Monthly Archives: June 2012

Review: Chamber Cartel goes percussive as trains roll by at Goat Farm [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 29 Jun 2012, ArtsATL

The percussionists play “Apple Blossom” on two marimbas.

The percussionists play “Apple Blossom” on two marimbas.

Chamber Cartel performed this past Tuesday at the Goat Farm Arts Center in an all-percussion evening of contemporary repertoire. Since the group’s debut on January 1, director Caleb Herron has kept his promise to present at least one concert per month somewhere in Atlanta. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Review: “Auditory display” takes spotlight in Sonic Generator concert at Academy of Medicine [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 22 Jun 2012, ArtsATL

Guest composer Jonathan Berger (from left), violinist Helen Hwaya Kim, violinist Adelaide Federici, cellist Brad Ritchie and violist William Johnston at the Academy of Medicine. (Photo by Terry E. Kearns)

Guest composer Jonathan Berger (from left), violinist Helen Hwaya Kim, violinist Adelaide Federici, cellist Brad Ritchie and violist William Johnston at the Academy of Medicine. (Photo by Terry E. Kearns)

Sonic Generator, the professional music-and-technology ensemble in residence at Georgia Tech, performed this past Tuesday at the newly restored Academy of Medicine. The concert, open to the public, was part of the 2012 International Conference on Auditory Display, the world’s top gathering of researchers and practitioners in the use of sound as communicative display. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Review: Former ASO violinist Cecylia Arzewski releases CD, oversees debut of chamber festival [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 15 Jun 2012, ArtsATL

Cecylia Arzewski's CD comprises six sonatas and partitas for solo violin by Bach.

Cecylia Arzewski’s CD comprises six sonatas and partitas for solo violin by Bach.

June is proving a stellar month for Cecylia Arzewski, the Polish-born violinist and former concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for 18 years. Since leaving the orchestra in 2008, Arzewski has pursued a much more personal career. In addition to solo performances, she’s teaching more, including established professionals — some of her students are members of the ASO. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Atlanta composer Mark Gresham’s piece to be premiered by violin great Hilary Hahn [ArtsATL]

I’m very thankful to ArtsATL’s Catherine Fox for writing the following article in the wake of my winning an honorable mention in the Hilary Hahn Encores composition contest. —Mark Gresham

Mark Gresham

Mark Gresham

Atlanta composer Mark Gresham is among 10 artists to receive an honorable mention in the “In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores” composition contest. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Beer + Mendelssohn = Classical Revolution ATL, breaking the bonds of the concert hall [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 14 Jun 2012, ArtsATL

CRATL performs recently at the Thinking Man Tavern in Decatur. (Photo by Tim Jansa)

CRATL performs recently at the Thinking Man Tavern in Decatur. (Photo by Tim Jansa)

A Sunday evening in Decatur, not long after a genuine gully washer had pelted the city in the late afternoon. The air was still wet and drippy, but the sun had not yet given up on offering muted daylight through an overcast sky. Thinking Man Tavern was the destination, … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

ASO review: Spano, orchestra and chorus bring John Adams’ “A Flowering Tree” to full blossom [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 9 Jun 2012, ArtsATL

As Jessica Rivera sang, her video image was projected behind the ASO Chorus. (Photo by J.D. Scott)

As Jessica Rivera sang, her video image was projected behind the ASO Chorus. (Photo by J.D. Scott)

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concludes its 2011-12 season this week with two performances of John Adams’ opera “A Flowering Tree.” The two-act, two-hour production is semi-staged in the ASO’s increasingly familiar “theater of a concert” format. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Concert preview: Music pioneer Dick Robinson still performing, improvising and “having fun” at 88 [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 8 Jun 2012, ArtsATL

Dick Robinson, whose music has been strongly influenced by the visual arts (especially Wassily Kandinsky), will perform with composer Pedro Rivadeneira in a concert of improvised electronic music on Sunday in Decatur. (Photo by Mark Gresham)

Dick Robinson, whose music has been strongly influenced by the visual arts (especially Wassily Kandinsky), will perform with composer Pedro Rivadeneira in a concert of improvised electronic music on Sunday in Decatur. (Photo by Mark Gresham)

When Dick Robinson came to Atlanta in 1951 to join the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as a violinist, he brought with him his skills as a composer. In the six decades since, he has been a persistent if often reclusive creative undercurrent in the city’s new-music scene. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

ASO review: Spano, Coucheron display exquisite musical chemistry in Sibelius Violin Concerto [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 1 Jun 2012, ArtsATL

ASO Music Director Robert Spano (left) and violinist David Coucheron. (Photo by Jeff Roffman)

ASO Music Director Robert Spano (left) and violinist David Coucheron. (Photo by Jeff Roffman)

The penultimate program of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra‘s current subscription season had its first presentation Thursday night in Symphony Hall, offering up music by Magnus Lindberg, Jean Sibelius and Pyotr Ilyich Techaikovsky. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL