Road Scholar : Home
A Musical Medley on San Francisco Bay

Program Number: 20373RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/30/2015 - 5/5/2015; 8/6/2015 - 8/11/2015; 10/8/2015 - 10/13/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Burlingame, California
Price starting at: $949.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Music Appreciation; History & Culture
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt    

Come on along and listen to the lullaby of Broadway! Musical theater is just one of the rousing courses you will enjoy in our all-music program. We will delve into classical music that stirs our souls and explore other genres of music guaranteed to entertain, enlighten, and inspire. Be immersed in a melodious potpourri of composers, entertainers, musicians, and performances for a delightful musical adventure.




Highlights

• Join acclaimed Road Scholar instructors for five days of captivating lectures and presentations.
• Enjoy a field trip to San Francisco for a backstage docent-led visit to Davies Symphony Hall and the War Memorial Opera House.
• Enjoy live musical entertainment on the closing night.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing.




Date Specific Information

4-30-2015

"Mozart's Viennese Operas." "Beethoven and Bach." "20th Century American Music." Swing/Big Band Jazz." "Composers of Broadway." Note: On this program, the field trip will be a performance of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" at Opera San Jose instead of docent-led visits to Davies Symphony Hall and the War Memorial Opera House.
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8-6-2015

"Music of Mozart." "Great American Dancers." "Love & Tragedy in 19th Century Operas." "Dazzling Dames of Broadway." "Singers of the 70s."
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10-8-2015

"Music of Beethoven & Bach." "Memorable Film Scores." "Best of Italian Operas." "Poets of Broadway." "Singer/Songwriters of the 60s."
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Burlingame

A bustling suburb set between San Francisco Bay and the foothills of the Pacific Coast Range, Burlingame affords great views of San Francisco to the north from the walking paths along the bay.



Accommodations
Hotel overlooking San Francisco Bay. Indoor pool, gym, walking path, free airport shuttle, and City of Burlingame shuttle to charming downtown Burlingame.

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

Richard Aldag is an active composer whose works have been commissioned and performed by numerous symphonies, including the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony. He served as executive director of the Napa Valley Symphony from 2006-2012, and prior to this, served as executive director of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. As an educator, Richard has served on the faculties of several schools, including Fordham University and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.
 
Bonnie Weiss

Bonnie Weiss has served as writer, producer and director for ten Bay Area cabaret shows, including producing the work of Stephen Sondheim. She holds a bachelor’s in theater education and is founder and president of Musical Theater Lovers United, a club for Broadway and Hollywood music buffs. She currently teaches musical theater history and appreciation at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and writes for Stage Directions, a magazine for theater educators, and for The Sondheim Review.
 
Mark Levy

Mark Levy has performed and taught around the country for 30 years at synagogues, Jewish community centers, Lehrhaus Judaica, Workmen's Circle and other Jewish groups. He has appeared throughout the country and abroad as a singer and lecturer who specializes in traditional Judaic folk music, Jewish humor, and Klezmer history and theory. “Nu, You Think That's Funny?” was developed in a Catskill hotel one summer and includes jokes, film and audio clips that chronicle 100 years of Jewish jokesters.
 
Jerry Frohmader

Jerry Frohmader is a composer, performer, teacher and arts administrator, whose compositions have been performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. As assistant dean in the School of Music at the California Institute of Arts, Jerry composed a musical score for the opera "Victory Over the Sun" by Malevich. As a musician, he has performed with the New Jersey Symphony and on the Jerry Lewis Telethon, and has been featured on the ABC News, CNN Travel and the PBS program SPARK.
 
James Dalessandro

James Dalessandro has written more than 20 feature film and television scripts, including the movie adaptation of his best selling novel, “1906,” for Warner Brothers, and the Hallmark movie, “Citizen Jane,” based on his true crime book. He is the writer and director of the award- winning documentary film, “The Damnedest Finest Ruins,” and the writer and executive producer of, “Petrosino,” an upcoming 10-hour mini series based on his Playboy article and upcoming book. He is the principal Road Scholar lecturer in his adopted home of San Francisco where he screens, “The Damnedest Finest Ruins,” and lectures on subjects ranging from the founding of San Francisco the Transcontinental Railroad, Old Chinatown, the Golden Gate Bridge to the history of its artists: Mark Twain, Jack London, Isadora Duncan and the Beat Generation.
 
