Monthly Archives: February 2013

ASO review: Guest pianist Olli Mustonen shows deft touch in Respighi’s neglected concerto [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 22 Feb 2013, ArtsATL

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performed music by Verdi, Respighi and Brahms on Thursday night in Symphony Hall, featuring guest pianist Olli Mustonen and with the podium shared by ASO Music Director Robert Spano and guest conductor Alexandra Arrieche. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Composer’s Notebook: “Odd Shapes Carry Meaning” by Charles Knox

ATLANTA, GA — Here’s a photo from last night’s premiere of “Odd Shapes Carry Meaning” by Charles Knox, performed by the GSU Saxophone Studio at Florence Kopleff Recital Hall, Georgia State University School Of Music. Charles calls it a symphony for saxophones in three contiguous movements. ~Mark Gresham

The premiere of Charles Knox's

The premiere of Charles Knox’s “Odd Shapes Carry Meaning” for 11 saxophones.

Review: Kennesaw State’s Festival of New Music showcases faculty musicians, compositions [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 15 Feb 2013, ArtsATL

Peter Marshall (at the piano) and Robert Cronin at KSU’s Festival of New Music. (Photo by David Caselli)

Peter Marshall (at the piano) and Robert Cronin at KSU’s Festival of New Music. (Photo by David Caselli)

Kennesaw State University’s 2013 Festival of New Music is in progress this week, running through tonight. Wednesday night’s concert at the Bailey Performance Center focused … • READ MORE in ArtsATL

ASO review: Conductor Xian Zhang, guitarist Miloš Karadaglić serve Tchaikovsky “sandwich” [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 8 Feb 2013, ArtsATL

Classical guitarist Miloš Karadaglić left recording sessions in Berlin to perform with the ASO. (Photo by Margaret Malandruccolo)

Classical guitarist Miloš Karadaglić left recording sessions in Berlin to perform with the ASO. (Photo by Margaret Malandruccolo)

Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was the main course in Thursday night’s subscription performance by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, with music by Joaquín Rodrigo sandwiched in between and a couple of fine encores thrown in for dessert. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Jewish Film Festival review: “Exiles,” “Requiem” document classical music during Nazism [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 3 Feb 2013, ArtsATL

Thomas Kornmann (left) as Bronislaw Huberman holding auditions in “Orchestra of Exiles.”

Thomas Kornmann (left) as Bronislaw Huberman holding auditions in “Orchestra of Exiles.”

Two documentaries in this year’s Atlanta Jewish Film Festival address the role of classical music in the decisions, destinies and fates of European Jews during the Third Reich. They examine the complexities and consequences as seen through the lives and acts of two musical personalities, famed violin virtuoso Bronisław Huberman and pianist-conductor Rafael Schächter. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

ASO review: Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang brings angelic touch to Mozart’s “Turkish” Concerto [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 2 Feb 2013, ArtsATL

Violinist Vilde Frang made an impressive debut with the ASO.

Violinist Vilde Frang made an impressive debut with the ASO.

On Thursday the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performed a concert of music by Edvard Grieg, Wolfgang Mozart and Robert Schumann, with guest conductor Gilbert Varga and solo violinist Vilde Frang. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL