21st-century college graduates backpacking through faraway capitals are hardly pioneers. As early as the 1600s, young Europeans of means began touring cultural capitals such as Rome, Venice, and Paris, followed soon by Americans. Known as "Grand Tours," these journeys were thought to culminate a classical education, and they included broad exposure to music of the time. The "Grand Tour" residency at the McIntire Department of Music will allow listeners to imagine what this experience was like, and to reflect critically on its historical and artistic significance.
Students in the UVa Baroque Orchestra are coached in music from the Grand Tour period by members of the Piedmont Baroque.