Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Schwartz and Kobrin in Columbus, Lunch Music, Me at Ham's, So Very Much More

I was on vacation earlier this week and don't really have the time to go on about the events. I will say this, though, good googley moogley there is a lot going on. I mean, come on. I'll just list them clumsily, and you can read more at the linked sites.

Oh, I will, however, take the time to mention that lyric soprano Christina Burroughs will sing at the museum tomorrow for its weekly lunchtime series which I coordinate. She'll sing a program of mostly love songs from so many different genres--Handel, Romantic art song, opera and more. Read a bit more about her on my Lunch Music Schedule page. Hear her tomorrow (3/29) from noon to 1 PM with Auburn pianist Nicole Agostino.

Also, on Monday, April 2, I'll be playing jazz at Hamilton's on Magnolia FBS with guitarist Patrick Bruce. This is our monthly first-Monday gig there. They serve delicious food and martinis are half-price on Mondays. We play 6:30 to 9:00, and there's no cover.

Ok, commercials are over. There are really just too many events worth hearing in the next few days. I'll try to categorize or something. Probably the biggest deal will be Columbus's LegacyLive! series performance by violinist Sergiu Schwartz and pianist Alex Kobrin on Sunday, April 1. See link below under Columbus heading and video embedded above, presumably of him playing Brahms for a past LegacyLive! performance (thanks to YouTube user cmi614).


3/29 - A Little Lunch Music presents soprano Christina Burroughs with pianist Nicole Agostino

3/29 - East Alabama Arts Association presents Pilobolus

3/29 - Piccolo jazz presents the Jane Drake Trio

3/30 - Piccolo jazz presents La'roy Bodiford

3/31 - Piccolo jazz presents Kenyon Carter

4/1 - Ariccia Sunday brunch with the Jack Dresher trio, 11-2

4/2 - Dinner and a Jazz Duo at Hamilton's on Magnolia with me and guitarist Patrick Bruce

4/2 - Trombone Choir and Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble Concert (It looked interesting.)

4/3 - guest pianist Michelle Huang (Program looks cool. She'll be at the museum next Thursday, too.)

UPDATE: 4/4 - A Little Lunch Music presents Michelle Huang, 12-1 PM (Day-shift from Thursday this week. Thanks a million to Michelle for being so flexible!)

UPDATE: 4/5 - AU Research Week presents AU music faculty recital at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, 12:15 - 2:00 PM

4/5 - East Alabama Arts Association presents the Alabama Symphony Orchestra with Bobby Horton (Yes, they're coming here!)

4/6 - Michael Pendowski faculty recital


3/31 - Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents Carmina & Copland featuring among many others, the AU Chamber Choir

4/1 - Sergiu Schwartz, violin with Alex Kobrin, piano

4/2 - Columbus Brass

UPDATE: 4/4 - Alexander Kobrin at Legacy Hall


3/29 - Montgomery Chamber Music Organization presents the Modigliani Quartet

4/3 - Montgomery Performing Arts Center presents Come Fly with Me Away


3/30-3/31 - Alabama Symphony Orchestra presents Elgar's Cello Concerto (and more)

Trio with Worldwide Reputation Performing Tonight (3/28/12) in Auburn

Performing tonight at AU's Goodwin Hall at 7:30 PM will be the Newstead Trio. This is the third and final presentation by the Auburn Chamber Music Society MAL for this season (AU event page).

Here is a link to an article about the event on
Chamber Society Finishes Season with Masterpieces by Ed Enoch (March 25, 2012)

There's lots of great comments on the reviews page of the trio's effective and up-to-date website, and some very, very good performances on video. Also, after you listen to the performance, the group has several recordings for sale on the site.

I embedded a video here (without permission, but thanks to YouTube user nixonmedia) of the 19-years-and-running group performing a different Beethoven trio (Op. 11 in B-flat major) from the one they'll perform tonight (Op. 1 in C-minor). They'll also do Brahms and Mozart. It should be good.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

David Russell in Columbus, Indian Music at the Museum, Jazz at Piccolo and More

Tomorrow night (3/22) at RiverCenter's Legacy Hall in Columbus, Georgia, Grammy-Award-winning classical guitarist David Russell will perform at 7:30 PM Eastern time (CSU event page). The video at right is used by permission and is courtesy of his YouTube channel (davidrussellguitar).

