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.

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