EMF to Perform World Premier from 10-Time Academy Award-Winning Composer

"(GREENSBORO, NC) – The Eastern Music Festival will premier a new piece from 10-time Academy Award-winning composer, conductor and pianist  Sir André Previn, at 8 p.m., Saturday, July 23, in Guilford College’s Dana Auditorium.

Previn is famous for his film scores of Porgy & Bess, My Fair Lady and Gigi. Almost all of the world’s major orchestras have sought Previn’s work, from the Boston Symphony Orchestra to the Royal Philharmonic.

A week full of EMF events provide local listeners a chance to sample a variety of world-class music.   

On Wednesday, July 20 at 8:00 p.m. in Sternberger Auditorium at Guilford College, Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux will teach a master class that is free and open to the public. Audiences will have a unique opportunity to hear Vieaux, who NPR describes as “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation,” as he works with students from the EMF’s Guitar Program, which is now in its second year. No tickets or reservations are needed. (is that right?)

Sunday afternoon, EMF hosts a free Open House at Guilford College featuring the talents of its 227 Young Artists and 80 plus Faculty Artists (is that correct since the festival orchestra is performing?). Performances include:

1:00 p.m.        Percussion Ensemble, Dana Auditorium
2:15 p.m.        Guitar Program Recital, Carnegie Room
3:00 p.m.        Pianopalooza, Sternberger Auditorium
4:00 p.m.        Conducting Fellows Showcase with Eastern Festival Orchestra, Dana Auditorium

On Sunday, July 24 at 6:30 p.m., New Orleans-based Tuba Skinny and local guests the Swamp Nots will play a mix of New Orleans jazz and old-time string band music. This free concert is part of the EMF Fringe and MUSEP series, which annually draws crowds of several hundred to the Founders’ Lawn at Guilford College. (I sort of beefed up the numbers as a self-fulfilling prophecy)

Between a world premier from an international star, a master class with a Grammy-winning guitarist and a family-friendly Sunday evening show, be sure to experience EMF in the festival’s second-to-last week.

About Eastern Music Festival:
Eastern Music Festival stands among the country's premier summer music educational programs and most imaginative performance festivals. With a 55-year history of both artistic and educational excellence, EMF attracts artists, students and audiences from around the globe to Greensboro each summer during its five-week festival. EMF’s 2016 performances began June 27 and continues through Saturday, July 30. Concerts are presented at Guilford College, UNCG, High Point University, Appalachian State University and in venues throughout the community such as Temple Emanuel, Greensboro’s First Presbyterian Church and in public libraries. Over 65 performances, workshops, seminars and master classes will be presented.

Beyond the Festival, EMF produces and presents Fringe series and other programming throughout the year.

For more information about Eastern Chamber Players and the 2016 EMF season,

To purchase tickets or for ticket information visit our website

or call Triad Stage at 336-272-0160."

- A Press Release

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