January 19, 2011

Candler Series brings international stars to Emory

Simone Dinnerstein Simon Fowler

Taipei Chinese Orchestra with Wu Man Special

From the New York Philharmonic to Wynton Marsalis, a rich array of classical and jazz stars has graced Emory's Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.  These eminent musicians perform here as part of the Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series, now in its 43rd season.

Like this fall's offerings of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Venice Baroque Orchestra, the 2010-11 spring line-up also represents musical talent from around the world.

• Hear the ancient sounds of the pipa along with the dramatic arrangements of the Taipei Chinese Orchestra on Sunday, Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. Wu Man, pipa virtuoso, joins the orchestra to perform on the 2,000-year-old plucked instrument.

• Violinist Nicola Benedetti performs on Friday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. The U.K.'s classical musical sensation has captivated audiences and critics alike with her lightning-fast technique and breathtaking sound.

Each season, the Candler Series brings a major jazz act to the Schwartz Center. SFJAZZ Collective presents "The Music of Stevie Wonder" on Friday, March 18 at 8 p.m. This all-star octet interprets a jazz master each year in their own contemporary compositions.

The season closes with pianist Simone Dinnerstein on Friday, April 1. Dinnerstein's career soared in her mid-30s as critics raved about her recording and performance of Bach's "Goldberg Variations." She will discuss her creative process in a Creativity Conversation at noon; later that evening, she'll play works by Schubert, Webern and Bach in her 8 p.m. performance.

The Candler Series was initiated in 1966 when Flora Glenn Candler created an endowment for the fine arts activities she had long supported at Emory.

"The Candler Series represents Emory's high standard of excellence—it's an amazing opportunity to see and interact with internationally renowned artists here in Atlanta," says Robert McKay, managing director of the Schwartz Center.

The endowment ensures that performances are accessible to the entire Emory population. Tickets are deeply discounted for faculty and staff.

Student ticket prices are $10 — alternatively, the annual $10 Emory Arts Passport (free for freshmen) gives students free admittance to all performances.

McKay adds that many of the Candler artists not only entertain, but also educate through master classes with Emory students and concerts for Atlanta public schools.

For concert details and tickets, go to, call 404.727.5050, or visit the Emory Arts box office in the Schwartz Center.

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