So much joyous musicmaking goes on across the state in December. Here are just two of this weekend's myriad Georgia events:
- Banjo phenom Bela Fleck and his Flecktones appear in concert Columbus Friday. It's part of the winterfest2009, which also includes a three-day artist's market with booths throughout the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.
- Saturday at Valdosta State, the Valdosta Symphony performs Mozart's Exsultate Jubilate and Mahler's celestial Fourth Symphony with soprano Tamara Hardesty and conductor Howard Hsu. The program is called "The Human Voice."
- Saint-Saens: Oboe Sonata, Op. 166. Ensemble Villa Musica. MDG 304 0395.
- Mendelssohn: "Scottish" Symphony (No. 3 in A minor). New Philharmonia Orch, Muti. EMI 81788.
- Meyer: By the River. Marshall, Fleck, Meyer. Sony 62891.
- Mozart: Exsultate Jubilate, K. 165. Carolyn Sampson, King's Consort, King. Hyperion 67560.
- Glazunov: Raymonda, ballet suite, Op. 57a. Royal Scottish National Orch, Serebrier. Warner 2564 61939.
- Saint-Saens: Caprice on Danish and Russian Airs, Op. 79. Ensemble Villa Musica. MDG 304 0395.
- Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58. Evgeny Kissin, London Sym, Davis. EMI 50999 2 06311.