November 4, 2010

November has cornucopia of musical treats

Organist Chelsea Chen gives a free recital on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 4 p.m.

Grammy-winner John Clayton, jazz bassist, performs a free concert on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m.

Gobble up a smorgasboard of different types of music on campus this November.

Bassist, composer and bandleader Pablo Aslan has melded the rhythms of Argentine tango with American jazz for over two decades.

Join him in a free master class in Tharp Rehearsal Hall, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on Saturday, Nov. 6 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Emory Tango Ensemble and the Tango Orchestra Club Atlanta perform later that evening at the Latin American Association, 2750 Buford Highway.

Organist Chelsea Chen gives a free recital on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium as part of the Emory University Organist Recital Series. This prizewinner and Juilliard graduate has thrilled audiences in New York, Chicago, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taipei with her own Asian-inspired compositions.

Grammy-winner John Clayton, jazz bassist, performs a free concert on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m.  Clayton’s talents are in demand by jazz mavens, such as Quincy Jones and Tommy Lipuma.  Clayton is joined for this performance by Gary Motley, piano; Jason Covey, trumpet; Randy Hunter, saxophone; and Justin Chesarek, drums.

Emory string quartet in residence and audience favorite Vega String Quartet performs at the Carlos Museum on Friday, Nov. 12 at noon as part of the Frederic Chopin/Robert Schumann Bicentennial Celebration Series, Vega String Quartet plays Schumann’s Quartet No. 1 in A Minor.

On Saturday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m., Emory’s talented students compete in the Emory Concerto & Aria Competition.  The winner of this annual event is given the opportunity to perform as soloist with the Emory University Symphony Orchestra in a spring concert.

Emory music ensembles provide a full day of entertainment on Sunday, Nov. 14, with the Emory Percussion Ensemble at 1 p.m., and the Emory Chamber Ensemble’s performance at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Featured on NPR’s “From the Top,” the Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra performs on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 8 p.m.  The performance will include Rossini’s “Italian in Algiers” Overture, Khachaturian’s “Adagio of Spartacus & Phrygia,” Prokofiev’s “Montagues & Capulets” from “Romeo & Juliet” and Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo & Juliet.”

The Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series continues this month with The Seasons Project, featuring the Venice Baroque Orchestra with Robert McDuffie, violin soloist and leader. The Friday, Nov. 19 performance features Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” alongside the Atlanta premiere of Philip Glass’s Violin Concerto No. 2, “The American Four Seasons.” (This concert is sold out. Contact the Arts at Emory box office, 404.727.5050, for wait list information.)

As Thanksgiving approaches, Emory’s Mastersingers present an evening of choral classics on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 4 p.m., and the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta presents David Coucheron, violin, as part of ECMSA’s Emerson series on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. (Tickets: $20; discount category members $15; Emory faculty, staff, Friends of Music and all students free).

Part of the Chopin/Schumann Bicentennial Celebration Series, the new Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster makes his Atlanta recital debut in a performance of Schumann’s Violin Sonata in A Minor. Coucheron is joined by Teresa Hopkin, soprano; William Ransom, piano; Charae Kreuger, cello; Laura Arden, clarinet; and Yinzi Kong, violin.

Finally, the month of spectacular music closes with a performance by the Emory Jazz Ensemble on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 8 p.m

All performances take place in the Emerson Concert Hall of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts and are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. For tickets and details, call 404.727.5050 or visit

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