21257
South Carolina
Spoleto Festival USA
The Spoleto Festival is a performing arts festival set in Charleston, a city chosen for its similarities to Spoleto, Italy. Come see for yourself as you enjoy art, cuisine and culture.
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Program No. 21257RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
10 meals
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DAY
1
Check-In, Registration,Orientation, Dinner & Get Acquainted
Charleston, South Carolina
D
Francis Marion Hotel

Activity note: Walking from hotel to Spoleto venues is can be as close as 2 blocks or as far as 6-8 blocks. The city offers free shuttle service at selected pickup points but is not always reliable on time. Bike taxis are also available for hire at a cost of $4.50 per person per 10 minutes. It takes 5-10 minutes for a bike to go the 6 blocks so this is a very reasonable fee for the convenience. We recommend a bike taxi if you are unable to walk the distance.

Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 4:00 pm. PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff at our desk in the lobby beginning at 4:00 pm. You’ll receive your arrival packet containing the most up-to-date schedule and program information that we’ll review during our orientation session before dinner. If you arrive late, please pick up your packet at the hotel front desk. ORIENTATION: Meet your fellow participants and the program staff at 5:00 pm, during a get-acquainted session followed by an informative overview of the program. We will review the schedule and any changes, cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures and emergency contact numbers, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: A buffet dinner will be at 6:30 pm in the hotel conference room. Beverages included will be coffee, tea or water. Additional beverages available at extra cost.

Evening: The remainder of the evening is yours to begin getting to know one another, walk around the neighborhood, or relax in the hotel as you prepare for tomorrow. You are embarking on a special Road Scholar "FLEX" program that includes expert lectures and attending selected events from the schedules of Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto as well as a significant amount of free time to pursue your own interests with opportunities to dine out on your own. The preparatory materials you receive following enrollment will provided more details about the ticketed events included in your program. We highly recommend checking the Spoleto USA website that explains how the festival is organized and how you can purchase tickets when the time comes for the events you would like to attend on your own. To avoid duplication, DO NOT ORDER TICKETS UNTIL YOU HAVE CHECKED ON roadscholar.org UNDER YOUR PROGRAM WEEK TO SEE WHAT TICKETS ARE INCLUDED IN YOUR PROGRAM. For information on Spoleto go to http://spoletousa.org/home/

DAY
2
Background Spoleto, Chamber Music VIII, Brahms's Requiem
Charleston, South Carolina
B,L
Francis Marion Hotel

Activity note: Chamber Music is at the Dock Street Theater-six blocks from your hotel. Brahm's Requiem is at the Guillard Center which is .3 mile from your hotel. Leader will help you secure a bike taxi at your own expense if you are unable to walk the distance. Cost is approx $5 per person within historic district.

Breakfast: A breakfast buffet will be available with hot and cold menu items such as eggs, bacon or sausage, toast, bagels, waffle's, yogurt, fruit, and juices. Other beverages included are coffee and water.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Exclusively for our group, a member of the Spoleto Board of Directors (or other festival insider depending on availability) will provide an overview of the festival and discuss its history. Please note: One of the advantages of taking this Road Scholar “FLEX” program is having guaranteed seats for performances and events that may otherwise be sold out. SPOLETO PERFORMANCE: We will depart the hotel for a short walk to the Chamber Music event at the Dock Street Theater beginning at 11 am.

Lunch: Lunch will be at a popular restaurant in the Historic District at the City Market Place.

Afternoon: We will let you know the schedule of the performances we have selected for your enjoyment as soon as it is available.

Dinner: Dinner will be on your own.

Evening: Brahms’s German Requiem Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center Duration: Approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes The exhilarating force of a full stage As described in the Spoleto guidebook: Ein Deutsches Requiem was, for composer Johannes Brahms, a deeply personal work; he gleaned the title from a manuscript belonging to Robert Schumann, a father figure of sorts, and wrote the work after his own mother’s death in 1865. Natalia Pavlova, who returns to Charleston after her dazzling American debut in the 2017 Festival production of Eugene Onegin, sings the revered soprano solos, including the heartfelt final movement: “I will comfort you as one whom his own mother comforteth.” Hear the power and rapturous beauty of Brahms’s masterwork performed by Westminster Choir, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra.

DAY
3
Carriage Ride, Sound of Charleston, Spirit Sunset Cruise
Charleston, South Carolina
B,D
Francis Marion Hotel

Activity note: Walk to carriage ride is approximately 20 minutes or 1/2 mile. Walk to Circular Church is 7 blocks from hotel. Transportation is provided to the Spirit Line Cruise.

Breakfast: A breakfast buffet will be at the hotel.

