Early Music Access Project announces 2020-2021 Season
Early Music Access Project is excited to unveil our mostly-virtual fourth season! Though we’ll miss playing for you live, we’re excited to offer rich experiences online, variations on two themes that have become a vital part of the EMAP mission.
First, as an extension of our commitment to centering Black music through The Jefferson Project, we’ve started a new series called Expanding the Narrative. You can expect two engaging virtual episodes featuring exciting new work from some notable performer-scholars of early American music. Then in the spring, we’ll offer socially-distanced walking tours of downtown Charlottesville that illuminate the lives of Black fiddlers from the Scott and Hemings families.
In place of our Community Baroque Gathering, we’re offering three online classes for musicians of all levels. We’ll play tunes from Monticello, learn about baroque bowing choices using traditional Christmas tunes, and explore the link between baroque dance and music.
We invite you to explore our season at the links below.
Early Music Access Project believes that Black Lives Matter and we humbly acknowledge our responsibility to take action where we can. To that end, we commit to honoring and shining a light on the work of Black artists. The Jefferson Project, our multi-year look at Monticello’s musical culture, brings together Black performers, composers, and scholars to tell the story of Monticello’s extraordinary enslaved musicians who made an enormous impact in spite of being held in bondage. We are actively looking for ways to better engage our community as we tell this story, which must include an unvarnished look at the horrors of slavery and the unfathomable challenges faced by Virginia’s Black musicians during this time. We recognize that this one project must only be the beginning of our work, a small part of our country’s long journey towards full equity and representation.
The 2020-2021 season is sponsored in part by grants from The Rea Charitable Trust and the Community Emergency Response Fund at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation