Candler Concert Series

Each year, the Candler Concert Series brings internationally renowned artists to the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. The series is made possible by a generous gift from the late Flora Glenn Candler, a friend and patron of music at Emory University.


The Schwartz Center facility is open to the public, but all January events are currently on hold. Ticket holders will be notified as location or date changes for January concerts are finalized.

2021–2022 Candler Concert Series

From the Grammy Award-winning Branford Marsalis Quartet, to Academy of St Martin in the Fields Wind Ensemble, the upcoming concerts feature the best of classical, crossover, and jazz. Select the title for more information and videos.

Branford Marsalis Quartet

Branford Marsalis Quartet, photo by Eric Ryan Anderson

Branford Marsalis brings his talents as a musician, composer, and bandleader back to the Schwartz Center stage with his powerful jazz ensemble. Known for the telepathic communication among its uncommonly consistent personnel, its deep book of original music replete with expressive melodies and provocative forms, and an unrivaled spirit in both live and recorded performances, the Branford Marsalis Quartet has long been recognized as the standard to which other ensembles of its kind must be measured.

Friday, February 18, 2022 at 8 p.m.

Kittel & Co. with Jeremy Kittel

Kittel & Co., photo by Andrew Potter | Quintet (L-R): Simon Chrisman, Quinn Bachand, Josh Pinkham, Jeremy Kittel, Ethan Jodziewicz

Hailed as one of the most exceptional fiddlers of his generation, Grammy-nominated violinist and composer Jeremy Kittel’s music inhabits the space between classical and acoustic roots, Celtic and bluegrass aesthetics, and folk and jazz sensibilities. Kittel & Co. makes its Schwartz Center debut with a program ranging from Bach to bluegrass.

Friday, March 18, 2022 at 8 p.m.

Featuring Simon Crawford-Phillips, piano

Academy of St Martin in the Fields Wind Ensemble

Academy of St Martin in the Fields Wind Ensemble, photo by Benjamin Ealovega

From the world-renowned Academy of St Martin in the Fields, acclaimed wind players James Burke, clarinet; Julie Price, bassoon; Stephen Stirling, horn; and Tom Blomfield, oboe, have joined forces for a new adventure exploring some of the best all-wind and wind and piano classical repertoire. Pianist and conductor Simon Crawford-Phillips joins the ensemble to make music that the Washington Post calls “luminous, often breathtaking” with a program featuring Quintet for Winds and Piano in E-flat Major, K. 452 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 8 p.m.

In consideration of current COVID-19 conditions in Atlanta and in consultation with public health experts, Emory University has revised its guidelines for prioritizing health and safety on campus. Consequently, this concert will not take place as originally planned on Friday, January 28. Ticket holders are being contacted via email and phone.

We will continue to explore alternatives to bring this important artistic work to you.

Damien Sneed at the piano

Damien Sneed, photo by Michael Rubenstein

Damien Sneed, piano, Musical Director
Raehann Bryce-Davis, mezzo-soprano
Brandie Inez Sutton, soprano

Created and directed by composer, conductor, and multi-genre musician Damien Sneed, Our Song, Our Story: The New Generation of Black Voices is an evening of music highlighting some of the world’s most well-known operatic arias, art songs, and spirituals. Bringing together two of today’s most exciting operatic voices in a diverse and powerful event, the concert features Raehann Bryce-Davis, mezzo-soprano, and Brandie Inez Sutton, soprano, accompanied by a string quartet and Sneed on piano.

Each singer brings their artistry to the table with solo performances as well as duets and trios. This will be an evening of memorable and beautiful music as they pay homage to Marian Anderson and Jessye Norman, who have paved the way for them and other African American opera singers. The repertoire features compositions by George Frederic Handel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppi Verdi, Richard Strauss, George Gershwin, Margaret Bonds, Harry T. Burleigh, Richard Smallwood, and a newly commissioned work from Damien Sneed.

In consideration of current COVID-19 conditions in Atlanta and in consultation with public health experts, the Emory Dance Program has made the difficult decision to cancel the performances. Urban Bush Women: Legacy + Lineage + Liberation will not take place as originally planned February 24–26.

We will continue to explore alternatives to bring this important artistic work to you.

Urban Bush Women: Women's Resistance

Women's Resistance photo by Hayin Heron

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.

Thursday, February 24–Saturday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m.

UBW Legacy + Lineage + Liberation Tour Trailer (2019) from Urban Bush Women on Vimeo.

George Li

George Li, photo by Simon Fowler

Praised by the Washington Post for combining “staggering technical prowess, a sense of command, and depth of expression,” pianist George Li possesses an effortless grace, poised authority, and brilliant virtuosity far beyond his years. Since winning the Silver Medal at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, Li has rapidly established a major international reputation and performs regularly with some of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, such as Dudamel, Gaffigan, Gergiev, Gimeno, Honeck, Orozco-Estrada, Petrenko, Robertson, Slatkin, Temirkanov, Tilson Thomas, Long Yu, and Xian Zhang.

View the Concert Program Here

The concert took place on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 8 p.m. George Li also led a master class with the following Emory music students on Friday, September 17:

Jisu Yang, senior
Le Tombeau de Couperin - Prelude, Fugue and Toccata; Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)

Jason Lin, senior
Spanish Rhapsody; Franz Liszt (1811–1886)

Review of the concert from EarRelevant

Pretty Yende by Dario Acosto

Pretty Yende, photo by Dario Acosto

Making her Atlanta debut, South African soprano Pretty Yende is known for her acclaimed operatic and solo performances worldwide and critically lauded discography. Yende’s magnetic charm has captivated audiences at nearly all of the major opera houses of the world, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Opéra National de Paris, Metropolitan Opera, and Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Recent solo recital performances include Oper Frankfurt, the Opernhaus Zürich, Smetana Hall in Prague, the Barbican in London, and Carnegie Hall in New York.

View the Concert Program Here

This concert took place on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 4 p.m.

Review of the concert from EarRelevant

Yuja Wang and Leonidas Kavakos

Leonidas Kavakos, photo by Marco Borggreve | Yuja Wang, photo by Julia Wesely

This pair of superstars share the stage in their first visit to the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Violinist Leonidas Kavakos has been praised by the New York Times for his “balance of pyrotechnics and lyricism.” Yuja Wang has been called “quite simply the most dazzlingly, uncannily gifted pianist in the concert world today” by the San Francisco Chronicle. Each outstanding soloists, together they leave audiences breathless with the beauty and intensity of their performance.

View the Recital Concert Program

The artists also performed Dithyrambe from Stravinsky's Duo Concertant for violin and piano as an encore in the concert on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 8 p.m.

Review of the concert by Pierre Ruhe from Arts ATL