Friday, February 12, 2010


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Music Director Robert Spano to Lead the ASO and Women of the ASO Chorus in Mahler's Symphony No. 3

Concert To Feature Mezzo-Soprano Ruxandra Donose And The Gwinnett Young Singers

Music Director Robert Spano will lead the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Women of the ASO Chorus in Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, with mezzo-soprano Ruxandra Donose and the Gwinnett Young Singers. The concerts will be March 4 and 6, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. at Atlanta Symphony Hall at the Woodruff Arts Center.

Fanfare Pre-Concert Dinner Buffet

A great ASO tradition returns in the 2009-2010 season — Fanfare, the pre-concert buffet-style dining by Restaurant Associates, will be available to all concertgoers at all Delta Classical, SuperPops, and Coca-Cola Holiday concert-evening performances from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Concert Preview Talks

Audiences have the opportunity to learn more about the music they’ll be hearing at concerts with free Concert Previews, hosted by ASO Insider and Program Annotator Ken Meltzer. Join Mr. Meltzer and his special guests, composers, conductors, and musicians for lively and informative discussions. All concert previews are located in Atlanta Symphony Hall and are free and open to all concert ticket-holders. (Speakers and locations are subject to change.)

About the Repertoire

MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No.3 in D minor

Gustav Mahler was born in Kaliště, Bohemia, on July 7, 1860, and died in Vienna, Austria, on May 18, 1911. The first complete performance of the Symphony No. 3 took place in Krefeld, Germany, on June 9, 1902, with the composer conducting.

About the Artists
Music Director Robert Spano, now in his ninth season as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, is recognized internationally as one of the most imaginative conductors of his generation. Since 2001 he has invigorated and expanded the Orchestra’s repertoire while elevating the ensemble to new levels of international prominence and acclaim.

Romanian mezzo-soprano Ruxandra Donose has captured critical and popular acclaim in leading opera houses and concert halls. Der neue Merker described her voice as an “incredibly exciting, flowing mezzo-soprano, which has no breaks and a flawless timbre.” Her expressive vocalism, thoughtful musicianship, and elegant stage presence allow her to pursue an extensive operatic and orchestral repertoire.

Acclaimed for the beauty, precision and expressive qualities of their singing, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Choruses have been an important part of the Orchestra's programming since their founding by the late Robert Shaw. Both the ASO Chorus and Chamber Chorus are composed entirely of volunteers, who meet weekly for rehearsals and perform with the ASO several times each season.

Now entering its nineteenth season, the Gwinnett Young Singers are frequent guests of the ASO. Under the direction of Founder and Music Director Lynn Urda, and Associate Director Carol Wyatt, the Gwinnett Young Singers rapidly became a nationally recognized children’s chorus, best noted for its mastery of challenging repertoire and exceptionally high musical standards.

About the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, now in its 65th season, is considered one of America’s leading orchestras, known for the excellence of its live performances, presentations, renowned choruses, and its impressive list of Grammy® Award-winning recordings.

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This concert is part of the Delta Classical Concert Series. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

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Single tickets for these performances are $20 to $75. All single for the 2009-2010 are now availableonline at or by calling (404) 733-5000. Tickets may also be purchased at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office located in the Woodruff Arts Center at 15th and Peachtree Streets. Box office hours are Monday through Friday 10am-8pm, and Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 8pm.

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Delta Classical Series
Atlanta Symphony Hall, Memorial Arts Building, Woodruff Arts Center
Thursday, March 4, 2010, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 6, 2010, 8:00 p.m.

Robert Spano, conductor
Ruxandra Donose, mezzo-soprano*
Gwinnett Young Singers
Women of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
MAHLER Symphony No. 3
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Zeller and Otaki to Present Free Valentine’s Day Concert at Spivey Hall

Clayton State University’s longest-running musical pairing (since 2002), Dr. Kurt-Alexander Zeller, director of Opera and Vocal Studies at Clayton State University, and Clayton State Director of Keyboard Studies Dr. Michiko Otaki, have a special treat for Valentine’s Day… a free faculty recital on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. in Spivey Hall.

