Callanwolde Fine Arts Center offers a variety of musical concerts throughout the year.
LYRA, Callanwolde's string quartet in residence, performs a series of chamber music concerts, featuring renowned special guest artists, each fall and winter to enthusiastic audiences. LYRA concerts take place in the Great Hall in the Callanwolde mansion with special "meet-and-greet" the artists receptions following each performance. The venerable Callanwolde Concert Band was formed in 1972 at Callanwolde and has grown into a thriving community concert band that plays symphonic concerts all over the state and the region. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center hosts two annual concerts of the Callanwolde Concert Band in the Courtyard. The Capitol City Opera was formed in 1983 to provide classically-trained singers the opportunity to learn and perform complete opera roles at the professional level. The Capitol City Opera stages a perfomance at their annual fundraiser On the Light Side in the Callanwolde Courtyard each summer. Callanwolde hosts the Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde which for over three decades has nurtured the incredible artistic abilities of children in the Atlanta Metropolitan area. AYSC provides excellent coeducational choral and musical training for children grades 2 through 12 in a challenging learning environment that builds self-esteem, confidence, teamwork and leadership. Callanwolde's award-winning Jazz on the Lawn Summer Concert Series has become a steadfast tradition and continues to showcase the Atlanta-area's finest talents in classic and contemporary jazz. Staged outdoors on the beautiful grounds of Callanwolde, audiences are invited to bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy cool jazz under the stars!
In addition to the concert offerings mentioned above, Callanwolde hosts organ concerts featuring Callanwolde's historic Aeolian organ during Christmas at Callanwolde, as well as other concerts staged by local community groups. Please see the current Events Calendar for a complete listing of all cultural events offered at Callanwolde.
Bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy these popular concerts under the stars! Surrounded by the natural beauty of Callanwolde’s lush grounds it’s a great way to unwind and hear live music performed by some of the finest jazz artists in the Southeast.
Callanwolde's Jazz on the Lawn summer concerts continue to attract audiences looking for quality jazz performed in a uniquely beautiful, comfortable outdoor setting. The grassy lawn in front of the historic Gothic-Tudor mansion is the site of five diverse jazz concerts held every summer featuring many of the area’s best musicians with a mix of classic and contemporary jazz, swing, fusion, blues and Latin. The space can easily accommodate 200 patrons who bring their own lawn chairs, blankets and picnics. Viewed as a relaxing and less formal alternative to other outdoor music venues, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center provides the perfect setting for an outdoor concert, with easy access and complimentary parking.
June 14 - Ike Stubblefield and Friends - Soulful R&B Jazz
Callanwolde opens its 2013 series with Ike Stubblefield and Friends. B3 organ virtuoso Ike Stubblefield is a music industry legend with almost 50 years in the business. Stubblefield’s craft and ingenuity on the keys helped create the classic B3 sound that others would imitate for generations to come.
June 28 - Serenata Band - Latin Jazz, Samba & Salsa
Atlanta’s highly acclaimed Latin band Serenata creates an unforgettable, international sound experience. Luis Cordero leads a 7-piece band that plays an energized evening of Latin jazz, samba, salsa and other creative styles with sax, flute, congas, bongos and timbales that will have you dancing on the lawn.
July 12 - Scott Glazer's Mojo Dojo - Jazz, Blues & Southern Soul
Mojo Dojo performs quality jazz, blues and southern soul across the south and internationally. As bassist and featured vocalist, Scott Glazer leads some of Atlanta's top veterans and young bloods in a lineup of sax, trumpet, piano, drums and guitar. Their repertoire ranges from the Great American Songbook to fresh takes on the music of the Allman Brothers and Otis Redding.
July 26 - Ted Howe Trio featuring vocalist Karla Harris - The Music of James Bond
"Shaken Not Stirred" reinvents the beloved music from the James Bond legacy. Ted Howe's arrangements with Karly Harris’ vivid vocals will skyrocket you through decades with 007 classics. Howe’s accomplishments as a performer, arranger, composer and his powerful touch on the piano have led him to work with luminaries such as Herbie Mann, Henry Mancini, Lainie Kazan, Buddy Rich and more.
August 9 - Madoca & Company - Contemporary Fusion Jazz
Composer and jazz keyboard artist Madoca, has performed internationally and headlined many jazz venues in Atlanta. She teams up with The Prince Project to create an expressive, passionate performance – a mix of fusion, Latin and contemporary jazz styles.
Concerts begin at 7:30 pm
Tickets: Advance purchase online $15 (add'l fee $2.75); Buy tickets online at TicketLeap starting May 1.
At the door: Cash or check only
$20 General; $15 Seniors (62+), CFAC Members, Students (13-18 yrs); $10 Children (6-12 yrs); Under 6 free
For groups of 10 or more, and for more information call 404-872-5338
Children: Use your best judgment; concert sound may be too loud for children. Please be considerate of the experience of those around you.
Parking: Free onsite - Arrive early!
Weather: In case of rain, the concerts will be moved to the indoor courtyard.
Seating: Blankets and lawn chairs (low backs below neck; chair legs under 10").
