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Upcoming production of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ is a richly carnivalesque comedy

The guiding concept behind Eastern Mennonite University’s upcoming production of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” is “drowning in excess,” says actress Makayla Baker. Fittingly, the performance begins with a shipwreck. Music, choreography, make-up and costumes inspired by carnivals and underwater dance create a visually and kinetically dyna ...More

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Art auction aims to benefit EMU, campus community through hosting visiting artists

Painting, collages, and photography will be offered at a silent art auction hosted by the visual and communication arts department at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). The three-week fundraiser will help bring professional artists to campus to interact with the campus community and to exhibit their work. Past visiting artists at EMU have included New York City-based filmmaker and cinem ...More

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Annual music gala to showcase orchestra, choirs and wind ensemble – Handel’s “Messiah” among the featured selections

The annual gala concert at Eastern Mennonite University is “a kaleidoscope,” says music professor Ken J. Nafziger, who conducts the chamber choir. Around the fixed theme of a musical showcase to kick off the holiday season, a variety ...More

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Playwright and actor Ted Swartz brings music, comedy and storytelling to conversation about sexuality, faith and family

Three is a magic number, says veteran actor and playwright Ted Swartz. “That’s true in baseball, theater and comedy,” he says. “I generally listen when things come in threes.” The adage has served him well for more than 20 years, as Swartz ’89, M.Div ’92, has engaged with the unlikely trio of theology, comedy and issues of faith. First with Lee Eshleman ’86 in Ted ...More

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Thousands throng to new music festival made possible by many folks with close ties to EMU

From a headlining act to the bike-powered recycling effort, from a group of staff and volunteers to the tent distributing Menno Tea to hundreds of friends and alumni, Eastern Mennonite University and its graduates helped make the second annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival a success. ...More

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Acclaimed artists and musical diversity characterize 22nd Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival

Ludwig van Beethoven said that his fellow German composer Johann Sebastian Bach was “the immortal god of harmony.” It has now been over two centuries since Bach’s death, but as the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival enters its 22nd season, the music of the old master is as alive as ever. The festival, founded by EMU ...More

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Students’ dramatic photos help focus attention on wilderness conservation in Virginia

The Virginia Wilderness Committee has hailed the “stunning photos” of Eastern Mennonite University students, using them “on our web site, in our publications, and for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act this ye ...More

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Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir chooses EMU music grad as new artistic director

The pile of applications to fill the artistic director’s role with the Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir (SVCC) included submissions from across the country and beyond. The person ultimately selected for the job, though, lives nearly within earshot of the choir’s rehearsal space in Eastern Mennonite University’s Martin Chapel. Janet Hostett ...More

EMU Theater presents: Into The Woods

EMU theater production ‘Into the Woods’ brings Brothers Grimm fairy tales to life

The twists and turns of several fairy tales taken from the Brothers Grimm are intertwined in the next Eastern Mennonite University theater offering, Into the Woods, a musical by Steven Sondheim with book by James Lapine. Directed by Justin Poole, ass ...More

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Author who left Amish returns to EMU to launch new book

In recent history, so-called “bonnet fiction” has flourished. That is, fabricated stories relating to the Amish or plain Mennonite cultures, often written by authors not from one of those backgrounds and sometimes critiqued for lacking in accuracy. But executives at Herald Press, the publishing branch of Harrisonburg-based Mennomedia, ...More