19901
Staunton
Great Music & Theatre: Staunton Music Festival & American Shakespeare Center
Enjoy great music, theatre and culture in historic Staunton as you learn about the Blackfriars Playhouse, speak with Shakespearian scholars and attend classes with a musicologist!
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Program No. 19901RJ
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6 days
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5 nights
11 meals
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DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Staunton, VA
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Stonewall Jackson Hotel

Activity note: A certain amount of walking is required. Downtown Staunton, where all activity takes place, is built on a hillside and no walk is completely flat.

Afternoon: Welcome to Staunton and your delightful accommodations at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel. Register for your room any time between 3:30 and 5:00 pm at the hotel lobby desk. You can also register for your program between 3:30 and 5:00 pm at our Road Scholar table in the lobby. Please let us know if you'll be arriving after 5:30 pm .

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room: Varying each night between chicken, fish, and pasta options, all deliciously prepared by the chef with a salad, complimenting dessert, and beverage choices. Available options include low fat, low salt entrees with options for vegetarians

Evening: Enjoy a brief orientation to the program. Then the group will head next door to the Blackfriars Playhouse for a concert. The Staunton Music Festival is noted for its programmatic concerts. When the title is announced it will be listed in Date Specific Notes.

DAY
2
Music Festival Overview, Noon Concert, Music Class
Staunton, VA
B,D
Stonewall Jackson Hotel

Activity note: From the hotel to the class and concert venues is a 4½ block walk.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room: Full Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet, includes eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, cereal, breakfast pastries, and beverage choices.

Morning: This program description includes a sample schedule. The order of classes and activities may be rearranged to accommodate instructors' availability and the final schedule of events for the Music Festival. The city of Staunton, located in the heart of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, has experienced a cultural and architectural renaissance in less than a decade. Staunton, with its 5 Historic Districts, was designated one of a "Dozen Distinctive Destinations" and called the "poster child" for the Main Street program of the National Trust. The Music Festival, the American Shakespeare Center, Blackfriars Playhouse, your instructors, and your hotel combine to provide this excellent program that celebrates some of the "best of Staunton." In this program, we'll visit some of Staunton's historic buildings when we attend concerts and master classes for its nationally acclaimed Music Festival. We'll also celebrate the "timeless power" of Shakespeare's language and stagecraft at Blackfriars Playhouse, the world's only re-creation of his indoor theatre. This program provides fascinating classes taught by gifted musicologists, scholars and actors and provides a little free time to visit some of the many galleries, boutiques and artisans in Staunton's downtown National Historic District. This morning we will begin by completing our Program Orientation. Then we will proceed to a local church and hear an overview of the Staunton Music Festival by the director of the festival. We likely will also have a conversation with a musician or composer. Then at noon we will enjoy a Concert at one of Staunton's downtown churches.

Lunch: After the concert you will be on your own to have lunch at one of the variety of restaurants within a few blocks in downtown Staunton.

Afternoon: We will return from lunch to have a class on a musical topic, or visit a rehearsal of one of the performing groups.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room: Varying each night between chicken, fish, and pasta options, all deliciously prepared by the chef with a salad, complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.

Evening: The group will attend the Festival Concert for this evening. (The complete schedule is available at www.stauntonmusicfestival.com.)

DAY
3
About the Festival, Noon Concert, Young Artists, Concert
Staunton, VA
B,L
Stonewall Jackson Hotel

Activity note: From the hotel to the class and concert venues is a 4½ block walk.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room: Full Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet, includes eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, cereal, breakfast pastries, and beverage choices.

Morning: Class this morning is taught by musicologists/senior music faculty who provide an inside view of the dynamics of the Festival music and how performers work out their varying views of interpretation and presentation. The class will be followed by a noon concert at a local church that is part of the Music Festival.

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room: Will vary each day between lighter meal options such as deli sandwiches, salads, and soups, all served with a delicious and meal-complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.

Afternoon: After lunch and noon concert, and depending on what is available in the Music Festival schedule, we will attend either a rehearsal or the Young Artist Master Classes, in which established Staunton Music Festival artists guide young artists in their performance and interpretation.

