On September 7th, the IRC in Charlottesville was the grateful beneficiary of a beautiful concert held at the Haven in downtown Charlottesville. The concert’s richly diverse program included 13th-century Spanish Cantigas de Santa Maria, 18th-century Scottish tunes, as well as a few more contemporary folksongs—Wayfaring Stranger, On the Road Again, and A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall. Each piece was in its own way tied to themes of wandering, pilgrimage, and loss, chronicling the struggles of those on difficult journeys and those at home awaiting their return.
The performance marked the debut of the Early Music Access Project, a rotating group of musicians bringing a wide range of early music to Charlottesville and the surrounding areas, with an emphasis on collaborating with other artistic groups and community organizations. The Early Music Access Project was founded by David McCormick, a local musician and educator, who is also a member of the IRC’s GenR chapter in Charlottesville.
Charlottesville City councilors Wes Bellamy and Kathy Galvin also attended the event and made remarks beforehand about the IRC’s work in Charlottesville. Galvin later wrote that the benefit concert “graced our City with ancient songs of great beauty and hospitality, both sorely needed in this seemingly coarsening world.”