Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Flute-Guitar at Lunch Music, AU Pops and Singers Shows, CSU Jazz Band and More

Tomorrow (4/26) at lunch, flutist Stephanie Erdman will play a delightfully diverse program at the museum with guitarist Jacob Brown. This is a free concert from noon to 1:00 PM and is part of the museum's A Little Lunch Music series that I coordinate. The series' schedule page on my website here has more information. Stephanie and Jacob are two undergraduate students at Columbus State University who have played together since 2010. Some of the composers represented will be Saint-Saens, Pessard, Bach, Ian Clarke (b. 1977), Giuliani and more. Here's a link to an article about it on This will likely be a quieter performance, so we'll try to do it in the Grand Gallery in case the café gets loud. To be sure you hear the music, come early to eat. Or, if you don't have that kind of time, you can order some of Ursula's delicious food to-go.

Final Spring Events at AU, CSU and Others

Tonight (4/25), the Auburn Faculty Brass Trio will perform at Goodwin Hall. There's more about that in my last post. Also in that post, I mentioned the Auburn Indian Music Ensemble which played its final spring concert last night. If you want to get an introduction to what this music is all about, you should take Dr. Chaudhury's summer class which starts May 23 (AU course information page). Anyone can register. I might.

The very popular AU POPS! and AU Singers spring shows will be this weekend, 4/27-4/29. See the AU music calendar for April for detailed program information, times and ticket prices. This will be it for regular AU music events until the fall.

For your big-band fix, go to Columbus this Saturday (4/28) for a festival-style outdoor concert by CSU's Jazz Band and its Popular Music Ensemble starting at 7:00 PM Eastern time (event page). The CSU Jazz Band will actually be at The Loft the night before (Friday, 4/27) from 7-9 Eastern time. Or, if for some reason you happen to be near Talladega, I'll be sitting in with the Heritage Hall Jazz Band at the Historic Ritz Theater OOD Saturday night (4/28) where I hear there will concurrently be a car show going on outside. That one starts at 7:00 PM Central.

Local Jazz, Ballet Simulcast, More

Jazz at the Auburn Hotel and Conference Center is on for this weekend. Jane Drake will sing Thursday (4/26) with her trio at Piccolo, 8-11. Friday and Saturday (4/27-4/28), Piccolo will have saxophonist headliners Taylor Kennedy from Atlanta (MySpace page) and Stan Murray from Columbus respectively. Jazz brunch at Ariccia is 11-2.

The Bolshoi Ballet's production of The Bright Stream will simulcast on Sunday (4/29) at 10:00 AM and then "encore" (rerun) the same day at 4:30 PM at the Auburn Carmike-Wynnsong 16. They'll do a second encore on May 15 at 7:00 PM. Music for The Bright Stream is by Dmitri Shostokovich and this production's choreography is Alexei Ratmansky's. Here's a link to the page that Ballet in Cinema set up for our local theater. It has more information on the production and other upcoming showings. Auburn's opera simulcasts may be done for the summer. See the bottom of the post two posts ago where I mentioned some Wagner things coming up in Montgomery.

According to the local band Shutup 'n' Clap! FBD, they will be performing with others at The Gnu's Room in Auburn this Thursday (4/26) starting at 7:00 PM. I don't see any official event page online, yet.

Bluegrass, Orchestras, Surprisingly Big Jazz in May

You should go ahead and get tickets now to the Daily & Vincent (band website) concert on May 22 presented in Opelika by the East Alabama Arts Association (event page). This is a bluegrass group with a pretty high profile and some impressive awards. I'll mention it again.

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra will be going to Carnegie Hall to perform on May 10. Here's a link to a February article by Michael Huebner about it and here's a link to the venue's own event page. Visit the orchestra's website for more about its concerts this weekend, a bon voyage concert on May 4, its Pops concert on May 5 and more.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has a whole summer schedule to check out (website).

I am gearing up for a separate post about a huge deal on May 26 at the RiverCenter in Columbus: Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Big Band featuring Terence Blanchard (CSU event page). Not only that, but it appears that the great jazz trumpeter Woody Shaw will be performing that weekend*. These are part of the International Trumpet Guild Conference going on at CSU (conference page), and there are other performers on the schedule. It is not immediately apparent how to get the $40 tickets to the Sanchez/Blanchard event or whether the Shaw event and other performances are even open to the public. I'm looking into it.

*UPDATE: Woody Shaw only lived until 1989. This is his son, Woody Shaw III, doing a lecture.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Good Indian Music, Brass Music Concerts Next Couple of Days

Last week, I mentioned several events that went beyond last week. You might read through to see if anything's left by the time you read this. Here's the post.

Tomorrow night (4/24) at 6:00 PM, the Auburn Indian Music Ensemble performs its final concert for the year (AU event page). This is an Auburn University class taught by Dr. Raj Chaudhury. The performers are usually non-music majors but also some continuing-education students, one or two ringers from the community and Dr. Chaudhury himself. We hear a lot of classical music around Auburn-Opelika. We hear a lot less jazz. We hear even less, if that's possible, music of non-western cultures (though there has GOT to be a Korean scene somewhere around here). Take this opportunity to broaden your palette. Immediately below this paragraph, you should see an embedded audio track recorded during the group's recent performance at the museum. If you don't, then something's wrong over at Soundcloud, and I suspect it will be fixed soon.

Wednesday night (4/25), at Goodwin Hall, the Auburn Faculty Brass Trio will perform, and not only the trio. They will do a James Stephenson (b. 1969) piece with AU piano lecturer Josh Pifer and a few quartet pieces with student trumpeter Michael Covington. The trio is Matt Wood (bio), Mark DeGoti (bio) and Bill Schaffer (bio). Besides the Stephenson, other new-music composers represented will be Pierre Gabaye and John Cheetham. The full program is listed on the AU event page.

More to come.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Auburn Orchestra with Two-Cello Concerto, "Here I Am, Lord" Composer in Town, Other End-of-Spring Events

The Auburn Community Orchestra will perform on Sunday, April 22, at 4:00 PM. The program will include a double-cello concerto featuring the Montgomery Symphony's cello fellow Laura Usiskin and auburn's new cello instructor Lisa Caravan (event page).

Thursday (4/19), A Little Lunch Music at the museum will present the AU Chamber Choir for 15-20 minutes of Heaven, if the group's similar short visit to last fall's series is any indication. It may be more, if I can talk Dr. Powell into it, and, I would imagine, if class schedules allow (UPDATE: and, most importantly, if they have more ready to perform, which they don't. I can forgive them since they recently performed Orff with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and I imagine have spend the lion's share of their recent rehearsal time on that. Firm on 15-20 minutes). AU student pianist Julia Tucker will play a Beethoven sonata (Op. 90) in preview of her recital that night. The Woodfield Trio will round out the hour. I coordinate this series and keep a detailed schedule on this very website.

Jesuit composer rock star Dan Schutte will be at Auburn's St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church this Friday night (4/20) for a concert at 7:30 PM and then a workshop on Saturday. He composed "Here I am, Lord" and a ton of other sacred songs. There's more about this including a contact person on a PDF linked from the church's centennial celebration page.

Over the next few weeks, there are several noteworthy music events going on at AU including performances by the concert, symphonic and jazz bands; the community orchestra; student piano recitals including the aforementioned Julia's; and the Auburn Indian Music Ensemble (UPDATE: and the AU Faculty brass trio!). Also, the student trumpet ensemble could be interesting, and you can count on the the AU Singers being good. There's more, of course, because it's April, so check out all the events' dates and times on the Music Department's April calendar. This will be about your last chance to hear much university music until September. Same is true for Columbus State's music calendar, where Texas State University's Trio 488 looks promising for Wednesday night (4/18).

Jazz will play at Piccolo MAL, as usual, Thursday through Saturday 8-11 PM, and Ariccia will do it's weekly jazz brunch Sunday, 11-2. Except for vocalist Jane Drake's regular gig on Thursday, I don't know about players for the weekend. I'll update this post when I learn.

UPDATE: AU jazz and saxophone instructor Mike Pendowski will headline at Piccolo Friday night (4/20). Saxophonist Coleman Woodson will headline Saturday (4/21). It looks like the venue's website is beginning to list weekend performers, except for Jane, which confuses me.

East Alabama Arts is presenting South Pacific on April 26 (local event page). It will actually play earlier in Columbus at the RiverCenter on April 24-25.

Other Orchestra Events

Tomorrow night (4/17), world-class cellist Wendy Warner will perform Antonin Dvoråk's B-minor concerto with the LaGrange Symphony for its spring finale. I actually can't find on the orchestra's website what time the concert starts.

Also concerto-ing this month will be Acclaimed violinist Tai Murray with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra for its April 21 program at 7:30 PM Eastern time (event page).

On April 30 at 7:30 PM, the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra will do its final regular-season concert that will include the winner of its 2012 Blount-Slawson Young Artists Competition and something by Mahler (event page). The MSO pops concert will be May 25.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Calendar.

Alabama Symphony Orchestra Calendar.

Auburn and Montgomery Simulcasts

You can see the Bolshoi ballet do The Bright Stream simulcast at the Carmike-Wynnsong 16 on April 29. On Tuesday, April 17 you might be able to see the Royal Opera House's Rigoletto simulcast there, but the time is not listed on the website. Try calling the theater at 501-0400. It will encore on April 24 at 7:00 PM.

Montgomery's Rave Festival Plaza 16 is not offering tickets online for Fathom Events' MAL next two Metropolitan Opera production encores. But it looks like it will be presenting the New York opera company's production of Richard Wagner's epic Ring cycle starting on May 9 with Das Rheingold and, before that, a two-hour documentary about the production on May 7.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Auburn Piano Trio will Record Wednesday (4/11) in Opelika. Free Lunch for Attendees!

This Wednesday (4/11) at noon, as part of its Community Focus spot, Troy Public Radio will record The Auburn Piano Trio* performing in Opelika's Community Cultural and Conference Center. Included in the recording is hopefully a strong and appreciative audience. In other words, The Arts Association of East Alabama, who is hosting the event, wants you to come. So much so that they are offering a free lunch to concertgoers.

You will need to make a reservation to attend, and you should do so as soon as you can. The personnel of the Auburn Piano Trio should attract a pretty good group pretty fast.

What is the Auburn Piano Trio? Well, since Eastman-trained cellist Lisa Caravan joined the Auburn faculty this fall, we now have a real-live on-site old-school violin-cello-piano trio. Lisa plays beautifully. And if you didn't know it, Howard Goldstein, Auburn Community Orchestra's esteemed Maestro, is an accomplished violinist who performs with (and assistant conducts) the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Rounding out the group is Auburn's piano head, Dr. Jeremy Samolesky, a furious and sensitive virtuoso who always draws a crowd when he plays at the museum for our little series. They're all great players.

So click right here ==>Join Us for Free Lunch & An Auburn Piano Trio Performance<==  for more information and especially for the online invitation through which you can RSVP. You can also reserve a spot by calling 334-749-8105 or by sending a message to

*When I originally posted this, I called it the Auburn Trio without "Piano." My apologies for any confusion.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Links I Use for Event Posts

I'm not sure whether or not the format I use to write about events is the most useful one. I am sure, however, that when I miss a week (or a month or two), it's completely unhelpful to anyone paying attention. So I have added a page to my little free Blogger site here. It's a very simple page with a single link to a stack of links on

I use for all my bookmarking, and recently, new ownership has revamped the site and its features. Now there are more ways to share and network your links if you want. But there is not yet a way (that I can find) to actually embed a stack on a website. So it's just a single link to the stack.

When you click it, you'll see a list of what I use to do an event post. I call it the top 25. This stack is what I use kind of as a bare minimum. There are other sites in, say, Atlanta and Birmingham, and those are on my account, too, for all to see, but I don't generally report on those as much as I used to.

Anyway, the point is for you to peruse the links. When I am not current on my posts, they could give you what you need. And even when I am keeping up, they will give you much more information about events you might love to attend but that I didn't include because I'm fighting with the trombone teacher or something.

Here's the link to the stack: <==UPDATE: Doesn't work. removed their stack features. Go to my Event Sources page for the links.