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Tanglewood: Meet the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Its Summer Home

Program Number: 15533RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/21/2014 - 8/25/2014; 7/21/2015 - 7/27/2015; 8/20/2015 - 8/24/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Lenox, Massachusetts
Price starting at: $1,379.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Music Festivals; Music Appreciation Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 11; 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt    

To celebrate Road Scholar’s 40th Anniversary, we have enhanced one of our favorite programs at Tanglewood! Begin with two nights in Boston — home to Road Scholar — discovering its unique neighborhoods, as well as the Museum of Fine Arts. En route to the beautiful Berkshires, experience the Worcester Art Museum. Then enjoy four nights at Tanglewood, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1936. Attend three concerts and discover the Tanglewood grounds on an expert-led exploration, with behind the-scenes access to performers and BSO staff. Hear instrument demonstrations with BSO musicians and attend lectures to heighten your enjoyment of the concerts.




Highlights

• Enjoy a Welcome Dinner in Boston to celebrate Road Scholar’s 40th Anniversary, then explore the inimitable character of Boston neighborhoods with an expert, including a special morning at the renowned Museum of Fine Arts.
• Engage with BSO instrumentalists as they demonstrate their skills and discuss what it is like to be in a world-class symphony orchestra, and learn from BSO staff about its inner workings.
• Step inside legendary Russian maestro Serge Koussevitzky’s private summer residence at Tanglewood, and experience the Berkshires home of Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist Edith Wharton..



Activity Particulars

Walking one hour or more, uneven terrain.



Specific Performance Details TBD.




Date Specific Information

8-21-2014

Round-trip bus transfer from Boston is available for an additional $99. Pickup will be at Road Scholar Headquarters, convenient to Logan Airport. Concerts include Boston Pops Orchestra, Keith Lockhart, conductor; Oz with Orchestra. BSO Charles Dutoit, conductor; Kirill Gerstein, piano, BERLIOZ Roman Carnival Overture, RACHMANINOFF Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, RESPIGHI Roman Festivals; Fountains of Rome; Pines of Rome. BSO; BEETHOVEN Choral Fantasy and Symphony No. 9.



8-20-2015

This four-night program starts and ends in Lenox for music lovers only interested in the Tanglewood experience.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Lenox

Isolated by the Berkshire Mountains, the area of present-day Lenox was unsettled wilderness until the 18th century. Despite its small population, Lenox has been home to many notable people, including Nathaniel Hawthorne, Yo-Yo Ma and Edith Wharton. The town is the site of Tanglewood Music Center, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.



Accommodations
Hotel conveniently located near Tanglewood.

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

Dr. Jeremy Yudkin is professor of music at Boston University, an associated faculty member of the Department of African American Studies, and visiting professor of music at Oxford University and Harvard University. Dr. Yudkin received his B.A. and M.A. from Cambridge University in classics and modern languages and his Ph.D. in historical musicology from Stanford University. He is the author of six books, and has written articles for journals including The Musical Quarterly, The Stanford Italian Review, The American Journal of Philology and others. Dr. Yudkin’s principal fields of research include medieval music, early Beethoven, popular music, and jazz.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Berkshire Fairfield Inn & Suites
  Berkshires, MA 4 nights
 Berkshire Fairfield Inn & Suites
Type: Hotel
  Description: Located in the heart of the stunning Berkshire Mountains, the Berkshire Fairfield Inn & Suites is an upscale, conveniently located hotel offering luxury accommodations and superior hotel features in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. With a convenient central location just minutes away from top area attractions, historic landmarks, music festivals, live theatre, shopping, museums, skiing, fishing, and golf, the Berkshire Fairfield Inn & Suites offers a fabulous, resort hotel experience. We offer spacious rooms and suites, breakfast, free high-speed Internet access, fitness room and a heated indoor swimming pool.
  Contact info: 249 Stockbridge Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230 USA
phone: 413-644-3200
web: www.BerkshireMarriott.com
  Room amenities: Blackout drapes, Cable/satellite television, Clock radio, Complimentary high-speed Internet access, Free local calls, Wake-up service, Complimentary toiletries, Hair dryer, Iron & ironing board, Coffee/tea maker, Refrigerator, Microwave
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: N/A Please contact the hotel directly to arrange additional hotel nights.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: N/A Please contact the hotel directly to arrange additional hotel nights.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration begins at 3:00 PM in hotel You will be staying at Berkshire Fairfield Inn & Suites that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 10:00 AM in hotel You will be staying at Berkshire Fairfield Inn & Suites the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking at all hotels
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Berkshires, MA
  Nearest city or town:  Multiple towns within the Berkshires
  Nearest highway: I-90
  Nearest airport:  Albany International
  From End of Program
  Location: Berkshires, MA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Shuttle to Road Scholar Headquarters in Downtown Boston

