- Associate Director for Programing and Outreach
(ATLANTA) April 8, 2015 – The Schwartz Center for Performing Arts at Emory University ushers in its 2015-2016 Candler Concert Series with the historic pairing of jazz greats Chick Corea and Béla Fleck. The upcoming season features performances from powerhouse pianists such as Wu Han and Conrad Tao, as well as a rich slate of collaborations from Christian McBride and Edgar Meyer, The Knights with Gil Shaham, as well as The Julian Bliss Septet. Acclaimed baritone Nathan Gunn closes the series next March.
“This season really focuses on award-winning contemporary musicians whose names speak for themselves,” said Robert McKay, executive director of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.
The Candler Concert Series events, made possible by the Flora Glenn Candler Endowment, are presented in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on the Emory University campus (1700 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta, 30322). Concert subscription packages are on sale now. For details, call the Arts at Emory box office at 404-727-5050 or subscribe online. Single ticket sales open to the public on September 1, 2015.
Full 2015-2016 Season Calendar
Chick Corea & Béla Fleck, Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Chick Corea and Béla Fleck meet in a historic duet of piano and banjo. With a mix of jazz and pop standards along with bluegrass, rock, flamenco, and gospel, this is an evening not to be missed with two living legends from different musical worlds.
Conrad Tao, Friday, October 16, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Already hailed as one of the most promising American pianists of the new generation by the 2012 Gilmore Young Artist Award, 22-year-old composer and pianist Conrad Tao has performed worldwide and has been hailed as a “thoughtful and mature composer by NPR, and as “ferociously talented” by TimeOut New York.
Christian McBride & Edgar Meyer, Friday, October 30, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Fusing the fire and fury of a virtuoso with the depth and grounding of a seasoned journeyman, three-time Grammy-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride has been likened to a force of nature on the stage. Classical bassist Edgar Meyer, who The New Yorker called “the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively un-chronicled history of his instrument,” joins McBride for a unique paring that cannot be missed.
David Finckel, cello
Wu Han, piano
Philip Setzer, violin
Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 8 p.m.
The Finckel-Han-Setzer piano trio has met with critical acclaim worldwide. “It used to be the Beaux Arts Trio that other piano trios had to look up to and attempt to emulate. Now it’s the Han-Setzer- Finckel triumvirate that is the standard bearer,” writes Reichel Recommends. Their Emory program includes Beethoven piano trios Op. 1, no. 2 and Op. 70, no. 1 (“the Ghost trio”).
Julian Bliss Septet: A Tribute to Benny Goodman, Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 8 p.m.
One of the world’s finest solo clarinetists, Julian Bliss leads his septet through some of the great tunes of the swing era off their debut disc, “Benny Goodman – The King of Swing” as part of the 2016 Emory Annual Jazz Fest. The skillful septet stays true to the genre’s authentic feel, while adding their own modern twist.
The Knights with Gil Shaham, Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Groundbreaking orchestral collective The Knights boasts an impressive roster of remarkably diverse talents, including composers, arrangers, and singer-songwriters, spearheaded by Colin and Eric Jacobsen of Brooklyn Rider String Quartet. The Knights are joined by violinist Gil Shaham, whose flawless technique, inimitable warmth, and generosity of spirit have solidified his renown as an American master.
Nathan Gunn, Friday, March 18, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Nathan Gunn has earned an international reputation as one of the world’s most in-demand baritones, appearing at the Metropolitan Opera House, Royal Opera House, Paris Opera, Theater an der Wien and more. “Nathan Gunn commands an operatic baritone whose mighty heft and richness confer an outsize authority on everything he touches,” praised the New York Times.
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
The Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center for Performing Arts is a place where teaching, learning, and performance merge to create a vital arts presence for the entire community. The Schwartz Center houses the renowned 800-seat Emerson Concert Hall, a dance studio, theater lab, classrooms, and rehearsal spaces.