Candler Concert Series History

As a result of the vision and gifts of Flora Glenn Candler and Donna and Marvin Schwartz, the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts became a reality.

Old Flora Glenn Candler Series logo

The series opened under its current name in 1970 with performances at Glenn Memorial Auditorium, and then moved to the newly constructed Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on February 8, 2003, with a concert by the New York Philharmonic. The Candler Concert Series has been at full tilt ever since, with season after season featuring the best of classical, contemporary, jazz, and world music.

  • Kronos Quartet with Mahsa Vahdat
  • Brad Mehldau, piano and Ian Bostridge, tenor
  • Joyce DiDonato: In War and Peace: Harmony Through Music, with Il Pomo d'Oro under the direction of Maxim Emelyanychev
  • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Khatia Buniatishvili, piano
  • Pablo Sáinz Villegas and Americano Trio
  • Jane Bunnett and Maqueque
  • Robert McDuffie, violin and Robert Spano, piano

  • Max Richter with American Contemporary Music Ensemble
  • Jerusalem Quartet with Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth
  • Daniel Hope: Air—A Baroque Journey
  • Lise de la Salle, piano
  • Ray Chen, violin, with Riko Higuma, piano
  • Czech National Symphony Orchestra with Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano, under the direction of John Mauceri and Steven Mercurio
  • Eric Owens and Lawrence Brownlee

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  • Alessio Bax, piano and Chee-Yun, violin
  • Vienna Boys Choir
  • Crosscurrents featuring Zakir Hussain, tabla and Dave Holland, bass
  • Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet
  • Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano
  • Peter Serkin, piano

  • Sarah Chang, violin
  • Branford Marsalis Quartet with special guest, Kurt Elling
  • Robert McDuffie, violin and REM's Mike Mills, electric bass and piano: Concerto for Violin, Rock Band, and String Orchestra with Wordless Music Orchestra
  • Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
  • Renée Fleming, soprano
  • Katia and Marielle Labèque, piano duet
  • St. Lawrence String Quartet with Pedja Muzijevic, piano

  • Chick Corea, piano and Béla Fleck, banjo      
  • Conrad Tao, piano     
  • An Evening with Bassists Edgar Meyer and Christian McBride         
  • David Finckel, Wu Han, and Philip Setzer Piano Trio
  • Julian Bliss Septet: A Tribute to Benny Goodman
  • The Knights with Gil Shaham, violin  
  • Nathan Gunn, baritone          

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  • Garrick Ohlsson, piano
  • Brentano String Quartet with composer and pianist Vijay Iyer
  • Anne-Sophie Mutter and Mutter Virtuosi
  • Irvin Mayfield and New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
  • Daniel Roumain, violin
  • Sharon Isbin, guitar and Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano
  • The Tallis Scholars

  • An Evening of Chamber Music featuring Philip Glass and Tim Fain
  • Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano
  • Chris Thile, mandolin
  • Estonian National Symphony Orchestra with Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello
  • yMusic Ensemble
  • Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60, featuring Anat Cohen clarinet
  • Lang Lang, piano
  • Inon Barnatan, piano, and Alisa Weilerstein, cello

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  • An Evening with Branford Marsalis
  • Gil Shaham, violin
  • Warsaw Philharmonic with Antoni Wit, conductor, and Yulianna Avdeeva, piano
  • Sérgio and Odair Assad, guitars
  • Yefim Bronfman, piano
  • Daniel Bernard Roumain presents Filter, featuring members of the Sphinx Orchestra
  • Lawrence Brownlee, tenor
  • Brooklyn Rider

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  • Hilary Hahn, violin, and Valentina Lisitsa, piano
  • Schola Cantorum de Venezuela: Aqua and Fiesta
  • Kronos Quartet with Qasimovs and Homayun Sakhi
  • Christopher O'Riley, piano
  • Dawn Upshaw, soprano
  • Australian Chamber Orchestra

  • Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Piotr Anderszewksi, piano
  • Venice Baroque Orchestra with Robert McDuffie, violin
  • Taipei Chinese Orchestra with Wu Man, pipa
  • Nicola Benedetti, violin
  • SFJAZZ Collective
  • Simone Dinnerstein, piano

2009-2010 Candler postcard
  • Canadian Brass
  • Sharon Isbin, Thiago de Mello, and Paul Winter: Journey to the Amazon,
  • Esperanza Spalding, jazz vocals and bass
  • Bang on a Can All-Stars with Glenn Kotche, percussion
  • Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
  • Thomas Hampson, baritone: Song of America

  • L.A. Guitar Quartet
  • Lynn Harrell, cello
  • Warsaw Philharmonic with Antoni Wit, conductor, and Valentina Lisitsa, piano
  • The Atlanta Opera performs Philip Glass's Akhnaten
  • New York Philharmonic with Loein Maazel, conductor
  • Guarneri String Quartet
  • Lionheart with Vega String Quartet

  • Yellow Jackets
  • Midori, violin, and Robert McDonald, piano
  • Bergen Philharmonic with Andre Watts
  • Deborah Voigt, soprano, and Brian Zeger, piano
  • Kronos Quartet with Wu Man, pipa
  • Leif Ove Andsnes

  • David Krakauer's Klezmer Madness
  • The English Concert with Andrew Manze, violin
  • Edgar Meyer, double-bass, and Chris Thile, mandolin
  • Joshua Bell, violin
  • Frederica von Stade, mezzo soprano, and Samuel Ramey, bass
  • National Philharmonic of Russia with Vladimir Spivakov, conductor, and Olga Kern, piano

  • King Singers and Sarband: Sacred Bridges
  • Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing Trio
  • Evelyn Glennie, percussion
  • Denyce Graves, mezzo soprano
  • Rotterdam Philharmonic with Valery Gergiev, conductor, and Vladimir Feltsman, piano
  • Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman, violins
  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with Schola Cantorum de Venezuela: Golijov's La Pasion segun San Marcos

  • Turtle Island String Quartet and Ying String Quartet
  • Branford Marsalis Quartet
  • Thomas Hampson, baritone
  • Helene Grimaud, piano
  • French National Orchestra with Kurt Mazur, conductor, and Jean Yves Thibaudet, piano
  • Nadja Salemo-Sonnenberg, violin, and Assad Brothers, guitars

2003 Schwartz dedication cover
  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with Robert Spano, conductor, and Christopher Martin, trumpet
  • Ravi and Anoushka Shankar: Full Circle
  • Les Arts Florissants
  • Bang on a Can All Stars
  • Susanne Mentzer, mezzo-soprano
  • Wayne Shorter Quartet
  • Murray Perahia, piano

New York Philharmonic opening concert program
  • New York Philharmonic Opening Candler Concert
  • Eighth Blackbird: Soundscapes
  • Sarah Chang, violin, and Lars Vogt, piano