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Annual gala concert ushers in winter season

The Eastern Mennonite University music department will be celebrating the start of the winter season by holding the annual gala concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 inside Lehman Auditorium at EMU. The hour-and-a-half-long show will feature a wide variety of music, showcasing the diverse talents of EMU’s music department, including the ...More

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Carnival de Resistance brings earth-friendly performances, art, parade to Harrisonburg

Bicycles generated the necessary power, with a gently audible rhythm, for the sound system at gatherings of the recent Carnival de Resistance. Volunteers, including EMU students, took turns pedaling for the electricity. The energetic Carnival troupe began its two-city tour with 10 days in Harrisonburg, camping on ...More

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Carnival highlights concern for earth, community and social justice, with EMU support

A free arts carnival coming to Harrisonburg this week will highlight the connections between environmental stewardship and theology and shed a light on “cutting edge” environmental work being done in the area. The Carnival de Resistance, which starts Friday [Sept. 13] and will run through Sept. 22, will feature theatrical performances, crafts, games, music and co ...More

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Frank X Walker to open 2013-14 Writers Read series

Frank X Walker, a multidisciplinary artist and Al Smith Fellowship recipient, will open the 2013-14 “Writers Read Author series,” on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 8:30 p.m., in Eastern Mennonite University’s Lehman Auditorium. As founder of the Affrilachian Poets, Walker is editor of: ...More

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Students make ‘As You Like It’ creatively their own at two-week camp, culminating in show, Aug. 28, 30 and 31

For Izzy Howard, it’s hard to choose between her passion for play writing and her love of performing. Lucky for her, she doesn’t have to. For the past two years, the 16-year-old Eastern Mennonite High School junior has been participating in CrashHouse Collaborative Theater — a project started in 2008 that allows local high school students t ...More

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Alum Explores Joy of Musical Freedom in German Grad Program

As an undergrad at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), Nathan Bontrager loved to experiment with music, a characteristic that has taken him through a master’s degree in modern cello in Maryland and into a second master’s program in early music in Germany. “I am trying to be a musician playing the music I care about,” said Bontrager in an interview with an EMU reporter. For ...More

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Bach Festival Drew 63 Professional Musicians From 12 States

When violinist Mark Hartman was invited to join the first Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival orchestra 21 years ago, he never thought he’d come back every single year. In fact there was a time when he wasn’t sure he could make a living as a violin player. When this year’s festival orchestra, made up of 63 professional musicians from a dozen state ...More

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Band Gives Old Hymns New Life

The Walking Roots Band, a Harrisonburg, Virginia-based band made up of primarily Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) graduates, is taking centuries-old hymn texts and putting them to music that is accessible and appealing to younger Christians. Their first album “Shelter: ...More

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Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, June 9-16, Shows Bach – and Verdi and Britten – Live On

The music of Johann Sebastian Bach never dies, as will be obvious to those experiencing his music at the 21st Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival. For more than two decades, the festival has celebrated the legacy of the 18th-century German composer, usually paired with the legacies of a rotating selection of other composers. This year the ...More