Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Big Names in Brass and Classical Sax, Orchestra Openers and More in Surrounding Areas

This is a companion post to one I made yesterday about events local to the Auburn-Opelika area: Three Great Piano Recitals, Lunch Music, Winds, Simulcasts, More

Top Brass, Saxophone Maestro, Orchestra and More in Columbus, LaGrange

The Center City Brass Quintet performing Go! by member trumpeter Anthony DiLorenzo (seated to the left). The group will perform Thursday, October 4 at RiverCenter's Legacy Hall in Columbus, Georgia.
As part of the LegacyLive! chamber music series, the Center City Brass Quintet plays Thursday night, 10/4, in Legacy Hall at RiverCenter in Columbus. This is a group of top players from all over the more-northern US. They are professional soloists or hold key positions in the Buffalo, Seattle, Cleveland and Pittsburgh symphonies. This should be a tremendous performance. Here's the event page.

Also in Legacy Hall, on Friday, 10/26, classical saxophone legend Claude Delangle (sort of pronounced de-LONG), will perform as part of the first annual International Saxophone Symposium and Competition (ISSAC). ISSAC will be a major event for saxophonists for sure, with master classes by Delangle, Timothy McAllister and Joe LuloffMAL.

There are several other CSU-faculty and traveling-faculty performances going on in the coming weeks, and in my experience, most anything out of the Schwob School of Music is going to be worth the drive over. Peruse the calendar to see what looks good.

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra's opener, Those Romantic Russians, will be Saturday, 10/13, featuring pianist Ilya Yakushev. There's a picture of him on his website (ilyayakushev.com) playing and wearing a leather jacket. He'll do Rachmaninoff 3 with the orchestra, and they'll do Borodin and Tchaikovsky without him. CSO event page is here.

The Lagrange Symphony Orchestra, about whom I recently posted, will open Tuesday, 10/16, with I Got Rhythm, an all-Gershwin program featuring pianist Eugenio Urrutia. I don't find a website for Urrutia, but I'm pretty sure that this is him on a YouTube video playing the popular Grieg Piano Concerto with an orchestra. Here's the event page on the LSO website.

On Sunday, 10/14, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, the Columbus Jazz Society will celebrate the its 25th year of presenting live jazz to the Columbus community. Tuskegee pianist Bill Perry and Timeless will play at 3:00 PM. Columbus's Jan Hyatt will sing at 6:00, and at 8:00 the jam session will begin. All times are EDT. More details are on the Society's website.

And The Loft in Columbus is a great venue for jazz every Friday night from 7-9 PM EDT. The restaurant/club has updated its website and now has a Google calendar with the actual names of the performing groups! One that I know about is Tuskegee's David Banks, who calls his music smooth world gospel jazz. He plays 10/19. Incidentally, if you want another perspective on the regional jazz scene, David sends out mostly-weekly e-mails of upcoming performances around here and bigger names and festivals from Atlanta to North Florida. His e-mail address is on his website.

Chamber Music, Orchestra Opener, and The Met Simulcasts in Montgomery

On Monday, 10/8, the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra will open its season with Shostakovich, Elgar, Mendelssohn, and the Brahms Double Concerto for Violin and Cello featuring the MSO violin and cello fellows Robin Scott and Ahrim Kim respectively. That duo (they're actually married) played together at the museum in the spring and were terrific. There's more about this concert, the rest of the series and how to get tickets on MSO's subscription page.

On Thursday, 10/11, the Montgomery Chamber Music OrganizationMAL will present the Performers of Westchester, a group that specializes in playing chamber music in homes "in an ambiance intended by the composer." I suspect they'll do just fine in the Wilson Auditorium of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. The group's artistic director is Andy Simionescu, who is a former violin fellow with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra.

The Metropolitan Opera will present Donizetti’s opera, L'Elisir d'Amore, on Saturday, 10/13. You can see it simulcast live at Rave Motion Pictures Festival Plaza in Montgomery at 11:55 AM that day. Buy tickets online at this link. On Saturday, 10/27, also at 11:55 AM, the same cinema will simulcast Verdi's Otello live. Get tickets for that one online at this link or just show up. Read more about the Met's Live in HD series at this link, which has a little bit about these two operas.

I don't have a good handle on the Montgomery jazz scene, yet, but I do know that 1040 Jazz and Blues has a running Sunday-night jazz jam that's billed from 9:30 - 12:30 but I've heard starts late and goes a lot later. I've also heard that it attracts the best players around the region including Birmingham. And, I was just looking at the club's schedule and saw a band called Mullet Over, which deserves a listen for the name alone.

ATL and BHM: Big Names and Alabama Composers

[UPDATE (10/2/2012): I forgot something. Connie Frigo teaches saxophone at the University of Georgia (UGA bio) and will be playing in Atlanta with pianist Brent Runnels on Wednesday, 10/3, at Oglethorpe University (event page). I have heard Frigo perform as a soloist and when she played baritone sax with the New Century Saxophone Quartet. She is a powerhouse, and if you can get to this performance, do.]

On Thursday, 10/4, multiple Grammy-winning violinist Gil Shaham will open Emory's Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series. This will be a solo performance of music by Bach. Here's the event page. Here's a link to a video of him playing solo Bach, actually, from YouTube user violistarevirtuoso.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has worked out it's labor issues and will open its 68th season on Thursday, 10/4 with violinist Midori playing the Beethoven violin concerto.

