Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Southern Crescent Chorale's Annual Gala A Night in Old Vienna Oct 10

Each Southern Crescent Chorale concert season begins with an exciting Gala and Concert event. This year's Gala, A Night in Old Vienna, will be held on Saturday, October 10, at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center in Peachtree City at 7:00 p.m.

A black-tie optional dinner dance, the Gala is very special every year and is a great opportunity to visit with the Southern Crescent Chorale family and to hear a sampling of highlights from the upcoming concert season. The program begins with a cocktail hour (cash bar), followed by dinner, a brief Chorale concert, and then dancing. Attendees will also enjoy the sounds of the Don McSwain Band throughout the evening and can participate in the annual SCC silent auction. Some of the items up for bid include

· A stay at the Peachtree Wyndham Conference Center
· Dinners at City Cafe, Georgia Shrimp Co. , and others
· A arrangement from Edible Arrangements
· Theater tickets
· Delta flights
· Art Work
· Autographed football
· Tennis lessons

Gala tickets are $100 per person. Reservations may be made on line at www.southerncrescentchorale.org. or by calling 770-716-1231. Certain donors, based on giving levels, attend for free. Deadline for making reservations is Monday, Oct. 5.

Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for dinner, dancing, music, bidding and fun!
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Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Big 'O' Youth Educational Dream Foundation Celebrates the Legacy of the Immortal Otis Redding

/PRNewswire/ -- The Big "O" Youth Educational Dream Foundation and the Woodruff Arts Center of Atlanta will host a star-studded musical tribute to honor the music and legacy of the immortal Otis Redding, it was announced today by Zelma Redding, founder of the Big "O" Youth Educational Dream Foundation, and Joe Bankoff, President and CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center. In addition, The Big "O" Recognition & Awards Banquet will precede the tribute and will honor Kyle and Pattie Petty for their work and humanitarian efforts through the Victory Junction Gang Camp and the Chick-fil-A Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America; Chris "Ludacris" Bridges for his work with the Ludacris Foundation and Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin who will receive the Zelma Redding Horizon Award. Additional honorees will be announced shortly.

Otis Redding was an international star known for hits including "RESPECT," These Arms of Mine" and "Mr. Pitiful." His untimely death at the age of 26 shocked music fans around the world. The musical tribute, "An Evening of RESPECT," will feature performances and appearances from a host of entertainers and celebrity guests including Redding's sons Dexter and Otis Redding III who will be backed up by the Shep Crawford Rhythm Section and The Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra.

"Otis accomplished so many things in his short life," commented Mrs. Redding. "He believed in education and while the world continues to appreciate his music, we are continuing to do our best to enrich the lives of young people by enabling them to continue their education through the many programs that we support."

"The success of the foundation is rooted in the love and support that we have received over the years from the City of Macon, Bibb County and the Macon Convention and Visitors Bureau," continued Mrs. Redding. "We are proud to be honoring them at An Evening of RESPECT and acknowledging their continued support which includes the naming of the Otis Redding Bridge, the erection of the Otis Redding statue in Gateway Park and the critically-acclaimed exhibit, "I've Got Dreams To Remember," in Otis' honor at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame."

"The Woodruff Arts Center is proud to serve as a partner of the Big "O" Youth Educational Dream Foundation," stated Joe Bankoff, President and CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center. "The Big "O" Youth Educational Dream Foundation shares in the Woodruff Arts Center's commitment to education in the arts for all of Georgia's children. The 'Evening of Respect' musical tribute to Mr. Otis Redding comes at a pivotal moment in our time and emphasizes the importance of music in continued education, learning and growth in the lives of our youth."

The event is a fundraiser for The Big "O" Youth Educational Dream Foundation established in 2007. For ticket information: www.otisredding.com or www.woodruffcenter.org or call 404-733-5000.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Music Director Robert Spano and ASO to Perform World Premiere of Dejan Lazic's New Transcription of Brahms's Concerto for Violin

Program To Also Feature Mussorgsky/Ravel’s Pictures At An Exhibition
And Adam Schoenberg’s Finding Rothko
ASO Insider and Program Annotator Ken Meltzer To Host Concert Preview
With Award-Winning Composer Adam Schoenberg

Music Director Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will welcome Croatian pianist Dejan Lazic, who will perform the world premiere of his transcription for solo piano and orchestra of the Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major, October 1-3, 2009 at 8:00 pm in Atlanta Symphony Hall at the Woodruff Arts Center. Also on the program are Maurice Ravel’s orchestration of Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, and Adam Schoenberg’s Finding Rothko.

Mr. Lazic had long felt the beloved D-Major Violin Concerto would work beautifully as a piano concerto. Following his first collaboration with the ASO a little over a year ago, Mr. Spano asked him if there was something out of the ordinary he wanted to do with this Orchestra. Mr. Lazic shared his idea, and the ASO offered to perform the world premiere performances of this great work in a new setting.

