2017-2018 Candler Concert Series Marks 15th Year in Schwartz Center for Performing Arts with Lineup from Around the Globe

Tan Dun, photo by Feng Hai

April 6, 2017

The 2017-2018 Candler Concert Series takes audiences around the world, with performances from India’s tabla sensation Zakir Hussain, China National Symphony Orchestra, and Austria’s famed Vienna Boys Choir, in addition to some of America’s own most established and emerging artists.

Along with standout solo performers such as vocalist Susan Graham and pianist Murray Perahia, several collaborations are premiering in Atlanta as part of the series.  “The first-ever pairing of New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Irma Thomas, along with Zakir Hussain’s show with bassist Dave Holland, will make for jazz and crossover music experiences our audience will never forget,” said Dwight Vaught, executive director of the Schwartz Center.

The Candler Concert Series, made possible by the Flora Glenn Candler Endowment, is presented in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts at Emory University (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 August 1, 2017.

For more information, visit arts.emory.edu/candler.

Full 2017-2018 Concert Series Calendar

Alessio Bax, piano and Chee-Yun, violin
Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Pianist Alesio Bax has been praised for creating a “ravishing listening experience” by Gramophone magazine. He is joined by violinist Chee-Yun, who has enraptured audiences on five continents with her flawless technique and dazzling tone, in a program of Beethoven, Busoni and Brahms. 

Vienna Boys Choir
Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 4 p.m.
The talented singers of the Vienna Boys Choir are world-renowned for their celestial voices, rapturous harmonies, and above all, a wide-ranging repertoire spanning centuries. Captivating audiences for more than 500 years, the Vienna Boys Choir has been associated with many of the world’s great composers, including Mozart and Bruckner. Franz Schubert himself was a chorister. 

Crosscurrents: featuring Zakir Hussain, tabla and Dave Holland, bass
Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 8 p.m.
A classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, Zakir Hussain’s consistently brilliant and exciting performances have not only established him as a national treasure in his native India, but gained him worldwide fame and an impressive list of accolades. His latest collaboration is an exploration of the longstanding relationship between jazz and Indian classical music featuring legendary bass player Dave Holland.

Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama & The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet
Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Crescent City’s “Soul Queen” Irma Thomas joins the lively sound of Preservation Hall’s Legacy Quintet and the spiritual authority of The Blind Boys of Alabama for an unforgettable evening of music showcasing “The Heart and Soul Queen of New Orleans.

Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano
Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Hailed as “an artist to treasure” by the New York Times, Susan Graham rose to the highest echelon of international performers within just a few years of her professional debut, mastering an astonishing repertoire and range of genres along the way. Interestingly, this distinctly American artist has also been recognized throughout her career as one of the foremost exponents of French vocal music.

China National Symphony Orchestra featuring Tan Dun, conductor
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Creators of an orchestral tradition unique to China, CNSO’s performance will be led by phenom conductor Tan Dun, who is celebrated for his award-winning film scores, has conducted the world’s leading orchestras, and collaborated in performance with such legendary artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Plácido Domingo, Sharon Isbin, Wu Man, Lang Lang, Joan La Barbara, Anssi Karttunen, and the Kronos Quartet.

Murray Perahia, piano
Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 7 p.m.
American pianist Murray Perahia has become one of the most sought-after and cherished pianists of our time, performing in all of the major international music centers and with every leading orchestra. With his masterful technique and elegant interpretation, Perahia continues “to breathe freshness and distinction into works we’ve heard many times before, but seldom played at this inspired level” (Chicago Tribune). 

Trisha Brown Dance Company
April 7 - 8, 2017, times and locations TBA
Celebrating the work of legendary choreographer Trisha Brown, In Plain Site comes to Emory for a series of intimate, site-specific performances in locations around campus, highlighting the exceptional body of Brown’s work.