Sunday, March 31, 2013

Emory Quartet-in-Residence Performs in Auburn Thursday (4/4/13)

Below is a writeup from the Vega String Quartet, the quartet-in-residence at Emory University. Its bio boasts some pretty high honors and the music online sounds really great. Here's a link to a video of the quartet performing one of the pieces they'll play Thursday (mentioned below) by Atlanta composer David Kirkland Garner. Relevant links...

The Vega Quartet is pleased to perform at Auburn University's Goodwin Recital Hall this coming Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 pm CDT. We will be performing Beethoven's quartet Op. 95 in f minor, nicknamed the "Serioso," a fiery compact work that straddles the cusp of Beethoven's Middle and Late periods.

We will follow the "Serioso" with a piece by Atlanta native David Kirkland Garner entitled "I ain't broke (but I'm badly bent); Thirteen Fiddle Tunes for String Quartet." We are especially fond of this piece, as it artfully weaves traditional folk material with a grounded mastery of the string quartet medium in a lively and engaging discourse. David is a PhD candidate at Duke University and recent father; more information about his work can be found at

We will conclude the program with Mendelssohn's Quartet in e minor, Op. 44 No. 2. Another of our favorites, this piece combines the technical virtuosity reminiscent of his Violin Concerto with the romantic lyricism and spunky wit of his famous orchestral works like the "Italian Symphony" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Please join the us this Thursday for what we hope will be a varied and exciting program!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Other Mozart, One Night Only (3/22/2013)!

We set up a way to get tickets here. I introduced it with a Star Wars reference here. I explained why it's even happening in Auburn here. It got some very good press here and a little more here. Then I posted an update and thanked our terrific sponsors here. Now, in a few hours, Sylvia Milo will perform her one-woman play on the life of Nannerl Mozart. This will happen at 7:30 PM, March 22, 2013, at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art (901 S. College St., Auburn, AL 36849).

If you are on Facebook or Twitter, there is a little "F" and a little "T" at the bottom of this post that you can use to share it to your profile. That will help spread the word.

Seating is first-come, first-served. This next part is crossed out because it was originally in this post as part of the plan, but we've changed it. Doors open at 7:00, and audience can be seated when they arrive. , but due to the way the stage is laid out (mainly, no concealing curtain), we won't seat people until right before the play. If you come early, expect to wait in line, inside where it's warm and dry, of course. When you enter the auditorium, Nannerl will be waiting for you.

The play is about 70 minutes long, and afterwards, there will be a talk-back with the audience featuring Sylvia, director Isaac Byrne, and composer Nathan Davis. After that, join us at Eighth & Rail, one of the play's sponsors, at 807 S. Railroad Ave., Opelika.

Up to a certain point in time on Friday, you will still be able to buy tickets at If you see that the site is out of tickets, you can call The Gnu's Room (414 S. Gay St.), a co-presenter of the play, at 821-5550. If tickets are still available at the door, we will be able to take cash or check. Admission is $25 general admission, $20 for museum members, and $15 for students with ID.

And, with a $150 donation to the play, you can take home a handmade music box, with three tunes from the play, like the one Nannerl plays on stage. With a $100 gift you can have one with one tune. Click on the pictures below to enlarge. These will be available after the performance.

Below is a last tidbit of a description about the play from Sylvia. See you there!
"The Other Mozart creates an experience rather than simply telling a story. From the opulent beauty of the dress and hair design, through sounds of music boxes and toy pianos surrounding the audience, to the sweet smells of perfume and the clouds of dusting powder rising from the stage, the performance transports the audience into a different world. In this setting, in communion with the audience, this other Mozart at last tells her story. It is a story that connects with music lovers, history buffs, fashion and theater enthusiasts, and is especially inspirational for girls, women, and those who have struggled for their place in society and history."

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Moscow String Quartet performs in Auburn Wednesday (3/20/2013)!

Below is from Virginia Transue, president of the Auburn Chamber Music Society. Here is a link to a video online with an excerpt of a performance and an interview of the quartet members at the TCNJ (The College of New Jersey) Center for the Arts.

On Wednesday night (3/20), 7:30 pm at Goodwin Hall, we will hear the Moscow String Quartet play Borodin's quartet no. 2 in D Major, Tchaikovsky's no. 2 in F Major, and Shostakovich No. 1 in C Major. Tickets are $20 at the door for adults, $5 for college students, free for younger students. For more info call 887-9379.

The Moscow played a similar program at the Frick Collection in Manhattan in October, 2011 and the NYTimes ran a rave review of it. These women have played in nearly every coveted venue in the world, since 1975--in Paris, London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Leipzig, every major hall in New York, the White House, etc., as well as throughout Russia.

