Emory Report
April 27, 2009
Volume 61, Number 29


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April 27
, 2009
Semester ends but music keeps playing

By jessica moore

When classes end, musical opportunities in May continue with captivating performances by chamber and youth ensembles, guest artists, Emory’s resident quartet and Emory’s talented alumni.

The Vega String Quartet presents the last Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta Emerson Series concert of the season (May 1, 8 p.m., ticketed) featuring Haydn’s “String Quartet in E-Flat Major,” Mendelssohn’s “String Quartet in A Minor” and Saint-Saens’ “Quintet in A Minor” with pianist William Ransom.

The Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Junior Chamber Orchestra present a free performance (May 6, 8 p.m.) including Handel’s “Sinfonia to Saul,” Reznicow’s “Avian Dance,” Haydn’s “Symphony Number 1-0-4” and Elgar’s “Enigma Variations.”

Violinist Richard Luby performs Martinu’s “Madrigals” and Prokofiev’s “Sonata for Two Violins” with members of the Vega String Quartet as part of the free Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta Noontime Series (May 8, noon, Carlos Museum). Formerly on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music and a 1991 Visiting Professor at the New England Conservatory of Music, he is currently a professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he teaches violin, is co-founder and co-director of the original instrument ensemble Courant and performs with the resident contemporary music ensemble 27514.

Some of Emory’s most talented musical alumni perform along with one of the finest current students from the Department of Music in the Cherry Emerson Memorial Alumni Concert (May 10, 2 p.m.) in a free annual one-hour performance followed by a reception. The program includes pianist Eun Kyung “Grace” Oh ’89C playing Mendelssohn’s “Fantasy,” graduating senior violinist Katie Lee playing Brahms’ “Sonata in D Minor” and bass Jason Hardy ’95C.

The Atlanta Sacred Chorale directed by Eric Nelson presents “Visions: Season Finale Concert” (May 16, 8 p.m., ticketed). This outstanding chamber choir sings traditional sacred choral gems along with rousing spirituals and hymns. Renowned for their exquisite artistry and transcendent sound, ASC is a community chorus that brings together professional musicians and gifted amateurs in an exciting choral ensemble.

Scott Stewart directs the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony in a free performance (May 18, 8 p.m). It is comprised of a select group of the finest high school wind and percussion instrumentalists in the area and performs the best of traditional and contemporary wind band literature.

For tickets and information call 404-727-5050 or visit www.arts.emory.edu. Performances are in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts unless otherwise noted.