Morning: EXCURSION: You are here because of the Spoleto Festival, but your experience would not be complete without a scenic introduction to the charming city of Charleston itself. Aboard horse-drawn carriages that hold up to 16 participants, we will enjoy a pleasant, relaxing, and informative ride through neighborhoods filled with colorful history and picturesque architecture.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own to explore the many different restaurants in the city.

Afternoon: 2:00 - 3:00 pm - Piccolo Performance of The Sound of Charleston: Experience the musical sounds that help define Charleston's history - from gospel to light classics - coming to life in historic Circular Congregational Church. Sound of Charleston presents light classics of the venerable St. Cecelia Society; music of the Civil War sung and played on authentic period instruments; gospel spirituals song by the slaves as they passed through the port of Charleston; music of George Gershwin, who wrote the opera "Porgy & Bess" while on a working vacation in Charleston.

Dinner: We will depart the hotel at 6:00 pm in order to arrive and be ready for embarkation at 6:30 pm. The cruise will last from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Enjoy a three or four course dinner, made to order from local seasonal ingredients. As you dine on a delicious multi-course plated dinner, the Spirit of Carolina will cruise through the beautiful Charleston Harbor, past Fort Sumter, along the Battery and beneath the Ravenel Bridge.

Evening: Sit back and relax as you listen to live music, amazing Charleston harbor sunset views and the service of a full bar.

DAY
4
Conversations, Tree of Codes, An Opera
Charleston, South Carolina
B,L
Francis Marion Hotel

Activity note: Tree of Codes is at the Dock Street Theater which is 7 blocks from your hotel.

Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: PRESENTATION: "Conversations With" -- Meet someone from the Charleston Historic Preservation Society to learn more about Spoleto coming to Charleston and about the new and old Charleston.

Lunch: We will have lunch together at a convenient location.

Afternoon: This is your free block of time to select your own Spoleto performances or take time for exploring the historic district.

Dinner: Dinner will be on your own.

Evening: Tree of Codes an Opera Venue: Dock Street Theatre Duration: Approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes The present and future collide Somewhere between memories and dreams, between the past and future, lies Tree of Codes—a splendidly mystifying journey into “a reality as thin as paper.” In this US premiere, acclaimed Australian composer Liza Lim dissolves boundaries to create holes in the world—perforations in which we might encounter more than one existence. Two-headed birds and layers of light conjure a magical world under Director Ong Keng Sen (Facing Goya; 2014) in this dramatic work inspired by Jonathan Safran Foer’s art book by the same name. Two singers take on multiple characters as the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, led by John Kennedy, weaves a descriptive soundscape full of the intricate details that attract us to fantasy. We don’t have the answers—we have the questions. Sung in English with English supertitles.

DAY
5
Charleston Museum, Manigault Home, Dorrance Dance
Charleston, South Carolina
B,D
Francis Marion Hotel

Activity note: Walk from hotel to Museum and Manigault home is .3 mile. Dorrance Dance will be at Memminger Auditorium which is .5 miles from hotel.

Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: This morning you will have the opportunity to visit the Charleston Museum and the historic Joseph Manigault home, a .3 mile walk from your hotel. The Manigault home is nationally significant as a well-executed and preserved example of Adam style architecture. What's so nice about this trip is that you can go at anytime during the day with a paid voucher that our group leader will give to you. The Charleston Museum and the Manigault home are both within easy walking distance from your hotel....a .3 mile walk.

Lunch: Lunch will be on your own.

Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: By now, you have a strong sense of the festival's uniqueness and have learned how to negotiate both the geography and schedules. Select the afternoon performances you will enjoy most. Flex at its best!

Dinner: Dinner will be at a popular local restaurant within the historic district.

Evening: Performance: Dorrance Dance Venue: Memminger Auditorium Duration: Approximately 1 hour, 10 minutes Spoleto guidebook describes Dorrance Dance this way. Tap dancer and choreographer Michelle Dorrance doesn’t play by anyone else’s rules. As the artistic director of Dorrance Dance, the MacArthur Fellow is known for creating genre-busting work that builds on tap dance’s rich history and pushes the tradition’s rhythmic, technical, and conceptual boundaries. Audiences may recall Dorrance Dance’s joyous Festival debut and its world premiere of Delta to Dusk in 2014; the company returns to the Memminger Auditorium this season with a varied program that confirms Dorrance’s status as a true visionary: ETM: Double Down, which incorporates electronic floor boards that allow the dancers to manipulate their sounds; the exhilarating Myelination; the whimsical Jungle Blues; and Three to One, a brilliant barefoot-and-tap-shoe juxtaposition.

DAY
6
Program Concludes, Check Out and Departures
Charleston, South Carolina
B

Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We hope you have enjoyed this Road Scholar "Flex" program including presentations, delightful performances, and the opportunity to explore on your own. And we hope you will return for other rewarding Road Scholar programs in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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