 

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Chartered Private Bus
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

2 1/2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

135 miles

   

Simplify your travel plans by taking the Road Scholar Transfer Shuttle, offering a round trip transfer to the program in Great Barrington from the Road Scholar Headquarters in downtown Boston at 11 Avenue de Lafayette. Road Scholar Headquarters is easily accessible by public transportation that service Boston’s major bus and train stations as well as Logan International Airport. The Shuttle departs at 1:30 PM.

 

From Logan Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Silver Line to Road Scholar Boston Office for transfer to the program

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$2
Prices are subject to change.

   

If you are flying into Logan Airport, we recommend you take the shuttle (included in the price of Accommodation 1) from the Road Scholar Headquarters in Downtown Boston to the hotel in Great Barrington. To get from the airport to the Road Scholar office, take the Silver Line Bus to South Station It is a 5 minute walk from there to the office, located at 11 Avenue de Lafayette.

 

By Bus from Boston

 

 
 

Service:

 


Bonanza Bus Lines
phone: 401-331-7500

   

From Boston, Bus service is less convenient. Peter Pan Bus Lines offers direct service to Springfield, MA from where you must transfer to Pittsfield, MA from where you can take a 20 mile cab ride to the hotel. Please call 401-331-7500 or look online at http://www.peterpanbus.com for more information.

 

By Bus from New York City

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Bonanza Bus Lines
phone: 401-331-7500

   

Bonanza Bus Lines provides direct service from the Port Authority Bus Terminal to Great Barrington, MA via the Williamstown, MA Bus Line. All buses arrive and depart Manhattan from the South Terminal at 8th Avenue and 40th st, Gate 13. Call 401-331-7500 or look online at http://www.peterpanbus.com for more information. The bus stop in Great Barrington is located at Phil’s Pharmacy-a 1.5 mile cab ride to the Berkshire Fairfield Inn & Suites. Phone number for Taxico Taxi Service is 413-528-0911

 

From Bradley International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$150 total
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 hours 

   

Bradley International Airport (BDL) is located about 70 miles from the hotel. Affordable Airport Car Services (800-739-7293) and Exclusive Car Service (877-695-4665) offer service throughout Western Massachusetts.

 

From Albany International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Capitaland Taxi Airport Dispatch
phone: 518-242-4222

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$100 total
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 

   

Albany International Airport (ALB) is located about 55 miles from the hotel. Capitaland Taxi Airport Dispatch (518 242-4222) offers taxi service from the Albany International Airport to the surrounding areas.

 

From Albany

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Peter Pan Bus Lines
phone: 401-331-7500

   

Services to and from Providence, Springfield, Pittsfield, Albany, Boston, Hartford, Amherst, Williamstown and New York City. Call 401-331-7500 or look online at www.peterpanbus.com or www.bonanzabus.com for more information.

