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
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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 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 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 Bach Festival. Both the Executive Director and the Artisitic Director of the Festival are expected to be present.

DAY
2
Intro. Class, Orchestra Rehearsal, Noon Concert, Field Trip
Harrisonburg
B,L,D
Hampton Inn Harrisonburg--University

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel

Morning: The Bach Festival musical selection features a composer or theme that changes each year and is paired with works by Bach. 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.

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

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.

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

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.

DAY
5
Program Concludes
Harrisonburg
B

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.