Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Award-winning Pianist at the Museum, Auburn Jazz Including Me, More

Tzu-yi Chen
Ok, I have 30 minutes to write an event post before the boys get home and I have to pay attention to them. Normally, this would not at all be possible. I've already wasted like two minutes (see what I mean?) writing this two-sentence pre-apology.

Lucky for me, there's not a ton going on this week locally, but there are some noteworthy events.

My last post is about the American Chamber Players' concert tonight (2/29) at Goodwin Hall. Click here: "One of the Finest Chamber Ensembles in the Country" Program to Include "One of the Most Gorgeous Things in the Universe"

Award-winning Pianist Tzu-yi Chen Returns to Lunch Music

Tomorrow (3/1) at the museum series, as a fair number of people I've heard from are anticipating, and well they should, Tzu-yi Chen will return. She performed twice in the fall, both times as a sub for another Columbus State student. This time around, Tzu-yi is the original performer on the schedule. Her bio is impressive. It includes several international awards and several more orchestra credits. You can read a bit about her on my schedule page for the series (click the tab, Lunch Music Schedule, above). The bios are at the bottom of the page. On the program will be four short Scarlotti sonatas and the Brahms No. 3, Op. 5. I gushed over her a little in this post from October. The concert tomorrow will be 12-1 PM and it's free.

Fifteen minutes.

Jazz in Auburn

As usual, Thursday, Friday and Saturday will feature some of the region's best jazz musicians at Piccolo (alert: music auto-load) in Auburn. I know about Thursday (3/1), and that's the Jane Drake Trio's standing gig. Jane sings great and usually with Sidney Simmons on bass and Jonathan Lynn on piano, two engineering students at Auburn whom you should definitely check out while they're still local professional musicians.

I'll update this paragraph as I learn more. Friday's (3/2) headliner will be saxophonist Taylor Kennedy (MySpace page) from Atlanta. Saturday (3/3), go hear AU's Mike Pendowski (AU bio page). Also on Sunday the hotel's Ariccia does a jazz brunch from 11-2. Playing will be _____.

I will be at Hamilton's on Magnolia (alert: flash-based site) again with guitarist Patrick Bruce on Monday, March 5, from 6:30 to 9:00 PM. Embedded below is a handheld recording of us playing Victor Young's "Beautiful Love" at Ham's with bass player Jason DeBlanc on February 13. You can download it for free if you want.

Cabaret, African-American-Art-Inspired Program, Classical Guitar

And it looks like the AU School of Liberal Arts website is down at the moment, so I won't be able to refresh my memory about music-school events. I do know that the Department of Theatre is doing the musical Cabaret a lot. Here's a link to more on that run if the site is working.

But at the museum (website), there will be a bit of music Thursday night (3/1) as part of the program called Theatre and Music inspired by the Arthur Primas Collection. The exhibition on display right now in the museum's Harbert Gallery is called Promises of Freedom and is a collection of African-American works spanning 150 years. It is excellent. The Thursday night program will feature AU flute professor Karen Garrison, AU oboe professor Ann Knipschild and AU collaborative pianist Laurelie Gheesling. They'll do one piece, Miniatures by William Grant Still, as part of a larger program.

There is a classical guitar program at the museum on Friday night at 7:00 PM. JCSM's website is not letting on what the program is, but it's in the newsletter which I have around here somewhere. If I can dig it up, I'll update this post with more info when children are not looming. UPDATE: The guitar concert has been cancelled.

I am checking into the Carmike-Wynnsong's opera and ballet simulcast schedule. I should know more by next week. I think something starts on March 11, and they say they'll have brochures at the theater by mid March.

Ok, that's it. Took me an hour. Boys are being good.

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