Discover the arts in April through dance, theatre, talks and more


The spring semester may be coming to an end, but Emory Arts still has a full calendar of events to enjoy. April highlights include the Emory Dance Company Spring Concert, multiple opportunities to learn and discuss the art, and Emory StageWorks’ first live, in-person production since 2019.

Discover all that Emory Arts has to offer by adding these events to your calendar.

Artistic creations and exhibitions

Few things symbolize summer better than camp. Emory Arts invites students to return to that mindset during Camp on the Quad on Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m. Get creative while doing camp crafts, watch an outdoor screening of “The Parent Trap,” and take advantage of free food truck offers.

All art lovers can view the works of senior graduates at a Capstone Project Showcase on Wednesday, April 27 at 5 p.m. at the Emory Student Center. Participating artists are part of the integrated visual arts co-major.

Student and professional concerts

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, so stop by Patterson Green on Thursday April 7 or Thursday April 14 to dance with Jazz on the Green. Both Emory Jazz Combos programs begin at 6 p.m. and are free. Jazz fans can also enjoy a joint performance with jazz teacher Gary Motley and the Emory Big Band for a free concert Wednesday, April 20 at 8 p.m. at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

The Candler Concert Series continues Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m. when the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Wind Ensemble performs at the Schwartz Center. These acclaimed wind instrumentalists take their audience on a new adventure exploring some of the finest classical repertoire for woodwind and woodwind instruments and piano. Tickets are $60 for general admission and $10 for Emory students.

On Sunday, April 10, join Emory Chamber Ensembles for a performance of chamber works for strings, brass, winds, percussion and guitar. These student musicians are mentored by Emory’s artist faculty. The program begins at 4 p.m. at the Schwartz Center. No reservation is necessary.

Later in the evening, the Emory Concert Choir presents its spring concert. “Daybreak” features music from the group of the same name’s upcoming international tour. The choir’s performance will take place on Sunday, April 10 at 7 p.m. at the Schwartz Center. The program is free and no tickets are necessary.

The Emory Wind Ensemble presents a free evening of classical and emerging works for wind, brass and percussion on Thursday, April 14 at 8 p.m. at the Schwartz Center. The students take the stage again on Tuesday, April 19 at 8 p.m. for the Spring Composition Showcase. The program, held at the Performing Arts Studio, features new works by student composers. There is no charge but reservations are required.

The Emory University Symphony Orchestra and University Choir will follow with concerts on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23 at 8 p.m. They will perform Mozart’s “Requiem” and a new work commissioned as part of the Composer Commission project: EUSO @ 100 Free programs will be at the Schwartz Center; no ticket is necessary.

On Saturday, April 23, the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta kicks off the inaugural concert in a new series endowed by James Waits, former dean of the Candler School of Theology. “Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ” with the Vega Quartet presents a unique work by Haydn performed in a magical setting. Seven speakers of various denominations will give a short reflection on each of the seven statements between each movement. The program will take place at 8 p.m. at Cannon Chapel; It’s free but registration is required.

On Sunday, April 24 at 7 p.m., Emory Gamelan Ensembles perform “Seven Golden Raindrops.” Stream the concert live or register to attend in person at the Performing Arts Studio. Also on April 24 at 7 p.m., Emory music students compete to perform as soloists with the Emory University Symphony Orchestra and Emory Wind Ensemble in the Emory Concerto and Aria Competition. The program, held at the Schwartz Center, is free.

The month’s musical performances conclude with the Atlanta Master Chorale’s season finale, “Immortal Fire.” The programs will take place on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 for general admission, $25 for discounted category members, $10 for Emory students/youth, and $15 for live stream only.

Lectures on cinema and art

The Michael C. Carlos Museum hosts a lecture series in the Ackerman Room beginning Thursday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m., when Princeton’s Harriet Flower delivers the annual Benario Lecture on Roman Studies. Her lecture is titled “Dower, House and Hearth in Republican Rome”. Participants can also register to watch the program online.

The beloved Rosemary Magee Creativity Conversation Series continues Saturday, April 9 at 3 p.m. Professor Dwight Andrews. Additionally, Clint Fluker, Curator of the African American Collections of Stuart A. Rose Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Book Library, will discuss the Rose Library’s holdings in African American performing arts. The free program, presented by Emory’s Film and Media Department, will take place in the Woodruff Library’s Jones Room. Registration is mandatory.

On Sunday, April 10, the Carlos Museum welcomes screenwriter-director Mary Zimmerman and Mary Louise Hart, a former curator at the Getty Villa specializing in the art and representation of ancient Greek theatre. They will discuss “It Has Always Been So: Theater and Adaptation from Classical Antiquity to the Present” with Ruth Allen, Curator of Greek and Roman Art at the Carlos Museum. Register for the free Laszlo-Excalibur conference online here.

On Monday, April 11, the Art History Department’s annual Heath Lecture on Modern and Contemporary Art will take place at 6 p.m. .” Participants can join the program at Ackerman Hall at the Carlos Museum or can watch online.

Learn more about the “And I Must Scream” exhibition at the Carlos Museum during a noon talk on Friday, April 15, with curator Amanda H. Hellman. The conference is free, but registration is required. The program is part of the “In This Moment” lunchtime lecture series in which Carlos Museum curators and Emory faculty and graduate students discuss artworks that reflect the complex social issues of their time. and their location.

As part of Carlos Reads, join the book club on Monday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss “How Beautiful We Were” by Ibolo Mbue. Set in the fictional African village of Kosawa, the book tells the story of a people living in fear amid environmental degradation caused by an American oil company. Clint Fluker, Curator of African American Collections at Emory’s Rose Library, guides readers through Mbue’s powerful novel, which was named one of the New York Times’ Ten Best Books of 2021. The cost (which includes a copy of the book) is $25 for Carlos Museum members and $40 for non-members. Space is limited and registration is required by calling 404-727-6118.

Theater and dance performances

In return for its first live and in-person production since 2019, Emory StageWorks 2022 presents a musical singing and dancing cabaret. Featuring an opera premiere – plus opera and musical theater excerpts from myriad favorites including Chicago, Waitress the Musical, The Marriage of Figaro and more – the production at the Performing Arts Studio on Saturday, April 16 at 8 p.m. should not be missed. Admission is free, but registration is required.

The Schwartz Center will host a flamenco performance on Tuesday, April 19 at 3 p.m. featuring students from Professor Julie Baggenstoss’ class. Mark Herzog will accompany the performers on vocals and guitar. Free entry.

Emory Dance Company also performs at the Schwartz Center, presenting its Spring Concert on Thursday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. This show showcases the original creative work of student choreographers emerging in the field of contemporary dance. Additional performances will be Friday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 23 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission.


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