Eastern Festival Orchestra
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Internationally acclaimed soloists, world-class orchestral performers and instructors, and 225 young artists from around the globe gather in Greensboro this week to kick-off Eastern Music Festival's 57th season. Recognized as one of North Carolina's "Musical Treasures," EMF dominates the Triad's summer cultural scene with more than 60 public performances.
The Festival runs June 23 through July 28, and it includes performances by the Festival's professional orchestra, recitals by faculty ensembles, and young artists orchestral and chamber music. FREE master classes, workshops and outreach activities are also presented in venues around the Triad including: Guilford College, UNCG, High Point University, Greensboro Public Libraries and Greensboro's LeBauer Park. Abounding with talent and programmed adventurously, the Festival includes works by living composers including four world premieres: Augusta Read Thomas' A Plea for Peace on June 30; Nathan Daughtrey's Labyrinth of Light and Richard Auldon Clark's Divertimento for Oboe, Viola, and Trumpet, both on July 3; and a piece commissioned by Ambassador Bonnie McElveen-Hunter especially for EMF, Hyekyung Lee's Climbing Tomorrow on July 21. The Festival also includes familiar symphonic and chamber works including Dvořák's Symphony No. 7 (June 30), Beethoven's Clarinet Trio in B-flat major (July 9), Rhapsody in Blue (July 13), Overture to Candide (July 14), and Stravinsky's Firebird Suite (1910) (July 28).
Eastern Festival Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director Gerard Schwarz performs on Friday, June 29 and each Saturday evening in July. Guest artists on the Festival's 'anchor' Joseph M. Bryan, Jr. series include pianists Misha Dichter, Kun-Woo Paik and William Wolfram, violinists Stefan Jackiw, Anne Akiko Meyers, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Jeffrey Multer.
The Festival's Young Artists Orchestras perform each Thursday and Friday evening under the guidance of Maestro Grant Cooper (West Virginia Symphony) and Maestro José Luis Novo (Annapolis Symphony). Performing as soloists with the young artist orchestra programs on Thursdays and Fridays throughout July are faculty members Nigel Armstrong (violin), Neal Cary (cello), Les Roettges (flute), Shannon Scott (clarinet) and Randall Ellis (oboe).
The masterful violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, performs the music of Piazzolla and Tchaikovsky with the EMF Chamber Orchestra on Thursday, June 28. Acclaimed American pianist and teacher Awadagin Pratt presents a solo recital on Wednesday, July 11. The Festival's Orchestral Fellows perform a chamber recital (Haydn, Prokofiev, Mendelssohn) on Tuesday, July 17 and The Mile-End Trio takes the stage for a chamber recital on Monday, June 25. And the Festival's guitar faculty (Jason Vieaux, Kami Rowan and Julian Gray) host EMF's 4th Annual Classical Guitar Summit on Wednesday, July 25.
Members of EMF's faculty and guest artists perform chamber music every Monday and Tuesday evening beginning June 25 under the Eastern Chamber Players, coordinated by EMF Faculty Jeffrey Multer and Les Roettges.
As varied as these season highlights appear, an EMF summer is so much more than the sum of its concert parts. The Festival is a learning experience for dedicated young artists, an enriching and entertaining social experience for our patrons, and a celebration of incredible artistry.
Detailed season information is available at www.easternmusicfestival.org. Tickets for all performances are available via the EMF Box Office at Triad Stage at 336-272-0160 or www.easternmusicfestival.org/festival/tickets.