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Jazz Fest, love songs and more heat up February music

Victor Goines headlines the Emory Annual Jazz Fest, Feb. 7-9. Photo by Ayano Hisa.

The Emory Annual Jazz Fest, Valentine's Day love songs, and virtuoso touring artists heat up music in February. Another special event includes a tribute to American composer Charles Ives and "The Music of War" at the Carlos Museum.  

The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta Family Concert Series presents a "Pajama Concert—Musical Bedtime Stories," on Friday, Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Carlos Museum. Bring the family, and enjoy both music and hot chocolate.  

Yefim Bronfman

Virtuoso pianist Yefim Bronfman performs Feb. 2. Photo by Dario Acosta.

Widely regarded as one of the most talented virtuoso pianists performing today, Yefim Bronfman performs a solo recital Saturday, Feb. 2, at 8 p.m. Tickets: $70; $56 discount category members; $10 students. The program includes works by Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Sergey Prokofiev and Esa-Pekka Salonen. A reception celebrating the Schwartz Center's 10th anniversary follows the performance.

On Sunday, Feb. 3 at 4 p.m., the Annual Bach Bowl takes place, featuring Timothy and Tamara Albrecht, William and Keiko Ransom, and the Vega String Quartet, presented by the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta.  

William Ransom, the Vega String Quartet, and Bradley Howard perform Heinrich Biber's "The Battle," Vaughn-Williams' "On Wenlock Edge" and Shostakovich's "Piano Trio" in a program titled "The Music of War" on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Carlos Museum. This concert is held in conjunction with part two of the exhibition "Plains of Mars: European War Prints 1500-1825," which focuses on images of warfare and peace. Prior to the performance, at 7 p.m., concertgoers are invited to attend a gallery talk. Space is limited for this talk and a reservation is required by calling 404-727-6118. For additional event details visit

From Thursday, Feb. 7 to Saturday, Feb. 9, saxophonist Victor Goines brings his New Orleans style to the Emory Annual Jazz Fest. Kicking off with an improv class at 10 a.m., and a master class at 2:30 p.m., on Feb. 7, Jazz Fest features a concert with Goines and the Gary Motley Trio on Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $20; $15 discount category members; $5. On Feb. 9, the Emory Big Band and the Emory University Symphony Orchestra join Goines and the Trio in a free concert. They will perform lively big band tunes as well as an original work by Motley, in honor of the Schwartz Center's 10th anniversary.  

On Saturday Feb. 10 at 4 p.m., the Vega String Quartet and the Emory Chinese Music Ensemble present a "Chinese New Year Celebration—The Year of the Snake" at the Carlos Museum, presented by the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta.

The Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra performs with the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m.

To help celebrate Valentine's Day this year, the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta will present a concert of "Valentine's Day Love Songs" on Friday, Feb. 15 at noon in the Carlos Museum. The concert will feature tenor Bradley Howard, pianist William Ransom and the Vega String Quartet.

Daniel Bernard Roumain

Innovative violinist DBR performs Feb. 22. Photo courtesy of DBR Music Productions.

The Flora Glenn Concert Series presents violinist Daniel Bernard-Roumain (known by his initials, DBR) on Friday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. The innovative violinist and composer melds his classical music roots with his musical culture and imagination. His program "Filter" sets works from the classical canon—Bach, Bartók, Mendelssohn and Brahms—alongside DBR's own compositions in an effort to show their shared creative impulses. He performs with members of the Sphinx Symphony. Tickets: $40; $32 discount category members; $10 students.

Emory Wind Ensemble performs a Charles Ives concert on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. On Sunday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. Emory music faculty and student musicians will perform an "All Ives Chamber Concert." Combining the forces of various member of the Emory music community, the concert will continue the celebration of the works of American composer Charles Ives, who unified the voice of the American people with classical European traditions.

February closes with a performance by visiting artist Olivier Latry on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. as part of the University Organist Recital Series. Latry is Titular Organist of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, and professor at the Paris Conservatory. This will be the French organist's final recital on his U.S. tour. 

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

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