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Piano Classics to Show Tunes, Dancers of the Silver Screen, and Broadway Sing Along

Program Number: 20980RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/17/2015 - 5/22/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Montreat, North Carolina
Price starting at: $575.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; Music Appreciation
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Activity Particulars

All facilities are in one building, with approximately 300 yards walking required; a few stairs. Outside areas are mountainous, with inclines and uneven terrain.



Coordinated by Montreat Conference Center.



From Piano Classics to Show tunes

Enjoy an exciting week of live piano demonstrations of music by Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin, Cole Porter and others. Learn what these great composers communicate through their music.



Great Dancers of the Silver Screen

A spellbinding week of the greatest dancers and choreographers that Hollywood ever produced and the like of which we'll never see again. Share in the Golden age of movies from the 1930s to the 1950s. Let your heart dance with exquisite memories of the masters of dance: Fred, Ginger, Eleanor and Gene.



History of Broadway: Sing Along

Let’s trace the evolution of the Broadway musical from the 1920s to the 1980s and beyond. Discuss the combination of music, dance, plot, character and setting that make up the ideal mix and why it can be so hard to achieve. Along the way, we’ll share anecdotes about writers, composers and performers, and sing a song or two from each of the musicals we discuss.




Montreat

Originally founded as a spiritual retreat center, Montreat, nestled on Lake Susan at the foot of Graybeard Mountain, continues to be a peaceful destination for those seeking respite. Footpaths weave through the 4,000 acres of surrounding woodlands and the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains offer other recreational opportunities.



Accommodations
Beautiful conference center overlooking small lake in the center of Montreat. Spacious lounges, classrooms, fireplace and dining facilities in same building.

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

Originally from Camden, N.J., Michael Ruiz is a pianist whose original piano concertos were performed by the Winston-Salem Symphony, with each of his three children as soloists. He was featured on CNN for innovative multimedia use of the computer in higher education and was the 2004 University of North Carolina Asheville recipient of the UNC Board of Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Michael holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Maryland.
 
David Bates

David Bates is a composer and playwright whose musical biography, “Scott and Zelda,” was produced in New York City at Wings Theatre. He has been musical director and/or pianist for numerous theatre productions, including shows such as “Oklahoma,” “Cabaret” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” For the past 12 years, David has hosted a twice-monthly sing-along. Several of his songs have been published, and he has done many choral arrangements for his church choir.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
  Montreat, NC 5 nights
 Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Originally completed in 1929, the 101 room Assembly Inn has undergone a major renovation. New windows have been installed throughout the building, as well as an upgraded heating and air-conditioning system. All guest rooms and public areas have been refurbished with new furniture, carpet, paint, art, lighting and bedding. This stately hotel is a beautiful stone building, overlooking a small lake. It has a beautiful, spacious lobby with a fireplace and comfortable furniture for fellowship, puzzles and games, or just relaxing. The building was made from native stone that sparkles with mica. The dining room is in the same building as our housing and meeting facilities, and an elevator serves all floors (except for 7 steps going into one main meeting area). Of Montreat's 4,000 acres, 2,500 acres are dedicated to wilderness and are entered in the NC Registry of National Heritage Areas, and we have more than a dozen maintained hiking trails. Tennis courts also available. We will have board and card games in the lobby for your enjoyment, but if you have a favorite, please feel free to bring it along. An outdoor pool is located on the grounds, but it not open during our Road Scholar programs (only open June 1 - first week in August). However, a lovely fitness center (Cheshire Fitness) is located just a few miles away, and they offer daily or weekly rates for visitors. There are no TVs or phones in the individual housing rooms, but there is a TV in the main lobby, and guests can be reached by leaving a message at the front desk (staffed 24 hours a day). If it is urgent, the front desk staff will contact the coordinator who will deliver the message in person, otherwise a note will be left on the guest's housing door. A quiet reading room is also available, located near the main lobby of the Assembly Inn.
  Ship Information: 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757
  Contact info: 401 Assembly Drive
Montreat, NC 28757 USA
phone: 828-669-2911 x0
web: www.montreat.org/stay/assembly-inn/
  Room amenities: All housing accommodations will be in the Assembly Inn. All rooms have private baths. The bathrooms have a tub/shower unit. ADA rooms have walk-in showers. Double occupancy rooms have either two twin beds, a queen-size bed or a king-size bed. Single occupancy rooms have one queen or king-size bed. The bedrooms also have a clock/radio, Kleenex, closets and lamps, as well as a sink and counter and a large mirror. It would be helpful to bring an umbrella, a flashlight, and individual make-up mirror, if desired. Each housing area has an individual heating and air-conditioning unit. Wireless Internet access (with personal laptop) in all areas of the Assembly Inn. Hair dryers and irons available from the front desk. Beautiful rooms, beautiful scenery outside too!
  Facility amenities: All housing accommodations will be in the Assembly Inn. All rooms have private baths. The bathrooms have a tub/shower unit, and ADA rooms have a walk-in shower. Double occupancy rooms have two twin beds, a queen-size bed or a king-size bed. Single occupancy rooms have either a queen or king-size bed. The bedrooms also have a clock/radio, Kleenex, closets and lamps, as well as a sink and counter and a large mirror. It would be helpful to bring an umbrella, a flashlight, and individual make-up mirror, if desired. Blankets, sheets, pillows, (beds are made), bath mat and a towel set will be provided (rooms are serviced by our housekeeping staff and clean towels are available daily). Each housing and meeting area has an individual heating and air-conditioning unit. Snack and cold drink vending machines are located on the ground floor, and ice machines are on the second and third floors. Wireless Internet access (with personal laptop) in all areas of the Assembly Inn. Computer in main lobby for access to email and Internet. Courtesy phones are located on each floor.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: call for price/availability. Rooms are not typically available, due to retreats. Participants may call to check availability. If no rooms are available, the coordinator will assist them in finding a hotel nearby.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: call for price/availability. Rooms are not typically available, due to retreats. Participants may call to check availability. If no rooms are available, the coordinator will assist them in finding a hotel nearby.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 - 5:30 PM, at the Assembly Inn. Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30pm. You will be staying at Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
12:30 PM, at the Assembly Inn. We will have a mid morning break to facilitate check out of the hotel (checkout required by 11 a.m.) You will be staying at Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. None needed
  Parking availability:
Free parking at the Assembly Inn in Montreat.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Montreat, NC
  Nearest city or town:  Black Mountain, NC; nearest large town: Asheville, NC
  Nearest highway: Route 9 to Interstate 40
  Nearest airport:  Asheville Regional Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Montreat, NC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Knoxville, TN

