Children love music. They don’t know or care what music adults think they ought to love. So when they get a chance to hear classical music, children love classical music.
After a Covid-related hiatus, the Eastern Music Festival is presenting its 61st season in Greensboro, North Carolina. Since 2010, it has presented children’s programming in various branches of the Greensboro Public Library called Encircling the City. I first wrote about this project when it was fairly new.
This year, seven different library branches hosted programs. I attended three of them and heard three different string quartets perform. The format was largely the same as before, although it had a different conclusion than I recalled before.
Quartet members were all fellows at the Eastern Music Festival. One of them explained that a fellowship is like an internship. They don’t get lessons, but they have started professional careers and perform with the faculty orchestra. Continue reading →
EMF Encircling the City, Greensboro Public Library, Benjamin Branch
What picture do you suppose many people associate with “string quartet”? A bunch of old white men dressed like penguins playing stodgy old music for a few people who have learned to hold it in awe? Children don’t know that. When they hear a string quartet, or any kind of classical music, they love it.
I got a chance to witness it in person at one of the Eastern Music Festival’s “EMF Encircling the City” concerts. Greensboro violist and EMF faculty member Diane Phoenix-Neal conceived and started the series three years ago as part of the celebration of the festival’s 50th anniversary. Continue reading →