Emory Report

August 30 , 1999

 Volume 52, No. 2

Music season full of choices from September through next May

The 1999-00 Music at Emory season offers diverse programming including popular favorites, cutting-edge artists and a full slate of performances from the Emory Chamber Music Ensemble. The new Candler Series at Glenn features the incomparable Yo-Yo Ma with Emanuel Ax, the Atlanta recital debut of soprano Barbara Bonney, pianist and conductor Philippe Entremont with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Atlanta debut of violinist Nigel Kennedy.

Philippe Entremont has led the acclaimed Vienna Chamber Orchestra for more than 24 years. His Oct. 15 concert program will feature works by Mozart and Tchaikovsky, including Mozart's Piano Concerto No.12 in A Major (K. 414). The duo of Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax, who will be here Feb. 28, has earned three Grammy awards, and both artists have performed with every major orchestra in the world. A critic proclaimed their joint recital "one of the great musical occasions of a lifetime."

British violinist Nigel Kennedy (April 3) attracts as much attention for his punk-rock looks as for his performing, but his musicianship is exceptional and his interpretations are fresh, according to music critics. For his Atlanta debut Kennedy will perform the Violin Concerto in A Minor by J.S. Bach and the Violin Concerto in D Major by Beethoven. Barbara Bonney, widely regarded as a superlative recital artist whose reputation has been shaped by her radiant tone and personality, appears often at the Metropolitan Opera. She will come to Emory Feb. 17.

The Next Fest Series of cutting-edge performances will feature Kronos Quartet on Sept. 18, and composer Philip Glass in a solo piano performance on April 15. The 1999 Hultgren Solo Cello Works Biennial composers competition is slated to begin Sept. 19, at 4 p.m. Next Fest also includes New Musik Café, an evening of sound sculptures from German composer Michael Obst with Thamyris and Moving in the Spirit Dancers.

The Great Mangir, a shadow puppet music drama, rounds out Next Fest on March 25. The music drama is based on a play by Indonesian author and dissident Pramoedya Ananta Toer that is set in the palaces of the Mataram dynasty in 16th century Java. Composer Steven Everett and the Emory Gamelan Ensemble will be joined by puppeteer Midiyanto and dancer Dana Phelps-Marschalk.

The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta, under the artistic direction of William Ransom, will present a full schedule of performances featuring guest artists such as pianist Harumi Hanafusa, classical guitarist Eliot Fisk, violinist Alan Gilbert and vocalist John Hornor. The ensemble's programming also will feature the complete works for cello and piano by Beethoven as well as his Septet.

The final collection of concerts in the season is made up of popular local favorites and community traditions. Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, which has been an Atlanta tradition since 1935, will be Dec. 3 and 4, Harmony: Atlanta's International Youth Chorus will perform two concerts; Atlanta Symphony Orchestra assistant concertmaster Jun-Ching Lin will give a solo violin performance on Jan. 23; Timothy Albrecht and friends will present the annual Just for Kids! fundraiser for Egelston Children's Hospital Feb. 12, and Albrecht will join wife Tamara Albrecht and fellow husband-and-wife faculty members Keiko and William Ransom for a program of duets called Duo-Duo on April 2.

The Music at Emory season also is augmented by performances from dozens of faculty, student and community artists and ensembles, most of which are free for the public. Subscriptions for the Candler Series at Glenn are on sale now; tickets to individual concerts go on sale Aug. 16. For more information or receive a complete list of events, call the Arts at Emory box office at 404-727-5050, send e-mail to <boxoffice@emory.edu> or visit the web site at <www. emory.edu/ ARTS>.

--Deb Hammacher

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