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Singing at the Oregon Festival of American Music - “Makin’ Whoopee! Reflections on the Jazz Age”

Program Number: 14989RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/4/2014 - 8/10/2014; 8/10/2015 - 8/16/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Eugene, Oregon
Price starting at: $899.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Music Participation; Music Festivals
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Make some whoopee in the chorus as OFAM revisits those heady musical years of post-WWI economic recovery, social redefinition and cultural effervescence that literary types like Fitzgerald called “The Jazz Age”. Your song selections will start with 1921 when Eubie Blake-Noble Sissle’s revue Shuffle Along opened on Broadway through 1934, when Cole Porter’s paean to the age, Anything Goes did so! In between lies early Ellington, Cab Calloway and the Cotton Club; vocal stylists such as Al Jolson, Mildred Bailey, Eddie Cantor, Ruth Etting, Ethel Waters, Cliff Edwards; the rise of musical comedy; jazz, swing and the blues; and unrivaled songwriting craftsmanship of Rodgers & Hart, the Gershwins, Berlin, and Porter. Join top guest musicians at 5 concerts in our return to the Jazz Age’s clubs, radio shows, and stages, including your own performance at the end of the week.




Highlights

• The program includes B-level seats at five festival concerts: the Opening Gala and Finale Concerts, a Jazz cabaret, and your choice of two matinee concerts.
• Guest artist presentations, a behind the scenes rehearsal, and period films add depth and historical context.
• Sing along to the great songs of the Jazz Age age and show off your talents by performing before an audience.



Activity Particulars

Walk up to four blocks. Shuttles do not have wheelchair lifts.



Ability to read music is preferred, but not necessary. Program includes B-level seats to five events, including three pre-selected events and two matinees of your choice. Upgrades to A-level seating are available. Cost varies with venue from $3.25 to $9. Tickets for additional concerts are available at a 15-percent discount.



Coordinated by The Shedd Institute for the Arts.




Eugene

Known for its mix of the arts, culture and scenery, Eugene is in the Willamette Valley, 110 miles south of Portland. The city is home to the University of Oregon, concert halls, museums and parks along the river through the heart of town.



Accommodations
Choice of three hotels near the Shedd Institute, ranging from a AAA-motel to a luxury boutique hotel.
Meals and Lodgings
   Campus Inn or Hilton Eugene or Inn at the 5th
  Eugene, OR 6 nights
 Campus Inn
Type: Hotel
  Description: AAA Approved; Mobil 3 Diamond Rated
  Contact info: 390 E. Broadway
Eugene, OR 97401 USA
phone: 800-888-6313
web: www.campus-inn.com
  Room amenities: Data port phones with free local calls; DSL high speed internet connection; Satellite TV with HBO/ESPN/Fox Sport NW; refrigerator; iron/ironing board; hairdryer; copy/fax service.
  Facility amenities: 24-Hour Front Desk Personal Service; Nautilus Fitness Center; beautiful sundeck; Newsstand;
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 Hilton Eugene
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: 66 East 6th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401 USA
phone: 541-342-2000
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Inn at the 5th
Type: Boutique Hotel
  Description: Inn at the 5th represents the pinnacle of Pacific Northwest luxury, offering elegant accommodations and the ultimate in personal service in the bustling heart of Eugene, Oregon. This luxurious boutique hotel echoes all that makes Eugene unique, from its artistic, sophisticated design to the high-end dining, spa and shopping available onsite at the 5th Street Public Market. Placed perfectly between a relaxing day spa, a fine eatery and the city’s most upscale set of shops, the 5th Street Public Market, Inn at the 5th offers an inspiring glimpse at the essence of elegance. The University of Oregon’s lush campus lies less than two miles away, allowing easy access to an array of athletic and artistic endeavors. Eugene and the surrounding area afford plenty of opportunity to explore the outdoors, with hiking trails, wine tours and the city’s substantial network of running trails. Each of their spectacularly unique guestrooms and suites is sumptuously appointed and specifically tailored to provide sophistication and elegance through fine furnishings and the work of local artists.
  Contact info: 205 East 6th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401 USA
phone: 541-743-4099
web: www.innat5th.com/index.php
  Facility amenities: The Inn has state-of-the-art 24 hour fitness center, and special business nooks located on each guest floor for convenience. Each of the guestrooms and suites is features authentic and unique local artwork and an ample supply of amenities to ensure the utmost in comfort and luxury.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3 p.m. hotel check in. 4:00 p.m. shuttle to Shedd, orientation, dinner, and short rehearsal at 7 pm. You will be staying at Campus Inn or Hilton Eugene or Inn at the 5th that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast on Sunday morning. You will be staying at Campus Inn or Hilton Eugene or Inn at the 5th the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking is available at Campus Inn and the Hilton. The Inn at the 5th charges a day rate. Limited parking may be available at The Shedd, and there are paid parking lots across the street.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Eugene, OR
  Nearest city or town:  Springfield
  Nearest highway: Interstate 5
  Nearest airport:  Eugene
  From End of Program
  Location: Eugene, OR
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Eugene OR

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

complimentary to Hilton & Inn at the 5th; $5 to Campus Inn
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

1 mile

   

The Hilton front desk number is 541-342-2000, and you can order a shuttle through them upon your arrival. The Hilton is 2.5 blocks from the train station, so it is also walkable if your luggage isn't too heavy. The Inn at the 5th's phone number is 541-743-4099 for their shuttle service.

 

Eugene OR

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

complimentary to Hilton & Inn at the 5th. $5 to Campus Inn.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

1 mile

   

The Hilton front desk number is 541-342-2000, and you can order a shuttle through them upon your arrival. The Inn at the 5th's phone number is 541-743-4099 for their shuttle service.

 

Portland

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
City2City
phone: 541-758-8001
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

around $59
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2.5 

 

Distance:

 

100 miles

   

This is a newer shuttle service available to and from Eugene from the Portland airport. Their drop off point in Eugene may require a short taxi ride to get to accomodations. Check their website for more information City2cityshuttle.com or contact at admin@city2cityshuttle.com.

 

Eugene OR

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary to the Hilton and the Inn at the 5th; around $20 to Campus Inn.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

6.5 miles

   

Direct line hotel phones are available near the baggage claim. The Hilton front desk number is 541-342-2000, and you can order a shuttle through them upon your arrival. The Inn at the 5th's phone number is 541-743-4099 for their shuttle service. The Campus Inn does not offer shuttle service.

 
Driving Directions
  From Airport/Hwy 99N From the Airport: Exit the airport heading south on Airport Road and stay on it as it winds through some fields until you reach the light at Highway 99 West. Turn right onto Highway 99 West. Stay on this road for about 6 miles. It turns into 7th Avenue and is one-way heading east. As you enter downtown Eugene, move to the far left lane. You will cross Olive Street and see the Hult Performing Arts Center on your left. Take the next left on Oak Street (you are now circling the Hilton) and the next left on 6th Avenue, which is one-way heading west. Make an immediate left into the hotel driveway.
  From Central Oregon Head for the Willamette Valley on US 126. Once in Springfield, stay on Main Street through town. It will turn into Franklin Boulevard and you will pass the UO on your left. Follow signs to 6th Avenue, turning right at the light at Hilyard Street. Merge into the left lane. The Hilton will be on your left in about 4 blocks.
  From I-5 From I-5, take Exit 192 to Downtown Eugene. Stay in the left lane. It will turn into Franklin Boulevard and you will pass the UO on your left. Follow signs to 6th Avenue, turning right at the light at Hilyard Street. Merge into the left lane. The Hilton will be on your left in about 4 blocks.
  From the Oregon Coast From Florence, drive east on Hwy 126. When entering Eugene, Hwy 126 becomes West 11th. Follow West 11th all the way into Eugene. Turn left at Garfield (11th forces you to turn left or right at this street). Turn right onto 7th Avenue at the next light. 7th is one-way heading east. As you enter downtown Eugene, move to the far left lane. You will cross Olive Street and see the Hult Performing Arts Center on your left. Take the next left on Oak Street (you are now circling the Hilton) and the next left on 6th Avenue, which is one-way heading west. Make an immediate left into the hotel driveway.
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: 3PM Check-in at your hotel; 5pm Orientation with Shedd Founder and Director of Education, Ginevra Ralph; dinner at The Shedd at 6pm; and a short rehearsal will follow.
(Monday, August 4)
   