Tonight (3/21) at Emory University, concert saxophone legend Eugene Rousseau (University of Minnesota bio) will give a performance and master class with the Croatian Zagreb Saxophone Quartet (site has some problems with audio). I don't know about the quartet, but there is some video online (or just audio with a still) like this one of them playing a Brahms piano quintet transcription. As for Rousseau, I won't say much, as I think it would be hard to convince most of my 20 or so readers to drop everything--you'd need to leave Auburn in about an hour--and drive to Atlanta this afternoon for a classical saxophone event. But you should, especially if you are any kind of saxophonist. Here's an event page on McIntosh High School's band's website. It doesn't appear to be on Emory's own music event calendar. *sigh*

Tomorrow (3/22) from noon to 1:00 PM, the lunch-music series I coordinate at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art will host Dr. S. Raj Chaudhury and the Auburn Indian Music Ensemble. They performed last spring for us, and Dr. Chaudhury does a good job putting the somewhat unfamiliar sounds we are hearing into context. This music is based on a system very different from the one on which conventional Western classical music is based. Do come and hear the free concert, enjoy the museum's exhibitions and have a delicious lunch at the Museum Café. For more on the series, visit my Lunch Music Schedule page.

Jazz at Auburn's Piccolo

This week at Piccolo MAL, the Jane Drake Trio returns on Thursday (3/22), Taylor Kennedy (MySpace page) on Friday (3/23), and AU's saxophone and jazz instructor Mike Pendowski (AU bio) on Saturday (3/24). All are no-cover shows from 8-11 PM. All will be worth your time, so go listen, eat and drink!

On Sunday (3/25), Ariccia will have its Jazz Brunch from 11-2. I think the Jack Dresher trio will play, but that's not confirmed.

A Lot More Classical Music in Auburn and Columbus

Dr. Joshua Pifer (AU bio page), AU's new piano lecturer will do a recital Thursday night (3/22) at Goodwin Hall (AU event page). Dr. Pifer opened the lunch-music series at the museum last fall and played beautifully. His specialties are works by Japanese composers and also the music of Alexander Tcherepnin. This should be very, very good. If I can get some program information, I'll update this post.

On Friday (3/23), the PEN Trio, a traditional trio d-anches with oboist Nora Lewis, clarinetist Phillip O. Paglialonga (choose HTML version to avoid MAL and FBS alerts) and bassoonist Eric Van der Veer Varner (Heidelberg University bio) will perform at Goodwin Hall (AU event page). I thought I saw some video online the other day but can't find it now. The trio is based in the Midwest. From what I can tell, they seem to be committed to performing and touring together as a group, so I would expect good music.

AU's Spring Choral Concert will be this Sunday (3/25) at 2:30 PM at Auburn United Methodist Church (AU event page). Note the following Saturday (3/31) the AU Chamber Choir will be in Columbus as part of a big Columbus Symphony Orchestra event there.

UPDATE: For the choral event this Sunday (3/25), performing will be the Chamber Choir, Women's Chorus, Men's Chorus and Concert Choir. It will be a multilingual performance and the big finish will be all of the choirs combined.

Next Wednesday (3/28) the Auburn Chamber Music Society MAL will present the Newstead Trio. I hope to do a separate post on this later. Competing for your ears that night will be soprano Anna Tonna with the CSU Chamber Orchestra (CSU event page).

Atlanta Symphony does Mozart and Beethoven this week. Thursday (3/22) Auburn's Carmike-Wynnsong 16 will simulcast live London's Royal Ballet production of Romeo and Juliet featuring the music of Sergei Prokofiev and the choreography of Kenneth MacMillan. Giacomo Puccini's La bohème from the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, Spain, will encore at the Carmike next Tuesday (3/27) at 7:00 PM.

There are student recitals all over the place so peruse the AU and CSU calendars for even more music. I'll look deeper into Montgomery and Birmingham if I have time...but I likely won't.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Snakebite Six in Columbus, Local Jazz, Swan Lake and More

The Snakebite Six Dixieland Jazz Band
"I can't tell you how happy the music made me. It was so... contrapuntal: the clarinet's notes [hovering] above the stage like an emerald hummingbird while the trumpet's weft and warp danced with more melodic emphasis and the gregarious trombone's sliding baritone easiness as smooth and embryonic as a nocturnal lullaby sung by lunar-beam drenched fairies; the music had everyone in the audience smiling and moving to the groove like butterflies trained in ballet." -singer and poet Rusty Taylor from his blog at about a performance by The Snakebite Six Dixieland Jazz Band on January 20, 2012, at The Loft in Columbus, Georgia (full post).

