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The Berkshires: Tanglewood & Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

Discover the artistic traditions of the Berkshires and feel like a Tanglewood insider, experience the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and enjoy the renowned summer theater performance.
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Program No. 14963RJ
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6 days
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1,649
Massachusetts

The Berkshires: Tanglewood & Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

Discover the artistic traditions of the Berkshires and feel like a Tanglewood insider, experience the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and enjoy the renowned summer theater performance.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,649
Program No. 14963 RJ
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Jun 20 - Jun 25, 2022
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Jun 20 - Jun 25, 2022
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Jul 11 - Jul 16, 2022
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Jul 18 - Jul 23, 2022
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Aug 1 - Aug 6, 2022
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
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At a Glance

The Berkshires are home to many hidden jewels of theater and the arts in New England — find out what makes this beautiful region of Massachusetts a cultural magnet! After fun classes with local theater experts, musicologists and a choreographer/dancer, feel like an informed insider for performances at some of the area’s most noted venues. Enjoy the rich beauty of the Tanglewood Music Center, attend a production by one of the Berkshires’ renowned summer theater companies, celebrate contemporary dance at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and visit one of the area’s famous art museums.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Standing and walking up to 2.5 hours, sometimes on uneven terrain.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Attend a closed rehearsal by the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, and take an evening BSO concert in The Shed.
  • Enjoy a performance by one of the area’s widely renowned and reviewed theater companies, such as Barrington Stage Company, Berkshire Theatre Group, Williamstown Theater Company or Shakespeare & Co.
  • At the world-famous Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, take in two performances and enjoy pre- and post-performance insight from an experienced contemporary dancer.

General Notes

The performance schedule will be available in early spring. Participants interested in attending performances on free Thursday evenings or on nights pre- or post-program, please see Day Four of the Daily Schedule for details about ticketing and transportation.
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Teresa Neff
Dr. Teresa Neff earned her Ph.D. in musicology from Boston University and specializes in late 18th-century music. Her performing editions of symphonies by composer, librettist and patron, Gottfried van Swieten are published by Artaria. In 2009, Teresa became the Christopher Hogwood Historically Informed Performance Fellow with the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston, writing program notes, giving pre-concert talks, and delving into the history of this organization. Teresa has taught a wide array of classes, including American popular music and the music of Wagner.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Dr. Teresa Neff earned her Ph.D. in musicology from Boston University and specializes in late 18th-century music. Her performing editions of symphonies by composer, librettist and patron, Gottfried van Swieten are published by Artaria. In 2009, Teresa became the Christopher Hogwood Historically Informed Performance Fellow with the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston, writing program notes, giving pre-concert talks, and delving into the history of this organization. Teresa has taught a wide array of classes, including American popular music and the music of Wagner.
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Andrea Borak is a certified Laban Movement Analyst and a certified Trager Practitioner. While working in New York, she performed with the Eleo Pomare Dance Company and the Phyllis Lamhut Dance Company, and served as the movement specialist at The Little Red School House. Andrea has taught dance at numerous schools including NYU, and since relocating to the Berkshires in 1998, has taught at the Albany/Berkshire Ballet, the Pittsfield public schools and Berkshire Community College.
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Barton Mumaw, Dancer: From Denishawn to Jacob's Pillow and Beyond
by Jane Sherman and Barton Mumaw
Explorer's Guide Berkshire: A Great Destination (Eighth Edition)
by Lauren R. Stevens
Tanglewood: The Clash Between Tradition and Change
by Andrew L. Pincus
The Unfolding History of the Berkshires
by David J. McLaughlin
Tanglewood: A Group Memoir
by Peggy Daniels
A Certain Place: The Jacob's Pillow Story
by Norton Owen and Ella Baff
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
5 B 4 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Central Berkshires - Pittsfield
D
Holiday Inn & Suites Pittsfield-Berkshires

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration begins at 3 PM at the hotel. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information.where the Orientation session will take place. Please remember to bring your name tag sent with this packet to the program. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that 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.

Dinner: Get to know your fellow Road Scholar participants with a welcome dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Join a discussion lead by a theatre faculty member about the play to be seen Tuesday, as well as insight into the faculty's opinions of other plays available on Thursday night during free time. (Participants interested in attending performances on Thursday's free evening or on nights pre- or post-program must arrange their own transportation and ticketing. Please see Day Four for additional details.)

