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

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Program #19901RJ
5 Days | 4 Nights
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.


• 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.

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

Date Notes
Concert schedule: August 16 evening: “Shakespeare on Love,” with works by Mendelssohn, Botti, Purcell, and Bernstein. August 17 noon: “Concertino” with works by Mozart and Schulhoff. August 18 noon: “Song Fest” with works by Schubert, Wadsworth, Botti, Dufay, and others. August 18 evening: “Early Keyboard Extravaganza” with works by JS Bach, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, and others. August 19 noon: “Millennium Music” with works by Yannelli, Bach, and Hildegard von Bingen. August 19 evening: “Time Machines” with works by Messiaen, Beethoven, Dotas, and Haydn. Shakespeare performance on August 20 will be posted when it is announced. August 17 optional evening concert: “Law and Desire” with works by Mozart, Wadsworth, Bach, and Busoni.

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4 nights of accommodations
11 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
5 Performances


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