Atlanta is a vibrant place for classical music, and the 2019–20 season is not any exception.
Last week, we spotlighted the upcoming 75th-anniversary season for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. However the ASO is way from the one recreation on the town.
There are a selection of events of outstanding curiosity for fans of classical music throughout the Atlanta metro space — including homegrown opera star Jamie Barton at Spivey Corridor.
At the moment, we take a look at The Atlanta Opera, Spivey Hall and choices by space universities. On Monday, we’ll showcase what’s arising this season for local ensembles and Atlanta’s “new music” scene.
The Atlanta Opera
At the posh Cobb Power Performing Arts Centre and different metro venues, you possibly can hear a mixture of conventional and extra revolutionary operas, with the stability this season towards innovation. (Solely Madama Butterfly cracks the top 10 for many carried out operas this yr, at quantity six in accordance with Operabase.)
— On October 5–13, Frida, composed by Robert Xavier Rodriguez, tells the tumultuous life of the artist Frida Kahlo and her marriage to the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. Rodriguez has written eight operas, some for youngsters. Frida (1991) combines mariachi instrumentation (accordion, violin, guitar and trumpet) and “people” influences similar to ragtime and 1930s jazz with Rodriguez’s own late romantic, but extremely dissonant type. Watch for the fiery Colombian soprano Catalina Cuervo as Frida.
— Rossini’s La Cenerentola (1817) is a variant on the Cinderella story by which the evil stepmother is replaced by a stepfather, Don Magnifico. This “drama with jokes” accommodates some of Rossini’s best solo writing and runs November 2–10.
— Salome (1905) is a one-act opera on scandalous and murderous themes through which Richard Strauss pushed the language of tonality to the restrict. This manufacturing, January 25–February 2, could have two noteworthy singers: Jennifer Larmore (Herodias), an American mezzo-soprano who is a native of Atlanta and is understood for her coloratura and bel canto roles, and Jennifer Holloway (Salome), another American mezzo, who comes off a current success in 2019 on the Oper Frankfurt.
— On March 7–15, Porgy and Bess is George and Ira Gershwin’s 1935 folktale of a disabled black beggar in Charleston and his attempts to rescue Bess from typically violent and exploitive males. The American bass and former all-American school football player Morris Robinson, an Atlanta favourite, will play Porgy March 7, eight and 10. Kristin Lewis, a lirico-spinto soprano recognized for singing Verdi, might be Bess.
— On Might 2–10, Madama Butterfly (1904), by Puccini, tells the tragic story of a geisha spouse in Japan, Cio-Cio-San, who is married to a U.S. Naval officer. Cio-Cio-San can be played by Japanese soprano Yasko Sato, whose performance with the Seattle Opera was praised for her musicality, delicate Japanese posturing and portrayal of the character’s stubbornness.
— Glory Denied, by Tom Cipullo (2007), Might 21–24, tells the story of the USA’ longest-held prisoner of struggle and his rocky transition back to civilian life. The protagonist, Colonel Jim Thompson, will probably be played by baritone Michael Mayes, an American opera specialist who is understood for deeply embodying roles in works such as the Atlanta Opera’s Lifeless Man Walking, performed this previous spring. (For its dedication to the veterans’ group, especially for making its productions freed from charge to veterans, the Atlanta Opera was honored in 2019 with an ArtsATL Luminary Award.)
In its 29th season, Spivey Corridor (on the Clayton State University campus) includes a full lineup of the finest worldwide performers on weekends, especially on Sunday afternoons. This venue is particularly handy for listeners on the south aspect of Atlanta.
Spivey Corridor all the time has stellar programming, notably vocal artists, and the 2019–20 season is not any exception.
— Strings collection. On September 29, the Dover and Escher String Quartets come collectively for a joint concert. Each ensembles are American, the first having acquired the Cleveland Quartet Award in 2015, and the second being intently affiliated with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Middle. Although on the expensive aspect ($75 per ticket as a season-opening gala), this concert provides one a uncommon probability to hear Mendelssohn’s famous Octet by two up-and-coming quartets.
On October 19, German violinist Christian Tetzlaff will collaborate with pianist Lars Vogt on a program that ranges from Brahms to Ravel. Tetzlaff came to fame in 1988 with a efficiency of Schoenberg’s Violin Concerto, a fiendishly troublesome work, with the Cleveland Orchestra. The duo acquired Gramophone’s prestigious “Recording of the Month” in January 2014 for their rendition of Schumann’s violin sonatas.
The Horszowski Piano Trio, November three, is a gaggle in excessive demand inspired by the life of the legendary pianist Mieczysław Horszowski (1892–1993), who taught on the Curtis Institute. The trio focuses on modern composers and composers that Horszowski met in individual, corresponding to Ravel and Fauré.
And lastly, the Takács Quartet will perform March 1. This group is occurring 40-plus years of performing experience (permitting for modifications in personnel) and has a large discography of critically acclaimed recordings, including the Beethoven, Smetana, Borodin and Bartók quartets.
