Friday, March 19, 2010

Spivey Hall 2010-2011 Season Announced

I had the great pleasure of presenting the details of Spivey Hall's 2010-2011 season to a group of about 65 Friends of Spivey Hall (our donors) and special guests on Thursday evening, March 18th, at the residence of Drs. Bryan and Norma Edwards in Buckhead -- a beautiful high-rise condominum by the name of Gallery on Peachtree Road, with an interesting collection art work on display in the main-floor areas in which we were privileged to gather.  Many thanks to our Friends Bryan and Norma for hosting us so graciously.

Spivey Hall's Twentieth Season includes important artists making their first Spivey Hall performances (often their Atlanta debuts) as well as favorite artists our audiences have greatly enjoyed in the past. The number of concerts is up from the current season, thanks to the enduring generosity of the Friends of Spivey Hall. 

I am lastingly grateful to the Friends of Spivey Hall for their tremendous loyalty and the many ways in which they sustain Spivey Hall's artistic excellence and ongoing success.  This 2010-2011 musical offering would be not possible without their support. Their gifts enable great music to thrive for tens of thousands of people who pass through the doors of Spivey Hall each year, as well as the millions of people who hear Spivey Hall performances via public-radio broadcasts.  To the Friends, my heartfelt thanks.

I also wish to express my gratitude to our faithful subscribers (the core of Spivey Hall's audience) as well as the single-ticket buyers from more than seven states and 50 Georgia counties.  The world's foremost musicians praise not only Spivey Hall's superb acoustics, but also its exceptional audiences -- rapt, attentive, appreciative, and enthusiastic.  Artists yearn for audiences like this!  The acoustical splendor of Spivey Hall enables a truly gratifying connection to be made between artist and audience, enabling great music to sound vivid and immediate in a very personal way.  As fans of Spivey Hall will readily attest, such a connection inspires artists and audiences alike. 

Last night also marked the debut of our 2010-2011 season book -- another elegant and attractive creation by our friends at U1 Design in Atlanta (thank you, Dale and Anthony, and thanks also to Spivey Hall
Marketing Manager Sue Volkert).  The season book also includes details of performances by Clayton State University's Department of Visual and Performing Arts faculty, ensembles, and guest artists, all with free admission save for the Clayton State Opera (just $10 adults/$5 students).

The season book is presently being mailed to all Spivey Hall patrons of record who have purchased tickets in the past three years, and should be arriving in mailboxes in about ten days (depending on your local post office service).  If your address has changed during that time, or you're not a member of that cohort and wish to receive a season book, just call the Spivey Hall Box Office at (678) 466-4200 or email and our Patron Services staff will gladly send you a copy. 

In the coming weeks, I'll be adding blog posts that give more details about the artists listed below, series by series.  The artists' websites, Google, and YouTube can easily give you more information to augment the bare bones of what's listed below, and the descriptions published in the season book. 

But for the time being, here are the details, listed below by series.  Note that you don't have to purchase an entire series to subscribe -- they're listed in series simply because (as we've often been told!) patrons like to see the artists grouped by type.  The season book also includes a chronological listing of all concerts announced to date, and we'll again publish our pocket-sized season mini-calendar to be sent out with tickets.

Subscriptions providing preferred seating are now on sale through May 31st, with subscriber discounts of 10% for four, five or six concerts purchased, and a 20% discount for a purchase of seven or more concerts. 

We hope to have information about all the concerts, and individual concert listings, available on our website in early April, at which time single tickets will go on sale. both online and via the Box Office; however, single-ticket orders will not be filled until all subscribers are seated (call the Box Office for more details).

A great wealth of music performed by outstanding artists is in store for us!  I look foward to welcoming you often to Spivey Hall next season!

Clayton State University – Spivey Hall
2010-2011 Concerts


Louis Lortie – Sun Oct 17 ’10 3 PM – $45

A program of works by CHOPIN interweaving a selection of Nocturnes and Impromptus, culminating with the Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 38

Imogen Cooper – Sat Feb 26 ’11 8:15 PM – $45

HAYDN Sonata in E-flat major, Hob XVI/52
BEETHOVEN Sonata in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2, “Tempest”
BRAHMS Theme &Variations from String Sextet, Op. 18*
*transcribed for Clara Schumann in 1860
SCHUMANN Fantasiestücke, Op. 12

Haochen Zhang – Sat Apr 16 ’11 8:15 PM – $35 – Spviey Hall Spivey Hall Debut

Program to be announced.  (IMPORTANT NOTE:  The DAY and the TIME of this concert is, unfortunately, incorrectly listed in the season book -- more proof that we are human!  The DATE (April 16, which happens to be a SATURDAY) is correct, and like all Spivey Series Saturday evening concerts, concert time is 8:15 PM.   Apologies...we will make amends in future publications, and the tickets themselves will bear the correct day, date and time.)

