14988
Oregon
Oregon Festival of American Music
Immerse yourself in some of the greatest American melodies at the Oregon Festival of American Music, where you’ll enjoy 6 concerts, rehearsal access and a wealth of history and culture.
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Program No. 14988RJ
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7 days
6 nights
17 meals
6 B 5 L 6 D
DAY
1
Check In, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Eugene, OR
D
Phoenix Inn

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

Afternoon: Check in to hotel beginning at 3pm. Your welcome folder and schedule will be at the front desk. At 5:30 pm we will begin van shuttle service to The Shedd for dinner, followed by an Orientation and shuttles back to the hotel. If you prefer to walk to The Shedd from the Hilton, turn right out of the driveway. Walk 2 blocks to High Street and turn right. Continue 2.5 blocks until you see the Shedd at 868 High Street and enter through the bank of white doors. From the Inn at the 5th, just walk 2 blocks south on High Street to 868 High Street.

Dinner: 6 pm -- Dinners are held in the Great Hall at The Shedd. Wine and beer are available for purchase. Vegetarian options may be ordered ahead.

Evening: Ginevra Ralph, Director of Education and co-founder of The Shedd Institute and Oregon Festival of American Music will greet you and give you an overview of the week's events and final schedules. Ginevra will also present a short history of The Shedd Institute’s year-round music programming and educational activities, and of how the organization has turned this 65,000 sq. ft. former church into a premier concert hall and the “acres” of classrooms for a community music institute.

DAY
2
Faculty-Artist Presentations, Concert
Eugene, OR
B,L,D
Phoenix Inn

Activity note: Shuttles from the hotel to The Shedd will be available. If you prefer to walk the few blocks, we will give you easy directions. Many stairs in handicapped accessible building, elevator available.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast is in the Great Hall at The Shedd. Shuttles from the hotel to The Shedd will be available.

Morning: Lectures, workshops, sessions with festival speakers and artists.

Lunch: Buffet lunch in the Great Hall at The Shedd. Wine and beer are available for purchase.

Afternoon: Lecture, workshops, sessions with festival speakers and artists. The Shedd will provide shuttles in the afternoon to return to the hotel and The Shedd for free time and dinner.

Dinner: 6 pm -- Served dinners are held in the Great Hall at The Shedd. Full bar, wine and beer are available for purchase.

Evening: Concert: 8:00 p.m. Your first concert, which is included in your program, is upstairs in the 800-seat Jaqua Concert Hall. This concert sets the mood for the week. Jesse Cloninger and The Emerald City Jazz Kings, The Shedd's resident historic jazz & popular music ensemble, offer up a choice selection of from what music historian Alec Wilder called "The Craftsmen" -- flat out exceptional Songbook composers whose body of work wasn't so huge as to, in Wilder's case, warrant a separate chapter in his seminal 1972 study American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950, or, in ours, to be conducive to a full concert. But the songs they did are just fabulous, so what do you do? Here you go! A fine selection of some of the best. Many of these composers pop up throughout OFAM 2017. In this concert we focus on, especially, Hoagy Carmichael (1899-1981), Duke Ellington (1899-1974), Jimmy McHugh (1894-1969), Harry Warren (1893-1981), and Jimmy Van Heusen (1913-90).Shuttles will be available to transport to hotel following the performance and reception.

DAY
3
Faculty Presentations, Films, Festival Artists, Concerts
Eugene, OR
B,L,D
Phoenix Inn

Activity note: Getting on/off shuttle or walking to the Shedd.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at The Shedd. Shuttle available.

Morning: Lecture, workshops, sessions with festival speakers and artists.

Lunch: Buffet lunch in the Great Hall at The Shedd. Wine and beer are available for purchase.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will have two presentations, workshops, or sessions with festival speakers and artists. The Shedd will provide shuttles afterwards to return to the hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is free. Shuttles will pick you up for dinner at The Shedd.

Dinner: 6 pm -- Served dinners are held in the Great Hall at The Shedd. Full bar, wine and beer are available for purchase.