Friday night (3/16) in Columbus at The Loft, you can hear The Snakebite Six Dixieland Jazz Band. I heard them at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art last year (spring 2011) when George Rodrigue came to town, and they were very, very good. Good swing feel, very good solos, and excellent presentation. Definitely worth the drive over to hear. They play 7-9 PM Eastern time, as do all of the Friday-night jazz groups there.

If you want to know who plays there each week, get on the email list of the Columbus Jazz Society. The Loft's calendar keeps up with its jazz artists sporadically, and its Facebook page is not much better. It is a great venue, though, and well attended.

As for the Six, they have no online presence. But with a name like Snakebite Six, and playing as well as they do, I think they could capitalize on a little mystery, maybe popping up where you least expect them. The Six's personnel is Bob Murray on clarinet, Tom Chadwick on piano, Paul Vander Gheynst on trombone, Jim Evans on trumpet, Edward Robinson on bass and David Morgan on drums.

Jazz Locally

Starting with what's not happening this week in Auburn, nothing is on the Auburn University music calendar and we will not be having lunch music at the museum due to AU Spring Break. Jane Drake will not be singing with her trio at Piccolo MAL on Thursday night for the same reason. Maybe it's for the best, since two thirds of her trio are in NYC jazz-club hopping. Also, I think they went to see Letterman.

The rest of the weekend at Piccolo is on, but I don't know yet who's up. I had a very good gig there last Saturday with regional heavyweight Alex Pershounin, bassist and head of Columbus State's jazz program, and Patrick Bruce on guitar. Alex did a few features. As a classically trained bassist, his bowing was lovely on the ballads. He did "Georgia on My Mind," and "Stars Fell on Alabama," not as an intentional tribute to our wider community here, but rather they were requested by a new Auburnite from Chicago who DJ'ed a jazz show on the radio up there. I requested he do "There Is No Greater Love" which was terrific. He has an easy way of filling up the rooms there at Piccolo with his solo sound, then returning to the ensemble balance. As an improvisor his ideas are impeccable. And I always enjoy playing with the other Patrick. We do a duo at Hamilton's on Magnolia every first Monday.

As for Piccolo this week, I'll update this post or do a new one once I know more, but you can get on its mailing list by going to the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center's newsletter page. They usually send something out about the weekend on Thursday or Friday. I do know that Patrick Bruce will return in a trio to play the brunch there at Ariccia this Sunday (3/18), 11-2.

UPDATE: On Friday (3/16), hard-grooving Troy saxophonist La'roy Bodiford will headline at Piccolo with Troy vibist Eric Ward (Troy University bio), and bassist Chris Hodges from Dothan. On Saturday (3/17), Atlanta saxophonist John Sandfort (pretty sure that this is his MySpace page with some great playing samples) will headline with pianist Geoff Haydon (Georgia State University bio) and Auburn's own Tim Chambliss on drums.

LaGrange, Swan Lake, and a Choice to Make

Next Tuesday (3/20) the Lagrange Symphony will do its Concerto Festival. Composers featured are Hertel, Martin, Dvorak and Tchaikovsky. More on the pieces and the soloists at this page on the orchestra's website. It's about an hour's drive.

Also about an hour away on Sunday (3/18), you can watch the ballet Swan Lake at the Rave Festival Plaza 16 at 7:30 PM. Here is the Fathom Event page about the production, prerecorded in London. Enter in "36116" to the zip code field at the bottom for a link to tickets.

Start now thinking about what you'll hear next Thursday (3/22). AU Piano Lecturer Josh Pifer will do a recital at Goodwin Hall that night as will Grammy-award-winning classical guitarist David Russell at the RiverCenter in Columbus. Here's the event page on AU's music calendar for Dr. Pifer. Here's the event page for Russell on CSU's Schwob College of Music calendar. I've heard Dr. Pifer play at the museum. It was beautiful.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Link Alerts for Fussy Surfers

I have started putting alerts after some of my links. If you are someone who is still amazed by all the cool things that people do with websites, or who is amazed that websites exist at all, then these alerts are not for you. Click away. Some people, and I may be increasingly becoming one of them, feel that some of these things make their browsing experiences worse. I just want to give them fair warning.

