Emory Report
June 12, 2006
Volume 58, Number 32


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June 12 , 2006
2006-2007 Candler Concerts feature distinctive artist collaborations

by Nancy condon

This is definitely not your grandmother’s klezmer!” said Bob McKay, Schwartz Center director, describing the opener of the Schwartz Center’s 2006–07 Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series.

David Krakauer’s “Klezmer Madness!” kicks off the series on Oct. 6 with a unique brand of clarinet. The rest of the series includes The English Concert with director-violinist Andrew Manze; Edgar Meyer, double bass, with Nickel Creek’s Chris Thile, mandolin; Joshua Bell, violin; Frederica von Stade, mezzo-soprano, and Samuel Ramey, bass; and the National Philharmonic of Russia with conductor Vladimir Spivakov and pianist Olga Kern.

“This year’s series continues to offer such remarkable artist pairings as Meyer and Thile, who will play classical and probably some bluegrass, as well as von Stade and Ramey,” McKay said. “The spice is Krakauer’s ‘Klezmer Madness!,’ which will be lots of fun.”

The reach of Candler artists is extended by the Emory Coca-Cola Artists-in-Residence Series masterclasses, lecture and demonstrations and outreach.

David Krakauer’s Klezmer Madness! Oct. 6
Internationally acclaimed clarinetist Krakauer expands musical boundaries, fusing traditional Yiddish klezmer music with rock, R&B, jazz, classical, funk and hip-hop, appealing to all ages. ($36 employees, $5 Emory students)

The English Concert with director Andrew Manze, violin, Nov. 9
This mostly Mozart program commemorates the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth. The orchestra of 22 string and wind musicians will perform three of Mozart’s works and Bach’s Symphony No. 3 in F Major. Manze will deliver a free pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m. ($36 employees, $5 Emory students)

Edgar Meyer, double bass; and Chris Thile, mandolin, Jan. 27, 2007
Crossing traditional boundaries, world-renowned Meyer and Thile join forces for a program of original music. Grammy-winner Meyer shines in classical and bluegrass, a scope that earned him a “genius” grant from the MacArthur Foundation. Thile, a virtuoso at age 12, now has three solo albums and has performed on two Nickel Creek albums, the most recent of which won a Grammy ($36 employees, $5 Emory students)

Joshua Bell, violin, Feb. 10, 2007
The Grammy winning virtuoso Bell debuted with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 14, ten years after picking up his first violin. Now in his 30s, Bell and the sounds of his 1713 Stradivarius enchant global audiences. According to Interview magazine, Bell’s playing “does nothing less than tell human beings why they bother to live.” ($42 employees, $5 Emory students)

Frederica von Stade, mezzo-soprano; and Samuel Ramey, bass, Feb. 24, 2007
Two of the world’s greatest vocalists, von Stade and Ramey, appear together in a joint recital. Von Stade is known internationally for her work in opera and concert, with dozens of major awards and more than 60 albums. Ramey, the most recorded bass in history, is known for his portrayal of operatic devils and villains. ($42 employees, $5 Emory students)

National Philharmonic of Russia; Vladimir Spivakov, conductor; and Olga Kern, piano, March 27, 2007
Composed of Russia’s leading symphonic virtuosos and led by Spivakov, this orchestra is the musical symbol of the new Russia and cultural ambassador. Spivakov upholds Russia’s great symphonic traditions while performing rare works and 20th century pieces. Kern is the first woman in more than 30 years to win the gold medal of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. ($45 employees, $10 Emory students)

For the first time, faculty and staff can purchase discounted subscription packages, at 40 percent off the purchase price of four or five concerts, and half off the full series, with prices ranging from $96 to $158. Packages are available now at the Arts at Emory box office in the Schwartz Center or by calling 404-727-5050 (weekdays, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.). Single tickets go on sale Sept. 8 for faculty, staff and students and Sept. 12 for the public. For more information, call the box office or visit www.arts.emory.edu.