–All evening concerts are preceded by a prelude of chorales;
see below for times and instrumentation of each prelude. Complete List —
Maps and directions to each venue are at this LINK.
Sunday, July 23, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Church, Rejoice! Festival Opening Lovefeast
Home Moravian Church, with musical worship by the Home Church Choir.
Rev. Nola Reed Knouse and Rev. Virginia Hege Tobiassen, presiding
Prelude by the Moravian Band, i.e., all wind instruments will play from the green and blue chorale books**, outside on the lawn (6:45), in the shade, in front of the church. Leader, Jeff Whitsett.
Monday, July 24, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Loveliest Immanuel: An Elegant Evening
Trinity Moravian Church. A variety of music for voices and instruments (solos, duos, trios)!
Jonathan Sidden and Mary Wilson, (soloists and clinicians for Festival week), Amanda Moody Schumpert (Festival Chair), Jake and Jill Gardner, and Glenn and Mary Siebert, will perform a varied program of Moravian solos, duets, trios, etc.
The prelude will be by Moravian Lower Brass, i.e., all players of baritones, euphoniums, tubas, and trombones will play from the green and blue chorale books**, (playing soprano and alto down an octave) outside on the lawn (6:45), in front of the church. Leader, Nola R. Knouse.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Salem’s Shining Stars: The Best of Salem Band
On the Square, in Salem. A special program of wind ensemble music, featuring Jeff Whitsett, euphonium soloist, in a premiere.
Bring a folding chair or blanket and arrive early (6:30) for double preludes by both the Festival Brass Ensemble and the Festival Trombone Choir. Leaders, Allen Frank and Donna Rothrock.
Extra chairs will be available for Festival participants from out of town – in-town folks, please bring a couple extra.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Joining Our Voices: A Moravian Anthem Sing
Home Moravian Church. Since, our singers have rested their voices this afternoon, let’s meet at the church for a combination Concert/Anthem Sing. The Moramus Chorale will perform a few anthems, but will invite participation on selected anthems, with which you are likely familiar. We have the music, when you arrive!
Selections: Sing, O Ye Heavens by J. F. Peter; Lift Up Your Heads O Ye Gates by F. F. Hagen; Holy, Holy, Holy by H. Lonas; Behold, There’s A Sight That Rends My Heart by Simon Peter; Christ, And Him Crucified by Nola Knouse; Bless Each One by Jill Bruckart, and more.
And, since, our players have rested their embouchures this afternoon, let’s meet at the church (6:45), for a prelude by the Moravian Band, i.e., all wind instruments will play from the green and blue chorale books**, outside on the lawn, in the shade, in front of the church. Leader, Michael Salley.
Thursday, July 27, 2017, 7:30 p.m. By a Spring: Festival Concert Band Concert, with Trombone Choir, Handbells and Chamber Ensembles
Calvary Moravian Church. The power of mixed wind ensemble, with a message!
The prelude (7:00) will be by Woodwinds, i.e., all players of flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, saxophones will play from the green and blue chorale books**, on the church lawn. Leader, David Teague.
Friday, July 28, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Sing, O Ye Heavens: Festival Choral and Orchestral Concert
Williams Auditorium of Winston-Salem State University. Featuring several “first modern performances” of works newly edited from the archives! To see the tentative list of music, click here.
Prelude by the Moravian Band, i.e., all wind instruments will play from the green and blue chorale books**, outside on the lawn (6:30), to the east of the auditorium. Leader, Hubert Fort.
Saturday, July 29, 2017 Closing Singstunde/Concert (in two parts)
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. & 10:45 – 12 noon
These morning concerts will be in several parts, with repertoire to be determined _______________ At this point, we know the Festival Band will be last. The concert will include a variety of music ensembles, featuring the Festival Trombone Choir, Festival Handbell Choir, as well as chamber ensembles. A lively program to close out this festal week and leave us all in eager anticipation for 2021 in Bethlehem!
No prelude is planned for this morning.
** Chorale Books are available from the Moravian Music Foundation sales table, during the Festival, or pre-order at the MMF website.