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours, all interstate 

 

Greenville, SC

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 

Travel Time:

 

1 1/2 hours, all interstate 

 

Asheville, NC

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
same as listed for airport
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

18 miles

   

arrange for transport with Road Scholar coordinator at Montreat; she will coordinate times with other participants.

 

Asheville, NC

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
various... see listing below
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

price varies
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

35 miles

   

The Road Scholar coordinator suggests/recommends to you Grandyco Car Service 828-273-3214 and is happy to coordinate transportation for guests coming in to the Asheville airport, so price is less. Other options (visit www.flyavl.com for more) Marvels Transport 828-280-1698 A Red Cab 828-232-1112 Areawide Transportation 828-713-4710 Beaver Lake Cab 828-252-1913 Checker Cab 828-254-1155

 

Charlotte, NC

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours, all interstate 

 
Driving Directions
  From All Points - to Interstate 40 Come to Western North Carolina via Interstate 40; use exit 64 for Black Mountain/Montreat/Route 9 (15 miles east of Asheville, NC). At the exit, turn north on Route 9 (go through one traffic light, across a railroad track and another traffic light, and up the hill to the traffic light). Go straight across where Route 9 becomes Montreat Road, and travel approximately two miles to the Montreat entrance (stone gate). From the gate, continue approximatley 1 1/2 miles to the middle of the conference center. The Assembly Inn is on the hill on the left, across from Lake Susan. Pull up to the front door of the Inn to unload, and then park your car in one of the marked spaces along the lake or the Inn. Please note: do not trust a map or GPS that tries to bring you in on Route 9 (except for the last few miles) instead of Interstate 40 (unless you desire to travel along very sharp curves, up and down mountains). Also, do not take Flat Creek Road... come up Montreat Road (Route 9 North).
Elevation Note: Participants may wish to hike on their own in surrounding mountains, which peak elev. exceed 5,400.

