Unmasked: the Vega Quartet performed for a live private audience.

News Briefs: May 27, 2021

EarRelevant Staff | 27 May 2021

ATLANTA, GA— Pianist and ECMSA artistic director William Ransom reports that a new Board of Advisors for the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta had its first ever LIVE meeting and house concert on Sunday at a private home. Music was provided by the Vega Quartet with guest violinist David Coucheron in what Vega cellist Guang Wang described on Facebook as the group’s first performance with live audience since the COVID-19 pandemic began last year. The concert was also “mask free.” Wang wrote that the occasion was “a very special day and I shall remember it for a long time.”

The Midnight Cricket Club: Megan Marino, KC Groves, Michael Mayes and Jason Hicks

The Midnight Cricket Club: Megan Marino, KC Groves, Michael Mayes and Jason Hicks

CREEDE, CO— Opera singers Michael Mayes and Megan Marino have come together with Colorado bluegrass artists KC Groves and Jason Hicks as a new band: The Midnight Cricket Club.

The band began a six-day stint at the historic Creede Hotel & Restaurant in Creede, Colorado on Tuesday which runs through Sunday, May 30.

Atlanta audiences will remember Mayes and Marino from their performances with The Atlanta Opera, most recently in this 20-21 season’s Big Tent Series opera productions but also the season’s  two “Crossroads” concerts of country, bluegrass, folk and other popular American genres in stylistically authentic performances, demonstrating that their musical skills reach well beyond the confines of opera.

Bluegrass fans will recognize Katherine “KC” Groves as mandolinist-singer of the band Uncle Earl, and Jason Hicks as singer/guitarist from the Blue Canyon Boys. Some perceptive readers will also recall Hicks’ name as the songwriter of “Rocky Mountain Stars,” which Mayes sang in the April 17 “Crossroads: The Sequel” concert presented by The Atlanta Opera under the Biog Tent.

NASHVILLE, TN— The Nashville Symphony has announced its first live concerts in more than a year with the advent of its Summer Chamber Music Series this weekend, featuring members of the orchestra. First performances are this Friday & Saturday, May 28 & 29, with live audience limited to only 500 seats per performance. Due to safety protocols, advance registration is required and on-site registration is not available. Registration is free, donations appreciated.

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