 

Local Limo Service

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Exclusive Car Service
phone: 877-695-4665
Advanced Reservations Required

   

Service Throughout western Massachusetts

 
Driving Directions
  From Albany Airport take I-87 south (Northway). Get off the Northway ( I-87) at Exit 1 on I-90 East to Albany and Boston. Follow I-90 East through Albany, I-90 becoming the Mass Pike. Take the Mass Pike East to Exit 2 –Lee/Lenox/Pittsfield exit. Route 102 will intersect with Route 7 South in Stockbridge; Take Route 7 South approximately 5-6 miles. The Berkshire Fairfield Inn & Suites is located on the right, across from Greylock Bank.
  From Eastern Massachusetts Travel I-90 West to Exit 2 to Lee/Lenox/Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Take a left at the ramp and then take a right at the light onto Route 102. Route 102 will intersect with Route 7 South in Stockbridge; Take Route 7 South approximately 5-6 miles. The Berkshire Fairfield Inn & Suites is located on the right, across from Greylock Bank.
  From Hartford Take I-91 North to the Mass Pike, I-90. Mass Pike West to Exit 2 Lee/Lenox/Pittsfield. Follow route 102 to Stockbridge. Route 102 will intersect with Route 7 South in Stockbridge; Take Route 7 South approximately 5-6 miles. The Berkshire Fairfield Inn & Suites is located on the right, across from Greylock Bank.
  From New York City Take Saw Mill River Parkway to Taconic State Parkway to Route 23 Exits East. Turn right on route 23. Follow route 23 into Great Barrington to the junction of Route 23 and route 7. Follow route 7 North for approximately 2 miles. The Berkshire Fairfield Inn & Suites is located on the left, across from Greylock Bank.
Elevation Note: N/A

Equipment Requirements: N/A
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/Dinner
(Thursday, August 21)
   
 Afternoon: 3:00pm Check into the Berkshire Fairfield Inn and Suites: PLEASE NOTE THE COMFORT INN AND SUITES HAS RECENTLY CHANGED BRANDS. THE HOTEL IS NOW THE BERKSHIRE FAIRFIELD INN AND SUITES. CHANGES INCLUDE RENOVATED LOBBY AND REFURBISHED GUEST ROOMS. Registration between 4-5:30pm
 Dinner: 6:30pm Dinner in the hotel.
 Evening: Orientation/Welcome
   
Accommodations: Berkshire Fairfield Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Tour of Tanglewood/Lecture with BSO Administrators/Pops Concert
(Friday, August 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Explore the history of Tanglewood and step inside Serge Koussevitzky’s private summer residence, “Seranak”, for an intimate glimpse into the life of the legendary maestro.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Formal Gardens Tent.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a lecture with BSO Administrators and members of the BSO.
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: "This Week at Tanglewood" panel discussion with moderator Martin Bookspan and guest artists. Following will be a performance by the Boston Pops Orchestra. Led by conductor Keith Lockhart. "Oz with Orchestra." The “shed” is where the symphony performs all of their concerts and is covered. Participants have seats right in the middle, though many people sit outside on the lawn.”
   
Accommodations: Berkshire Fairfield Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Open Rehearsal and Lecture/Instrument Demonstrations/BSO concert
(Saturday, August 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel
 Morning: Load buses and return to Tanglewood for public lecture and open rehearsal at the Tanglewood Shed.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Formal Gardens Tent
 Afternoon: Enjoy two presentations and instrument demonstrations with members of the BSO.
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: Boston Symphony Orchestra concert: Charles Dutoit, conductor Kirill Gerstein, piano BERLIOZ Roman Carnival Overture RACHMANINOFF Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini RESPIGHI Roman Festivals; Fountains of Rome; Pines of Rome
   
Accommodations: Berkshire Fairfield Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Lecture with Dr. Jeremy Yudkin, Chair of the Musicology Department Boston University/ BSO Instrument Demonstration/ BSO Concert/
(Sunday, August 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture with Dr. Jeremy Yudkin, Chair of the Musicology Department at Boston
 Lunch: Lunch at the Formal Garden's Tent
 Afternoon: Instrument Demonstration and talk by BSO member before a Boston Symphony Orchestra concert: Charles Dutoit, conductor BEETHOVEN Choral Fantasy BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel
   
Accommodations: Berkshire Fairfield Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Farewell
(Monday, August 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at your leisure
 Morning: Hotel Check out by noon. If you purchased the Group Transfer, the coach will depart for Boston no later than 10:00am with two drop offs: Boston Logan Airport, and Road Scholar Headquarters. Approximate travel time from Great Barrington to Boston is 3 hours. Approximate arrival time to the RS Headquarters will be between 1 PM and 2 PM.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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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