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra has a lot going on in Birmingham. Most interesting to me is a performance on Tuesday, 10/9, called Contemporary Visions. It will be a program of chamber music by living composers including Alabamians Joseph Landers, Sarana Chou and Ed Robertson.

Finally, 12-time Grammy Award winner Emmylou Harris will perform at the Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center in Birmingham on Wednesday, 10/17. Here's the event page.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Three Great Piano Recitals, Lunch Music, Winds, Simulcasts, More

This is a companion post to one I made about other events in the areas around Auburn-Opelika: Big Names in Brass and Classical Sax, Orchestra Openers and More in Surrounding Areas.

Video is from pianist Young-Hyun Cho's Vimeo.com channel.
She will perform at Goodwin Hall in Auburn on October 16.

Three noteworthy piano events happen in the coming weeks on the AU music calendar. Piano Professor Jeremy Samolesky's recital on Wednesday, 10/10 will feature not only AU's cello and clarinet instructors but also the Kazanetti String Quartet for the Dvořák piano quintet (event page). Then, Piano Lecturer Josh Pifer will be joined by a guest flutist for his recital on Monday, 10/15 (event page). And the next night, Tuesday, 10/16, Dr. Young Hyun-Cho from UT Arlington will do a recital. If you are not intimidated by an 8x4-inch block of biographical text, you may be after you read hers on the event page. It should be very good. That's her playing in the video at right.
And you might think that I wait until I have an upcoming gig to do an event post, and you might be right. But I swear that it would be a completely unconscious action. That said, I'll be playing jazz tonight (Monday, 10/1) at Hamilton's on MagnoliaFBS with guitarist Patrick Bruce from 6:30 - 9:00. There's no cover and the martinis are half-price. We're there most first Mondays.

Piccolo, the lounge at the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center, continues to have jazz on non-gameday weekends and every Thursday night, gameday or no gameday. Thursdays are the Jane Drake Trio. Keep an eye on Piccolo's sounds page for upcoming artists. The hotel does not promote Jane's shows on the website, or anywhere regularly that I have seen. She's pretty good about posting on her trio's Facebook page, though. All three nights are 8-11 with no cover.

Tuesday night, 10/2, the AU Chamber Choir will perform at Telfair Peet Theatre. They sang last Thursday for part of the lunch-music concert at the museum and were extremely enjoyable, as usual. They did a piece by AU Voice Professor Rosephanye (like "Stephanie" but "rose-ephanie") Powell (AU bio). Event page here.

On Thursday night, 10/4, the AU Symphonic Winds will perform. If you don't happen to know, Auburn has a strong band program and produces a lot of capable band educators. Rick Good (AU bio) is the head of the program and has more arrows in his quiver than most get to, um, get shot with? Point being that the marching band's halftime shows do not well-represent the chamber-music potential of the program. But the Winds are billed as a premier group, much like the Chamber Choir. Even if you're not a band-music person, there will be something here to make it worthwhile. Event page here.

If you are, in fact, a band-music person, then look to the Sounds of Auburn concert on Thursday, 10/18. It's a big show in the Auburn Arena with not just the large concert groups playing, but AU vocal groups and the jazz band, too.

Coming up in the A Little Lunch Music Series at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art will the Auburn Indian Music Ensemble (Facebook page) on 10/4, Atlanta's Kazanetti String Quartet will stay over after Jeremy's recital to play on 10/11, a student flute-cello-piano trio from Columbus State University on 10/18, AU vocal instructor Matthew Hoch (AU bio) with pianist Laurelie Gheesling (AU bio) on 10/25, and Birmingham cellist and founder of the Montgomery Music Project Laura Usiskin on 11/1. I coordinate this series and keep the schedule here, where you can read more about some of those performers, and even more when I make time to get their bios up.

Thanks to the AU Women's Studies Program, iconic American poet Maya Angelou is coming to Auburn on 11/8 (event page). But since it's sold out, you can't go hear her speak unless you go to Angelou and the Arts at the museum on 11/1 where there will be a drawing for an unspecified number of tickets. The event will include dance, drama and art, all inspired by Angelou's work.

The Gnu Fall Festival organized by The Gnu's Room bookstore and café will be Saturday, 10/13. Here's the event page. There'll be 8 local bands, booths and food, on the lawn at Pebble Hill in Auburn.

Auburn's Sundilla Acoustic Concert Series brings in a large number of mainly folk artists, bands and singer-songwriters every year. The last scheduled show for a while will be Susan Gibson on Thursday night, 10/18.

The East Alabama Arts Association will present the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba on Thursday, 11/1, in Opelika. This is the group's first ever North American tour. Here's the event page with video and how to get tickets.

And as of today, below is the lineup of Emerging Pictures' opera and ballet simulcasts and simulcast replays at Auburn's Carmike-Wynnsong Theater. Click here to check for changes, later dates, and more information about the productions.
10/2, 7:00 pm - Opera - La Traviata (Opera on Sydney Harbour)
10/7, 2:00 pm; 10/9, 7:00 pm - Ballet - La Sylphide (Bolshoi Ballet)
10/14, 2:00 pm; 10/16, 7:00 pm - Opera - L’Italiana in Algeri (Teatro Comunale di Bologna)
10/21, 2:00 pm; 10/23, 7:00 pm - Ballet - L’Altra Meta del Cielo (La Scala Ballet)
10/28, 2:00 pm; 10/30, 7:00 pm - Opera - Un Ballo in Maschera (Teatro Regio di Torino)
See you there.