Preview: ASO Christmas program draws on the past as it carries the Robert Shaw legacy forward [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 10 Dec 2014

The Christmas shows have been an Atlanta tradition since the 1970s. (Photo by Jeff Roffman)

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will perform their iconic “Christmas with the ASO” concert Thursday at 8 p.m. and twice on Saturday, …
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Review: Bent Frequency hosts Spektral Quartet for dazzling concert of avant-garde music [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 5 Dec 2014

Chicago’s Spektral Quartet made their Atlanta debut. (Photo by Mark Gresham)

A concert of music entirely by living composers took place Wednesday evening at Erikson Clock on Nelson Street in Atlanta’s Castleberry Hill district. Atlanta-based contemporary …
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Atlanta Symphony Musicians return to Eddie’s Attic for “United by Music” program [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 24 Nov 2014

Juan Ramirez and Sharon Berenson perform Piazzolla’s “Libertango.” (Photo by Mark Gresham)

It was a rain-soaked Sunday afternoon as members of the ATL Symphony Musicians assembled to perform this year’s “United by Music” concert at Eddie’s Attic. Almost …
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Review: With Beethoven’s Fifth, ASO begins to find its groove and shake off the rust of the lockout [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 21 Nov 2014

Led by Spano, the orchestra is still shaking off the effects of its long layoff. (Photos by Jeff Roffman)

On Thursday evening, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra returned to the Symphony Hall stage for the second week of performances in its late-starting 70th anniversary season, …
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Review: Caleb Herron is going, going, “gonged” in Georgia Perimeter solo percussion recital [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 20 Nov 2014

Caleb Herron stepped outside the Chamber Cartel for a solo performance. (Photo by Mark Gresham)

On Tuesday evening, percussionist Caleb Herron, who is the founding artistic director of new music ensemble Chamber Cartel, performed a solo recital that primarily focused …
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Review: Atlanta Symphony returns to loud ovation; shows rust and effects of musician fill-ins [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 15 Nov 2014

In the first concert since the lockout ended, the ASO received a hero’s welcome. (Photo by Jeff Roffman)

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus returned to the stage of Symphony Hall Thursday night, after nine weeks of lockout. It performed Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5, featuring ASO concertmaster David Coucheron as soloist, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, led by ASO music director Robert Spano. …
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Preview: ASO contrabassist Michael Kurth debuts two pieces from his side job as composer [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 7 Nov 2014

Composer/musician Michael Kurth in the Krog Street tunnel. (Courtesy John Fulton Photography)

Michael Kurth has been on the road again. This week, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra contrabassist and composer has been playing as a substitute with the …
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Review: ASO concertmaster David Coucheron improvises, enchants in chamber setting [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 21 Oct 2014

The Georgia Chamber Players (clockwise): David Coucheron, guest violinist Helen Hwaya Kim, Julia Coucheron (with page turner Rebecca Beavers), Christopher Rex and Reid Harris. (Photo by Mark Gresham)

Two engaging high-end chamber music concerts graced Atlanta’s classical music scene this past weekend. The first, on Friday, was presented by ATL Symphony Musicians Foundation …
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Review: Locked-out ASO musicians perform DIY concert with guest cellist Matt Haimovitz [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 16 Oct 2014

Cellist Matt Haimovitz performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1, with Richard Prior conducting the ATL Symphony Musicians. (Photo by Mark Gresham)

On Tuesday evening, the ATL Symphony Musicians presented their most recent concert at the spacious Dunwoody United Methodist Church. The small orchestra was led by …
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Preview: Terminus Ensemble performs fourth season opener, then heads off on a different track [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 15 Oct 2014

A Terminus performance from earlier this year at the Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church. (Photo courtesy Terminus Ensemble of Contemporary Music)

With the imposition of lockout still in full force and the arrival of federal mediation into the fray of labor negotiations, the musicians of the …
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