Locations and instrumentation are as follows and are subject to change:
- Sunday, July 23, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Festival Opening Lovefeast; Church Rejoice
Home Moravian Church
Prelude by 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. Community players welcome. Leader, Jeff Whitsett.
- Monday, July 24, 2017, 7:30 p.m. An Elegant Evening; Loveliest Immanuel
Trinity Moravian Church
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. Community players welcome. Leader, Nola Knouse.
- Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Salem Band; Salem’s Shining Stars
On the Square, in Salem. Early (6:30) double preludes by both the Festival Band and the Festival Trombone Choir. This one is for Festival participants. Leader, Donna Rothrock and Allen Frank.
- Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Moravian Anthem Sing; Joining Our Voices
Home Moravian Church.
Meet at the church (6:45), for a prelude by 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. Community players welcome. Leader, Michael Salley
- Thursday, July 27, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Festival Concert Band Concert, with Trombone Choir, Handbells and Chamber Ensembles; By A Spring
Calvary Moravian Church. The power of mixed wind ensemble, with a message!
The prelude (6:45) 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. Community players welcome. Leader, David Teague.
- Friday, July 28, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Festival Choir and Orchestra Concert; Sing, O Ye Heavens!
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 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. Community players welcome. Leader, Hubert Fort.
- Saturday, July 29, 2017 Closing Singstunden/Concerts; Mit Freuden Zart
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.
The Moravian Band was formed specifically to assist in worship and daily life of the church, especially outdoors, as a call to worship, in the announcement of deaths, and in hymn accompaniment at the graveside.
Exclusively “trombone” choirs were started in many congregations, in Europe, America, and elsewhere, in the eighteenth century, since trombones were the only brass instruments to play chromatically.
With the invention of valve instruments in the nineteenth century, most choirs opened their ranks to other brass instruments and later, to woodwind instruments. The playing of music outdoors, and even during what seem to be more secular activities, emphasizes the Moravian concept that every activity within the community is a liturgical act (not just in the church building). Playing in the brass choirs gives members of the congregation an important task that some perform over great lengths of time. The brass choir or band gives its members a sense of belonging to a community within the larger church congregation. In the twentieth century, North American Moravian Music Festivals, the European Bläsertage (brass festivals) and the South African Brass Band Festivals have became important events in the life of the Church.