North Carolina
Piano Classics to Show Tunes, Dancers of the Silver Screen, Broadway Sing Along
Learn about piano repertoire, the great dancers of the Silver Screen and the evolution of the Broadway musical from the 1920s to the 1980s.
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Program No. 20980RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Beneath Graybeard Mountain in western North Carolina, surrounded by 4,000 acres of hardwood and laurel forests, Montreat Conference Center is a mountain retreat in a tranquil setting ideal for pursuing matters of the mind. Make your way to this peaceful hideaway and lodge at its recently renovated, stone-built Assembly Inn as you delve into the piano repertoire from the Classical period to American show tunes, the great dancers of the Silver Screen and the evolution of the Broadway musical from the 1920s through the 1980s.
Activity Level
Easy Going
All facilities are in one building, with approximately 300 yards walking required; a few stairs. Outside areas are mountainous, with inclines and uneven terrain.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy live piano demonstrations of music by Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin, Cole Porter and others as you learn what these great composers communicate through their music.
  • Relive the Golden Age of movies from the 1930s to the 1950s and learn about unsurpassed masters of dance and choreography like Fred, Ginger, Eleanor and Gene.
  • Sing along as you explore how the Broadway musical evolved over the course of 60 years. Analyze the music, dance and plot and hear anecdotes about writers, composers and performers.

General Notes

Opportunities are available for traveling companions to attend a different program at Montreat during the same week. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Michael Ruiz
Originally from Camden, N.J., Michael Ruiz is a pianist whose original piano concertos were performed by the Winston-Salem Symphony, with each of his three children as soloists. He was featured on CNN for innovative multimedia use of the computer in higher education and was the 2004 University of North Carolina Asheville recipient of the UNC Board of Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Michael holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Maryland.

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

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