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Culture notes: Spano returning to Carnegie Hall; folk meets fine art in Commerce next weekend

Spano planning Carnegie Hall return
Robert Spano, who led the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall last October, will return to the New York music center twice in March.

Spano is set to conduct Osvaldo Golijov’s La Pasión según San Marcos (St. Mark Passion), a piece that draws on the sounds of Latin America, on March 10. The performance will feature soprano Jessica Rivera, jazz vocalist Luciana Souza, members of Schola Cantorum de Venezuela and New York high school singers.

Then on March 19 in Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, Spano will join the Ensemble ACJW in partnership with the New York City Department of Education to present Messiaen’s Des canyons aux étoiles. He will lead the 12-movement work with featured pianist Juho Pohjonen; Laura Weiner, horn; Ian Sullivan, xylorimba; and Jared Soldiviero, glockenspiel.


But first the maestro conducts the ASO in Bach’s Mass in B minor, Feb. 28 and March 1, both in Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000.

Meanwhile, upping the Atlanta presence at Carnegie, the Georgia Boy Choir will appear there on May 28, joined by a choir of voices from around the country in performance of John Rutter’s “Mass of the Children.” The free Stern Auditorium concert will kick off a tour that will include New York, New Jersey and the New England states. Info:

Folk art meets fine art in Commerce
Folk art and fine art will share top billing at a fair in downtown Commerce from March 1 to 3.

The Commerce Civic Center will be filled with pottery, paintings and assemblages during the second Folk to Fine Arts Festival by Clint Alderman, Cornbread, Mike Craven, Sam Granger, Mizcq Thing, John Sperry and other Georgia makers.

Stone Mountain artist Andrei Palmer, featured last year in the international outsider art journal Raw Vision for his detailed handmade cars modeled out of cardboard and small parts, also will have a booth.

The show opens with a meet-the-artists reception, 5-10 p.m. March 1 ($15, includes weekend readmission), featuring the bluegrass-Americana music of BlueBilly Grit and refreshments. It continues 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 2 and 3 ($7), with artist demonstrations throughout the weekend.

110 State St., Commerce. 706-335-2954,

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