Emory Report
November 26, 2007
Volume 60, Number 12

James Flannery:
25 years at Emory
James Flannery, Winship Professor of Arts and Humanities and director of The W.B. Yeats Foundation, came to Emory in 1982 as founder of Emory’s theater program. Now celebrating a quarter of a century at the University, Flannery continues to advocate for a range of artistic endeavors on campus, from encouraging student engagement in the arts to featuring a diversity of touring artists in the annual “Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert,” for which he serves as artistic director.

He holds a B.A. and a Ph.D from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama. In 1998, he founded the W.B. Yeats Foundation. While serving as executive director of the Yeats International Theatre Festival at Abbey Theatre, the National Theatre of Ireland, from 1989–1993, his work with the festival helped to establish Yeats’ reputation as a seminal figure in modern theater and drama.

Among his many accomplishments, Flannery authored “W.B. Yeats and the Idea of Theatre: The Early Abbey Theatre in Theory and Practice,” directed more than 60 productions, and was awarded the Georgia Humanities Council Governor’s Award for his work promoting Irish culture and its connection with the American South.

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November 26, 2007
Celtic concert highlights winter music calendar

By jessica moore

Emory’s winter concert series is a classic experience, living in the hearts and minds of many. Holiday festivities begin with Emory’s oldest Christmas tradition, the “Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols,” followed by the “Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert,” celebrating 15 years of performances, and hosted and directed by James Flannery. Also, the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta will be presenting two special family series concerts, “Father Christmas’ Favorite Music” and the annual “Chinese New Year Celebration.” The Oxford Chorale will be performing its annual free concert as well.

For more information on all concerts call 404-727-5050 or visit www.arts.emory.edu.

“Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols,” featuring the Emory University Chorus and Concert Choir, directed by Eric Nelson, and University Organist Timothy Albrecht.
Friday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 8, at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Glenn Memorial Auditorium. Tickets: $15 for the public; $12 for faculty, staff and discount categories; and $5 for Emory students.

“Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert,” featuring, Irish sean-nós singer Moya Brennan, joined by harpist Cormac De Barra, guitarist Fionan De Barra and fiddler Sinead Madden; banjoist Alison Brown, joined by bassist Garry West, and fiddler and mandolin player, Joe Craven; and “Riverdance” composer Bill Whelan.
Saturday, Dec. 15, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 16, at
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Emerson Hall, Schwartz Center. Tickets: $25; $20 faculty, staff and discount categories; and $10 for all students and children.

“Father Christmas’ Favorite Music,” featuring Santa Claus and the Vega String Quartet.
Sunday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m. Reception Hall, Carlos Museum. Ticket: $4; Museum members Family-level and above receive 4 free tickets.

“Chinese New Year’s Concert,” featuring the Vega String Quartet.
Sunday, Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. $4. Reception Hall of the Carlos Museum.

Oxford Chorale, directed by Maria Archetto.
Thursday, Dec. 6 and Friday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m.
Tickets: Free. Oxford Chapel.
For more information about arts events at Oxford , call 770-784-8389 or visit www.emory.edu/OXFORD/arts.