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.
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.
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
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)
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
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
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.
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
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