20980
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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DAY
1
Orientation
Montreat, NC
D
Assembly Inn

Afternoon: Arrival at the Assembly Inn, check in between 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. Registration for our program will be from 4 - 5:30 in the lower lobby. Spend some time walking around the lovely grounds. Concrete and gravel paths surround Lake Susan... or venture out with your map to explore the campus.

Dinner: Join us for a scrumptious dinner in the Galax Dining Room, located on the first floor of the Assembly Inn. A full salad bar, choice of two different entrées, vegetables, rolls/bread, fruit and dessert will tempt your taste buds and your appetite. Sweet/unsweetened tea, milk, coffee, hot water w/ tea or cold water at our beverage stations. Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Evening: Our opening program/orientation will be at 7 p.m. in Convocation Hall (also in the Assembly Inn). We'll spend some time giving you some history and orientation to this special place, reviewing the schedule for the week, and you'll have an opportunity to meet and hear from your instructors. We know you're tired from your travels, so our evening with end around 8 p.m. with some "get to know you" activities. Refreshments, Fellowship/games and puzzles await those who desire to stay up a little later.

DAY
2
Hollywood's Greatest Dancers and Choreographers Class, Piano Classics to Show Tunes and History of Broadway: Sing Along
Montreat, NC
B,L,D
Assembly Inn

Breakfast: Whether you like muffins, pancakes or waffles, bacon or sausage, grits or oatmeal, biscuits and gravy or a bowl of cereal and some fruit, breakfast in the Galax Dining Room, served from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. is sure to please! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

Morning: Our early morning course, Great Dancers of the Silver Screen," with Michael Ruiz, gets us reved up and going. The Golden Age of Hollywood Begins. We start our course that honors great dancers and choreographers of the silver screen by first viewing some old movies from the invention of the movie camera to the dawn of the Golden Age of the Silver Screen. Our dance excerpts include some short 30-second clips of dancers by Edison's Studio, a sample of silent films of the 1920s, and the first talkies of the late 1920s. One of our stars in this period is Al Jolson. We'll have a mid morning break and then come back to class for our presentation on Piano Classics to Show Tunes, also with Michael Ruiz. "From Bach to the Beatles." We start our class discussing how different types of music affect us in profound ways that vary from individual to individual. We give an example with Rachmaninoff's music. Then we discuss some forms music can take as we survey classical music, popular music, and jazz. A fun demonstration is playing a Beatle's song in the style of Bach. We will work in show tunes for each of our classes, some coming from movies we encounter in our course on Dancers of the Silver Screen.

Lunch: Lunch is served from 12:15 - 1:15 in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. The lunch menu varies each day, but normally features a salad bar, sandwich fixings, soup, and a yummy (light) dessert to top it off.

Afternoon: We'll begin our exploration of the History of Broadway, Sing Along, focusing on the 20s and 30s. The early days of broadway were the days of Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart, Kern and Hammerstein, George Gershwin, and Cole Porter. The shows were often silly and forgettable, and usually nothing more than vehicles for the stars involved. But the music was sublime. Throughout the week, we will discuss the writers and composers of the great shows, as well as some of the notable performers. We will examine how sociological forces (the changing roles of women and minorities, the youth movement of the 60’s) and technological innovations (radio, television, the LP album) have shaped the Broadway musical. And best of all, we will sing some of the great songs we remember from the good old days. 3:30 Walk Around Montreat (guided tour of grounds) or free time

Dinner: Ready for another yummy dinner? 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Evening: Evening program (entertainment), from 7:00 to 8:00 games/cards and tv available in the lobby for fellowship. Perhaps a movie on a big screen, if the group is interested

DAY
3
Hollywood's Greatest Dancers and Choreographers Class, Piano Classics to Show Tunes and History of Broadway: Sing Along class and optional hike
Montreat, NC
B,L,D
Assembly Inn

Breakfast: A hearty breakfast is served from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. Breakfast options change each day, but always include fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, granola, baked pasteries, orange juice (and another juice option). Fresh coffee or hot tea will start your morning off right!

Morning: Early morning course, with Michael Ruiz, takes us back into "Great Dancers of the Silver Screen." The Elaborate Dancing of the 1930s. We watch excerpts of classic films where we witness the huge productions of Busby Berkeley and the gold standard set by the iconic team of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. We also encounter the legendary Eleanor Powell. We'll have a mid morning break and then come back to class for our presentation on Piano Classics to Show Tunes, also with Michael. "The Sonata and the Blues: from Mozart to Dave Brubeck." Musical structure supports and enhances the aesthetic experience. We sample some sonatas of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Then we check out the blues structure, William Christopher Handy, and Dave Brubeck.

Lunch: Lunch is served from 12:15 - 1:15 in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. Today's feature: Taco Tuesday! Enjoy Mexican dishes... build your own taco or burrito, or make a Mexican salad. All the trimmings make for a delicious and fun lunch...including tortilla chips and melted cheese... sour cream and peppers. Top it all off with some warm peach cobbler and ice cream. Yum Yum!

