Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Weekly Ear, Jan. 22 - Jan. 28

Atlanta concert picks

THU/22, FRI/23 & SAT/24 @ 8:00pm
Features "Fountains of Rome” and “Pines of Rome" by Ottorino Respighi, who strongly influenced Hollywood filmscoring traditions. Legendary pianist Andre Watts is soloist for Johannes Brahms' “Piano Concerto No. 2.” Robert Spano conducts. $21-$78. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 404-733-5000,

FRI/23 @ 8:00pm & SUN/25 @ 5:00pm
Concert staging of “Akhnaten” by Philip Glass. First Atlanta performance of the opera about Egyptian pharaoh Amenhotep IV, who challenged polytheism in 14th-century BC. Arthur Fagen conducts. Sold-out. Waiting list only. $76. Schwartz Center, Emory University, 404-727-5050

SUN/25 @ 2:00pm
Known for their tight, polished sound, Dutch a cappella vocal quintet Quink performs a wide range of repertoire from Renaissance to modern classical, and folk to jazz—likely leaning toward sacred classical in this outing. FREE. First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, 404-228-7732