North Carolina's Musical Treasure
Eastern Music Festival: Now in our 54th year
This coming season, we will celebrate EMF's 54th year of bringing great music and great performances to our wonderful audience. We are proud of the artistic excellence provided by EMF, the country's greatest summer educational institution and most imaginative performance festival.
Join us at Eastern Music Festival Summer Study
Are you an aspiring young and gifted performer between the ages of 14 and 23, looking for an opportunity to discover your very best? This summer, attend Eastern Music Festival and study at one of America's finest orchestral, piano and classical guitar studies programs. Summer study programs are also available for aspiring conductors and singers. To learn more, click on the links below:
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A Letter From Gerard Schwarz
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to Eastern Music Festival's exciting 2015 season. This season, we will celebrate EMF's 54th year of bringing great music and great performances to our wonderful Triad audience. We are proud of the artistic excellence provided by EMF, one of the country's finest summer educational institutions and performance festivals. This year, we again welcome Grant Cooper to our conducting staff. Grant is music director of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and one of our greatest educators. We also welcome back Eric Garcia, who does a remarkable job with our student orchestra through inspirational teaching and conducting.
This season will be the third in the Bonnie McElveen-Hunter commissioning project with a new work by Lowell Liebermann to be premiered on July 18th. This unprecedented and remarkable ten-year commitment will bring a new American work to our community for each of the next ten summers. As Bonnie has said, "Music has given us the opportunity of a universal language – a voice that has inspired hope, nurtured love and given a real and tangible expression to our joys while also encouraging us in times of despair. I cannot think of a better way to honor my family and friends than to give life to new musical works that will enrich the lives of so many, from the Festival's young musicians to the audiences of North Carolina and around the world." We will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great American composer David Diamond by performing a work on each of our concerts from July 13-18th.
We continue to celebrate our exceptional faculty. The orchestra and piano departments are made up of resident artists like renowned pianist William Wolfram, who will teach at our school and play on many chamber concert and piano specials. During our opening week, he will perform two Beethoven concertos on Friday night, one with each of our student orchestras. This summer, Awadagin Pratt will join the piano faculty and we look forward to both his teaching and musically inspirational performances. On August 1st, he will perform Beethoven Concerto No. 1 with the Eastern Festival Orchestra at Aycock Auditorium on the campus of UNC-Greensboro. EMF's guest artists and guest teachers also participate in our chamber music series. This series features music as its best, presented at the acoustically superb Recital Hall at UNCG School of Music and Dana Auditorium at Guilford College.
Our guest artists are among the most influential artists appearing before the public today. Stefan Jackiw, Lynn Harrell, André Watts, Anne Akiko Meyers, Awadagian Pratt will all join our wonderful Eastern Festival Orchestra for Saturday evening concerts. As in the past, we also have distinguished soloists playing with our student orchestras, including William Wolfram, Jeffrey Multer, Julian Schwarz, and George Sakakeeny. Of course, the concerts featuring the student concerto competition winners are always performances I look forward to at the end of the Festival every year.
This year, we're holding master classes with notable teachers Ida Bieler, violin; Lynn Harrell, cello; Robert Vernon, viola; and Anne Akiko Meyers, violin. André Watts, piano, will be offering a Q & A.
We're also performing concerts throughout the community at High Point University and Appalachian State University. Of course, to our wonderful Triad audiences, we present the great masters of the 19th century including Tchaikovsky, Dvorák, Brahms and many others. I'm thrilled to be back in Greensboro for our annual festival, and I look forward to seeing you at the performances when we celebrate 54 years of beautiful music making
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