Spivey Hall kicks off spring season abuzz

‘SoloDuo’ performance Tuesday

Special photo 
Spivey Hall was built in 1991 for $4.5 million. Towering above the 392-seat auditorium is the Fratelli Ruffatti pipe organ.

Special photo Spivey Hall was built in 1991 for $4.5 million. Towering above the 392-seat auditorium is the Fratelli Ruffatti pipe organ.

MORROW — Spivey Hall, considered a jewel of cultural exchange in the Southern Crescent, has a busy month ahead.

Sam Dixon is executive and artistic director at Spivey Hall. He said the renowned concert hall plans to host seven major concert performances, including the Jupiter String Quartet and pianist Jeremy Denk.

Spivey Hall was constructed in 1991 for $4.5 million and has since drawn world-class musicians and ensembles. It is a department of Clayton State University and is supported by The Walter & Emilie Spivey Foundation.

The 392-seat auditorium purposefully adds to the intimate ambience, said Dixon.

“What makes Spivey Hall special is the acoustics,” he said. “They bring the music to life in a way that inspires both artist and audiences.”

The $1 million Fratelli Ruffatti pipe organ stands as the venue’s focal point. The 4,413 pipes in 77 ranks resound throughout the hall during solo recitals and choral performances.

Dixon said there are events every weekend and most weekdays between September and May. Most are public but some are for Clayton State’s division of music and regional assembles.

“Spivey Hall is the Southeast’s most celebrated recital hall,” Dixon said. “We enrich the cultural wealth of metro Atlanta and the Southeast by presenting world-class artists performing classical, jazz and world music.”

The department offers choral, orchestral and jazz workshops for school-aged children.

“We have an extensive education program that includes young people’s concerts for pre-K through 12,” he said. “And we offer professional development classes for teachers.”

Dixon said patrons can expect an active spring season at Spivey Hall.

Tickets are $40 for the “SoloDuo” performance at 3 p.m. Sunday. Accomplished Italian guitarists Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli will perform transcriptions of the “Moonlight Sonata” by Ludwig van Beethoven and “Claire de Lune” by Claude Debussy as well as modern works by André Jolivet and Astor Piazzolla.

Other March performances include Denk’s debut solo recital. Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard and mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard from the Metropolitan Opera will perform.

Rounding out the schedule are at host of local ensembles such as the Clayton State University Orchestra, Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Chamber Players.

The Spivey Hall Box Office, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Order tickets at 678-466-4200 or at www.spiveyhall.org.