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May weekends offer musical celebrations

The next two weekends offer opportunities to hear exceptional music in end-of-season concerts by the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta and the Atlanta Master Chorale.

The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta presents the final concert of its 22nd season this Sunday, May 10, at 1:30 p.m.

The concert celebrates Mother's Day at the annual Cherry Emerson Memorial Alumni Concert. Featured are some of the finest musical graduates of the Department of Music at Emory. Hosted by William Ransom, the performance takes place at the Miller-Ward Alumni House on Houston Mill Road. It is free and open to the public.

 On Saturday, May 16, at 8 p.m., the Atlanta Master Chorale offers an aural taste of Britain in its final concert in the season.

The Chorale, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, will perform in the Emerson Concert Hall of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are available through the Arts at Emory Box Office, 404-727-5050, with discounts for Emory employees and students.           

 “Magnifical and Mighty” is the title of this choral music performance with music that explores majestic works from British composers.

The program will explore choral traditions of Britain, featuring Benjamin Britten’s “Te Deum,” a sacred choral work composed in 1934 and based on the text of the Book of Common Prayer.

Eric Nelson, director of choral studies at Emory, is artistic director of the Atlanta Master Chorale. The Chorale is an ensemble of auditioned singers from Emory and throughout the Atlanta metro area. Its focus is on celebrating and performing music from across the spectrum of sacred choral music.

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