Monthly Archives: March 2013

ASO review: Chamber music appetizer tastier than main course of Brydern and Tchaikovsky [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 29 Mar 2013, ArtsATL

Guest conductor Michael Morgan of the Oakland East Bay Symphony. (Photo by Eric Politzer)

Guest conductor Michael Morgan of the Oakland East Bay Symphony. (Photo by Eric Politzer)

On Thursday night, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performed a concert of music by Benedikt Brydern, Dmitri Shostakovich and Peter Tchaikovsky, led by guest conductor Michael Morgan and featuring solo pianist Yevgeny Sudbin. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

ASO principals on flute and harp take harmonious step into spotlight at Eddie’s Attic [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 27 Mar 2013, ArtsATL

Christina Smith (left) and Elisabeth Remy Johnson at Eddie’s Attic. (Photo by Mark Gresham)

Christina Smith (left) and Elisabeth Remy Johnson at Eddie’s Attic. (Photo by Mark Gresham)

Tuesday evening’s classical concert at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur demonstrated that the sounds of flute and harp together are an especially good sonic match for the venue. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Atlanta Chamber Players deliver spirited concert of Spohr, Rota and Beethoven [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 19 Mar 2013, ArtsATL

The Atlanta Chamber Players (from left): Brad Ritchie, guest pianist Elena Cholakova, Paula Peace, Laura Ardan and John Meisner. (Photo by Nick Arroyo)

The Atlanta Chamber Players (from left): Brad Ritchie, guest pianist Elena Cholakova, Paula Peace, Laura Ardan and John Meisner. (Photo by Nick Arroyo)

On Sunday afternoon, the Atlanta Chamber Players performed a concert of music by Louis Spohr, Nino Rota and Ludwig van Beethoven at Spivey Hall, vying for attention against the day’s remarkable spring-like weather. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

In Spivey Hall recital and master class, pianist Jeremy Denk shows power of “letting go” [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 18 Mar 2013, ArtsATL

Jeremy Denk plays with attention to balance and emphasis of detail. (Photo by Michael Wilson)

Jeremy Denk plays with attention to balance and emphasis of detail. (Photo by Michael Wilson)

On Saturday night, the illustrious pianist Jeremy Denk performed a solo recital of music by Bartok, Liszt, Bach and Beethoven at the likewise illustrious Spivey Hall. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

ASO review: Guest conductor Jun Märkl finds the simple beauty in Ravel, Mozart and Beethoven [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 15 Mar 2013, ArtsATL

Principal bassoonist Carl Nitchie with conductor Jun Märkl (background). (Photo by Jeff Roffman)

Principal bassoonist Carl Nitchie with conductor Jun Märkl (background). (Photo by Jeff Roffman)

On Thursday evening in Symphony Hall, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performed music by Ravel, Mozart and Beethoven, led by guest conductor Jun Märkl and featuring ASO principal bassoon Carl Nitchie. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

ASO review: Fulfilling a father’s dream, violinist David Coucheron pays homage to Mendelssohn [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 9 Mar 2013, ArtsATL

David Coucheron’s family flew in from Norway for the special performance. (Photo by Jeff Roffman)

David Coucheron’s family flew in from Norway for the special performance. (Photo by Jeff Roffman)

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on Thursday performed a concert of music by Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn, Luciano Berio and Gioachino Rossini in Symphony Hall, led by guest conductor Roberto Abbado and featuring concertmaster David Coucheron as violin soloist. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

McIntosh County Shouters bring the “ring shout” to GSU [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 5 Mar 2013, ArtsATL

The McIntosh County Shouters from the Gullah-Geechee community in South Georgia. (Photo by Frank Stewart)

The McIntosh County Shouters from the Gullah-Geechee community in South Georgia. (Photo by Frank Stewart)

Georgia State University’s “I Lot” is a small, cramped parking deck on Peachtree Center Avenue, next to the historic Hurt Building. By day it’s reserved for GSU faculty and staff, but by night it becomes parking for events at Kopleff Recital Hall, a block away. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Orchestra and Robert Spano, sans baton, give resounding treatment to Bach’s B-minor Mass [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 1 Mar 2013, ArtsATL

Robert Spano chose to use his hands alone to convey the nuances of the Bach Mass.

Robert Spano chose to use his hands alone to convey the nuances of the Bach Mass.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Chorus performed Johann Sebastian Bach’s monumental Mass in B-minor on Thursday night in Symphony Hall, led by ASO Music Director Robert Spano. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

ArtsATL’s Mark Gresham on the art of writing an original chamber composition [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 1 Mar 2013, ArtsATL

Part of the manuscript for Mark Gresham’s new piece, “Piano Trio.”

Part of the manuscript for Mark Gresham’s new piece, “Piano Trio.”

I often say I have too many hats and not enough heads. ArtsATL readers primarily know my work as a music journalist and critic, but some also know about my work as a composer. I’ve been given this opportunity to write about the music I create, … • READ MORE on ArtsATL