November 22, 2010

Ring in the season with holiday music

The "18th Annual Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert" features Celtic and Appalachian music, dance, poetry, song and story.

Emory offers a host of festive concerts to share with family and friends this holiday season.

Emory University Chorus and Concert Choir, directed by Eric Nelson, returns with perennial favorite “Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols,” Friday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium. This candlelit service of classic carols and scripture readings is an Emory tradition dating back to 1935.

The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta (ECMSA) presents the Vega String Quartet in a special Family Series concert, “Santa’s Favorite Chopin and Schumann” on Sunday, Dec.12 at 4 p.m. in the Michael C. Carlos Museum.  Santa will be on hand to introduce some of his favorite music by Chopin and Schumann and to pass out early Christmas treats to good listeners

James Flannery hosts the popular “18th Annual Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert,” featuring the high spirits and mystical beauty of Celtic and Appalachian music, dance, poetry, song and story, Saturday, Dec.18 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 19 at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Emory’s student ensembles present concerts for the end of the semester that are free and open to the public. On Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m., the Emory University Symphony Orchestra directed by Richard Prior performs Mozart’s “Overture to Don Giovanni” and others along with guest artists Jessica Wu, violin, and Yinzi Kong, viola.

The Emory Wind Ensemble and Pope High School Symphonic I Band, with conductors Scott Stewart, Gary Gribble and Joshua Rudolph, performs Sunday, Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. The program includes Bach’s “Who Puts His Trust in God Most Just” and Frank Ticheli’s “Apollo Unleashed” among many others. Also this month, Stewart directs the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony on Monday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. in “From Russia with Love,” featuring the works of Russian composers Shostakovich, Tchesnokov and Stravinsky.

The Emory World Music Ensembles directed by Tong Soon Lee performs “Echoes of Asia” on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Studio. This concert features all six of Emory’s world music ensembles performing a range of genres from the North Indian, South Indian, Javanese, Korean and Chinese musical traditions.

Continuing the celebration, Victor Asuncion, piano, gives a free concert in the Carlos Museum on Friday, Dec. 10 at noon as part of the ECMSA Noontime Series. Asuncion plays Chopin’s “Scherzo No. 4 in E Major” and “Fantasie in F Minor” as well as Schumann’s “Symphonic Etudes.”

All concerts performed in the Emerson Concert Hall of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts unless otherwise noted. For tickets and details call 404.727.5050 or visit

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