Leslie Friedman

A scholar of history and the arts, Dr. Leslie Friedman is as well known for her academic achievements as she is for being an internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer. After receiving her Ph.D. in history from Stanford and her A.B. from Vassar, she was named a Woodrow Wilson Scholar and was a Leverhulme Fellow at the University of London. Dr. Friedman has taught history at schools including Stanford and Vassar, and her writing has been published world wide. Dr. Friedman also received the first Selma Jeanne Cohen Award for International Dance Scholarship, and was a Fellow at The Alden Dow Creativity Center. She was selected by The State Department as the first American to perform with joint U.S./host country sponsorship in many nations, including the USSR and China. She is artistic director of San Francisco’s The Lively Foundation, and co-editor of The Hedgehog, the international arts review.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hilton SFO Bayfront
  Burlingame 5 nights
 Hilton SFO Bayfront
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Hilton SFO Bayfront is located four miles from San Francisco Airport in the contemporary neighborhood of Burlingame, CA, a short drive from downtown San Francisco. The hotel offers views overlooking San Francisco Bay and nearby there's a scenic walking path where guests can enjoy a stroll along the bay. The charming downtown section of Burlingame is filled with plenty of shopping and dining options.
  Contact info: 600 Airport Blvd.
Burlingame, CA 94010 USA
phone: 650-340-8500
web: www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/hilton-san-francisco-airport-bayfront-SFOAPHF/index.html
  Room amenities: INTERNET ACCESS: Complimentary wireless internet access in all guest rooms. All rooms are equipped with a hairdryer, coffee maker and tea service, iron/ironing board, clock radio with MP3 connection, non-allergenic feather pillows, safe, visual strobe for the hearing-impaired, bathroom amenities and telephone featuring auto wakeup, voicemail, and a dataport. Each guest room contains a 42 inch flat screen HDTV with complimentary HBO(R), in-room movie channels, on-demand movies, cable, CNN and ESPN. 24-hour housekeeping is standard and evening room service is available. USA Today and Wall Street Journal are available Monday through Friday in the hotel lobby.
  Facility amenities: INTERNET ACCESS: Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access is available in the lobby and in the guest rooms. The Hilton SFO Bayfront is a 100% smoke-free hotel which features an indoor heated pool and fitness center. Laundry and dry cleaning services available. The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service to and from SFO and to downtown Burlingame. PARKING: Complimentary parking is available for Road Scholar guests.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Based on availability Call In-House Reservations at 650-340-8500 from 9am to 3pm PST. Let Dahlia know you are with the Road Scholar program. Go to http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/hilton-san-francisco-airport-bayfront-SFOAPHF/index.html; enter dates before/after program; go to menu on left side; click on HAVE A SPECIAL CODE link on next screen; enter corporate account number 2747104; click update information. Road Scholar preferred rates, if available, will be shown under the regular hotel rates.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Based on availability Call In-House Reservations at 650-340-8500 from 9am to 3pm PST. Let Dahlia know you are with the Road Scholar program. Go to http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/hilton-san-francisco-airport-bayfront-SFOAPHF/index.html; enter dates before/after program; go to menu on left side; click on HAVE A SPECIAL CODE link on next screen; enter corporate account number 2747104; click update information. Road Scholar preferred rates, if available, will be shown under the regular hotel rates.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program registration is from 3:30-4:30PM. Orientation begins at 4:30PM followed by dinner at 5:30PM. Introductions are after dinner. You will be staying at Hilton SFO Bayfront that night.
  End of Program:
The program ends at noon after the final class on the closing day. Please make your travel arrangements so you can join us for the final class. You will be staying at Hilton SFO Bayfront the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. On the enclosed Personal Information Form (PIF), you are asked to list any food allergies or intolerances. In addition, please include any foods (i.e. fish, beef, poultry entrees) that you do not or are unable to consume. In lieu of the regular meal plan, you will receive a vegetarian entree. In order to accommodate your request, we must have this information three weeks in advance (no exceptions). There will be no changes to the menu once the program has started. Also indicate to us, on your PIF, the name of your roommate/ traveling companion and if you are traveling with other individuals and wish to be assigned a room near them. Photo ID
  Parking availability:
Complimentary
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Burlingame
  Nearest city or town:  Burlingame
  Nearest highway: Highway 101
  Nearest airport:  San Francisco International
  From End of Program
  Location: Burlingame
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

San Francisco International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
phone: 650-340-8500

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Ten minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Five miles

   

Shuttle runs every 20 minutes. Exit the airport on the Departure level. Cross over to shuttle island. Look for black shuttle which reads HILTON SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT BAYFRONT/EMBASSY SUITES.

 
Driving Directions
  From Interstate 5 north of Sacramento Travel I-5 south to I-505. Travel I-505 south to I-80 west. Cross Bay Bridge ($6 toll). I-80 becomes Highway 101 south. Take Highway 101 south. Take the Broadway exit, EXIT 419B. Keep left to take the ramp toward Airport Blvd/Old Bayshore Hwy. Keep right to turn right on Rollins Rd. Make sharp right on Broadway and go over the freeway. Turn right onto Old Bayshore Hwy/Bayshore Hwy. Turn left onto Airport Blvd. Go through intersection of Airport and Anza Blvds. Hilton Hotel is on the left at 600 Airport Blvd.
  From Interstate 5 north of San Diego Travel I-5 north to I-580 west. Take I-580 to I-238 north. Take I-238 to I-880 south. Take I-880 to the San Mateo Bridge. Cross bridge ($5 toll). Take Highway 101 north towards San Francisco. Take the Broadway exit, EXIT 419B. Keep left to take the ramp toward Airport Blvd/Old Bayshore Hwy. Keep right to turn right on Rollins Rd. Make sharp right on Broadway and go over the freeway. Turn right onto Old Bayshore Hwy/Bayshore Hwy. Turn left onto Airport Blvd. Go through intersection of Airport and Anza Blvds. Hilton Hotel is on the left at 600 Airport Blvd.
  From the north to Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront Take Highway 101 south. Take the Broadway exit, EXIT 419B. Keep left to take the ramp toward Airport Blvd/Old Bayshore Hwy. Keep right to turn right on Rollins Rd. Make sharp right on Broadway and go over the freeway. Turn right onto Old Bayshore Hwy/Bayshore Hwy. Turn left onto Airport Blvd. Go through intersection of Airport and Anza Blvds. Hilton Hotel is on the left at 600 Airport Blvd.
  From the south to Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront Take Highway 101 north. Take the Peninsula Ave exit, EXIT 417B. Turn left onto Airport Blvd. Turn slightly right to stay on Airport Blvd. Hilton Hotel is on the right at 600 Airport Blvd.
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 and Check-in / Program Registration / Orientation / Welcome Dinner
(Thursday, April 30)

Note: Note: Hotel check-in available from 3:00 p.m.



   
 Afternoon: Program Registration: 3:30-4:30 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table at our private meeting room to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Orientation: 4:30 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have.

Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.
 Dinner: In the hotel, enjoy a plated meal with salad, entrée, side dishes including seasonal vegetables, rolls and butter, dessert, and beverage options including coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
 Evening: Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.
   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Mozart’s Viennese Operas / 20th Century Music in America
(Friday, May 1)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant, the tasty breakfast buffet offers scrambled eggs, smoked bacon and grilled sausages, breakfast potatoes, oatmeal and cold cereals including granola, yogurts, fresh fruit, bagels and cream cheese, assorted breads and pastries, milk, juices, coffee, assorted teas, water.
 Morning: Mozart's Viennese Operas. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart spent the last decade of his life in the music capital of 18th century Europe, Vienna. During this period he created some of the world’s greatest and most beloved works for the opera stage. Mozart’s operas during his Viennese period reveal keys to his life as well as a golden era in world culture. In our first class, we’ll have an introduction to styles of opera in the 18th century, major opera centers, important opera composers and focus in particular on “The Abduction from the Seraglio” (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) and “The Marriage of Figaro” (Le nozze di Figaro).
 Lunch: In the hotel, our lunch buffet offers salad, an entrée, meats and breads for making sandwiches, fresh vegetables, dessert, and beverage choices including tea (iced or hot) and water; other beverages available for purchase.
 Afternoon: Our next class on Mozart’s Viennese operas takes a close look at “Così fan tutte” (The School for Lovers), “Don Giovanni,” and “Die Zauberflöte” (The Magic Flute).

