The orchestral performers sign on for the daily Noon Chamber concerts that take place in downtown Harrisonburg in area churches. These are free and open to the public, with violin cases suggesting the needed donations for the concerts. There is also a Baroque Institute and a Road Scholars program that occurs in conjunction with the festival.
In 2015, the brass quintet performed Lacerda’s quintet. This was interesting because I had been to Brazil just the month before and worked with a number of students who were working on pieces by him. I had asked the faculty for insight into their Brazilian’s colleagues work as well prior to our Virginia performance. It brought a great deal of understanding to the work, which was well-received by the noon audience.
In 2015, I presented “Alexander Technique for Musicians” to the 50 Road Scholars who attended most noon chamber concerts and the final two concerts of the intense week of music-making.