Triad Arts Weekend: July 5, 2013
Appalachian Music Festival
An Appalachian Summer Festival 2013 kicks off July 5 and runs through August 1 on the App State campus in Boone with an exciting and diverse mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film. For nearly a decade, the festival has been named one of the "Top Twenty Events in the Southeast" by the Southeast Tourism Society. App State Office of Cultural Affairs Marketing Manager Megan Stage is now in her fourth year managing the festival. She provided a sneak preview of App Fest 2013 beginning with one of this year’s headline musical performers: The Band Perry.
Gerard Schwarz, the legendary conductor, former principal trumpeter with New York Philharmonic, composer, and Mostly Mozart Festival director for many years has led the Eastern Music Festival since 2007. EMF 2013 in Greensboro runs from June 24 – July 27, and this year’s line-up of world renowned performers is arguably the most incredible in the festival’s 52 year history. Violinist Joshua Bell, pianist Andre Watts and cellist Lynn Harrell are just a few of the many wonderful guest artists performing concerts with the Festival Orchestra, and chamber music as well as teaching the talented EMF students. Since taking the reins at EMF, Gerard has expanded the festival's audiences to the largest in its history while enhancing education and programming to include a composer in residence and 3 new concert series. He’s also been responsible for bringing regular premieres of new works to EMF each season by some of this country’s greatest living composers. He spoke with David Ford recently by phone from his home in New York.