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The Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival: Making Beautiful Music

Program Number: 2016RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/11/2014 - 6/15/2014; 6/17/2015 - 6/24/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Harrisonburg, Virginia
Price starting at: $675.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Music Festivals; Music Appreciation
Meals: 11; 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

Enjoy privileged access to this acclaimed summer music festival devoted to promoting the appreciation and understanding of the music of J.S. Bach and other composers, countries or eras. Meet the musicians and experience classes with festival personnel and guest lecturers who provide an insider’s look at the music and the rich history and culture of the scenic Shenandoah Valley. With an orchestra comprised of professional musicians from all over the country, and a first-rate choir, these vibrant performances will thrill any music lover.




Highlights

• Attend two major festival concerts.
• Observe a rehearsal to see how musicians shape the music.
• Enjoy outstanding chamber music performances.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing.




Date Specific Information

6-11-2014

The evening concert on Friday, June 13, features works by Johann Sebastian Bach, a flute concerto by Jacques Ibert, and "Le Tombeau de Couperin" by Maurice Ravel. The concert on Saturday evening, June 14 presents "Elijah" by Felix Mendelssohn with soloists, festival orchestra, and chorus.
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6-17-2015

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Coordinated by Virginia Commonwealth University.




Harrisonburg

Situated in the heart of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, between the Washington National Forest and the Shenandoah National Park, Harrisonburg celebrates the great outdoors -- wilderness and river adventures, hiking, world-class trout fishing, caverns, vineyards -- and exciting city life with theater, arts, museums, history, battlefields, two universities, farmers' markets, festivals and concerts.



Accommodations
Modern hotel with swimming pool and fitness room.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hampton Inn Harrisonburg--University
  Harrisonburg 4 nights
 Hampton Inn Harrisonburg--University
Type: Hotel
  Description: This hotel is well-located near restaurants, shops and university district.
  Contact info: 85 University Boulevard
Harrisonburg, VA 22801 USA
phone: 540-432-1111
  Room amenities: Coffee pot, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, TV with cable, high speed Internet
  Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool; business center with fax and copy machine; fitness center; self laundry
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Road Scholar rate may be avail Package/Discounted rates best arranged for ahead of time; based on availability
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Road Scholar rate may be avail Package/Discounted rates best arranged for ahead of time; based on availability
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:30 pm You will be staying at Hampton Inn Harrisonburg--University that night.
  End of Program:
12:00 pm You will be staying at Hampton Inn Harrisonburg--University the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. none
  Parking availability:
Parking at the hotel is free for the length of the program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Harrisonburg
  Nearest city or town:  Staunton
  Nearest highway: Rt 11; I-81
  Nearest airport:  Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD)
  From End of Program
  Location: Harrisonburg
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Shuttle to Harrisonburg
phone: 540-234-8304
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$30-$65
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

   

If 3 or less, shuttle is by car: total cost of trip is $30 one way or $50 RT (this is not a per-person cost, it is a per-trip cost). For 4-12 people, shuttle is by minibus: RT cost is $65 total.

 
Driving Directions
  From north or south on I-81 to the Hampton Inn/University location in Harrisonburg From I-81, take Exit 247a (Route 33 East). Go to the 2nd stoplight and turn right onto University Boulevard. Turn right at the first light, behind the K-Mart. The Hampton Inn-University is near the intersection of East Market Street (Route 33) and University Boulevard.
Elevation Note: Harrisonburg elevation is 1,338 ft.

Equipment Requirements: No equipment required.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival and Orientation
(Wednesday, June 11)
   
 Afternoon: Welcome to Harrisonburg and your delightful accommodations at the Hampton Inn! Register at the lobby desk for your room, which should be ready by 3:00 pm. You can also register for your program between 4:00 and 5:00 pm at our Road Scholar registration table in the lobby. Please advise us at least several days in advance if you will not be arriving until after 5:00 pm. A fantastic musical experience awaits you at the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival. Celebrate the life and the great musical works of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) and other composers and musicians in this exceptional program that features intriguing classes taught by instructors with a lifetime of experience in music. Attend special Road Scholar sessions, rehearsals, noon concerts, and evening orchestra, ensemble and individual performances performed by world-class, award-winning musicians. The full schedule for the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival is available online at www.emu.edu/bach/
 Dinner: Catered dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Orientation, introductions and an overview of the Bach Festival. Both the Executive Director and the Artisitic Director of the Festival are expected to be present.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn Harrisonburg--University
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Introductory class/Orchestra rehearsal/Noon concert/Field trip/Class
(Thursday, June 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel
 Morning: The Bach Festival musical selection always features works by Bach paired with another composer or theme. Featured soloists, directors, composers, and other musicians will be showcased, when available, on the Festival's website at www.emu.edu/bach/ We have many exciting concerts, rehearsals and other activities in store for us in this program, as well as special Road Scholar sessions (also mentioned on the information page of the Festival website). This morning, we'll depart for nearby Eastern Mennonite University, sponsor of the Bach Festival, for our introductory classes. After class, we'll attend a noon concert.
 Lunch: Boxed lunch at a church or at the Performing Arts Center.
 Afternoon: Field trip to James Madison University Arboretum.
 Dinner: Experience a delicious family-style Mennonite dinner at Mrs. Shank's home restaurant.
 Evening: Class after dinner at Mrs.Shank's with Festival Featured Artists.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn Harrisonburg--University
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Morning Classes/Noon concert/Afternoon class/Evening Bach Festival Concert
(Friday, June 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel
 Morning: Morning class at a home or other venue focuses on a topic such as Baroque-era instruments and music. Then we'll depart for the short trip to a local church for the Noon Concert.
 Lunch: Lunch at the library.
 Afternoon: Afternoon class taught by Bach Festival staff and/or orchestra musicians
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
 Evening: Attend the Bach Festival Concert II at Eastern Mennonite University.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn Harrisonburg--University
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Morning Classes/Noon concert/Afternoon Classes/Evening Bach Festival Concert
(Saturday, June 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel
 Morning: Morning class at church with the Virginia Baroque Performance Academy with internationallly acclaimed artists. We then depart for the Noon concert.
 Lunch: Boxed lunch at a church.
 Afternoon: Classes on the life, works and characteristics of featured musicians/composers.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Attend Bach Festival Concert III at Eastern Mennonite University.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn Harrisonburg--University
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:
(Sunday, June 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel
 Morning: Your Road Scholar program ends after breakfast. Room checkout is 11:00 am. Although it is not a part of this Road Scholar program, we encourage you to attend the Leipzig Service at EMU at 10:00 a.m. This service is modeled on the 18th century services in Leipzig, Germany, in which Bach participated as a professional musician. The Leipzig Service combines the glorious choral, orchestral and organ music of Bach's cantata and other music with a liturgy and homily that are carefully coordinated with the music.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Harrisonburg Harrisonburg Tourism
Call 540-432-8935 for up-to-date brochures from Harrisonburg Tourism and Visitor Services. For additional information, visit www.HarrisonburgTourism.com
  Virginia Quilt Museum
Antique and contemporary quilts. Phone 540-433-3818
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Learning the valley: excursions into the Shenandoah Valley


Author: John Leland


Portals to Shenandoah Valley Folkways


Author: Ed. Dorothy A Boyd-Bragg


Touring the Shenandoah Valley Backroads


Author: Andrea Sutcliffe




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