Below is what the abbreviations mean. I started adding them around the time of this post. I will not be going backwards and adding them to my old posts.


FBD - Facebook Dependent - Some sites have an embedded window into the universe of Facebook or some other third-party opt-in social networking site. Ok. But some will use that embedded window as the only thing that lists their owners' events or activities. A lot of web-users are unhappy that Facebook exists at all. It's a lot to ask them to find more about your product by going there. An example of this is currently my own chamber group's website. Sorry. It was easy. I'll get around to fixing it.

FBS - Flash-based site - These sites can be artful, but the sometimes-cool animation that accompanies page transitions takes milliseconds (sometimes seconds) that we don't really want to wait for. Plus too-often they just plain don't work, especially if your browser is not updated to the hilt.

MAL - Music Auto-load - This is when music automatically starts playing in the "background" as soon as a webpage loads onto your browser. There are people out there who hate this so much. I don't love it. I also use this for when a video automatically starts at page load.

OOD - Out of Date - This is a site whose information, usually the calendar, is significantly out of date.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Jason Marsalis in Columbus. No, Really. Also, Other Worthy Jazz Events.

There's lots of jazz going on the next few days in Auburn and Columbus. Click here for my post about some of these and other events this week.

Tonight (Friday, 3/9)

8-11 PM.
Piccolo (alert: music auto-load).
Atlanta saxophonist Neil Newcomb with Atlanta guitarist Jacob Deaton (alert: flash-based sites, music auto-load if you don't choose their HTML versions) and Atlanta bassist Nadav Spiegelman (MySpace page)

Saturday (3/10)

12:00 noon Eastern time
Studio Theatre, RiverCenter, Columbus.
Jason Marsalis (alert: flash-based site) master class. No, really.
There is some online evidence of this here. An email I got from Columbus Jazz Society says its for the area high school students and is open to the public.

8-11 PM.
Me! with Alex Pershounin (CSU bio) and Auburn guitarist Patrick Bruce.

Sunday (3/11)

11 AM - 2 PM.
Jazz brunch at Ariccia.
Patrick Bruce Trio.

6:00 PM Eastern time.
Liberty Theatre, Columbus.
Pianist Lenore Raphael (alert: music auto-load) concert and open jazz jam.
More at Columbus Jazz Society.

9:30 PM - 12:30 AM.
Jazz Jam Session at 1048 Jazz and Blues, Montgomery.

Monday (3/12)

1:00 PM Eastern time.
Pianist Lenore Raphael master class/lecture recital.
Event page.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Deadline Near: Vote for Shutup n' Clap! to Win National Contest

Local band Shutup n' Clap! has entered a contest for the best Counting Crows cover. Click here to vote for them before tomorrow (Friday, March 9, 2012) at 4 PM so they can win.

Indaba Music is a website that offers online promotional tools for musicians. The site is hosting a contest where bands can cover a song by the nationally popular rock band Counting Crows. The local band Shutup n' Clap! which I first wrote about in this post (where I embedded one of the band's videos) has entered a worthy cover of the group's Acadamy-Award-Nominated song "Accidentally in Love." Vote NOW

Looking at the contest site right now, Shutup n' Clap!'s cover, sung by member Ansley Newman, is number 6 out of 239 submissions. That's pretty good, no? They were at number 3 the other day and may have been higher. They've got some pretty stiff competition from bands in some larger markets and I'm guessing with bigger fan bases, so they need your help to win. It's a solid piece of work. Vote NOW

I stand by this band and think it has a lot of potential whether it wins the contest or not. They have a distinct sound and the songwriting is often inspired. Below I've embedded a widget of Shutup n' Clap!'s cover. You don't have to join the Indaba Music site to vote, but it appears they limit it to one vote per email address. Vote NOW

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Auburn Orchestra Tonight, High-art Simulcasts, Me at the Museum and Piccolo, More

Sorry I missed mentioning it last week, but The Auburn Community Orchestra will perform tonight (3/7) at AU's Telfair Peet Theatre under the direction of Dr. Howard Goldstein. The concert starts at 7:30 PM and will include pieces by Finnish composers Bernhard Crusell (1775-1838) and Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). Featured will be AU clarinet professor David Odom (AU bio page) on Crusell's Second Clarinet Concerto. Here's the AU event page.

This Week's Movie-house Simulcasts

I have not confirmed this directly with the local movie theater, but if its schedule matches what's on the Emerging Pictures websites, then Auburn's Carmike Wynnsong 16 will simulcast (live) two major high-art productions in the coming days. If I can confirm this locally, I'll update this post.

The first is the Bolshoi Ballet's production of Le Corsaire, this Sunday (3/11) at 10 AM which will encore March 20 at 7 PM. Choreography is by Alexei Ratmansky in the tradition of ballet master Marius Petipa who did some revivals of the ballet in the late 19th century. I barely know what I'm writing. I know so little about ballet and who to credit for what. My shallow research makes me think that the original composer of the music was the French Adolphe Adam (1803-1856). But it seems that this production may include music by other composers including Léo Delibes (1836-1891). You ballet-fan readers of mine--imaginary though you may be--who know more about how it all works can see the details on Ballet in Cinema's page for Le Corsaire here.

Then Tuesday (3/13) at 2 PM, Giacomo Puccini's opera La Bohème will simulcast from the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Spain. It will encore on March 27 at 7 PM. The video above is the production's trailer from the series' YouTube channel (EmergingPix). For more on the opera, here is Opera in Cinema's page for La Bohème.

Here is the page for our Carmike Wynnsong 16's opera schedule. Here is the page for its ballet schedule. As of right now, the movie house company's does not offer tickets to these simulcasts on its website, and you won't hear about them if you call the theater's recorded schedule.

A Little Chamber Music

Tomorrow at noon, my trio, The Woodfield Trio will perform for A Little Lunch Music, the weekly series at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. We are pianist Barbara Acker-Mills, cellist Charles Wright who founded the series, and me on flute and saxophones. Because we have a sax in the group, people more often than not expect that we will be playing jazz, but we're a classical trio. That being said, I have been known to improvise over some Telemann, and we will, in fact, be moving forward with another movement of Claude Bolling's Suite for Flute and Piano which is heavily influenced by jazz. Visit my Lunch Music Schedule page for more about the series.

Speaking of saxophones, the AU student Tiger Saxophone Quartet will perform tomorrow night at Goodwin Hall starting at 7:30 PM. Here's the event page.

Jazz at Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center

Thursday night (3/8), we'll see the Jane Drake Trio back at Piccolo (alert: music auto-load) from 8-11 PM. She sings jazz with pianist Jonathan Lynn and bassist Sidney Simmons. Friday night (3/9), Neil Newcomb will be headlining. Saturday (3/10) it will be yours truly with CSU jazz program head Dr. Alex Pershounin on bass (I'm real [sic] excited) and guitarist Patrick Bruce. Pershounin has his own group that plays in Columbus at The Loft and for the Columbus Jazz Society. Here's his CSU bio page. He is originally from Russia, studied at the prestigious Gnessins' State Academy of Music in Moscow, and has taught jazz extensively. Even so, I'll probably ask him to play "'A' Train" and "Ipanema." We'll have fun. Come hear.

Patrick Bruce will return with his trio to the hotel's restaurant, Ariccia, for its Sunday (3/11) brunch from 11-2.

UPDATE: More on these and other jazz events including Jason Marsalis in a later post here.

And Beyond...

That's about all I can report on very locally. There looks to be some significant events in Columbus this Sunday and Monday with acclaimed jazz pianist Lenore Raphael doing the Columbus Jazz Society concert this Sunday (details currently on CJS's website) and a master class on Monday at 1 PM Eastern Time in the RiverCenter's Studio Theatre (event page). Also, Van Cliburn gold medalist Alexander Kobrin will play a piano-four-hand recital with Yien Wang at 7:30 PM Eastern Time. Both are on faculty at CSU. Here's that event page. If I have time, I'll dig further out to see what might be worth a drive and do another post. But I probably won't have time.

Next week is AU's Spring Break, and the Museum Café will be closed. We will not do a lunch music concert on March 15.

And I should be able to mention these events again, but look forward on the AU calendar to the Josh Pifer piano recital on March 22 and the next night's PEN Trio performance. Also, The Pilobolus show in the East Alabama Arts series looks interesting on March 29.