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Celebrate Classical Music at the Eastern Music Festival

Program Number: 17873RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/18/2014 - 7/21/2014; 7/17/2015 - 7/20/2015;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
Price starting at: $799.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Music Festivals
Meals: 9; 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Kosher; Gluten Free; Low Salt    

The Eastern Music Festival is one of the country's top summer music events, uniting accomplished artists, first-rate music faculty and gifted young musicians from across the U.S. and around the world. Spend four days reveling in the highlights of this spectacular festival, including concerts, recitals, rehearsals and the in-depth enrichment of lecturers, conductors and professional musicians who provide a behind-the-scenes look at contemporary music study.




Highlights

• Attend concerts by such ensembles as the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra and the Young Artists Orchestra, comprising the world's most accomplished pre-professional musicians.
• Explore the fabulous Cello Music Collection at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, including a look at rare manuscripts and a study of how the documents were acquired.
• Learn from professional orchestral musicians and ethnomusicologists about current music-related topics, such as careers in music and the recording industry.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.




Date Specific Information

7-18-2014, 7-17-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Greensboro

The Tar Heel State’s third-largest city, Greensboro is a diverse, modern center of business and higher education set into the unique natural setting of the Piedmont plateau region. It is home to a vibrant arts community, boasting theater, opera, art museums and an eclectic music scene best known for the renowned Eastern Music Festival.



Accommodations
The sophisticated and historic O. Henry Hotel. Free airport pickup.

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

Born in Minnesota to a family of artists and scientists, Peter Perret is the Conductor Emeritus of the Winston-Salem Symphony, having served as music director from 1978 to 2004. Previously, Peter served as conductor at the Buffalo Philharmonic, as well as the Cape Town Symphony in South Africa. He received advanced degrees in music from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and the Academia Chigiana in Siena. He currently leads New Horizons bands in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, N.C.
 
Gideon Rubin

Dr. Gideon Rubin has a multi-faceted career that encompasses performing as a soloist, a chamber musician, an orchestral keyboardist, a composer and conductor. He has performed with numerous organizations, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Mannes Orchestra, and is currently the music director and a piano faculty member of the Los Angeles Music and Art School. Dr. Rubin is also a student of Chinese martial and meditative arts, and instructs at the Taoist Institute in L.A.
 
Tim Lindeman

Timothy H. Lindeman, a well-known writer, scholar, performer and lecturer, is professor and chair of the Music Department at Guilford College. He teaches music theory, piano, music history, and world music and received the Ph.D. in music theory with minors in piano and art history from Indiana University. He has presented papers at multiple national music conventions, and for more than two decades has been a lively voice for the Triad music scene in Triad Style, the News and Record and for the on-line journal, Classical Voice of North Carolina. An active pianist, giving both solo and collaborative recitals usually with his soprano wife, Nancy Walker, a professor of voice at UNCG, Tim performs throughout the US, in China, and in Europe. In his spare time, Tim likes to cook, exercise, and spend time with his two musically inclined daughters.
 
Grant Cooper

Grant Cooper has served as artistic director and conductor of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra since 2001. He was formerly resident conductor of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, for which he conducted over 600 public performances over a 10 year span. He also serves as artistic director of the Bach and Beyond Festival, and for several summers led the Anchorage Festival of Music in Alaska. As a conductor, Grant is noted for his affinity for the music of virtually every era. He has been a frequent guest conductor for many American symphonies, and his opera repertoire includes “The Marriage of Figaro” and “Carmen.” Grant has worked as a composer, and was awarded the National Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Commission following competitive adjudication as part of the 2010 American Residency program of the NSO. His dedication to serving the West Virginia arts community was recognized in the spring of 2012 with his receiving the Governor's Award for Distinguished Service in the Arts.
 
Jose Luis Novo

One of Spain's most promising conductors, José-Luis Novo is currently music director and conductor of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra in Md. and the Binghamton Philharmonic in N.Y. Prior to these appointments, José served as assistant conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. He has been the resident conductor at EMF since 1999. Most recently, José made a Kimmel Center debut in Philadelphia, conducting the Curtis Institute Orchestra. José has also developed a reputation as a keen educator of young musicians, having conducted numerous youth and college orchestras. He is a 2008 recipient of an ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award and a 2005 Heart of the Arts Award. José holds music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Yale University, and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   O.Henry Hotel
  Greensboro, NC 3 nights
 O.Henry Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The hotel is named after O. Henry, the distinguished and world-renowned short story writer, who was born in Greensboro as William Sydney Porter in 1862. The O. Henry Hotel was designed to embrace the idea of being “in and of” the city of Greensboro. They have used many local materials, emphasized various landmarks of the city, and selected a location where our guests can enjoy lovely views of Greensboro. They took some design cues from the original O. Henry Hotel, built downtown in 1919 and demolished in the 1970s. The O. Henry Hotel is also forward-looking and provide state of the art amenities for the comfort and convenience of their guests.
  Contact info: 624 Green Valley Road
Greensboro, NC 27408 USA
phone: 800-965-8259
web: www.ohenryhotel.com
  Room amenities: Get a great night’s sleep in the O.Henry's over sized guestrooms with 9-foot ceilings, cove moldings, and double walls for soundproofing separate rooms. The guestroom baths are divided into separate bath and dressing rooms.
  Facility amenities: A complimentary "home-cooked" breakfast buffet is served in the Pavilion each morning. Enjoy a “good ol’ North Carolina” breakfast with homemade biscuits, sausage and gravy, eggs, and stone ground local grits--or opt for the lighter fare of homemade breads, pastries, assorted fruits, cereal and yogurt. Other amenities include complimentary airport transportation (including our popular London Taxi), high speed Internet, and pool and fitness center.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $124, plus tax for a King room Please make arrangements for additional nights at the O.Henry directly.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $124, plus tax for a King room Please make arrangements for additional nights at the O.Henry directly.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 pm You will be staying at O.Henry Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
approximately 1:00 pm You will be staying at O.Henry Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
The hotel provides free parking and complimentary shuttles to and from the airport. The Eastern Music Festival will provide a coach bus for all other transportation needed for the program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Greensboro, NC
  Nearest city or town:  Greensboro
  Nearest highway: Interstate 40
  Nearest airport:  GSO - Piedmont Triad International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Greensboro, NC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Greensboro

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
O.Henry Hotel
phone: 336-854-2000
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Greensboro

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
O.Henry Hotel
phone: 336-854-2000
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

7 minutes 

 

Greensboro

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
O.Henry Hotel
phone: 336-854-2000
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

9 minutes 

 

Greensboro

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
O.Henry Hotel
phone: 336-854-2000

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Greensboro

 

To Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
O.Henry Hotel
phone: 336-854-2000

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

7 minutes 

 

Greensboro

 

To Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
O.Henry Hotel
phone: 336-854-2000

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

9 minutes 

 
Driving Directions
  From I-40 Eastbound (from Winston-Salem) From I-40 EAST, take Exit 214B for Wendover Ave EAST. Go 7 miles. Take the Benjamin Parkway North Exit. Get in the left lane & turn left onto Green Valley Road. O.Henry Hotel will be on your left.
  From I-85 Northbound (from Charlotte) Take Exit 120 for Business I-85 (get in the right lane as you approach the exit or you may miss it!). Take Exit 34 Holden Road. Turn right at end of ramp. Go 4 miles to Wendover East. Turn right. Go 2 miles to Benjamin Parkway North Exit. Get in the left lane & turn left onto Green Valley Road. O.Henry Hotel will be on your left.
  From I-85 Southbound & I-40 Westbound (from Durham/Raleigh) Take Exit for I-40West/I-85/To 70 (When I-40 splits you will go to the right, the signs will say to Greensboro). Very soon after exiting onto I-40 West/I-85 Business, take Exit 227 for US-70. Go 2 miles to the end of this road. Road ends at a stop sign. Turn right onto US 70. (This road becomes Wendover Avenue.) Go 6.5 miles on Wendover Avenue and exit Benjamin Parkway South. (You will see the O.Henry Hotel at that exit.) O.Henry Hotel will be on your right.
  From US 220 Northbound & I-73/74 (from Asheboro) Take Exit 79B for I-85 Business South/US 29 South/US 70 West. Go 3/4 mile. Take Exit 34 for Holden Road, turn right at the end of ramp. Go 4 miles to Wendover East. Turn right. Go 2 miles to Benjamin Parkway North Exit. Get in the left lane & turn left onto Green Valley Road. O.Henry Hotel will be on your left.
  From US 220 Southbound (from Martinsville, VA) As you enter Greensboro, you will be on Battleground Avenue. You will pass several shopping centers and Lowes Home Improvement on your right. Turn right onto Benjamin Parkway. Follow Benjamin Parkway to Green Valley Road. Turn right and the O.Henry Hotel will be on your left.
  From US 29 Southbound (from Danville, VA) Take Wendover Avenue West/US 220 Exit. Go 3 miles to Benjamin Parkway South Exit. O.Henry Hotel will be on your right.
  From the Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) Follow signs for Bryan Boulevard EAST / Greensboro as you exit the airport. Go 9 miles (Bryan Boulevard will become Benjamin Parkway after you travel 8 miles). Turn right onto Green Valley Road. The O.Henry Hotel and Green Valley Grill will be on your left.
  US 421 Northbound Follow US 29 North. Take the Wendover Avenue WEST exit. Go 3 miles to Benjamin Parkway South Exit. O.Henry Hotel will be on your right.
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: This evening's exciting concert features EMF's Young Artists Orchestra, a high caliber ensemble comprised of some of the world's most accomplished pre-professional musicians.
(Friday, July 18)

Note: Trip includes a short walk on brick sidewalks plus a short flight of stairs. Wheel chairs will need to use alternate entrance.



