Eastern Music Festival Presents Special Event
The Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro will present a special off-season event that looks ahead to its exciting 2007 summer season on Wednesday, Feb. 21, featuring two performers well-known to Triad audiences.
The two performers -- violinist Jeffrey Multer and pianist Christina Dahl -- will perform music by Mozart, Brahms' Chopin and Ravel in support of scholarship for the 2007 season. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music. A reception follows the performance, and contributions to the scholarship fund are welcomed.
The concert is sponsored in part by WFDD public radio.
"Off-season events like this one help EMF raise awareness about the Festival and its nationally-recognized school, and the critical need for scholarship funds each year," said EMF President and CEO Thomas Philion. "We hope to raise as much as $20,000 from this event as part of a larger effort to raise more than $200,000 for scholarships this year."
Like EMF violinist Courtney LeBauer, whose vision and generosity began this concert benefit tradition just a few years ago, both artists are donating their services for the event.
The concert will also feature the first formal announcement about programs and artists planned for the 2007 classical season, the Festival's 46th year.
EMF alumnus and concertmaster Jeffrey Multer has been a part of the Eastern Music Festival for over 20 years, first as student, then faculty member and featured performer.
Multer is concertmaster of the Florida Orchestra, where he holds the Suzette McCune Berkman and Monroe E. Berkman Chair. He is also first violinist of New York City's critically acclaimed Elements Quartet, whose New York series was named "Best classical music event of 2003" by The Washington Post. Multer has appeared as soloist and recitalist in concert halls throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America, including the Lincoln Center in New York, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Rudolphinium in Prague, and the Kennedy Center and National Gallery in Washington, D.C.
As a chamber musician, he frequently appears with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, has served as first violinist of the Oxford String Quartet, as a member of the Kennedy Center Theater Chamber Players and has been a core member of the Great Lakes Chamber Festival in Detroit, Michigan. He also teaches at the Juilliard School in the pre-college division.
Returning to EMF in a one-year assignment as chair of the piano program in 2007, Christina Dahl has had a multi-faceted career as a chamber player, soloist and teacher. Despite a busy concert life, her last 10 years have been focused primarily on teaching. She is currently on the piano faculty and director of chamber music at SUNY Stony Brook (where she has taught for nine years), and was previously at Lawrence University. She has spent a year teaching at, respectively, both Ithaca College and the Peabody Conservatory.
Her involvement with this country's top music festivals includes summers at the Aspen Music Festival, and participation in winter chamber music with faculty and alumni there. She has been a collaborating artist at the Ravinia Festival, and held fellowships at Tanglewood and the Banff Centre. For eight years she was on the faculty at EMF, for the last three as chairman of the piano department. She is a frequent recitalist on university artist series, and has been featured several times on public radio's popular Performance Today program, as well as KUSC in Los Angeles, WQXR and WNYC in New York. She has both bachelor's and master's degrees from the Peabody Conservatory, where she was a student of Ann Schein, and has done doctoral work at SUNY Stony Brook with Gilbert Kalish.
Now in its 46th year, EMF is recognized for its prodigious contributions to the field of American music and its commitment to nurturing talented American youth. The Festival brings high artistic quality to both public performances with America's most sought-after artists and the academy for pre-professional students.
The 2007 season will include more than 100 events between June 23 and July 29, featuring everything from classical Grammy Award winners to alt country, blues, jazz and gospel. For more information about the Eastern Music Festival or its programs, visit the Web site www.EasternMusicFestival.org, or call toll-free: 1-877-833-6753.
Admission to the performance is free, but reservations are suggested by calling (weekdays or leave message) 336-333-7450, extension 22. Complimentary parking is available in the McIver Street Parking Deck. Patrons who obtain a ticket upon entry to the parking facility will receive complimentary parking upon exit.
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