2016
Harrisonburg
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
Length
5 days
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5 days
4 nights
11 meals
4 B 3 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-In, Registraion, Welcome Dinner, Special Speakers
Harrisonburg
D
Hampton Inn Harrisonburg--University

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 3:30 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 great musical works of not only Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), but also a variety of 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 Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival. Both the Executive Director and the Artisitic Director of the Festival are expected to be present. The Festival is named after Bach because he is the inspirational figure, but the music that is performed is by many composers who have worked in the tradition of, or inspired by, Bach.

DAY
2
Orchestra Rehearsal, Noon Concert, Class, Mennonite Dinner
Harrisonburg
B,L,D
Hampton Inn Harrisonburg--University

Activity note: For going to different venues, travel is by modern van, which while neither uncomfortable or too lengthy, does require loading and disembarking each time.

Breakfast: 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.

Morning: 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.

Lunch: Boxed lunch at a church.

Afternoon: class on a musical topic, or a talk by a musician, will take place at the church where we enjoyed our lunch.

Dinner: Experience a delicious family-style Mennonite dinner at a private home in the farm country outside Harrisonburg. Between buttery home-made rolls, bowls passed around for seconds, and desserts, no one ever leaves this dinner hungry.

Evening: After our return from the Mennonite home, the rest of the evening is free to relax or socialize.

DAY
3
Classes, Noon Concert, Orchestra Concert
Harrisonburg
B,L,D
Hampton Inn Harrisonburg--University

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel

Morning: Morning class is usually at a local church and focuses on a topic such as Baroque-era instruments and music. Then we'll walk to the church sanctuary for the Noon Concert.

Lunch: Lunch at the church.

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. The pieces heard in rehearsal yesterday morning will be performed at this concert and tomorrow evening’s.

DAY
4
Classes, Noon Concert, Orchestra Concert
Harrisonburg
B,L,D
Hampton Inn Harrisonburg--University

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel

Morning: This morning we attend a recital at a local church. The Virginia Baroque Performance Academy takes place the week of the festival. The Academy closes with participants, many playing period instruments, performing in recital: your opportunity to hear viol, harpsicord, and recorder. We then depart for the Noon concert.

Lunch: Boxed lunch at church.

Afternoon: We'll stay in our lunch room for a class with one or two of the Festival's guest musicians, or a talk on the life, works and characteristics of featured musicians/composers.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Attend the Festival Orchestra Concert III at Eastern Mennonite University.

DAY
5
Leipzig Service, Program Concludes
Harrisonburg
B

Activity note: We'll need to check out of our rooms at the hotel before we leave for the Leipzig Service--the Group leader will explain the options.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel

Morning: One of the highlights of the Bach Festival I the Leipzig Service. It takes place at the concert hall at EMU at 10:00 a.m. and lasts about one hour and a half. Room checkout at the hotel is 11:00 am, so it will be necessary to check out before leaving for the Service. Luggage can be left at the hotel. The Leipzig 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. Your Road Scholar program ends after the Leipzig Service.






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