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Bach Festival combines serious and casual, sobering and hopeful

Fanfares and flip-flops. Handel’s massive story of Samson and two short works written within the past year. A call to hope arising from the ashes of New York’s World Trade Center. The 17th annual Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival at Eastern Mennonite University combined serious music with casual dress, Baroque masterworks with contemporary compositions and ...More

Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival will focus on Bach and Handel

17th annual Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival at EMU The 17th annual Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival at EMU will spotlight the music of the two giants of the early 17th cent ...More

Festival Strings Along Music Aficionados

Among the gifts offered to those attending the 16th annual Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival were visible enthusiasm among participating musicians as they re-created and interpreted selections by some of the world’s most beloved composers. ...More

EMU Gives Bach To The Community

‘Bach & String Things’ Pairs Classic With Contemporary By Elizabeth Rome, Daily News-Record Conductor Kenneth Nafziger leads the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra in last year’s Leipzig Service. This year’s Le ...More

Bach Festival Offers ‘Sneak Preview’ Talks

What’s on the smorgasbord menu for the 16th annual Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival? One tasteful way to find out is to attend a series of talks designed to prepare the community for the Bach Festival, coming up June 8-15 at EMU. ...More

Bach Festival Hosts Young Artists’ Recital

Six local musicians will display their talents in a “Young Artists” recital 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Park View Mennonite Church, N. College Avenue in Harrisonburg. The program, sponsored by the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, will “give the community an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the special musical gifts of area students,” accor ...More

Festival Keeps People Coming Bach for More

It’s been 15 years of “great music-making” at Eastern Mennonite University with no letup in sight. The Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, with Kenneth J. Nafziger as artistic director and conductor, continued its tradition of artistic excellence by offering unparalleled classical music concerts with the highest caliber of musicians. This year’s theme, “Bach ...More

Renowned Pianist Recounts Miraculous Recovery

Her physicians told her she’d likely never play two-hand piano again. But two years to the day after being diagnosed with a rare cancerous growth, she was once again playing “my beloved Chopin.” ...More

‘Bach Admirers’ to be Featured at Festival

The 15th annual Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival at Eastern Mennonite University will spotlight composers from many cultures who were strongly influenced by the prolific German composer. The program opens Sunday, June 10 and concludes with the popular Leipzig worship service June 17. ...More

Bach Festival Works to be Highlighted

Adair McConnell Adair McConnell, minister of music at St. Stephens United Church of Christ in Harrisonburg, will give a talk highlighting several works to be performed at the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, June 10-17. The lecture ...More