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STAUNTON, VIRGINIA

Great Classical Music & World-Class Theatre: Staunton Music Festival & American Shakespeare Center

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Program #19901RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Join us for the nationally acclaimed Staunton Music Festival, presenting an extraordinary variety of great music in Historic District venues throughout this lovely town. Rehearsals, classes and concerts range from chamber music to medieval chant, baroque to classical orchestra masterpieces, emerging composers, international musicians and world premieres. Study Shakespeare's craft with American Shakespeare Center scholars, go behind the scenes with actors, and attend an evening performance at the unique Blackfriars Playhouse.


Highlights

• Attend classes led by musicologists that highlight the arrangements, interpretations and performance of Festival music.
• Go on a private, behind-the-scenes exploration of the Blackfriars Playhouse, the world’s only recreation of Shakespeare’s original indoor theater.
• Enjoy free time to explore Staunton’s quaint downtown region — a National Historic District.

Program Notes

The 2014 session of this program has been extended by one day--as many attendees have requested--which will enable the group to attend more festival activities and concerts.

Activity Notes

Walking up to 1.5 miles, some hills; some stairs.

Date Notes
8/17/2014
The 2014 Staunton Music Festival will feature the following performances: Mon Aug 18, Noon concert: Organist Francesco Pedrini performs solo works by Bach, Messiaen, and Buxtehude on the Taylor & Boody organ. Mon Aug 18, Evening concert: “Seeing Double,” including Vivaldi’s Concerto in A for two violins and orchestra; Anderson’s Three Duets, for two double basses; and G. L. Frank’s Las Sombras de los Apus, for four cellos. Tues Aug 19, Noon concert: “Found in Translation,” with Beethoven’s Folksong Arrangements, and Schoenberg/Webern’s Kammersymphonie No. 1, transcribed for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano. Tues Aug 19, evening concert: “Early Keyboard Extravaganza,” featuring four harpsichords, two fortepianos, a 1902 Chickering concert grand piano, and two organs. Wed Aug 20, Noon concert: “Collegium Vocale,” including Schumann’s Spanische Liebeslieder, for vocal quartet, and Shatin’s Marvelous Pursuits, for vocal quartet. Wed Aug 20, Evening concert: “Chaconne,” including J. S. Bach’s “Chaconne” for violin and “Christ lag in Todesbanden” for vocal quartet , Schütz’s “Es steh Gott auf” for two sopranos, violins, and continuo, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in E. Full schedule and listings of works to be performed is at

Coordinated by Virginia Commonwealth University.


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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
9 Performances

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