Classical Calendar, October 7-12, 2008

Here are select events of interest around the state. The usual caveats apply: No claims to be comprehensive, and please, while this is the latest information to reach GPB, check details with the folks on the ground before venturing forth on your cultural quest. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 7

  • With the 200th anniversary of Mendelssohn's birth coming up in early 2009, the LaGrange Symphony presents an all-Mendelssohn program, featuring globetrotting violinist Sergiu Schwartz (Columbus State faculty) in Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. Patricio Cobos conducts. Callaway Auditorium, LaGrange College, 7:30.
October 7, 10 and 12
  • The Atlanta Opera's production of Madama Butterfly continues its run. Starring Joanna Kozlowska and Richard Leach. Production design by Jun Kaneko. Cobb Energy Centre, off I-75 north of downtown Atlanta.
Thursday-Saturday, October 9-11
  • Robert McDuffie of Macon and Mercer University and general renown soloes in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, part of the Atlanta Symphony's all-Tchaikovsky concert, which also includes the First Symphony ("Winter Dreams") and Francesca da Rimini. Robert Spano conducts. 8 p.m., Atlanta's Symphony Hall.
Saturday, October 11
  • It's a real-life reality show in Augusta this season, as four conducting finalists compete to become the Augusta Symphony's next music director. The first contender, Susan Haig, takes the podium Saturday for Sibelius's Second Symphony and selections by Leoncavallo, Mozart and Verdi with baritone Leonard Rowe. 7:30, First Baptist of Augusta.
  • In Roswell, the Georgia Philharmonic performs Tchaikovsky's Second Symphony ("Little Russian") plus D'Indy, Mozart and MacDowell. Philip Rice conducts. Roswell Cultural Arts Center.