“We have appeared all over the Southeast, been heard on WABE, and were invited to perform at the 2006 International Congress of Voice Teachers in Vancouver, British Columbia,” notes Zeller. “We present a new program in Spivey Hall almost every year, but when we drew Valentine’s Day as the date for our annual faculty recital, we knew that we would have to do something a little different this year.

“The program would have to be something not too heavy, so that there would be plenty of room for candlelit dinners and chocolate afterward, something frothy enough to be compatible with champagne, something that managed to be both nice and naughty — in short, something that would be appropriate for the patron saint of lovers. The songs all are love songs — but they have diverse viewpoints. Many are romantic or flirtatious, but even though it’s Valentine’s Day, a few look at the more ridiculous side of love and a couple even examine its dark side. “

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Music at the Morris Springs into Action in 2010

The Morris Museum announces its Spring Music at the Morris schedule, which includes performances by soprano Laquita Mitchell, cellist Christine Crookall and pianist Martin David Jones, and a Symphony Orchestra Augusta ensemble.

“Music at the Morris, our free, monthly music series, has been highly successful,” commented David Tucker, deputy director and curator of education at the Morris Museum of Art. “It allows us to bring to our community top quality local and regional musical artists who represent all musical genres, including jazz, blues, country, bluegrass, acoustic, and classical.”

Sunday, February 21, 2:00 p.m.
Laquita Mitchell. New York City native and Manhattan School of Music graduate Laquita Mitchell made her role debut as Bess in George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at the San Francisco Opera in June of 2009. A Grand Prize Winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2004, Ms. Mitchell brings a program of her favorite pieces to our Morris stage.

Sunday, March 21, 2:00 p.m.
Christine Crookall and Martin David Jones. A history of music written for cello and piano is performed by Augusta State University music professors Christine Crookall, cello, and Martin David Jones, piano. Join us for a selection of favorites from the eighteenth through twenty-first centuries by composers including Bach, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, and more. Refreshments and conversation with the artists follow.

Sunday, April 18, 2:00 p.m.
Music of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Augusta State University music faculty and colleagues bring to the Morris stage the wonderful music of the nineteenth century’s romantic period and music of the twentieth century. Enjoyable just for the music, the concert is also aligned with the curriculum requirements of the university’s humanities courses.

Sunday, May 16, 2:00 p.m.
Demonstration and Discussion with Maestro Shizuo Kuwahara. A Symphony Orchestra Augusta ensemble performs a short magnum opus, and Maestro Kuwahara dissects and analyzes the work with the audience, determining why it is exemplary. Refreshments and conversation with the artists follow.

Music at the Morris is FREE to the public. Held in the museum’s auditorium, most performances are followed by refreshments and an opportunity for conversation with the artists. Seating is limited. For more information, please call 706-828-3867. Music at the Morris is sponsored in part by SunTrust Bank and Mr. and Mrs. Braye C. Boardman. Free Sundays at the Morris are sponsored in part by Elliott Davis, LLC, and Wachovia Bank.

The Morris Museum of Art was founded in 1985 and opened to the public in 1992. It is the oldest museum in the country that is devoted to the art and artists of the American South. The museum’s permanent collection holds approximately five thousand works of art that date from the late-eighteenth century to the present. The permanent collection galleries are currently being reinstalled and will reopen March 6, 2010. The Morris is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., and on Sunday, noon–5:00 p.m. For more information about the Morris Museum of Art, visit or call 706-724-7501.
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Lee Brice Heads to Duluth, GA for a Knock Out Performance

Brice to Perform at Duluth, GA Wild Bills

Curb Records recording artist Lee Brice, one of Nashville’s top tunesmiths, is bringing his rugged and soulful performance to Duluth, GA March 12, 2010 to perform at Wild Bills (2075 Market St., Duluth, GA 30096). Fridays show will also feature Clay Walker, as the two performers have teamed up to rock the house! Ticket info can be found online at

“Having the chance to open for Clay Walker is an incredible honor,” says Lee. “His fans are loyal, supportive and welcoming. I’m excited to share my music with them!”

