Thursday, November 27, 2008

Festive Concerts for the Holiday Season

Celebrate the festive spirit of the season with the return of Emory's traditional holiday concerts and performances by student ensembles.

The Emory Jazz Ensemble with director Gary Motley presents a free concert on Dec. 2, at 8 p.m., featuring jazz favorites such as “My Little Suede Shoes” by Charlie Parker, “Watermelon Man” by Herbie Hancock and “Milestones” by Miles Davis.

The Emory Symphony Orchestra welcomes Emory Coca-Cola Artist-in-Residence Katherine Wolfe, violin, performing a free concert on Dec. 4 at 8 p.m., including “Finlandia” by Jean Sibelius, Vaughan Williams’ “A Lark Ascending” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 1 in C Major.”

The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta (ECMSA) presents on Dec. 5 in a free Noontime Series concert of solo works for violin by J.S. Bach.

On Dec. 7, at 4 p.m., the Vega String Quartet performs an ECMSA Family Series concert “Father Christmas’ Favorite Music,” where England’s Santa Claus will make a personal appearance to hand out holiday treats.

Emory’s University Chorus and Concert Choir with director Eric Nelson, organist Melissa Plamann, and pianists Lisa Leong and Deborah Thoreson present the “Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols,” on Dec. 5, at 8 p.m. and Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Established in 1935, this candle-lit evening service of choral music and scripture includes readings by special guests from the community.

Scott Stewart directs the Emory Wind Ensemble in a free concert on Dec. 7, at 4 p.m. including James Newton Howard’s “Grand Canyon Fanfare” with organist Melissa Plamann and the Atlanta Trumpet Ensemble. The Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony performs works by John Williams and James Barnes on Dec. 15 at 8 p.m.

The Emory Guitar Ensemble directed by Brian Luckett performs a keyboard fugue by Bach arranged for three guitars, three waltzes by Spanish composer Enrique Granados and two period pieces by Neapolitan guitarist Ferdinando Carulli on Dec. 8, at 8 p.m. The Emory World Music Ensemble with director Tong Soon Lee performs Dec. 9, at 8 p.m.

James Flannery hosts the “Sixteenth Annual Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert,” Dec. 12-14. This popular event highlights Celtic and Appalachian music, dance, and story with Grammy winning banjoist Alison Brown, Risin’ Appalachia and the Elders, The Buddy O’Reilly Band and clog dancers.

For tickets and venue information:, 404-727-5050.

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