Eastern Music Festival returns June 23 – July 28, 2018, for its 57th season with over 60 performances during its five-week run.

“This season contains all the fabulous talent and artistry that our region has come to expect from Eastern Music Festival,” says music director Gerard Schwarz. “This year we are privileged to perform four world premieres, including Hyekyung Lee’s Climbing Tomorrow, commissioned by Ambassador Bonnie McElveen-Hunter.”

57th Season Features Masterful Guests Artists, Renowned Faculty & Talented Young Musicians

For the first time, EMF is offering audiences the opportunity to “pay what you can” for its season opener on Friday, June 29. Normally tickets for this concert are $20-$30, but thanks to a grant from the Mebane Foundation, EMF has made its “Orchestra Celebration” a night for the public to enjoy at whatever price they deem appropriate and affordable.

“It’s the perfect opportunity for you to bring your entire family and your friends to Eastern Music Festival and experience the magic of the music that has enchanted our audiences for nearly six decades,” says EMF executive director Chris Williams.

Season ticket subscribers will retain their regular seats for this event but the remainder of the seats at Dana Auditorium will be open on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets for this performance may be “purchased” ahead of time by calling Triad Stage at 336-272-0160 and letting them know what you can to pay.

2018 EMF Season Highlights

  • • Monday, June 25 – Masterful violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg joins forces with members of the Eastern Music Festival’s faculty to open our 2018 Chamber Music series at UNCG’s Recital Hall. 8 p.m.

  • • Wednesday, June 27 – Brass Fanfares – The historic and acoustically superb First Presbyterian Church in downtown Greensboro hosts EMF’s brass faculty in a performance featuring music of the Spanish renaissance and works by Albinoni and Monteverdi. 8 p.m.
  • • Thursday, June 29 – EFO Chamber Orchestra – Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg leads EMF’s faculty and members of the Orchestral Fellowship program in performance. Works to include Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence and Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. 8 p.m.
  • • Friday, June 29 – EMF’s season-opening Orchestral Celebration features three EMF orchestras under the baton of Maestro Schwarz. Concertmaster Jeffrey Multer performs the Bruch Violin Concerto with the Eastern Festival Orchestra. This PAY WHAT YOU CAN performance is supported through a grant from the Mebane Foundation. 8 p.m.
  • The Joseph M. Bryan, Jr. Festival Orchestra Series features renowned soloists William Wolfram (piano), Anne Akiko Meyers (violin), Misha Dichter (piano), Kun-Woo Paik (piano) and Stefan Jackiw (violin) in performance with the Eastern Festival Orchestra. (Saturdays, June 30 – July 28, 8 p.m.)

  • • Wednesday, July 4 – Mozart’s Magic – Maestro Gerard Schwarz leads the members of the Eastern Festival Orchestra and faculty soloists William Wolfram (piano), Randall Weiss (violin), Daniel Reinker (viola) and Les Roettges (flute) in a fireworks-filled All Mozart program. 8 p.m.

  • Eight Young Artists Orchestras Series performances on Thursday and Friday evenings, led by resident conductors Grant Cooper and José-Luis Novo feature our young musicians and faculty soloists. Thursday, July 26 features our Young Artist Concerto Competition winners. (Thursdays and Fridays, July 5 – 27, 8 p.m.)
  • Nine Eastern Chamber Players performances on Mondays at the UNCG College of Music, Theatre and Dance Recital Hall and on Tuesdays at Guilford College’s Dana Auditorium. 8 p.m.
  • • And more… including What I Did for Love in partnership with the Greensboro Opera (July 18), our 4th Annual EMF Open House (July 22), the always-sold-out Guitar Summit (July 25), and free Master Classes, Young Artists recitals and outreach performances around town and throughout the Triad. 8 p.m.

For complete calendar, performance details and ticket information, visit www.easternmusicfestival.org.

About Eastern Music Festival

Eastern Music Festival, which was begun in 1961 in Greensboro, stands among the nation’s premier summer music educational programs and most imaginative performance festivals. For the 2017 season, EMF presented over 60 performances in venues throughout the Triad such as Temple Emanuel, Greensboro’s First Presbyterian Church, Greensboro’s public libraries as well as concerts at Guilford College, UNC Greensboro, High Point University and Appalachian State University. EMF attracts artists, students and audiences from around the globe to Greensboro each summer during its five-week festival.

Eastern Music Festival returns June 23 – July 28, 2018, for its 57th season.

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