DAY
2
Normal Rockwell Museum, Free Time, Theatre Performance
Central Berkshires - Pittsfield
B,L,D
Holiday Inn & Suites Pittsfield-Berkshires

Activity note: Roughly 3 hours of standing and walking at museums; walking up to a couple of blocks at night, some stairs

Breakfast: In the hotel, breakfast choices include: oatmeal, cereal, fruit, eggs, toast and pastries, plus coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We will depart the hotel by motorcoach for a full day of exploration at the Norman Rockwell Museum where we will enjoy a morning class on the museums collection lead by an art educator.

Lunch: Boxed lunch at museum.

Afternoon: After lunch, join a docent for a guided visit of the Norman Rockwell Museum. Have time afterword to explore museum individually. Free time. 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.

Dinner: Buffet dinner at hotel.

Evening: This evening enjoy a performance from one of the following theatre company’s; Berkshire Theater Co., Shakespeare and Company, Barrington Stage Co. or Williamstown Theatre Festival. The performances will be updated in February of 2022 after they are announced.

DAY
3
Theatre & Dance Class, Jacob's Pillow
Central Berkshires - Pittsfield
B,L,D
Holiday Inn & Suites Pittsfield-Berkshires

Activity note: Walking up to a few blocks at Jacob's Pillow over gravel and wood-chip pathways, uneven, grassy terrain at night following performance

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Theatre review class with our expert theatre faculty member, followed by class on contemporary dance, with Andrea Borak.

Lunch: Buffet lunch at hotel

Afternoon: Optional films about Jacob's Pillow's early days and about Boston Symphony Orchestra' musicians' summer lives at Tanglewood. Coach bus trip to Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket. Tour of the grounds.

Dinner: At Jacob's Pillow

Evening: Following dinner, weather permitting, enjoy the Inside Out performance. Also enjoy a pre-performance talk by a Pillow staff expert. This evening enjoy a dance performance at Jacob’s Pillow. The performances will be updated in February of 2022 after they are announced.

DAY
4
Closed Rehearsal at Tanglewood, Talks & Walks, Free Evening
Central Berkshires - Pittsfield
B,L
Holiday Inn & Suites Pittsfield-Berkshires

Activity note: Full day with more than 6 hours away from the hotel; walking an estimated distance of 2 football-fields over grassy terrain and roughly paved paths with slight inclines.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will spend the day at Tanglewood in Lenox, with two or more hours as the special guests of the BSO in their otherwise closed rehearsal.

Lunch: Lunch at on the Tanglewood grounds.

Afternoon: In the Linde Center for Music and Learning at Tanglewood, we will hear a live interview with a musician or BSO staff member. The talk will be followed by an important orienteering tour of the grounds with your group leader.

Dinner: On your own for dinner. You will be provided with a list of restaurants.

Evening: Free evening to explore the area or take in a performance on your own. You will be provided with a complete list of restaurants and performance options when you arrive. Here are box office numbers in case you want to make early reservations. [Those attending performances must arrange their own transportation and ticketing. Ticket prices vary. Tanglewood, in Lenox: 888-266-1200. Jacob’s Pillow, in Becket: 413-243-0745. Barrington Stage Company, in Pittsfield: 413-236-8888. Berkshire Theatre Group, in Stockbridge and Pittsfield: 413-997-4444. Shakespeare & Company, in Lenox: 413-637-3353. Williamstown Theatre Festival: 413-597-3383.]

DAY
5
Music Class, Jacob's Pillow Review, BSO at Tanglewood
Central Berkshires - Pittsfield
B,L,D
Holiday Inn & Suites Pittsfield-Berkshires

Activity note: Walking the estimated distance of 2 football-fields on grassy terrain and roughly paved paths with slight inclines; semi-lighted, in large crowd at the end of the night

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Morning music class to prepare for your fullest enjoyment of the concert tonight.

Lunch: Buffet lunch at hotel

Afternoon: Class review of Jacob's Pillow performance Wednesday, with a local expert. Free time.

Dinner: Meal at Tanglewood. Enjoy a farewell dinner and share our favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: Enjoy the Boston Symphony Orchestra Concert.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Central Berkshires - Pittsfield
B

Activity note: Hotel checkout by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This concludes our program. If you have selected to take the Road Scholar shuttle, it will leave promptly at 9:00 a.m. The drive will be 2.5-3 hours, depending on traffic. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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