News briefs: Candler line-up announced; “pop-up” box office opens; the Atlanta Opera honored

The Branford Marsalis Quartet headlines the Candler Concert Series.
The Branford Marsalis Quartet headlines the Candler Concert Series.
The Branford Marsalis Quartet headlines the Candler Concert Series.
The Branford Marsalis Quartet headlines the Candler Concert Series.

Schwartz Center announces line-up for the Candler Concert Series

The 2016-17 Candler Concert Series will offer an eclectic line-up that features a jazz icon and a member of one of rock’s greatest bands.

The series is highlighted by the October 1 appearance by the Branford Marsalis Quartet, with special guest Kurt Elling. Also in the line-up is Macon violinist Robert McDuffie, who will be joined October 28 by Macon native and R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills and the Wordless Music Orchestra.

The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra will debut a world premiere work on January 20 by Emory University composer Richard Prior.

This season’s line-up:

— Saturday, September 10: Sarah Chang, violin

— Saturday, October 1: Branford Marsalis Quartet with special guest Kurt Elling

— Friday, October 28: Robert McDuffie, violin, R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, electric bass and piano, Wordless Music Orchestra

— Friday, January 20: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra performing a world premiere by composer Richard Prior

— Friday, February 17: Renée Fleming, soprano

— Sunday, February 26: Katia and Marielle Labèque, piano duet

— Saturday, March 18: St. Lawrence String Quartet with Pedja Muzijevic, piano

Colony Square launches “pop-up” box office patterned after Manhattan’s “TKTS”

Anyone who has visited New York City’s Times Square has likely seen the line leading to a box office that offers discount same-day tickets to Broadway shows.

The idea has come to Atlanta, where next week Colony Square will begin selling $20 same-day tickets to shows and events at the Alliance Theatre and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The box office will be located at Colony Square’s concierge desk in the retail center starting Tuesday. It will be open Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

In addition to day-of tickets for performances, the box office will also offer regular admission tickets to the Alliance, the ASO and the High Museum of Art.

The Atlanta Opera nominated for International Opera Award 

Tomer Zvulun
Tomer Zvulun

The Atlanta Opera has been nominated for an International Opera Award in the Accessibility category. The nomination recognizes the opera’s efforts to expand audience interest in the musical form.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by this prestigious award program,” said Tomer Zvulun, general and artistic director of the Atlanta Opera. “In the past three years, we have made it a priority to attract new audiences by programming meaningful and relevant shows. We are grateful that our efforts have been recognized by the industry.”

Two others with connections to the Atlanta Opera were also nominated. Vita Tzykun, who designed the costumes for Rigoletto, was nominated for Best Designer. And Nadine Sierra, who sang the role of Gilda in Rigoletto, was nominated for Best Young Female Singer.

The awards will be announced at a London gala on May 15.

Capitol City Opera receives $2,000 grant for Billy Goat Gruff

Opera Volunteers International has awarded Capitol City Opera a matching grant of $2,000 to assist the company in adding a new children’s opera to their education outreach program.

The company will use the money to produce Billy Goat Gruff by John Davies, a story that incorporates opera arias by Mozart, Donizetti and Rossini to teach children how to deal with bullying.

“Since 1992, one of Capitol City Opera’s core missions has been focused on introducing opera to school age children,” said Donna Angel, company founder and artistic director emeritus. “With the grant, we will be ready to perform Billy Goat Gruff at the beginning of the 2016 academic year. It’s a strong story, an issue that is important to the education environment.”

Capitol City Opera is one of three opera companies in the United States to receive an OVI grant award.

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