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Eastern Chamber Players set up week two for musical success with works by Roussel, Mozart, and Beach on Tuesday, July 5th at 8PM. The pieces that sparked originality and pushed music forward include: Divertissement, op.6, Clarinet Quintet in A major, K.581, and Piano Quintet in F-sharp minor, op.67.
EMF Encircling the City with the Greensboro Public Library provides an educational performance and service-learning experience. EMF String Fellows quartets travel to Greensboro libraries for a free short program. On Wednesday, July 6th at 10:30AM, the fellows will begin their first collaboration at Glenn McNairy Branch. (Catch all of the EMF library performances - as well as many other fun storytime sessions and activities on the Greensboro Public Library's calendar of events!)
Dedicated to the memory of EMF board member and Greensboro local, Dr. Dennis W. Askew, the Euphonium-Tuba Institute will feature EMF Faculty Artists Demondrae Thurman and Aaron Tindall. Music performed will include Anthony Barfield and Sergei Prokofiev, followed by the EMF Euphonium-Tuba ensemble, and culminating in a performance with the North Carolina Brass Band led by Dr. Brian Meixner. The performance will be on Wednesday, July 6th at 8PM.
The Young Artists Orchestra on Thursday, July 7th at 8PM, will perform the world premiere of Gerard Schwarz’s In Memoriam featuring Demondrae Thurman as the euphonium soloist. The piece was originally written for cello and string orchestra (or string quartet) in the memory of “a great musician and dear friend, David Tonkonogui.” In Memoriam is set into three parts: funereal in spirit, positive in feeling, and the coda, similar to the beginning, but thinner in texture. The poignantly beautiful world premiere of this arrangement, accompanied by the performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 in D major, is a night you do not want to miss.
Friday evening, the Young Artists Orchestra will take the stage with Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and Stravinsky’s Le sacre du Printemps (Rite of Spring) on Friday, July 8th at 8PM. The concert speaks to music from Old and New World traditions, including idiomatic jazz and Latin timbres and figurations, to the primitive essence of Russian folk music.
The Euphonium-Tuba Institute Young Artists Recital, sponsored by The Tuba Exchange, will be held Saturday, July 9th at 4PM in Carnegie Room, Hege Library at Guilford College. All young artists' recitals are free and open to the public.
The Joseph M. Bryan, Jr. Festival Orchestra Series' concert titled Unity, will feature soloist Santiago Rodriguez on Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, op.16 on Saturday, July 9th at 8PM. This night is made even more special because it will be held in the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts. Santiago Rodriguez has been called “a phenomenal pianist” (The New York Times) and “among the finest pianists in the world” (The Baltimore Sun). As a chamber musician, recording artist, and distinguished faculty member of EMF, Rodriguez's performance and other included program pieces, are music staples that speak to unity, fate, and celebration which EMF aspires to share at its first ever performance in the Tanger Center. Tickets for this concert must be purchased through Ticketmaster.
All Young Artists Recitals are free and open to the public, located in the Carnegie Room at Guilford College. Young Artists Chamber Recitals take place on Tuesday July 26th at 1:30PM and 6:15PM; Wednesday July 13th and July 20th at 4PM; Wednesday July 20th and July 27th at 6:30PM; Saturday July 30th at 2PM. Young Artists Piano Recitals are on Saturday July 17th and July 24th at 3PM.
To explore the background behind Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening’s compositions and composers, join musicologists, Dr. Greg Carroll and Maestro Peter Perret for our Musically Speaking program at 7PM. All pre-concert talks are free and open to the public.
Eastern Music Festival continues to follow the guidance provided by the NC Department of Health, Guilford County Department of Public Health, and Guilford College. At this present time, for all Eastern Music Festival related activities, masks are “highly recommended” indoors and in large groups but not “required.”
As varied as these season highlights appear, the EMF Experience each summer is so much more than the performance. EMF is an unforgettable learning experience for dedicated young artists from across the nation, an enriching and entertaining social encounter for our patrons, and a celebration of incredible artistry.
Individual tickets are available online at easternmusicfestival.org/tickets. The EMF Box Office is located at Triad Stage (232 S. Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401). Box office operation hours are Tuesday - Saturday 2pm - 6pm, with walk-up sales available Thursday-Sunday. Call Triad Stage Box Office at 336.272.0160 for help with ticketing. For additional program details, featured soloists and more information, visit easternmusicfestival.org/calendar.