by Mark Gresham | 8 Sep 2014
By Mark Gresham | 20 aug 2014, ArtsATLThe weather on Friday evening was nearly ideal for the final installment of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center’s 2014 Jazz on the Lawn series. Contemporary jazz artist and Atlanta native Bradford Rogers was the concert’s marquee name, playing flute and a Yamaha keyboard, … • READ MORE on ArtsATL
by Mark Gresham | 10 Mar 2014
As they did with their previous concert there on February 15, the Cartel brought forth notable repertoire by a well-established composer that had not previously been performed in Atlanta, “Four Thousand Holes” (2010) by John Luther Adams. There were also two world premieres by younger composers of rising reputation: “…But I’m doing it anyway” by Boston-based guitarist Aaron Jay Myers and “Keys” by Atlanta native Adam Scott Neal.
Chamber Cartel often assembles a handful or so of performers for is shows, but this time the entire was performed by the duo of pianist Amy O’Dell and percussionist Caleb Herron. Offstage, lurking in the dark to one side, percussionist Victor Pons controlled and mixed necessary electronic sounds. Myers was present and spoke briefly before his piece, which was up first on the program.
The performance was one of Chamber Cartel’s strongest offerings to date, engaging and holding the attention throughout. One of the rare pluses for an alternative venue like Erikson Clock was the choice to rent a good grand piano, rather than accept a lesser rental instrument or a resident castaway. Expensive, surely, but in this case the non-compromise empowered O’Dell, who also played a toy piano, a melodica and a small, hand-held cluster of old door keys.
Chamber Cartel will perform all of the music again on Saturday, March 15, as part of the second annual Contemporary Music Festival at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where Neal is currently a PhD Fellow.
By Mark Gresham | 24 Jan 2014, ArtsATLThursday evening’s concert at Symphony Hall by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra featured music by Britten and Berlioz, led by ASO Music Director Robert Spano with pianist Wu Han as guest soloist. The concert was repeated Friday night on the road … • READ MORE on ArtsATL
By Mark Gresham | 22 Jan 2014, ArtsATLAtlanta’s chamber music scene is full of surprises. Such was the case on Saturday evening when a group billed as the Regency Piano Quartet performed at Spivey Hall. A completely unfamiliar ensemble name, the group was presented not by the Hall’s artist series but by … • READ MORE on ArtsATL
MINNEAPOLIS – On Tuesday, the Minnesota Orchestra marked the end of the longest work stoppage for any symphonic orchestra in U.S. history with a new three-year labor agreement. The bitter lockout lasted a total of 488 days. Read the article by Graydon Royce in the StarTribune.
Note: At the time of this post, the last update of the article was January 14, 2014 at 11:09pm.
By Mark Gresham | 10 Dec 2013, ArtsATLThe cold, drizzly weather of Sunday afternoon could not thwart the holiday warmth and cheer inside a sold-out Spivey Hall, where Mark O’Connor and Friends brought their “An Appalachian Christmas” tour show, based mostly upon O’Connor’s 2011 album of the same name. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL
By Mark Gresham | 22 Nov 2013, ArtsATLThursday’s performance at Symphony Hall by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra brought forth music by Pärt, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, led by Danish conductor Thomas Søndergard and featuring Latvian-born violinist Baiba Skride as guest soloist. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL