October 1, 2010

October concerts wow and scare

ETHEL (Credit: Dennis Kleiman)

Piotr Anderszewski (Credit: Sheila Rock)

Timothy Albrecht as Count Dracula

As the temperatures drop, music at Emory warms up in October with faculty concerts, guest artists and Halloween specials.

October features two special music events.

Postclassical string quartet ETHEL performs Friday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m.  Infusing contemporary concert music with intensity, ETHEL questions the boundaries between performer and audience, tradition and technology. Tickets: $15; discount categories $10; all students $5.

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra performs with Piotr Anderszewski, pianist and conductor as part of the Flora Glenn Candler Series on Friday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. Award-winning Polish-Hungarian piano prodigy Anderszewski is soloist/director with one of Europe’s leading chamber groups. Tickets: $52; discount categories $42; Emory students $10.

The month kicks off with a faculty concert and artist affiliate performance.

Teresa Hopkin, soprano, performs on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. Hopkin is known throughout the Southeast on opera and concert stages for her roles as “La Boheme’s” Mimi, the title role in “The Merry Widow,” the Countess in “Le Nozze di Figaro” and Liu in “Turandot.”

Jim Zellers, flute, is an Emory artist affiliate and gives a free concert on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m.

The Atlanta Sacred Chorale presents their 2010-2011 season premier “Awake the Dawn” on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. This community chorus brings together professional musicians and gifted amateurs, performing sacred choral pieces along with hymns and spirituals. Tickets: $20; senior/student $15; Emory students free.

The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta (ECMSA) presents Keiko Yamashita Ransom, piano, in a free concert on Friday, Oct. 15 as part of the ECMSA Noontime Series. This program continues the Frederic Chopin/Robert Schumann Bicentennial Celebration with Chopin’s “Nocturne in B Major, Op. 9, No.3” and Schumann’s “Scenes from Childhood, Op.15” among others. It will be held at the Reception Hall of the Carlos Museum.

The Emory University Symphony Orchestra performs on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. The program will include Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture” and Borodin’s “Symphony No. 2.”

On Monday, Oct. 18, the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony gives a free concert at 8 p.m. This select group of area high school wind and percussion instrumentalists performs traditional and contemporary wind band pieces.

Under the direction of Emory faculty member Eric Nelson, the Emory University Concert Choir performs “Praise to the Lord: A Celebration of Lutheran Church Music from Bach To Manz,” Reformation Day at Emory Concert, featuring Bach’s festive Reformation Cantata, “God is a Light and a Shield” (“Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild, BWV 79,” based on Psalm 84), among others. The concert takes place Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m.

The Emory Wind Ensemble and University Chorus are in concert together on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m.

The end of the month brings two special Halloween concerts.

“Scary Ride!” Emory University Organist Recital Series features organist Timothy Albrecht as Count Dracula, with Halloween candy at a reception following on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m.

ESCMA presents their “Halloween Concert” as part of the Atlanta Family Series on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. in the Carlos Museum with music for the whole family played by Vega String Quartet. Tickets: $4; museum members Family-level and above, free (limit 4).

All concerts take place in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall unless otherwise noted. For tickets and information, visit or call 404.727.5050.


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