Monthly Archives: May 2012

Review: ASO’s Robert Spano shows off piano chops at Madison Chamber Music Festival [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 29 May 2012, ArtsATL

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano, page turner Alicia Stephens and soprano Jessica Rivera on Saturday at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center in Madison, Georgia. (Photo by Sara Lydia Tuell)

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano, page turner Alicia Stephens and soprano Jessica Rivera on Saturday at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center in Madison, Georgia. (Photo by Sara Lydia Tuell)

Sixty miles east of downtown Atlanta, beyond the reaches of the sprawling metro suburbs, lies Madison, a charming, historic Georgia town that still exudes Southern hospitality and civic-minded volunteerism, and occasionally gets noticed by travel magazines. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

ASO review: Conductor McGegan, violinist Jackiw uncover ebullience of Handel, Bruch and Gluck [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 25 May 2012, ArtsATL

Guest conductor and early-music expert Nicholas McGegan conducts without a baton, which makes him fascinating to watch. (Photo by Randy Beach)

Guest conductor and early-music expert Nicholas McGegan conducts without a baton, which makes him fascinating to watch. (Photo by Randy Beach)

Thursday night’s subscription series concert by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra opened with an unabashedly buoyant performance of George Frideric Handel’s Concerto Grosso in G Major, Opus 6, No. 1, led by guest conductor and early-music expert Nicholas McGegan. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Preview: Going to Spoleto? Our critics pick their favorite things to see and hear [ArtsATL]

Occasionally ArtsATL writers are asked to share creation of a preview article, contributing content within their own principal disciplines, such as this one about the 2012 Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina. ~Mark Gresham

by Cynthia Bond Perry, Andrew Alexander and Mark Gresham | 23 May 2012, ArtsATL

Philip Glass' opera

Philip Glass’ opera “Kepler,” about the man who figured out the motions of the planets, will have its American premiere at this year’s festival.

A world staged premiere of a contemporary Chinese opera, a Philip Glass opera that’s new to the U.S., Alvin Ailey’s classic modern dance and Cedar Lake’s contemporary ballet are a few of the offerings at this year’s Spoleto Festival USA, the performing arts fête that will run for 17 days amid the historical elegance of Charleston, South Carolina. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Review: Spivey Hall marks Schweitzer Organ’s anniversary with Simon Preston, birthday cake [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 22 May 2012, ArtsATL

World-renowned British organist Simon Preston gave Spivey Hall's 4,413-pipe Albert Schweitzer Memorial Organ a full workout in Saturday's performance.

World-renowned British organist Simon Preston gave Spivey Hall’s 4,413-pipe Albert Schweitzer Memorial Organ a full workout in Saturday’s performance.

Spivey Hall celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Albert Schweitzer Memorial Organ on Saturday with a recital by British organist Simon Preston. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Preview: Atlanta Chamber Players to premiere Alan Elkins’ “… in dust and ashes” [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 21 May 2012, ArtsATL

Composer Alan Elkins so impressed the Atlanta Chamber Players in the group's

Composer Alan Elkins so impressed the Atlanta Chamber Players in the group’s “Rapido!” contests that it commissioned a work from him, which he says is “very personal.”

The Atlanta Chamber Players will premiere Alan Elkins’ “…in dust and ashes” Tuesday evening, May 22, at New American Shakespeare Tavern, located across from Emory University Hospital Midtown on Peachtree Street, as part of its final concert of the season. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

ASO review: Guest conductor Vasily Petrenko gives orchestra an exuberant, crisp workout [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 18 may 2012, ArtsATL

Vasily Petrenko, chief conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, leads the ASO on Thursday night. It was his second Atlanta appearance as guest conductor. (Photo by Mark McNulty)

Vasily Petrenko, chief conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, leads the ASO on Thursday night. It was his second Atlanta appearance as guest conductor. (Photo by Mark McNulty)

Thursday evening’s concert by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, with guest conductor Vasily Petrenko and pianist Kirill Gerstein, offered up a mixture of early- and middle-20th-century works that appealed well to a mainstream symphonic audience. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

ASO review: Orchestra reaches Brooklyn heights with Singleton, Gershwin and Copland [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 11 May 2012, ArtsATL

Pianist Leon Bates took very personal turns with Gershwin's

Pianist Leon Bates took very personal turns with Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”

Thursday night’s concert by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra was unique in that it was not only an all-American program, but by sheer coincidence (rather than intention) a program of music by three important Brooklyn-born composers: Alvin Singleton, George Gershwin and Aaron Copland. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

ASO preview: World premiere this week of “Different River” by Atlanta composer Alvin Singleton [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 8 may 2012, ArtsATL

A young Alvin Singleton with composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.

A young Alvin Singleton with composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.

When the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Robert Spano take the stage this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the concert will consist of not only exclusively American works but works by Brooklyn-born composers. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Review: Emory’s Vega String Quartet plays Beethoven, Ravel and Mendelssohn with aplomb [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 7 May 2012, ArtsATL

The Vega Quartet will be in residence at Emory for five more years. (Photo by Ann Borden)

The Vega Quartet will be in residence at Emory for five more years. (Photo by Ann Borden)

Concluding its sixth season of formal concerts as Emory University’s first full-time quartet-in-residence, the Vega String Quartet performed music by Beethoven, Ravel and Mendelssohn on Saturday at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL