Diverse musical programs offered

Emory's Classic Performances will feature an extraordinary mix of offerings during its 1996-97 season. Beginning with its highly renowned Flora Glenn Candler International Artists concerts and the inauguration of its new Horizons series that includes world music, jazz, new music and folk music, the season programming also will feature Music a la Carte, individual concerts that include holiday programming, local and nationally known artists.

"Emory will continue its tradition of presenting the finest international classical artists in concert during the 1996-97 season," said Bill Baites, concerts division director. "In addition, we will include a new tier of programming that will offer our community the opportunity to experience world music, jazz, and multi-media performances by leading artists in these fields."

The following season highlights are part of the Flora Glenn Candler International Artists Series. All begin at 8:15 p.m. in Glenn Memorial Auditorium:

* The Melos Quartet will present a program of Haydn, Janacek and Shubert on Oct. 11.

* Pianist Jeffrey Kahane, also acclaimed as an inspiring conductor, will perform on Nov. 9.

* The New European Strings Chamber Orchestra with artistic director Dmitry Sitkovetsky will present a program of Strauss, Stravinsky and Bach's Goldberg Variations on Feb. 4.

*The Israel Camerata with pianist Claude Frank and music director Avner Biron will perform in a program of Boccherini, Mozart, Kopytman and Schubert on Feb. 18.

*Acclaimed young violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter will perform Feb. 28.

*Organist Wolfgang Rübsam will perform a program of Vierne, Duruflé and Reger on March 21.

*Baritone Thomas Allen will perform selections by Haydn, Schubert, Brahms, Ravel, Quilter, Britten and Copland on April 4.

The following programs will be included in the new Horizons series:

* "Voices of Light: The Passion of Joan of Arc," an evening of musical theater that celebrates female heroism and spirituality, is a tribute to the life of Joan of Arc. The production which merges Carl Dreyer's 1928 silent film, "The Passion of Joan of Arc," with a live performance of Richard Einhorn's new oratorio "Voices of Light," performed by Anonymous 4, the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra and I Cantori, will be conducted by Lucinda Carver. Performances will be at 8:15 p.m. Oct. 27 and Oct. 28 in Glenn Memorial Auditorium.

* "Hands, Feet, Mouth and Hair," a production by Elise Witt, New Folk & International Songstress, with Beverly Botsford, cross-cultural percussionist, and Ann Kilkelly, jazz-tap-swing dancer, will be performed at 8:15 p.m. April 17 and 19 in the Performing Arts Studio.

* Milton Nascimento, a rare vocalist who continues to draw audiences around the world regardless of language, will perform his unique sound that is described as "beyond jazz, beyond pop, the Nascimento sound is bittersweet, synthesizing undercurrents of numerous cultures." A 1992 Grammy nominee and winner of the 1992 Down Beat International Critics' Poll, Nascimento will perform March 25.

* The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta will perform on campus Oct. 26, Feb. 15 and May 3.

For ticket information, call 727-5050.

--Joyce Bell

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