— Piano collection. The Bax and Chung Piano Duo (husband and spouse) will current an intriguing program of orchestral works arranged for 2 pianos on October 6.
On October 27, the German pianist (and sometime conductor) Christian Zacharias will show his lyricism and musicianship in a program of Beethoven, Schumann and Schubert.
The famend Bach interpreter Angela Hewitt will give an all-Bach program March eight. Hewitt’s interpretations must be ranked up with different all-time greats akin to Sviatoslav Richter, Glenn Gould and András Schiff.
On April four, the up-and-coming British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, the youngest artist to win a Decca recording contract, will current a mix of lesser-known 18th-century and romantic-era works.
Ukrainian pianist Alexander Romanovsky, on April 25, will function in a program ranging from an association of the Bach Chaconne from violin to piano to Chopin Nocturnes and Études. Romanovsky was the 2001 first-prize winner of the Busoni Competition. He is called a extremely lyrical virtuoso and interpreter of Rachmaninoff.
— Organ collection. Paul Jacobs, a school member at Juilliard and the one organist to win a Grammy, performs February 15. Jacobs is legendary for an 18-hour nonstop live performance of all of Bach’s organ works in 2000 on the 250th anniversary of the composer’s demise.
Alan Morrison, who holds the McGehee Household Organist Residency at Spivey Hall and is a champion of latest music, will present a March 13 program to be announced later.
— Vocal collection. German lyric tenor Christoph Prégardien, nicely often known as a specialist in Lieder, oratorios and Baroque music, presents a program on October 20 in collaboration with the pianist Julius Drake. This system will embrace Lieder by Schubert and Beethoven.
On December eight, Rome native and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton seems in a program that options music starting from Haydn to Richard Strauss. Barton has been in excessive demand by the Met and other opera homes all over the world since profitable competitions in 2013; her voice has been compared to that of the Norwegian Wagnerian soprano Kirsten Flagstad.
On January 11, the British baritone and composer Roderick Williams, and one-time choral scholar at Magdalen School in Oxford, appears in a program containing Brahms’s well-known music cycle, Die Schöne Magelone, which portrays a quasi-medieval romance. Julius Drake again is the collaborator on piano.
— Special occasions. The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Middle, directed by cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, presents a program February 23. Composers vary from classical (Mozart) to the 20th century (Barber). In addition to that includes the pianist-composer Michael Brown, four wind players and one hornist shall be heard, a mixture that listeners should discover refreshing.
On February 29, guitarist Miloš Karadaglić, from Montenegro, plays a program combining classical works with crossover repertoire by the Beatles and organized for guitar and string quintet. Karadaglić — typically referred to as “Miloš” — has launched extremely successful recordings, comparable to his Blackbird: The Beatles Album (2016, Mercury Classics).
Emory College has a strong live performance collection named after its late patron, Flora Glenn Candler. Georgia State College and Kennesaw State College also regularly invite renowned performers. [Full disclosure: Wadsworth teaches in the School of Music at Kennesaw State.]
— At Emory, jazz and classical pianist-composer Brad Mehldau will collaborate October 18 with British tenor Ian Bostridge. Mehldau has written a track cycle for Bostridge, and it ought to be fascinating to see the points of contact — and differences — between these two distinctive musicians.
American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato will sing a program November 3 meditating on themes of conflict and peace. On January 15, the revolutionary Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will workforce up with Khatia Buniatishvili, a French-Georgian pianist recognized for interpretations of Chopin and Liszt. (The conductor shall be Mark Wigglesworth, who may also visitor conduct the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on Might 7 and 9.)
We’ll get a fun deal with and see Robert Spano away from his common job with the ASO April 10: he will collaborate on piano with the violinist Robert McDuffie in a program including music by Beethoven and Brahms. McDuffie is a local of Macon and is an articulate spokesperson for classical music, confirmed by his many media appearances, for example on CBS Information Sunday Morning.
— Georgia State University’s Rialto Middle for the Performing Arts will function a February 4 program carried out by the GSU Choral and Wind Ensembles carried out by Eric Whitacre. An American composer and conductor, Whitacre is understood for his choral, orchestral and wind ensemble music. His works, which have been performed by a few of the world’s most prestigious orchestras and choirs, are recognized for his or her indeterminate sections and for a neo-impressionistic strategy.
— At Kennesaw State University’s Bailey Performance Middle, the ASO and Malaysian pianist and composer Tengku Irfan carry out Bartók’s Second Piano Concerto on October four. Irfan, who at present studies at Juilliard, is just 20 years previous.
Cellist Zuill Bailey, a Grammy-award winner, performs Brahms’ Double Concerto with professor and violinist Helen Kim on October 9. On April 17, the ASO and Midori, the latter one of many world’s most outstanding violinists and a notable humanitarian, carry out collectively in Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto.
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