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After an exciting first-annual summer kickoff party last year, EMFfringe ups the ante this summer with a rockin’ opening evening filled with the eclectic sounds of the Deluge, and the southern rock vibe of House of Fools. The Deluge, formed in Greensboro in 2008, is sure to entertain with music that combines country, bluegrass, swing, and soul.  House of Fools, native to High Point, NC, is recognized by as “an epic and bittersweet journey of pure rock”.  This free event will be held Thursday, July 1, 2010 at Natty Greene’s Pub and Brewing Co. (345 S. Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401). Last year’s show packed the patio and we anticipate this year’s will be even better. EMFfringe’s 2010 kickoff party will also include an outdoor beer garden, ticket giveaways, appetizers, and more! This event is sponsored by Natty Greene’s, YES! Weekly, and Audio&Light.

In addition to the kickoff party, EMFfringe’s first week of summer concerts will also include performances by the New Riders of the Purple Sage and Anders Osborne. The New Riders of the Purple Sage are a spin-off from the Grateful Dead, formed in 1969 with the help of Jerry Garcia. They describe their sound as psychedelic cowboy rock ‘n roll which is sure to have crowds on their feet. New Riders of the Purple Sage will be performing on Thursday, July 8, 2010 at the Empire Ball Room at Elm Street Center (203 South Elm Street). Tickets are $25 and purchasing a ticket will also get concert-goers free entrance to the after party, sponsored by Level 2 (113 South Elm Street).

Anders Osborne himself hails from Sweden, but he and his 6-piece band currently call New Orleans, LA home. All Music Guide says, “Anders Osborne artfully blends blues, rock, soul and classic R&B to create his own synthesis and original style.”  Anders Osborne will be performing on Friday, July 9, 2010 at the Empire Ball Room at Elm Street Center. This show is sponsored by YES! Weekly, and tickets are available for $23. Tickets also provide free entry to the show’s after party which will be held at Churchill’s on Elm (213 South Elm Street).

About Eastern Music Festival
The Eastern Music Festival and School, founded in 1961 in Greensboro, North Carolina by Sheldon Morgenstern, is an internationally-renowned classical music festival of the performing arts and institute for young musicians that runs for five weeks during the summer. The institute accepts gifted students of ages 14 through 22 at an exclusive enrollment of 200. In 2009, there were over 800 applicants from around the world for the 200 spots. The faculty consists of outstanding musicians selected from leading orchestras and music schools with world-class performing artists serving as both faculty instructors and performers. The music director and principal conductor for the Festival is Gerard Schwarz, who also serves as music director of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

The music festival comprises a performing arts series that attracts over 60,000 audience members to more than 100 concerts and music-related events presented throughout the Piedmont Triad area. Participating artists for the 2010 season include cellist Lynn Harrell, pianists Barry Douglas and William Wolfram, violinists Tianwa Yang and Gil Shaham, among others.  These renowned artists are accompanied by the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, which is composed of faculty members of the school who originate from many of the top music institutions and orchestras around the world. Other classical artists include trombonist Ko-ichiro Yamamoto, pianists-in-residence Marian Hahn, Joseph Kalichstein, Rebecca Penneys, and Tian Ying, resident conductor José-Luis Novo, and guest conductors Christopher Seaman, Chelsea Tipton II, James Ross, and Eric Garcia.

For music students, the five-week program provides a combination of classroom and performance experiences. A broad curriculum includes playing in an orchestra, individual lessons, master classes, and recitals. Guest artists in residence teach two master classes each week. Students have many performance opportunities in orchestra and chamber concerts, alongside faculty, and in piano recitals. The festival boasts a student to faculty ratio of 2:1.

Beginning in 2002, the festival introduced the highly popular and critically-acclaimed EMFfringe series offering the best of Americana, bluegrass, jazz, rock, blues, alt country, funk, world music and more. The 2010 season boasts Doc Severinsen, Mark O’Connor, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Anders Osborne, Tony Rice Unit, The Waybacks, Amelia’s Mechanics, Seth Walker, The Greencards, Joe Krown Trio, Bonerama, and more. Eastern Music Festival also produces the EMFsampler each spring as part of ArtBeat Greensboro, an EMFjazz&blues monthly series, and EMFfringe in the fall each autumn.