Dinner: Dinner this evening is on your own.

Evening: Attend the evening Music Festival concert: Enjoy the pre-concert talk at 6:30 pm, followed by the concert at 7:30 pm. The schedule of events and arrangements in Festival concerts will be posted on the Road Scholar website/program #19901 and at www.stauntonmusicfestival.com when it becomes available.

DAY
4
Observe Rehearsals, Noon Concert, Performance
Staunton, VA
B,D
Stonewall Jackson Hotel

Activity note: From the hotel to the class and concert venues is a 4½ block walk.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room: Full Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet, includes eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, cereal, breakfast pastries, and beverage choices.

Morning: Our morning class will introduce the music to be heard at the noon concert. Then we will attend a rehearsal for a performance to be heard later in the program. At the end of the morning we'll attend the Noon Concert of the Music Festival. Concert length is approximately 45 minutes.

Lunch: After the concert you will be on your own to have lunch at one of the variety of restaurants within a few blocks in downtown Staunton.

Afternoon: At our mid-afternoon class, instructors from the music festival will discuss a musical topic relevant to the festival performances.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room: Varying each night between chicken, fish, and pasta options, all deliciously prepared by the chef with a salad, complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.

Evening: Attend the evening Music Festival concert: Enjoy the pre-concert talk at 6:30 pm, followed by the concert at 7:30 pm. The schedule of events and arrangements in Festival concerts will be posted on the Road Scholar website/program #19901 and at www.stauntonmusicfestival.com when it becomes available.

DAY
5
Backstage at Blackfriars, Concert, Shakespeare Performance
Staunton, VA
B,L,D
Stonewall Jackson Hotel

Activity note: Blackfriars Playhouse is next door to the hotel. From the hotel to the concert venues is a 4½ block walk.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room: Full Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet, includes eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, cereal, breakfast pastries, and beverage choices.

Morning: The Blackfriars Playhouse is the world's only re-creation of Shakespeare's original indoor theatre. The Playhouse is a year-round laboratory and performance venue for actors, students and scholars. Shakespeare's works are performed under their original staging conditions -- on a simple stage, surrounded on three sides by the audience. Thus, actors can see and interact with the audience, the audience can see the actors, and, most importantly, the audience can see each other. This arrangement allows the performers and audience to recreate the festive sense of community in which patrons of Shakespeare's Blackfriars reveled during the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras. For our class this morning, instructors from the American Shakespeare Center will illuminate the language, acting, staging and play-writing of Shakespeare's day. We'll also have a behind-the-scenes lecture and tour of the Blackfriars Playhouse.

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room: Will vary each day between lighter meal options such as deli sandwiches, salads, and soups, all served with a delicious and meal-complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.

Afternoon: After early lunch, we'll attend the Noon Concert of the Music Festival, held at a location within 3-6 blocks of our hotel. Concert length is approximately 45 minutes. At our mid-afternoon class, instructors from the American Shakespeare Center will discuss the evening's play and its performance.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room: Varying each night between chicken, fish, and pasta options, all deliciously prepared by the chef with a salad, complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.

Evening: Attend a performance of a play by William Shakespeare at the Blackfriars Playhouse, which is located next door to your hotel. The title will be announced when it becomes available. More information about the play, its director, and its actors can be found at www.americanshakespearecenter.com. By following basic principles of Renaissance theatrical production, the American Shakespeare Center provides audiences some of the pleasures that an Elizabethan playgoer would have enjoyed. Shakespeare's actors could see their audience; ASC actors can see you. When actors and audience see one another, they can engage. And audience members can play the roles that Shakespeare wrote for them – whether Cleopatra's court, Henry V's army, or simply the butt of innumerable jokes! The dialogue and action are fast-paced, just as in Shakespeare’s time.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Staunton, VA
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Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room: Full Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet, includes eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, cereal, breakfast pastries, and beverage choices.

Morning: Due to Staunton’s location in the mountains, the program concludes with breakfast so that participants get a head-start on travels. We trust you have had a rewarding and memorable learning adventure and that you will return for many more!






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