Students' musical talents will shine in April performances

By Kerry Vance | April 1, 2014

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Student recitals, visiting artists and collaborative performances will be showcased during musical events scheduled on campus for the month of April.

The lineup begins with the Emory Jazz Combos at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1 at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Groups of students will be performing collections of jazz classics, including standards by Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk.

On Thursday, April 3 at 2:30 p.m., a Creativity Conversation with Donald Sosin and Gary Motley will be held in the Performing Arts Studio. Jazz pianist Gary Motley hosts a discussion about music improvisation with silent film accompanist Donald Sosin.

Moya Brennan and Cormac De Barra

Moya Brennan and Cormac De Barra

A Conversation with Moya Brennan and Cormac De Barrawill be Friday, April 4 at 2 p.m. in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library. These Irish musicians will join singer James W. Flannery for an informal program of conversation, storytelling and improvisation. This special opportunity is a part of Brennan and De Barra's visit to Emory for their Voices and Harps concert, which they will perform on April 4 at 8 p.m.

Grammy award winner, Brennan is a singer with the Irish band Clannad who also has a solo career. She has collaborated with many well-known artists including The Chieftains, Paul Brady and Bono.

De Barra is known as a versatile harp virtuoso. He has collaborated with a wide array of artists, including Hazel O'Connor, Julie Feeney and Clannad. Tickets are $20, $15 for discount category members and $5 for students.

Two student recitals will be held on Saturday, April 5. Zhe Maggie Sun, a student in composition, will showcase her compositions at 2 p.m. and Sunny Yue, violin, will be performing selections of Beethoven, Bach and Sarasate at 5 p.m. Both will be in the Schwartz Center.

Three more student recitals will be on Sunday, April 6. Tyler Cooke, clarinet, and Emily Reinhard, violin, will perform together at noon in the Performing Arts Studio. A.J. Bancroft, trumpet, will perform at 2 p.m. in the Schwartz Center and Rebecca Flank, viola, will play in the Performing Arts Studio at 3:30 p.m.

Jazz on the Green with the Emory Jazz Combos will be Thursday, April 10 at 6 p.m. on the Patterson Green.

 Barenaked Voices: Eleventh Annual Emory Student A Cappella will be Friday, April 11 at 7 p.m., with the Emory Concert Choir, No Strings Attached, Dooley Noted, AHANA, Aural Pleasure, the Gathering, and chaiTunes performing. Tickets are $5 and all proceeds benefit Helpline and Active Minds.

Three student recitals will be held on Saturday, April 12. Hao Fe, piano, will perform at 5 p.m. in the Schwartz Center. Then at 6:30 p.m., Zoe Pollock, soprano & Laurie Ann Taylor, mezzo-soprano, will collaborate for a joint vocal recital in the Performing Arts Studio. Finally, Rwei Hao will play selections of organ pieces on the Schwartz Center for a graduate student recital.

The Emory Chamber Ensembles will perform at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 13. These small groups of Emory musicians collaborate under the guidance of faculty to produce a showcase for their talent and hard work.

On Wednesday, April 16 and Thursday, April 17 at 8 p.m., the Emory University Symphony Orchestra will combine with the Emory University Chorus for the classic Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, under the direction of Richard Prior and Eric Nelson.

Emory's Young Artists will perform on Friday, April 18 at noon in the Michael C. Carlos Museum as a part of the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta Noontime Series. In this performance, some of the finest undergraduate talent from the music department will perform with faculty mentors.

On Tuesday, April 22 at 8 p.m., the Emory Big Band will perform under the direction of Gary Motley.

Jazz on the Green will take place for the final time this academic year Thursday, April 24 at 6 p.m. on the Patterson Green.

The Emory Wind Ensemble will present their final performance of the year at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 25.

Choral conducting student Caleb Lewis will conduct the Emory Master Singers in his graduate recital on Saturday, April 26 at 8 p.m. in Glenn Memorial Auditorium.

Journeys in Asian Music will be held on Sunday, Apr. 27 at 2 p.m. in the Performing Arts Studio with performers exploring the styles and elements of Asian music.

Also on Sunday, April 27 Musical Animals, two musical favorites, Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" and "The Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saens will be performed for piano, four hands by Keiko Yamashita and William Ransom, complete with narration of the classic stories, at 4 p.m. in the Carlos Museum.

The Emory Concert Choir will wrap up the month with their final concert of the year at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 27.

All concerts are free and take place in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, unless otherwise noted. For tickets and event information, visit arts.emory.edu or call the Arts at Emory Box Office at 404-727-5050.