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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

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Bach, Mozart Intersect at EMU Festival

It’s a match made in musical heaven. Two classical giants will meet on the Lehman Auditorium stage at Eastern Mennonite University, not to compete against but to complement each other at the 19th annual Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, June 12-19, 2011. The glorious works of German composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) and Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus ...More

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EMU Chamber Singers to Explore ‘Jesus’ Questions

A line from American poet Mary Oliver (b. 1935) provides the framework for the Chamber Singers of Eastern Mennonite University for its upcoming tour during the school’s mid-semester break. In her piece, “One Summer Day” (1992), Oliver asks, “Tell me what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” The 34-voice select choir of EMU students wil ...More

EMU Festival Offers Bach – and All that Jazz

Prolific German composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) scarcely had time to catch his breath. No sooner did he compose a cantata for the Sunday worship service at the St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Leipzig where he was ca ...More

Bach to Bach Hits at EMU

Kenneth J. Nafziger conducts the Bach Festival orchestra, chorus and soloists Lesley Andrew, Heidi Kurtz, Kenneth Gayle and Daniel Lichti in performing Bee ...More