Active Retirement Living – Music Masters

Concert lovers, this is your weekend to hear some quality live music before the holiday season really kicks into gear and every single song you hear reminds you of The Nutcracker! With several top offerings around close to Windsong’s active retirement communities, ranging from classical to jazz, this is the perfect opportunity for area active adults to get out with your friends and explore a little mature musical culture.

On Friday, the Venice Baroque Orchestra comes stateside for a one-night-only concert in Emory’s Candler series. With Robert McDuffie as violin soloist and leader, the program will consist of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” as a prelude to the Atlanta premiere of a new work it inspired by Philip Glass. His new composition, a violin concerto No. 2 is called “The American Four Seasons,” and has been lauded by the Toronto Star as being “one of the most exciting musical evenings of the year.” Fri., Nov. 19, $56, arts.emory.edu.

Also kicking off the weekend right is a monthly event perfect for seniors who love to relax to great tunes and smooth sounds. The High Museum’s Friday Jazz series brings to the marble floor jazz trumpeter Etienne Charles, a young Trinidad native who grew up immersed in his family’s four generations of musical lineage. The Juliard alum has a knack for connecting his audiences in whatever country he is, and fuses jazz improvisation with folk rhythm and Afro-Caribbean genres. With the museum staying open late until 10pm—haven’t we all had a fantasy of sleeping among the great works of art?—and food and drinks available for purchase, it’s the ideal culturally diverse evening. Fri., Nov. 19, free with museum entry or membership, high.org.

Finally, on Saturday, the diverse Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra makes its way to North Decatur for a performance of the ever-popular Nutcracker suite—yes, it’s weaseled its way into being played before Thanksgiving this season! The other part of the concert will be the one-act opera, Cavalleria Rusticana (Rustic Chivalry), which is based on a short story and play that won 40 curtain calls on its opening night. Sat., Nov. 20, 7:30pm, North Decatur Presbyterian Church, atlantaphilharmonic.org.

-Kathryn Romeyn

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