Emory Report
August 30, 2004
Volume 57, Number 02


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August 30, 2004
Upcoming year to be filled with music at Schwartz

By Sally Corbett

A substantial lineup of 162 free events and exhibitions and 32 ticketed performances is being offered during the 2004–05 Arts at Emory season.

The newest members of the Emory Dance Faculty, George Staib and Gregory Catellier, open the dance season with Our Time Here on the Ground Will Be Brief (Sept. 9–10, 8 p.m., and Sept. 11, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Schwartz Center, Dance Studio, ticketed). In addition to choreography by Staib and Catellier, this performance features works choreographed by Emory Dance colleagues Anna Leo and Lori Teague.
The spring semester features Wind Dances (Feb. 18, 2005, 8 p.m., Schwartz Center, Emerson Concert Hall, free), a collaboration between the Emory Wind Ensemble and Emory dancers.

The first full season of Coca-Cola artist residencies begins with classes and the Friends of Dance Lecture by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, founder of Urban Bush Women dance company (Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m., Schwartz Center, Dance Studio, free). After Zollar’s illustrated lecture sets the stage, the Urban Bush Women give two spring performances (Feb. 5 at 8 p.m., Feb. 6 at 3 p.m., ticketed).

William Ransom, ECMSA artistic director, organized 22 events ranging from 15 noontime (free) and family concerts ($4) at the Carlos Museum, to a concert at New York’s Weill Hall (Carnegie Hall, April 3, ticketed).

The ECMSA Emerson Series’ focus on “Chamber Music in Atlanta” brings regional chamber groups and musicians into the Schwartz Center spotlight, including the Atlanta Chamber Players’ premiere of a John Harbison work (Oct. 24, 8 p.m., ticketed), the Georgian Chamber Players with Valentina Lisitsa on piano
(Feb. 13, 8 p.m., ticketed), and ECMSA with Donald Runnicles on piano (May 8, 8 p.m., ticketed).

The season also includes a Coca-Cola artist residency by international touring artist Eliot Fisk, guitar (March 6–13 events include four concerts and a lecture-demonstration). Vega String Quartet returns after their 2003–04 residency for “Jazz Meets Classics” (Oct. 15, noon, Carlos Museum, free) and a concert with Fisk (March 13, 8 p.m., ticketed).

Fisk’s eight-day residency is part of a larger program, the first Emory Guitar Fest. Interface—a group of multimedia performance artists who retrofit instruments with innovative technology—visits campus Oct. 24 for two events in the Performing Arts Studio, a discussion (2:30 p.m., free) and concert (8 p.m., ticketed).

On March 24 at 8 p.m., guitarists Sergio and Odair Assad take the Emerson Concert Hall stage to perform gypsy and folk music with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg on violin (ticketed); earlier that day, the Assads will offer a lecture/demonstration at 2:30 p.m.

Completing the series are three free events in April, a faculty recital by Brian Luckett, classical guitar, and Carl David Hall, flute, (April 8, 8 p.m.); legendary jazz guitarist Mundell Lowe with the Emory Jazz Ensembles (April 19, 8 p.m.); and Emory Guitar Ensembles (April 28, 8 p.m.).

From the Top with Christopher O’Riley returns Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. (ticketed) following the success of last year’s sold-out Schwartz Center show. Other nationally known musicians visiting this season are Avantango, Feb. 24, ticketed; New York New Music Ensemble, April 15, ticketed; Hans Davidsson, organ, Feb. 20, free; Eddie Daniels, clarinet, Feb. 11, ticketed; Joe Alessi, trombone, Dec. 1 and 6, free.

Community favorites and traditions such as Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (Dec. 3–4, ticketed) and Barenaked Voices: Second Annual Emory Student A Cappella Celebration (April 1, ticketed) also are scheduled. “In Celebration of William Levi Dawson,” an exploration of African American music, offers exhibition openings and a keynote address in January and concerts and a symposium in March.

Emory students, faculty and staff, as well as Friends of Music (sponsor-level and above), Theater Emory, Dance, Creative Writing, Film and the Woodruff Library may buy tickets beginning Sept. 2. All others may buy tickets beginning Sept. 7. Group discounts for faculty, staff and Friends range from 20–35 percent. The majority of concerts are free for Emory students, and the remaining events are discounted as much as 78 percent. Subscriptions for the Candler Series are available now.

For information, tickets, a full calendar or to receive monthly e-mail updates, call 404-727-5050 or visit www.arts.emory.edu.