Monthly Archives: June 2013

Preview: Chamber Cartel to get 24-hour workout with quirky Erik Satie’s marathon “Vexations” [ArtsATL]

By Mark Gresham | 27 Jun 2013, ArtsATL

Composer Erik Satie stipulated 840 repetitions of Vexations.

Composer Erik Satie stipulated 840 repetitions of Vexations.

At noon Saturday at the Goat Farm Arts Center, Atlanta’s Chamber Cartel will begin a marathon performance of one of music’s most notable curiosities, “Vexations” by French composer Erik Satie. If there is one composer who could be summed up by the expression “quaintly eccentric,” it would be Satie … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

ASO review: Runnicles, orchestra end season with Brahmsian feast, impatient pianist Lars Vogt [ArtsATL]

By Mark Gresham | 21 Jun 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)

On Thursday, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performed an all-Brahms concert in Symphony Hall, led by ASO Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles with guest pianist Lars Vogt. This is the final week of the orchestra’s 2012-13 subscription season. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Review: North Georgia Chamber Music Festival features vibrant performances of Kodaly, Schubert [ArtsATL]

By Mark Gresham | 17 Jun 2013, ArtsATL

From left: Violinists David Coucheron and Justin Bruns, violist Yang-Yoon Kim and cellists Daniel Laufer and Charae Krueger. (Photo by Mark Gresham)

From left: Violinists David Coucheron and Justin Bruns, violist Yang-Yoon Kim and cellists Daniel Laufer and Charae Krueger. (Photo by Mark Gresham)

On Sunday afternoon, the North Georgia Chamber Music Festival presented the second of its four concerts for 2013 in Hoag Auditorium at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega. … The festival, now in its second year, was founded by its artistic director, Cecylia Arzewski … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Q&A: Rising star Christopher Houlihan, who’ll kick off Atlanta Summer Organ Festival [ArtsATL]

By Mark Gresham | 17 Jun 2013, ArtsATL

Christopher Houlihan

Christopher Houlihan

Organist Christopher Houlihan will perform the first recital of the 2013 Atlanta Summer Organ Festival on Wednesday at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, just west of the North Avenue MARTA Station. It’s the first of four organ recitals in this iteration of the annual festival, spread across four Wednesdays in June and July at different churches with different organists. … ArtsATL recently spoke with the affable Houlihan by telephone. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

ASO review: Orchestra gets brisk workout with “Also Sprach Zarathustra” and “The Planets” [ArtsATL]

By Mark Gresham | 14 Jun 2013, ArtsATL

The ASO pulled in a larger orchestra for this weekend’s program. (Photo by Jeff Roffman)

The ASO pulled in a larger orchestra for this weekend’s program. (Photo by Jeff Roffman)

On Thursday in Symphony Hall, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performed a concert that paired “Also Sprach Zarathustra” by Richard Strauss and “The Planets” by Gustav Holst, led by Music Director Robert Spano. Both works required larger orchestral forces than normally seen on the Symphony Hall stage … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

ASO preview: “Opera of the 21st century”? Orchestra to perform “Final Fantasy” video game score [ArtsATL]

By Mark Gresham | 7 Jun 2013, ArtsATL

(Image ©2009, 2010 SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.  All Rights Reserved.  CHARACTER DESIGN: TETSUYA NOMURA)

(Image ©2009, 2010 SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. All Rights Reserved. CHARACTER DESIGN: TETSUYA NOMURA)

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will make one of its very occasional forays into the world of multimedia when it performs music from the popular role-playing video game “Final Fantasy” tonight and Saturday in Symphony Hall. Guest conductor Arnie Roth will lead the orchestra in the score by composer Nobuo Uematsu, with guest vocalist Susan Calloway, known for her renditions of songs in “Final Fantasy” soundtracks. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

ASO review: Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, orchestra rise to challenge of James MacMillan [ArtsATL]

By Mark Gresham | 1 Jun 2013, ArtsATL

French piano prodigy Jean-Yves Thibaudet. (Photos courtesy of IMG Artists)

French piano prodigy Jean-Yves Thibaudet. (Photos courtesy of IMG Artists)

On Thursday in Symphony Hall, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performed music by W.A. Mozart and James MacMillan, led by Music Director Robert Spano, with French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet as guest soloist. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL