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 Road Scholar Headquarters leaves from Boston around 1:00PM

Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table in the Registration Office 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: Welcome dinner and cocktail reception 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. 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
Tanglewood Walk, BSO Speaker, 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. We then head to Tanglewood, one of the homes of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, 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 here, we will get a chance to have a presentation by some of the players.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Performance: Giancarlo Guerrero conducts Dvorak, Brahms and Stravinsky featuring violinist Gill Shaham and cellist Alisa Weilerstein

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: 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: Hotel boxed lunches.

Afternoon: We will have some “down” time, then regroup for a session with BSO musicians who will show and demonstrate their instruments.

Dinner: Tanglewood buffet.

Evening: Performance: Christoph von Dohnanyi conducts Anderson, Brahms and Beethoven featuring violinist Nikolaj Znaider

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 Festival of Contemporary Music.

Lunch: At Tanglewood, boxed lunches.

Afternoon: We’ll have a presentation by a BSO musician prior to attending our last concert of the program in the Shed. 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. Prepare for departure after our closing session in the morning.

DAY
5
Program Concludes
Lenox, MA
B

Activity note: Shuttle back to Boston leaves around 9:00AM and will be stopping by Logan airport. We encourage people to not book flights out until after 2:00PM given traffic. Hotel check out by 12:00pm.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll gather one last time for a program wrap-up with our Group Leader. 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!