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EMF String Fellows will give a recital on Sunday, July 24th at 8PM featuring string quartets by Barber, Mendelssohn, and Beethoven. Barber’s String Quintet in B minor, op.11, includes three movements that each tell a compelling story. The first movement, Molto allegro e appasionato, contains three themes of the dramatics, chorale-like melodies, and uncommon yearning beauty,
respectively. The second movement, later adapted for Barber’s most notable works for string orchestra, Adagio for Strings, is the heartbeat of the quartet, finishing with the third movement that revisits the opening movement. The striking emotional turmoil Mendelssohn will follow and Beethoven’s Mozartian expanses of “Storm” will finish off this thrilling performance!
Overtures, featuring EMF Conducting Scholars and the Eastern Festival Orchestra, will conduct and perform classical overtures by many of music’s greatest composers on Monday, July 25th at 8PM. This performance is part of EMFs Pay What You Can concerts.
Eastern Chamber Players will give their final performance of the season on Tuesday, July 26th at 8PM. The program includes pieces by Gabrieli (featuring EMF Brass Faculty), Poulenc, and Tchaikovsky. The evenings' varying compositional styles take you on a historical journey including Gabrieli’s antiphonal music, followed by Poulnec’s conveying of freedom in French music, and culminating with the Russian Romanticism Tchaikovsky provoked in his attempt to create chamber music written in an orchestral manner. The EMF faculty and fellows will provide a stunning performance that will encapsulate the summer of musical excellence that is EMF.
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 27th at 10:30AM, the fellows will finish at Central Branch.
The annual EMF Classical Guitar Summit, on Wednesday, July 27th at 8PM, will be held at Temple Emanuel for an unforgettable performance featuring EMF faculty, Kami Rowan, JIJI, and Jason Vieaux, and EMF Young Artists. Pieces in the line-up include works written by our very own Kami Rowan for guitar and solo soprano, Sessa, Paganini, Björnsson, and a piece written especially for Jason Vieaux in 2020 by living composer Pat Methany.
Finishing our Guest Masterclass series this year will be a distinguished guest for trumpet, Paul Randall, on Friday, July 29th at 4PM. The class will take place in the Carnegie Room, Hege Library at Guilford College.
Thursday and Friday evening, our Young Artists Orchestra, will be conducted by resident conductors, Grant Cooper and José-Luis Novo. July 28th’s (8PM) performance will feature our Young Artists Concerto Competition Winners, and we will finish our Young Artists Orchestra series on July 29th (8PM) with adventurous repertoire including Kodály’s Suite from Háry János and Revueltas’ La Noche de los Mayas (The Night of the Maya).
The last performance of the festival, the Joseph M. Bryan Jr. Festival Orchestra Series Finale, will be conducted by Maestro Gerard Schwarz, with guest pianist Marika Bournaki. The “Celine Dion of Classical Music” will give an esteemed performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 on Saturday, July 30th at 8PM. The performance will also include Avanti: Fanfare for Jerry by the prolific living composer, Ellen Taaffe Zwlich and Der Rosenkavalier by Strauss.
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. All recitals are free and open to the public. Chamber recitals are located in the Carnegie Room at Guilford College. Young Artists Piano Recitals are on Saturday, July 17th and July 24th at 3PM and are located in Dana Auditorium.
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. EMF Box Office hours are Wed. - Fri., Noon - 4:00 p.m. (336-333-7450 x222). For additional program details, featured soloists and more information, visit easternmusicfestival.org/calendar.