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A Musical Medley on San Francisco Bay

Program Number: 20373RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/20/2014 - 2/25/2014; 4/30/2015 - 5/5/2015; 8/6/2015 - 8/11/2015; 10/8/2015 - 10/13/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Burlingame, California
Price starting at: $897.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Music Appreciation; History & Culture
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Come on along and listen to the lullaby of Broadway! Musical theater is just one of the rousing courses you will enjoy in our all-music program. We will delve into classical music that stirs our souls and explore other genres of music guaranteed to entertain, enlighten, and inspire. Be immersed in a melodious potpourri of composers, entertainers, musicians, and performances for a delightful musical adventure.




Highlights

• Join acclaimed Road Scholar instructors for five days of captivating lectures and presentations.
• Enjoy a field trip to San Francisco for a backstage docent-led visit to Davies Symphony Hall and the War Memorial Opera House.
• Enjoy live musical entertainment on the closing night.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing.




Date Specific Information

2-20-2014

"Piano Music of the Romantic Era." "Big Band Jazz/Swing." "The Bard on Broadway: Shakespeare Sings." "The Great American Songbook." "Femme Fatales of Opera." Instead of Davies Symphony Hall, field trip on this date only is to the Opera San Jose for performance of Madame Butterfly.
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4-30-2015

"Mozart's Viennese Operas." "Music That Tells a Story." "20th Century American Music." Swing/Big Band Jazz." "Composers of Broadway." Note: On this program, the field trip will be a performance of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" at Opera San Jose instead of docent-led visits to Davies Symphony Hall and the War Memorial Opera House.
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8-6-2015

"Three Centuries of Sonatas." "Great American Dancers." "Love & Tragedy in 19th Century Operas." "Dazzling Dames of Broadway." "Singers of the 70s."
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10-8-2015

"Music of Beethove & Bach." "Memorable Film Scores." "Choral Masterworks." "Poets of Broadway." "Singer/Songwriters of the 60s."
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Burlingame

A bustling suburb set between San Francisco Bay and the foothills of the Pacific Coast Range, Burlingame affords great views of San Francisco to the north from the walking paths along the bay.



Accommodations
Hotel overlooking San Francisco Bay. Indoor pool, gym, walking path, free airport shuttle, and City of Burlingame shuttle to charming downtown Burlingame.

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

Richard Aldag is an active composer whose works have been commissioned and performed by numerous symphonies, including the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony. He served as executive director of the Napa Valley Symphony from 2006-2012, and prior to this, served as executive director of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. As an educator, Richard has served on the faculties of several schools, including Fordham University and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.
 
Bonnie Weiss

Bonnie Weiss has served as writer, producer and director for ten Bay Area cabaret shows, including producing the work of Stephen Sondheim. She holds a bachelor’s in theater education and is founder and president of Musical Theater Lovers United, a club for Broadway and Hollywood music buffs. She currently teaches musical theater history and appreciation at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and writes for Stage Directions, a magazine for theater educators, and for The Sondheim Review.
 
Mark Levy

Mark Levy has performed and taught around the country for 30 years at synagogues, Jewish community centers, Lehrhaus Judaica, Workmen's Circle and other Jewish groups. He has appeared throughout the country and abroad as a singer and lecturer who specializes in traditional Judaic folk music, Jewish humor, and Klezmer history and theory. “Nu, You Think That's Funny?” was developed in a Catskill hotel one summer and includes jokes, film and audio clips that chronicle 100 years of Jewish jokesters.
 
Jerry Frohmader

Jerry Frohmader is a composer, performer, teacher and arts administrator, whose compositions have been performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. As assistant dean in the School of Music at the California Institute of Arts, Jerry composed a musical score for the opera "Victory Over the Sun" by Malevich. As a musician, he has performed with the New Jersey Symphony and on the Jerry Lewis Telethon, and has been featured on the ABC News, CNN Travel and the PBS program SPARK.
 