After a break, we’ll regroup for a class on 20th Century Music in America, Part 1. Music in the 20th century, like the rest of life, changed so rapidly and so radically from what went before that it is impossible to define as we do with the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras. Through audio, video, and live performance, we will examine some of the many different genres and styles that developed in the U.S. during the 20th century until around World War II, from the influence of Debussy and Ravel in particular on Gershwin and other American composers; “nationalism” in the works of Ives and Copland, who incorporated folk music into their compositions.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: 20th Century American Music, Part 2. Continuing our investigation, we will take a chronological approach paralleling classical and popular music and artists who changed their art form. In this class, we’ll consider the second half of the century and take a look and listen at Bessie Smith, Ellington, Armstrong, Bernstein, Partch, Miles Davis, Phillip Glass, Steve Reich, Grandmaster Flash & Kool DJ. 2
   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Music of Bach and Beethoven, Swing, Big Band & Jazz
(Saturday, May 2)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Music of Bach. Universally considered the finest composer of his time, Johann Sebastian Bach is one of the great music icons of world history. A master of every genre of the late-Baroque era with the exception of opera, Bach created some of the most enduring masterpieces of the classical music repertoire. Discussions will focus on the development of Bach’s music in relation to the chronology of his life.
 Lunch: In the hotel.
 Afternoon: Music of Beethoven. The shadow of Ludwig van Beethoven was so intimidating to composers of the early 19th century that new genres of music were developed to avoid comparison to his symphonies, sonatas, and string quartets. No other composer in the history of western music has had this effect on the next generation, and the power and mastery of Beethoven’s music continues to enthrall us today. An examination of his music in relation to his life and time will enhance the understanding of Beethoven as a person and as an artist who changed the course of the history of his art form.

Swing, Big Band & Jazz, Part 1. The music that got us on our feet was called jazz, big band, swing. Hear the artists who made jazz memorable: Louis Armstrong, Al Jolson, Sophie Tucker, Benny Goodman, and more.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: Swing, Big Band & Jazz, Part 2: Big Bands ruled the 1930s and 1940s. We’ll learn about and hear music of Artie Shaw, Glen Miller, The Dorseys, and some of the singers that fronted their bands, including Billie Holiday, Dinah Shore, and Frank Sinatra.
   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Musical Entertainment / The Magic Flute
(Sunday, May 3)

Note: Note: Bus ride to/from San Jose is approximately one hour. The opera performance is three hours including two intermissions.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy the musical talents of Mark Levy, who will put everyone in a festive mood. Mark, who sings and plays guitar, is a Road Scholar favorite.
 Lunch: In the hotel.
 Afternoon: Performance: Mozart, “The Magic Flute” by Opera San Jose, sung in German with English supertitles. The opera’s seemingly nonsensical libretto was written by Emanuel Schikaneder, a friend of Mozart and a member of the same Masonic lodge. The fairy tale story about a quest for enlightenment, honor, and the power of love overlays deeper meanings and symbolism. Regardless of its inspiration and interpretations, Mozart’s brilliant score — one of his finest creations — transforms the fantastical into the immortal. The first performance took place in Vienna just two months before his death.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure. You might like to go out on your own, enjoy the hotel’s amenities, socialize with new Road Scholar friends, or just relax.
   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Legendary Composers of Broadway: Jerome Kern and Cole Porter, Free Afternoon, Live Musical Entertainment
(Monday, May 4)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Legendary Composers of Broadway, Part 1. Jerome Kern and Cole Porter are among the gifted composers most influential in creating and shaping the unique sound of the American musical. You'll learn all about their remarkable lives and view rare film performances of their songs.
 Lunch: In the hotel.
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: We end the evening on a high note with Noam Eisen and his keyboard as Noam invites you to sing along to favorite American standards.
   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Legendary Composers of Broadway: George Gershwin and Irving Berlin, Program Concludes
(Tuesday, May 5)

Note: Note: Hotel check-out is by 12:00 Noon.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Legendary Composers of Broadway, Part 2. George Gershwin and Irving Berlin are among the gifted composers most influential in creating and shaping the unique sound of the American musical. Learn about their remarkable lives and view rare film performances of their songs.

This concludes our program.

