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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

‘Bach Admirers’ to be Featured at Festival

The 15th annual Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival at Eastern Mennonite University will spotlight composers from many cultures who were strongly influenced by the prolific German composer. The program opens Sunday, June 10 and concludes with the popular Leipzig worship service June 17. ...More

Bach Festival Works to be Highlighted

Adair McConnell Adair McConnell, minister of music at St. Stephens United Church of Christ in Harrisonburg, will give a talk highlighting several works to be performed at the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, June 10-17. The lecture ...More

Bach Festival Features International Artist

Janina Fialkowska, pianist She thought she’d never play two-hand piano again. But she is, perhaps with greater virtuosity than before. Internationally-acclaimed Canadian pianist Janina Fialkowska will return to the Lehman Auditorium ...More

EMU to Spotlight Music of Brazil

Paulo Steinberg Brazilian music and culture will come center stage in two concerts presented by music department faculty and students at EMU. Pianist and p ...More

Orchestra Spotlights Student Musicians

The Eastern Mennonite University-Community Orchestra will be in concert 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 29, in EMU’s Lehman Auditorium. The program will feature winners of an EMU student concerto competition:the senior Nathan N. (Nate) Bontrager on the Saint-Saens “Cello Concerto,” junior Kara S. Glick on the Mendelssohn “Violin Concerto” and senior Jonathan D. ...More

Bach Festival Previews June Program

Adair McConnell, minister of music at St. Stephens United Church of Christ in Harrisonburg, will give two talks highlighting some of the works to be performed at the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival coming up June 10-17, 2007. ...More

EMU Has ‘Arts Attack’

Photo by Jim Bishop Right on the heels of Thanksgiving came an “Arts Attack” at Eastern Mennonite University. The entire week of Nov. 27-Dec. 1, small performing groups of students and faculty popped up at unex ...More

Childrens Choir Releases Seasonal Album

The Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir, celebrating its 15th anniversary, has released its tenth album, “Silent Night,” with guest harpist Anastasia Jellison. The compact disc, representing some gentler selections of the holiday season, features the Concert Choir (ages 11-17) with additional selections by the Treble Choir (ages ...More

Music Group to Play in Bally, Pa.

Photo by Emily Huffman A music ensemble from Eastern Mennonite University will give a public program 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12 at Bally Mennonite Church, 1481 Route 100. EMU students Nate Bontrager, Ka ...More