Eroica Trio in ECMSA 20th Anniversary Concert Reception and Artist Talk Sept. 27

Photo credit: David Bean

September 4, 2012

The internationally-renowned Eroica Trio helps launch the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta¿s Emerson Series on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Together with the Vega Quartet, the ensembles perform A Night at the Opera, Without the Singers! 

The program includes music by Mozart (Magic Flute Overture), Liszt (Reminiscences of Norma), and Puccini (Chrysanthemums for String Quartet and Nessun Dorma for the combined groups.) The Eroica Trio will perform Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story Suite. The evening includes a cake and champagne reception at intermission, and Franz Liszt himself will be on hand for the festivities.

Celebrating its landmark 20th season, Atlanta¿s largest chamber music organization presents weekend concerts, a family series, and noontime performances. Emory has received an extraordinary $1 million matching challenge grant from the Abraham J. and Phyllis Katz Foundation to keep a string quartet in residence forever, and in honor of the anniversary season, all concerts will be free, with donations directed toward this fund.

William Ransom, ECMSA Artistic Director says, ¿As part of our milestone 20th anniversary celebration, we want to give back to the community which has been so good to us in our development, and so all concerts will be free of charge. And we hope the community will reciprocate during our `season of giving¿ by contributing to Emory's fund drive to keep a string quartet permanently in residence, currently the wonderful Vega Quartet, the first professional quartet to make Atlanta its home base.

Other season highlights include:

  • The award-winning Vega String Quartet returns for several concerts, and premieres new works by Czech composer Jan Jirasek on Nov. 9 and Emory University Symphony Orchestra Director and composer Richard Prior on May 5.
  • Several new guests are featured this year. US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey reads from her work in between Schumann songs by tenor Bradley Howard in a noontime concert on Jan. 18. Violinist Timothy Fain, seen on screen and heard on "The Black Swan" soundtrack, makes his Atlanta debut playing Vivald¿s Four Seasons on May 5.
  • A new concert this year is ¿Jazz Meets Classics¿Dueling Pianists!¿ on March 2.  Jazz master Gary Motley and classical whiz Elena Cholakova trade musical punches and feature a new work by Motley.
  • Family fun is back with themed chamber concerts at the Carlos Museum. Programs include the ¿Pajama Concert,¿ ¿Beethoven in Blue Jeans,¿ Santa¿s Favorite Chamber Music,¿ and the popular ¿Chinese New Year Celebration.¿

All performances are free and on the Emory University campus. The complete season and event details are at   


Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta (ECMSA)
Atlanta¿s largest and most active chamber music organization brings together some of the city¿s finest resident musicians with internationally known guest artists who are dedicated to performing the most beautiful, exciting and interesting music from the chamber repertoire. The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta is supported by the Cherry L. Emerson Endowment, the Office of Educational Programs at the Michael C. Carlos Museum, the Christian Humann Foundation and the Friends of Music. The Vega String Quartet residency is made possible in part through the generous support of the Abraham J. and Phyllis Katz Foundation and Friends of Music at Emory.