Silk Road Ensemble (credit: Adam Gurczak)

Schwartz Center unveils its 2024–25 Candler Concert Series, Jazz Fest

EarRelevant Staff | 19 FEB 2024

On Friday evening, Emory University’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts in Atlanta made known its concert lineup for the 2024–2025 season, featuring an array of classical music performances by renowned artists from around the globe. The season, presented under the Candler Concert Series, promises a blend of classical favorites, explorations of American composer history, and showcases of contemporary compositions by emerging talents, all in the acoustically impressive setting of the Schwartz Center’s 800-seat Emerson Concert Hall.

Among the highlights of the season are performances by world-renowned violinist Sarah Chang, the Atlanta premiere of a new project from Silkroad Ensemble featuring Rhiannon Giddens, and appearances by the Zurich Chamber Orchestra with violinist Daniel Hope, Imani Winds, Boston Brass, and flutist Emmanuel Pahud of the Berlin Philharmonic.


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In addition to the Candler Concert Series, the Schwartz Center will continue its Schwartz Artist-in-Residence program, welcoming esteemed artists such as the contemporary music ensemble PUBLIQuartet with their latest program, “Rhythm Nation,” and a soon-to-be-revealed featured guest for the time-honored tradition of Emory Jazz Fest with the Gary Motley Trio. The residency program offers a range of activities, including lectures, demonstrations, and master classes, fostering meaningful engagement between artists and the Emory community.

Here is the complete list of the Schwartz concert offerings:

2024–2025 Schwartz Center for Performing Arts Concert Season

  • Friday, September 20, 2024 at 8 p.m.
    Sarah Chang, violin
    One of the foremost violinists of our time, Sarah Chang has performed with the most esteemed orchestras, conductors, and accompanists in an international career spanning more than two decades. The Schwartz Center welcomes Sarah Chang back to Emerson Concert Hall for this recital concert with pianist Sonya Ovrutsky Fensome.
  • Friday, October 18, 2024 at 8 p.m.
    Zee Zee, piano
    The imaginative and electrifying pianist Zee Zee takes audiences on a musical journey in her debut at the Schwartz Center. Built around selections from Années de pèlerinage (Years of pilgrimage) by Franz Liszt, the concert also features works by Wagner, Schönberg, and Ravel.
  • Friday, November 1, 2024 at 8 p.m.
    PUBLIQuartet—Rhythm Nation 
    Schwartz Artist-in-Residence Program – Winner of the 2019 Chamber Music America Visionary Award for outstanding and innovative approaches to contemporary classical, jazz, and world chamber music, PUBLIQuartet celebrates American rhythmic traditions with Rhythm Nation. From the African rhythms and fiddle techniques that propel Trevor Weston’s Juba, to the iconic grooves of Janet Jackson, the program includes improvisations on the beat breaks of Daniel Bernard Roumain’s Hip-Hop Etudes, alongside new works by Pulitzer Prize finalist Jlin, Mazz Swift, Eddie Venegas, and Jeff Scott.
PUBLIQuartet (courtesy of SCPA)

PUBLIQuartet (courtesy of SCPA)

  • Saturday, November 16, 2024 at 8 p.m.
    American Railroad: Silkroad Ensemble featuring Rhiannon Giddens
    Led by artistic director Rhiannon Giddens, Silkroad Ensemble’s newest initiative, American Railroad, re-contextualizes the railroad through music. Chinese traditional music on the suona and pipa are contrasted with the fiddle and banjo of Black musical traditions, or their Indigenous and Celtic counterparts. These cultural intersections reveal a thread of commonality despite their varied origins and remind us of the intricately rich American story.
  • Friday, January 24, 2025 at 8 p.m.
    Emmanuel Pahud, flute
    Internationally renowned soloist and chamber musician Emmanuel Pahud has been the principal flutist for the Berliner Philharmoniker since the age of 22. Pahud makes his Schwartz Center debut in this recital concert.
  • Friday, February 14, 2025 at 8 p.m.
    Emory Jazz Fest (Schwartz Artist-in-Residence Program)
    The annual Emory Jazz Fest again brings world-class jazz to the community with master classes, artist demonstrations, and concerts featuring the Gary Motley Trio, Emory Big Band, and a soon-to-be-announced featured guest artist.
Zurich Chamber Orchestra (credit: Harald Hoffmann)

Zurich Chamber Orchestra (credit: Harald Hoffmann)

  • Friday, February 28, 2025 at 8 p.m.
    Zurich Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Hope, violin
    Conducting from the violin, Daniel Hope returns to the Schwartz Center to lead the acclaimed Zurich Chamber Orchestra in a program featuring works from the artist’s latest album, America. With suites of songs by Copland, Ellington, Gershwin, Price, and more, the concert explores the roots and distinctive qualities of American music.
  • Friday, March 21, 2025 at 8 p.m.
    New York Voices
    Award-winning New York Voices has a history of collaborations with institutions such as the Count Basie Orchestra, Paquito d’Rivera, and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band. With selections from the quartet’s latest release, Reminiscing in Tempo, this concert takes a deep dive into the jazz canon, surfacing with standards by Cole Porter and Al Jolson, alongside gems from the catalogues of Chick Corea, Fred Hersch, and Duke Ellington.
  • Friday, April 11, 2025 at 8 p.m.
    Imani Winds and Boston Brass
    The dynamic and adventurous Imani Winds rejoin forces with longtime friends Boston Brass in a brand-new collaboration. The artists’ Schwartz Center debut features each group separately and collaboratively, with works by Khachaturian and Bach, modern masters D’Rivera and Simon, and culminating with a performance of a newly commissioned work by musical icon Arturo Sandoval.

Subscription packages for the nine-concert series and customizable ticket packages are now available, featuring selections from the Candler Concert Series and the Schwartz Artist-in-Residence Program. Single tickets for all concerts will be available starting Thursday, August 1. Interested individuals can visit the Schwartz Center’s website at schwartz.emory.edu or contact by phone at 404.727.5050 for further details.  


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