Food & Beverages: Picnics in baskets or coolers, wine, beer and soft drinks are welcome
Pets: No pets allowed.
Smoking: Not permitted in the concert area or mansion.
Supporting Arts Partners
There are a number of arts groups that perform regularly at Callanwolde. These arts partners are separate organizations that share in Callanwolde's mission to bring quality, diverse and affordable arts education and programming to the greater Atlanta community. We invite you to visit their web sites and support these organizations.
LYRA is about Chamber Music. LYRA began as an opportunity for artistry among a group of musicians in the Atlanta area in the late 1999’s. Fostered by the efforts of two of its founding violinists, husband and wife team Judith Cox and Raymond Leung, LYRA has blossomed in the past decade into one of the most recognized and far- reaching community and educational resources in the city of Atlanta. A string quartet-based group, LYRA promotes chamber music performance, education, and community service throughout the Southeast. In addition to its active performance schedule, LYRA is dedicated to sharing the joy and connective power of music to thousands of children of all ages throughout metropolitan Atlanta, offering coaching and teaching to students of all ages. LYRA presents the highest quality performances by musicians from the Atlanta area as well as internationally renowned guest artists. In its residency at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, LYRA is actively involved with special events, performances, workshops, and educational outreach.
Music is the universal language of mankind.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The power of music, all music, lies in its ability to profoundly touch the soul of every listener in its own unique way. LYRA delves into the amazingly rich expanse of music created by masters of the genre, from the diverse cultural traditions of peoples from around the world. LYRA at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center is about a musical experience in a setting and an ambience for which chamber music was originally intended. In a LYRA experience the boundaries of stage and expectation dissolve, and one leaves a performance feeling a profound connection that has been forged through the medium of the music. A LYRA concert at Callanwolde is an experience that creates and nurtures connections and relationships through music, and invites every participant to leave with a smile on his lips and beautiful sounds in his ear. Please join us as we embark on a journey of discovery through the fascinating imaginative world of great composers and their profoundly inspiring music.
For more information on LYRA’s community engagement, to contact the musicians of LYRA, or to donate, please log on to www.lyraquartet.org . LYRA is a non-profit arts organization serving Atlanta.
The band of today differs greatly from the band of 1972, but the spirit and appreciation for good music played well has continued and flourished as the band has matured into one of the finest ensembles of its type in the Southeast.
Founded under the baton of Charles Bradley, famed director of the outstanding East Atlanta Elementary Band, the band continued with George Webster as director and temporarily paused operations in the summer of 1973.
In the Fall of 1973, the remaining members decided that the band would continue and asked for a show of hands from anyone who had ever been a band director. One hand hesitantly went up and by unanimous vote of everyone else, he was told "Clyde you are our new conductor" and given absolutely no choice in the matter whatsoever. Clyde Bales had not "waved the stick" in about twenty years, and was making his living as a communications engineer. His music degree from LSU had rusted quietly except for playing percussion with the band for fun. He was, however, brave and willing to preside over our growth until 1985 when a job change transferred him away from Atlanta,
This time we prepared for a formal conductor search but fortunately did not have to look beyond our trumpet section. Since that time the podium has been occupied by Mr. Raymond Handfield. The band is known throughout Georgia for its high level of musicianship and audience appeal. This is music at and from the grass roots, made by your neighbors. Look closely, you may see your doctor, dentist, attorney and your air conditioning mechanic, all united to preserve and continue a great American tradition, the community band.
Visit : www.calcb.org
Capitol City Opera
Capitol City Opera Company was formed in 1983 to provide an opportunity for Atlanta's classically trained singers to continue their post-graduate vocal and acting skills by performing complete opera roles on a professional level. Since its inception, the company has expanded its reach to young singers throughout the world and now exports its product all over the United States. The troupe has grown exponentially as a producer of innovative and exciting professional opera theatre. It has flourished as the only opera company in the Southeast that primarily helps local singers establish their careers.
As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Capitol City Opera has created many recurring programs that benefit all ages and demographics of the general public and has toured throughout the Southeast and also Italy. Currently, the company performs two opera theatre shows per year with resident Atlanta performers, as well as the On the Light Side fundraising performances at Callanwolde each summer. Also: a quarterly recital series (Sunday of Songs), a monthly restaurant series (Dinner and a Diva), a vocal competition, a summer workshop, touring Madrigals, touring gala singers, Cosi fan tutte on tour, and an astonishing 150-200 performances designed solely for young children every year. The company strives to make opera available to all segments and age groups including the disadvantaged and mobility-impaired and makes a concerted effort to help them understand and appreciate opera. The company also has a teen apprenticeship program that allows eager high school students to perform in shows. Capitol City Opera Company is on the touring roster for the Georgia Council of the Arts and Young Audiences of Atlanta.
Make your reservations in advance by calling 678-301-8013, or visit the website at www.ccityopera.com.
Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde
For 35 years the Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde has nurtured the incredible artistic abilities of children in the Atlanta Metropolitan area. AYSC provides excellent coeducational choral and musical training for children grades 2 through 12 in a challenging learning environment that builds self-esteem, confidence, teamwork and leadership.
For more information call 404-873-3365 or visit: www.aysc.org