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Inside a World Class Orchestra With the Baltimore Symphony

Program Number: 21471RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/11/2014 - 3/15/2014; 3/24/2015 - 3/28/2015; 5/5/2015 - 5/9/2015; 6/9/2015 - 6/13/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Price starting at: $1,289.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Music Appreciation
Meals: 10; 4 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO), currently led by Music Director Marin Alsop, is internationally recognized as having achieved a preeminent place among the world's most important orchestras. On this special Road Scholar experience, go behind the scenes with the BSO to learn how it operates and to gain firsthand understanding of why the orchestra enjoys a devoted national and international following. Go backstage at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, attend rehearsals and performances, and enjoy privileged access to orchestra musicians and staff. In addition, see why the orchestra is hailed not only for its enduring pursuit of artistic excellence, but also for its innovative education and community-outreach initiatives throughout Maryland.




Highlights

• Enjoy exclusive access to a rehearsal and attend a ticketed performance at the Meyerhoff.
• Go beyond grand concert halls and into the classrooms of west Baltimore with the BSO’s award- winning outreach program OrchKids.
• Mingle with orchestra musicians, enjoy intimate performances, and learn what makes a major orchestra tick through talks provided by BSO staff.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.




Date Specific Information

3-11-2014

J.S. Bach - Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 featuring Jonathan Carney, conductor and violin / Madeline Adkins, conductor and violin.



3-24-2015

"Singin' in the Rain" with live accompaniment by the BSO SuperPops, Conducted by Jack Everely.



5-5-2015

BSO Concert : Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Overture; Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Prokofiev: Symphony No. 7. Conducted by Marin Alsop.



6-9-2015

BSO Concert: Bernstein's Candide-Conducted by Marin Alsop; special guest Patti LuPone.



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Baltimore

Once a center of shipbuilding on the Eastern seaboard, Baltimore remains an active port dedicated to preserving its maritime heritage. From historic neighborhoods to famed cultural and educational facilities, Baltimore is a world-class city.



Accommodations
Full-service boutique hotel centrally located in the Mount Vernon Cultural District, minutes from the Inner Harbor.
Meals and Lodgings
   Peabody Court Hotel
  Baltimore, MD 4 nights
 Peabody Court Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Wireless & Wired High Speed Internet Service 24 Hour Exercise Facilities Newspaper Available Mon-Fri
  Contact info: 612 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 USA
phone: 410-727-7101
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call hotel at 410-727-7101 Please call the hotel for additional nights on either side of the program. Depending on availability, a special rate may be available. Please make reservations early directly with the hotel.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call hotel at 410-727-7101 Please call the hotel for additional nights on either side of the program. Depending on availability, a special rate may be available. Please make reservations early directly with the hotel.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00-5:00 PM Road Scholar registration at the hotel in Baltimore, MD. You will be staying at Peabody Court Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
11:00 AM Departure from the hotel, Baltimore, MD You will be staying at Peabody Court Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Hotel offers valet parking at a $29 per day plus tax. Commercial lot with lower rates on Cathedral Street just past the hotel, but this lot does not offer 24-hour parking, so you would need to check on your car daily.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Baltimore, MD
  Nearest city or town:  Baltimore
  Nearest highway: 195
  Nearest airport:  BWI
  From End of Program
  Location: Baltimore, MD
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Penn Station

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Under $10
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

About 1 mile

   

If arriving by train, get off at Penn Station in Baltimore. Take a taxi to hotel. There are always taxis at the station.

 

BWI Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
AMTRAK

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Under $20
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Under 10 miles

   

Take the airport shuttle to the Amtrak/MARC BWI Station. Board the train to Penn Station in Baltimore. Once at Penn Station take a taxi to the Peabody Court Hotel (about $8). This is very easy as the trains come often.

 
Driving Directions
  From BWI Airport Head southeast 0.1 mi. Slight left toward I-195 W (signs for Hourly Parking).Slight left at I-195 W (signs for I-195 W/Airport exit). Take exit 2A to merge onto MD-295 N toward I-695/Baltimore 8.6 mi. Continue on N Paca St 0.2 mi. Turn right on West Mullberry St . Turn left at Parker Ave . Turn right at W Monument St. Turn right at Cathedral St 256 ft.
  From I-95 Take 95 to Exit 53. Follow the signs to Inner Harbor. Turn Right on Pratt Street. Turn Left on Charles Street (one-way North). Follow Charles Street north one mile to Baltimore's Washington Monument. At the monument, turn left on Monument Street (also know as Mt. Vernon Place). Follow one block to Cathedral Street and turn left. Hotel is immediately on your right, facing the Washington Monument. Awning out front says Peabody Court
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 / Orientation
(Tuesday, March 11)
   
 Arrive To: 3-5:00pm. Check into the Peabody Court Hotel. Register with your Group Leader in the lobby and pick up your welcome packets.
 Afternoon: 5:00 Orientation at the hotel
 Dinner: Enjoy your first group dinner at the Engineer's Club(located adjacent to the hotel) with members of Maryland's very own Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Ask questions and hear stories of the life of a performing musician and get to know the BSO!
 Evening: After dinner, enjoy an intimate chamber music concert at the Engineer’s Club located adjacent to the hotel, performed by members of the BSO.
   
