Select Classical Concerts, April 1-8

The Savannah Music Festival continues through April 5. The final classical offerings are:

  • the famed Beaux Arts Trio, on their farewell tour after 50 years , playing Schubert's two big piano trios (Wednesday, April 2, Lucas Theatre, 6 p.m.), and
  • pianist Yu Kosuge playing assorted fantasies and Liszt's B-flat sonata (Telfair Academy, Friday, April 4).
The Czech Trio is traversing our state all week:
  • April 1 in Macon. Presented by the Macon Concert Association. Wesleyan College's Burden Parlor, Tuesday, 8 p.m. (478) 743-6940. Beethoven, Smetana, Dvorak.
  • April 2 in Morrow. Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Martinu, Smetana, Dvorak. Free.
  • April 3 in Americus. Rachmaninoff, Mendelsson, Smetana. Georgia Southwestern State's Jackson Performance Hall, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
  • April 4 in Augusta. Presented by the Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society. Smetana, Dvorak, Friday, 8 p.m. (See article.)
  • April 5 in Hawkinsville. Presented by the Ocmulgee Symphony. Hawkinsville Opera House, Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Smetana.
  • April 6 in Demorest. Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Smetana. Piedmont College Chapel, Sunday, 3 p.m.
  • April 7-8 in Spartanburg and Greenville, South Carolina.
April 1 in Tifton there's "A Night of Solo Piano and Ensembles" (Gina Lawhon, piano; Sheri Wyles Grabowski and The Mannheim Musicians). 7 p.m. ABAC Chapel. Free admission. Article.

April 3-6 in Macon, Mercer University Opera, directed by Martha Mallone, presents Egisto by Francesco Cavalli.
Fickling Hall, Mercer's Townsend School of Music. Read article for details on this and other central Georgia events.

Saturday, April 5 take your pick:
  • In Atlanta, the Carl Rosa Company performs Gilbert and Sullivan's ever-popular operetta The Mikado at Georgia Tech's Ferst Center. It's "a recreation of the original 1885 operetta, using Gilbert’s own prompt book for the direction, staging, and choreography."
  • In Morrow, Swiss-born pianist Gilles Vonsattel (whom you may have heard in recent years on on Performance Today) makes his Spivey Hall debut playing Bach, Bartok and Ravel.
  • In Albany, the Albany Concert Association presents theJupiter String Quartet, a prize-winning young string quartet currently in residence with Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society, Albany Municipal Auditorium.
  • In Athens, Hesperus offers a "roots" program of American music from the arrival of the Pilgrims through the early 19th century.

Sunday, April 6 the terrific Academy for Ancient Music Berlin makes its Spivey Hall debut at 3 p.m. with concertos by Vivaldi, Marcello, Graun, Erlebach and Bach.

And looking ahead, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke - who won the first UGA Performing Arts Center Prize at the 2006-7 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York - performs here twice next week:
  • Tuesday, April 8 at ABAC's Howard Auditorium, Tifton, 7 p.m.
  • Friday, April 11 at UGA's Performing Arts Center in Athens.