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October brings internationally renowned performers to campus

Georgia natives Mike Mills, founding member of rock band R.E.M., and Robert McDuffie, violinist, perform an original composition by Mills, “Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra,” on Oct. 28 at Emerson Concert Hall. Photo by Alex Irvin.

October brings a host of internationally renowned performers to campus, including Jazz musician Branford Marsalis, R.E.M.’s Mike Mills and “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band, just to name a few.

Emory also hosts a variety of film screenings, dance performances, literary readings and other events this month. For a full list of October arts events on campus and to purchase tickets, visit the Arts at Emory website.

Here is a sample of upcoming events:

Branford Marsalis returns to the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts along with his famed quartet and special guest vocalist Kurt Elling. Only limited tickets remain for this one-night-only event, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m.

The Candler Concert Series and Emory Dance Program join forces with arts organizations around Atlanta to present “Exposed: a Festival of Contemporary Dance and Theater from Israel.” Events on Emory’s campus begin Oct. 13 and include ticketed performances by Yossi Berg and Oded Graf Dance Theatre, Anat Grigorio and Hillel Kogan, as well as several free events including a master class, film screening and Creativity Conversation. See the festival schedule online at

The Emory University Chorus and Concert Choir joins Shakespeare at Emory this month with “The Music of Shakespeare,” set for Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

Emory Cinematheque also begins a four film series this month in conjunction with Shakespeare at Emory, screening adaptations of the Bard’s plays. Don’t miss Kenneth Branagh’s "Much Ado About Nothing" (Oct. 16, 4 p.m.) and Orson Welles’ Falstaff in "Chimes at Midnight" (Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m.), an amalgam of the several plays in which Shakespeare’s infamous clown appears, among others. Free screenings take place in White Hall, Room 208.

Meanwhile the fall Cinematheque series “Drawn to Film: From Comics to Cinema” continues every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in White Hall 208. This month’s showings include “Shogun Assassin” (Oct. 5), “Weird Science” (Oct. 12), "Dick Tracy" (Oct. 19) and "A History of Violence" (Oct. 26).

The Emory Creative Writing Program Reading Series kicks off this month with prose Writer ZZ Packer delivering The Phillis Wheatley Reading on Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library. Prose writer Danzy Senna also gives a reading on Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Oxford Road Building Presentation Room.

Cellist Matt Haimovitz and violinist Timothy Fain return to campus to join the Emory University Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Philip Glass’s “Double Concerto,” Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. in Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts' Emerson Concert Hall. This event is free, but tickets are required.

The Emory Wind Ensemble presents “American Perspectives,” performing American music for winds from the last century, featuring Atlanta Symphony soloists Emily Brebach, English horn, and Michael Tiscione, trumpet. The performance is Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. in Emerson Concert Hall.

Finally this month, two touring acts perform in Emerson Concert Hall. “The President’s Own” US Marine Band appears Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. The performance is free, but tickets are required.

Georgia natives Robert McDuffie, violin, and Mike Mills, founding member of rock band R.E.M., perform an original composition by Mills, “Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra” as part of the Candler Concert Series on Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. The concerto features an arrangement of R.E.M.’s hit song “Nightswimming.” Tickets are available online at

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