October calendar filled with arts events at Emory

By Rachael Walters | Emory Report | Sept. 24, 2015

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Music legends Chick Corea and Béla Fleck help kick off a busy month of arts events, including concerts, theater, dance and literature.  Photo by C. Taylor Crothers © Chick Corea Productions.

October is a busy month for the Arts at Emory, featuring three Candler Concert Series performances, a new production series from Theater Emory, a project premiere from Emory Dance and a visit from a U.S. Poet Laureate.

The month begins on a literary note as Charles Wright, a 2014 U.S. Poet Laureate, gives a poetry reading Thursday, Oct. 1, in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. This event is part of the Raymond Danowski Reading Series and is free and open to the public.

Zhu Yi's play "I AM A MOON" returns to Emory as a full production after its success as a staged reading during the spring 2015 Global Voices festival. The Theater Emory production, directed by Jan Akers, runs from Oct. 1-10 in the Theater Lab of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.  "I AM A MOON" explores Eastern and Western concepts of love and intimacy through four different characters who are affected by love in new and familiar ways.

On Friday, Oct. 2, Emory Dance premieres "Fast First Fridays," a new project that brings Emory dance faculty member Greg Catellier together with a unique group of collaborators to create a brand-new dance in just one month.

Kicking off the 2015-2016 Candler Concert Series are musical legends Chick Corea and Béla Fleck, performing at the Schwartz Center on Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. Corea, piano, and Fleck, banjo, have received numerous Grammy awards and accolades for their genre-defying compositions.  Their duet offers concertgoers a chance to see and hear what happens when two virtuosos from different musical genres come together for an evening of pop, jazz, bluegrass and everything in between.

The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta will be bringing dinosaur sounds to life in their free, prehistoric concert on Oct. 4 at 4 p.m. at the Michael C. Carlos Museum.

Emory Cinematheque continues the fall 2015 theme of Japanese anime, with free weekly film screenings each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in White Hall Room 208.

Jazz on the Green returns to Patterson Green on Oct. 8 and Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. These fun, free shows feature the Emory Jazz Combos, led by director of jazz studies Gary Motley.

Hailed as one of the most promising pianists of the new generation, 22-year-old composer and pianist Conrad Tao continues the Candler Concert Series on Oct. 16 at 8 p.m.  Tao's live performance provides audience members with the rare opportunity to see one of the Julliard School's most established and talented rising stars.

The 2015-2016 Creative Writing Reading Series begins with two free events from award-winning short story writer and novelist Reginald McKnight.  On Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m., McKnight will present the "The Phillis Wheatley Reading" in Jones Room 311 at the Woodruff Library, followed by a book signing and reception.  A colloquium featuring McKnight takes place Oct. 20 at 2:30 p.m. in the Callaway Center. 

The Emory Wind Ensemble opens its season Thursday, Oct. 22, with a free concert — the ensemble's first performance under new conductor Paul Bhasin.

A local favorite, the Emory University Symphony Orchestra performs their first concert of the semester Saturday, Oct. 24, in the Schwartz Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The 2015 Lovis Corinth Colloquium, 'Ut pictura amor: The Reflexive Imagery of Love in Artistic Theory and Practice, 1400-1700,' presented by the art history department, will take place Oct. 29 – 31 from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Michael C. Carlos Museum Reception Hall. 

The month ends with three-time Grammy-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride and classical bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer's concert on Oct. 30 at 8 p.m.  The two critically acclaimed musicians, known for their fiery playing styles, will join forces at the Schwartz Center for a unique and unforgettable performance.

For more details and a full schedule of events, visit the Arts at Emory website.