Schwartz Center, Spivey Hall announce schedules

Emory University’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts and Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall are bringing top musicians and performing artists to the region in the next year, enhancing the quality of the Atlanta arts scene.

Philip Glass, a founder of minimalism who is still pushing the edges of American music composition at age 76, will open the 2013-14 Candler Concert Series announced by Emory’s Schwartz Center.

The series will include a variety of artists, including appearances by Chinese-born classical pianist Lang Lang and mandolin ace Chris Thile.

Pianist Glass’ Sept. 27 appearance with violinist Tim Fain will be the culmination of an Emory residency by the composer Sept. 25-27, itself part of a broader celebration of his work at the university throughout the fall.

When the Beck-produced album “Rework: Philip Glass Remixed,” featuring younger artists of various musical stripes interpreting Glass compositions, was released last year, the composer spoke of his continuing creative quest. “The work I did is the work I know and the work I do (now) is the work I don’t know,” he told The New York Times. “… And it’s the not knowing that makes it interesting.”

The Candler series schedule:

  • Sept. 27: Philip Glass, piano, with violinist Tim Fain, whose credits include “The Black Swan” soundtrack
  • Oct. 18: Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano
  • Nov. 2: Chris Thile of Punch Brothers, whose concerts merge bluegrass, classical, rock and jazz
  • Nov. 15: Estonian National Symphony Orchestra with Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello
  • Jan. 31: yMusic, the pop-classical ensemble that has played with everyone from Yo-Yo Ma to Bjork
  • Feb. 8: “Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60,” featuring Anat Cohen
  • Feb. 20: Lang Lang, piano
  • March 28: Inon Barnatan, piano, and Alisa Weilerstein, cello

Spivey Hall will host a hefty 50 performances that range from regional musicians and ensembles to some top tier singers and performers from around the world. Music fans will have their pick from German and Czech string quartets, classical piano, Latin guitar and American-born swing and jazz.

“Spivey Hall’s 23rd season offers music that will delight and surprise our patrons, with a mix of familiar favorites and exciting new artists making their Spivey Hall debuts,” said Samuel C. Dixon, Spivey Hall’s executive and artistic director.

The Spivey schedule includes:

  • From October though 2014, a piano series will features five artists from Emanuel Ax to British pianist Imogen Cooper.
  • The string series will open with the Tetzlaff Quartet in October and end next year with the Pavel Haas Quartet from the Czech Republic.
  • Vocal headliners begin with American lyric tenor Nicholas Phan and includes Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught, a rising star of the Bavarian and Vienna state operas, among others.
  • Organ recitals begin in November with American organist Paul Jacobs, head of the Juilliard School’s organ department, and conclude with Nathan Laube in March.
  • Guitar performances begin in November with Adam Levin and will include Cuban-born guitar master Manuel Barrueco and Grammy Award-winning virtuoso David Russell next year.
  • Jazz and swing will include the Los Angeles Times’ “top jazz pianist” Kenny Barron, the Glenn Miller Orchestra and others before concluding with Jamaican-born jazz pianist Monty Alexander next February.
  • The Spivey Hall Children’s Choir Program gives its annual holiday concerts in December among other performances.

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