Emory Report
February 23, 2009
Volume 61, Number 21



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February 23
, 2009
March to the beat of musical variety

By Jessica Moore

March is a great month for music at Emory whatever your taste, from those interested in experiencing the music of Java to those eager to explore Women’s history.

The first concert features Teresa Hopkin, soprano, and Deborah Thoreson, piano, in a free Women’s History Month program, “Our Voices, Our Songs” (Mar. 1, 5 p.m.), featuring female characters, perspectives and composers through “Six Elizabethan Songs” by Dominick Argento, “Table and Chairs” by Steven Everett and “Try Me, Good King,” by Libby Larsen along with works by Strauss and Schumann.
The Guarneri String Quartet performs their final Atlanta concert before retirement as part of the Candler Concert Series with a program featuring “The Rider” by Franz Haydn and the “String Quartet in F Major” by Maurice Ravel (March 3, 8 p.m., ticketed).

The Emory University Symphony Orchestra directed by Richard Prior presents Shostakovich’s transformative “Symphony No. 5” and the winner of the 2008–09 Concerto Competition, Benjamin Potts, performing Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor” (March 5, 8 p.m.).

The Emory Chamber Music Society presents cellist Benjamin Karp performing works by Bach and Brahms (March 6, noon) and a showcase of Atlanta’s most talented pre-college musicians (March 22, 4 p.m., ticketed).

Join the Atlanta Youth Symphony and guest conductor Ray E. Cramer, director of bands emeritus, Indiana University, for a free spring concert featuring a world premiere by Emory honors candidate Jonathan Hoffmann (March 16, 8 p.m.).

The Gamelan Consortium, formed in 1997 by Emory music faculty Steve Everett, performs a free concert in Emory’s Performing Arts Studio (March 18, 8 p.m.). The group has performed with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and for His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama.

The Vega String Quartet premieres Richard Prior’s “intimations of immortality” and John Anthony Lennon’s “Still the Fire” for saxophone, cello and piano in a Candler Series Concert (March 20, 8 p.m., ticketed). They are joined by vocal sextet Lionheart for Phil Kline’s “John the Revelator.” Kline gives a pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m.

Gary Motley directs the Emory Jazz Combos in a free concert of jazz standards (March 25, 8 p.m.). The Emory Tango Ensemble, with special guests Osvaldo Barrios, bandoneon, Sonia Possetti, piano, and Damian Bolotín, violin, will present an evening of traditional and new Argentine tango music and dance (March 27, 8 p.m.).

For tickets and information: www.arts.emory.edu.