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EMU Chamber Singers and Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir to usher in advent season on Dec. 7

Eastern Mennonite University singers will make several appearances on Sunday, Dec. 7, to mark the approaching Advent season. The Chamber Singers perform in three worship services at Harrisonburg churches, while the Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir hosts its annual holiday concert on campus. Chamber Singers The Chamber Singers, led by Kenneth J. Nafziger, will ...More

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Bach Festival pairs seasoned performers with youthful, rising stars like 14-year-old Emma Resmini

Flutist Emma Resmini’s YouTube channel, loaded with 83 classical performances from her recital repertoire since age six, has garnered 2.63 million views from around the world. If each view represents a unique person, that number would fill 152 NBA-sized arenas. Resmini bega ...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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Annual Bach festival set to return to EMU for 22nd installment

Mary Kay Adams considers classical music more than a pleasant pastime. “It adds a beauty and an enjoyment [to life]. … It touches the deepest part of our soul in a way not much else does,” she remarked. As the executive director of the 22nd annual Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival ...More

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Canadian soloist returns to Bach Festival for repeat performance of ‘Elijah’

A popular oratorio from the early days of the 22-year-old Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival at Eastern Mennonite University will return this summer. The 2014 festival, held June 8-15, will feature Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah, performed by an orchestra, choir and four soloists. One of the soloists, Canadian bass Daniel Lichti, sang in the first ...More

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EMU Chamber Singers Join Lancaster Area Musicians to Support MCC

The Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) Chamber Singers are teaming up with the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, quartet Beyond Ourselves, to present their sixth benefit concert on Sunday, March 10, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Mount Joy Mennonite Ch ...More

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Bach Festival Marks 20 Years with Grammy Winner Eugene Friesen

Over 300 years may have passed since Johann Sebastian Bach swept a stage in Germany, but the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival will stir its strings and winds for the 20th year in Harrisonburg on June 10-17. Executive Director Mary Kay Adams calls the annual festival “an enhancement of the cultural fab ...More

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Concert to Feature Works of Alice Parker

A March 29 concert by Eastern Mennonite University’s (EMU) Orchestra and Chamber Singers will feature the works of one of the preeminent composers of church hymns. Alice Parker, an American composer, arranger and conductor who has over a dozen recordings will be in attendance along with American poet Jean Janzen during the opening night of “That Sturdy Vine” at 8 p.m., ...More

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From Mozart to U2 with the EMU Chamber Singers

Marking the season of Lent, the Chamber Singers of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) will be singing a concert that draws from Mozart to U2 during their Feb. 24-26 tour. Conductor Kenneth J. Nafziger said prayers and readings from the Psalms will be woven throughout the concert. “There are very direct biblical psalms with parallels to popular music that explore a common spi ...More

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19th EMU Festival Pairs Bach and Mozart

“Great music. Great musicians. Nourishment for the soul.” Artistic director and conductor Kenneth J. Nafziger made these promises to the audience at the start of the 19th annual Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival. In keeping with Nafziger’s comments, the June 12-19 festival at Eastern Mennonite University featured works by Bach and Mozart, energetic vocal and instrumental performances ...More