Evening: 8:00pm -- Evening concert. Tonight’s concert will be designed by one of our guest artists and is one of the three that you can choose as part of your program. The very name conjures an image of the sophistication and elegance of American and European high society in the 1920s and 30s. The incomparable songs of Cole Porter (1891-1964) include some of the most finely crafted, most beloved entries in the Great American Songbook–"It’s De-Lovely", "You're The Top", "I’ve Got You Under My Skin", "Let’s Fall In Love", "Night And Day" and many more from a host of exquisite stage and film musicals that includes Anything Goes, Kiss Me Kate, Can-Can, and High Society. For this evening's concert, Jesse Cloninger and company off up the best of the best of the man with the silver pen and the unerring sense of the bon mot and haunting melodic line. An alternate activity of a showing of one of the films in the Festival’s Film Series will be provided.

DAY
4
Faculty Presentations, Films, Festival Artists, Concerts
Eugene, OR
B,L,D
Phoenix Inn

Activity note: Getting on/off shuttle or walking to the Shedd.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at The Shedd. Shuttle available.

Morning: Lectures, workshops, sessions with festival artists.

Lunch: Buffet lunch in the Great Hall at The Shedd. Wine and beer are available for purchase.

Afternoon: 1:30 After lunch you can join a free, community Sing-Along in The Shedd Recital Hall, led by Shedd Singers Director Amy Adams. It will feature many of the unforgettable melodies heard throughout the Festival concerts.

Dinner: 6 pm -- Served dinners are held in the Great Hall at The Shedd. Full bar, wine and beer are available for purchase.

Evening: 8:00pm -- Evening concert. Tonight’s concert will be designed by OFAM Music Director Jesse Cloninger and is one of the three that you can choose as part of your program. Jesse Cloninger and The Emerald City Jazz Kings, The Shedd's resident historic jazz & popular music ensemble, offer up a choice selection of from what music historian Alec Wilder called "The Craftsmen" -- flat out exceptional Songbook composers whose body of work wasn't so huge as to, in Wilder's case, warrant a separate chapter in his seminal 1972 study American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950, or, in ours, to be conducive to a full concert. But the songs they did are just fabulous, so what do you do? Here you go! A fine selection of some of the best. Many of these composers pop up throughout OFAM 2017. In this concert we focus on, especially, Hoagy Carmichael (1899-1981), Duke Ellington (1899-1974), Jimmy McHugh (1894-1969), Harry Warren (1893-1981), and Jimmy Van Heusen (1913-90).An alternate activity of a showing of one of the films in the Festival’s Film Series will be provided.

DAY
5
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Free Time, Concert
Eugene, OR
B,L,D
Phoenix Inn

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus. Walking approximately 1 block to/from museum. Stairs, elevator building.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at The Shedd. Shuttle available.

Morning: Then we’ll board a bus for a field trip to your choice of either the Museum of Natural and Cultural History or the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) on the University of Oregon campus. The JSMA has extensive holdings of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and American art representing past and present world cultures. An educational expert at each site will lead us through current exhibitions and provide insights into the permanent collection. The bus will return you to The Shedd for lunch.

Lunch: Buffet lunch in the Great Hall at The Shedd. Wine and beer are available for purchase.

Afternoon: This afternoon will be the first of two matinee concerts included in your program. The lyricists who formulated the American Songbook style in the 1920s and '30s--Irving Berlin, Dorothy Fields, Ira Gershwin, Lorenz Hart, Cole Porter--invented a new native poetry drawn from a wonderful combination of sophisticated wordplay and unstudied, everyday parlance. Of these Ira Gershwin (1896-1983) in particular stands out, first because he was the first to write a hit musical comedy in this new, "All-American" style (1924's Lady Be Good!, with music by younger brother, George), and second because he was one of its greatest masters. Ira described his lyrics as “simple, colloquial, rhymed conversational lines”. These “simple” lines magically draw the listener in with their high level of craftsmanship and extreme wit. George and Ira Gershwin had one of the most esteemed collaborations in the Golden Age of musical comedy, resulting in a brilliant body of work that included a seemingly endless string of hit musicals and songs cut short only by George's untimely death in 1937. Both the contribution and influence on musical theater and American popular song was profound. Stunned by George’s untimely death, Ira did no writing for three years. But he then began a second career writing with many different composers including Kurt Weill, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Aaron Copland, Arthur Schwartz, Harry Warren, Kay Swift and Burton Lane and proved anew that he was one of the great songwriters. For this concert, Shedd favorite Shirley Andress and friends pay tribute to Ira, George and Ira's later collaborators in grand style. The Shedd will provide shuttles afterwards to return to the hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is free. Shuttles will pick you up for dinner at The Shedd.

