Monthly Archives: April 2013

Q&A: National musicians’ leader Bruce Ridge on ASO’s future and necessity for “positive message” [ArtsATL]

By Mark Gresham | 30 Apr 2013, ArtsATL

Musicians’ leader Bruce Ridge says it’s essential for the ASO to return to a 52-week contract.

Musicians’ leader Bruce Ridge says it’s essential for the ASO to return to a 52-week contract

Contrabassist Bruce Ridge has been a member of the North Carolina Symphony in Raleigh since 1987. He is also a leader in the symphonic music industry as chairman of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians, which represents more than 4,000 musicians in 51 major symphony orchestras throughout the United States. In this role, Ridge visited the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in early April, … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

ASO review: Sold-out house greets Itzhak Perlman’s renditions of Vivaldi and Mahler [ArtsATL]

By Mark Gresham | 27 Apr 2013, ArtsATL

Itzhak Perlman will perform again tonight and Sunday afternoon. (Photo by Akira Kinoshita)

Itzhak Perlman will perform again tonight and Sunday afternoon. (Photo by Akira Kinoshita)

A sold-out Symphony Hall greeted Itzhak Perlman, who appeared Thursday night as both violinist and conductor with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in a performance of music by Vivaldi and Mahler. Perlman and the orchestra will perform the concert again tonight and Sunday afternoon. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Preview: ASO musicians coming to Eddie’s Attic for “United by Music” reprise, all-Kurth concert [ArtsATL]

By Mark Gresham | 26 Apr 2013, ArtsATL

The Riverside Chamber Players will perform works by Michael Kurth.

The Riverside Chamber Players will perform works by Michael Kurth.

More than two dozen musicians from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will descend upon Eddie’s Attic in Decatur this Sunday evening, April 28, for a reprise of “United by Music,” last September‘s highly successful chamber music marathon organized by the ASO Players Association … Only two days later, on Tuesday, April 30, another group drawn from the ranks of ASO musicians, the Riverside Chamber Players, will perform at Eddie’s Attic to celebrate the release of their new CD, “The Music of Michael Kurth.” … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Review: In a tale of two venues, Peachtree String Quartet delivers fresh takes on Ives and Beethoven [ArtsATL}

By Mark Gresham | 22 Apr 2013, ArtsATL

The Peachtree String Quartet (from left): Christopher Pulgram, John Meisner, Jennifer Humphreys and Yang-yoon Kim. (Photo by Mark Gresham)

The Peachtree String Quartet (from left): Christopher Pulgram, John Meisner, Jennifer Humphreys and Yang-yoon Kim. (Photo by Mark Gresham)

The Peachtree String Quartet concluded its season with a pair of identical performances at two intown venues, featuring music by Charles Ives and Ludwig van Beethoven. The first took place Thursday in Peachtree Presbyterian Church’s Kellett Chapel, and the second was Sunday at the Garden Hills Recreation Center. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

News: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra returning to Piedmont Park with free concerts in May [ArtsATL]

By Mark Gresham | 18 Apr 2013, ArtsATL

The concerts will take place in the Promenade, and tickets are required. (Photo by Mark Gresham)

The concerts will take place in the Promenade, and tickets are required. (Photo by Mark Gresham)

After a six-year absence, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will return to Piedmont Park for two free concerts in the Promenade area next month. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Obituary: Remembering violinist and former ASO Concertmaster William Steck [ArtsATL]

By Mark Gresham | 17 Apr 2013, ArtsATL

William Steck was 'a touchstone' during his time at the ASO. (Photo courtesy of Ann Steck)

William Steck was ‘a touchstone’ during his time at the ASO. (Photo courtesy of Ann Steck)

Violinist William Steck, who served as concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra from 1974 to 1982 and ended his distinguished career as concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra, died peacefully in his sleep in the early morning hours of Saturday, April 13, in his hometown of Alexandria, Virginia. He was 79. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Review: Georgian Chamber Players vibrant, flawless with Schubert, Dohnányi and Beethoven [ArtsATL]

By Mark Gresham | 15 Apr 2013, ArtsATL

Elizabeth Pridgen opened the performance on solo piano. (Photo by Mark Gresham)

Elizabeth Pridgen opened the performance on solo piano. (Photo by Mark Gresham)

A drizzly chill hung in the outdoor air, but the musical environment was warm inside Trinity Presbyterian Church on Sunday afternoon when the Georgian Chamber Players presented a concert that promised an Austro-Hungarian flavor, serving up works by Franz Schubert, Ernő Dohnányi and Ludwig van Beethoven. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

ASO review: Alisa Weilerstein plays Shostakovich in soloist debut, plus Dukas and Bartók [ArtsATL]

By Mark Gresham | 12 Apr 2013, ArtsATL

Alisa Weilerstein celebrates her 31st birthday with the ASO. (Photo by Gerardo Antonio Sanchez Torres)

Alisa Weilerstein celebrates her 31st birthday with the ASO. (Photo by Gerardo Antonio Sanchez Torres)

In the midst of tornado warnings and watches throughout the city on Thursday, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performed a concert of music by Paul Dukas, Dmitri Shostakovich and Béla Bartók at Symphony Hall, led by guest conductor Lionel Bringuier and featuring as guest soloist cellist Alisa Weilerstein. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Preview: Post-classical string quartets Brooklyn Rider and ETHEL spring into Atlanta [ArtsATL]

By Mark Gresham | 11 Apr 2013, ArtsATL

Brooklyn Rider will perform Friday at the Schwartz Center. (Photo by Sarah Small)

Brooklyn Rider will perform Friday at the Schwartz Center. (Photo by Sarah Small)

Two string quartets from New York City, known for their fresh, innovative approaches, are coming to Atlanta this month. Brooklyn Rider will perform at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on Friday, April 12, and ETHEL will perform eight days later, April 20, at the Ferst Center for the Arts. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Koh and Wosner perform at KSU’s Bailey Center tomorrow

Violinist Jennifer Koh (left) and pianist Shai Wosner

Violinist Jennifer Koh (left) and pianist Shai Wosner

KENNESAW, GA — Violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Shai Wosner will perform a recital on Thursday, April 11 at 8 p.m. at the Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center on the campus of Kennesaw State University. The concert, in the Center’s Morgan Hall concludes the venue’s 2012-2013 Premier Series.

David Daly, director of the Bailey Performance Center says of the duo, “Koh and Wosner are both phenomenal young artists and rising stars in the classical world.”

The program will feature the Violin Sonata of Leoš Janácek; Béla Bartók’s Violin Sonata No. 1 in C# minor, Op. 21; the Tre Pezzi, Op. 14 of György Kurtág and the Violin Sonata in D minor, Op. 108 of Johannes Brahms.

Tickets are $25, with discounts available for KSU personnel, seniors, military and groups. More information can be obtained from the KSU Box Office either online or by calling 770-423-6650.

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