Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 24 miles roundtrip; about 2 hours total, with stops for field trips. Walking approximately 1 mile throughout the day; maintained dirt trails and sidewalks.
At the hotel, we’ll have an extensive breakfast buffet featuring a variety of hot and cold items, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
We’ll depart from our hotel by motorcoach to go on a docent-led field trip to explore the Aspen Music School Campus, a former silver mine located in a beautifully landscaped and natural mountain valley. The Festival and School was founded by Elizabeth and Walter Paepcke of Chicago and is rooted in the lofty idea that it is the combination of art and nature that fosters the growth of the human spirit. This principle still informs every aspect of the organization. Substantial artistic collaboration was provided by Henri Temianka and his Paganini Quartet during the formative years. Afterwards, we will be treated with a special student performance on campus. For music students, the program provides a combination of classroom and performance experiences. A broad curriculum includes playing in an orchestra, individual lessons, master classes, and recitals. Seven hundred and fifty young musicians attend the School from throughout the United States and the world. Almost 40 nations are represented, including Australia, China, Iceland, Mexico, Sweden, and Venezuela. The average age is 23.
In the hotel restaurant, we’ll have a tasty lunch buffet with coffee, tea, iced tea, lemonade, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
Back in the hotel conference room, we’ll attend a featured presentation given by our expert staff discussing last night's performance and the next two performances. We will learn and discuss how the festival theme relates to the performances, as well as learn about the composers and the featured guest artists.
After dinner, we’ll board our motorcoach and attend a ticketed concert. Our program was planned far in advance when details of performances were not available. When confirmed, the information will be posted on the Road Scholar website under this program number and will also be included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment. We’ll then return to the hotel.