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Educational Performance - Epoque Quartet


Teachers!  Looking for a field trip for your students?  As part of the 2018 Salute to the Czech Republic, Memphis in May International Festival presents Epoque Quartet at The Orpheum Theatre on Thursday, May 10 at 10:30 am.

The Prague string quartet, Epoque Quartet, was founded in 1999. These four excellent soloists and chamber musicians with abundant stage experience bring together not only their unanimity in musical opinions and the relationship in their artistic nature, but even their extraordinary interest in diverse musical genres – such as jazz, rock and funk – outside the traditional “classical music.” While the compositions of the classical quartet literature remain an integral part of the ensemble’s programs, the sensitive approach to unconventional arrangements opens new possibilities in using the string instruments and, at the same time, enables them to widen the repertoire, which on Czech and abroad stages is unique.

Experience a performance by the world-renown Epoque Quartet, who fuse their classical training with the sounds of jazz, rock, and funk for a concert unlike any other. 

The performance is an excellent complement to any of the Memphis in May classroom programs or competitions and is offered FREE of charge to schools.

This year YOUR students can experience the sounds of the Czech Republic!

Performance will last approximately 60 minutes.  There is no cost for students or chaperones to attend.  Schools should provide transportation to and from the show.

Limited seating, first come – first served basis. 

To reserve your seats, register online at:

In-School Performance - Domažlice Bagpipe Band


Memphis in May International Festival is proud to offer performances to Memphis area schools at no charge. In celebration of International Week, schools will have the opportunity to enjoy a vibrant cultural performance from the Domažlice Bagpipe Band.

This year your students can experience the sounds of the Czech Republic! Domažlice Bagpipe Band has been among the leading ensembles performing various styles of bagpipe (dudy) music of the Chod region of Western Bohemia (Czech Republic) for more than twenty years.

Along with the bagpipe, clarinet, string violin and bass, various, nearly forgotten, ancient Czech folk rhythmic musical instruments such as the fanfrnoch (clay or metal container with horsehair), vozembouch (staff topped with bow hung with rattles), and hrábě (rake) will be played.

Be ready to be entertained as these instruments bring a comic element to the performance and require some audience participation. The music will also be moderated, with stories about bagpipe (dudy) music history and poudacky, typical Chod jokes.

The performances this year will be held on Wednesday, May 9, Friday, May 11, Monday, May 14 and Tuesday, May 15. Performances are scheduled during school hours and in conjunction with the school schedule.

There is no cost to schools for hosting a performance.

Request forms available online until April 19, 2018 at

We will let you know on April 26, 2018 if we are able to accommodate your school on the tour this year.

Education Program

Memphis in May International Festival believes that education is an integral part of our festival. International awareness is at the core of the Memphis in May International Festival’s commitment to the education of the Mid-South community, children and adults alike. Each year, the area’s youth immerse themselves in the culture of our honored country through our curriculum guide, student competitions, international exchanges, and more!

While Memphis in May International Festival fosters the education of an entire community, our focus begins on the youth of the area. Memphis in May’s goal: by the time a student graduates from high school, they will have had the opportunity to experience the customs and cultures of 12 different countries from around the world. Each year, Memphis in May accomplishes this goal through an extensive and diverse youth education program offered to every student and school in the Memphis and Shelby County area, including over 200 city and county schools, dozens of private schools, and a very active home school association.

Our award-winning education program would not be possible without the support and assistance of corporate partners and our international friends. Educators, artists, and writers in the local community come together and give their time to judge the Festival’s numerous educational contests. Memphis in May International Festival has been able to build relationships in the community that allow the education program to continue to grow, thrive and benefit the entire community.

Education Newsletter

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The Memphis in May Education Newsletter is for anyone interested in learning various information about our honored country. You'll find fun facts, photos and lots more to help get acclimated for this year's month-long salute.

Download the latest edition of our Education Newsletter here.

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