The Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival: Making Beautiful Music

Become part of the community at the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, where you’ll meet musicians, attend lectures, witness rehearsals and enjoy vibrant performances at this grand event.
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Program No. 2016RJ
5 days
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At a Glance

Enjoy privileged access to this summer music festival of spirited classical music from a variety of composers inspired by J. S. Bach. With the music director’s oversight, orchestra musicians select and perform the chamber pieces heard at the daily noon concerts, featuring a range of instruments and composers in vibrant performances that will thrill any music lover. Meet the professional musicians—many of whom return to the festival each year—and experience classes with festival personnel who provide an insider’s look at the music and rich history and culture of the scenic Shenandoah Valley.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Minimal walking and standing.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy daily chamber music performances and attend two major concerts with the festival orchestra featuring compositions from a variety of composers including Bach.
  • Attend the Leipzig Service combining the choral, orchestral and organ music of Bach's cantata and other music with a liturgy and homily that are carefully coordinated with the music.
  • Slip into a rehearsal to watch the conductor at work, learn how musicians shape the music and feel the intimacy of a baroque recital.

General Notes

Please note, while the festival is called the Bach Festival, Bach is only one of many composers featured. Please be prepared for a variety of composers in addition to Bach. Participants will attend about half of the week-long festival's events. The festival schedule becomes available online early in the calendar year.
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David McCormick
David McCormick serves as Executive Director of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival and is a freelance violinist and educator. He is the founding Artistic Director of Charlottesville-based baroque ensemble Three Notch'd Road and a co-founder of Alkemie, a medieval ensemble based in New York City.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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