Leslie Friedman

A scholar of history and the arts, Dr. Leslie Friedman is as well known for her academic achievements as she is for being an internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer. After receiving her Ph.D. in history from Stanford and her A.B. from Vassar, she was named a Woodrow Wilson Scholar and was a Leverhulme Fellow at the University of London. Dr. Friedman has taught history at schools including Stanford and Vassar, and her writing has been published world wide. Dr. Friedman also received the first Selma Jeanne Cohen Award for International Dance Scholarship, and was a Fellow at The Alden Dow Creativity Center. She was selected by The State Department as the first American to perform with joint U.S./host country sponsorship in many nations, including the USSR and China. She is artistic director of San Francisco’s The Lively Foundation, and co-editor of The Hedgehog, the international arts review.
 
Scott Foglesong

Scott Fogleson is the chair of musicianship and music theory at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he has been a faculty member since 1978. He also teaches at UC Berkeley, where he has the privilege of introducing young people to western art music. A contributing writer and pre-concert lecturer for the San Francisco Symphony, he also serves as program annotator and scholar-in-residence for the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. As a pianist, he has appeared with the Francesco Trio, Chanticleer, members of the San Francisco Symphony, and solo and chamber recitals nationwide in a repertoire ranging from Renaissance through ragtime, jazz, and modern. As pianist and lecturer, he has been on radio’s “West Coast Weekend” and “Breakfast Jam” and on various recording labels. In 2008, he was the recipient of the Sarlo Award for Excellence in Teaching.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hilton SFO Bayfront
  Burlingame 5 nights
 Hilton SFO Bayfront
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Hilton SFO Bayfront is ideally located just four miles from San Francisco Airport in the contemporary neighborhood of Burlingame, CA, a short drive from downtown San Francisco. The hotel offers inspiring views overlooking San Francisco Bay and nearby there's a scenic walking path where guests can enjoy a stroll along the Bay. The charming downtown section of Burlingame is filled with plenty of shopping and dining options.
  Contact info: 600 Airport Blvd.
Burlingame, CA 94010 USA
phone: 650-340-8500
web: www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/hilton-san-francisco-airport-bayfront-SFOAPHF/index.html
  Room amenities: Each guest room contains a 42 inch flat screen HDTV with complimentary HBO(R), in-room movie channels, on-demand movies, cable, CNN and ESPN. All rooms are equipped with a coffee maker and tea service, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, arm chair with ottoman, clock radio with MP3 connection, curved shower rod, non-allergenic feather pillows, safe, visual strobe for the hearing-impaired, bathroom amenities and telephone featuring auto wakeup, voicemail, and a dataport. 24-hour housekeeping is standard and evening room service is available. Guests receive USA Today daily, Monday through Friday. Complimentary WiFi internet access is available in all guest rooms.
  Facility amenities: The Hilton SFO Bayfront is a 100% smoke-free hotel. It offers guests many fine amenities including the California culinary-inspired restaurant, Windows on the Bay, which provides sweeping views of San Francisco Bay. Guests can also enjoy their favorite cocktail in the relaxed atmosphere of the hotel's Lobby Lounge. The hotel features an indoor heated pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center as well as a 24-hour business center. Guests may plug in their iPod, camera or laptop to an in-room system. The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service to and from SFO and to downtown Burlingame. WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: Complimentary WiFi internet access is available in the lobby and guest rooms.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Based on availability Call the hotel for current room rates.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Based on availability Call the hotel for current room rates.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00PM for hotel check-in and program registration. You will be staying at Hilton SFO Bayfront that night.
  End of Program:
1:00PM after lunch on closing day. Please make your travel arrangements so you can join us for the final class on closing day. You will be staying at Hilton SFO Bayfront the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. On the enclosed Personal Information Form (PIF), you are asked to list any food allergies or intolerances. In addition, please include any foods (i.e. fish, beef, poultry entrees) that you do not or are unable to consume. In lieu of the regular meal plan, you will receive a vegetarian entree. In order to accommodate your request, we must have this information three weeks in advance (no exceptions). There will be no changes to the menu once the program has started. Also indicate to us, on your PIF, the name of your roommate/ traveling companion and if you are traveling with other individuals and wish to be assigned a room near them. Photo ID
  Parking availability:
Complimentary. You will receive a parking pass upon check in.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Burlingame
  Nearest city or town:  Burlingame
  Nearest highway: Highway 101
  Nearest airport:  San Francisco International
  From End of Program
  Location: Burlingame
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