When Lee Brice first entered the country consciousness with the Top 30 hit “She Ain’t Right” in 2007, his voice carrying over FM radio waves like honey trickling through lines of melody etched in leather, his rugged sound and raw emotion spoke for a new generation of Nashville recording artists. As follow-up singles “Happy Endings,” “Upper Middle Class White Trash,” and current Top 40 hit “Love Like Crazy” have doggedly climbed the charts, Brice has continued to change the landscape of country with images inspired by the Carolina backcountry where he was raised—of a tightly packed car heading from Myrtle Beach into the sunset, of a trailer park full of Cadillacs, of 58 years of marriage lived in a 2-story house on Maple Street.

Not only has Brice established himself as one of the most promising new voices in country, he has proven himself as one of Nashville’s top tunesmiths, with cuts by Jason Aldean, Adam Gregory, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, and Garth Brooks to his credit. “More Than A Memory,” the Garth Brooks smash that became the first song in Billboard chart history to debut at #1, seems more like a dream to Brice.

And, the dream continues to realize as Brice is currently putting the finishing touches on his forthcoming debut album Picture Of Me.

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Coweta: Wadsworth Concert Brings Master Classes to Students

An exciting and educational facet of the March 6th Charles Wadsworth & Friends Concert is now set to continue. Two of the musicians performing in the concert will arrive earlier in order to conduct Master Classes for Coweta County high school vocal and piano students.

Soprano Courtenay Budd and pianist Steven Prutsman, both accomplished and world-class artists, will conduct the Master Classes at The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts on Friday, March 5th. The master classes are free-of-charge to the students and the costs are being totally underwritten by the Newnan Rotary Club and Cargill.

“A Master Class is a class given to students of a particular discipline by an expert of that discipline—usually music, but also painting, drama, dance, or any of the arts. In a Master Class, a teacher’s general comments are replaced by the far more personal, intimate, informed, and individualized instructions and comments of a practiced professional in that talent or skill.”

Newnan High School’s Band Director John Erdogan has said of past master classes, “Student participation in Master Classes can hone students’ skills and challenge them. Encountering musicians who perform at this level can benefit students greatly by helping them develop basic techniques, reading literature, tone production... and just from the opportunity to be exposed to a developed talent who has succeeded artistically and professionally. Someone who actually does this professionally can certainly benefit students. Lots of things can come from these master classes.” Erdogan added, “"We are also so fortunate to have local citizens who not only appreciate Wadsworth and support his annual concert here, but also appreciate the musical arts enough to financially support a master class like this for our students.”

Dr. Lyn Schenbeck, Director, Centre Strings (high school) orchestra (also 6th-8th Strings, Smokey Road Middle school) commented, "This opportunity for our students and the Centre Strings ensemble to be a part of a master class can be a life-altering experience. Having the opportunity in past years to learn from someone like violinist Chee-Yun or cellist Edward Arron was very exciting; our students benefited in every way. A big thank you to Newnan Rotary and Cargill for making this happen.”

Tickets for the concert will be available, effective February 5 at Scott’s Book Store on the Courthouse Square, Morgans Jewelers at Ashley Park, The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts and Bank of Coweta at Thomas Crossroads and are budget priced at $20. for adults and $15. for students and (65+ seniors)
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Thursday, February 04, 2010

17th Annual Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival

A great afternoon of music, food and friends!
Saturday, May 15 at 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Thomson, Georgia

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Al Di Meola at the Variety Playhouse

