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Culture notes: Season information for Emory Chamber Music Society, Pro-Mozart Atlanta, Georgia Festival Chorus

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

Chamber schedule begins Sept. 16
The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta, the city’s largest chamber music organization, has announced its 2011-2012 season. Highlights include:

Multiple appearances of the Vega String Quartet, the artists-in-residence who return with newly appointed first violinist Domenic Salerni. Along with works by Mozart, Brahms and Beethoven, the quartet will perform several new pieces, including a world premiere by Emory music professor Steve Everett for string quartet, electronics and video. Vega String Quartet launches the chamber society season at noon Sept. 16 with a concert in the Michael C. Carlos Museum Reception Hall.

A celebration of Franz Liszt’s birthday bicentennial continues with guest pianists Philip Thomson and Victor Asuncion performing with ECMSA artistic director William Ransom and Emory organist Timothy Albrecht on Oct. 23.

All performances are on the Emory University campus. Details: www.arts.emory.edu/ecmsa. HOWARD POUSNER

Season of classical  appreciation begins
Pro-Mozart Atlanta, a group that since 1964 has presented classical music events and nurtured the talents of young musicians, has announced its 2011-12 season of concerts, parties, lectures and a scholarship competition.
Kicking things off will be a members and prospective members party, 4-6 p.m. Sept. 18 at Brandon Hall School, 1701 Brandon Hall Drive, Atlanta. The casual event will feature music, food, fun and beverages. Free and open to anyone interested in classical music, but an RSVP is required to incoming president Herbert Buffington: hrbuffington@habershamfunding.com or 678-488-3591.
The society’s first concert will be held at 5 p.m. Nov. 5, featuring a trio of Sara Shaffer, soprano; D. Ray McClellan, clarinet; and Timothy Shafer, piano. The free performance will be at the Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multi-Purpose Complex, 6500 Vernon Woods Drive, Sandy Springs.
Full season details: www.mozartatlanta.com.

Georgia Festival Chorus seeks voices

The 110-voice Georgia Festival Chorus has announced plans to give its 21st Christmas concert on Dec. 1, but first things first: The chorus will hold auditions at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at Piedmont Church in Marietta. All sections are welcome, with basses and tenors especially encouraged to try out for this experienced group of eight-part harmony singers.
Under founding director Frank Boggs, the chorus will begin rehearsing for its free “Carols by Candlelight” concert, which will be presented with full orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta. Audition and performance details: 404-234-3581, www.tgafc.org.

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