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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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Farmer-Doctor Is Bach Festival’s No. 1 Cheerleader

How did a poor farm boy, longtime pediatrician, and master gardener get to be the No. 1 cheerleader for the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival? “It’s simple,” says Ed Comer, MD.  “My mother made me take piano lessons when I was little, even though we could hardly afford it.” He has been hooked on classical m ...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

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Young Artists’ Program Gives Gifted Place To Play

Young virtuosos in the Valley aren’t shy about striking the right notes. “The bar keeps being raised,” says Mary Kay Adams, executive director of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival. On May 5 at 3 p.m., eight teenagers will take the spotlight in Eastern Mennonite University’s Martin Chapel, for the Young Artists’ Recital, sponsored by the festival. “Over time, a ...More

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Bach Festival Receives Grant from Carpenter Foundation

A grant of $12,000 from the E. Rhodes and Leon B. Carpenter Foundation will help bring five gifted performers to the 21st annual Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, June 9-16, 2013. “Through the grant we were able to secure Veronica Chapman-Smith, Kenneth Gayle, Heidi Kurtz, Grant Youngblood and Naoko Takao as part of our concerts,” said ...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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Recital Showcases Area Youth

The works of Mozart, Hummel, Haydn, Loewe and others will be on display Sunday, May 6, at 3 p.m. in Martin Chapel, as 11 local students showcase their talents in a young artists’ recital on the campus of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). The program, sponsored by the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, will “give the community an opportunity to reco ...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