Eastern Mennonite University

2016 Schedule

Festival Concert 1 – Sun., June 12, 3 p.m.
Lehman Auditorium                       Tickets


The opening concert of last year’s festival included orchestral concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach, displaying his masterful and inventive use of a small group of instruments. This summer’s concert follows a similar plan but reveals the craft and the imagination and the spiritual dimensions of the work that was expected of him every week: a new cantata for the Sunday service.

We have chosen a variety of cantatas to showcase Bach’s regular work, which many agree represents the pinnacle of achievement in music for the church. A fine chamber orchestra, a fine chamber choir, and four superb vocal soloists will present you a varied
and color-filled concert of the sort of music Bach produced on a weekly basis: several cantatas, two joyously cheerful duets, and a Bach favorite that we’ll invite you to sing (Jesu, joy of man’s desiring).

    Christine Fairfield, soprano
    Joel Ross, countertenor
    Brian Thorsett, tenor
    David Newman, baritone
    Festival Orchestra and Choir

Noon Chamber Music Series
Mon-Sat, June 13-18, 12 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church, 17 Court Square, Harrisonburg
(parking map)

Program information

$5 suggested donation per concert; no tickets required

Festival Concert 2, Fri., June 17, 7:30 p.m.
Lehman Auditorium                       Tickets


Over the past years, we have had requests for concerts of early music. This is such a concert, and one that will be memorable for the musical fireworks for soloists, orchestra, and choir. You will hear showy works by Antonio Vivaldi and Leonardo Vinci – a Vivaldi
cantata and Vinci arias for countertenor, and a Vivaldi concerto and a Vinci concerto for recorder. Music by Georg Frideric Handel, Henry Purcell, Johann Christian Bach, and José de Nebra fills out the program, much of it featuring the countertenor.

Two primary soloists are of particular interest. The countertenor is Nathan Medley, a Harrisonburg High School graduate, who has achieved an international reputation. Joining him for the concert are members of the Harrisonburg High School Choir (Beth Houff, director) and Tommy Tutwiler, long-time Harrisonburg resident and Medley’s high school choral director.

The second soloist is Charlottesville resident Nancy Garlick, recorder player, who, after retiring from a career of clarinet playing and teaching, took up the recorder and has amassed a formidable collection of instruments and developed a virtuosic technical skill with the instrument(s).

    Nathan Medley, countertenor
    Nancy Garlick, recorder
    Tommy Tutwiler, countertenor
    Harrisonburg High School Choir
    Festival Orchestra

Festival Concert 3, Sat., June 18, 7:30 p.m.
Lehman Auditorium                       Tickets


Aaron Copland
    Appalachian Spring
    Quiet City

Virgil Thomson
    The Plow That Broke the Plains

Alberto Ginastera (in honor of the centennial of his birth)

    Festival Orchestra

Leipzig Service, Sun., June 19, 10 a.m.
Lehman Auditorium

Johann Sebastian Bach
Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170
    Nathan Medley, countertenor
    Festival Orchestra and Choir

Marvin Mills, organ
Rev. Brett Davis, homilist

freewill offerings welcome; no tickets required

Father’s Day Brunch: Sunday, June 19, 12:00 p.m.
Reservations are required by June 14.  (information)

Programs and artists are subject to change without notice.

2016 program book