Spivey Hall announces schedule for February programs

MORROW — Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall, the Southeast’s premier recital hall renowned internationally for its superior acoustics and the excellence of its classical, jazz and world music artists, today announced details of its February programming.

February features a celebration of Spivey Hall’s late organist-in-residence Richard Morris, who passed away in September. The memorial concert includes performances by renowned organists Alan Morrison and Peter Carter, who will pay tribute to a highly-regarded peer and personal friend.

“Richard Morris was a brilliant organist whose artistry, scholarship and unique way with words touched the lives of countless people,” said Samuel C. Dixon, Spivey Hall’s executive and artistic director. “From his close association with Emilie Spivey, his role in advising her in the creation of the tonal specifications of our Albert Schweitzer Memorial Organ, and the many organ performances and special events in which he took part at Spivey Hall over a period of 20 years, his spirit will long be felt here.

“Feb. 1 was to be his own recital date this season,” Dixon added. “On this day, we will celebrate his life and legacy.”

Also in February, jazz pianist and composer Monty Alexander continues the Jazz and Swing Series with an electric performance combining Caribbean and American jazz traditions. Two artists make their Spivey Hall debuts in February: the remarkably gifted young American violinist Stefan Jackiw as part of the String Series, and brilliant German soprano Christiane Karg, whose Vocal Series performance is also her North American recital debut.

Spivey Hall patrons can catch performances of young rising stars in both opera and piano. In February, The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions spotlights some of the Southeast’s greatest talents-in-the-making; Atlanta Area Suzuki Piano Association showcases its 34th graduating class in its Friendship Concert.

Rounding out the February schedule are six concerts from Spivey Hall’s Young People’s Concert Series, providing economic and educational opportunities for music lovers of any age. Spivey’s Education Department also presents a workshop for music educators on “Cultivating Musicianship in the Elementary Choral Rehearsal,” led by Spivey Hall Children’s Choir Director Martha Shaw.

“February’s schedule provides opportunities to both entertain and educate,” Dixon said. “With performances for music-lovers of all ages, Spivey Hall is where great music thrives.”

With free parking and close proximity to Atlanta, Spivey Hall’s 392-seat auditorium is the perfect option for an intimate music experience. For full program details for all performances, tickets or more information, call the Spivey Hall box office at (678) 466-4200, or visit www.spiveyhall.org. In addition to the standard ticket pricing indicated for each performance, there is a 50 percent discount available to students and Georgia educators with ID. Discounted tickets are available only through the box office, which is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The full calendar of upcoming events at Spivey Hall can be found on its website, www.spiveyhall.org.