Equipment Requirements: Anyone wishing to enjoy outdoor activities (walking, hiking) should bring hiking boots or shoes with tread on bottom.
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: Orientation
(Sunday, May 17)
   
 Afternoon: Arrival at the Assembly Inn, check in between 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. Registration for our program will be from 4 - 5:30 in the lower lobby. Spend some time walking around the lovely grounds. Concrete and gravel paths surround Lake Susan... or venture out with your map to explore the campus.
 Dinner: Join us for a scrumptious dinner in the Galax Dining Room, located on the first floor of the Assembly Inn. A full salad bar, choice of two different entrées, vegetables, rolls/bread, fruit and dessert will tempt your taste buds and your appetite. Sweet/unsweetened tea, milk, coffee, hot water w/ tea or cold water at our beverage stations. Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
 Evening: Our opening program/orientation will be at 7 p.m. in Convocation Hall (also in the Assembly Inn). We'll spend some time giving you some history and orientation to this special place, reviewing the schedule for the week, and you'll have an opportunity to meet and hear from your instructors. We know you're tired from your travels, so our evening with end around 8 p.m. with some "get to know you" activities. Refreshments, Fellowship/games and puzzles await those who desire to stay up a little later.
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Hollywood's Greatest Dancers and Choreographers Class, Piano Classics to Show Tunes and History of Broadway: Sing Along
(Monday, May 18)
   
 Breakfast: Whether you like muffins, pancakes or waffles, bacon or sausage, grits or oatmeal, biscuits and gravy or a bowl of cereal and some fruit, breakfast in the Galax Dining Room, served from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. is sure to please! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!
 Morning: Our early morning course, Great Dancers of the Silver Screen," with Michael Ruiz, gets us reved up and going. The Golden Age of Hollywood Begins. We start our course that honors great dancers and choreographers of the silver screen by first viewing some old movies from the invention of the movie camera to the dawn of the Golden Age of the Silver Screen. Our dance excerpts include some short 30-second clips of dancers by Edison's Studio, a sample of silent films of the 1920s, and the first talkies of the late 1920s. One of our stars in this period is Al Jolson. We'll have a mid morning break and then come back to class for our presentation on Piano Classics to Show Tunes, also with Michael Ruiz. "From Bach to the Beatles." We start our class discussing how different types of music affect us in profound ways that vary from individual to individual. We give an example with Rachmaninoff's music. Then we discuss some forms music can take as we survey classical music, popular music, and jazz. A fun demonstration is playing a Beatle's song in the style of Bach. We will work in show tunes for each of our classes, some coming from movies we encounter in our course on Dancers of the Silver Screen.
 Lunch: Lunch is served from 12:15 - 1:15 in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. The lunch menu varies each day, but normally features a salad bar, sandwich fixings, soup, and a yummy (light) dessert to top it off.
 Afternoon: We'll begin our exploration of the History of Broadway, Sing Along, focusing on the 20s and 30s. The early days of broadway were the days of Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart, Kern and Hammerstein, George Gershwin, and Cole Porter. The shows were often silly and forgettable, and usually nothing more than vehicles for the stars involved. But the music was sublime. Throughout the week, we will discuss the writers and composers of the great shows, as well as some of the notable performers. We will examine how sociological forces (the changing roles of women and minorities, the youth movement of the 60’s) and technological innovations (radio, television, the LP album) have shaped the Broadway musical. And best of all, we will sing some of the great songs we remember from the good old days. 3:30 Walk Around Montreat (guided tour of grounds) or free time
 Dinner: Ready for another yummy dinner? 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Assembly Inn Dining Room
 Evening: Evening program (entertainment), from 7:00 to 8:00 games/cards and tv available in the lobby for fellowship. Perhaps a movie on a big screen, if the group is interested
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Hollywood's Greatest Dancers and Choreographers Class, Piano Classics to Show Tunes and History of Broadway: Sing Along class and optional hike
(Tuesday, May 19)
   