Throughout the 2009-10 Season, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will perform four additional world premieres, three of which are ASO commissions: Chinese composer Angel Lam’s Awakening from a Disappearing Garden for Cello and Orchestra will be giving its world premiere in Atlanta October 15–16, 2009, with Yo-Yo Ma as soloist. The Carnegie Hall commission will be reprised for a New York Premiere at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, November 7, 2009; On November 19, 20, and 22, 2009, Mr. Spano and the Orchestra will perform the world premiere of Wynton Marsalis’s American Symphony — his new work written exclusively for symphony orchestra; June 3, 5, and 6, 2010, Mr. Spano and the Orchestra will perform two ASO-commissioned world premieres by Atlanta School of Composers Jennifer Higdon and Michael Gandolfi. Ms. Higdon’s new work is for the Grammy® Award winning new music ensemble eighth blackbird and Orchestra, and Mr. Gandolfi’s new work is for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

About the Repertoire

BRAHMS (arr. Dejan Lazic) Concerto in D Major for Piano (world premiere)
Johannes Brahms composed his only Violin Concerto during the summer of 1878, while vacationing in Pörtschach, a tiny Austrian village on Lake Wörth. Brahms wrote the Concerto for his dear friend.

MUSSORGSKY/RAVEL Pictures at an Exhibition
In 1873, the Russian artist Viktor Hartmann died at the age of 39. After Hartmann’s death, the
St. Petersburg Society of Architects presented an exhibition of Hartmann’s works. One of the people attending the exhibition was Hartmann’s dear friend, the Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky.

American composer Adam Schoenberg is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at The Juilliard School, where he studied with John Corigliano and Robert Beaser. He received his Master of Music degree in 2005 from Juilliard.

About the Artists

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano, now in his eighth season as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, is recognized internationally as one of the most imaginative conductors of his generation. Since 2001 he has invigorated and expanded the Orchestra’s repertoire while elevating the ensemble to new levels of international prominence and acclaim.

Pianist Dejan Lazic is quickly establishing a reputation worldwide as "a brilliant pianist and gifted musician" (Gramophone). The New York Times hailed his performance as "full of poetic, shapely phrasing and vivid dynamic effects that made this music sound fresh, spontaneous and impassioned." In spring 2008 he gave his debut at New York's Lincoln Center with Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer, as well as at London's Royal Festival Hall with London Philharmonic Orchestra and Kirill Petrenko.

About the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, currently in its 65th season, is one of America’s leading orchestras, known for the excellence of its live performances, presentations, renowned choruses, and its impressive list of Grammy® Award-winning recordings. The leading cultural organization in the Southeast, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra serves as the cornerstone for artistic development and music education in the region.

Ancillary Events

Concert Preview Talks
Audiences have the opportunity to learn more about the music they’ll be hearing at concerts with free Concert Previews given by composers, conductors, educators, and musical experts, all hosted by ASO Insider and Program Annotator Ken Meltzer. On Wednesday, October 1, 2009, from 7:00 –7:30 p.m., Ken Meltzer will sit down with the award-winning composer Adam Schoenberg to discuss his piece Finding Rothko in Atlanta Symphony Hall (unless otherwise noted). All concert previews are free and open to all concert tickets holders. Speakers and locations are subject to change.

Fanfare Pre-Concert Dinner Buffet
An Atlanta Symphony tradition returns in the 2009–10 season — Fanfare, the pre-concert buffet-style dining by Restaurant Associates, will be available to all concertgoers at all evening Delta Classical, Superpops!, and Coca-Cola Holiday concert performances from 6:00–8:00 p.m.

This concert is part of the Delta Classical Concert Series. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Single tickets for these performances are $20 to $75. All single tickets for the 2009-10 season will be available online at atlantasymphony.org or by calling (404) 733-5000. Tickets may also be purchased at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office located in the Woodruff Arts Center at 15th and Peachtree Streets. Box office hours are Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
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Thursday, September 17, 2009

ASO SuperPOPS Bravo Broadway Rocks! Oct 9 & 10

On Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10 at 8 p.m., the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra presents SuperPOPS Bravo Broadway Rocks! This lively performance will feature selections from modern favorite Broadway blockbusters including Mamma Mia, Hairspray, Rent, The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, Dreamgirls and more. The multi Grammy Award-winning Orchestra, led by Pops conductor Michael Krajewski, will be joined by a powerful cast of top Broadway performers, Susan Egan, Capathia Jenkins, Rob Evan, Hugh Panaro and the prestigious Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus for an unforgettable experience.

With hundreds of performances with symphonies across the country, and reaching from Hong Kong to Israel, Bravo Broadway has reached standing ovations from audiences and critics alike. Bravo Broadway creates a new and exciting way to experience the symphony, by adding prominent Broadway artists to perform a selection of rock and pop favorites straight from the Broadway stage.

Bravo Broadway Rocks!Dates & show times:Friday, October 9 - 8 p.m.Saturday, October 10 - 8 p.m.Symphony Hall, Memorial Arts Building, Woodruff Arts Center1280 Peachtree St. N.E. Atlanta

Tickets: $18-$48 online at www.atlantasymphony.org or call 404.733.5000 - also available at all Ticketmaster locations including www.TicketMaster.com.

Friday, September 04, 2009

“The Fred” to Host Popular Open Mic Night

Back by popular demand, the second Open Mic Night at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater in Peachtree City is scheduled for Saturday, September 12. The gates will open at 6:30 pm with the program beginning at 7 pm. Purchase a wrist band in advance for this evening of local entertainment for the low price of $5.00. Wrist bands may also be purchased at the door for $10.00.

Groups and solo artists performing on September 12 include the following: Monica Browne, Grafted by Grace, Phil & Lee, Lunatic Fringe, Taylor Connelly, The Wait, Capo, Jimmy Bass, Kirkland Underwater, The Habits, The Buzz Brothers, and Best Brothers Band. For further information about Open Mic at The Fred, visit the web site at www.amphitheater.org or call 770-631-0630.