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Spooky tunes, outdoor concerts and more brighten October music

Join the Emory Jazz Combos for a relaxing evening on the Goizueta Business School lawn Oct. 10 and 24 at 6 p.m. Emory Photo/Video.

This October, Music at Emory presents a colorful selection of performances to brighten the fall season including Halloween concerts, renowned vocalists and world music.

On Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m., the Vega String Quartet and a select group of Emory faculty and affiliates present Schubertiad, a celebration of one of music's most inspired composers. The concert will feature two impromptus by Elena Cholakova, songs including “An Die Musik” by Bradley Howard and Deborah Thoreson, “Arpeggione Sonata” by Yinzi Kong and William Ransom, and the “Death and the Maiden” String Quartet.

Sasha Cooke

Sasha Cooke will perform on Oct. 18.

Mystical Arts of Tibet: Sacred Music, Sacred Dance will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. This performance features Grammy nominated musician Nawang Khechog and the monk artists of Drepung Loseling Monastery performing traditional Tibetan Sacred music and dance.

Join the Emory Jazz Combos for a relaxing evening of outdoor music and classic jazz standards. Jazz on the Green will be held on the Goizueta Business School lawn, Patterson Green, on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. Also on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m.

The Atlanta Master Chorale will kick off its 29th season on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. with A Drop in the Ocean.  Tickets are $20, $15 for discount category members, and $10 for students.

On Thursday, Oct. 17 at 2:30 p.m., a Master Class with Sasha Cooke features the Candler Concert Series artist leading a master class with Emory voice students, enriching the mezzo-soprano's visit to campus.

On Friday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m., Cooke will perform as part of the Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series. Cooke's program will span styles from the unique quirkiness of Britten's "Charm of Lullabies" and Poulenc's "Cinq Poemes de Max Jacob" to the classic romanticism of Wolf's "Möricke-Lieder" and folkish lyricism of early George Crumb. Tickets are $35, $22.75 for discount category member, and $5 for Emory students.

On Saturday, Oct. 19, 8 p.m. the Emory Wind Ensemble with Emory University Chorus will perform Randall Thompson's "Frostiana," a seven-movement piece for orchestra and chorus inspired by the works of Robert Frost. 

The Beethoven in Bluejeans Family Concert will be held on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. as part of the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta (ECMSA) Family Series. Ludwig Van Beethoven “himself” will comment on his life and music as the Vega String Quartet and pianist William Ransom perform.

The annual Concerto and Aria Competition will take place on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. Undergraduate music majors will showcase their talents during this evening of engaging performances and friendly competition.

Timothy Albrecht Halloween Scary Ride!

The University Organist Recital Series features the Timothy Albrecht Halloween Scary Ride! Oct. 30.

On Thursday, Oct. 24 at noon, non-music Emory faculty will perform as part of the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta Noontime Series in the Reception Hall of the Carlos Museum. In a program titled "Professors of the Practice," violinist Cynthia Patterson, professor of history; cellist Richard Patterson, professor of philosophy; clarinetist Ashraf Attalla, professor of psychology; and pianist Guy Benian, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, join members of the Vega String Quartet to perform works by Mozart, Dvorak and Weber.

The Emory University Symphony Orchestra will have its fall concert on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. The orchestra will play Phillip Glass's Cello Concerto No. 2 with Matt Haimovitz, cello, for the first time in the Southeast. 

On Sunday, Oct. 27 at 4 p.m., the Emory University Concert Choir will perform a fall concert. Concert Choir is a select chamber choir of undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines. The choir will perform selections including Pinkham's "Wedding Cantata" and Whitacre's "Alleluia."

On Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m., the University Organist Recital Series features the Timothy Albrecht Halloween Scary Ride! Come in costume and behold the Transylvania March with Count Dracula.

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

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