Monthly Archives: October 2012

Review: ASO and Chorus survive rocky moments in evening of Bernstein, Walton, Copland [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 20 Oct 2012, ArtsATL

Robert Spano conducted the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on Thursday night. (Photo by Jeff Roffman)

Robert Spano conducted the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on Thursday night. (Photo by Jeff Roffman)

There was a time when any performance of a choral work by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus was a good bet for a sold-out house, especially with not just one but two significant choral-orchestral works on the bill. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Atlanta Music Project, which trains needy children, to start choral program in Mechanicsville [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 18 Oct 2012, ArtsATL

Children at the Atlanta Music Project's winter concert. (Photos by Carlton Mackey)

Children at the Atlanta Music Project’s winter concert. (Photos by Carlton Mackey)

Just south of downtown Atlanta lies the neighborhood known as Mechanicsville. Established as a mostly working-class neighborhood in the late 19th century, it has fallen on harder times. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Review: Georgia Symphony Orchestra debuts three world premieres, with mixed results [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 16 Oct 2012, ArtsATL

The Georgia Symphony Orchestra.

The Georgia Symphony Orchestra.

The Georgia Symphony Orchestra presented a concert of all-American music this past Saturday afternoon at Zion Baptist Church in Marietta. The GSO is an example of a “pro-am” community orchestra, which incorporates a minority core of professional musicians, mostly in principal chairs, amid a larger body of amateur players. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Review: ASO’s emotional “Defiant Requiem” honors Holocaust victims at Terezín [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 12 Oct 2012, ArtsATL

Murry Sidlin conducts his

Murry Sidlin conducts his “Defiant Requiem” Thursday evening.

The Anti-Defamation League held its 2012 Community of Respect Reception and Concert on Thursday at Symphony Hall. The well-attended reception, held in the Galleria, honored community leaders Linda Selig and Ben Johnson. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

ASO review: Orchestra’s heroic season opener is emotional on stage and off [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 5 Oct 2012, ArtsATL

Conductor Robert Spano and soloist Midori at the ASO season opener. (Photos by Jeff Roffman)

Conductor Robert Spano and soloist Midori at the ASO season opener. (Photos by Jeff Roffman)

The word “courage” has its roots in the Latin cor, for “heart,” a common metaphor for inner strength and ability to confront fear, pain or uncertainty. There is no better word to describe the musicians of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as they performed their debut concert of the 2012-13 season in the wake of a contract agreement that included enormous monetary and other professional concessions. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Preview: Gil Shaham will take spiritual journey with Bach’s solo Sonatas and Partitas at Schwartz [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 3 Oct 2012, ArtsATL

Gil Shaham is Musical America’s 2012 Instrumentalist of the Year.

Gil Shaham is Musical America’s 2012 Instrumentalist of the Year.

Prominent American violinist Gil Shaham will perform a solo recital at Emory University’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on Thursday, October 4, at 8 p.m. He will perform three selections from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin (BWV 1001-1006): Partita No. 3 in E major, Sonata No. 3 in C major and Partita No. 2 in D minor. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL