Rachael Walters Brightwell
- Associate Director for Programing and Outreach
The Schwartz Center for Performing Arts continues its 2015-2016 Candler Concert Series with the pairing of jazz bassist Christian McBride and classical bassist Edgar Meyer on Friday, October 30 at 8 p.m.
McBride and Meyer bring the unique sound of the bass instrument to the forefront as they unite for an unforgettable evening performance. Christian McBride, a seasoned jazz musician with four Grammy wins and several studio album releases, is often praised for his energetic and fiery approach to the instrument and has been liked to a force of nature onstage. Edgar Meyer, a classical bassist who has toured with musicians Yo-Yo Ma and Béla Fleck, has been praised as being “not only a legitimate heir to this tradition, but also a great energizing factor to the field” by The New York Times.
Weaving together the signature sounds of jazz and classical music with the force and fire of two award-winning string musicians, this innovative performance will take the bass from the background and onto center-stage as a melody carrying instrument.
Christian McBride and Edgar Meyer perform as part of the 2015-2016 Candler Concert Series Saturday, October 30 at 8 p.m. in the Emerson Concert Hall of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are $50, $40 for discount category members, and $5 for Emory students. Tickets are available online, by phone (404.727.5050), or in person at the Arts at Emory Box Office. Discount category tickets are available by phone or in person only. Online ticket sales end three hours prior to the event.
Christian McBride’s musical career spans three decades and has made him one of the most requested, most recorded, and most respected figures in the music world today. His keen musical ear and ability to create powerful and compelling jazz arrangements has led him to form several critically acclaimed jazz ensembles. In 2013, the Christian McBride Trio was honored with a Grammy nomination for their album Out Here, and in 2012, his high-energy jazz ensemble, the Christian McBride Big Band, won a Grammy award for their album The Good Feeling.
Edgar Meyer, a classical bassist, has been able to showcase his instrument’s sound and depth in a way that is unlike any other bassist before him. His rare musical talent and gift for composition has earned him critical acclaim, with The New Yorker regarding Meyer as “…the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively un-chronicled history of his instrument.” In 2000, Edgar Meyer became the only bassist to receive an Avery Fisher Prize, and in 2002, his uniqueness in the field was recognized by a MacArthur Award.
Candler Concert Series
Each year the Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series brings internationally-renowned artists to Emory University's Schwartz Center for Performing Arts with the aim of engaging the Emory and Atlanta communities with world-class artists. The series is made possible by a generous gift from the late Flora Glenn Candler, a friend and patron of music at Emory University.