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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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Historic Recital Connects Bach and Negro Spirituals

A program connecting the organ works of Johan Sebastian Bach and the vocal arrangements of Negro spirituals will create “a spiritual connection spanning the genres,” March 21, at 7 p.m., in Trinity Episcopal Church, Staunton, Va. The program will feature organist, Marvin Mills, and American soprano, Marlissa Hudson. The duo will alternate between solo organ works and addition ...More

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

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

Festival Goes Bach to Basics

The Bach Festival choir, orchestra and featured soloists combined their talents in performing Mozart’s introspective “Requiem in D Minor” under the direction of Kenneth Nafziger, professor of music at E ...More

EMU Offering Bach to Bach Hits

The Strings of the Bach Festival Orchestra, with Carlos Cesar Rodriguez, pianist, and Susan Sievert Messersmith, trumpet, perform Dmitri Shostakovi ...More