January 25, 2010

February concerts

Celebrating holidays, culture

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

The Grammy Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra performs Stravinsky’s “‘Basel Concerto’ in D major for String Orchestra,” Bach’s “Concerto for Piano and Strings in D minor, BWV 1052” with pianist Angela Hewitt and Dvorak’s “Serenade for Strings in E major, op. 22” in a Candler Series Concert (Feb. 4, 8 p.m., ticketed).

University organist Timothy Albrecht and wife Tamara present “The Bach Bowl!, a Superbowl Sunday concert featuring the mirror fugue for two from Bach’s “Art of Fugue” (Feb. 7, 4 p.m.). Todd Wilson, one of today’s finest concert organists, performs “Razzle Dazzle Fireworks!” (Feb. 28, 4 p.m.).

Emory faculty artist affiliate Ed Nicholson gives a free trombone recital (Feb. 9, 8 p.m.).

The Emory Chamber Music Society presents “Valentine’s Day Love Songs,” a Noontime Series concert featuring soprano Teresa Hopkin, tenor Bradley Howard and pianist Deborah Thoreson (Feb. 12, noon). The Family Series concert “Chinese Valentine’s Day New Year’s Celebration” includes Bright Sheng’s “Three Chinese Love Songs” (Feb. 14, 4 p.m., ticketed).

As part of the Chopin/Schumann Bicentennial celebration, Parisian pianist Bertrand Giraud plays Chopin’s complete “Preludes” and Schumann’s “Piano Quartet” with members of the Vega String Quartet in an Emerson Series Concert (Feb. 21, 4 p.m., ticketed).

Seven-time Grammy nominated jazz bassist and composer John Clayton performs at Emory’s Annual Jazz Fest with pianist Gary Motley and drummer Herlin Riley (Feb. 12, 8 p.m., ticketed). The Emory Big Band also performs a program of jazz standards and new compositions (Feb. 13, 8 p.m.).

The Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra performs Ralph Vaughan-Williams’ “Five Variants on Dives and Lazarus” for strings and harp (Feb. 17, 8 p.m.).

The concert star and leading man of opera Thomas Hampson, baritone, uses the power of hymns, folksongs, spirituals, cowboy and war songs from the 1700s through today to tell the American story of creativity in “Song of America,” a Candler Series Concert (Feb. 19, 8 p.m., ticketed).

The Emory Javanese Gamelan Ensemble performs the music of West Java, Indonesia, including instrumental and vocal music with the gamelan (gong-chime ensemble), narrative singing, folk and popular songs in “Sounds of Sunda” (Feb. 20, 7 p.m.).

The Emory Wind Ensemble presents “Vive La France and Ole!,” a celebration of the musical cultures of France and Spain including Dukas’ “Fanfare” from “La Peri,” Milhaud’s “Suite Francaise,” and Ellerby’s “Paris Sketches” (Feb. 26, 8 p.m.).

Eric Nelson directs the Atlanta Sacred Chorale in “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace,” a work by Karl Jenkins incorporating biblical texts, the Islamic call to prayer, the Ordinary of the Mass, Kipling and Tennyson (Feb. 27, 8 p.m., ticketed).

Tickets/information: 404-727-5050,

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