Monthly Archives: May 2013

Review: Percussionist Victor Pons puts elegant spin on vibraphone, electronica in solo debut [ArtsATL]

By Mark Gresham | 28 May 2013, ArtsATL

Pons incorporated the sounds of a passing train into his performance. (Photo by Mark Gresham)

Pons incorporated the sounds of a passing train into his performance. (Photo by Mark Gresham)

Percussionist Victor Pons performed a solo recital of music for percussion and electronics on Saturday at the Goat Farm Arts Center’s Goodson Yard. Titled “Ampere,” all of the show’s music focused on Pons’ primary area of interest, vibraphone with live electronics. … Significantly, it was a “solo recital” in the strongest sense. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Preview: Classic “Metropolis” to screen outdoors at Woodruff, with music by Sonic Generator [ArtsATL]

By Mark Gresham | 27 May 2013, ArtsATL

A scene from Metropolis: Joh Fredersen meets the Maschinenmensch.

A scene from Metropolis: Joh Fredersen meets the Maschinenmensch.

One of Atlanta’s leading “new edge” musical ensembles, Sonic Generator, will present a free showing Tuesday night of Fritz Lang’s landmark silent sci-fi film “Metropolis,” underscored live by the group with music by Argentine composer Martin Matalon. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

ASO review: Runnicles leads orchestra, chorus in poignant, all-French tribute to Neil Williams [ArtsATL]

By Mark Gresham | 18 May 2013, ArtsATL

The program contained a heartfelt memorial to the late Neil Williams from Donald Runnicles (above). (Photo by Pablo Castagnola)

The program contained a heartfelt memorial to the late Neil Williams from Donald Runnicles (above). (Photo by Pablo Castagnola)

On Thursday in Symphony Hall, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performed a concert of all-French music by Messiaen, Debussy and Duruflé, led by Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles, with soprano Kiera Duffy, mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor and baritone Edward Parks as guest vocal soloists. … It is dedicated to the memory of L. Neil Williams Jr., a longtime Atlanta arts community leader and ASO supporter who died suddenly last August. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Preview: Bent Frequency to celebrate 10th anniversary tonight, unveils plans to perform abroad [ArtsATL]

By Mark Gresham | 18 May 2013, ArtsATL

Bent Frequency

Bent Frequency

Atlanta contemporary-music ensemble Bent Frequency will celebrate its 10th anniversary tonight (Saturday) with a concert and party at the Goat Farm Arts Center. The decade has been one of change for both the group and the local contemporary-music scene. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Review: Chamber Cartel, nobrow.music.collective bring out the metal at {Poem88} [ArtsATL]

By Mark Gresham | 14 May 2013, ArtsATL

(Photo by Mark Gresham)

(Photo by Mark Gresham)

On Sunday evening, contemporary-music ensemble Chamber Cartel presented a concert of postminimalist works at {Poem88}, with guest musicians from nobrow.music.collective, based in the college town of Athens, Ohio. The two groups share some characteristics … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

ASO review: A night of sizzling promise with Beethoven and Walton comes out lukewarm [ArtsATL]

By Mark Gresham | 10 May 2013, ArtsATL

(Photo by Jeff Roffman)

(Photo by Jeff Roffman)

On Thursday, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performed a concert of music by Ludwig van Beethoven and Sir William Walton in Symphony Hall, led by ASO Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles. A trio of hometown ASO musicians were the featured soloists: Concertmaster David Coucheron, principal cellist Christopher Rex and Music Director Robert Spano in one of his rare appearances as pianist. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

ASO review: Substitute pianist Inon Barnatan stuns with Beethoven in Atlanta debut [ArtsATL]

By Mark Gresham | 3 May 2013, ArtsATL

Inon Barnatan, a last-minute substitute, played with clarity and sensitivity.

Inon Barnatan, a last-minute substitute, played with clarity and sensitivity.

On Thursday, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performed a concert of music by Thomas Adès, Ludwig van Beethoven and Robert Schumann at Symphony Hall, led by guest conductor Hugh Wolff and featuring guest pianist Inon Barnatan. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Preview: Chamber concerts both feature a California-born guest artist and an Atlanta composer [ArtsATL]

By Mark Gresham | 3 May 2013, ArtsATL

Violinist Tim Fain will perform with the Vega String Quartet on Sunday.

Violinist Tim Fain will perform with the Vega String Quartet on Sunday.

As the 2012-13 classical music season starts to wind down this month, many local groups are taking their last shots at regular-season performances before the sweltering summer kicks in. Upcoming concerts by two of Atlanta’s well-established chamber music groups have something in common that isn’t repertoire … • READ MORE on ArtsATL