February Concert Calendar

Thursday, February 4
  • Columbus’s RiverCenter for the Performing Arts presents the great pianist Emanuel Ax. He’ll perform Schumann’s Fantasy, Op.17 and Fantasiestucke, Op. 12; and Chopin mazurkas and more.
  • The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and pianist Angela Hewitt. Bach’s Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Sea Orpheus (Atlanta premiere), Stravinsky’s “Basel Concerto” for string orchestra, and Dvorak’s Serenade for Strings. Candler Concert Series, Schwartz Center, Emory University, Atlanta, 8 p.m.

February 4-7, 12-14

  • The Atlanta Ballet presents Prokofiev's Cinderella.

Friday, February 5

  • Atlanta’s Ferst Center for the Arts presents Ballet Folklorico de Mexico, Mexico’s finest and most celebrated traditional dance company. Atlanta.
  • The UGA Performing Arts Center in Athens presents young award-winning pianist Benjamin Moser.

Saturday, February 6

  • The UGA Performing Arts Center in Athens presents the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet in music by Karl Pilss, Gunther Schuller, Paul Hindemith, Samuel Barber and Carl Nielsen.
  • Master guitarist Pepe Romero performs at Morrow’s Spivey Hall. Program: “Celebration of Romantic Spain,” a tribute to Albéniz and Tárrega on the 100th anniversary of their deaths.

Sunday, February 7

  • Georgian Chamber Players with guest artists Amy Moretti, violin; Hsin-Yun Huang, viola; Andrés Diaz, cello. 3 p.m. Eloquent Romantic sextets by Strauss and Dvorák, and the youthful Prelude and Scherzo for string octet by Shostakovich.Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow.
  • Atlanta Symphony family series: Classical Clown. Conductor Jere Flint. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta.

Tuesday, February 9

  • Augusta’s Tuesday Music Live series presents the Atlanta harp and flute pairing the Kimoni Duo. Free noon concert at Saint Paul’s Church, 6th & Reynolds, downtown Augusta. Advance reservations are required for lunch following the concert.

February 9-10

  • The national touring production of A Chorus Line comes through Columbus. RiverCenter, 7:30 p.m.

February 11 & 13

  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus with conductor Roberto Abbado. Mozart: Selected Church Sonatas, Coronation Mass; Beethoven: Symphony No. 1. Vocal soloists Inva Mula, Marianna Pizzolato, John Osborne, Lorenzo Regazzo. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta.

Thursday, February 11

  • Take 6 and Symphony Orchestra Augusta present a program of jazz, urban gospel, rhythm & blues and pop. Pops! At the Bell. 7:30, Bell Auditorium, Augusta. Take 6 is a Grammy-award winning a cappella vocal harmony ensemble of six men. Maestro Kuwahara keeps the first part of the program – with orchestra only – a secret. Take 6 joins the orchestra during the second half of the concert, performing with, and without the orchestra.

Friday, February 12

  • The Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society presents the Millennium Brass in concert at Augusta State University’s Maxwell Theatre.
  • The Falany Performing Arts Center at Reinhardt College in Waleska presents the Michael O’Neal Chamber Singers.
  • Emory University’s Chopin/Schumann Bicentennial Celebration Series continues with Schumann songs. Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta noontime Series, noon, Michael C. Carlos Museum. free. “Valentine’s Day Love Songs”: Teresa Hopkin sings Frauenliebe und Leben and tenor Bradley Howard sings Dichterliebe with pianist Deborah Thoreson.
  • Mercer University Opera presents a Valentine Opera Gala, “The Many Splendors of Love.” 7:30 p.m., Cox Capitol Theatre, Macon, (478) 257-6391. Pre-concert gala reception optional.

Saturday, February 13

  • The Valdosta Symphony Orchestra gives a concert featuring Georgia "native son" Robert McDuffie, soloist in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. Also on the program: Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony and Mozart's Marriage of Figaro Overture.
  • The UGA Performing Arts Center presents the Athens debut of international opera star and Marietta native Jennifer Larmore, mezzo-soprano. 8pm in Hodgson Concert Hall. A Metropolitan Opera star, the mezzo-soprano will perform a program she’s calling “The Art of Love,” with songs by Copland, Ives, Nin, Guastavino, Ravel, Barber, Weill and Herbert, accompanied by French pianist Antoine Palloc.
  • Violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Jeremy Denk are at Spivey Hall, Morrow. The concert is sold out.

Sunday, February 14

  • The Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights. One of the great silent films, with the CSO in the pit providing a musical score as a complement. Join “the Little Tramp,” the blind flower girl for a romantic Valentine’s Day event. Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries will be served before the concert. George Del Gobbo, conductor. Bill Heard Theatre, RiverCenter, Columbus, 7:30.
  • Saint John Church and Concerts with a Cause present the Georgia Guitar Quartet, 3:00, Saint John United Methodist Church, Augusta. Free. Nursery provided. An offering will be taken for the Lydia Project.
  • Michael Palmer conducts the Georgia State University Symphony Orchestra in a celebration of Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year’s Day, featuring Christina Smith, principal flute of the Atlanta Symphony, in Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s Flute Concerto in D minor; and William Pu, Atlanta Symphony associate concertmaster, in the “Butterfly Lovers” Violin Concerto, based on a Chinese legend. Also Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet and Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. 3 p.m., Rialto Center for the Arts, Atlanta; free.

