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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

Concertgoers Pack Out 18th Annual Bach Festival

The near-capacity crowds that filled Lehman Auditorium were treated to the soaring harmonies that filled the air at the 18th annual Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival. Versatile musician John McCutcheon com ...More

Bach Festival Winter Concert Scheduled for Jan. 17

A concert to benefit one of the area’s premier cultural events, the annual Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren, 420 Coll ...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

Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival will focus on Bach and Handel

17th annual Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival at EMU The 17th annual Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival at EMU will spotlight the music of the two giants of the early 17th cent ...More

Festival Strings Along Music Aficionados

Among the gifts offered to those attending the 16th annual Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival were visible enthusiasm among participating musicians as they re-created and interpreted selections by some of the world’s most beloved composers. ...More

EMU Gives Bach To The Community

‘Bach & String Things’ Pairs Classic With Contemporary By Elizabeth Rome, Daily News-Record Conductor Kenneth Nafziger leads the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra in last year’s Leipzig Service. This year’s Le ...More

Bach Festival Offers ‘Sneak Preview’ Talks

What’s on the smorgasbord menu for the 16th annual Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival? One tasteful way to find out is to attend a series of talks designed to prepare the community for the Bach Festival, coming up June 8-15 at EMU. ...More

Festival Keeps People Coming Bach for More

It’s been 15 years of “great music-making” at Eastern Mennonite University with no letup in sight. The Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, with Kenneth J. Nafziger as artistic director and conductor, continued its tradition of artistic excellence by offering unparalleled classical music concerts with the highest caliber of musicians. This year’s theme, “Bach ...More