Classical Concerts, February 17-22, 2009

This Saturday alone, there are five orchestral concerts going on in Georgia: the Rome Symphony in Rome, the Augusta Symphony in Augusta, both the New York Philharmonic and Atlanta Symphony orchestras in Atlanta, and don't forget the Ocmulgee Symphony in Hawkinsville. And that's just orchestras, and just Saturday!

Tuesday, February 17

Wednesday, February 18
  • Renowned violinist and Macon native Robert McDuffie performs at Mercer University's Fickling Hall, Macon. 7:30, tickets at the door or (478) 301-5470. Mercer faculty and students get in free.
February 19, 21 & 22
Friday, February 20
Saturday, February 21
  • The New York Philharmonic visits Emory's Schwartz Center in Atlanta to perform Berlioz, Schumann and Tchaikovsky. This concert is sold out.
  • The Ocmulgee Symphony performs Mozart's 40th, Hummel's Fantasie, Bartok's Rumanian Folk Dances, Copland's Quiet City and Prokofiev's Classical Symphony, with conductor Chuck Quinn, violist Ulisses Silva and trumpet soloist Phil Elkins. 7:30, Hawkinsville Opera House.
  • Acclaimed pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet plays Debussy and Ravel at Spivey Hall, Morrow. As of Tuesday noon, tickets are still available.
  • The Rome Symphony and music director Richard Prior continue the season with Bruch's Violin Concerto, featuring concertmaster Sinisa Ciric, and Beethoven's First Symphony. 7:30, Rome City Auditorium.
  • Final music-director candidate Diane Wittry leads the Augusta Symphony in Prokofiev's Second Violin Concerto with soloist Kurt Nikkanen as well as Franck's Symphony in D minor and Mozart's Magic Flute Overture. 7:30, First Baptist of Augusta.
  • The Roland Hayes Museum and the Music Guild present the Chattanooga Choral Society for the Preservation of African American Song singing spirituals, 7 p.m. at the Harris Arts Center’s Ratner Theater, Calhoun, (706) 629-2599.
Sunday, February 22
  • The Augusta Symphony's Family Fun series presents a Classical Kids production, "Mozart's Magnificent Voyage," portraying the genius through the eyes of his young son, Karl, in a concert-and-story featuring 20 excerpts from Mozart's music. Peformance 3 p.m.; pre-concert entertainment 2:15. Maxwell Theatre, Augusta State University.
  • The King's Singers - the acclaimed British male vocal ensemble - perform at Roswell United Methodist Church, 4 p.m. Tickets through itickets or from the church's arts office, (770) 594-0512.
  • The Macon Concert Association presents the Juilliard-trained women of the Claremont Trio in performance, 7:30, Burden Parlor, Wesleyan College, Macon. Tickets available at the door.
  • In this 200th anniversary of Haydn's death, music director and Haydn expert John Hsu leads the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra in "Symphonies for the Esterhazy Palace: A Tribute to the Grandeur of Haydn." Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, Buckhead, Atlanta.