This quartet stands squarely in the musical AND political world of the 20th century: former German chancellor Willy Brandt asked them to play to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall, and they played the work of Alfred Schnittke, whose music was repressed by the Soviet establishment. Modern music was discredited by the government throughout the cold war, and these women played it anyway.

Parking is very difficult on campus, so we have secured a shuttle service. If you park in the parking lot on the southeast corner of S. College and Samford Ave., from 6:45 on, you can catch the little white electric bus with the "Gotcha" logo. They will return riders at the end of the concert.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Updates to Friday's The Other Mozart, a Play about the Sister of Amadeus

The Other Mozart, by Sylvia Milo, a play on March 22 that I'm producing and rolled out online a couple of weeks ago, has had some updates. Tickets are now available at The Gnu's Room in Auburn as well as online at There's a small convenience fee for the online orders.

At right are our wonderful and generous sponsors. The E&R logo with the martini glass is Opelika's Eighth & Rail, where we'll be going after the play. (Come join us!) Nathan Davis, who is performing a free concert for A Little Lunch Music this Thursday (3/21) from noon-1 pm, is Sylvia's husband. Because of that connection, Sylvia is willing to do this highly acclaimed original play on a shoestring budget. There is plenty of room to help with expenses, so if you're so inclined, make additional donations for this production to The Gnu's Room and designate them to The Other Mozart.

E-mail me with any questions. There's more to read online. Links are below.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Carolyn Herring, "...Sundilla was created for artists such as her." -Bailey Jones

Carolyn Herring will play the Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship this Friday, 3/22, at 7:30 pm as part of the Sundilla Acoustic Concert Series. Below is from Bailey Jones on the Sundilla website. You can read about her, or you can play the video to the right of her singing the powerful "Camilla," and then have a tough time deciding between her and The Other Mozart that night. It's ok. I'll understand.

50 Concerts, 50 States, One Weekend is a network of coordinated live events around the country on one weekend in March, to raise epilepsy awareness through the power of music. The organizers could have picked any of the great venues in the state to be the Alabama representative, and we’re proud and honored that they picked Sundilla. And we’re even happier that we get to present Caroline Herring, ensuring that we will offer a fantastic concert for the cause.

Caroline Herring comes to us from Atlanta, but in this case via the Netherlands and UK; after wrapping up a tour that includes stops in places like London, Twickenham, and Lage Vuursche, Caroline will make her way to Auburn, for her first Sundilla appearance. Read more...

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Video of another Nathan Davis Composition

International percussionist and composer Nathan Davis will perform at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art on Thursday, March 21, 2013, as part of the weekly free-concert series, A Little Lunch Music. The performance will be from noon to 1:00 pm and is sponsored by Gene and Phyllis Stanaland (thanks, Mom and Gene!). I've embedded here a video of him performing one of his compositions, Bells, with the International Contemporary Ensemble at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York.

I did another post a few weeks ago with another embedded video of him performing another composition. Click here to see that post, which is a bit out of date as far as the lunch-music schedule updates go.

Also, my last post announced the one-woman play on March 22, The Other Mozart, which will feature original music by Davis and Phyllis Chen. His wife, Sylvia Milo, created and stars in the play. Click here to read the post and see a trailer.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Luke Skywalker Wasn't the Only One Who Had a Sister

I'm going to post something quick to start getting the word out, seeing as how only two weeks from right now, I'll be at an after-party for a striking one-woman play about Nannerl Mozart, the also-prodigious sister of Wolfgang Amadeus. Like Leia, Nannerl was gifted. Unlike the fictional, Force-filled duo from the movies, Nannerl and Wolfie were real, and thick as thieves, touring and performing together until Nannerl, becoming a woman in a culture deeply oppressive to women, faded back into domestic life. Her compositions are lost, but her life is addressed in a few books and films, and now this play.

The piece is called The Other Mozart and will play on 3/22 at 7:30 pm in the auditorium at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art in Auburn. The actress is New-York-based Sylvia Milo, who is wife to our Key Performer for A Little Lunch Music this season, Nathan Davis. Nathan and Phyllis Chen, both members of the International Comtemporary Encemble, or ICE, wrote music for the play, in which there will be absolutely no Star Wars references.

Read more about the play and buy tickets online at This coming week, you will be able to buy tickets in person at locations to be announced. The auditorium seats only 127, so if you want to go, don't wait to buy a ticket.

Presenting the play is The Gnu's Room working with the Little Matchstick Factory. The museum itself is simply the venue for this production, though its members do get a discount on the tickets. We're still looking for sponsors to help with some of the expenses, so if you have any questions, I'm the one to ask. My e-mail is

The embedded video is the play's trailer. Look at that dress! I hope you can make it out to what I think will be an unforgettable experience.