Accommodations: Peabody Court Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: BSO presentation / OrchKids After School Music Program in Baltimore City neighborhood
(Wednesday, March 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: In an interactive class, find out how to run a world-class symphony orchestra. From marketing tips, to organizing logistics, to pulling together a season of exciting programs, learn what it takes to make the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra tick.
Following a break, lean the tricks of the trade from a BSO Musician, and learn what it takes to practive and prepare mentally for a professional concert and more.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Board a coach headed into a Baltimore neighborhood school for an in-depth, hands on exploration of Orchkids. A year around after school program, OrchKids, is designed to create social change and nurture promising futures for youth in Baltimore City neighborhoods. Under Baltimore Symphony Orchestra music director Marin Alsop’s artistic leadership and direction, OrchKids is the cornerstone of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s efforts to expand the Orchestra’s relevance within the broad and diverse Baltimore community. In collaboration with several community partners, including Baltimore City Public Schools, OrchKids provides music eduation, instruments, academic instruction, meals, as well as performance and mentorship opportunities at no cost. OrchKids is inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema, the music program that has tranformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of children in the country’s most impoverished areas in only 40 years.
 Dinner: Return to the hotel for dinner
 Evening: Activity at the hotel TBD
   
Accommodations: Peabody Court Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Exlusive BSO Rehearsal / Lunch with BSO leaders / Tour of Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall / CITY tour of Baltimore with Michael Lisicky
(Thursday, March 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: Depart for Symphony Hall and experience a behind the scenes look at a BSO Rehearsal Led by BSO Concertmaster Jonathan Carney and Associate Concertmaster Madeline Adkins.
 Lunch: Lunch at Symphony hall with BSO Staff. Learn insights into conducting and playing, and how they transform a classical orchestra into a world-class chamber ensemble.
 Afternoon: Ever want to see what it looks like backstage? In the practice rooms? Where the percussion instruments are stored? Now’s your chance to GO behind-the-scenes. Enjoy your tour of the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.
Afterwards, explore historic Baltimore with the BSO's own Michael Lisicky.
 Dinner: Dinner in Fells Point
 Evening: Free Time
   
Accommodations: Peabody Court Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Bach Lecture / FREE AFTERNOON / Farewell Dinner / BSO Concert-Bach's Brandenburgs/Post-Concert Reception with BSO members
(Friday, March 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: Presentation at the hotel by BSO staff: Johann Sebastian Bach.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own
 Afternoon: Free Time
 Dinner: Farewell dinner
 Evening: Prepare for the final performance! Travel by coach back to Symphony Hall for the 8 PM BSO Concert "Bach's Brandenburgs." This is the glory of the Baroque. Experience all six of Bach's supreme Brandenburg Concertos with soloists drawn from our very own Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Post concert, we will meet with the musicians in BSO's Green Room for a private reception to celebrate the performance. Bravo!
   
Accommodations: Peabody Court Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Farewell / Departure
(Saturday, March 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: Share contact details with new friends, and checkout of the hotel is at 11:00 AM.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Baltimore, MD Maryland Science Center
The Maryland Science Center is a multi-level facility featuring interactive exhibitions on subjects from dinosaurs to the universe. the Science Center also houses an IMAX theater and planetarium. 601 Light Street Baltimore, MD 21230 (410) 685-5225 For additional information, visit www.mdsci.org/
  National Aquarium in Baltimore
The National Aquarium is a nonprofit aquatic education and conservation organization with two locations and one mission: to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures. In 2003, separate aquariums in Baltimore, MD, and Washington, DC, joined as one “National Aquarium.” The National Aquarium venues together hold living collections that include more than 16,000 animals from more than 660 species of fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals living in award-winning, naturalistic habitats. 501 E Pratt St Baltimore, MD 21202 (410) 576-3800 For additional information, visit www.aqua.org/
  Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture
The premier experience and best resource for information and inspiration about the lives of African American Marylanders. The museum seeks to realize its mission by collecting, preserving, interpreting, documenting and exhibiting the rich contributions of African American Marylanders from the state’s earliest history to the present and the future. 830 East Pratt Street Baltimore, MD 21202 (443) 263-1800 For additional information, visit www.africanamericanculture.org/
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Suggested Reading List


Lost Baltimore


Author: Paul Kelsey Williams and Gregory J. Alexander


Description: Read along as this book covers important historical events that have shaped the physical landscape and societal fabric of Baltimore. "Lost Baltimore" also features rarely published images of homes, buildings, industrial ports, and other commercial entities that have been razed, damaged, and significantly altered over the years.



Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician


Author: Christoph Wolff


Description: Want to brush up on your knowledge of Johann Sebastian Bach? Finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Biography, this is a landmark biography of Bach on the 250th anniversary of the composer's death.





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