September 8, 2010

Music roundup

Sounds of September at Emory

Choir of Clare College, Cambridge (Credit: Emma Hutton)

Dante Medina

Start the school year off with a bang (and a few more pleasing sounds as well). Schumann, Chopin and Bach are just some of the composers featured by the many music ensembles of Emory this September.

New Emory artist affiliate guitarist Alejandro Cote has quickly established himself as an exciting new face in the classical guitar scene, performing regularly throughout the United States and Caribbean. On Saturday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. Cote gives a free concert featuring “Five Preludes” by Villa-Lobos, “Four Venezuelan Waltzes” by Antonio Lauro and “Concert Etudes” by Emory’s John Anthony Lennon.  

Timothy Albrecht, Emory organist, just back from his trip to the Bach Archive in Leipzig, Germany, includes in the popular “Bach Live!” several selections from the first volume of J.S. Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier” as well as the composer’s towering “A Minor Prelude and Fugue.” This event takes place on Sunday, Sept. 12 at 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Albrecht’s performances have been hailed by American Organist as “some of the most riveting, exciting and joyful performances of Bach on record.”  

The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge has gained an international reputation as one of the leading university choral groups in England since its founding in 1971. On Friday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m., Director of Music Timothy Brown leads the choir in a program featuring a stunning mix of classic English motets by Byrd, Howells and Tye, as well as new works by Swayne and Holloway. Also included are Verdi’s “Pater Noster” and Preston’s “Alleluyas” featuring organist Ashok Gupta.

Vega String Quartet joins pianist Jonathan Shames on Friday, Sept. 24 at noon in the Carlos Museum as part of the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta’s (ECMSA) free Noontime Series. This concert is part of the Frederic Chopin and Robert Schumann Bicentennial Celebration Series, and the program includes Chopin’s “Sonata No.2, ‘Funeral March’” and Schumann’s “Fantasy.”

CMSA hosts pianist Dante Medina along with Vega String Quartet as part of the Emerson Series on Sunday, Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. Argentine pianist Dante Medina performs Schumann’s “Toccata Op. 7” and “Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26” as well as Chopin’s “12 Etudes, Op. 25.” Vega String Quartet will perform the world premiere of a new string quartet composed by Medina.

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

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