Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro

June 24- July 29, 2023


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About Eastern music Festival


For six decades, Eastern Music Festival (EMF), a nationally recognized classical music festival and summer educational program, has been produced on the campus of Guilford College, UNCG, and other venues in Greensboro, North Carolina. EMF is distinguished by its accomplished faculty, exhilarating repertoire, and world-renowned visiting artists under the artistic direction of Gerard Schwarz. A powerful teaching institution, EMF provides encouragement and guidance to close to 300 young musicians from across the country and around the globe as they take pivotal steps towards careers in the performing arts.

O.Henry Hotel is delighted to be an Official Hotel of the wonderful Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro. Each summer, for five glorious weeks, our area is transformed for classical music enthusiasts of all ages. Concerts and events happen daily.

Eastern Music Festival and School is one of this country’s foremost training programs for aspiring young musicians between the ages of 14 and 23, presented within the nationally known summer music festival.

The internationally recognized Eastern Music Festival will produce over 60+ (free and ticketed) events including performances by Grammy-winning classical soloists with the Eastern Festival Orchestra under the direction of Gerard Schwarz, chamber music, young artist orchestra concerts, classical guitar performances, etc.

As more and more of the world’s top performers come here to work, teach, and perform, gifted music students in record numbers from across the U.S. and abroad are vying for a place among the few who will be accepted to study and spend five weeks at Eastern Music Festival. And growing audiences from across the region are loving the great music.

Each year EMF brings classical soloists who are stars in the industry such as Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham, Anne Akiko Meyers to perform alongside the Eastern Festival Orchestra for the Joseph M. Bryan, Jr. Concert Series. There is a vibrant energy at all performances — many sell out so you’ll want to plan ahead — and it is intoxicating. And America is listening – performances recorded at EMF are featured regularly on National Public Radio’s popular Performance Today program, broadcast on 264 stations nationwide.

Click here for the complete EMF Schedule:

Click here for the complete EMF Schedule.


Eastern Music Festival Package

Eastern Music Festival’s performances are back! Make it a musical summer to remember. Stay in a graciously appointed guestroom, then make your way down to Green Valley Grill or Print Works Bistro for dinner with the included $30 dinner voucher. When you get back to your cozy room, slip into a comfy robe, share chocolate truffles and toast the evening with a glass of bubbly from a bottle of sparkling wine. Available nights there is an EMF Performance. Blackout dates apply.

Call 336-854-2000 to book or reserve online!

Eastern Music Festival Host Hotels

O.Henry Hotel

O.Henry Social Lobby

Check in to an inviting guestroom at O.Henry Hotel, where you’ll experience custom-designed, finely crafted furnishings and AAA Four Diamond amenities. Enjoy dinner at Green Valley Grill and craft cocktails at our lively bar! The next day. spend a lazy afternoon in our luxurious Social Lobby while being served afternoon tea by our attentive staff!

Proximity Hotel

Proximity Hotel social lobby

Stay in sustainable style at our employee-owned, LEED Platinum Proximity Hotel! Unwind in a modern, loft-like guestroom with warm surroundings including custom, locally fabricated furnishings, original art by our artist-in-residence and AAA Four Diamond luxury hotel amenities. The next morning, enjoy a leisurely brunch at Print Works Bistro.

Pre-concert Restaurants

Green Valley Grill Courtyard with socially distant tables

Green Valley Grill

Visit Green Valley Grill, adjacent to the O.Henry Hotel, and enjoy informally elegant fine dining and seasonal food using old-world European culinary sensibilities and Mediterranean flavors. GVG’s wine list receives the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence each year and features 75 wines by the glass.The freshest food prepared by a passionate team, and served by friendly and competent people, is our recipe for a great dining experience.

Print Works Bistro Creekside Terrace

Print Works Bistro

Print Works Bistro, adjacent to Proximity Hotel, uses fresh local ingredients to create extraordinary flavors and creative comfort foods. Enjoy traditional and modern versions of classic dishes popular in European-French bistros for a pre-competition breakfast, lunch and dinner. The vibrant dining room has walls of windows overlooking the gardens, with outdoor dining on a lovely creekside terrace.

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