Casual Classics announces 2019-20 Series
Four exciting and varied chamber music concerts are scheduled for the 2019-2020 series of Casual Classics. They are:
Monday, September 30: Atlanta Chamber Brass, featuring five up-and-coming brass players from metro Atlanta: Dr. Mark Dulin and Rolando Fernandez, trumpets; Eric Hawkins, French horn; Erin Cundiff, trombone; and Corey Sherman, tuba. They will be joined on a few compositions by Calvert Johnson, organist.
Monday, November 18: Ensemble Chaconne of Boston, in a concert featuring songs from Shakespeare plays composed by English Renaissance and early Baroque composers accompanied by instruments of the period. Artists include Burcu Gulec, Turkish mezzo-soprano; Peter Bloom, flute; Carol Lewis, viola da gamba; and Olav Chris Henriksen, Norwegian lutenist, theorbo player, and guitarist.
Monday, February 17: Catanza Guitar Quartet, featuring four guitarists and educators from metro Atlanta, including Scott Plato, Dr. Bill Hearn, Adam Craighead, and Matthias Young in a program of guitar duos, trios, and quartets.
Monday, April 27: Emrah Kotan Jazz Ensemble, featuring jazz professors from metro Atlanta colleges, including Gary Motley of Emory University, piano; Billy Thornton of Georgia State University, bass; Emrah Kotan of Agnes Scott College, percussion, and Ali Barr, trumpet and flugelhorn.
All programs begin at 7 p.m. at Fellowship Presbyterian Church, 389 Bent Tree Drive, Jasper Ga. There is no charge for admission, although contributions are gratefully received; donations from the series’ patrons cover the expenses of these concerts.
Casual Classics was established in 2007 by Suzanne Shull, then a resident of Bent Tree and member of Fellowship Presbyterian Church. Over the years, the series has featured many soloists and ensembles associated with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, faculty at Kennesaw State University, and emerging artists. With Shull’s move to Atlanta, Calvert Johnson stepped up to be the new concert manager, beginning with the 2018-19 season. Members of the board of directors include Sara Corkill, Marc Unger, Kelly Lohman, Lin Pollard, and Suzanne Shull as past director.