   
 Arrive To: Arrive and check-in at the historic O.Henry Hotel.
 Dinner: Enjoy fine dining in a casual setting at the hotel. Orientation will occur during the meal.
 Evening: Attend an exhilarating performance by EMF's Young Artists Orchestra, an ensemble comprised of some of the world's top pre-professional musicians ages 14-22. Preceding the concert, participate in Musically Speaking, an informal lecture that gives a brief history of the pieces performed in the evening's concert. Repertoire will be announced closer to the opening of the Festival.
   
Accommodations: O.Henry Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Visit the unique Cello Music Collection at University of NC-Greensboro. Take a Journey with Jazz, with a live jazz quartet and receive behind-the-scenes insight into the music. In the evening attend the Faculty Orchestra concert.
(Saturday, July 19)

Note: Field trips include several short walks and a minimum of stairs. As it may be warm in July in North Carolina, wear cool clothing with layers for indoor air-conditioning.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a "home-cooked North Carolina” breakfast at the hotel with homemade biscuits, sausage and gravy, eggs, and stone ground local grits--or opt for the lighter fare of homemade breads, pastries, assorted fruits, cereal and yogurt.
 Morning: Visit the impressive Cello Music Collections at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The Collections constitute the largest single holding of cello music-related materials in the world, including music libraries of eight prodigious cellists, original compositions, transcriptions, performance scores with hand-written notations by the performer, and personal papers. The program will consist of a discussion about the procurement of the Luigi Silva Collection initiated by Elizabeth Cowling; a documentary short film, BERNARD GREENHOUSE: SONG OF THE BIRDS, by Joanna Hay Productions for the University Libraries Cello Music Collection at UNC-Greensboro, 2010; and an overview of the preservation of materials in the Cello Music Collections. In addition, receive another interactive lecture focusing on the repertoire to be performed at this evening's concert.
 Lunch: Return to the O Henry for a delicious lunch of regional favorites.
 Afternoon: Begin the afternoon with a session of Tai chi, led by EMF faculty. Tai chi uses breath, slow movement, and concentration to energize and relax the mind and body. Many musicians and non-musicians practice Tai chi to increase their concentration and coordination. Meet with faculty and students from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to hear a live jazz quartet. The music will be followed by a lecture that offers an exciting new perspective of this rich and cool American musical genre.
 Dinner: A delicious meal will be provided by the O.Henry Hotel.
 Evening: The Eastern Festival Orchestra (EMF's faculty orchestra comprised of professional musicians from around the country), an acclaimed soloist, and a renowned conductor will perform some of history's greatest works. Before the performance, attend an informative and energetic pre-concert lecture by a professor from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.
   
Accommodations: O.Henry Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Learn from a Festival musician about the importance of music in our lives, attend a Young Artists Piano Recital and participate in a Q & A session with student musicians and Resident Conductors. Relax as musicians often do with a Tai Chi session.
(Sunday, July 20)

Note: Same venue for field trip as Friday evening.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a "home-cooked North Carolina” breakfast at the hotel with homemade biscuits, sausage and gravy, eggs, and stone ground local grits--or opt for the lighter fare of homemade breads, pastries, assorted fruits, cereal and yogurt. If available, one of the conductors will join the group for this meal.
 Morning: Begin the day with a lecture-demonstration given by an EMF faculty member who offers an exploration of the minute considerations that bring music to life for the listener.
 Lunch: A light, savory lunch will be provided at the O.Henry.
 Afternoon: Head to the Guilford College campus for an afternoon of "Behind the Scenes at EMF!" Hear some of the nation's finest student pianists in a Young Artists Piano Recital, and participate in a Q & A session with EMF students and a Resident Conductor.
 Dinner: Experience delicious cuisine at Print Works Bistro with Conductors or EMF faculty, giving you an up-close and personal look at the lives of conductors and musicians.
 Evening: Take an evening to relax at the hotel or visit the nearby cinema.
   
Accommodations: O.Henry Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Close out your visit with another expert lecture, focusing on a specific piece of music. After this introduction, experience the same music in a performance by the Young Artists Chamber Ensemble.
(Monday, July 21)

Note: A quite morning of reflection and listening at the O Henry.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a "home-cooked North Carolina” breakfast at the hotel with homemade biscuits, sausage and gravy, eggs, and stone ground local grits--or opt for the lighter fare of homemade breads, pastries, assorted fruits, cereal and yogurt.
 Morning: Join Dr. Timothy H. Lindeman, a well-known writer, scholar, performer, lecturer, professor and Chair of the Music Department at Guilford College for an interesting and inspired discussion about a classical composer. Following the lecture, listen and integrate the information received as a group of fine musicians form a quartet to reflect the sounds from the highlighted composition.
 Lunch: During a delectable farewell lunch at the O Henry, have the opportunity for a Q and A session with EMF student musicians and your morning speaker. Take a few minutes afterwards for final farewells.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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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