2019-2020 Series

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"Music is one of the beautiful things we share around the world – my hope is this coming season provides our audience the opportunity for new and meaningful shared experiences celebrating this commonality." —Rachael Brightwell, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts Managing Director

Join us for an exploration of how music brings people together. Kicking off with Kronos Quartet with Mahsa Vahdat, the series journeys through the Americas, Europe, and Cuba before culminating in a celebration of hometown favorites, Robert McDuffie and Robert Spano. At the pinnacle of the series, we reflect on harmony through music with award-winning mezzo-soprano, Joyce DiDonato. Her current project, In War & Peace, invites us to "look at the interwoven worlds of external conflict and serenity, internal war and peace, and to contemplate where you wish to reside within yourself."

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Kronos Quartet with Mahsa Vahdat
Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.

Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet explores musical traditions and soundscapes with music from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Featuring Iranian vocalist Mahsa Vahdat, the program highlights the rich diversity of artistic voices from Muslim-majority countries. "My goal for Kronos has always been to be a revolutionary force," says Kronos Quartet Artistic Director David Harrington, "not just in making music, but in exploring the ways that music can increase our understanding of our times and our connection to people around the world." 

"It’s hard to imagine a time when the Kronos Quartet was not emphatically crossing musical boundaries, from its early days covering Jimi Hendrix to its most recent collaborations with Malian griots. But its latest project responds cogently to an era of increasingly policed and politicized borders." —New York Times

Brad Mehldau, piano, and Ian Bostridge, tenor
Friday, October 18, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.

Spell-binding jazz pianist Brad Mehldau has always had a heart not only for jazz standards, but also for classical composers like Schumann and Brahms. Mehldau first met Ian Bostridge in 2015 when they discovered that even beyond their mutual admiration, they had numerous similar musical affinities. Since that time, Mehldau has written an entire song cycle especially for the English tenor. Working closely together, these iconic artists will take the stage to traverse the borders separating musical genres.

"Inside the music of Brad Mehldau is a conflict among rock, jazz and classical personalities. Ultimately, though, the pianist has figured a way to integrate all three pretty seamlessly" —The Philadelphia Inquirer

Joyce DiDonato—In War and Peace: Harmony Through Music
Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Honored four times as the ECHO Klassik Female Artist of the Year, the world-renowned mezzo-soprano from Kansas recently released her album, In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music to much acclaim. With the music of Handel and Purcell, among other masters, DiDonato brings this empowering theatrical performance to concert halls throughout the world, entreating us all to reflect on how we find peace in the midst of chaos.

"If there is anybody to catch the inner, deeper sense of the music – the sense of inner conflict between war and peace – this is Joyce DiDonato . . ." —Opera World

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Khatia Buniatishvili, piano
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.

With a history spanning more than seven decades, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has been at the forefront of music-making in the UK. As the RPO proudly looks to its future, its versatility and high standards mark it as one of today’s most open-minded, forward-thinking symphony orchestras. Led by internationally renowned and Olivier Award-winning conductor Mark Wigglesworth, RPO is joined by the Georgian virtuoso pianist Khatia Buniatishvili for an evening featuring compositions by Jonathan Dove, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Jean Sibelius.

"The string and wind sections played off each other spectacularly, with careful attention to detail and tone. This was to be expected from the Royal Philharmonic, one of the best and most prestigious symphonic orchestras in the world." —The Daily Californian

Pablo Sáinz Villegas
Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.

Praised as "the soul of the Spanish guitar," Pablo Sáinz Villegas has become a worldwide sensation known as this generation's great classical guitarist. With his "virtuosic playing characterized by irresistible exuberance" as described by the New York Times, Sáinz Villegas thrives over a continuous search for innovative ways to inspire diverse communities of society. The evening begins with a solo program, then Sáinz Villegas brings together the AMERICANO Trio to travel across the Americas on a musical journey weaving through nostalgic tango, vivid Venezuelan rhythms, and harmonic American bluegrass.

"Virtuosic playing characterized by its vividly shaded colors and irresistible exuberance . . ." —New York Times

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque
Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.

Internationally acclaimed flutist, saxophone player, and pianist, Jane Bunnett has devoted much of her professional life to an exploration of how Afro-Cuban melodies express the universality of music. Translated as "the spirit of a young girl," Maqueque started out as a project to record and mentor young, brilliant Cuban female musicians. Over the past five years, this award-winning ensemble has become one of the top groups on the North American jazz scene.

"Maqueque entranced listeners with a clave-induced set of Afro-Cuban, booty-shaking world jazz that would have made Dizzy smile." —Down Beat Magazine

Robert McDuffie, violin, and Robert Spano, piano
Friday, April 10, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.

Grammy-nominated violinist Robert McDuffie, enjoys a dynamic and multi-faceted career as a soloist with most of the major orchestras of the world. He returns to Atlanta to share the stage with the critically acclaimed artist Robert Spano. Conductor and music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for nearly two decades, Spano bring his talents to the piano for this new duo recital collaboration featuring the works of Brahms and Beethoven.



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