Monthly Archives: April 2012

Review: Atlanta Opera brings the smoke, but not enough fire, with “Don Giovanni” [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 30 Apr 2012, ArtsATL

Don Giovanni (Andrea Concetti) pretends to woo Donna Elvira (Melody Moore). (Photo by Tim Wilkerson)

Don Giovanni (Andrea Concetti) pretends to woo Donna Elvira (Melody Moore). (Photo by Tim Wilkerson)

The Atlanta Opera’s final production of the season, Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” opened Saturday night at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, the first of four performances. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Review: ASO goes “degenerate,” falls flat with Schubert, dazzles with Mendelssohn, Abduraimov

by Mark Gresham | 27 Apr 2012, ArtsATL

Uzbekian pianist Behzod Abduraimov, just 21, performs with the ASO. He's a rarity among young musical performers, an artist of sensitivity and sensibility whose phrasing, musical detail and emotional engagement make the music far more than mere notes.

Uzbekian pianist Behzod Abduraimov, just 21, performs with the ASO. He’s a rarity among young musical performers, an artist of sensitivity and sensibility whose phrasing, musical detail and emotional engagement make the music far more than mere notes.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performed a program Thursday evening devoted to composers whose music was suppressed in the 1930s by Nazi Germany, either because they were of Jewish heritage or their works were labeled “degenerate” (“Entartete”). Guest conductor Michael Christie led the orchestra, and pianist Behzod Abduraimov was the featured soloist. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Review: Peachtree String Quartet makes strong debut with Haydn, Barber and Mendelssohn [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 23 Apr 2012, ArtsATL

The Peachtree String Quartet at their pre-show rehearsal. (Photo by Mark Gresham)

The Peachtree String Quartet at their pre-show rehearsal. (Photo by Mark Gresham)

The Peachtree String Quartet performed its inaugural concert Sunday afternoon at the Garden Hills Recreation Center. The musicians in the new group — violinists Christopher Pulgram and John Meisner, violist Yang-Yoon Kim and cellist Jennifer Humphreys — are also members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

ASO review: Russian concert with conductor Roberto Abbado, pianist Yuja Wang brings down the house [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 20 Apr 2012, ArtsATL

Yuja Wang demonstrated both technical prowess and strong feeling. (Photo courtesy of Opus 3 Artists)

Yuja Wang demonstrated both technical prowess and strong feeling. (Photo courtesy of Opus 3 Artists)

On Thursday night, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performed a program of all-Russian music to a sold-out audience that featured 24-year-old Chinese pianist Yuja Wang in her ASO debut. The concert was led by guest conductor Roberto Abbado, who is certainly no stranger to the orchestra. The show was well calculated to be a crowd pleaser, … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Preview: Brentano String Quartet presents new reflections upon old unfinished works [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 20 Apr 2012, ArtsATL

The Brentano String Quartet (left to right): Misha Amory, Nina Lee, Mark Steinberg and Serena Canin.

The Brentano String Quartet (left to right): Misha Amory, Nina Lee, Mark Steinberg and Serena Canin.

History is rife with creative works that were left unfinished. Circumstances may prevent their completion. For Charles Dickens’ “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” it was the death of the author. With Elizabeth Shoumatoff’s famous portrait of President Franklin Roosevelt, it was the subject who died, less than four hours after the painting was begun. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Preview: In free concert, cutting-edge Sonic Generator aims for low fidelity, “horrible sound” [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 16 Apr 2012, ArtsATL

Composer Tristan Perich pushes the boundaries in his

Composer Tristan Perich pushes the boundaries in his “Momentary Expanse.”

Sonic Generator, the new-music ensemble-in-residence at Georgia Tech, will present a free concert tonight, Monday, April 16, in Rich Auditorium at the Woodruff Arts Center. Titled “Hi Tech, Lo Fi,” it will feature new music that makes innovative uses of technologies, old and new, to create a deliberately “low fidelity” sound. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Preview: Australian Chamber Orchestra will bring its unique approach to Schwartz Center [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 10 Apr 2012, ArtsATL

The Australian Chamber Orchestra (Photos by Paul Henderson-Kelly)

The Australian Chamber Orchestra (Photos by Paul Henderson-Kelly)

The Australian Chamber Orchestra, led by violinist and composer Richard Tognetti, will perform Thursday, April 12, at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. This will be only the group’s second appearance in the Atlanta area; the first was in 2007 at Spivey Hall. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Preview: Superstar soprano Dawn Upshaw, pianist Gilbert Kalish to perform a deeply personal recital [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 4 Apr 2012, ArtsATL

Dawn Upshaw enjoys the intimacy that a piano-vocal performance allows.

Dawn Upshaw enjoys the intimacy that a piano-vocal performance allows.

Dawn Upshaw is no stranger to Atlanta. The superstar soprano’s professional connections with the city go back to her early career, when the late Robert Shaw, music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra from 1967 to 1988, was one of the first conductors to hire the blossoming young singer. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL