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

Program Number: 11298RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/15/2014 - 7/20/2014; 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: $1,299.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Opera; History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 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 2015 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 Bronze Foundry and Sculpture Garden 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

7-15-2014

Santa Fe Opera performances include Beethoven's "Fidelio" on July 16 and Bizet's "Carmen" on July 18.



7-14-2015

Operas included in this program are Verdi's "Rigoletto" and Donizetti's "Daughter of the Regiment."



7-21-2015

Operas included in this program are Richard Strauss's "Salome" (new production in honor of the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth) and Donizetti's "Daughter of the Regiment."



7-28-2015

Operas included in this program are Richard Strauss's "Salome" (new production in honor of the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth) and Mozart's "La Finta de Giardiniera."



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
   The Lodge at Santa Fe
  Santa Fe 5 nights
 The Lodge at Santa Fe
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: This full-service hotel is one and one-quarter mile from the historic downtown Plaza and within an easy walk of a large mall with drugstore and grocery store. There is a shuttle that travels back and forth to the downtown area from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. The hotel sits on a hill overlooking Santa Fe with great views and many amenities and it is a non-smoking facility. It features Santa Fe-style decor and furnishings, and the staff is friendly and very accommodating.
  Contact info: 750 N. St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA
phone: 888-740-3291
web: www.lodgeatsantafe.com
  Room amenities: Rooms are furnished and decorated with comfortable Southwest-style. Amenities include premium television channels, climate control, air conditioning, voice mail, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, daily housekeeping, clock radios and more.
  Facility amenities: Non-smoking hotel, elevator, chapel/shrine, business center, fitness center/spa, outdoor seasonal swimming pool and hot tub, restaurant on premises, bar, garden, massage services, free Internet, 24-hour front desk, free parking.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Road Scholar room rate Contact Theresa Sandoval at the hotel (505-992-5853 or tsandoval@hhandr.com) or call the central reservations line at 1-800-529-5700 well in advance to reserve additional nights; please tell them that you are with a Road Scholar program that will begin on the date your program starts. The Road Scholar room rate (housing only; meals are not included in the Road Scholar room rate) will be offered for three nights pre- and post-program.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Road Scholar room rate Contact Theresa Sandoval at the hotel (505-992-5853 or tsandoval@hhandr.com) or call the central reservations line at 1-800-529-5700 well in advance to reserve additional nights; please tell them that you are with a Road Scholar program that will begin on the date your program starts. The Road Scholar room rate (housing only; meals are not included in the Road Scholar room rate) will be offered for three nights pre- and post-program.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


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 The Lodge at 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 The Lodge at 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

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle

 

Travel Time:

 

5 to 10 minutes 

   

The Santa Fe airport is serviced by a limited number of flights and airlines. If you choose to fly into/out of Santa Fe, please call your hotel before the program starts for their recommendation regarding shuttle transportation from/to the airport.

 

Albuquerque

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$28
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

70 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 65 miles

   

Sandia Shuttle Express offers regular service between the Albuquerque Sunport and Santa Fe. Reservations are required. When you make your reservations, you'll need to let the shuttle service know the hotel at which you'd like to be dropped off in Santa Fe, and when you wish to return to Albuquerque. Reservations for the shuttles must be made at least 24 hours in advance of your travel date, or your place on the shuttle will not be guaranteed.

 
Driving Directions
  Driving North from Albuquerque Take I-25 north from Albuquerque approximately 56 miles to Santa Fe. Take the St. Francis Drive Exit #282 and go left under the overpass. Merge on St. Francis Drive heading north. Go 5 miles through Santa Fe to the stoplight at Alamo Drive and turn left. Take an immediate right onto Calle Mejia. The LODGE AT SANTA FE is on the top of the hill. If using a GPS device, use the address 744 Calle Mejia, Santa Fe, NM 87501
  Driving South from Taos or Espanola Take US 285 / US 284 South toward Santa Fe. Follow signs to St. Francis Drive and stay to the right. You will pass the hotel on the right as you come down the hill into Santa Fe. Turn right at the light at Alamo Drive. Take an immediate right on Calle Mejia. THE LODGE AT SANTA FE is on the left at the top of the hill. If using a GPS device, use the address 744 Calle Mejia, Santa Fe, NM 87501.
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
(Tuesday, July 15)

Note: Walking within hotel only



   
 Arrive To: Hotel check-in anytime after 3:00 PM. Registration with the program group leader between 4:00 and 5:30 PM in a designated area at the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00-7:00 PM
 Evening: Program orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room from 7:00 to 8:30 PM
   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Santa Fe
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Classes: Georgia O'Keeffe and the Santa Fe Opera/Exploration of Santa Fe/State Capitol Art Collection/Georgia O'Keeffe Museum/Attend Santa Fe Opera Performance
(Wednesday, July 16)

Note: Walking up to one mile over uneven paved and packed dirt terrain during the course of the day; standing up to one hour in Capitol Building and at O'Keeffe Museum; negotiating a few steps to get on and off bus; walking about 1 block between the bus and the Opera house



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel
 Morning: Classes about Georgia O'Keeffe, and tonight's Santa Fe Opera performance of "Fidelio"
 Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant
 Afternoon: Explore Santa Fe's Plaza area, visit the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and see the State Capitol art collection.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: Bus departs at 7:30 PM to go to the Santa Fe Opera for tonight's performance of "Fidelio."

Bus returns to the hotel LATE.

   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Santa Fe History and Cuisine of New Mexico/Rancho de Chimayó Lunch/Santuario de Chimayó Visit/Free Evening
(Thursday, July 17)

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



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel
 Morning: Presentations on the history of Santa Fe and on the cuisine of New Mexico.

Bus departs for Chimayó at 11:30.

 Lunch: Lunch at historic Rancho de Chimayó
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll visit lovely El Santuario de Chimayó, fondly known as "the Lourdes of Northern New Mexico" because of the 'healing earth' found in one of the rooms near the altar area. We'll also visit a local weaving gallery.

Bus arrives back in Santa Fe at about 3:30 PM.

 Dinner: Dinner on our own tonight
 Evening: Evening at leisure
   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Classes on the History of New Mexico and on the Santa Fe Opera/Guided Backstage Visit at Santa Fe Opera/Performance at Santa Fe Opera
(Friday, July 18)

Note: Walking up to one mile over course of the day over paved terrain with some incline (at SFe Opera). Walking up and down several flights of stairs during afternoon as well. Reduced activity backstage visit with advance notice. Walking from bus into Opera house and back (one block each way over paved terrain)



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel
 Morning: Classes about the history of New Mexico and about the Santa Fe Opera production of "Carmen"
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel
 Afternoon: At 1:30 PM, bus will depart front of hotel for field trip to Santa Fe Opera for a backstage visit set for 2:00 PM. This visit involves some walking uphill and several flights of stairs. Those who think that they may not be able to negotiate the stairs should let the Road Scholar Santa Fe office know as far in advance as possible (505-983-0613) to arrange for a modified tour.

Return to the hotel for some time at leisure before dinner.

 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: Bus departs for tonight's performance of "Carmen," returning to the hotel LATE.
   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Morning Class on Art/Visit to Shidoni Foundry/Class on New Mexico Wines and Wineries
(Saturday, July 19)

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



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel
 Morning: Morning class on art of the Southwest
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll depart for a visit to Shidoni Bronze Foundry in Tesuque.

After returning to the hotel, there will be a class on New Mexico's wines and wineries.

 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: Program closing
   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Breakfast followed by hotel check-out and departure
(Sunday, July 20)
   
 Breakfast: From 7:00-9:00 AM, we'll have breakfast at the hotel. Departures at 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


A History of Opera


Author: Abbate, Carolyn and Parker, Roger


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


Kobbe's Portable Opera Guide


Author: Earl of Harewood, editor


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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