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World premiere orchestra performance, archival film tour headline January arts events

The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra visits campus this month to perform the debut of “a canticle of shadows,” an elegy for victims of war from Richard Prior, director of performance studies at Emory. Photo by Tristan Cook.

The new year brings a bevy of arts events to Emory, including a world premiere of a new work from Emory’s Richard Prior performed by the celebrated Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the kick-off to Emory Cinematheque’s series featuring films from the UCLA Film & Television Archive Festival of Preservation Tour, and area high school students performing alongside the Atlanta Master Chorale in the annual Atlanta Community Choral Festival.

The spring Emory Cinematheque series brings the UCLA Film & Television Archive Festival of Preservation Tour to campus, presenting preserved classics and rarities of the screen. The series began Wednesday, Jan. 11, with Edgar G. Ulmer’s 1946 film “Her Sister’s Secret,” and continues with the silent film “My Best Girl” (1909) with live accompaniment from Donald Sosin on Jan. 18, and the Eugene O’Neill adaptation “The Long Voyage Home” on Jan. 25. All screenings start at 7:30 p.m. in White Hall 208 and are free and open to the public.

The Michael C. Carlos Museum presents the “Noble Marbles” lecture series this month, with Elizabeth Dowling, professor emeritus in Georgia Tech’s College of Design, discussing the work and influence of adventurers James Stuart and Nicolas Revett in “Stuart and Revett and the Antiquities of Athens,” Thursday, Jan. 19. The series continues Jan. 26 with “Noblest Images: The Parthenon Marbles from 1436 to the Present,” a lecture by Jenifer Neils, editor of the book "The Parthenon From Antiquity to the Present." Both lectures take place at 7:30 p.m. in the museum’s Ackerman Hall and are free and open to the public.

On Jan. 20 at 8 p.m. in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts’ Emerson Concert Hall, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra premieres “a canticle of shadows,” an elegy for victims of war from Richard Prior, conductor of the Emory Symphony Orchestra and director of performance studies at Emory. The concert, a part of the Schwartz Center’s Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series, also includes Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 35 and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3. Tickets are $60, $48 for discount category members including Emory staff and faculty, and $10 for Emory students. They can be purchased online.

Families with young children can visit the Carlos Museum for “Artful Stories: Lila and the Secret of Rain,” a storytelling event in the African Gallery followed by a class in making clay pots, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. On Jan. 29 at 2 p.m., children can view the beautiful feathered tunic in the African Gallery before creating their own brightly colored tunic in “Children’s Workshop: Feathered Tunics from Cameroon.”

The Atlanta Master Chorale invests in the future of choral artistry and the Atlanta community of artists with its annual “Atlanta Community Choral Festival,” Saturday, Jan. 21, at 8 p.m. in the Schwartz Center’s Emerson Concert Hall. This year, high school students from distinctly wonderful programs in Atlanta will perform alongside the Atlanta Master Chorale. This event is free and open to the public.

For more arts events this month, visit the Arts at Emory calendar.

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