April 26, 2010

Concert roundup

May's days are filled with music

Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony

Take a break from the end-of-semester rush to enjoy concerts on campus featuring talented Emory alumni, guest artists and young Atlanta musicians.

The Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra, directed by Richard Prior, and the Atlanta Junior Chamber Orchestra perform a free concert on Wednesday, May 5 at 8 p.m. in the Schwartz Center. The program includes “SideStep,” a composition by Emory music faculty Steve Everett, as well as “Gandalf” from Johan De Meij’s “Lord of the Rings” symphony, Howard Hanson’s “Symphony No. 2 Romantic” and Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Violin Concerto No. 3” featuring Benito Thompson, the winner of the 2009-2010 EYSO Concerto Competition.

Canadian pianist Philip Thomson performs the works of Chopin and Schumann in a free Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta Noontime Series concert on Friday, May 7 at noon in the Carlos Museum as part of the Chopin/Schumann Bicentennial Celebration Series. Thomson is a critically acclaimed pianist who has been on the piano faculty of the School of Music at the University of Akron since 1994.

Outstanding Emory musical alumni Smitha Johnson ‘10C, soprano; Kevin Gift ‘95C, piano; and Leo Saguiguit ‘87C, saxophone, perform in the “Cherry Emerson Memorial Alumni Concert,” an annual free program of the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta on Sunday, May 9 at 2 p.m. in the Miller-Ward Alumni House. The program features works by Schumann, Faure, Debussy and Scarlatti.

Emory University organist Timothy Albrecht performs a free 50-minute program of light classics and accessible organ toccatas (including the famous “Widor Toccata”) that feature the Jaeckel Op. 45 organ and provide an enjoyable musical oasis in the whirlwind of events during Commencement weekend in the “Commencement Weekend Organ Recital,” on Sunday, May 9, at 3 p.m. in the Schwartz Center.

Scott Stewart directs the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony in a free performance on Monday, May 17 at 8 p.m. in the Schwartz Center, featuring John Estacio’s “Frenergy” and Leonard Bernstein’s “Symphony No. 2 ‘Jeremiah’” as well as the annual playing of Howard Hanson’s “Chorale and Alleluia” with AYWS alumni.

The Atlanta Sacred Chorale, directed by Eric Nelson, brings its 25th anniversary season to a rousing close with “Season Finale — Come Rejoice!” on Saturday, May 22 at 8 p.m. in the Schwartz Center.

For tickets and information contact the Arts at Emory box office (404.727.5050).

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