Pierre-Laurent Aimard – Sat May 7 ’11 8:15 PM – $60 – Spivey Hall Debut
WAGNER Piano Sonata in A-flat major
BERG Piano Sonata, Op. 1
SCRIABIN Piano Sonata No. 9
LISZT Piano Sonata in B minor


Takacs Quartet – Sat Sept 25 ’10 8:15 PM – $50 – Pre-concert Talk 7:15 PM – Season Opening Concert

SCHUBERT Quartet Movement in C minor, D.703
HAYDN String Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 71 No. 3
DANIEL KELLOGG Soft Sleep Shall Contain You: A Meditation on Schubert's “Death and the Maiden”
SCHUBERT String Quartet in D minor, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden”

Jupiter String Quartet – Sat Nov 20 ’10 8:15PM – $40 – Pre-concert talk 7:15 PM – USA

BEETHOVEN String Quartet in G major, Op. 18 No. 2
KURTÁG 12 Microludes for String Quartet, Op.13
BEETHOVEN String Quartet in B-flat major. Op. 130

St. Lawrence String Quartet – Sat Feb 12 ’11 8:15 PM – $45 – Pre-concert talk 7:15 PM

HAYDN String Quartet in D major, Op. 74 No. 1
MENDELSSOHN String Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 12
JOHN ADAMS String Quartet (2009)*
*commissioned for and premiered by the SLSQ

Jupiter String Quartet – Sat Mar 12 ’11 8:15 PM – $40 – Pre-concert Talk 7:15 PM

BEETHOVEN String Quartet in C minor, Op. 18 No. 4
WEBERN Langsammersatz
WEBERN Five Movements for String Quartet, Op. 5
BEETHOVEN String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132


Alek Shrader, tenor (Spivey Hall Debut) &  Roger Vignoles, piano – Sun Nov 7 ’10 3 PM –$40 – Pre-concert Talk 2 PM

Jubilant Sykes, baritone & Christopher Parkening, guitar – Sat Dec 4 ’10 8:15 PM – $50

Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano & Julius Drake, piano – Sun Feb 20 ’11 3 PM – $50 – Pre-concert talk 2 PM

Stile Antico – Sun Apr 3 ’11 3 PM – $40 – Spivey Hall Debut

Chanticleer – Sat Apr 30 ’11 8:15 PM – $50


Roland Dyens – Sun Oct 3 ’10 3 PM – $35 – Spivey Hall Debut

Christopher Parkening, guitar & Jubilant Sykes, baritone – Sat Dec 4 ’10 8:15 PM – $50

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet – Sun Feb 13 ’11 3 PM – $40

John Williams – Sun Mar 20 ’11 3 PM – $60 – Spivey Memorial Concert


Jane Parker-Smith – Sat Oct 9 ’10 3 PM – $30 – Pre-concert Talk 2 PM

Richard Morris – Sat Jan 29 ’11 3 PM – $30

Raúl Prieto Ramírez – Sat Feb 19 ’11 3PM – $30 – Pre-concert Talk 2 PM – Spivey Hall Debut

Paul Jacobs – Sat Mar 19 ’11 3 PM – $30 – Pre-concert Talk 2 PM


Cecylia Arzewski, violin – Sat Mar 5 ’11 8:15 PM – $25 & Sat May 21 ’11 8:15 PM – $25
BACH Complete Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin

Mar 5:
Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
Sonata No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005

May 21:
Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003
Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006
Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004

Paul Jacobs – Sat Mar 19 ’11 3 PM – $30 – Pre-concert Talk 2 PM
Program to include works by J.S. BACH

Hopkinson Smith, German theorbo – Sun Apr 10 ’11 3 PM
J.S. BACH (arr. H. Smith) Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007; Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008; Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009

Spivey Hall Children’s Choir Program

Spivey Hall Young Artists & Spivey Hall Children’s Choir
Fri Dec 10 ’10 7 PM – $25 adults/$12.50 children

Spivey Hall Children's Choir & Spivey Hall Tour Choir
Sat & Sun, Dec 11 & 12, '10 3 PM – $25 adults/$12.50 children

Spivey Hall Young Artists & Spivey Hall Children’s Choir
Fri May 13 ’11 7 PM – $20 adults/$10 children

Spivey Hall Children’s Choir & Spivey Hall Tour Choir
Sat & Sun, May 14 & 15 ’11 3 PM – $20 adults/$12.50 children


Details of the Spivey Hall 2010-2011 Jazz Series will be announced this summer.  Subscription seating and discounts will still be available when the Jazz Series brochure is published and mailed.  To request a Jazz Series brochure, call the Spivey Hall Box Office at (678) 466-4200 or email

One event is already confirmed and on sale:

The Glenn Miller Orchestra – Sun Jan 23 ’11 3 PM – $40


Check our website,, as well as our fall, winter and spring flyers, for details about other performances by Regional Ensembles that may be added throughout the season, or call the Box Office at (678) 466-4200.

Gaubert VIVANT! - A tribute to Philippe Gaubert
Nicolas Duchamp, flute & Barbara McKenzie, piano – Sun Oct 31 ’10 3 PM – $30

Atlanta Chamber Players / Paula Peace, artistic director – Sun Nov14 ’10 3 PM – $30

Coro Vocati  / John Dickson, conductor – Sun Dec 19 '10 3 PM – $25

Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions – Sun Feb 6 ’11 **2 PM** – $35

Southern Crescent Chorale / Janice Folsom, conductor – Feb 27 ’11 3PM – $15

Georgian Chamber Players – Sun Apr 17 ’11 3 PM – $30