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Young Artists Orchestras of EMF will perform Stravinsky’s demanding piece The Rite of Spring | July 9

The Eastern Music Festival Young Artists Series will present an unforgettable concert on Friday, July 9th, 2010 at 8pm in Dana Auditorium at Guilford College (5800 W. Friendly Ave. Greensboro, NC 27410).  Featuring EMF faculty members Yoshikazu Nagai and Gideon Rubin on piano and conductor José-Luis Novo, the Young Artists Orchestras will present Gabriela Lena Frank’s Three Latin American Dances, Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos in D minor and Stavinsky’s remarkable piece, Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring).   Also, as part of the Young Artists Series, Ko-ichiro Yamamoto will join the Young Artists Orchestras on Thursday, July 8th, 2010 at 8pm in Dana Auditorium (5800 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro, NC 27410).  His performances have been described as, “of sparkling virtuosity and impressive musicianship, deploying a tone that ranges easily from assertive strength to a quite remarkable delicacy.”  This musician is not to be missed!

Yoshikazu Nagai Eastern Music festival

Yoshikazu Nagai

This year, make Thursdays and Fridays family night at EMF!  Adults bringing children ages 12 and under to the Young Artists Series may purchase tickets for $5 per adult and $1 per child (2 children per adult.)  Tickets may also be purchased for $25 for reserved seating and $19 for general admission at, at the EMF Box Office (232 S. Elm Street), at Triad Stage by calling 336.272.0160, and toll free at 866.579.TIXX.

At its French premier, Stravinsky’s progressive composition Le Sacre du printemps shocked audiences.  Stravinsky’s unconventional melodies, chords, and rhythms were baffling.  The original choreography overthrew traditional ballet practices and set forward a new tradition in the ballet.  Today, the piece is one the most fascinating and exciting works of the 20th Century.  The raw sense of emotion and humanity within the piece relates to all audience members. The sheer talent that is required of its performers is breathtaking.

The technique and skill required of an orchestra for this piece is staggering.  The expectations Stravinsky set forth of an orchestra’s skill and precision allowed little to the imagination. His style and intentions are extremely particular, down to each bow stroke.  Audiences will be stunned by the young musicians of the EMF Young Artists Orchestra.

These virtuosos will present an invigorating and energetic performance.  In a recent interview with Yes Weekly, EMF resident conductor José-Luis Novo says of the upcoming concert, “That’s a composition that brings about an incredible amount of energy from the players…It’s going to be pretty incredible.”, Under Novo’s direction this performance will be one of the most memorable of EMF’s 2010 season.

About Eastern Music Festival
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.

The Eastern Music Festival and School, founded in 1961 in Greensboro, North Carolina by Sheldon Morgenstern, is an internationally-renowned classical music festival and institute for young musicians that runs for five weeks each summer. The institute accepts students ages 14 through 22 from around the country and the world. The EMF faculty consists of world-class performing artists selected from top orchestras and music schools nationally and internationally.  Gerard Schwarz serves as the music director and principal conductor for the Festival, and also serves as music director of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.  The 2011 season will mark Eastern Music Festival’s 50th anniversary in the Piedmont.

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.

Tickets are available online 24/7 through the tickets link at  Tickets are also available at Eastern Music Festival’s Box Office at Triad Stage (232 S. Elm Street), by calling 336.272.0160, and toll free at 866.579.TIXX.
*Triad Stage service fees will apply to all ticket purchases.

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

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