Look what's going on around Georgia between Thursday, February 7 and Tuesday, February 12! The list of artists on stage Saturday alone is impressive. Please follow the links or contact the organizations to confirm details and buy tickets. Happy concertgoing!
- Friday, February 8 in Hawkinsville, the Polish-born violinist Malgorzata Staszewska and pianist Anna Ho give a recital of Svendsen, Bach, Prokofiev and Wieniawski. Staszewska ("StaSHEVska") lives in Athens and is concertmaster of the Ocmulgee Symphony, which presents this performance as part of its inaugural season.
- In Atlanta, on February 7 and 9 the Atlanta Symphony performs Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony, John Adams' On the Transmigration of Souls and Barber's Adagio for Strings. And the Atlanta Opera's production of Cold Sassy Tree, with a story set in Commerce, Georgia, continues February 5, 8 and 10.
- Friday evening, prizewinning young Chinese pianist Chu-Fang Huang does Schumann and Ravel Friday at UGA in Athens. Also Friday, the Imani Winds bring their music to Morrow's Spivey Hall, giving the world premiere of a new work by Atlanta composer Alvin Singelton; they perform again in Columbus's RiverCenter on Saturday.
- Beyond Imani and the ASO, on Saturday, February 9 take your pick from the following amazing lineup: In Morrow, German pianist and conductor Christian Zacharias makes his Spivey Hall debut with a recital of Schumann, Scarlatti and Schubert. Internationally known soprano and Shorter College graduate Indra Thomas joins the Rome Symphony in Rome for Verdi, Mozart, Gershwin and spirituals. Pianist Leon Bates and guest conductor Lowell Graham head an all-American concert by the Valdosta Symphony in Valdosta. In Douglasville, pianist (and recent GMTA Teacher of the Year) George Mann of Carrollton performs. And the Kronos Quartet and Wu Man, pipa, join forces in music of Terry Riley in Atlanta.
- Moving on to Sunday, February 10, we've got the Tara Winds at Reinhardt College in Waleska, the Australian Guitar Quartet "Saffire" in their Spivey Hall debut in Morrow, and Billy Joel's music enshrined in Twyla Tharpe's choreography in the dance musical "Movin' Out" in Columbus. The Manhattan Piano Trio visits Macon's Vineville United Methodist Church on Sunday, then Carrollton's First United Methodist Church on Monday.
- Monday the 11th also brings pianist Tatiana Goncharova to Tifton's ABAC Howard Auditorium. Tuesday the 12th it's none other than Art Garfunkel with the Augusta Symphony in a pops concert in downtown Augusta.