "routine" in this Road Scholar program!




Highlights

• Enjoy prime seating for mainstage performance of Rossini's "Le Comte Ory" and Verdi's "La Traviata."
• Attend an Apprentice Artist concert and reception, a Chamber Music concert and have a special opportunity to mix and mingle with apprentices, coaches and stars.
• Observe rehearsals (as available) and visit backstage to get first hand experience of how performances are crafted and polished.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.




Date Specific Information

7-7-2013

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



Coordinated by Simpson College.




Indianola

Only 20 miles south of Des Moines, Indianola is near many attractions such as the covered bridges of Madison County, Living History Farms and the National Balloon Museum. The town boasts its own array of historic buildings, homey cafes and quiet parks.



Accommodations
Comfortable, air-conditioned residence hall rooms with two twin beds.
Meals and Lodgings
   Simpson College
  Indianola, Iowa 6 nights
 Simpson College
Type: Campus/Dorm
  Description: 2 lounges available in Picken Hall, 1 which contains a small refrigertor and microwave. Access to a computer with internet and printer is available. Basement of Picken Hall contains a TV lounge and vending machines. Laundry facilities are complimentary.
  Contact info: 701 North C St
Indianola, IA 50125 USA
phone: 515-961-1428
web: www.simpson.edu/conferences
  Room amenities: Each sleeping room includes two single (twin) beds, dresser, desk, chair and closet. Linen is provided.
  Facility amenities: Large indoor swimming pool, fitness room, and outdoor tennis courts. Access to campus library and internet. Coffee shop open during daytime hours.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior:  Additional nights before or after may be available. Availability at time of publication was not available.
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after:  Additional nights before or after may be available. Availability at time of publication was not available.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:30 PM in Picken Residence Hall. You will be staying at Simpson College that night.
  End of Program:
Breakfast Saturday AM in Picken Residence Hall. You will be staying at Simpson College the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is complimentary and close to residence hall.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Indianola, Iowa
  From End of Program
  Location: Indianola, Iowa
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Des Moines A/P

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Capitol Cab
phone: 515-282-8111
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

approximately $36 - $40 one way
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

 

Distance:

 

0

   

Airport shuttle through Simpson College can be arranged on an individual basis for $15/ea way, depending on availability.

 
Driving Directions
  From the East Take Hwy 92 to Indianola. Turn North onto C St. and follow to Girard Ave. Turn west onto Girard Ave and follow to North D St. Turn South(left) onto North D St and proceed to Picken Hall for check-in. Parking is available on the street in front of Picken Hall, or in the parking lots directly north of picken Hall.
  From the North Take Interstate I35 to Hwy 92 East. Follow Hwy 92 East 12 miles into Indianola. Turn north onto C. St. and follow to Girard Ave. Turn west (left) onto Girard Ave and follow to North D St. Turn South(left) onto North D St and proceed to Picken Hall for check-in. Parking is available on the street in front of Picken Hall, or in the parking lots directly north of Picken Hall.
  From the South Take Interstate I35 to Hwy 92 East. Follow Hwy 92 East 12 miles into Indianola. (Follow same directions as listed in "from the North".
  From the West Take Interstate I35 to Hwy 92 East. (Follow same directions as listed in "from the North").
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/Chamber Music Concert
(Sunday, July 7)
   
 Afternoon: Arrive 3:30 - 5:00 PM
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: Chamber music concert
   
Accommodations: Simpson College
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Opera Class/Creative Writing & Poetry Class
(Monday, July 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet
 Morning: Opera is Alive and Well class followed by Creative Writing/Poetry Class
 Lunch: Lunch in Pfeiffer Dining Hall
 Afternoon: Classroom activity
 Dinner: Dinner in Pfeiffer Dining Hall
 Evening: Evening lecture
   
Accommodations: Simpson College
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Des Moines Metro Opera Preview and Mainstage Performance of Strauss' "Elektra". Opera Class and Creative Writing & Poetry Class.
(Tuesday, July 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in Pfeiffer Dining Hall
 Morning: Opera Is Alive and Well class followed by Creative Writing/Poetry Class
 Lunch: Lunch in Dining Hall
 Afternoon: Apprentice Artist Rehearsal - apprentice artist rehearsal may be rescheduled or cancelled depending on Des Moines Metro Opera schedules.
 Dinner: Dinner in Dining Hall
 Evening: Des Moines Metro Opera opera preview of Strauss' "Elektra" . The opera preview and main stage performance are included with your tuition. Preview is followed by a mainstage performance of "Elektra".
   
Accommodations: Simpson College
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: "Stars of Tomorrow" Apprentice Artist Concert in Des Moines, IA. Opera Class and Creative Writing & Poetry Class
(Wednesday, July 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in Dining Hall
 Morning: Opera is Alive and Well Class and Creative Writing/Poetry Class
 Lunch: Lunch in Dining Hall
 Afternoon: Free Time
 Dinner: Dinner in Dining Hall
 Evening: Des Moines Metro Opera presents "Stars of Tomorrow" Apprentice Artist Concert at Sheslow Auditorium on Drake University's campus in Des Moines, IA. Reception with apprentice artists follows concert. Tickets and transportation are included with your tuition.
   
Accommodations: Simpson College
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: -Opera preview and Mainstage performance of Gounod's "Romeo and Juliet". -Backstage tour of Des Moines Metro Opera -Opera class andCreative Writing/Poetry Class
(Thursday, July 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in Dining Hall
 Morning: Opera is Alive and Well Class China: ancient Civilization to Superpower Class
 Lunch: Lunch in Dining Hall
 Afternoon: Backstage tour of Pote Theatre
 Dinner: Dinner in Dining Hall
 Evening: Des Moines Metro Opera presents Gounod's "Romeo and Juliet". Opera preview precedes the performance. Mainstage tickets with prime seating are included with your tuition.
   
Accommodations: Simpson College
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Opera Class/ Creative Writing & Poetry Class Closing Banquet
(Friday, July 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in Dining Hall
 Morning: Opera is Alive and Well Class Creative Writing & Poetry Class
 Lunch: Lunch in Dining Hall
 Dinner: Semi-formal closing banquet will be served in the Matthew Simpson Room
   
Accommodations: Simpson College
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Indianola, Iowa Des Moines, IA
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  Indianola Chamber of Commerce
For additional information contact, visit www.indianolachamber.com For additional information, visit www.indianolachamber.com
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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