San Francisco International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
phone: 650-340-8500

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Ten minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Five miles

   

Shuttle runs every 20 minutes. Exit the airport on the Departure level. Cross over to shuttle island. Look for black shuttle which reads HILTON SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT BAYFRONT/EMBASSY SUITES.

 
Driving Directions
  From Interstate 5 north of Sacramento Travel I-5 south to I-505. Travel I-505 south to I-80 west. Cross Bay Bridge ($6 toll). I-80 becomes Highway 101 south. Take Highway 101 south. Take the Broadway exit, EXIT 419B. Keep left to take the ramp toward Airport Blvd/Old Bayshore Hwy. Keep right to turn right on Rollins Rd. Make sharp right on Broadway and go over the freeway. Turn right onto Old Bayshore Hwy/Bayshore Hwy. Turn left onto Airport Blvd. Go through intersection of Airport and Anza Blvds. Hilton Hotel is on the left at 600 Airport Blvd.
  From Interstate 5 north of San Diego Travel I-5 north to I-580 west. Take I-580 to I-238 north. Take I-238 to I-880 south. Take I-880 to the San Mateo Bridge. Cross bridge ($5 toll). Take Highway 101 north towards San Francisco. Take the Broadway exit, EXIT 419B. Keep left to take the ramp toward Airport Blvd/Old Bayshore Hwy. Keep right to turn right on Rollins Rd. Make sharp right on Broadway and go over the freeway. Turn right onto Old Bayshore Hwy/Bayshore Hwy. Turn left onto Airport Blvd. Go through intersection of Airport and Anza Blvds. Hilton Hotel is on the left at 600 Airport Blvd.
  From the north to Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront Take Highway 101 south. Take the Broadway exit, EXIT 419B. Keep left to take the ramp toward Airport Blvd/Old Bayshore Hwy. Keep right to turn right on Rollins Rd. Make sharp right on Broadway and go over the freeway. Turn right onto Old Bayshore Hwy/Bayshore Hwy. Turn left onto Airport Blvd. Go through intersection of Airport and Anza Blvds. Hilton Hotel is on the left at 600 Airport Blvd.
  From the south to Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront Take Highway 101 north. Take the Peninsula Ave exit, EXIT 417B. Turn left onto Airport Blvd. Turn slightly right to stay on Airport Blvd. Hilton Hotel is on the right at 600 Airport Blvd.
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: Registration/Orientation/Introductions
(Thursday, February 20)
   
 Afternoon: PROGRAM REGISTRATION takes place in the hallway outside of the meeting room. Check in to the hotel at the lobby desk; you will be directed to the meeting room where the Road Scholar program is being held.

ORIENTATION: Begins before dinner. We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and answer your questions. 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: Dinner in hotel

Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. In addition to the regular Road Scholar meal plan, this hotel offers a vegetarian meal option. Unfortunately, there are no other special meal options. Participants with special dietary needs should be prepared to avoid certain foods or supplement the regular meal plan as needed.

 Evening: INTRODUCTIONS: Participants introduce themselves to the rest of the group.

Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.

   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Piano Music of the Romantic Era
(Friday, February 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Piano Music of the Romantic Era

No other instrument better exemplifies the Romantic era in music than the piano. More than a century after the fact, the music composed for the piano throughout the 19th century remains the staple for performers and audience members alike. No other classical music is more dearly loved. Piano masterpieces by Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, Liszt, Debussy, and others will engage, enrich and entertain participants.

