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Branford Marsalis headlines impressive roster for Schwartz Center’s 2012-13 season

Marsalis is regarded as one of America's greatest living saxophonists. (Photo by Juan-Carlos Hernandez
Branford Marsalis is regarded as one of America's greatest living saxophonists. (Photo by Juan-Carlos Hernandez)

Jazz great Branford Marsalis will headline the 2012-13 season announced Monday by Emory University’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

Marsalis, the Louisiana-born saxophonist who once led the “Tonight Show” band, will be joined during the Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series by a roster that ranges from violinst Gil Shaham to the Warsaw Philharmonic to pianist Yefim Bronfman. The series also will celebrate the Schwartz Center’s 10th anniversary.

Playing with his quartet, Marsalis will perform September 21, and Shaham’s concert is set for October 4. The Warsaw Philharmonic, conducted by Antoni Wit, will perform November 2, with Bronfman on February 2.

Others in this year’s series include classical guitar duo Sérgio and Odair Assad; violinist and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR); bel canto tenor Lawrence Brownlee; and the string quartet Brooklyn Rider. The Schwartz also will welcome Monica Bill Barnes & Company for the season’s special dance event.

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