 Afternoon: Check in to hotel beginning at 3pm. Your welcome folder and schedule will be at the front desk. At 4:00 pm we will begin van shuttle service to The Shedd for dinner, followed by Orientation, dinner, a rehearsal, and shuttles back to the hotels. If you prefer to walk to The Shedd, it is at 868 High Street and enter through the bank of white doors.
 Dinner: 6 pm -- Dinners are held in the Great Hall at The Shedd. Wine and beer are available for purchase.
 Evening: Ginevra Ralph, Director of Education and co-founder of The Shedd Institute and Oregon Festival of American Music will greet you and give you an overview of the week's events and final schedules. Ginevra will also present a short history of The Shedd Institute’s year-round music programming and educational activities, and of how the organization has turned this 65,000 sq. ft. former church into a premier concert hall and the “acres” of classrooms for a community music institute. After dinner you will have a short rehearsal with your Music Director and Accompanist.
   
Accommodations: Campus Inn or Hilton Eugene or Inn at the 5th
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Today will have faculty presentations, rehearsals, and you attend the Opening festival concert. Regular shuttle service during the day back to the hotel is scheduled and may be available upon request in between departures.
(Tuesday, August 5)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast is in the Great Hall at The Shedd. Shuttles from the hotels to The Shedd will be available.
 Morning: Rehearsals, lectures, workshops, sessions with festival artists.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch in the Great Hall at The Shedd.
 Afternoon: The Shedd will provide shuttles in the afternoon to return to the hotels and The Shedd for free time and dinner.
 Afternoon: Classes and a rehearsal will fill the afternoon.
 Dinner: 6 pm -- Dinners are held in the Great Hall at The Shedd. Wine and beer are available for purchase.
 Evening: The 8pm opening Gala Concert will be held at The Shedd with Ken Peplowski and friends introducing the year's theme of "Hooray for Hollywood -- The Sequel" and is included as part of your tuition. Specific concert details will be available in early spring, but past Festival programming can be see on the OFAM archive pages at www.theshedd.org. Shuttles will return you to the Hotels following the concert.
   
Accommodations: Campus Inn or Hilton Eugene or Inn at the 5th
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Depending on the final festival schedule, we plan today to go to the University of Oregon's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art or the Museum of Natural and Cultural History in addition to tonight's concert.
(Wednesday, August 6)
   
 Breakfast: At the Shedd. Shuttle available.
 Morning: We will have a morning rehearsal, followed by a trip to the University of Oregon. A Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art educational guide will lead us through the current changing exhibition and provide insights into the extensive Asian and contemporary NW permanent collections. Depending on their programming TBA, an alternate option would be to go to the UO's Museum of Natural and Cultural History.
 Lunch: Noon-- Meals are held in the Great Hall at The Shedd. Wine and beer are available for purchase.
 Afternoon: The Shedd will provide shuttles in the afternoon to return to the hotel and The Shedd for free time and dinner.
 Afternoon: 1:30 pm Matinee Concert: This afternoon you have the option to attend the first of OFAM’s 75-minute matinee concerts at The Shedd’s 800-seat Jaqua Concert Hall. Specific programming will be announced in early 2014. 5pm Optional Public Lecture by OFAM guest lecturer.
 Dinner: At the Shedd.
 Evening: 8 pm Evening Concert Participants may chose one of the 3 different evening concerts as part of their program, and add the others at a group discount rate. Specific concert programming and artistic personnel will be announced at a later date. An optional historic film will be shown for those chosing not to attend the concert. Shuttles will be available to transport to hotels following the performance.
   
Accommodations: Campus Inn or Hilton Eugene or Inn at the 5th
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Presentations, rehearsal, films, an optional matinee and/or evening concert will pack the day.
(Thursday, August 7)
   
 Breakfast: At the Shedd. Shuttle is available.
 Morning: Rehearsals, lectures, workshops, sessions with festival artists.
 Lunch: At the Shedd.
 Afternoon: The Shedd will provide shuttles in the afternoon to return to the hotel and The Shedd for free time and dinner.
 Afternoon: 1:30 pm Matinee Concert: This is the second of three different afternoon concerts. Participants may choose 2 as part of their program and add the third at a discount. Specific programming and artistic personnel will be announced in the spring. 5pm Public Festival Lecture by OFAM guest speaker.
 Dinner: At the Shedd.
 Evening: 8pm Tonight's concert may be chosen as part of the program or added at a ticket discount. Specific concert programming and artistic personnel will be announced in the spring. An optional historic film will be shown for participants not attending..
   