Afternoon: Our afternoon course, on the History of Broadway with David Bates, takes us into the 40s. Oklahoma revolutionized our whole way of thinking about the Broadway musical, and ushered in the Golden Age dominated by Rodgers and Hammerstein. A new unity of story, character, and music prevailed, and instead of being a harmless evening’s diversion, a Broadway show was now a serious work of art. 3:30 Optional hike in the mountains Free Time

Dinner: Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Evening: 7:00 - 8:00 evening program: Evening programs are typically a fun event -- a dance, a concert, or a storyteller games/cards/tv available in lobby for fellowship and optional movie on big screen.

DAY
4
Hollywood's Greatest Dancers and Choreographers Class, Piano Classics to Show Tunes and History of Broadway: Sing Along class; free afternoon
Montreat, NC
B,L,D
Assembly Inn

Breakfast: Come on down to the Galax Dining room for another great breakfast buffet, served from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Morning: Early morning course features the greatest dancers and choreographers that Hollywood ever produced, with Michael Ruiz. The Era of Gene Kelly Begins. Among our selections, we experience the athletic dancing of the Nicholas Brothers and Gene Kelly. We include the delightful films "Cover Girl" (1944) with Gene Kelly and Rita Hayworth, and "On the Town" (1949) with Ann Miller, Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and others. We'll have a mid morning break and then come back to class for our presentation on Piano Classics to Show Tunes, also with Michael. "Romanticism: from Chopin to Cole Porter." We experience the magic of Chopin and Cole Porter. We spend time analyzing "I've Got You Under My Skin," comparing the classic Porter arrangement, the Nelson Riddle arrangement for Frank Sinatra, and the version of academy award winner Johnny Mandel for Diana Krall.

Lunch: Lunch is served from 12:15 - 1:15 in the Assembly Inn Dining Room.

Afternoon: Free time to explore the area! We'll provide a listing of area attractions and directions for explorations on your own!

Dinner: Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Evening: This evening, our course on History of Broadway with David Bates takes us into the 50s and 60s. The 50s were arguably Broadway’s finest decade, with classic shows by Lerner and Loewe, Frank Loesser, Adler and Ross, and Meredith Wilson. In the 60s, the shows became more daring, going into places such as Russian ghettos, Nazi nightclubs, and Spanish prisons that would have been unthinkable a decade earlier. And music, for better or worse, became more tightly integrated with the book. Stephen Sondheim and Jerry Herman are among the outstanding creative forces.

DAY
5
Hollywood's Greatest Dancers and Choreographers Class, Piano Classics to Show Tunes and History of Broadway: Sing Along classes
Montreat, NC
B,L,D
Assembly Inn

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet served from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. If you haven't tried the grits yet, you really should!

Morning: Our early morning course is "Great Dancers of the Silver Screen," with Michael Ruiz. Fred Astaire Dances on the Ceiling! We experience the excitement of "Royal Wedding" (1951) directed by Stanley Donen, where Fred Astaire dances on the ceiling. And of course, there are the classics "Singin' in the Rain" (1952) with Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, and Debbie Reynolds as well as "Band Wagon" (1953) featuring Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse. We also have "Kiss Me Kate" (1953) with Ann Miller and a group of young talented dancers including Bob Fosse. An interview with Ann Miller years later gives us special insights into this fun film. We'll have a mid morning break and then come back to class for our presentation on Piano Classics to Show Tunes also with Michael. "Lisztomania: from Liszt to Oscar Peterson." We experience the excitement of music written and performed with the intent of including dazzling technique. We apply this method to show-tune arrangements.

Lunch: Lunch is served from 12:30 - 1:30 in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Afternoon: During our afternoon course on History of Broadway, with finish up our exploration with the 70s and beyond. Choreography, which had always been there, becomes a more important element. Some critics argue that the shows as the shows become more and more about scenic spectacle, they become less and less about memorable music. 3:30 - 5:30 free time

Dinner: Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Evening: 7:00 - 8:00 evening program: games/cards/tv in lobby for fellowship (no movie tonight).

DAY
6
Hollywood's Greatest Dancers and Choreographers Class and Piano Classics to Show Tunes class. Closing program.
Montreat, NC
B,L

Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. breakfast in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Morning: Michael gets us going on our last morning with "Great Dancers of the Silver Screen," We turn to "There's No Business Like Show Business" (1954) with a crew of talented actors and the choreography of Robert Alton. We also look at the Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly film "It's Always Fair Weather" (1955) and whatever else we may have time for. We'll have a mid morning break for refreshments and to facilitate checking out of the hotel (checkout required by 11 a.m.) and then come back to class for our last presentation with Michael, "Piano Classics to Show Tunes." The Cycle of Fifths in Classical and Popular Music. For our last day we have fun looking at the structure of the cycle of fifths and how this most beautiful of harmonic progressions is realized in music from Bach to Chopin and popular music. 12:15 - 12:30 closing program and saying good-byes

Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 lunch in the Assembly Inn Dining Room (those who cannot stay for lunch may request a box lunch to take with them)






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