Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Weather Forces Cancellation for AU, A Little Lunch Music 30-Jan-2014

William Ransom (from Lynwood Jordan's YouTube channel)
The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art is owned and operated by Auburn University which has cancelled normal operations for Thursday, January 30, 2014. AU News Alert page is at We will reschedule pianist Tzu-yi Chen, a favorite of the series, and will get that word out as soon as possible.

Lunch Music and Auburn Chamber Music Society Sharing Ransom and Vega

Vega Quartet performs with pianist William
Ransom Thursday night, 2/6/14. Violist
Yinzi Kong (far left) performs with Ransom
the same day at noon for A Little Lunch
Do make plans on coming to A Little Lunch Music's free concert next week (6-Feb-2014) at noon, as we will have Emory University faculty pianist William Ransom and Vega Quartet's violist Yinzi Kong performing as soloists and together.

The amateur video embedded at top is of Ransom performing Chopin.

That same night at 7:30 PM, Vega (websiteFBS) and Ransom will do music for piano quintet and string quartet at Goodwin Hall as part of the Auburn Chamber Music Society's series. The evening concert is a ticketed event. Relevant links again: AU music calendar event page / ACMS 2013-14 brochure

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Violin-Cello Duo Tomorrow (1/23/2014), More Lunch Music Updates

Robin Scott and Ahrim Kim
Great news for A Little Lunch Music this week. Firstly, Montgomery Symphony Orchestra cello fellow Ahrim Kim will be returning to the series tomorrow with 2012-2013 violin fellow (and husband) Robin Scott. They played on Valentines Day last year, and I wrote a little bit about that over on the new blog of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, the series's home. Here's that post: Violin-Cello Couple Returns to "A Little Lunch Music"

The great Taiwanese pianist Tzu-yi Chen will return on 1/30 to perform, among other pieces, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. We'll feature the paintings of Manuel Díaz during the concert.

Also, we've just finalized plans for a sister event to the Auburn Chamber Music Society's concert the night of  2/6 (see below). Pianist William Ransom and violist Yinzi Kong will perform for the series that day. Except for a couple of string quartet performances, this will be the first time for A Little Lunch Music to feature the viola!

There's more here on this site about A Little Lunch Music. See tab links above or click here. A full schedule on the museum's site is here.

More from William Ransom and Yinzi Kong

Kong is part of the Vega QuartetFBS which will join forces with Ransom on 2/6 at Goodwin Hall for a couple of piano quintets. Here's a link to the AU music calendar event page for the ACMS concert (warning: huge block o' text).

And here's a link to a PDF of the ACMS brochure for 2013-4. For more information about the evening concert or to reserve tickets, call Virginia Transue at 887-9379. As always, the noon concerts at the museum are free to the public.

Great Music for Clarinet and Piano at Goodwin Hall Thursday (1/23/2014)

Lisa Oberlander and Yien Wang perform the third movement of Poulenc's Sonata for Clarinet and Piano.
Lisa Oberlander is the clarinet professor at Columbus State University's Schwob School of Music. As do all of the faculty over there, she has an impressive résumé and a nice website at

Lisa will be performing in Auburn at Goodwin Hall (map, directions and parking), Thursday night (1/23) at 7:30 PM with pianist Tatiana Muzanova. Admission is $10/$5.

Lisa performed for A Little Lunch Music at the museum back in 2011 with the Fountain City Ensemble. Terrific player, of course. This will be worth dealing with campus parking on a cold night.

Muzanova is graduate teaching assistant to Alexander Kobrin, head of piano at CSU. Video at right is Lisa performing part of a Poulenc sonata with pianist Yien Wang.

What's on the Program?

Lisa Oberlander
That Poulenc will be on the program, as well as music by Robert Schumann, Roger Zare (b. 1985), and Johannes Brahms. Click here to see more about the performers and the full program on the AU music calendar event page.

You can hear a basset clarinet (huh?) version of the Roger Zare piece, Nocturne étincelant, on the composer's website. It's a lovely piece and here's the link: Lisa will play the version for B-flat clarinet. That's the regular one. :)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

David Banks's Weekly "Jazz-Up Weekend" E-mails

The David Banks Gospel Jazz Ensemble at The Loft in Columbus, Georgia.
Gospel-jazz pianist David Banks sends out a weekly Jazz-Up e-mail about jazz events in the extended area. Mostly Columbus, Auburn-Opelika, Tuskegee, Montgomery, and occasionally bigger events in Birmingham, Atlanta and beyond. He keeps a standing-event page current on his website at

I probably won't stay on top of it well enough to always post his e-mails here, but below is last week's minus what's already past. If you want to get on his list, e-mail him at David brought down the house last year about this time at A Little Lunch Music, and will be returning on February 20, 2014.


Through The Week

Tuesday Jane Drake jam session at 8th and Rail in Opelika from 7-10p CDT, no cover

Standing Events

Every Tuesday, Jane Drake jam session at 8th and Rail in Opelika

Every Thursday, "A Little Lunch Music" series, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn, 12 noon CDT

Every Thursday, Jazz at the Blu Room Montgomery

Every first Friday, Satin Soul at the Event Center Downtown in Opelika, Alabama. Doors open 8 pm , show 9 pm CDT. 