Accommodations: Campus Inn or Hilton Eugene or Inn at the 5th
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Today features an optional matinee concert, along with rehearsals and classes and an optional concert in the evening.
(Friday, August 8)
   
 Breakfast: At the Shedd. Shuttle is available.
 Morning: Rehearsals, lectures, workshops, sessions with festival artists. Preview of evening performance.
 Lunch: At the Shedd.
 Afternoon: 1:30 pm Matinee Concert: This concert may be included in the program package or added as a 3rd matinee. Programming details will be announced in the spring. 5PM Optional Festival Public Lecture led by OFAM guest lecturer.
 Dinner: 6 pm -- Dinners are held in the Great Hall at The Shedd. Wine and beer are available for purchase.
 Evening: 8pm evening concert This concert may be chosen as the 2nd evening concert selection or added at a discount. Programming details will be announced in the spring.
   
Accommodations: Campus Inn or Hilton Eugene or Inn at the 5th
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Today will feature your public performance prior to the matinee of "Gentlemen Prefer Blonds" at the Hult Center, some free time at the Saturday Market, and the OFAM Finale concert.
(Saturday, August 9)

Note: Your performance is held in the lobby of the city's large performing arts center on the last day of your program. The preferred dress is white top and black skirts or slacks.



   
 Breakfast: At the Shedd. Shuttle is available.
 Morning: Today will be a combination of free time and some "wild card" activities. A favorite Eugene Saturday activity is the weekly Saturday Market, a combination of food, crafts, and farmers' market -- located 1.5 blocks from The Shedd.
 Lunch: At the Shedd.
 Afternoon: 12:00 noon Travel to the Hult Center for your warm up prior to your public performance to the audience members attending today's performance of "
 Afternoon: 1:30 PM matinee musical theater This year we are mounting a fully staged production of the classic 1949 comedy "Gentlemen Prefer Blonds" with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Leo Robin. The performance is at the Hult, the city's large performing arts center. Preceding the performance, OFAM Songsters - you!!- will perform for the audience in the Hult lobby. You are invited to attend the cast and orchestra reception in the Studio in the lower level at the Hult. Shuttles from The Shedd to the Hult available.
 Dinner: 5:30 pm -- We have an early start time for those choosing to attend the Jazz Party tonight. Dinners are held in the Great Hall at The Shedd. Wine and beer are available for purchase.
 Evening: 7:00 pm Finale "Jazz Party" Concert: This year we will close OFAM with the popular Jazz Party. Ken and his crew will perform spontaneous versions of your requests from a selection of 50 great film tunes. The jazz party format turns the Jaqua Hall into cabaret-style seating on the main floor with a full bar available. Road Scholars may be seated with other patrons at the café tables. Because this concert has a higher ticket price, if you choose it as your 2nd evening concert, there is an additional fee for either main floor or balcony seating. While dressing up is not required, in the spirit of the event we encourage it for those who opt for the Gold Circle cabaret seating (especially if you go period style!) If you have an early morning departure, your program concludes with this concert. Shuttles from The Shedd will be provided to the hotels.
   
Accommodations: Campus Inn or Hilton Eugene or Inn at the 5th
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: The program ends after breakfast at The Shedd if you don't have an early flight!
(Sunday, August 10)
   
 Breakfast: The program ends after breakfast at The Shedd. Extra materials, packets, and any feedback forms may be left at the hotel desk for participants leaving before breakfast.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Eugene, OR Visitors Bureau
Lane County and City of Eugene website For additional information, visit www.cvalco.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


Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: The Intimate Diary of a Professional Lady


Author: Anita Loos


Description: Edith Wharton praised Anita Loos' runaway bestseller as "the Great American Novel". Before seeing OFAM's 2014 musical version, a quick jaunt through this book will be a fun refresher. And, of course, Loos followed it up with "But Gentlemen Marry Brunettes"!



The Poets of Tin Pan Alley: A History of America's Great Lyricists


Author: Philip Furia


Description: Furia's history is the current "bible" on the subject and a great resource for either setting the stage for OFAM or for in-depth vignettes on your favorite writers.





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