Thursday, February 4, 8:00pm
Tickets: $27.50 advance / $30 day of show

Al Di Meola holds the most prestigious guitar awards (of any guitarist in the world) from the highest rated guitar poll in the world, Guitar Player Magazine. He has been known throughout the world for the past two and a half decades as one of the most prominent virtuosos in the contemporary instrumental jazz field. Di Meola's highly celebrated career has spanned a wide range of emotions into a unique style embodying the artists world inspired influences. "If you don't advance creatively," Al Di Meola once told Guitar Player's Jim Ferguson, "then all you have left is playing Vegas." From his stunning arrival on the scene as the fiery virtuoso in Chick Corea's jazz fusion group Return to Forever to his international acclaim as the member of an acoustic guitar trio, and from his solo career to his championing of the musical legacy of tango master Astor Piazzolla, Di Meola has held firm to this credo. Passionate, opinionated, and immensely gifted, he has covered more musical terrain in his 20-year plus career than many artists have in a lifetime.

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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Georgia Tech Competition Cultivates Invention of New Musical Instruments

/PRNewswire/ -- Georgia Tech's second annual Guthman Musical Instrument Competition will conclude with a final public performance at 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 27, 2010 in Atlanta. The competition, supported by the philanthropy of alumnus Richard Guthman, is the only one of its kind in showcasing artists, musicians and entrepreneurs with radical new ideas for music performance and technology.

An expert panel of judges will review entries based on musicality, design and engineering, for prizes of $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place and $2,000 for third place.

Judges include:
-- Gil Weinberg, Director, Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology
-- Eliot Van Buskirk, Music Reporter for
-- Johannes Goebel, Founding Director of Experimental Media and
Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
-- Tod Machover, Professor and Director of Hyperinstruments/Opera of the
Future Group at MIT Media Lab

The event will be held in the J. Allen Couch Building, 840 McMillan Street, on the Georgia Tech campus. Admission is free and doors open at noon for a panel discussion with the judges. Performances by the competition finalists will begin at 1 PM and prizes will be awarded at the end of the final performances.

Preliminary performances will be held on Friday, February 26, from 10 AM to 4 PM in both the J. Allen Couch Building and the West Architecture Building at 247 Fourth Street NW. Immediately following the preliminary performances, there will be an open house showcase of unique music-making projects, research, and experiences from faculty and students in the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology. The Open House will be in the J. Allen Couch Building and all are invited to attend.

Last year, 30 inventors from seven countries performed on Georgia Tech's campus in the Guthman Competition. "We were thrilled by the diversity and quality of the competitors. "It was absolutely inspiring to see such a range and diversity of ideas from commercial firms, academicians and creative young musicians," said Frank Clark, Chair of Georgia Tech's School of Music. "Thanks to the Guthmans, this competition will expose new paradigms of expression year after year."

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Monday, February 01, 2010

Resident Composer Michael Gordon Joins Georgia Tech’s Sonic Generator for a Free Concert at The Woodruff Arts Center

Monday, February 8, 2010 at 8 p.m. Rich Theatre, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street

The Woodruff Arts Center is excited to be partnering again with Georgia Tech’s chamber music ensemble-in-residence, Sonic Generator. This free performance features the music of resident composer Michael Gordon and promises to be a unique experience in live music, creativity, and technology. The event is part of Tech’s T. Gordon Little Lecture Series in the Imagination.
Sonic Generator explores the ways in which technology can transform how we create, perform and listen to music. The ensemble, comprised of some of the top classical musicians in Atlanta, works closely with Georgia Tech faculty in the GVU Center and the Center for Music Technology to present concerts that bring cutting-edge technologies to the world of contemporary classical music.

This program showcases composer Michael Gordon’s strikingly diverse music and his unique approaches to technology and to film. I Buried Paul (1996) draws inspiration from an unusual moment in the Beatles’ Strawberry Fields Forever, while Weather One (2005) compares the history of art to the unpredictability of the weather. The program also includes ac dc (1996) and a trio of selections from Gordon’s album Light is Calling (2004), which expertly mixes acoustic instruments and electronics with films by Bill Morrison.