 Lunch: Lunch in hotel
 Afternoon: CLASS: Piano Music of the Romantic Era
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel
 Evening: Time to socialized with fellow participants
   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: The Great American Songbook/Swing/Big Band Jazz
(Saturday, February 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: The Bard on Broadway: Shakespeare Sings

Celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth. Listen to the Bard as heard through the songs of Rodgers, Porter and Bernstein. From The Boys From Syracuse (The Comedy of Errors) to Kiss Me, Kate (The Taming of the Shrew) to West Side Story (Romeo and Juliet), three great theater composers sing Shakespeare. Join us for an excursion from Old London to The Golden Age of Broadway and musical theater at its best.

 Lunch: Lunch in hotel
 Afternoon: CLASS: The Great American Songbook: Where Have All the Tunes Gone?

Savor the unforgettable music of Gershwin, Porter, Berlin and Rodgers & Hart as we discuss the careers and musical styles of America’s most popular songwriters from the 20s to the 50s. Enjoy such favorites as “I Got Rhythm,” “You’re The Top” and “White Christmas.”

 Dinner: Dinner in hotel
 Evening: CLASS: The Great American Songbook
   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Femme Fatales of Opera/Madame Butterfly
(Sunday, February 23)

Note: Field trip to San Jose for performance of Madame Butterfly. Performance is three hours long. Field trip lasts five and a half hours. Drive from hotel to San Jose is about an hour each way.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Femme Fatales of Opera

Sexy, alluring, intelligent and dangerous, the femme fatale has long intrigued opera composers, from Monteverdi to Massanet, from Bizet to Berg. We look at their seductive beauties in Carmen, Manon, Salome and others. Could be a hot week!

 Lunch: Lunch in hotel
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Celebrate OPERA SAN JOSE's 30th anniversary with a performance of Madame Butterfly: A heartbreaking love story. A tragic betrayal. An American naval officer marries a young Japanese girl for convenience only to leave her while she faithfully awaits his return. Set in 1890s Japan, Giacomo Puccini’s devastating saga of devotion, tradition and sacrifice is among the most beloved operas of all time. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. (Courtesy OPERA SAN JOSE)

PLEASE NOTE: On page 7 under Program Summary, one of the highlights states that the field trip is to Davies Symphony Hall and the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco which is the usual field trip for this program. However, your field trip for the February 20-25 date is to Opera San Jose for a performance of Madame Butterfly.

 Dinner: Dinner in hotel
 Evening: Free time to socialize with the fellow participants
   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Swing/Big Band Jazz/Live Musical Entertainment
(Monday, February 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Swing/Big Band Jazz

The music that got us on our feet was called jazz, big band, swing. Hear the artists who made jazz memorable: Louis Armstrong, Al Jolson, Sophie Tucker, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Glen Miller, The Dorseys, Billie Holiday, Dinah Shore and more. Eight to the bar!

 Lunch: Lunch in hotel
 Afternoon: CLASS: Swing/Big Band Jazz
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel
 Evening: MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT with Mark Levy

Mark has been performing and singing since birth according to his mother, a singer of show tunes and opera herself. He sings songs from all over the world, from the American songbook, folk music of many traditions, and accompanies himself on guitar. His travel schedule includes coast to coast tours, Europe and Road Scholar programs in many locations for the past 20 years.

   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: The Bard on Broadway: Shakespeare Sings
(Tuesday, February 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: The Bard on Broadway: Shakespeare Sings
 Lunch: Lunch in hotel

The program is concluded after lunch; hotel checkout is by noon.

