The Eastern Music Festival is the largest event of its kind in central North Carolina. Education's the name of the game, and the participants are the cream of the crop. Listeners learn, too--from the concerts, the student recitals and the open rehearsals. Each week, the Independent, in partnership with Classical Voice of North Carolina, will feature highlights from the previous week of the festival and the coming week's most anticipated events. Here's this week's schedule. For more, see www.easternmusicfestival.org or call (877) 833-6753.
Wednesday, June 28
Ellis Marsalis and Friends. Dana Auditorium, Guilford College, Greensboro. 8 p.m. $25/$23/$21/$19/$5.
Thursday-Friday, June 29-30
James Giles, Yoshikazu Nagai, and Gideon Rubin, pianos, with Eric Pritchard and Monica Boboc, violins, Jonathan Bagg, viola, and Alan Black, cello. Mozart: Concerti Nos. 11 in F, K.413, 12 in A, K.414, and 13 in C, K.415.
June 29: McCrary Theatre, Elon University, Elon. 8 p.m. $19.
June 30: Dana Auditorium, Guilford College, Greensboro. 8 p.m. $31/$29/$23/$21/$5.
Thursday, June 29
Steven Stusek, alto sax, and Festival Symphonic Winds, Gerard Schwarz, conductor. Music by Holst, Grainger, Sousa, David Stock and Charles Rochester Young. Dana Auditorium, Guilford College, Greensboro. 8 p.m. $31/$29/$23/$21/$5.
Saturday, July 1
Joshua Bell, violin, and Eastern Philharmonic Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz, conductor. Aaron Jay Kernis: Musica celestis; Strauss: Der Rosenkavelier: Suite; and Sibelius: Violin Concerto. Dana Auditorium, Guilford College, Greensboro. 8 p.m. $49/$47/$39/$37/$5.
Monday, July 3
EMF: Young Artist Piano Concert. Sternberger Hall, Guilford College, Greensboro. 7 p.m. $10.
Monday, July 3
Eastern Chamber Players. Maslanka: Montana Music; Fine: Partita for Woodwind Quintet; Dennis Agay:  Dances; and Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor. Carnegie Room, Hege Library, Guilford College, Greensboro. 8:30 p.m. $19/$17/$5.
Tuesday, July 4
Festival Orchestra, Scott Sandmeier, conductor. Open rehearsal: music by Debussy, Mozart and Berlioz. Dana Auditorium, Guilford College, Greensboro. 9 a.m. Free.