Schwartz Center 20th Anniversary

A milestone year! What started at Emory University in the 1960s from the vision and gifts of Flora Glenn Candler has come to full fruition in this exquisite venue thanks to the support of Donna and Marvin Schwartz.

On February 1, 2003, the Schwartz Center opened its doors. We are thrilled to mark two decades of exceptional performances with the 2022–2023 season, featuring the Candler Concert Series and the Schwartz Artist-in-Residence Program.

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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.

Schwartz Artist-in-Residence Program

With opportunities for meaningful contact with performing artists, composers, and art scholars from throughout the world, the Schwartz Center 2022–2023 Schwartz Artist-in-Residence Program welcomes Lawrence Brownlee premiering a new song cycle: Rising; the duo of jazz pianist and composer Fred Hersch and jazz vocalist esperanza spalding; the return of Jazz Fest weekend; and a composer commission project in celebration of the Emory University Symphony Orchestra’s centennial anniversary.

Esperanza Spalding and Fred Hersch

An Evening with Fred Hersch and esperanza spalding
Thursday, January 19, 2023 at 8 p.m.

The duo of jazz pianist and composer Fred Hersch and jazz vocalist esperanza spalding celebrates the 2020 release of their album Live at the Village Vanguard recorded at the legendary club. Renowned for her artistry, spalding is a worthy heir to the leading ladies of jazz vocals and Hersch is well known for his many significant duo partnerships. The remarkable chemistry of their partnership is truly exhilarating as they present an evening of songs from the Great American Songbook, music from Brazil, and jazz compositions including several penned by Hersch.

Warren Wolf, vibraphonist

Emory Jazz Fest 2023
February 9–11, 2023

Friday at 8 p.m. | Warren Wolf and the Emory Jazz Fest All-Stars | $30
Saturday at 8 p.m. | Emory Big Band | Free

Sharing its 20th Anniversary with the Schwartz Center, the Emory University Jazz Fest is a three-day event providing world-class jazz with master classes, artist lectures/demonstrations, and concerts featuring vibraphonist Warren Wolf and the Emory Jazz Fest All-Stars, the Gary Motley Trio, and the Emory Big Band.

Friday evening tickets are available now as part of a 20th anniversary season subscription.  Individual tickets for both concerts will be available on August 1.

Lawrence Brownlee

Lawrence Brownlee, tenor: Rising
Friday, March 17, 2023 at 8 p.m.

A leading figure in opera, both as a singer on the world's top stages and as a voice for activism and diversity in the industry, Lawrence Brownlee has captivated audiences and critics around the globe. With the premiere of his new song cycle, Rising, Brownlee and pianist Kevin J. Miller will perform texts by Black authors and poets of the Harlem Renaissance, set to music by leading composers such as Shawn Okpebholo, Damien Sneed, Joel Thompson, and others.

Emory University Symphony Orchestra

EUSO Composer Commission Project
April 22, 2023 at 8 p.m.
and April 23, 2023 at 4 p.m.

In celebration of Emory University Symphony Orchestra’s centennial anniversary in 2023, the EUSO Composer Commission Project presents a collaboration between the Schwartz-Artist-in-Residence program, EUSO, and Emory composition faculty, bringing to campus emerging composers from backgrounds currently underrepresented within American classical music. The composer selected for the 2022–2023 commission will premiere the new work in a free concert presented by the EUSO and Emory Choirs at the Schwartz Center.

Tickets are not required for this free concert.