America's Music Festivals: The Eastern Music Festival

Airs Monday, April 2 at 11:00 a.m.  For fifty years, the Eastern Music Festival has been committed to bringing high quality performances of classical music to Greensboro, North Carolina. The festival attracts more than 60,000 audience members a year, who flock to the city for performances by classical masters, such as Yo-Yo Ma, Peter Serkin and Sarah Chang. In 2011, the festival celebrated its fiftieth year in style with five weeks of over 100 musical events, including daily performances open to the public. To further celebrate the occasion, director Gerard Schwartz commissioned five young American composers to create new pieces for a series of Saturday concerts performed by the Eastern Festival Orchestra. Learn more here:

The Program:
Peter Boyer: Festivities (Eastern Music Festival Orchestra)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 Emperor (Andre Watts, Eastern Music Festival Orchestra)
Brahms: Double Concerto: II and III (Caroline Goulding, Julian Schwarz, Eastern Music Festival Orchestra)
Philip Rothman: Starsplitter
Mozart: Parto, ma tu ben mio (Susan Graham, Eastern Music Festival Orchestra)
Bruch: Violin Concerto (Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Eastern Music Festival Orchestra)
Dan Locklair: Organ Concerto: II (Susan Bates, Eastern Music Festival Orchestra)