 Breakfast: A hearty breakfast is served from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. Breakfast options change each day, but always include fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, granola, baked pasteries, orange juice (and another juice option). Fresh coffee or hot tea will start your morning off right!
 Morning: Early morning course, with Michael Ruiz, takes us back into "Great Dancers of the Silver Screen." The Elaborate Dancing of the 1930s. We watch excerpts of classic films where we witness the huge productions of Busby Berkeley and the gold standard set by the iconic team of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. We also encounter the legendary Eleanor Powell. We'll have a mid morning break and then come back to class for our presentation on Piano Classics to Show Tunes, also with Michael. "The Sonata and the Blues: from Mozart to Dave Brubeck." Musical structure supports and enhances the aesthetic experience. We sample some sonatas of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Then we check out the blues structure, William Christopher Handy, and Dave Brubeck.
 Lunch: Lunch is served from 12:15 - 1:15 in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. Today's feature: Taco Tuesday! Enjoy Mexican dishes... build your own taco or burrito, or make a Mexican salad. All the trimmings make for a delicious and fun lunch...including tortilla chips and melted cheese... sour cream and peppers. Top it all off with some warm peach cobbler and ice cream. Yum Yum!
 Afternoon: Our afternoon course, on the History of Broadway with David Bates, takes us into the 40s. Oklahoma revolutionized our whole way of thinking about the Broadway musical, and ushered in the Golden Age dominated by Rodgers and Hammerstein. A new unity of story, character, and music prevailed, and instead of being a harmless evening’s diversion, a Broadway show was now a serious work of art. 3:30 Optional hike in the mountains Free Time
 Dinner: Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room
 Evening: 7:00 - 8:00 evening program: Evening programs are typically a fun event -- a dance, a concert, or a storyteller games/cards/tv available in lobby for fellowship and optional movie on big screen.
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Hollywood's Greatest Dancers and Choreographers Class, Piano Classics to Show Tunes and History of Broadway: Sing Along class; free afternoon
(Wednesday, May 20)
   
