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David is visiting this March to research Garth Newel more, listen to our Pub Concerts, and to continue working on the piece while immersed in the peaceful surroundings. He has gotten to know our playing as an ensemble while visiting in the fall, and has interviewed us each


Because the commissioned piano quartet that David Biedenbender is writing for us is based on the 4 seasons at Garth Newel, we decided program our 2018 season around the theme of seasons, The central focus of all this will be this newly commissioned piano quartet, slated to be premiered on Saturday, June 30, 2018. 



We were thrilled to have David Biedenbender and his family participate in our Thanksgiving Holiday Concerts! David introduced the emotional back story of "Red Vesper", the work which inspired us to seek him out for the commission. David plans to return in the spring and to be in residence to work on the commission. 


David has been working on sketches, journaling about Garth Newel. He's made timelines of each movement for pacing and colors and instrumentation. Winter seems to most clear to him, string harmonics and ice cold textures


Garth Newel Music Center has been selected as a Bedrock Institution, by the Virginia Arts Commission in this year's "50 for 50 Arts Inspiration Awards".


GNMC hosted composer, David Biedenbender in August. David is writing a new piece for  us based on the four seasons of this beautiful mountain region. The work will be premiered during GNMC's 2018 Summer Chamber Music Festival.


Sunday August 20, 2017 Garth Newel Music Center was proud to present the third of three world premieres presented this summer. Matthew Browne's Lisztomania debuted with composer Matthew Browne in the audience.

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Channel 10 out of Roanoke produced a wonderful segment about Garth Newel's flagship program, The Emerging Artist Fellowship Program. Watch it here!


Garth Newel Music Center (GNMC) was named the recipient of a CMA Classical Commissioning Grant for a new piece by composer, David Biedenbender. The work will be premiered by GNMC's resident chamber group, the Garth Newel Piano Quartet during GNMC's 2018 Summer Chamber Music Festival.