15533
Massachusetts
Tanglewood: Meet the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Its Summer Home
Discover the historic summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, reveling in world-class music, fine art, local cuisine and pristine nature in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains.
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Program No. 15533RJ
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5 days
4 nights
11 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Lenox, MA
D
Hilton Garden Inn Lenox/Pittsfield

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m. Shuttle from Boston will be leaving from the Road Scholar Headquarters in Boston (11 Ave de Lafayette, Boston, MA 02111) at 1:30PM. If you plan on taking the shuttle, please complete and return the shuttle information form that can be found in the informaiton packet.

Afternoon: If you are taking the shuttle from Boston, the bus will be leaving Road Scholar Headquarters (11 Avenue de Lafayette, Boston MA 02111) at 1:30 PM. It will be approximately 2.5-3 hour drive, depending on traffic. Please complete and return the shuttle information form that can found at the end of your information packet. The Road Scholar office building is a 6 minute walk from South Station. Head down Summer Street towards downtown. Take a left on Surface Rd. for 0.1 miles, and then a right on Essex St. Avenue de Lafayette is the next block over, diagonally right. Look out for the red awning of the office building up the hill on your left. Ring the buzzer outside, and staff will allow you to enter to wait for the shuttle to depart. Program Registration begins at 3 PM. 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 name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in.

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

Evening: 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. There will be seating for all lectures. We have reserved seats for most performances in the Shed; general admission in Ozawa Hall. As the seats are wooden, you may want to bring a cushion. Seat cushions are also available for purchase at the Tanglewood gift shop. We suggest to bring warm clothes for evening performances as it can get cold in the Berkshires at night. 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. Take the rest of the evening getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the full day ahead.

DAY
2
Seranak, BSO Lectures, BSO Concert
Lenox, MA
B,L,D
Hilton Garden Inn Lenox/Pittsfield

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile.

Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs, bacon or sausage, waffles, cereals, yogurt, pastries, fruit, juices, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We'll take a ride by van to Seranak, the private summer residence of legendary BSO conductor Serge Koussevitzky (1874-1951), who served as Music Director from 1924-49. The summer concert series and educational program at Tanglewood were both developed under Koussevitzky’s leadership. At Seranak, we will have lecture with a local expert to learn more about Koussevitzky and his beautiful summer home. We then head to Tanglewood, one of the homes of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which was built in the late 1930s. It is located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts and hosts an annual music series showcasing major talents. We will examine its history in a presentation by a BSO administrator.

Lunch: At the Formal Gardens tent on the Tanglewood campus, we’ll have boxed lunches with coffee, tea, water beverage options.

Afternoon: One of the highlights of this program is the opportunity to meet and hear from BSO musicians and administrators, and here, we will get a chance to have a presentation by some of the players and staff. Immediately following our BSO presentation, we will have another lecture by our resident expert, Professor Jeremy Yudkin.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Evening: We will have our first BSO performance of the program " Giancarlo Guerrero conducts Dvorak, Brahms and Stravinsky featuring violinist Gill Shaham and cellist Alisa Weilerstein" in the Shed. We suggest bringing warm clothing as it can get cold at night in the Berkshires.

DAY
3
Morning lecture, Instrument Demos, BSO Concert
Lenox, MA
B,L,D
Hilton Garden Inn Lenox/Pittsfield

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: At the hotel, we’ll be joined by Professor Jeremy Yudkin, chairperson of Boston University’s Musicology Department, for a presentation on topics related to our program.

Lunch: Lunch will be served at the hotel.

Afternoon: We will have some time this afternoon for time on your own. Take this time to rest and relax or explore the Berkshires on your own. We will then regroup later in afternoon at the hotel and depart to Tanglewood for a session with BSO musicians who will show and demonstrate their instruments.

Dinner: Dinner tonight will be a private buffet meal at Tanglewood.

Evening: Enjoy another BSO performance "Christoph von Dohnanyi conducts Anderson, Brahms and Beethoven featuring violinist Nikolaj Znaider" in the Shed. We suggest bringing warm clothing as it can get cold at night in the Berkshires.

DAY
4
Tanglewood Concert, BSO Musician, BSO Concert
Lenox, MA
B,L,D
Hilton Garden Inn Lenox/Pittsfield

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will attend a Tanglewood Music Center (TMC) concert at Seiji Ozawa Hall performed by TMC Fellows. This morning's performance will be Contemporary Music. The Tanglewood Music Center Fellowship Program is the Boston Symphony Orchestra's summer academy for advanced musical study. This program offers an intensive schedule of study and performance for emerging professional instrumentalists, singers, conductors, and composers who have completed most of their formal study.

Lunch: Boxed lunches will be provided at Tanglewood.

Afternoon: We’ll have a presentation by a BSO musician prior to attending our last concert of the program in the Shed. This afternoon's performance: "Lahav Shani conducts Mozart and Schubert featuring violinist Joshua Bell."

Dinner: At Tanglewood, we’ll have a farewell dinner and share our favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: At leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
5
Program Concludes
Lenox, MA
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon. Shuttle back to Boston will be leaving at 9:00AM. We encourage people to not book flights out of Logan until after 2:00PM.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: This concludes our program. The Road Scholar shuttle will be leaving at 9:00 AM and the drive will be approximately 2.5-3 hours, depending on traffic. 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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