2020–2021 Candler Concert Series Begins with Virtual Performances

August 26, 2020

(ATLANTA) – In order to maintain the safety of our community and in accordance with guidance from public health experts, the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts at Emory University has adjusted the fall concerts of its 2020–2021 Candler Concert Series to launch virtually in September, with the hope to return to live performances in January 2021.

Due to some previously announced artists being unable to appear, the fall concert calendar has been revised to include a rescheduled performance by Jane Bunnett and Maqueque and a new performance by Junction Trio–with critically acclaimed pianist and composer Conrad Tao joining violinist Stefan Jackiw and cellist Jay Campbell.  The series will also feature Third Coast Percussion performing Perpetulum by Philip Glass; however, Glass’s appearance will be rescheduled to a future date.

Spring 2021 concerts remain as scheduled, but are subject to change based on guidance from Emory University and public health officials. Please visit schwartz.emory.edu for the most up-to-date schedule and announcements.

Full 2020–2021 Candler Concert Series: 

Junction Trio – Virtual Concert
Friday, September 25, 2020 at 8 p.m.

Critically acclaimed pianist and composer Conrad Tao joins with violinist Stefan Jackiw and cellist Jay Campbell to form the eclectic new ensemble Junction Trio. Each internationally recognized on their own, these visionary artists come together to share their poetic interpretations and impeccable technique. In a virtual concert produced exclusively for Schwartz Center audiences, the performance begins with John Zorn’s Ghost—inspired by the slow movement of Beethoven’s “Ghost” Trio—and closes with Beethoven’s Piano Trio in B-flat Major, op. 97, “Archduke.”

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque – Virtual Concert
Friday, October 2, 2020 at 8 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. Joined by the brilliant Cuban female musicians of Maqueque, this award-winning jazz ensemble performs a virtual concert exclusively for Schwartz Center audiences. 

Third Coast Percussion – Virtual Concert
Friday, November 13, 2020 at 8 p.m.

A Grammy Award–winning Chicago-based percussion quartet, Third Coast Percussion has created exciting and unexpected performances that constantly redefine the classical music experience. In this exclusive concert from Chicago, the ensemble performs works from Perpetulum, a Philip Glass score the Chicago Tribune calls so “rich in musical incident, its meters and textures constantly changing, its embrace of pitched and non-pitched instrumentation immensely appealing to hear.”

Les Violons du Roy with Jeremy Denk, piano
Friday, January 29, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.
Jeremy Denk is one of America’s foremost pianists. Winner of a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, the Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year award, he was also recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Denk joins Canada’s premier chamber ensemble Les Violons du Roy for a program of Renaissance and Baroque works.

Danish String Quartet
Friday, February 19, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.
Among today’s many exceptional chamber music groups, the Danish String Quartet’s playing reflects impeccable musicianship and sophisticated artistry. Bringing a rare musical spontaneity that gives audiences the sense of hearing even treasured canon repertoire as if for the first time, the Danish String Quartet exude a palpable joy in music-making that has made them in-demand on concert stages throughout the world.

Gabriela Montero, piano
Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.
Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero’s visionary interpretations and unique improvisational gifts have won her a devoted following around the world. Montero is a virtuoso in a class of her own: a pianist whose flair for improvisation puts creativity back at the heart of classical performance, and whose music-making is about infinitely more than just the notes on the page.

Camille Thomas, cello
Friday, April 9, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.
The first cellist to be signed by the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label in more than 40 years, Franco-Belgian cellist Camille Thomas blends a brilliant command of her instrument with a rare musicality. Thomas’s fascinating recital programs offer traditional and underplayed repertoire, themes, and collaborations with composer/pianists–all conceived to stimulate the audience, as well as the artist. 

About the Candler Concert Series:
Made possible by a generous gift from the late Flora Glenn Candler, the Candler Concert Series brings internationally renowned artists to the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts at Emory University. Candler artists range from large ensembles to solo artists and come from a wide variety of musical genres. 

All virtual concerts are presented online at schwartz.emory.edu/virtual-stage. All in-person concerts are presented in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts (1700 N. Decatur Rd., Atlanta, GA 30322). Tickets are available through the Schwartz Center Box Office online at schwartz.emory.edu or by calling 404.727.5050 Monday–Thursday, noon–6 p.m.

The Schwartz Center for Performing Arts is committed to providing performances and facilities accessible to all. Accommodation requests should be made at least 24 hours in advance of the event by calling 404.727.5050, or by email at boxoffice@emory.edu.