We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Burlingame Bay Front Trail
Walk along the scenic San Francisco Bay Trail adjacent to the bay and the hotel. You will see sweeping views of the South Bay, the East Bay cities of Oakland and Alameda and the San Francisco skyline. For additional information, visit http://baytrail.abag.ca.gov/
  Computer History Museum
The Computer History Museum explores the history of computing and is home to a vast collection of artifacts. Wednesday-Sunday, 10-5; 650-810-1010; 1401 Shoreline Blvd, Mt. View; take 101 south exit Shoreline Blvd, turn left onto Shoreline, cross through intersection, museum on right. For additional information, visit http://www.computerhistory.org/
  Downtown Burlingame
Downtown Burlingame is filled with interesting shops and restaurants. For additional information, visit http://www.burlingame.org/Index.aspx?page=96
  Filoli
Located 30 miles south of San Francisco, Filoli is a preserved country estate from the early 20th century. Take Highway 101 south to 92 west to 280 south. Exit Edgewood Road, Exit 29. Right on Edgewood. Right on Canada. Left at 86 Canada Road. Open February to October. For additional information, visit http://filoli.org/
  Hiller Aviation Museum
Hiller Aviation Museum is dedicated to the world of flight. Open 10-5 daily; six miles south of hotel at 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos; 650-654-0200; take Hwy 101 south to Holly Street/Redwood Shores Pkwy exit. Go east onto Redwood Shores Pkwy. Turn right onto Airport Road. Turn right onto Skyway Road. The restoration shop, with its large picture windows, allows the visitor to witness the ongoing restoration process. Museum collection includes aircraft exhibits: vintage and futuristic aircraft, prototypes, photographic displays, and models are on display. Extensive gift shop. Museum is adjacent to San Carlos Airport where you can watch commuter planes take off and land. For additional information, visit www.hiller.org/
  NASA Ames Exploration Center
Experience NASA technology and missions first hand; open Tuesday-Sunday 12-4, free admission; 650-604-6274 or 650-604-6497; Moffett Field; Take 101 south, Exit Moffett Blvd./NASA Parkway, at the stop light, turn right, as you approach Moffett Field, turn right at the stop sign before the main gate, The center is on the right, proceed behind the dome for parking. For additional information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/home/exploration.html
  San Francisco
Some of the main attractions in America's favorite city include Chinatown, Coit Tower, Telegraph Hill and North Beach, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Ferry Building and downtown Market Street, the Asian Art Museum, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, Golden Gate Park with the Japanese Tea Garden and deYoung Museum, Golden Gate Bridge, Mission Dolores, Nob Hill and Grace Cathedral, the Presidio with the Walt Disney Family Museum, Union Square, Yerba Buena Center with the SF Museum of Modern Art and Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Cliff House and the Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum. For additional information, visit http://www.sanfrancisco.travel/
  Stanford University
Stanford University is one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions. Pick up a self-guided tour map and walk around campus or take a one-hour, student-led walking tour at 11am or 3:15pm. Suggested sights to see: Hoover Tower, Memorial Church and the Cantor Arts Center. Go south on 101 to Embarcadero Road. Travel three miles. Embarcadero Road becomes Galvez Street when you cross El Camino Real. Stay in the left lane and continue past the stadium. The entrance to the Visitor Center Lot is on the left just beyond Nelson Road. For additional information, visit http://www.stanford.edu/
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


Gilded Stage: A Social History of Opera


Author: Daniel Snowman


Description: From its beginnings in the Renaissance cities of northern Italy opera has permeated through Europe, America, and beyond, becoming a global business in the digital age. This history unwraps the story of opera from the charm and chaos of Mozart's Vienna to Frederick the Great's Berlin. It covers the lure of fin-de-siècle Paris, the rough and tumble of the Australian outback, and the new world of the Americas—colorful backdrops to the always dramatic, sometimes tragic, sometimes hilarious episodes that make up this rich and fascinating story.



Show Tunes: The Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway's Major Composers


Author: Steven Suskin


Description: Show Tunes fully chronicles the shows, songs, and careers of the major composers of the American musical theatre, from Jerome Kern's earliest interpolations to the latest hits on Broadway. Legendary composers like Gershwin, Rodgers, Porter, Berlin, Bernstein, and Sondheim have been joined by more recent songwriters like Stephen Schwartz, Stephen Flaherty, Michael John LaChiusa, and Adam Guettel.



The World of Swing: An Oral History of Big Band Jazz


Author: Stanley Dance


Description: Now available for a new generation of swing enthusiasts, this monumental history of big band jazz is documented through interviews with forty leading musicians.



The Golden Age of Opera


Author: Robert Tuggle


Description: This book clearly and fully describes theextraordinary concentration of modern singers between 1906 and 1932; singers like Caruso, Ponselle, Ruffo & Farrat, that created an unprecedented period in the history of opera and set the standard for singers after.



Great Opera Houses (Masterpieces of architecture)


Author: Andras Kaldor


Description: The artist, Andras Kaldor, was introduced to opera as a child by his parents who held season tickets to the Budapest Opera. Although he trained as an architect, his love of the opera has proved the stronger influence and he has spent the last twelve years painting all the major opera houses in Europe. The facade of each opera house is illustrated in all its splendour, without the distractions of surrounding buildings and street scenes which so often detract from even the best photographs. Each opera house has been personally visited by the artist.





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