the coming months, Emorys new Donna and Marvin Schwartz
Center for Performing Arts will welcome world-renowned artists,
including the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. But when the
long-awaited building opens its doors to the public for the
first time February 1, its spaces will be brought to vibrant
life by those who have anticipated it most eagerly: Emory performers.
dedication of the Schwartz Center will feature Inter-Play,
an opening ceremony and performance produced under the artistic
direction of Theater Emorys Vincent Murphy. The evening
will showcase Emory dance, music, and theater performers, including
both students and faculty.
event launches the four-month Schwartz Center Opening Festival,
which is to continue throughout the spring semester. The February
1 dedication will be followed by a week of University-based
performances, such as Alumni Musicians in Concert February 2,
the Emory Chamber Music Society with guest pianist Robert Spano
February 4, and an Emory Performs series of thematic
offerings from a variety of music ensembles and faculty soloists
February 3, 6, and 7. Many of these events and those throughout
the spring are free. The week concludes with a ticketed concert
by the New York Philharmonic February 8.
opening festival offers something for every taste, says
Schwartz Center Managing Director Robert McKay. Over the
course of four months, it provides a vivid snapshot of permanent
Emory programs, ensembles, and performance series. It will be
inspiring for those who are passionate about the arts at Emory
while intriguing new audiences to explore and discover us.
by the internationally recognized Michael Dennis and Associates
with acoustics by Kirkegaard and Associates, the $35 million
Schwartz Center, begun in fall 2000 with an $8 million lead
gift by Donna Schwartz 62C and Marvin Schwartz, is nearly
complete. The building, centrally located at the corner of Clifton
and North Decatur roads, is fashioned after the historic Quadrangle
buildings conceived by Henry Hornbostel. During its construction,
its unfinished front wall was temporarily decorated with musical
notes, comedy and tragedy masks, and other symbols of the arts,
to remind passing community members of its purpose; now gracious,
gleaming vertical windows stretch nearly from the ground to
the roof. In just a few more months, its multiple classrooms
and practice rooms will be lively with learning and rehearsals,
and its performance spaces will be put through their paces.
these, the showpiece is the newly christened Cherry Logan Emerson
Concert Hall, an 825-seat concert space with a choral balcony
and flexible stage designed for performances ranging from a
string quartet to a 190-member chorus. Created with acoustic
perfection in mind, its multifaceted stucco and concrete wall
and ceiling panels are meant to absorb and deflect sound waves
for the highest possible musical quality. The concert hall was
recently named for Emory benefactor Cherry Logan Emerson 38C-39G,
who has given more than $1 million to support its construction.
a third-generation scientist credited with numerous patents
and products developed through the family chemical and engineering
firm, is well-known at Emory for his steadfast support of his
two enduring passions: art and science. A familiar face at Emory
concerts and performances, he is a longtime member of Emorys
Friends of Music and recently endowed the Emory Chamber Music
Society of Atlantas annual Emerson Series as well as the
Mary L. Emerson Chair of Piano Studies. Emerson also has supported
a science professorship, science lecture series, and the establishment
of a scientific computation center, all leading to the naming
of the Cherry Logan Emerson Hall chemistry building last year.
commitment to his two lifelong passions, art and science, is
a model for Emory students, says Senior Associate Dean
Rosemary Magee, executive director of Emorys arts center
project. Our most popular double major happens to be chemistry
the available ways to lend support in the final stages of the
Center's fundraising are the Kresge Challenge and Seat Naming
campaigns. The Kresge Foundation will award $750,000 to Emory
if the balance of the Center's campaign goal is raised by December.
More than 150 families and individuals have given to the Seat
Campaign. Each $2,500 contribution enables the donor to designate
a seat in honor of someone special. Many faculty members who
have touched the lives of former students have been honored
in this way.
has always hosted about a hundred arts events each year, a number
that wont change significantly, says Schwartz Center Managing
Director Robert McKay. But many 2002-2003 season performances
that coincide with the opening of the Schwartz Center will take
place there and be part of, or tied to, the centers programming.
annual Candler Series, for instance, offers three classical
performances in the fall, including the Sao Paulo Orchestra
on November 13 in Glenn Memorial Auditorium. But the fourth,
violinist Sarah Chang with Lars Vogt on piano, on March 4, will
be in the Schwartz Centers Emerson Concert Hall. Other
Candler Series events include the Dave Brubeck Quartet on October
4, in the Glenn auditorium, and Doug Varone and Dancers, February
28 and March 1, in the Schwartz Centers dance studio.
These performances are made possible by the Flora Glenn Candler
highlights of the upcoming season include:
Family, and Emerson Series concerts celebrating the tenth anniversary
of the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta
Jazz Festival and Dave Brubeck Festival
year's Journeys Series features artists from India, Sri Lanka,
and Turkey as well as leading percussionists
faculty recitals and ensemble performances
Emory Brave New Works readings this spring in the Schwartz Center's
new Theater Lab
Emory Dance season with four productions in the Schwartz Center
Creative Writing Program Reading Series featuring six award
of special events, open houses, and free concerts
receive a complete brochure of the upcoming Emory arts season,
call 404-727-5050, or visit firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.emory.edu/arts.
Alumni under 30 receive 10% off most ticketed events.