Thursday, February 18

  • The Auburn Chamber Music Society presents the Paris Piano Trio. Music by Mozart, Rachmaninoff and Chopin. Auburn University, Auburn, Ala. Info: (334) 887-9379.
  • Guest recital at Albany State University with Frank Kowalsky, clarinet, and Mimi Noda, piano. 7 p.m., ACAD Auditorium, free.

February 18-20

  • Leila Josefowicz performs Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Roberto Abbado, in his second week in a row with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, conducts Mozart’s Overture to La Clemenza di Tito and Schubert “Great” Symphony No. 9. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta.

Friday, February 19

  • Thomas Hampson sings “Song of America.” American hymns, spirituals, and folk, cowboy, and war songs. Candler Concert Series, Schwartz Center, Emory University, Atlanta, 8 p.m. Concert star and leading man of opera baritone Thomas Hampson tell the American story of creativity through song in this national tour for the Library of Congress.
  • The great vocal group Sweet Honey in the Rock is at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Columbus.

Saturday, February 20

  • Albany Symphony Orchestra: “Baroque Germany,” featuring the orchestra’s principal musicians in Bach’s Six Brandenburg Concertos. Claire Fox Hillard, conductor. Albany Municipal Auditorium, Albany, 7:30.
  • Symphony Orchestra Augusta, First Baptist of August, 7:30. “Baroque & Beyond,” featuring oboist Kelly O’Dell in Bach’s Concerto for Oboe d’amore, plus Handel’s Overture and Entrance of the Queen of Sheba (Solomon), Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 1, and Mozart’s Symphony No. 25. Music director Shizuo Z Kuwahara conducts.
  • Mercer University’s McDuffie Center for Strings presents its namesake, violinist Robert McDuffie, in recital in Fickling Hall, McCorkle Music Building, Macon.
  • Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall presents organist Hector Olivera in music of Bach, Franck, Clark/Purcell and Liszt. Morrow.
  • The Meehan/Perkins Duo – “superb young percussionists” Todd Meehan and Doug Perkins - perform Paul Lansky’s Travel Diary, John Fitz Rogers’ Once Removed, David Lang’s Table of Contents, Nathan Davis’ Diving Bell and Suzanne Farrin’s This Mind Made War. Kopleff Recital Hall, Georgia State University, Atlanta. Free.

Sunday, February 21

  • Macon’s Grand Opera House presents Moscow Festival Ballet in Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Sleeping Beauty.
  • The acclaimed Ebene Quartet performs in Athens’ UGA Performing Arts Center. All-Beethoven program (part of an ongoing multi-group cycle). Quartets in F major, Op. 18, No. 1; F major, Op. 59, No. 1; C-sharp minor, Op. 131.
  • Symphony Orchestra Augusta Family Fun Series: “Movies, Cartoons & Orchestra!” Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University. Pre-concert entertainment at 2:15, concert at 3:00.
  • Bertrand Giraud, piano; Vega String Quartet. Chopin’s complete Preludes; Schumann’s piano quartet. Schwartz Center, Emory University, Atlanta, 4 p.m.
  • The Gainesville ProMusica concert series presents Alejandro Saladin Cote.

Monday, February 22

  • CSU’s Chopin & Schumann 200th Anniversary Series, Part II. 7:30 p.m. in Legacy Hall, RiverCenter, Columbus. Free.

Tuesday, February 23

  • The Punch Brothers, featuring mandolin superstar Chris Thile. 7:30 pm in Bill Heard Theatre, RiverCenter, Columbus. Composer‐singer‐mandolin player Chris Thile released the first of five solo albums when he was only 13. By the time he was 20, he was attracting a following among pop, country and alternative‐rock audiences as a member of the Grammy‐winning Nickel Creek. In 2005 Thile began collaborating with gifted bandmates Chris Eldridge (guitar), Greg Garrison (bass), Noam Pikelny (banjo) and Gabe Witcher (violin).

Thursday, February 25

  • Columbus State University Legacy Live! CSU violinist Sergiu Schwartz is joined by pianist Gila Goldstein and cellist Andres Diaz in a program of favorite Romantic masterworks, 7 p.m., Legacy Hall.

February 25-27

  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Mei-Ann Chen leads Dvorak’s Eighth, Rachmaninoff’s Paganini Rhapsody (with pianist Jon Kimura Parker) and Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphoses. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta

Friday, February 26

  • Masters of Persian Music: Hossein Alizadeh, tar; Kayhan Kalhor, kamancheh; Hamid Reza Nourbakhsh, voice. Ferst Center for the Arts, Georgia Tech, Atlanta.

Saturday, February 27

  • Rome Symphony Orchestra, Rome City Auditorium, Rome, 7:30. Brahms Double Concerto with violinist Timothy Schwartz, head of string dept at Lehigh Univ, and cellist Lawrence Stomberg, professor at the University of Delaware. Music director and conductor Richard Prior.
  • The Atlanta Opera’s production of Verdi’s Aida runs at the Cobb Energy Centre, Atlanta, February 27, March 2, 5 & 7.
  • CSU Guitar Symposium: Duo Spiritoso and Carlos Perez, Legacy Hall, RiverCenter, Columbus.

Sunday, February 28

  • CSU Guitar Symposium: Elliot Frank and SoloDuo. 7:30 p.m. in Legacy Hall, RiverCenter, Columbus.
  • Spivey Hall in Morrow presents the Atlanta Chamber Players: “Twilight & Bright.” Harbison Twilight Music (horn trio), Rorem Bright Music (quintet), Schumann Piano Quartet.