By Sarah Wibell
The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center is pleased to announce that the 17th Annual Madison Chamber Music Festival is underway. While chamber music often includes classical performances, this category is quite broad as it is defined as any type of music utilizing a small ensemble of musicians or performers without need for a conductor. Traditionally, the music was performed in a large room or a chamber. This year’s program, under the artistic direction of Christopher Rex, retired principal cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, features a variety of folk, jazz, and classical artists.
With upcoming performances from May 2 to June 9, MMCC welcomes everyone to enjoy this unique opportunity to listen to internationally renowned artists in intimate and historic settings within our community. Some performances are free to the public; an * denotes student pricing.
On Thursday, May 2, the Joe Alterman Jazz Trio will perform at Empire Mills at 8 p.m. following a 6 p.m. dinner at this beautiful historic venue. A native of Atlanta, Joe Alterman studied jazz at New York University where he performed at many world-renowned venues including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Birdland and New York’s Blue Note, where Alterman has opened many times for Ramsey Lewis. Only 29 years old, Alterman has released four critically-acclaimed albums. $35/$20* Note: The on-site dinner is not included in concert ticket price; pre-order through Hallie Jane’s Catering. Visit MMCC website for more information and a link to purchase dinner tickets.
Sunday, May 12, at 3 p.m., the Christiania Quartet “Czech Mates.” Festival favorites Christopher Rex, David Coucheron, Julie Coucheron, and Julianne Lee return for an intimate Mother’s Day Concert of classical music from Smetana and Dvorak. The beautiful Burge Plantation sets the stage for a perfect afternoon concert. Reception to follow. $35/$20*
Friday, May 17, the Huntertones free 7:30 p.m. concert will be held at Madison Town Park (rain location: MMCC Auditorium). Their Jazz Fusion high energy, horn-driven sound features genre bending composition and unconventional covers. They’ve performed in over 20 countries and continue to tour the U.S. and abroad. Their latest release, “Passport,” is inspired by their experiences sharing music with people from all over the world. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets and enjoy this outdoor concert. Presented in partnership with Madison Main Street.
Saturday, May 18, the Huntertones Family Concert is a FREE event for young audiences of all ages. Come experience this high energy Jazz Fusion sound with your entire family! Come early for the Bike Parade at 10:30 a.m. followed by the concert at 11 a.m. in the MMCC Auditorium. A free ice cream social provided by The Caboose completes this great family event.
On Sunday, May 19, the Miró Quartet, featuring the extraordinary and formidable clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois, will be presented at 3 p.m. in the MMCC Auditorium. The award-winning Miró Quartet is consistently praised for their deeply musical interpretations, exciting performances, and thoughtful programming. The Madison program includes Schubert, Beethoven, Shaw, and Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B minor. A reception after the concert by Zeb Grant Design is included in ticket price. $40/$25*
Don’t miss the Tuesday, May 21, Lunch Concert with Romie de Guise-Langlois at Mint Juleps Kitchen. Lunch at 12 p.m.; Concert 1:30 p.m. Canadian born clarinetist de Guise-Langlois, whose style is said to echo the human voice, will be joined in a rare performance with Elizabeth Pridgen and Christopher Rex. Experience a deeply felt performance including Beethoven, Bruch, Schumann, D’Rivera and Brahms. $45 (includes Lunch)
On Sunday, June 9, join the Amernet Quartet with Christopher Rex at 4 p.m. for Pre-concert Aperitifs and Appetizers followed by a 5 p.m. concert featuring Beethoven at the MMCC Hall. Praised for their “intelligence” and “immensely satisfying” playing by the New York Times, the Amernet String Quartet has garnered recognition as one of todays exceptional string quartets and is Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami. $40/$25*
For more information or to order tickets, call 706-342-4743 or go to MMCC-ARTS.org