Monday, April 16, 2018

Music Room blurb #1

Here's the text of a little info sheet we gave out at the Rapidan Orchestra performance at the Music Room this past Friday:

 The Music Room

135 East Main Street
Orange, VA


     We are a non-profit looking to encourage more live music making in our community by providing space for groups to learn, rehearse and perform acoustic (non-amplified) music.
    Just last month we received our “Certificate of Occupancy” allowing us to invite the public in, and this performance by the Rapidan Orchestra is our first major event. Thanks for coming!
    To start with we’ll be doing just classical and traditional music. Venues are responsible for paying fees for performing rights of copyrighted music (anything written after 1923) to three different organizations and we’re sorting through whether or not the red tape and expense are worth it. 
    We’ve set up with the orchestra’s back to the front door for acoustic reasons. That stairway with its landing/alcove at the top creates odd acoustic effects. After we hear what the orchestra sounds like with an audience in the room, we’ll move forward on acoustic treatments that we hope will allow us to set up at either end of the space.
    We’re in what we’re calling “phase one” of the Music Room – getting enough done to be able to start using the space, and from there figuring out the best way forward. Besides acoustic treatment of the main room, we want to spruce up the reception area and create a library of books on music and musicians.
    We hope to host various classes and amateur groups, the first of which is being organized by Caroline Baldwin, who plays cello in Rapidan.
    Musikgarten is a leader in early childhood music education offering a sequential music and movement program for children from birth to age nine. This complete multi-year educational program helps infants, toddlers, and children develop a deep love of music and the ability to express it. Classes include age appropriate activities that cultivate a life-long love of music and stimulate the overall development of the child.  In addition to weekly classes, families receive wonderful CDs of the songs sung in class, instruments, and parent guidebooks. These home materials reinforce lessons and involve the whole family in the fun. 
    We’re looking to organize other groups as well, so if you play an instrument at a beginner or intermediate level and want to be kept informed, please let us know via the contact information on the back page.
    We’ll be hosting a few chamber concerts from time to time to showcase some of the fine musicians we’re lucky to have in the area. We’d also like to try some master classes and demonstration/lectures to see if the community might find them interesting. Until we have a web site in place, we’ll be sending out occasional announcements of activities to anyone letting us know they’d like to receive them.

 The Music Room
P.O. Box 269
Orange, VA 22960 

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