This will be Sonic Generator’s third performance at the Woodruff Arts Center. They first played in the Rich Theatre to a full audience, performing musical pieces in unconventional ways against a backdrop of experimental films. Their second performance was a collaboration with critically acclaimed dance group gloATL for the world premiere, Crea. Crea blurred the lines between dance, visual art, and music, creating an unforgettable evening of innovation and invention.
Sonic Generator is also sponsored by the GVU Center at Georgia Tech and organized in collaboration with the Center for Music Technology and the School of Music in the College of Architecture.
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Eighth Annual Honda Battle of the Bands Inspires All Ages To “Shake Your Body Down To the Ground”

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Set against a colorful backdrop of dynamic performances by eight of the nation’s top Historically Black College and University [HBCU] marching bands, a reverent marching band tribute to the late music icon Michael Jackson, and all the hype of a live performance from hip-hop artist, Ludacris, the 2010 Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) Invitational Showcase had a crowd of more than 55,000 “shaking their bodies down to the ground.”

In the end, the 2010 Honda Battle of the Bands concluded with the message of unity for humanity, evident in much of the “King of Pop’s” music and in several marching band dedications to the Haitian relief effort. The 1,800 student musicians and 55,000+ fans were inspired to reflect on the role they play in making the world a better place.

HBCU friends, fans, students and alumni traveled from all over the United States to enjoy the 2010 Honda Battle of the Bands, the lineup of which included:

Albany State University “Marching Rams” (Albany, Georgia)

Clark Atlanta University “Mighty Marching Panthers” (Atlanta, Georgia)

Florida A&M University “Marching 100” (Tallahassee, Florida)

North Carolina Central University “Marching Sound Machine” (Durham, North Carolina)

Prairie View A&M University “Marching Storm” (Prairie View, Texas)

Southern University “Human Jukebox Marching Band” (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)

Tuskegee University “Marching Crimson Pipers” (Tuskegee, Alabama)

Virginia State University “Trojan Explosion Marching Band” (Petersburg, Virginia)

The multi-faceted show was a virtual musical menagerie, blending the latest chart-topping R&B and Hip-Hop, pop, rock, funk and more. And, as a special treat, Atlanta-native and award-winning Hip-Hop artist and actor Ludacris was a featured special guest, performing his latest single “How Low”, from his highly-anticipated new album, Battle of the Sexes, before his hometown crowd.

Supporting HBCU Music Programs

The Honda Battle of the Bands program not only showcases the pageantry and showmanship of HBCU marching bands, but more significantly, stands as the only HBCU music scholarship program of its kind. The eight bands selected to participate in this year’s Invitational Showcase were each awarded $20,000 for their music scholarship programs, plus an additional $1,000 grant for their participation in the “Road to the Honda,” the program’s pre-qualifying event held in the fall.


At the Invitational Showcase event, the 2010 FOX MUSIC EXPERIENCE was awarded to Erica Dotson from Prairie View A&M University, the first female to receive the award. The FOX MUSIC EXPERIENCE is a unique summer music internship/immersion program exclusively for participants in the Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase. The program, which launched in 2008, provides student-musicians with a first-hand, behind-the-scenes look at the worlds of music and entertainment. Dotson will have the opportunity to spend a few weeks in the summer working on the Twentieth Century Fox studio lot in Los Angeles, learning film and television music production from leaders in the industry.

Recruiting Future Generations

Returning for the fifth year in a row, the HBOB HBCU Recruitment Fair served as a valuable information source for 4,000 attendees. Conceived to go beyond simply exposing young people to the opportunities that historically black colleges and universities offer, the HBOB HBCU Recruitment Fair is unique in that it permits prospective college students to meet with marching band and admissions recruiters to discuss admissions requirements and scholarship opportunities. A total of 30 institutions exhibited at this year’s Fair.

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