Columbus State University, with an enrollment of 5500 and a faculty of 210, is located in Columbus,
Georgia, a city of 364,000, conveniently situated near I-185
approximately 105 miles southwest of Atlanta. All Festival events
will be held in the University's new $58 million RiverCenter for
the Performing Arts, the home of the nationally recognized
Schwob Department of Music. Located in the heart of
uptown Columbus, this world-class facility offers a 2000-seat hall for the Columbus Symphony
Orchestra and touring attractions, a 450-seat recital hall which houses a magnificent 3600-pipe,
65-rank Jordan Concert Organ, and an intimate 150-seat studio theater. Uptown Columbus is a
major historical, financial, and commercial center offering many museums and other unique
cultural and leisure opportunities. The RiverCenter is also located near the city's beautiful
Riverwalk, which overlooks the banks of the picturesque Chattahoochee River.
Festival participants are responsible for securing their own lodging arrangements, but two area
establishments are offering special conference rates to those attending the 2002 Matthay Festival:
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Howard Johnson Express Inn, 1011 Veterans Parkway, Columbus 31901; phone (706) 322-6641, Fax (706) 322-1999. To obtain the preferred rate of $50 per night (1 bed per room) or $55 per night (2 beds per room), guests should identity themselves as Matthay Festival participants. The room price includes a complimentary breakfast. A convenient walk from the RiverCenter, the Howard Johnson Inn is extremely clean and comfortable.
Participants desiring more luxurious accommodations may contact the historic Columbus Hilton, 800 Front Avenue, Columbus 31901; phone (706) 324-1800, which is located directly across the street from the RiverCenter. The Hilton rate to Festival participants is $79 a night.
The banquet has been scheduled
for Friday Evening, June 21, in Rankin Hall on the second floor of the historic Rankin
Arts Center located directly across the street from the RiverCenter. Wine and
hors d'oeuvres will be served at 5:15 pm with a dinner buffet at 6:00 pm. The
buffet menu includes Country Captain Chicken (a traditional Columbus dish of
specially seasoned chicken over a bed of rice), vegetables, salad and dessert.
The fee for banquet attendance is $22.00, including tax and gratuity.
The Columbus Metropolitan Airport
is served by three major airlines: Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA: The Delta Connection),
Northwest Airlines, and US Air. Ground transportation is also available from the Atlanta
airport through Groome Transportation (706) 324-3939 for $32 one way and $45 round-trip.
Cab fare from
the Columbus metropolitan airport to the conference hotels in uptown Columbus is about $9.