Through its interactive EMFkids and EMFexplorers summer camps and musical programming, Eastern Music Festival introduces young children to musical experiences of the highest quality. Other special events this season include Music of Remembrance, preserving the musical legacy of Holocaust musicians; Peter and the Wolf in collaboration with the Greensboro Ballet and narrated by Fox8’s Neill McNeill; A Date with Oscar and Tony, in collaboration with Greensboro Opera, featuring songs from award-winning films and musicals; and the Piano and Concerto Competitions. Alumni of the EMF include many notable musicians from around the country, including Wynton Marsalis, who refers to his studies there as “one of the greatest musical experiences of my life.”

Discounted season tickets for Eastern Music Festival of up to 72% off are on sale through June 26 from the Festival’s Box Office at Triad Stage. Call weekdays in Greensboro: 336.272.0160 or toll-free 866.579.TIXX.  Season subscribers are invited to meet the artists at Post-Concert Receptions following Saturday evening performances on July 3, 17, 24, and 31.  At each Saturday Festival Orchestra performance, there will be a hotel package drawing for an overnight stay at either the O.Henry or Proximity Hotels.

The 2010 season is sponsored in part by the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro, the North Carolina Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Piedmont Music Center (Steinway Pianos), Continental Airways – the official travel sponsor of EMF, News & Record, the O.Henry and Proximity Hotels – the official hotels of EMF, Print Works Bistro, and WFDD-FM.

For more information about EMF or its programs or to download the 2010 Season Brochure, please visit, or call toll-free: 1-877-833-6753


EMFfringe season tickets are on sale now through June 26 and are priced at $220. Individual tickets for all EMFfringe events are on sale now through the EMF Box Office at Triad Stage. The Triad Stage Box Office can be reached weekdays from 10am to 6pm locally at 336.272.0160 or toll free at 866.579.TIXX. The box office is conveniently located in downtown Greensboro at 232 S. Elm Street.

Single ticket sales for EMFfringe and all other EMF events are available now online via

Through their website,, The Garage is also directly selling tickets to the show on Friday, July 2, and similarly, The Grove Winery is also selling tickets to Kevn Kinney on July 17 by calling 336.584.4060.

Service fees for season tickets will apply. EMFfringe single ticket prices include service fees and will be the same in advance or at the door. Online orders have an additional fee associated.

Dates, programs, artists, and venues are subject to change. * No gift certificates or discounts are accepted for Special Events.

Eastern Music Festival would like to thank EMFfringe series and EMFfringe Kickoff Party sponsors Audio & Light, Cemala Foundation, Natty Greene’s, and YES! Weekly (who is also sponsoring Anders Osborne); event sponsors News & Record (Doc Severinsen), Go Triad (The Waybacks and Amelia’s Mechanics), Alamance County Arts Council (Seth Walker), Piedmont Blues Preservation Society (Seth Walker and Joe Krown Trio); MUSEP sponsors Greensboro Parks and Recreation, The Music Center, The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, FOX8, Friendly Center, and The Shops at Friendly (Amelia’s Mechanics); and all of the venues and After-Party restaurants mentioned above. Eastern Music Festival is also sponsored in part by Continental Airlines, Lincoln Financial, National Endowment for the Arts, News & Record, North Carolina Arts Council, O.Henry Hotel, Piedmont Music Center, Proximity Hotel, Print Works Bistro, Steinway, United Arts Council, and WFDD-FM. Continental Airlines is the official travel sponsor of the Eastern Music Festival. O.Henry and Proximity Hotels are the official hotels of the Eastern Music Festival.

For more information about EMF or its programs, please visit, or call toll-free: 1-877-833-6753.

The Eastern Music Festival’s mission is to promote musical enrichment, excellence, professional collaboration, innovation and diversity through a nationally-recognized teaching program, music festival, concerts and other programs which will enhance the quality of life, health and vitality of our region.

EMF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

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