   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Burlingame Bay Front Trail
Walk along the scenic San Francisco Bay Trail adjacent to the bay and the hotel. You will see sweeping views of the South Bay, the East Bay cities of Oakland and Alameda and the San Francisco skyline. For additional information, visit http://baytrail.abag.ca.gov/
  Computer History Museum
The Computer History Museum explores the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society and is home to the largest collection of computing artifacts in the world. Wednesday-Sunday, 10-5; 650-810-1010; 1401 Shoreline Blvd, Mt. View; take 101 south exit Shoreline Blvd, turn left onto Shoreline, cross through intersection, museum on right. For additional information, visit http://www.computerhistory.org/
  Downtown Burlingame
Downtown Burlingame is filled with interesting shops and restaurants. For additional information, visit http://www.burlingame.org/Index.aspx?page=96
  Filoli
Located 30 miles south of San Francisco, Filoli is an historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century. Whether enjoying its beauty or pursuing its educational opportunities, we invite you to explore this cherished community resource. (Courtesy of Filoli.org). Take Highway 101 south to 92 west to 280 south. Exit Edgewood Road, Exit 29. Right on Edgewood. Right on Canada. Left at 86 Canada Road. For additional information, visit http://filoli.org/
  Hiller Aviation Museum
Hiller Aviation Museum is dedicated to the dreams of flight, looking back into aviation’s history while exploring its future. Open 10-5 daily; six miles south of hotel at 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos; 650-654-0200; take Hwy 101 south to Holly Street/Redwood Shores Pkwy exit. Go east onto Redwood Shores Pkwy. Turn right onto Airport Road. Turn right onto Skyway Road. The restoration shop, with its large picture windows, allows the visitor to witness the ongoing restoration process. Museum collection includes aircraft exhibits: vintage and futuristic aircraft, prototypes, photographic displays, and models are on display. Extensive gift shop. Museum is adjacent to San Carlos Airport where you can watch commuter planes take off and land. For additional information, visit www.hiller.org/
  NASA Ames Exploration Center
Experience NASA technology and missions first hand; open Tuesday-Sunday 12-4, free admission; 650-604-6274 or 650-604-6497; Moffett Field; Take 101 south, Exit Moffett Blvd./NASA Parkway, at the stop light, turn right, as you approach Moffett Field, turn right at the stop sign before the main gate, The center is on the right, proceed behind the dome for parking. For additional information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/home/exploration.html
  San Francisco
Some of the main attractions in America's favorite city include Chinatown, Coit Tower, Telegraph Hill and North Beach, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Ferry Building and downtown Market Street, the Asian Art Museum, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, Golden Gate Park with the Japanese Tea Garden and deYoung Museum, Golden Gate Bridge, Mission Dolores, Nob Hill and Grace Cathedral, the Presidio with the Walt Disney Family Museum, Union Square, Yerba Buena Center with the SF Museum of Modern Art and Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Cliff House and the Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum. For additional information, visit http://www.sanfrancisco.travel/
  Stanford University
Stanford University: Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is recognized as one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions. Pick up a self-guided tour map and walk around campus at your leisure, or take a one-hour, student-led Campus Walking Tour at 11am or 3:15pm. Suggested sights to see: Hoover Tower, Memorial Church and the Cantor Arts Center. Go south on 101 to Embarcadero Road. Travel three miles. Embarcadero Road becomes Galvez Street when you cross El Camino Real. Stay in the left lane and continue past the stadium. The entrance to the Visitor Center Lot is on the left just beyond Nelson Road. For additional information, visit http://www.stanford.edu/
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


Gilded Stage: A Social History of Opera


Author: Daniel Snowman


Description: From its beginnings in the Renaissance cities of northern Italy opera has permeated through Europe, America, and beyond, becoming a global business in the digital age. This history unwraps the story of opera from the charm and chaos of Mozart's Vienna to Frederick the Great's Berlin. It covers the lure of fin-de-siècle Paris, the rough and tumble of the Australian outback, and the new world of the Americas—colorful backdrops to the always dramatic, sometimes tragic, sometimes hilarious episodes that make up this rich and fascinating story.



