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Culture notes: Pridgen to lead Atlanta Chamber Players; Trey McIntyre Project makes final bow at Rialto

CLASSICAL MUSIC
Pridgen to lead Atlanta Chamber Players

The Atlanta Chamber Players has announced Elizabeth Pridgen as artistic director.

She will replace Paula Peace, who co-founded the ensemble in 1976 and has served as its artistic leader for all but a few months of its 38 seasons.

An in-demand solo pianist and chamber musician, Pridgen will assume the post July 1. Her concert schedule in May alone will take her to Florida, Texas, New York and Italy. She’s also a distinguished artist and piano chair at Mercer University’s McDuffie Center for Strings.

An Atlanta native, Pridgen began playing chamber music as a teen with her grandfather, violinist Martin Sauser, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concertmaster for 17 seasons.

A popular chamber music collaborator, she has performed with artists including Elmar Oliveira, Robert McDuffie, Hilary Hahn, Sarah Chang, Mark O’Connor and the American String Quartet.

Peace, who is retiring, called her replacement “a gifted performing artist who connects in a special way with audiences and musicians” and said she will bring “passion and verve” to leading the ACP.

The pianist’s swan song with the group will be the “Back to the Baroque” program at 7:30 p.m. May 13 at the New American Shakespeare Tavern, 499 Peachtree St., Atlanta. Tickets, $15-$24, via 404-874-5299, www.shakespearetavern.com. HOWARD POUSNER

DANCE
Trey McIntyre Project makes final bow at Rialto

The Trey McIntyre Project, the Idaho-based contemporary dance group, makes its final visit to the Rialto Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. April 26.

Choreographer McIntyre shocked the dance world in January by announcing he would disband the highly regarded troupe, for which he created 22 ballets over a decade, to concentrate on film production, photography and freelance choreography assignments.

The Rialto, which has presented the company three times, has co-commissioned a dance by McIntyre inspired by the life of illustrator-writer Edward Gorey, “The Vinegar Works: Four Dances of Moral Instruction.” It will be performed in the farewell program.

$34-$44 (half price for students, arts professionals). 80 Forsyth St., Atlanta. 404-413-9849, www.rialtocenter.org.

Also, on Wednesday evening, the Rialto announced it was adding the following free McIntyre Poject residency events:

  • 11 a.m. THURSDAY, APRIL 24, AND FRIDAY, APRIL 25
    OPEN REHEARSALS
    Atlanta Ballet’s Michael C. Carlos Dance Center, 1695 Marietta Blvd. N.W., Atlanta.
  • 2:15 p.m. FRIDAY, APRIL 25
    CONVERSATION WITH THE DANCERS
    Atlanta Ballet, Michael C. Carlos Dance Center, 1695 Marietta Blvd. N.W., Atlanta.
  • 7 p.m. SATURDAY, APRIL 26
    PRE-SHOW TALK MODERATED BY CORE’S SUE SCHROEDER WITH CATY SOLACE OF TREY MCINTYRE PROJECT
    Rialto Center lobby, 80 Forsyth St. N.W., Atlanta.

HOWARD POUSNER

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