Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Sonic Generator Concert with Michael Gordon

Georgia Tech’s chamber music ensemble-in-residence, Sonic Generator, will feature the music of resident composer Michael Gordon in a free performance on Monday, February 8th at 8 p.m. at the Rich Theatre at the Woodruff Arts Center.

Most readers of this blog already know Gordon's music through his association with Bang on a Can and his fascinating collaborations with filmmaker Bill Morrison. We're delighted to be bringing Michael down to Atlanta and to be sharing his music with you.

Full details on our web site: http://www.sonicgenerator.gatech.edu

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Cobb Symphony Premieres Works by Two Atlanta Composers

This Saturday (1/9) at 8pm the Cobb Symphony will premiere works by two Atlanta Composers, Jen Mitchell and Robert Cronin.

Inspired by the works of Brian Froud, "The Pond" by Jen Mitchell is a ballet loosely based on the Grimm's fairy tale, "The Nix in the Pond." This suite is extracted from Act II. In Act I, a maiden plays her flute in the forest and enchants a prince as he hunts. They immediately fall in love. Act II opens with the prince hunting alone in the forest. Having overheard the maidens tune, an evil water sprite plays the tune and lures the prince into her pond. The maiden is drawn to the pond with the help of forest fairies and sees the prince trapped under the water sprite's spell. She and the water sprite battle for the prince by playing their flutes, but the maiden breaks the prince from the water sprite's spell and they flee. In Act III, the maiden and the prince have a forest wedding and celebrate with the forest fairies. The evil water sprite asks for forgiveness and bestows gifts upon the newlyweds, and they all rejoice together.

Robert Cronin, flutist for the Atlanta Symphony, will have his work "Concerto for Flute and Orchestra" premiered as well. His wife, Christina Smith also flutist for the Atlanta Symphony, will be the soloist. The work is in two movements, and in Christina's own words is "very exciting and lyrical. Can't wait to play it!".

Seems like it will be a flutastic night!