Candler Concert Series

Each year, the Candler Concert Series brings internationally renowned artists to the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. The series is made possible by a generous gift from the late Flora Glenn Candler, a friend and patron of music at Emory University.


Candler Concert Series

The Schwartz Center 2022–2023 Candler Concert Series features the pinnacle of classical, jazz, and crossover music with artists including the exquisite violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter; the Maria Schneider Orchestra featuring the world premiere of a new piece commissioned by the Schwartz Center; and the masterful genre-benders Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, and Edgar Meyer, with Rakesh Chaurasia.

Susan Graham

Music from Copland House featuring Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano: A Standing Witness
Friday, September 23, 2022 at 8 p.m.

In its Atlanta premiere, A Standing Witness is a monumental new collaboration between Grammy Award–winning composer Richard Danielpour and Pulitzer Prize–winning author and former Poet Laureate Rita Dove, written especially for the incomparable mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and the celebrated Music from Copland House ensemble. The soaring music and probing poetry of this epic song cycle create a sweeping retrospective tracing enormous social and cultural upheavals in the United States since the watershed year of 1968. Rapturously received in premiere performances this season at the Kennedy Center, University of Chicago, and elsewhere around the United States, there is no more timely or provocative work for this pivotal moment in American history.

Hélène Grimaud

Hélène Grimaud, piano
Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 8 p.m.

The internationally acclaimed French classical pianist Hélène Grimaud makes a rare appearance in the Southeast for a transformative recital performance. Hailed as one of the world's greatest pianists, Grimaud’s recordings have been awarded numerous accolades, including the Cannes Classical Recording of the Year, Choc du Monde de la musique, Diapason d’Or, Grand Prix du Disque, Record Academy Prize (Tokyo), MIDEM Classic Award, and the Echo Klassik Award.

Urban Bush Women: Women's Resistance

Women's Resistance photo by Hayin Heron

Urban Bush Women: Legacy + Lineage + Liberation
Thursday, October 20–Saturday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Founded in 1984 by choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Urban Bush Women (UBW) is a Brooklyn-based performance ensemble and dance company under the artistic direction of Chanon Judson and Samantha Speis. In honor of UBW’s 35th Anniversary, Legacy + Lineage + Liberation celebrates the power of Women(+) in an evening of classic works that transcend genres and amplify the voices of Women(+) of color.

These iconic works by UBW Founder Jawole Willa Jo Zollar give multiple dimensions of life that resonate in this time of reflection around equity and justice, and that lift up Black lives in inspiring ways. Works include but are not limited to: Give Your Hands to Struggle; Girlfriends; Women’s Resistance; and I Don’t Know but I Been Told...if You Keep on Dancin’ You Never Grow Old.

Tickets for these performances in the Dance Studio go on sale August 1.

Maria Schneider Orchestra

Maria Schneider Orchestra
Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 8 p.m.
World Premiere Commission

Known as a breakaway jazz orchestra leader and composer, Minnesota-born Maria Schneider is a 2019 NEA Jazz Master and Grammy Award–winner for her work in classical, jazz, and even pop with the late David Bowie. The 18-member Maria Schneider Orchestra performs worldwide, tackling lush and complex works that bring new energy to the jazz orchestra landscape. This concert features a world premiere commission in honor of the Schwartz Center’s 20th Anniversary.

Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Mutter Virtuosi

Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Mutter Virtuosi
Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 8 p.m.

Anne-Sophie Mutter and the 14-member Mutter Virtuosi take the stage for a celebratory concert that hails 20 years from the opening month of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. A musical phenomenon performing major traditional works while constantly exploring new territory for her audience, this virtuoso violinist has been a fixture in all the world’s major concert halls—making her mark on the classical music scene as a soloist, mentor, and visionary.

West-Eastern Divan Ensemble with Michael Barenboim

West-Eastern Divan Ensemble with Michael Barenboim
Thursday, March 2, 2023 at 8 p.m.

Violinist Michael Barenboim—who as a soloist has recently appeared with Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, and Chicago Symphony—founded the West-Eastern Divan Ensemble out of the full West-Eastern Divan Orchestra to spread the ideas of unity through music further and to allow the public to experience the musicians' unique artistry and personality up close. The ensemble brings the highly praised artistry of the large orchestra into an intimate chamber music format.

Chad Lawson

Chad Lawson Trio featuring Judy Kang, violin, and Seth Parker Woods, cello
Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 8 p.m.

Steinway Artist, pianist, and composer Chad Lawson is a modern-day master of reinvention—his bold interpretation of the classics, electronic loops, and atmospherics resonate with electronic dance music fans and neo-classical traditionalists alike. For his Schwartz Center debut, Lawson will be joined by acclaimed violinist Judy Kang (Lady Gaga, Ryuichi Sakamoto) and cellist Seth Parker Woods (Sting, Peter Gabriel). Bridging the gap between traditional and non-traditional audiences, the concert program features variations on compositions ranging from Chopin to Billie Eilish.

Fleck, Meyer, Hussain, and Chaurasia

Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and Zakir Hussain, with Rakesh Chaurasia
Thursday, April 20, 2023 at 8 p.m.

Beginning with the most creative exponent of the banjo in our time, Béla Fleck, this unique quartet also features the greatest living player of the tabla, the legendary drummer Zakir Hussain; acclaimed virtuoso of the classical and bluegrass bass, Edgar Meyer; and the great Indian flutist Rakesh Chaurasia. With their decades of artistry and the magic of improvisation, the result is a powerful four-way musical dialogue to close out the Schwartz Center’s 20th Anniversary season.