 Breakfast: Come on down to the Galax Dining room for another great breakfast buffet, served from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
 Morning: Early morning course features the greatest dancers and choreographers that Hollywood ever produced, with Michael Ruiz. The Era of Gene Kelly Begins. Among our selections, we experience the athletic dancing of the Nicholas Brothers and Gene Kelly. We include the delightful films "Cover Girl" (1944) with Gene Kelly and Rita Hayworth, and "On the Town" (1949) with Ann Miller, Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and others. We'll have a mid morning break and then come back to class for our presentation on Piano Classics to Show Tunes, also with Michael. "Romanticism: from Chopin to Cole Porter." We experience the magic of Chopin and Cole Porter. We spend time analyzing "I've Got You Under My Skin," comparing the classic Porter arrangement, the Nelson Riddle arrangement for Frank Sinatra, and the version of academy award winner Johnny Mandel for Diana Krall.
 Lunch: Lunch is served from 12:15 - 1:15 in the Assembly Inn Dining Room.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore the area! We'll provide a listing of area attractions and directions for explorations on your own!
 Dinner: Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room
 Evening: This evening, our course on History of Broadway with David Bates takes us into the 50s and 60s. The 50s were arguably Broadway’s finest decade, with classic shows by Lerner and Loewe, Frank Loesser, Adler and Ross, and Meredith Wilson. In the 60s, the shows became more daring, going into places such as Russian ghettos, Nazi nightclubs, and Spanish prisons that would have been unthinkable a decade earlier. And music, for better or worse, became more tightly integrated with the book. Stephen Sondheim and Jerry Herman are among the outstanding creative forces.
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Hollywood's Greatest Dancers and Choreographers Class, Piano Classics to Show Tunes and History of Broadway: Sing Along classes
(Thursday, May 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet served from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. If you haven't tried the grits yet, you really should!
 Morning: Our early morning course is "Great Dancers of the Silver Screen," with Michael Ruiz. Fred Astaire Dances on the Ceiling! We experience the excitement of "Royal Wedding" (1951) directed by Stanley Donen, where Fred Astaire dances on the ceiling. And of course, there are the classics "Singin' in the Rain" (1952) with Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, and Debbie Reynolds as well as "Band Wagon" (1953) featuring Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse. We also have "Kiss Me Kate" (1953) with Ann Miller and a group of young talented dancers including Bob Fosse. An interview with Ann Miller years later gives us special insights into this fun film. We'll have a mid morning break and then come back to class for our presentation on Piano Classics to Show Tunes also with Michael. "Lisztomania: from Liszt to Oscar Peterson." We experience the excitement of music written and performed with the intent of including dazzling technique. We apply this method to show-tune arrangements.
 Lunch: Lunch is served from 12:30 - 1:30 in the Assembly Inn Dining Room
 Afternoon: During our afternoon course on History of Broadway, with finish up our exploration with the 70s and beyond. Choreography, which had always been there, becomes a more important element. Some critics argue that the shows as the shows become more and more about scenic spectacle, they become less and less about memorable music. 3:30 - 5:30 free time
 Dinner: Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room
 Evening: 7:00 - 8:00 evening program: games/cards/tv in lobby for fellowship (no movie tonight).
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Hollywood's Greatest Dancers and Choreographers Class and Piano Classics to Show Tunes class. Closing program.
(Friday, May 22)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. breakfast in the Assembly Inn Dining Room
 Morning: Michael gets us going on our last morning with "Great Dancers of the Silver Screen," We turn to "There's No Business Like Show Business" (1954) with a crew of talented actors and the choreography of Robert Alton. We also look at the Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly film "It's Always Fair Weather" (1955) and whatever else we may have time for. We'll have a mid morning break for refreshments and to facilitate checking out of the hotel (checkout required by 11 a.m.) and then come back to class for our last presentation with Michael, "Piano Classics to Show Tunes." The Cycle of Fifths in Classical and Popular Music. For our last day we have fun looking at the structure of the cycle of fifths and how this most beautiful of harmonic progressions is realized in music from Bach to Chopin and popular music. 12:15 - 12:30 closing program and saying good-byes
 Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 lunch in the Assembly Inn Dining Room (those who cannot stay for lunch may request a box lunch to take with them)
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Montreat, NC Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
The Asheville Chamber has specific information on Asheville and the surrounding area. Plenty of shops and places to visit! Enjoy a trolley tour of the city... For additional information, visit www.ashevillechamber.org
  Biltmore Estate
George Vanderbilt's 255-room mansion built at the end of the 19th Century, with a magnificent art collection and gardens covering 35 acres. For additional information, visit www.biltmore.com
  Black Mountain / Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce
Chamber of Commerce located in downtown Black Mountain. Phone number 828 669-2300. Quaint small town with lots of unique shops to explore. Several of these shops are "art" based -- with items the owners make. Information on all area attractions! For additional information, visit www.exploreblackmountain.com
  Black Mountain Golf Course
Boasts the world's longest fairway. Beautiful course with views of the mountains on all sides. For additional information, visit townofblackmountain.org
  Blue Ridge Mountains
The Blue Ridge Mountains are part of the Appalachians -- and offer some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere. Hiking trails abound, both in Montreat and in the surrounding area with seasonal flora and fauna.
  Carl Sandburg Home
A simple farmhouse and goat farm donated to the Park Service by Mrs. Sandburg after the famous author and poet's death. Video about the Sandburgs--his literary work--and hers in breeding goats. House kept as though they could come home any minute! For additional information, visit nps.gov/carl
  Cherokee Indian Village
The Oconaluftee Indian Village, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and Unto These Hills outdoor play (seasonal). For additional information, visit untothesehills.com
  Chimney Rock Park
Located in the Hickory Nut Gorge. Enjoy an elevator ride up 26 stores in a granite shaft to the chimney level. Gorgeous views from the top of the "chimney," and lots of hiking trails. Admission fee required. For additional information, visit chimneyrockpark.com
  Folk Art Center
Home of the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild (located on the Blue Ridge Parkway) in east Asheville For additional information, visit southernhighlandguild.org/folkart.html
  Grandfather Mountain
Located in Linville, NC; attractions include a mile-high swinging bridge, natural habitat area, and hiking trails. For additional information, visit grandfather.com
  Harrah's Casino
Harrah's Casino on the Cherokee Indian Reservation For additional information, visit www.harrahs.com/our_casinos/che/index.html
  Linville Caverns
A 35-minute walking tour through caverns deep under the Humpback Mountain. For additional information, visit linvillecaverns.com
  Thomas Wolfe Home
The childhood home of the famous author -- includes a video about him. House has been made into a museum. For additional information, visit www.wolfememorial.com
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


The Golden Age of Cinema: Hollywood, 1929-1945


Author: Richard Jewell


Dancing in the Sun: Hollywood Choreographers, 1915-1937


Author: Naima Prevots


The Hollywood Musical (2nd edition)


Author: Jane Feuer


Film Choreographers and Dance Directors: An Illustrated Biographical Encyclopedia with a History and Filmographies


Author: Larry Billman


Classical Music for Dummies


Author: David Pogue and Scott Speck


Popular Music in America: And the Beat Goes On


Author: Michael Campbell


The History of Jazz


Author: Ted Gioia


The Jazz Standards: A Guide to Repertoire


Author: Ted Gioia


Sing for Your Supper


Author: Ethan Mordden


Oh, What a Beautiful Morning


Author: Ethan Mordden


Everything is Coming Up Roses


Author: Ethan Mordden


Open a New Window


Author: Ethan Mordden


One More Kiss


Author: Ethan Mordden




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