March 1, 2010

March music madness at Emory

Osvaldo Barrios

Experience the classics and explore new and world music with Emory’s many music ensembles performing in March. Programs range from Tchaikovsky to Duke Ellington, Hindemith to Bolotín.

Richard Prior directs the Emory University Symphony Orchestra in a free performance on Thursday, March 4 at 8 p.m. featuring Rachel Lin, the winner of the 2009-2010 EUSO Concert Competition performing Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto.” Lin, a junior psychology/linguistics and music performance double major, has been playing the violin for almost 18 years. Also on the program is Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 10.”

The Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony directed by Scott Stewart presents a free concert on Monday, March 15 at 8 p.m. The program includes Steven Bryant’s 2003 piece “Rise,” which was commissioned and premiered by the Emory University Wind Ensemble, as well as his 2008 work “Ecstatic Waters,” Paul Hindemith’s “Symphony in B-Flat” and Libby Larsen’s “Hambone.”

The Emory Tango Ensemble coached by pianist Kristin Wendland joins forces with Osvaldo Barrios, bandoneón, and the Tango Orchestra Club Atlanta for a free evening of Argentine tango music on Wednesday, March 17 at 8 p.m. The program includes classic tangos such as “La cumparsita” by Hernán Matos Rodriguez and contemporary tangos like Damián Bolotín’s “Soniada.”

The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta continues its celebration of the Chopin/Schumann Bicentennial with pianist David Deveau in a free Noontime Series concert on Friday, March 19 at noon. Deveau will perform Schumann’s “Carnaval” and Chopin’s “Sonata No. 3 in B Minor.” Families are invited to celebrate the composer’s birthdays with “Happy Birthday, Mr. Chopin and Mr. Schumann!,” a Family Series concert on Sunday, March 21 at 4 p.m. (ticketed) where the composers will be in attendance to comment on performances of their works. Both concerts are in the Carlos Museum.

Gary Motley directs the Emory Big Band and the new Emory Small Band in a free program on Sunday, March 21 at 3 p.m. (rescheduled from Feb. 13 due to snow) that includes jazz classics such as “In a Mellow Tone” by Duke Ellington, “Pent Up House” by Sonny Rollins and “Ran Kan Kan” by Tito Puente. The Emory Jazz Combos will also perform a free concert on Wednesday, March 31 at 8 p.m.

Unless otherwise noted, all concerts are in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall. For tickets and information, visit Arts at Emory or call 404.727.5050.

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