Monthly Archives: January 2013

Review: ASO wind players bring “Great Exhalations” to classical series at Eddie’s Attic [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 31 Jan 2013, ArtsATL

From left: Christina Smith, Elizabeth Tiscione, Brice Andrus, Carl Nitchie and Laura Ardan. (Photo by Mark Gresham)

From left: Christina Smith, Elizabeth Tiscione, Brice Andrus, Carl Nitchie and Laura Ardan. (Photo by Mark Gresham)

Five principal wind players of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra came together under the name “Great Exhalations” for a performance at Eddie’s Attic on Wednesday night. But the best-laid schemes of mice and musicians often go awry … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Review: ASO cellist Karen Freer breaks out for engaging recital at Emory’s Emerson Concert Hall [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 28 Jan 2013, ArtsATL

Karen Freer began the concert alone, playing Bach. (Photo by Mark Gresham)

Karen Freer began the concert alone, playing Bach. (Photo by Mark Gresham)

In a very well-attended concert Sunday afternoon, Karen Freer, assistant principal cello of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, performed a recital that included music by Bach, Brahms and Mussorgsky. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

ASO review: Orchestra reaches for the exceptional with guest conductor Kazushi Ono [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 25 Jan 2013, ArtsATL

Featured soloist Vadim Gluzman excelled in Bruch's concerto. (Photo by Roman Malamant)

Featured soloist Vadim Gluzman excelled in Bruch’s concerto. (Photo by Roman Malamant)

Threats of marginally icy weather held off Thursday night as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performed music by Weber, Bruch and Mendelssohn, led by Japanese guest conductor Kazushi Ono with Ukranian-born Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman as the featured soloist. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Review: Fledgling composer Charles Zoll takes top prize in Rapido! national competition [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 22 Jan 2013, ArtsATL

Ron Antinori (left) and composer Michael Gandolfi applaud Rapido! winner Charles Zoll. (Photo by Nick Arroyo)

Ron Antinori (left) and composer Michael Gandolfi applaud Rapido! winner Charles Zoll. (Photo by Nick Arroyo)

Charles Zoll of Arizona was named the national winner of the 2012-13 Rapido! composition contest after the final round Sunday afternoon in the Walter C. Hill Auditorium of the Woodruff Arts Center. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

ASO review: Clarinetist Laura Ardan brings fire to Michael Gandolfi’s “The Nature of Light” [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 14 Jan 2013, ArtsATL

Laura Ardan performed Michael Gandolfi's piece with emotional intensity.

Laura Ardan performed Michael Gandolfi’s piece with emotional intensity.

Thursday was a rainy night in Georgia, but a near-capacity audience showed up at Symphony Hall to hear Robert Spano conduct the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in a performance of music by Michael Gandolfi, Sergei Prokofiev and Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov. There were two featured soloists on the docket: the young Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen and the ASO’s own principal clarinetist, Laura Ardan. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

ASO preview: Composer Michael Gandolfi, clarinetist Laura Ardan search for “The Nature of Light” [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 10 jan 2013, ArtsATL

Norman Mackenzie (from left), Robert Spano and Michael Gandolfi at the premiere performance of

Norman Mackenzie (from left), Robert Spano and Michael Gandolfi at the premiere performance of “Q.E.D.: Engaging Richard Feynman.” (Photo by Jeff Roffman)

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will kick off 2013 on Thursday evening, and continue through Saturday, with the much-anticipated world premiere of Michael Gandolfi‘s new clarinet concerto, “The Nature of Light,” featuring ASO principal clarinetist Laura Ardan as soloist. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL