July 6, 2004

Candler Series announces 2004-05 season


By Sally Corbett

Emory's 2004-05 Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series in the Schwartz Center's Emerson Concert Hall will feature dueling string quartets, a leading baritone, a world-class pianist, a jazz giant, a night of gypsy and folk music and a performance by a major international orchestra. The series begins Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. with the Turtle Island String Quartet and the Ying String Quartet.

The series schedule follows:

Turtle Island String Quartet and Ying String Quartet
These dynamic string ensembles hail from opposite ends of the musical spectrum to reveal the inner core and outer edge of their art form. Their creative exploration of tradition versus innovation begins with the individual quartets performing in their own styles and is followed by a collaborative exploration of jazz, American vernacular, Western classical and East Indian genres. At the end of the concert, the groups square off in a classic "battle of the bands" and take the audience on a brief sonic journey through the history of chamber music. Sept. 30, $48 ($33-$38 with subscription).

Thomas Hampson, baritone
Grammy winner Hampson possesses one of today's most beautiful voices and offers a symbiosis of vocal and performing powers. Hampson's performances at the world's major concert and opera stages are hailed by audiences and critics alike. He is renowned for his versatility, performing in opera, operetta, musical, oratorio and recital, as well as his achievements in the fields of recording, research and pedagogy. Oct. 26, $48.

An Evening with Branford Marsalis
World-renowned saxophonist Marsalis is a man of numerous musical interests whose career as performer, composer and producer is highlighted by three Grammy Awards and 18 albums spanning jazz, classical and pop genres. He is known for his innovative spirit and for honoring the work of cultural legends. "The best way to get an original sound is by researching the greats," Marsalis has said. "You can't circumvent the mountain. You've got to climb it." His latest album, Romare Bearden Revealed, presents new versions of the jazz classics that inspired visual artist Bearden, as well as original compositions in his honor. Nov. 4, $56.

Helene Grimaud, piano
Grimaud was born in Aix-en-Provence, France, and by age 13 was accepted into the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musicque in Paris. Since her 1998 Orchestre de Paris debut, she has toured and performed with leading conductors and orchestras, including performances with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and the Russian National Orchestra. Jan. 25, 2005, $44.

Orchestre National de France with Kurt Masur, music director,
and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
In 1934 the Orchestre National de France was established as the country's first permanent orchestra. From the Theatre des Champs-d'Elysees to the world's other prestigious stages, this ensemble continues to confirm its reputation as France's greatest musical ambassador, boasting a fully international repertoire shared through more than 70 concerts a year. The orchestra has performed under the baton of Toscanini, Stravinsky, Munch, Bernstein and Maazel, to name a few.
March 1, 2005, $60.

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin, and the Assad Brothers, guitars
Salerno-Sonnenberg, one of the most daring talents of the concert stage, and Sergio and Odair Assad, today's preeminent guitar duo, will join forces for this Atlanta premiere of their highly acclaimed program of gypsy and folk music. Their wide interpretation of the genre from gypsy jazz to flamenco rhythms offers music from Turkey, Hungary, Spain, Russia, Macedonia and beyond. March 24, 2005, $48.

Series subscriptions now are on sale for four-, five- and six-concert packages, carrying discounts of up to 30 percent. Subscribers may request seats before single tickets go on sale to the public. Emory faculty, staff and students and Emory friends of music, theater and dance may purchase single concert tickets beginning Sept. 2. First-time subscribers are encouraged to order early as seat preferences are filled on a first-come, first-served basis after subscriptions are filled for Emory faculty, staff and students, renewing subscribers, and Emory friends.

Single tickets go on sale to the public on Sept. 7. University faculty and staff can enjoy greater single-ticket discounts for the 2004-05 season; Emory employees now get a full 25 percent off the regular price. Students may purchase single tickets (limit one per ID per concert) for $10 for the Marsalis and Orchestre National de France concerts and $5 for all others.

The Arts at Emory Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., at
404-727-5050 or in person at the Schwartz Center's Hund Box Office. All Candler concerts begin at 8 p.m.