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Northern Exposure @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Aug 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This one-hour free concert features music by three Scandinavian masters, both familiar and unfamiliar.

Grieg    Three Songs, for voice and piano
Ritter    Suite in f sharp, for harpsichord
Kaipainen    Sonata for two violins
Grieg    Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, for orchestra

Bohemian Inspirations @ First Presbyterian Church
Aug 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Explore the captivating music of the historic region of Bohemia, with music by Baroque master Heinrich Biber and 19th-century giant of Bohemian culture, Antonin Dvořák.

Biber    Sonata for two trumpets, strings, and continuo
Dvořák   Piano Quartet No. 2

Sunday Morning Services @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Aug 13 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Festival musicians provide music to accompany several area church services, including the 10:00 am eucharist service at Trinity Episcopal Church, 10:30 am service at Covenant Presbyterian, and the 11:00 am worship service at First Presbyterian. All are invited. Complete details available in August.

Peter and the Wolf @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Aug 13 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

A family concert featuring Prokofiev’s beloved Peter and the Wolf for narrator, chamber orchestra, and dancers from Staunton Academy of Ballet.  Plus hear selections from the 2017 Musical Spark Contest and the stories and artwork created by students in response to the music.

To learn more about The Musical Spark, click here.

Iron Curtains @ First Presbyterian Church
Aug 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

It’s been more than 25 years since the end of the Soviet Union, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the rebirth of cultural connections between eastern and western Europe. And still we are discovering voices that refused to be silenced during eras of repression. This one hour concert features music by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. Russian Dmitri Shostakovich, and the US premiere of Iron Curtain by composer in residence Moritz Eggert.

Pärt   Summa, for vocal ensemble
Eggert   Iron Curtain, for percussion quartet (US Premiere)
Shostakovich   String Quartet No. 8

Take Five @ First Presbyterian Church
Aug 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Five is great number for music. And in chamber music, composers have explored all diverse combination of instruments in making a quintet. This noon concert features Beethoven’s Quintet for piano and winds as well as Moritz Eggert’s quintet that takes inspiration from Mozart’s example, K. 452.

Beethoven   Quintet for piano and winds
D’India   Madrigals for five voices
Eggert   Amadee, Amadee, for piano and winds (US premiere)

Meet the Composer: Moritz Eggert @ Central United Methodist Church
Aug 15 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Moritz Eggert is one of the most acclaimed and recognized German composers of the contemporary age. Eggert discusses and performs excerpts from his diverse body of works, which explore the interplay between virtuosity and humor.

Mendelssohn’s Magic @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Aug 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Composer Felix Mendelssohn remains one of the most popular figures for modern audiences. With his seemingly effortless ability to combine tempestuous allegros with tender melody, Mendelssohn captures the whole spectrum of musical poetry.

Mendelssohn   Two Songs for voice and piano
Mendelssohn   Organ Sonata in C Minor, Op. 65
Mendelssohn   Sextet in D for piano and strings, Op. 110

La Bonne Chanson @ First Presbyterian Church
Aug 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Song is a basic thread within so many great compositions, even those not described overtly as songs. This one hour concert presents vocally inspired works by French, British, and American composers.

Poulenc   Sonata for piano four hands
Britten   Two Folksong Settings, for voice and harp
Biscardi   Traverso, for flute and piano
Fauré   La Bonne Chanson, for tenor, string quartet, and harp

Meet the Musicians: Harp and Lute @ Central United Methodist
Aug 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Get up close and personal with two stringed instruments that are not violins, violas, or cellos. Master musicians Sivan Magen (harp) and David Walker (lute and theorbo) discuss and demonstrate the beauties and quirks of their chosen instruments. All are invited to attend this fun and informal session, and meet two musicians who provide subtle color to ensemble situations–but still can step into the spotlight when that time comes.

Je ne sais quoi @ First Presbyterian Church
Aug 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

A one hour noon concert celebrating France and things influenced by France. German composers of the Baroque era, like Telemann, were strongly influenced by developments coming from France. And 200 years later native sons like Poulenc and Ravel were reinventing a national sound by looking to the past.

Telemann   Overture in A Minor for recorder, strings, and continuo
Poulenc   Madrigals for vocal quartet
Ravel   Introduction and Allegro, for harp, flute, clarinet, and string quartet

Piano Extravaganza @ First Presbyterian Church
Aug 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Always an audience favorite, the Piano Extravaganza showcases works for one piano, from one to eight hands. As enjoyable to watch as it is to hear. Music by Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Scriabin and many others.

Scriabin   Nocturne, for left hand alone
Eggert   from Haemmerklavier
Haney   Three-Hand piece
Debussy   from Petite Suite, for four hands
Randall   It’s all right, for five hands
Rachmaninoff   Valse, Op. 11, for six hands
Liptak   Piano Roll Blues, for seven hands
Lavignac   Galop-March, for eight hands