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FAN MAIL: Remember When #RHOA Kandi Burruss Performed Christmas Songs With The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra? (VIDEO)

Despite what some of you may think, Kandi Burruss of the Real Housewives of Atlanta is still a talented songstress! A fan of the popular ‘housewife’/Xscape member offers a reminder of Kandi’s solo talents with a 5+ minute video sent over this morning. Show More Summary

Review: Atlanta’s winter wonderland perfect backdrop for ASO’s Christmas concert

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, along with their guest ensembles, the Morehouse College Glee Club and the Gwinnett Young Singers, performed three “Christmas with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra” concerts this past weekend in Symphony Hall. The majority of the iconic holiday program was led by the ASO’s director of choruses Norman Mackenzie, while the...

Review: Under Donald Runnicles, the ASO reaches magnificence in Verdi’s “Requiem”

On Thursday evening at Symphony Hall the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performed Giuseppe Verdi’s monumental “Messa da Requiem,” led by ASO principal guest conductor Donald Runnicles and featuring four guest vocal soloists: soprano Erin Wall, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, tenor Dimitri Pittas and bass Peter Rose. The program will be repeated Saturday at Symphony Hall....

New composer: Michael Kurth

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has a long history of investing in new works by contemporary composers, but few are as breathtaking as the spectacles by the ASO’s own Michael Kurth.

Review: Guest cellist Steven Isserlis excels with Atlanta Symphony playing Schumann

On Thursday evening at Symphony Hall, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performed a concert of music by Schumann and Mahler, led by music director Robert Spano and featuring British cellist Steven Isserlis as guest soloist. The program will be repeated Saturday at Symphony Hall. Isserlis has enjoyed a distinguished career not only as a cellist, but...

Twelve Eighty Dining Plays Pitch-Perfect Prelude to Woodruff Arts Center Visit

Enhance an afternoon exploring High Museum of Art exhibits or a stunning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concert with another kind of art appreciation -- savoring the fine culinary arts of Twelve Eighty in the heart of Midtown’s Woodruff Arts Center. Show More Summary

Review: ASO gives an energized Spanish-themed program under Jun Märkl’s baton

On Thursday evening at Symphony Hall the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performed a concert of music by de Fall, Richard Strauss and Beethoven, led by guest conductor Jun Märkl and featuring soprano Catalina Cuervo and pianist Bertrand Chamayou as guest soloists. The program will be repeated on Saturday at Symphony Hall. Märkl and the ASO opened...

Meet Stephen Mulligan, the ASO’s new youth conductor and Robert Spano’s understudy

Twenty-nine-year-old conductor Stephen Mulligan is the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s new assistant conductor and music director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, posts he assumed in August. His debut with the youth orchestra comes Sunday afternoon at Symphony Hall. Growing up in Baltimore, Mulligan began study of violin with his father Gregory, a former concertmaster of...

Get cultured at the Woodruff Arts Center

Visitors can take in a performance by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall, or ponder works by a diverse cadre of artists like Alex Katz, Walker Evans, and Thornton Dial at the High Museum of Art.

Review: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra infuses ‘La La Land’ In Concert with vitality

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene “La La Land”-mania might have cooled since the musical momentarily won a Best Picture Oscar in February, but its music did nab a couple of nods for Best...

Review: The ASO deftly stretches its musical palette under conductor Ludovic Morlot

2 months agoUnited States / Atlanta : ArtsATL

On Thursday evening at Symphony Hall, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performed music by Bernstein, Prokofiev, Dutilleux and Ravel, led by guest conductor Ludovic Morlot and with violinist Ray Chen as guest soloist. The concert will be repeated Saturday evening at Symphony Hall. It was a refreshingly interesting program centered around early- and mid-20th century American,...

Preview: Robert Shaw film vividly captures the legend and the man behind it

2 months agoUnited States / Atlanta : ArtsATL

A racial progressive in the Jim Crow era. A cultural savior for the city of Atlanta who was nevertheless dismissed twice by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. A consummate musician praised by maestro Arturo Toscanini, though he himself had no formal musical training. The conduit for some of the world’s most heavenly music, but also an...

Review: ASO hits stride with Gandolfi’s “Gardens Feed Also the Soul,” Lazi?’s concerto

2 months agoUnited States / Atlanta : ArtsATL

On Thursday evening at Symphony Hall, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performed a concert of music that included a world premiere by Gandolfi, Lazi? and Rachmaninoff, led by music director Robert Spano, with pianist/composer Dejan Lazi? as guest soloist. The program will be repeated on Saturday evening at Symphony Hall. Boston-based composer Michael Gandolfi has been...

Review: Tenor Russell Thomas teams with Atlanta Symphony for stirring “Otello”

2 months agoUnited States / Atlanta : ArtsATL

On Saturday night at Symphony Hall, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, led by music director Robert Spano, performed a concert version of Giuseppe Verdi’s penultimate opera, Otello, featuring a cast of eight guest soloists that featured tenor and Atlanta resident Russell Thomas in the title role. Although it was an unstaged concert version, the...

Preview: Atlanta tenor Russell Thomas debuts “Otello” with Atlanta Symphony

2 months agoUnited States / Atlanta : ArtsATL

Tenor Russell Thomas, who was the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s first artist-in-residence, during the 2014–15 season, returns to perform with the ASO and Chorus under the baton of music director Robert Spano, in a pair of concert performances of Giuseppe Verdi’s penultimate opera, Otello. In a bit of unusual scheduling for the orchestra, the performances will be...

Review: ASO gets off to a rousing start to new season with thoughtful, robust dive into the American songbook

3 months agoUnited States / Atlanta : ArtsATL

On Thursday evening the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra opened its 2017–18 season with an all-American concert of music by Bernstein, Kurth and Gershwin, led by music director Robert Spano, with guest pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet as featured soloist. The program will be repeated Saturday evening. The concert impressed as a remarkable piece of programming: each piece a...

Preview: Bassist Michael Kurth on the ASO’s 2017–18 season featuring his compositions

3 months agoUnited States / Atlanta : ArtsATL

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 2017–18 season opens tonight, the first of a two-year celebration of the orchestral music of Leonard Bernstein and Ludwig van Beethoven. This season will include all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos performed by pianist Jorge Federico Osorio, nine performances of Bernstein’s opera Candide in coproduction with the Alliance Theatre, and a...

Musical chairs: Atlanta raids the New World Symphony

3 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

from the ASO press release: The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra welcomes seven new musicians for the 2017-18 season: Julianne Lee, Principal Second Violin; Madeline Sharp, viola; Anthony Georgeson, Associate Principal Bassoon; Sissi Yuqing Zhang, violin; Joseph Petrasek, Principal Percussion; Michael Stubbart, percussion; Thomas Carpenter, cello. Show More Summary

Atlanta Concerts this week: UB40, Arcade Fire

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene FRIDAY The B-52s To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the band that will be forever tied to Athens is taking a novel approach and performing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. In...

The B-52s prepare to celebrate 40th anniversary with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Throughout their 40-year career, The B-52s only released seven albums, from their self-titled, “Rock Lobster”-bearing debut in 1979 to 2008’s bouncy “Funplex.” But their reputation is legendary, especially in Georgia, where their...

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