The famed choreographer Twyla Tharp created children’s ballet The Princess and the Goblin with the Atlanta Ballet last year with much acclaim. It was her first that included dancers of all ages, and I remember when she spoke about this 20 year project that was in the making about how she chose the backbone to be the music of Schubert. She spoke to how Schubert’s music ignites the spirit of the soul. I always think of that when I experience a Schubert piece.
This weekend the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Roberto Abbdo, is performing two masterful works by this acclaimed composer Schubert. The Overture to Die Zauberharfe (Rosamunde) D.644 (1820) was a piece commissioned for Schubert in the autumn of 1823 for a new play, Rosamunde, Princess of Cyprus. It has been written that Schubert wrote feverishly to finish the piece and borrowed from earlier work. He completed it two days before the performance and the orchestra was upset that they did not have time to practice. The play is long forgotten but the piece lives on. The second piece of Schubert is encompassed in Luciano Berio Rendering for Orchestra included parts that would have been Schubert’s tenth symphony. Schubert was working on his “Tenth Symphony,” but died before he was able to finish it.
The highlight of the evening to hear our own Violin Chair David Coucheron take his 1725 Stradivarius and make it sing in Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concert in E Minor, Opus 64 (1844). Courcheron one of the youngest chairs in the country showcases his mad skills in this piece. He noted in the end that at the age of 5 (he started playing when he was 3) his father was at the breakfast table and shared that his dream was to someday play this Mendelssohn piece with a full orchestra, he would probably never get the chance but that his son would. David looked at his father and thought he was crazy and now this day, this prophecy has come to be. He thanked his parents for their support and proceeded to give an encore. The violin connects to us because they say it is the most similar to the human voice.
If things could not get better with these serious pieces, the finale was Gioachino Rossini’s Overture to Guillaume Tell (1829). Not familiar with Rossini’s work, I bet you are, this piece became part of the pop culture lexicon as the intro to the famed show The Long Ranger. It’s an absolutely tremendous show and there are two more chances to experience this remarkable moment, on Saturday March 9 and Sunday March 10. Get your tickets at www.ASO.org In the program in a note form President and CEO Dr. Stanley E. Romanstein, there has been a delay in the announcement of the new 2013-14 season. The ASO is going through changes and they are working on bringing a new season with the balance of innovation and tradition. Their goal is engagement and the new season should be announced in April. Bravo to all the good work of the ASO, for more information and to keep up or simply buy tickets visit: www.ASO.org or call (404)733-5000.
Partying for the Cause
This Saturday Sept 19th “Run For Cover” a Fundraiser for Second Chance Warming Shelter @ Beer Barrel in Marietta! A Day of MUSIC, Raffles, Adult Games and BBQ!
A Day of MUSIC, Raffles, Adult Games, Award Winning BBQ PLUS your chance to “Give Back” by Supporting a Great Cause at one of the Best Dive Bars in Georgia!!!
Saturday, Sept 19th “Run For Cover”, a fundraiser will be held for the Second Chance Warming Shelter at Beer Barrel in Marietta. MUSIC provided by one of the Best Rock Cover Bands in The ATL No Sweat and that Award Winning BBQ brought to you by
Second Chance Warming Shelter is located at 271 Marietta Rd in Canton, GA inside Action Church. The Warming Shelter was started three years ago out of need because there is no Homeless Shelter in Cherokee County. When temps drop below 32 degrees, the City of Canton allows Action Church to open their doors to those in need. They feed them, give them a warm bed and provides Toiletries and Warm Clothing. Last year Action Church with the HELP of Fundraisers like “Run For Cover” was able to Shelter 350 men, women and children.
Atlanta Jewish Music Festival March 12-23
AJMF is proud to announce the lineup for its 6th Annual Atlanta Jewish Music Festival (AJMF6)! AJMF6 will take place around the Greater Atlanta Area from March 12-23 and will feature local, regional, national and international Jewish musicians. This signature, multi-day Spring Festival is the only annual celebration of Jewish music in the South.
“AJMF6 is going to be our biggest and best yet,” Founder and Director Russell Gottschalk said. “I’m most excited about the spotlight we’ve given Israeli performers at our Main Event, offering Atlantans and visitors from around the South a chance to connect to Israel here at home. But we also continue to support local Jewish musicians and over half of our featured performers live in the Greater Atlanta area. From our smallest stage on Opening Night to the huge crowd at the ACFB Hunger Walk/Run, from our local talents to our international rock stars, there is something for everyone at our signature Spring Festival.”
Boston Calling Presents Find the Vinyl!
BOSTON! Zip up your coats and bring a scarf, hat, and gloves–you have a mission tonight!
Boston Calling has the Find the Vinyl scavenger hunt prepped this evening to announce the May lineup plus the chance to win two three-day General Admission tickets. Following the scavenger hunt, two viewing parties at the Fenway and Harvard Square locations of Tasty Burger for a video that reveals the entire festival lineup. If you are a fan of beef burgers, I recommend the onion burger. And make it a double.
Read on for Find the Vinyl details and how to play! Good luck!
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