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Fall Arts Preview 2019: Classical Music [CL]

Creative Loafing touts Atlanta’s symphonic, choral, chamber music and opera in its August 2019 issue.

MARK GRESHAM | 3 SEP 2019

Earlier this summer, Atlanta’s hip alternative monthly Creative Loafing–Atlanta invited me to participate in their creation of a Fall Arts Preview for 2019 by authoring the section about Classical Music.

The 600-word introduction was entirely my own essay. Immediately after it comea the Big List of ensembles and presenters, along with some highlights of what they are doing this fall.

The selection of groups represented was collaborative between CL’s editors and myself, hashed out in discussions as a fair if non-exhaustive representation appropriate to both the city’s music scene and the publication’s readership — so, some of you will notice, a primarily ITP (“Inside the Perimeter”) list with a few exceptions, both the obvious major players as well as some that might not be on the average citizen’s radar– and most definitely representative of Atlanta’s flourishing, expanding diversity.


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The article also features at its conclusion an important sidebar, “Choral Singing and Community,” by Dr. David Morrow, director of the esteemed Morehouse College Glee Club.

Originally published in the printed edition of Creative Loafing’s August 2019 issue, CL (as it is fondly known) has also made the article available as a web page, which I now invite the readers of EarRelevant to visit and take it all in — all 5000 words of it. Read it here:

Creative Loafing’s Fall Arts Preview 2019: Classical Music

You can also download the entire August 2019 issue as a large EPUB file. Read and enjoy! ■

Founded in 1972, Creative Loafing–Atlanta is an urban monthly alternative newspaper and online presence serving the Atlanta metropolitan area. CL is known for its signature coverage of local news, politics, arts, entertainment, food, music and events. Mark Gresham was a regular contributing writer for CL from 2002 to 2012. In 2003, Gresham and Creative Loafing each won an ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award for Music Journalism for “Sounds Like Home,” a feature article about Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennoifer Higdon.