Concert Calendar, October 17-31

Sunday, October 18

  • Trumpets, Pipes, Bach and Jazz.   Bach, Clarke, Torelli, Victor Young and Claude Bolling with an international trumpeter and recording artist James Ackley, now principal trumpet of Symphony Orchestra Augusta and based at the University of South Carolina.  Free, Concerts with a Cause, 3 p.m., St. John United Methodist Church, Augusta.    

Thursday, October 22

  • The University of West Georgia Department of Music presents The Atlanta5 Wind Quintet in wind music by Barber, Bozza, Ewazen and Piazzolla.  The Atlanta5 are Elisa Lyle, flute, principal flute, La Grange and Carrollton symphonies; Jeannie Ohnemus, principal oboe, LaGrange Symphony; Luan Mueller, UWG clarinet instructor; Jim Jackson, principal bassoon, Georgia Philharmonic; and John Pirtle, freelance French horn. Cashen Hall, Humanities Building, UWG, Carrollton. 8:15 p.m. Free. 
  • Karen Parks, soprano.  Falany Performing Arts Center, Reinhardt College, Waleska

October 22-24           

  • The great Canadian violinist James Ehnes soloes in Korngold’s Violin Concerto, and Donald Runnicles conducts the Atlanta Symphony in Strauss’s Also Spake Zarathustra and Weber’s Overture to Oberon. Symphony Hall, Atlanta, 8 p.m. 

Friday, October 23           

  • “Journey to the Amazon” with renowned guitarist Sharon Isbin, percussionist Thiago de Mello and saxophonist Paul Winter.  Grammy-nominated blend of Afro-Brazilian, Amazonian Indian and wildnerness sounds with jazz. Schwartz Center, Emory University, Atlanta, 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 24           

  • The Ocmulgee Symphony Orchestra plays Bach’s Third Orchestral Suite, a Vivaldi concerto for oboe and violin, Godard’s Suite of Three Pieces for flute and Haydn’s Symphony No. 41. City Auditorium, Cochran, 7:30 p.m.     
  • Grammy-winning cellist Lynn Harrell, with pianist Victor Santiago-Asuncion.  Cello sonatas by Chopin and Barber, Beethoven’s sets of variations on Handel’s “See the conqu’ring hero comes” and Mozart’s “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen,” and Schubert’s Introduction and Variations on an Original Theme in B-flat.  UGA Performing Arts Center, Athens.

 Sunday, October 25

  • American pianist Thomas Pandolfi loves music popular in the “Golden Age of Pianism,” by such composers as Busoni, Godowski, Dohnanyi, Paderewski, MacDowell and Rubinstein.  He plays at 2 p.m. at the Morris Museum of Art, Augusta.
  • Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ is performed by the Vega String Quartet and speakers of seven different faiths.  Schwartz Center, Emory University, Atlanta, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, October 27

  • The LaGrange Symphony calls its pre-Halloween concert “Sorcerers, Witches and Things.”  Patricio Cobos conducts such scary seasonal favorites as Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain and Dukas’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice, plus Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.1 with Ukrainian-born pianist Kseniia Polstiankina, winner of the 2009 LSO Young Artists Competition.  7:30, Callaway Auditorium, LaGrange College, LaGrange
  • Symphony Orchestra Augusta presents America (the group famous for “A House with No Name” and other songs, now in its fourth decade).  The first half of the concert is orchestral; America appears after intermission.  Shizuo Kuwahara conducts. Pops! at the Bell, Bell Auditorium, Augusta

Tuesday, October 27           

  • The adventuresome Amstel Quartet (saxophone quartet) appears at the Falany Performing Arts Center, Reinhardt College, Waleska.  
  • The acclaimed Merling Trio appears in two Georgia communities in one day.  First, in Augusta, Tuesday's Music Live presents the Merling Trio in a free noon concert at St. Paul's Church. (Advance reservations are required for lunch following the concert.  The concert is free.)
  • Then the Merling Trio hits the road as Gainesville ProMusica presents the threesome in Haydn’s Trio in G major and Dvorak’s Dumky Trio. 7:30 p.m., Pearce Auditorium, Gainesville

October 29-30           

  • Brahms’ German Requiem sounds through Atlanta’s Symphony Hall, as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, with soloists soprano Chen Reiss and baritone Matthew Worth, perform. Also Haydn’s Symphony No. 44, “Trauer.”  Donald Runnicles conducts. 

Friday, October 30           

  • New Trinity Baroque calls their late October concert “Handel’s Nightmare.” 8 p.m., St. Bartholomew’s Church, Atlanta.  

Saturday, October 31  

  • The Zagreb Saxophone Quartet has toured extensively around the globe and performs an eclectic repertoire spanning centuries and styles. Free concert. University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, Athens