EASTERN MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTS SECOND ANNUAL PAY WHAT YOU CAN CONCERT
GREENSBORO, N.C. (June 24, 2019) – Eastern Music Festival (EMF), a nationally recognized music festival and summer educational program based in the heart of North Carolina, presents its opening evening of orchestral masterpieces with the second annual Pay What You Can Orchestral Celebration concert on Friday, June 28. This concert is made possible by a generous grant from the Mebane Foundation Charitable Trust.
Generous support by the Mebane Foundation supports annual community concert June 28
“It is partners like the Mebane Foundation that believe in the value of EMF’s mission to teach and present excellent music that make the Pay What You Can Orchestral Celebration possible,” said EMF executive director Christopher Williams. “This support enables community members to attend a performance for a price they deem appropriate and is a great way for families and friends to come out to experience a thrilling orchestra performance of not just one but three ensembles!”
The All-Brahms program on the Pay What You Can Orchestral Celebration will feature both the Eastern Festival Orchestra (EMF’s professional symphony) and both EMF Young Artists Orchestras.
Faculty members Nigel Armstrong, violin, and Julian Schwarz, cello, will perform as soloists on the Double Concerto and the Festival’s two Young Artists Orchestras share duties on the magnificent Fourth Symphony. All three orchestras will be led by music director Gerard Schwarz. Performance begins at 8 PM at Dana Auditorium on the campus of Guilford College in Greensboro.
“Our season opens on June 22, and it always amazes me how these three ensembles come together over a mere few days to create an astonishing, vibrant opening week performance,” added Williams.
“The Mebane Foundation looks for opportunities to support creative educational excellence and innovation, and EMF’s summer program of study and performance fits this model,” noted Don McMillion, Mebane Foundation board member. “EMF’s innovation comes from its unique design as both a professional music festival and as a world-renown music institution.”
To attend the June 28 Pay What You Can Orchestral Celebration, call the Triad Stage Box Office at 336-272-0161 and let them know you want to Pay What You Can! Audiences can also arrive before the concert to Pay What You Can at the door.
Eastern Music Festival returns June 22 with student arrivals. Performances begin Monday, June 24, and run through Saturday, July 27. EMF’s 58th season features over 65 performances by three symphonies, multiple chamber ensembles, and signature guest artists performances at its home location at Guilford College and other locations in Greensboro, the Triad, and Boone, North Carolina. Tickets available online at eastermusicfestival.org or by calling the Triad Stage Box Office at 336-272-0161.
About Eastern Music Festival:
For almost six decades, Eastern Music Festival (EMF) has been produced each summer on the campus of Guilford College, UNCG, and other venues in the Greensboro area. EMF is distinguished by its accomplished faculty, exhilarating repertoire, and world-renowned visiting artists. A powerful teaching institution, EMF provides encouragement and guidance to over 260 young musicians from across the country and around the globe as they take their first steps towards careers in the performing arts. During EMF’s five-week annual season (June 22 – July 27, 2019), the Festival presents more than 65 concerts under the artistic direction of Gerard Schwarz. In addition, 30-plus outreach performances are performed throughout the region. For more information, visit easternmusicfestival.org.
About the Mebane Foundation Charitable Trust:
The Mebane Foundation Charitable Trust is a catalyst for excellence in education with a mission of preparing children for life through literacy. www.mebanefoundation.com