Dinner: In the Great Hall at The Shedd, we’ll have plated meals with beverage choices of soda, coffee tea, Oregon water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Evening Concert 8:00pm Tonight’s concert will be designed by one of our guest artists and is one of the three that you can choose as part of your program. The witty, light-hearted, and, at times, gentle, haunting and deeply sad lyrics of Lorenz Hart (1895-1943) have often graced our work here at The Shedd. As one of the luminaries of the classic Songbook, he is an inescapable source: selections from his huge catalog with Richard Rodgers have peppered Shedd concerts and musical productions for 25 years, and to our minds Rodgers -- who was always brilliant, no matter what the project -- was at his best with Hart. Lorenz Hart was a master, certainly, of 'society verse' -- that specific style of lyric which was dominant both on Broadway and in Hollywood during the golden age of musical comedy. Witty, playful, and oh so cool, these songs are as often love songs as any other popular genre but, as Ira Gershwin noted, do everything possible to avoid actually saying "I love you". And, other emotions? Not a chance! Light, sophisticated, erudite, and full of word-play, literary allusions, and sardonic, placid commentary on the modern condition, these songs were perfect for the 1920s-30s New York "society" frequented by the likes of Noel Coward and Cole Porter...and for everyone else who wished they were a part of it. We've asked Siri Vik, a master and champion of so many of the great classic songwriters, to share her finely nuanced take on Hart and Rodgers for this year's celebration of the classic Songbook at its best.

DAY
6
Wild Card Activities, Free Time, Concerts
Eugene, OR
B,L,D
Phoenix Inn

Activity note: Getting on/off shuttle or walking to the Shedd.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at The Shedd. Shuttle available.

Morning: Today we’ll have several different activities to choose, ranging from films to expert presentations on other aspects of Oregon’s history and culture, free time, etc. We will discuss and review the possibilities during our Orientation session on the first night of the program. The “wild card” presentation specifics will vary based on the availability of guest speakers, but previous Road Scholar groups have identified a variety of topics that they would like to hear more about. . A favorite Eugene Saturday activity is the weekly Saturday Market, a combination of food, crafts, and farmers' market -- located 1.5 blocks from The Shedd.

Lunch: Buffet lunch is available in the Great Hall at The Shedd. Or you can eat at the Saturday Market or neighboring restaurants on your own.

Afternoon: 1:30pm Matinee Concert: Matinee Concert. You will attend the second of your two included, 75-90 minute matinee concerts that explore special aspects of the theme in more depth. No survey of the best of the American Songbook is complete without a review of the extraordinary songs of Harold Arlen (1905-86). From his early years writing songs for the Cotton Club with Ted Kohler to his film classics with E. Y. "Yip" Harburg and Johnny Mercer, Arlen contributed some of the very best of American popular music. Shedd veteran Vicki Brabham and friends offer up a fine selection of Arlen classics, including "Over The Rainbow", "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive", "Blues In The Night", "It's Only A Paper Moon", and "The Man That Got Away". The Shedd will provide shuttles to return to the hotel for free time and back to The Shedd for dinner

Dinner: 6 pm -- In the Great Hall at The Shedd, we’ll have plated meals with beverage choices of soda, coffee tea, Oregon water; other beverages available for purchase. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner

Evening: Concert: 8:00 p.m. Your final concert will wrap up a week of unforgettable melodies. Jesse Cloninger and company close Oregon Festival of American Music 2017 with an evening of our absolute favorites from the classic American Songbook. Of course there is no way we can do all of them, but we offer tonight's selection as a token of our appreciation for all of you who have joined us on this year's journey through the best of historic American popular music…and as a confession of our deep affection for these absolutely wonderful songs and their exquisite melodies! Then prepare for check-out and departure in the morning. Shuttles will be available to transport to hotel following the performance and reception.

DAY
7
The program ends after breakfast at The Shedd.
Eugene, OR
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m.

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






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