“If it ain’t Baroque!” “What was Haydn hiding?” “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” “Majesty in All its Forms.” These are the ideas behind the selections of music for concerts directed by Julian Wachner, Victor Yampolsky, Erin Freeman, and Laura Jackson during The 2016 Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy in Wintergreen, VA – located just off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Festival runs from July 6 through August 7, 2016 and promises to be packed with musical excellence and excitement! It also includes culinary delights and education offered at off-beat venues and multiple concert times.
As you learn about all the offerings during this musical season, you will want to plan to purchase weekend-long, week-long, or even season-long ticket packages. The ticket packages include all the musical events (but not cooking classes or Spirit of Blue Ridge Events).
July 6-8 are preview days – sort of a “warm-up” for all of the thrilling concerts that will be presented from July 9 on to the end of the festival season in early August. The first concert event features the US Army Chorus in Performance: “National Pride – the voices of the United States”. This concert is FREE and starts at 7:30 pm on July 6, 2016.
The season begins in earnest on July 9, 2016 when Week I kicks off with an Opening night concert called “Mozart, Michael, and More” from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm. This will be quite the celebratory evening with the grand opening buffet, a special birthday celebration, and a live benefit auction midway through the concert.
Week I continues with Master classes for string players and vocalists. Julliard professor, Michael White, will present five seminars on Bach and preview the Bach works being performed in the festival. There are 14 concerts to choose from in the first week. Some of the concerts are in unusual spaces and “off the beaten path” spaces. One of the concerts is participatory – a Messiah Sing-a-long called “Christmas in July”! You can also register for Cooking classes or try out an instrument in the “instrument petting zoo”.
Week II, running from July 18 – 24, offers master classes for conductors, with focus sessions on working with your concertmaster and working with your woodwinds. Visual arts are also added to the mix of classes with Wine & Paint and WPA. Hollywood Mummies come to life on “Film Friday” (July 22) with the showing of The Mummy with Boris Karloff accompanied by live music used in the film. This is the week that Haydn is featured with all the tricks up his sleeve to include musical jokes combined with solemnity and other surprise musical nibbles. Come to the concert venue 45 minutes prior to concert time and hear interesting tidbits about the intricacies of the music being played.
A world premier musical piece will be presented during Week III, which focuses on Women in music history. “Women in Music” will be the theme for the morning seminar sessions and women will be featured as conductors, composers, and performers. Cooking classes, master classes, and an opportunity to “Compose with Us”, all round out Week III’s events.
Laura Jackson directs Symphony No. 7 by Sibelius, Anna Clyne’s Prince of Clouds, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.4 in the grand finale concert of Week IV and the Festival Season on August 6 & 7, 2016. Jazz comes into the picture during the last week of the season with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue being considered during one of the morning seminars. Jazz, Folk, Dance, and Fire are the concepts in the Friday evening concert titled “The Music of Bartok and Enescu”.
This information barely scratches the surface of all the events, concerts, classes, fun, and learning that you can enjoy at the Wintergreen Performing Arts Festival in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Steeles Tavern is an easy 30-minute drive from all the Festival events. Make your plans now to stay with us as you play, learn, and experience something wonderful at Wintergreen.