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.

Over the past year, we have missed seeing you, hearing your applause, and sharing some of the most talented musicians from around the world with you in person. At this time, we do not have full information about a return to live performances at the Schwartz Center. The health and safety of our patrons, artists, and Emory community is our top priority—once we are able to share the protocols and guidelines that will bring the Candler Concert Series back to Emerson Concert Hall, we'll post updates here and in the bi-monthly Schwartz Center email newsletter. To receive the latest information, sign up for the Schwartz Center email newsletter.

We look forward to updating you on the 2021–2022 Candler Concert Series soon.

While the 2020–2021 Candler Concert Series has come to a close, many of the concerts and virtual residency activities are still available to enjoy. Links are included below.

2020–2021 Candler Concert Series

"Watching the trio perform, one really couldn’t tell who was happier to be there—the rapt audience or the musicians, who threw themselves into repertoire they clearly love. . . . These three are onto something special." —Boston Globe

Junction Trio by Shervin Lainez
Critically acclaimed pianist and composer Conrad Tao joins with violinist Stefan Jackiw and cellist Jay Campbell to form the eclectic new ensemble Junction Trio. Each internationally recognized on their own, these visionary artists come together to share their poetic interpretations and impeccable technique. In a virtual concert produced exclusively for Schwartz Center audiences, the performance began with John Zorn’s Ghost—inspired by the slow movement of Beethoven’s “Ghost” Trio—and closed with Beethoven’s Piano Trio in B-flat Major, op. 97, “Archduke.”

“The wonder of Bunnett and Maqueque’s playing is how engagingly, articulately, flowingly, and creatively the ladies pour themselves into this remarkable music. . . .” —Latin Jazz Network 

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque
Internationally acclaimed flutist and saxophonist Jane Bunnett has devoted much of her professional life to an exploration of how Afro-Cuban melodies express the universality of music. Joined by the brilliant Cuban female musicians of Maqueque, this award-winning jazz ensemble performed a virtual concert exclusively for Schwartz Center audiences. The concert was recorded in both Toronto, Canada and Havana, Cuba, then streamed as part of the Candler Concert Series.

Watch the conversation with Jane Bunnett and Emory Director of Jazz Studies Gary Motley.

“Relentless focus and energy.” — New York Times

Third Coast Percussion
A Grammy Award–winning Chicago-based percussion quartet, Third Coast Percussion has created exciting and unexpected performances that constantly redefine the classical music experience. In this exclusive livestream concert from Chicago, the ensemble performed works from composer Philip Glass including Perpetulum, a Glass score the Chicago Tribunecalls so “rich in musical incident, its meters and textures constantly changing, its embrace of pitched and non-pitched instrumentation immensely appealing to hear.”

In addition to the concert, this residency with Third Coast Percussion included an Arts Entrepreneurship Discussion and a Master Class with percussion students.

“Mr. Denk is a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs, in whatever combination–both for his penetrating intellectual engagement with the music and for the generosity of his playing” —New York Times

Jeremy Denk at the piano
Jeremy Denk is one of America’s foremost pianists. Winner of a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, the Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year award, he was also recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Denk has performed in recent seasons with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Cleveland Orchestra, as well as on tour with Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms.

Enjoy this rare opportunity to step inside the artist's living room for "Bach as Storyteller." Through conversation and performance, Denk takes the audience through some of the preludes and fugues of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I. How does Bach define a character? How and why does he let the character change? The virtual event is available to watch again through the remainder of the 2020–2021 season.

“The Danish are remarkable, as ever – capable of intense blend, extreme dynamic variation (in which they seem glued together), perfect intonation even on harmonics, and constant vitality and flow.” —Gramophone

Danish String Quartet by Caroline Bittencourt
Among today’s many exceptional chamber music groups, the Danish String Quartet’s playing reflects impeccable musicianship and sophisticated artistry. Bringing a rare musical spontaneity that gives audiences the sense of hearing even treasured canon repertoire as if for the first time, the Danish String Quartet exudes a palpable joy in music-making that has made them in-demand on concert stages throughout the world.

A selection from their traditional Nordic folktunes is available to watch on the Virtual Stage.

“Montero’s playing has everything: crackling rhythmic brio, subtle shadings, steely power in climactic moments, soulful lyricism in ruminative passages and, best of all, unsentimental expressivity.” —New York Times 

Gabriela Montero at the piano
Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero’s visionary interpretations and unique improvisational gifts have won her a devoted following around the world. Montero is a virtuoso in a class of her own: a pianist whose flair for improvisation puts creativity back at the heart of classical performance, and whose music-making is about infinitely more than just the notes on the page.

The concert is no longer available, however, the Master Class with Emory students may be viewed here.

“Soloist and orchestra seemed to be at one, conveying a quiet intensity that was, in a word, spellbinding.” —Bachtrack

Camille Thomas with cello on top of a building
The first cellist to be signed by the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label in more than 40 years, Franco-Belgian cellist Camille Thomas blends a brilliant command of her instrument with a rare musicality. Thomas’s fascinating recital programs offer traditional and underplayed repertoire, themes, and collaborations with composer/pianists–all conceived to stimulate the audience, as well as the artist.

The concert is no longer available, however, the Master Class with Emory students may be viewed here.