Monthly Archives: March 2012

Atlanta Opera’s 2012-13 season to offer mainline masterpieces with heralded singers [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 27 Mar 2012, ArtsATL

The Atlanta Opera will use this set for Rossini’s

The Atlanta Opera will use this set for Rossini’s “The Italian Girl in Algiers,” created for a production in Santa Fe. (Photo courtesy of the Santa Fe Opera)

The Atlanta Opera officially announced its 2012-13 season before a gathering of donors, volunteers and local media Monday evening at a reception in the company’s rehearsal space. The centerpiece was the revelation of the three mainstage productions to be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre: Bizet’s “Carmen,” Verdi’s “La traviata” and Rossini’s “The Italian Girl in Algiers.” … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Preview: Acclaimed pianist Ursula Oppens will spotlight modern music at Spivey Hall [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 23 Mar 2012, ArtsATL

Oppens is noted as a champion of contemporary classical music.

Oppens is noted as a champion of contemporary classical music.

Famous for championing adventurous contemporary American piano music, legendary pianist Ursula Oppens will make her Spivey Hall debut Sunday at 3 p.m., performing solo piano works by three important American composers. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Preview: Singer-composer Susan Botti to bring ancient connections through her “Gates of Silence” [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 22 Mar 2012, ArtsATL

Susan Botti with cellist Felix Wang of the Blakemore Trio. (Photo by Jenny Mandeville)

Susan Botti with cellist Felix Wang of the Blakemore Trio. (Photo by Jenny Mandeville)

Susan Botti can blur the line between theater and concert with ease. A composer and singer, she will perform her chamber work “Gates of Silence” with the Blakemore Trio this Friday at 7 p.m. in the intimate space of the Dance Studio at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Review: Justice takes the spotlight in moving Bent Frequency concert at Goat Farm [ArtsATL]

Allen Otte (left), Maria Valdes and John Lane. (Photo by Stuart Gerber)

Allen Otte (left), Maria Valdes and John Lane. (Photo by Stuart Gerber)

Atlanta new-music ensemble Bent Frequency performed to a full house this past Saturday at the Goat Farm. The group’s forceful program tackled the hard, disturbing subjects of prisons, inmates and unjust incarceration. Percussionist-composers John Lane and Allen Otte were guest artists, … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Review: NPR’s eclectic Christopher O’Riley delivers Radiohead and Liszt, Mozart and grunge [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 4 Mar 2012, ArtsATL

O'Riley's program included songs by Kurt Cobain and Elliott Smith. (Photo by Matt Dine)

O’Riley’s program included songs by Kurt Cobain and Elliott Smith. (Photo by Matt Dine)

Emory University’s Flora Glenn Candler Series presented a recital by pianist and National Public Radio personality Christopher O’Riley on Friday night, with a varied program in which all selections were announced from the stage of Emerson Concert Hall. He played not from printed music but from scores displayed on a digital screen, using a foot pedal to make page turns. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

ASO review: A satisfying evening with Adam Schoenberg premiere, Grieg and Nielsen [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 3 Mar 2012, ArtsATL

Robert Spano and Adam Schoenberg celebrate their standing ovation. (Photo by J.D. Scott)

Robert Spano and Adam Schoenberg celebrate their standing ovation. (Photo by J.D. Scott)

Thursday night’s subscription concert by Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra offered up a world premiere, a beloved piano concerto and a nonconformist symphony from the early 20th century. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Preview: This Terminus isn’t end of the line but a beginning, highlighting local composers [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 2 Mar 2012, ArtsATL

Adam Scott Neal (Photo courtesy of the Terminus Ensemble)

Adam Scott Neal (Photo courtesy of the Terminus Ensemble)

The Zero Milepost, the stone marker for what was once the Southeastern terminus of the Western and Atlantic Railroad, is located just south of what is now Five Points. When it was first surveyed in 1837, then moved 1,200 feet to its final location in 1842, the area around the end of the rail line was known simply as Terminus. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Preview: Atlanta Opera’s “The Golden Ticket” offers new take on a children’s classic [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 2 Mar 2012, ArtsATL

Violet Beauregard (soprano Ashley Emerson) prepares to get “juiced

Violet Beauregard (soprano Ashley Emerson) prepares to get “juiced” in “The Golden Ticket,” based on Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” (Photo by Charles Wenzelberg)

Peter Ash’s comic opera “The Golden Ticket,” based upon Roald Dahl’s subversively droll children’s novel “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” will have its Atlanta debut this Saturday, March 3, at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, presented by the Atlanta Opera. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL