Classical Calendar, November 18-23, 2008

Tuesday, November 18

  • The LaGrange Symphony presents "Music: The Invisible Art," featuring pieces by Lee Johnson and Richard Wagner plus the Korean folksong Arirang. Callaway Auditorium, LaGrange College, 7:30.
  • Mercer University presents a free guest artist recital by pianist Dianne Reed. Fickling Hall, Macon, 7:30 p.m.
  • Guitarist Manuel Barrueco performs as part of CSU's Legacy Live series. RiverCenter, Columbus.
Thursday, November 20
  • The Borealis String Quartet plays Schubert, Mendelssohn and Grieg, presented by the Auburn Chamber Music Society. Goodwin Recital Hall, Auburn University, 7:30.
  • Guitarist Manuel Barrueco performs at 7:30 at Callaway Auditorium, LaGrange College, part of the music department's Callaway Concert Series.
Friday & Sunday, November 21 & 23
  • Robert Spano conducts the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and a cast led by Gerald Finley (as scientist Robert Oppenheimer) in a semistaged performance of John Adams' opera Doctor Atomic, about the final hours leading up to the first test of an atomic bomb in 1945. Atlanta's Symphony Hall, Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m.
Friday, November 21
  • The Fine Arts Quartet is presented by the Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society. Maxwell Theatre, Augusta State University, 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 22
  • The Ocmulgee Symphony offers a Pulaski Bicentennial Concert, celebrating the county's 200th anniversary with patriotic American music and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. Hawkinsville Opera House, 7:30.
  • Swedish guitarist Goran Sollscher plays Bach, Dowland and Lennon/McCartney. Spivey Hall, Morrow, 8:15 p.m.
  • The Augusta Choral Society and friends present a semistaged concert version of Menotti's Christmas classic, Amahl and the Night Visitors, with chorus, soloists, dancers and orchestra. Sacred Heart Cultural Center, Augusta, 7:30 p.m.
  • The professional male vocal ensemble Cantus, in collaboration with Theatre Latte Da, presents Peter Rothstein's All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, which recreates an unusual Christmas Day event during World War I when thousands of German and Allied soldiers put down their guns and left their trneches to meet their enemies, exchange gifts, play soccer and sing carols - before resuming the war. In the style of a radio musical drama. UGA Performing Arts Center, Athens, 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 23
  • Columbus State University's Trombone Ensembles offer a fall concert including Gordon Jacob's Octet for Trombones and larger-scale music by Schubert, Crespo, Wagner and Lauridsen. The CSU Trombone Choir has been invited to perform at the 2009 Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington, D.C., and proceeds from the modest ticket charge for this conert will help cover travel costs. RiverCenter, Columbus, 4 p.m.
  • The Davidson Fine Arts School Chorale, St. John Choir, soloists and Custer's Last Band present A Thanksgiving Feast of Song, featuring "Gloria" from The World Beloved, A Bluegrass Mass, by Carol Barnett. Free admission; an offering will be taken for the Golden Harvest Food Bank. Part of the "Concerts with a Cause" series. St. John United Methodist Church, Augusta, 3 p.m.