2020-2021 Candler Concert Series

Photo by Mark Teague

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

The Schwartz Center for Performing Arts at Emory University announces its 2020-2021 Candler Concert Series, featuring a mix of preeminent artists such as Philip Glass along with exciting young musicians like violinist Bomsori Kim and cellist Camille Thomas, most of whom will be making their Atlanta debut.  “Emory University is a hub of innovation in Atlanta,” says Schwartz Center Managing Director Rachael Brightwell. “We are thrilled to emphasize that innovative spirit by presenting a series featuring acclaimed virtuosos of their craft along with equally talented artists who are just now making a name for themselves in the United States and will be on the world stage for years to come.”

2020–2021 Candler Concert Series

“The solo violin—here played with fierce dramatic commitment by Bomsori Kim—takes on a shamanistic role.”—New York Times

Bomsori Kim by Harold Hoffman
Internationally regarded as one of today’s most vibrant and exciting instrumentalists, violinist Bomsori Kim has performed as a soloist in such illustrious venues as the Musikverein Golden Hall in Vienna, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, Berlin Philharmonic Chamber Hall, and Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall. The 2020-21 season also marks her debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl.

“A literate and adaptable multireedist whose original music puts a premium on lyricism… A wide-open sensibility, about as tuned to Bach and Bjork as Monk and Shorter” —New York Times

Ben Wendel by Josh Goleman
Grammy nominated and award-winning saxophonist, bassoonist, and composer Ben Wendel is a dynamic artist whose credentials branch out beyond jazz, touring and performing with artists such as Snoop Dogg and the artist formerly known as Prince. For his latest project, High Heart, he has assembled an incredible lineup of musicians including vocalist Michael Mayo, Shai Maestro and Gerald Clayton on piano and keys, bassist Joe Sanders, and Nate Wood on drums.

“The most powerful composer of our time...what Glass is doing is changing the face of music for our time and all time.” —Daily Telegraph

Philip Glass
Through his operas, his symphonies, his compositions for his own ensemble, and his extraordinary collaborations with artists ranging from Twyla Tharp to David Bowie, Philip Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times. This concert features Glass as a solo pianist, followed by the Grammy Award–winning Third Coast Percussion performing works from Perpetulum, a Philip Glass score the Chicago Tribune calls so “rich in musical incident, its meters and textures constantly changing, its embrace of pitched and non-pitched instrumentation immensely appealing to hear.”

“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 joins Canada’s premier chamber ensemble, Les Violons du Roy for a program of Renaissance and Baroque works.

“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 exude a palpable joy in music-making that has made them in-demand on concert stages throughout the world.

“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.

“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 over 40 years, Franco-Belgian cellist Camille Thomas blends a brilliant command of her instrument with a rare musicality. Thomas’ 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.