The Eastern Music Festival has been an institution in Greensboro, North Carolina for almost 50 years now. This year’s Festival takes place June 26 through July 31 under the direction of Music Director Gerard Schwartz. It looks to be a great five weeks.
It is one of the premiere music education programs in the country. The Young Artists Orchestra, made up of students from 14 to 22 years of age, will be presenting nine concerts. The Festival’s faculty, leading musicians from all over the world, make up the Festival Orchestra, which is presenting five concerts, with soloists Lynn Harrell (cello), Barry Douglas (piano), Tianwa Yang (violin), William Wolfram (piano), and Gil Shaham (violin).
In addition, there will be two different chamber music series and the EMF Fringe Series. The latter offers concerts of a wide range of vernacular music from traditional bluegrass and blues to the latest jazz, funk, rock, and–well, not everything fits into a tidy category.
I see that Ko-ichiro Yamamoto will be playing the Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra. And of course, it’s the one weekend I have to be out of town. I certainly intend to be at some of the other concerts. The Eastern Music Festival is always one of the highlights of my summer.