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.

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