The National Trust Guide to Great Opera Houses in America


Author: Karyl Lynn Zietz


Description: The first and only guide to the history and architecture of America's famous opera houses The American opera scene has grown with the country, spawning a proliferation of beautiful and enchanting opera houses. This unique guided tour covers almost 100 historical and contemporary opera houses dating from 1765 up to the present--halls such as the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, the San Francisco Opera House, and the Cullen Theater in Houston. America's opera houses present an eclectic collection of buildings, from converted warehouses to ornate vaudevillian venues and modern concrete and glass structures. The National Trust Guide to Great Opera Houses in America celebrates this dynamic range of architectural types and styles, revealing how European elements were transformed into a distinctly authentic and vital part of America's architectural and musical heritage. Grouped by geographic region, this easy-to-use resource contains important historical information on structures--some destroyed as well as those still standing--including dates, name changes, seating capacity, and more. Many of the buildings featured are National Historic Landmarks or are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Almost 140 vintage and recent photographs bring to life these magnificent buildings and the operatic scenes enacted on their stages. Whether used as a travel planner or an armchair reference, this definitive book is a must for music and theater enthusiasts, architects, designers, and preservationists--the perfect front row seat to the dramatic history of opera in America.



Music-Study in Germany: The Classic Memoir of the Romantic Era (Dover Books on Music)


Author: Amy Fay


Description: Dating from 1869 to 1875, this famous series of engaging letters by a young American pianist uniquely describes study with Liszt, Tausig, and other luminaries. Fay offers firsthand, and little known, impressions of performances by Rubinstein, Clara Schumann, Wagner (as conductor), Joachim, and many others, including a masterly portrait of Liszt as a man, teacher, and performer. A fascinating read for any music enthusiast.



The World of Swing: An Oral History of Big Band Jazz


Author: Stanley Dance


Description: Now available for a new generation of swing enthusiasts, reissued to coincide with the release of "The World of Swing" CD from Columbia/Legacy, this monumental history of big band jazz, documented through interviews with forty leading musicians, has been updated with a new introduction and discography by Dan Morgenstern.



The Great American Songbook - The Composers: Music and Lyrics for Over 100 Standards from the Golden Age of American Song


Author: Hal Leonard Corp.


Description: The first and only guide to the history and architecture of America's famous opera houses The American opera scene has grown with the country, spawning a proliferation of beautiful and enchanting opera houses. This unique guided tour covers almost 100 historical and contemporary opera houses dating from 1765 up to the present--halls such as the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, the San Francisco Opera House, and the Cullen Theater in Houston. America's opera houses present an eclectic collection of buildings, from converted warehouses to ornate vaudevillian venues and modern concrete and glass structures. The National Trust Guide to Great Opera Houses in America celebrates this dynamic range of architectural types and styles, revealing how European elements were transformed into a distinctly authentic and vital part of America's architectural and musical heritage. Grouped by geographic region, this easy-to-use resource contains important historical information on structures--some destroyed as well as those still standing--including dates, name changes, seating capacity, and more. Many of the buildings featured are National Historic Landmarks or are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Almost 140 vintage and recent photographs bring to life these magnificent buildings and the operatic scenes enacted on their stages. Whether used as a travel planner or an armchair reference, this definitive book is a must for music and theater enthusiasts, architects, designers, and preservationists--the perfect front row seat to the dramatic history of opera in America.



Shakespeare and the American Musical


Author: Irene G. Dash


Description: Irene G. Dash explores the influence of Shakespeare on American musical theater through analyses of five important productions from 1938 through 1971--The Boys from Syracuse (The Comedy of Errors), Kiss Me, Kate (Taming of the Shrew), West Side Story (Romeo and Juliet), Your Own Thing (Twelfth Night), and Two Gentlemen of Verona. Dash argues that adaptations of Shakespeare were instrumental in the alteration of the musical theater formula from the stock plots and song forms of the 1930s musical comedy to the more organic "integrated musical," where songs and dance sequences were used to advance the plot rather than break the action. In bringing together these well-known works, Dash offers a fresh look at the development of American musical theater and a new understanding of Shakespeare in the modern American context.





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