Emory Chamber Music’s deep 2015-16 slate reaches out to many kinds of listeners

Credit: hpousner

Credit: hpousner

The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta has announced its 2015-16 season, an ambitious slate of 25 concerts that feature top Atlanta musicians joined by accomplished guest artists.

The season opens Sept. 18 and runs through May 14. Oh, and one important detail: Due to the support of a variety of endowments, funds, foundations and Emory partners, almost all of the concerts are free.

ECMSA’s 23rd season again includes Cooke Noontime and Family Series concerts at the Michael C. Carlos Museum and Emerson Series concerts at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts’ Emerson Concert Hall.

Among highlights …

8 p.m. Sept. 26: "Beethoven's 5th" includes the great composer's 5th violin sonata ("The Spring"), with Atlanta native and recent Juilliard graduate Margeaux Maloney and pianist William Ransom (Emory Chamber Music's artistic director); the Vega String Quartet performing his 5th string quartet; and the 5th symphony for piano four hands, with Atlanta Chamber Players Artistic Director Elizabeth Pridgen and Ransom. (Emerson Concert Hall)

8 p.m. Nov. 6: "Vega in Vienna" previews the Vega String Quartet's debut concert at the prestigious Musikverein concert hall in Vienna on Nov. 21. The program includes works by Beethoven, Zhou Long, Atlanta native David Garner and Mendelssohn. (Emerson Concert Hall)

4 p.m. Jan. 24: "CelloMania" featuring six cellists (Christopher Rex, Guang Wang, Roee Harran, David Hancock, Lexine Feng and Charae Kruger) performing everything from solos to group pieces. (Emerson Concert Hall)

4 p.m. Jan. 31: "Babar the Elephant," set to Poulenc's piano music, performed by Elena Cholakova and narrated by WABE-FM host Lois Reitzes. (Carlos Museum)

8 p.m. March 26: "Beethoven and Beer" program in which the audience can sample craft beers from Orpheus Brewing while listening to the Vega String Quartet and pianist Ransom. (Carlos Museum; tickets, $50)

Noon April 29: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concertmaster David Coucheron and pianist Ransom perform Saint-Saëns' Sonata in D Minor. (Carlos Museum)

8 p.m. May 14: World premiere of Emory composer Richard Prior's String Quartet No. 3, plus Mendelssohn's D Major Quartet, with the Vega String Quartet. (Emerson Concert Hall)

More information: arts.emory.edu.