Monthly Archives: July 2012

Joseph Bankoff on creativity, community, Midtown and Atlanta’s future [ArtsATL]

A two-part Q&A with Joseph Bankoff, published on ArtsATL July 30 & 31:

PART ONE

by Mark Gresham | 30 Jul 2012, ArtsATL

Joe Bankoff in Symphony Hall: “When we are standing together, there’s nothing we can’t do, and when we aren’t, there’s almost nothing we can.”

For the last six years, Joseph R. Bankoff was president and chief executive officer of the Woodruff Arts Center, a position he stepped down from on May 31. Although he had planned to retire, Bankoff instead will begin work in August as chairman of the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and Professor of the Practice in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech. [...] • READ MORE on ArtsATL

PART TWO

by Mark Gresham | 31 Jul 2012, ArtsATL

Bankoff: “We are either going to thrive as a group or we’re going to starve quite separately.”

Midtown is Boomtown. But it wasn’t always so. “The Strip,” as Peachtree Street near 14th Street was nicknamed in the late 1960s and early ’70s, was essentially Atlanta’s version of [...] • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Obituary: Georgia State’s Florence Kopleff, 88, leaves a lasting legacy in music and teaching [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 25 Jul 2012, ArtsATL

Florence Kopleff at her beloved Georgia State University, in the recital hall that bears her name.

Florence Kopleff at her beloved Georgia State University, in the recital hall that bears her name.

Florence Kopleff, the renowned American contralto, died of complications from diabetes Tuesday morning at Hospice Atlanta, where she had resided since April 30. She celebrated her 88th birthday on May 2. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

ASO review: Orchestra goes off the grid for “The Matrix Live,” conducted by film’s composer [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 18 Jul 2012, ArtsATL

The ASO plays while Neo dodges the bullet in “The Matrix.

The ASO plays while Neo dodges the bullet in “The Matrix.”

A moderate-sized but enthusiastic crowd showed up at Symphony Hall this past Saturday night for a presentation of “The Matrix Live” with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Don Davis, composer of the film score, conducted the ASO in underscoring the Wachowski brothers’ wildly popular 1999 cyberpunk sci-fi film “The Matrix,” … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Preview: Riverside Chamber Players bring classical music to acoustic-tinged Eddie’s Attic [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 16 Jul 2012, ArtsATL

The Riverside Chamber Players: Kenn Wagner (from left), Jay Christy, Joel Dallow and Wesley Collins.

The Riverside Chamber Players: Kenn Wagner (from left), Jay Christy, Joel Dallow and Wesley Collins.

Decatur’s leading acoustic music room, Eddie’s Attic, goes “classical” on Tuesday, July 17, when the Riverside Chamber Players will take the stage to perform string quartet music by their composer-in-residence, Michael Kurth. The quartet — violinists Kenn Wagner and Jay Christy, violist Wesley Collins and cellist Joel Dallow — are all also members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, as is composer Kurth, who is one of the orchestra’s contrabass players. The Roswell-based quartet made its debut in 2003. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

From “Officer Don” to maestro of “Big Band Jump,” Don Kennedy stays in the swing [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 10 Jul 2012, ArtsATL

Longtime broadcaster Don Kennedy shares his love of big-band music on “Big Band Jump,” heard on 103 radio stations, and on the more informal “The Don Kennedy Show.” (Photo by Mark Gresham)

Longtime broadcaster Don Kennedy shares his love of big-band music on “Big Band Jump,” heard on 103 radio stations, and on the more informal “The Don Kennedy Show.” (Photo by Mark Gresham)

Don Kennedy’s voice is unmistakable. Its cheerful warmth is an aural invitation. He calls out and waves from the end of the narrow hallway. His tiny Buckhead studio is entirely unpretentious and relaxed, but work is clearly being done. It’s here that the 82-year-old Atlanta broadcasting legend produces and hosts two syndicated radio programs devoted to his first love, the music of big bands … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Preview: If they make it, Atlanta’s versatile Klimchak will probably play it in Balzer Theater show [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 5 Jul 2012, ArtsATL

Klimchak coaxes music out of a bowl of water. (Photo by Lindsay Appel)

Klimchak coaxes music out of a bowl of water. (Photo by Lindsay Appel)

A man of one name and a thousand musical instruments, Klimchak, with his signature shaved head and long golden goatee, is one of Atlanta’s most immediately recognizable musicians. While he’s best known around town for his music for theater and dance, his solo and collaborative performances on electronic, electro-acoustic and home-built instruments continue to capture the eye and ear of the city’s front-edge artsy crowd. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL