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.


  1. Hello P.R.!! I had no idea that this blog existed!!! I love it so far....and I am only on my first page!!! Our community is a better place thanks to your contributions! Burning question: Has the Woodfield Trio made a CD yet?

  2. Thank you! No CD by the Woodfield Trio, yet.