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Emory Arts wraps up the year with concerts, exhibits and more
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Emory wraps up the year with its final arts events, including several student ensemble performances and traditional holiday concerts such as A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on Dec. 2 and 3.

As 2022 comes to a close, Emory wraps up the year with its final arts events, including several student ensemble performances and traditional holiday concerts such as the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. 

Enjoy a musically inspired performance

The Emory Gamelan Ensemble kicks off December with An Evening of Central Javanese Gamelan Music and Dance, featuring the ensemble joined by three prominent Karawitan guest musicians. At the end of the concert, audience members can try some of the ensemble’s instruments, making the event perfect for families. The concert will be Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Studio; admission is free.

Enjoy the sounds of the holidays during the Oxford Chorale holiday concert on Thursday, Dec. 1, and Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Oxford Chapel. The program features the Oxford College Choir, a capella group Oxappella and Chamber Ensemble. Tickets are $5 each through the OxTheatre box office. 

The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta and the Carlos Museum welcome husband and wife pianists Kyung and Michael Kim for a Cooke Noontime Concert on Friday, Dec. 2, at noon. The performance in Ackerman Hall of the Carlos Museum is free, but registration is required. 

Emory Choirs presents A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, a candlelit performance that has been an Atlanta tradition for decades. This year’s event includes choral music from the Emory Concert Choir and University Chorus and Scripture readings by special guests from the Emory community. Performances are at Glenn Memorial Auditorium on Friday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Ticket information can be found at the Schwartz Box Office website. 

On Monday, Dec. 5, the Oxford Dance Company presents its fall concert. The free performance will be in Williams Hall at 7:30 p.m.; no ticket is required.  

The Emory Dance Department shares its fall semester Informal Dance Showing at the Schwartz Center Dance Studio on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. The evening includes students from a variety of dance classes performing work learned or created during the semester. 

Atlanta Master Chorale presents the final concerts of the year with Christmas with Atlanta Master Chorale at Emerson Concert Hall in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. This annual celebration focuses on sharing music, joy, peace, light and love with all members of the Atlanta community. Performances take place Friday, Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased on the Schwartz Box Office website. 

Rounding out the December music calendar is Santa’s Favorite Chamber Music at the Carlos Museum’s Ackerman Hall on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. This free performance by the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta welcomes Santa Claus himself to introduce and enjoy some of his favorite classical works and lead a sing-along with pianists Julie Coucheron and William Ransom. 

Gain new perspectives on art

On Tuesday, Dec. 6, the Arts and Social Justice Fellows Program hosts a Project Showcase and Community Conversation at Switchyards Downtown Club. Featuring opening remarks from Carla Freeman, interim dean of Emory College of Arts and Sciences, the event program includes live dance, theater performances, a durational performance and a panel discussion followed by Q&A. Prior to the performances, attendees are invited to explore multimedia art installations created in collaboration with Emory students, artist fellows and other Atlanta-based artists. This event is free and open to the public, though reservations are preferred. 

The Carlos Museum’s family-friendly Sunday FUNday programs offer a deeper look at objects in the museum. On Sunday, Dec. 4, at 1 p.m., learn about aerophones — instruments that produce sound by vibrating air. Explore the panpipes, ocarinas and whistles in the Art of the Americas galleries and then join teaching artist Chris Willoughby in the studio to create your own aerophones. 

Stop by the Carlos Museum again on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 4 p.m. for the final AntiquiTEA lecture of 2022. Enjoy afternoon tea and scones as Christopher Askew, a graduate student in the Art History Department, discusses the research and analysis he conducted on a late second-century bronze statuette of the syncretic god Hermanubis during his Andrew W. Mellon Object-Centered Learning Fellowship at the Carlos Museum. The program will be in Ackerman Hall and also available to watch online.

Visit museum or library exhibits 

Several displays at the Carlos Museum and Emory Libraries are entering their last weeks of exhibition. View the “Fellini and Fantasy” exhibit at the Carlos Museum through Jan. 8, 2023. The exhibit includes original scripts, press clippings, correspondence and related manuscript material of Federico Fellini, one of the greatest and the most internationally acclaimed Italian filmmakers of the 20th century.

Exhibits at the Woodruff Library on Emory’s Atlanta campus that will close soon include “Consciousness is Power” and “Speak Up For Social Justice,” both on display through Dec. 17. “Graffiti: A Library Guide to Aerosol Art” and “Connections: The Power of Objects” are on view through Jan. 8, 2023.

The “Graphic Narratives and Comic Collections” and “The Work Is Never Finished” exhibits at Oxford College Library will close on Dec. 15. 

All Emory Libraries exhibits are free and open to the public. “Fellini and Fantasy” is included with admission to the Carlos Museum.

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