Every Friday - Jazz at the Loft in Columbus

Every Sunday - Jazz at Cafe' 1048 Montgomery

Every Friday and Saturday (most of the time) - Jazz at Piccolo's in the Hotel and Conference Center, Auburn, Al

Every 3rd or 4th Sunday - Jazz Jams at the Shakespeare Museum, Montgomery

Every Sunday - Smooth Jazz with the Silent Threat Band at The SUITE 5300 Sidney Simons Blvd Columbus Ga 31904 (762)821-1209.  - No cover

Be sure to listen and support:

Ray Murray's jazz radio show Saturday nights at 10:00pm CST on Troy Radio WTSU 89.9, WRWA 88.7 and WTJB 91.7

WVAS Jazz Radio, Montgomery, Alabama, 90.7fm - 24 hour jazz

Hallelujah 104.3 FM, Montgomery, Al - Mainly Gospel station - they are starting to incorporate old school and jazz into their playlist


Columbus Jazz Society

Columbus River Center -

Montgomery Alabama Performing Arts Center

Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, Birmingham

Opelika Alabama Performing Arts Center

Patrick McCurry's Blog: [you're already here]

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Spring 2014's A Little Lunch Music Opens This Week (1/16)

Christina Fallows performing Ludwig van Beethoven's Sonata No. 24 in F# Major, Op. 78 - "À Thérèse"
The spring 2014 season of A Little Lunch Music begins this Thursday (1/16) from noon to 1:00 PM with pianist Christina Fallows. For more about the series, click the Lunch Music Schedule tab above.

A student at Auburn, Christina has performed for us before. A senior now, she is finishing her studies with Jeremy Samolesky and is preparing for graduate auditions and her final recital. Thanks are due to Lynn Barstis Katz for sponsoring the performance.

The video at right is from Christina's YouTube channel.

The museum has a new blog, and there's more about Christina on a post from me there at this link: "'A Little Lunch Music' pianist hones performance skills at Auburn."

Click here to view the still-developing spring schedule on the museum's website. Anyone want to play next week?

Five Ways to Hear about Lunch Music Concerts

Christina Fallows
The museum's electronic newsletter, the E-Muse, is moving to a monthly schedule (click here to sign up if you haven't already). With so many great things going on at JCSM, it may not always have details on A Little Lunch Music.

If you depend on more frequent concert notices, below are some options.
  1. BEST OPTION: The museum has added a new blog to its website, and there is a way to subscribe to get e-mail notices when blog posts are added. We will post concert announcements there. Click here to see the blog and its simple signup form.
  2. I have created a personal Everything List to send out news on all of my projects including A Little Lunch Music. Click here to use a form and to read more about what I'll be sending out.
  3. The Opelika-Auburn News has been very supportive of the series (and the arts in general) and has been graciously printing our announcements most Wednesdays in the Community section.
  4. The museum's Facebook page includes A Little Lunch Music in its events. If you are on Facebook, Click here to go to the museum's Facebook page, and "like" the page. You'll get reminders in your news feed of all of the museum's great events including A Little Lunch Music.
  5. If you are on Twitter, you can follow the museum @JCSMAuburn. I am there @luncharm.
To recap, the five ways are JCSM Blog, My Everything List, the O-A News, Facebook, and Twitter.

See you there!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Sundilla Opens 2014 Friday (1/10) with Pierce Pettis, I'm with Farnz on Thursday (1/9)

S/S Pierce Pettis plays Sunilla Friday night (1/10)
I'll be at Mama Mocha (414 S. Gay St.) Thursday night (1/9) from 6-8 PM playing with singer/songwriter Dan "Farnz" Schwartz and drummer David Zuwiyya. I sat in with them for the first time at Eighth & Rail in Opelika the night of the LSU game (fall something, 2013). Dan has a huge book of original songs and also covers some blues, rock and 50s music. He's a strong guitarist and keyboardist, and presents his music so matter-of-factly that it's easy to miss how intricate and thoughtful it is. Stylistically, there are occasional notions of punk and country music but I'd put him in the rock category if I had to.

Here's a CD Baby link to a ton of Dan's songs to sample and download. Come check out his honest and often very funny perspective on life and love. I'm checking on whether coffee drinks will be served. Probably so.

Sundilla's 2014 Series Opens Friday with Pierce Pettis

The embedded video at the top of this post is of singer/songwriter Pierce Pettis MAL. Pettis will appear in concert on Friday (1/10) to kick off the Sundilla Acoustic Concert Series's third decade in Auburn. The concert will be at the Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 7:30 PM. Admission is $15 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased for $12 from Spicer's Music, Mama Mocha and online at There will be free coffee, tea, water and food, and the series invites people to bring whatever food or beverage they prefer. Below is from series coordinator Bailey Jones at Sundilla's website.
There are certain performers who, when they express an interest in coming to Sundilla, you say “Yes!” and then start doing whatever you can to make it work. Pierce Pettis is one of those performers. If people ever found out that we could have booked Pierce but didn’t, it would be time to join the Witness Protection program. He’s just that popular… and with good reason.

Pierce is adored by both critics and public alike, is one of this generation’s most masterful songwriters. His music is distinguished by his uncanny ability to capture universals in human experience by drawing on the humor and trials in daily life. Pettis’ music can simultaneously pull on our hearts and keep us laughing. The beautiful harmonies, inventive yet subtle percussion, strong guitar, and Pierce’s rich vocals are a constant throughout his body of work. Read more.