Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia
Cannon Classical Music Series

Cannon Classical Music Series


Concerts 2021

All performances are followed by an artist meet and greet reception. Tickets are $25 Member, $28 Non Member, $8 Student.

Orchestra Noir Quintet
Sunday, June 20 • 4:00pm
in the Center Theater restricted seating (25 max)
Orchestra Noir

Orchestra Noir was founded in 2016 by Maestro Jason Ikeem Rodgers. Through orchestral performance, Orchestra Noir aims to celebrate the cultural achievements of African-American music pioneers across all genres of music.. Orchestra Noir has witnessed a meteoric rise to be one of the most talked about orchestras in the nation, as it continues to successfully bring orchestral music to diverse, younger audiences in grand and spectacular fashion.

Awarded 'Best of Atlanta: Classical Meets Contemporary' by Atlanta Magazine in 2018, Orchestra Noir has already worked with global brands such as Time Warner, NBC Universal, Atlantic Records, Lionsgate, YouTube Music, BET, OWN Network, the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and countless more.

​Since its inception, Orchestra Noir continues to be a meaningful and longstanding advocate for music education. Orchestra Noir aims to inspire the next generation of young, minority musicians through various educational centered concerts including its annual side-by-side concert with the music students of the Clayton County School District in metro Atlanta, "Clayton Nights" which helps to fund scholarships for its college bound students.


Barbara Luhn, Piano
Sunday, July 11 • 4:00pm
in the Center Theater
Barbara Luhn, Piano
Barbara Luhn

A pianist and choral conductor, Barbara Luhn is Director of Music/Pianist at Nacoochee Presbyterian in Sautee. She obtained her Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and later earned the Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College.

She resides in Clarkesville, GA, with her husband Dudley and king-of-cats, Winston Whiskers.


Franklin Pond Chamber Music
Sunday, September 5 • 4:00pm
in the Center Theater
Franklin Pond Chamber Music

Franklin Pond Chamber Music is a year-round chamber music program for young string students in grades 6 through 12. Through the study of chamber music, students develop their artistic and interpretive talents as well as strengthen their leadership, expression, and communication skills. Students have regular coachings with faculty members from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, masterclasses with guest artists from all over the nation, special classes such as career development, eurhythmics, Alexander Technique, and multiple opportunities to perform in public.

Franklin Pond Chamber Music was founded in 2001 by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra violinist Ronda Respess, who started the Summer Intensive Program after realizing Atlanta's need for a high quality summer program for serious string students. The following summer Franklin Pond received its 501(c)3 status and has been steadily growing since then.


BellaNota Strings
Sunday, October 10 • 4:00pm
in the Center Theater

BellaNota Strings

BellaNota Strings is a professional ensemble based in Atlanta since 2017. They have been building a diverse repertoire of songs to perform, developing their own unique and beautiful sound and have mastered an array of material in a spectrum of musical styles, with different combinations of musicians.


Revien, Guitar, Cello
Sunday, November 7 • 4:00pm
in Center Theater
Revien

Revien is a contemporary chamber ensemble consisting of three members of the Georgia Guitar Quartet, with Phil Snyder on cello, Kyle Dawkins on guitars and electronics, and Brian Smith on guitars and electronics. All graduates of the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music, the trio embraces the classical repertoire and draws from the energy of rock and pop music as well incorporated into their programs.

Playing in a collection of Athens bands throughout their seventeen years together, the trio is equally at home in rock and chamber music lineups, and creates a compelling program for audiences, incorporating modern tech and prepared enhancements on their instruments - you might hear guitars and cello used as percussion, or guitar strings fitted with found objects to sound more like a sitar or an Indonesian gamelan, for instance.

The trio is regularly featured on NPR's Performance Today. Their most recent album, Dama, consists of all original compositions by the members.


Bent Frequency Duo Project, Saxophone, Percussion
Sunday, December 12 • 4:00pm
in the Center Theater
Bent Frequency Duo Project
Bent Frequency Duo Project

Percussionist Stuart Gerber and saxophonist Jan Berry Baker are The Bent Frequency Duo Project. Stuart and Jan have commissioned over 20 new works for their duo and have given countless performances of this new repertoire across the US, Mexico, and Europe since 2014.

Atlanta-based Bent Frequency is the Southeast's premiere contemporary music ensemble. Founded in 2003, the group brings the avant-garde to life through adventurous and socially conscious programming, cross-disciplinary collaborations and community engagement. Committed to exploding marginalized programming in classical music, one of BF's primary goals is championing the work of historically underrepresented composers. Hailed as "one of the brightest new music ensembles on the scene today" by Gramophone magazine, BF engages an eclectic mix of the most adventurous and impassioned players in Atlanta.

Bent Frequency is an ensemble in residence at Georgia State University. As the BF Duo Project, Jan and Stuart have commissioned over 25 new pieces for saxophone and percussion and have toured extensively across the US and Europe. Their first CD, Diamorpha, was released on Centaur Records in May 2017.


Vega Quartet Student Showcase
Sunday, January 30, 2022 • 4:00pm
in Center Theater
Vega Quartet Student Showcase

The Emory Youth Chamber Program (EYCP) provides intensive small ensemble training to young Atlanta-area pianists and string players. Students are generally 10-18 years old and are placed in groups of two to five musicians. Over the course of the semester groups receive eight coaching sessions from members of the Vega Quartet and participate in masterclasses with the Quartet as well as with guest artists.

Vega Quartet
The Vega String Quartet, Quartet-in-Residence at Emory University, is cultivating a new generation of chamber music lovers through dynamic performances and innovative community engagement. The New York Times raved that "[the Quartet's] playing had a kind of clean intoxication to it, pulling the listener along… the musicians took real risks in their music making" and the L.A. Times praised their "triumphant L.A. debut." They concertize both nationally and internationally, most recently in Baltimore, Chicago, Nashville, Sacramento, Berlin, San Miguel, and the Brahmssaal in Vienna's Musikverein.