Festival Concert I
Saturday, June 11th, Eastern Mennonite University’s Lehman Auditorium, 3:00pm
The 2023 Festival opens with a concert featuring the works of three composers of different eras but with a shared love for counterpoint: Johann Sebastian Bach, 19th-century German composer Felix Mendelssohn, and 20th century African-American composer Coleridge Taylor-Perkinson. The concert features ingenious and masterful works ranging from Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor and solo soprano cantata Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke, BWV 84, to Perkinson’s Movement for String Trio and Mendelssohn’s youthful masterpiece, the String Octet in Eb major. Soloists Amir Farsi (flute) and Christine Gluck-Fairfield (soprano) come together with SVBF musicians in a conductor-less concert for an exciting opening to the season.
Tickets are general admission pay-what-you can from $10-$40 available at https://emu.edu/box-office/
2:00pm-2:45pm Pre-concert “Talking Music” discussion panel with David Berry (SVBF Artistic Director), Amir Farsi (Flute Soloist), Diane Phoenix-Neal (Viola Soloist), Amy Glick (SVBF Festival Concert I Concertmaster)
Pre-concert talks are free!