Philip Glass to Open 2013-14 Candler Concert Season at Emory

Emory University's Schwartz Center for Performing Arts announces the 2013-14 Candler Concert Series, featuring preeminent artists such as influential composer and musician Philip Glass and superstar pianist Lang Lang, referred to as "the hottest artist on the classical music planet" ("New York Times").

The series also presents the overlapping worlds of classical and pop: artists include Punch Brothers' Chris Thile, mandolin, in a fall concert; and the young, energetic ensemble yMusic in the spring.

Jazz is celebrated in the February program "The Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60"-spotlighting both the great history of the Newport Jazz Festival and its current role as one of the most active presenters of contemporary jazz artists in the world.

Other Candler artists include the national orchestra of Estonia, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, and pianist Inon Barnatan with cellist Alisa Weilerstein; rounding out a rich season of classical, new music, and jazz.

2013-2014 Candler Concert Series:

Philip Glass Festival, Fall 2013
Philip Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times. The Schwartz Center celebrates his work throughout the fall, beginning with a concert and residency activities.

Philip Glass, piano with Tim Fain, violin, Sept. 27
In his Emory recital, the legendary Glass performs with Tim Fain, a mesmerizing violinist, seen and heard on the soundtrack "The BLACK SWAN." Glass will also participate in residency activities Sept. 25-27. Details to be announced.

Other related events include the southeastern premiere of Glass Cello Concerto No. 2, Oct. 26 with cellist Matt Haimovitz and the Emory University Symphony Orchestra. Atlanta's ensemble Thamyris performs "Hydrogen Jukebox," a chamber opera featuring the music of Philip Glass and the poetry of Allen Ginsberg (date TBA).

Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano, Oct. 18
Radiant American mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke caused a sensation as Kitty Oppenheimer in the Metropolitan Opera premiere of John Adams's "Doctor Atomic," the DVD release of which won the 2012 Grammy for Best Opera Recording. The award-winning singer has performed with operas and symphonies around the world.

Chris Thile, mandolin, Nov. 2
Chris Thile, of Punch Brothers, is a mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist. With his broad outlook that encompasses progressive bluegrass, classical, rock and jazz, Thile transcends the borders of conventionally circumscribed genres, creating a distinctly American canon.

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Nov. 15
with Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello
Founded in 1926, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (ENSO) has powerfully increased its international scope in recent years. Under the direction of Artistic Advisor Paavo Järvi, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra has recorded several internationally acclaimed discs for Virgin Classics, winning a Grammy award in 2003 and "BBC Music Magazine's" Best Orchestral Recording award in 2006.

yMusic, Jan. 31
The "six hip virtuosi" ("Time Out New York") of yMusic play a unique combination of instruments: string trio, flute, clarinet and trumpet. yMusic was created in 2008 to bring a classical chamber music aesthetic to new audiences. Its members have individually toured and recorded with artists such as Bon Iver, Björk, Peter Gabriel, Rufus Wainwright, Yo-Yo Ma and more.

"Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60," featuring Anat Cohen, Feb. 8
The program repertoire will span the ages, from Louis, Duke and Miles to Latin, Brazilian and fusion, and more. The leader of the touring group, Anat Cohen, is a perfect ambassador for the Newport Jazz Festival. She's a master of "classic jazz:" swing, be-bop and New Orleans music in addition to Brazilian, Latin, and gypsy music.

Lang Lang, piano, Feb. 20
Lang Lang has played sold out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world. Lang was featured in concert with jazz pianist Herbie Hancock at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards, was a featured performer at the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and he relayed the London Olympic torch in London right prior to the opening of the XXX Olympiad. His popularity has inspired over 40 million Chinese children to learn to play classical piano -a phenomenon coined by "The Today Show" as "the Lang Lang effect."

Inon Barnatan, piano and Alisa Weilerstein, cello, March 28
Inon Barnatan is a true poet of the keyboard: refined, searching, and unfailingly communicative. Cellist Alisa Weilerstein's passion, commitment and breathtaking technique combined with undeniable musicianship make her one of today's most exciting artists. Together, these two artists offer an alluring and passionate musical event not to be missed.

The Flora Glenn Candler performances, 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 at Public single tickets are on sale Aug. 1.

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.

Pictured: Pioneering composer and musician Philip Glass opens next year's Candler Concert Series. Photo by Fernando Aceves.

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