March 29, 2010

April brings Spano concerts and a shower of musical offerings

Conductor and pianist Robert Spano begins his Emory residency with a performance of Mozart’s sonatas with violinist Justin Bruns (April 2, 7 p.m. lecture, 8 p.m. concert, ticketed); joins cellist Daniel Laufer for Beethoven’s sonatas (April 7, noon); and plays Chopin’s “Cello Sonata” with cellist Christopher Rex and Schumann’s “Pictures from Fairyland” with violist Yinzi Kong in an Emory Chamber Music Society Emerson Series Concert (April 10, 8 p.m., ticketed). Spano hosts “Emory’s Young Artists,” an ECMSA Noontime Series Concert (April 16, noon, Carlos Museum). He joins violinist William Pu for Brahms’ sonatas (April 18, 3 p.m. lecture, 4 p.m. concert, ticketed).

Spano events are free for Emory employees (plus guest), alumni, Friends of Music and all students. Visit for Creativity Conversation, Emory Week at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Coffee with the Conductor and ASO Ticket contests.

The Emory Chamber Ensembles, including string quartets, saxophone quartets and tango ensembles, perform Shostakovich, Fauré and more (April 6 and April 13, 8 p.m.).

Student- and faculty-led a cappella groups perform in “Barenaked Voices: Seventh Annual Emory Student A Cappella Celebration” (April 9, 8 p.m.).

Michael Cebulski directs the Emory Percussion Ensemble in a mallet ensemble adaptation of Mozart’s “Piano Sonata in G Major,” Reich’s “Music for Pieces of Wood for Drums” and Telemann’s “Canonic Sonata No. 6 in G Minor” (April 11, 2 p.m.).

The Emory University Symphony Orchestra joins University Chorus for performances of Mozart’s “Requiem,”  (April 16-17, 8 p.m.).

Gary Motley directs the Emory Jazz Ensemble performance of jazz standards (April 20, 8 p.m.).

The Emory Wind Ensemble performs “Catch Us If You Can!,” (April 21, 8 p.m.) featuring Steve Temme, saxophone, and Mike Metzger, vibes, as soloists in “Escapades” and euphonium virtuoso Adam Frey premiering Libby Larsen’s “Concerto for Euphonium and Wind Ensemble.”

The Emory Concert Choir directed by Eric Nelson performs “Journeys,” (April 23, 8 p.m.).

The Emory Guitar Ensemble performs music from the Renaissance to the 21st century (April 24, 8 p.m., Performing Arts Studio).

The ECMSA Family Series presents “Atlanta’s Young Artists,” a showcase of talented pre-college musicians (April 25, 4 p.m., Carlos Museum, ticketed).

The Emory World Music Ensembles perform a range of genres (April 25, 7 p.m., Performing Arts Studio).

All concerts are free and in the Schwartz Center, Emerson Concert Hall unless otherwise noted.

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