For going to different venues, travel is by modern van, which while neither uncomfortable nor too lengthy, does require loading and disembarking each time.
Breakfast in the hotel. The hotel has a breakfast room that offers a variety of choices: several hot dishes, cereals, fruits, pastries and toasting items, etc., plus coffee and teas.
The Festival musical selection features a composer or theme that changes each year. Featured soloists, directors, composers, and other musicians will be showcased, when available, on the Festival's website at www.emu.edu/bach/ . This morning, we'll travel by van to the concert hall at nearby Eastern Mennonite University, sponsor of the Bach Festival, where we’ll sit in for a rehearsal of the Festival orchestra. Most of the musicians return each year to play in the orchestra, and arrive having already learned their parts. In the rehearsal we see and hear the finer points of the pieces being attended to. After rehearsal, we'll embark on the vans to a local church and attend a noon concert. For the chamber music format of the noon concerts, the usual Festival practice is for an orchestra member to propose to the Artistic Director both a composition and the musicians to perform it; he gets enough proposals that he must select from among them.
Boxed lunch at a church.
A class on a musical topic, or a talk by a musician, will take place at the church room where we enjoyed our lunch.
Enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Evening concert featuring music by Bach and his contemporaries, performed by the faculty of the Virginia Baroque Performance Academy.