Sunday, March 28, 2010

Guest Conductor Vasily Petrenko to Lead the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in All Tchaikovsky Program

APRIL 8 - 10, 2010

Concert To Feature Pianist Barry Douglas
Performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1
Guest Conductor Vasily Petrenko will lead the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony and Piano Concerto No. 1, with guest pianist Barry Douglas. The concerts will be April 8 - 10, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. at Atlanta Symphony Hall at the Woodruff Arts Center.

Fanfare Pre-Concert Dinner Buffet

A great ASO tradition returns in the 2009-2010 season — Fanfare, the pre-concert buffet-style dining by Restaurant Associates, will be available to all concertgoers at all Delta Classical, SuperPops, and Coca-Cola Holiday concert-evening performances from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m…

Concert Preview Talks

Audiences have the opportunity to learn more about the music they’ll be hearing at concerts with free Concert Previews, hosted by ASO Insider and Program Annotator Ken Meltzer. Join Mr. Meltzer and his special guests, —composers, conductors, and musicians—for lively and informative discussions. All concert previews are located in Atlanta Symphony Hall and are free and open to all concert ticket-holders. (Speakers and locations are subject to change.)

About the Repertoire

TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Manfred Symphony

In the fall of 1868, the Russian critic Vladimir Stasov wrote to Berlioz. In his letter, Stasov included a scenario for a symphony based upon Lord Byron’s 1817 dramatic poem, Manfred (Byron’s Childe Harold had provided the inspiration for Berlioz’s Harold in Italy). But Berlioz, now in the final months of his life, declined the offer. Hector Berlioz died on March 8, 1869, at the age of 65. . .

TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Piano Concerto No. 1

Tchaikovsky composed his First Piano Concerto in the span of approximately seven weeks, completing it on January 2, 1875. Three days after putting the finishing touches on the work, Tchaikovsky played his new Concerto for Nikolai Rubinstein—head of the Moscow Conservatory, and a superb concert pianist Tchaikovsky, then a professor at the Conservatory, hoped that Rubinstein would agree to be the soloist in the Concerto’s premiere…

About the Artists

Vasily Petrenko was born in 1976 and started his music education at the St Petersburg Capella Boys Music School – the oldest music school in Russia. He then studied at the St Petersburg Conservatoire and has also participated in masterclasses with such major figures as Ilya Musin, Mariss Jansons, Yuri Temirkanov and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Between 1994 and 1997, Petrenko was Resident Conductor at the St Petersburg State Opera and Ballet Theatre in the Mussorgsky Memorial Theatre

Hailed as “a supremely talented and genuine artist,” Barry Douglas is one of the most versatile and brilliant pianists of today. Active as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, conductor and festival director, his artistry has been acclaimed by critics and audiences worldwide …

About the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, now in its 65th season, is considered 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 …

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 for the 2009-2010 are now available online at 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 10am-8pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 12pm-8pm.


Delta Classical Series
Atlanta Symphony Hall, Memorial Arts Building, Woodruff Arts Center
Thursday, April 8, 2010, 8:00 p.m.
Friday, April 9, 2010, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 10, 2010, 8:00 p.m.
Vasily Petrenko, conductor*
Barry Douglas, piano
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
TCHAIKOVSKY Manfred Symphony
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

BarlowGirl in Peachtree City for One Night Only

On the heels of their long anticipated tour, BarlowGirl is back in Peachtree City for one night only!

104.7 The Fish presents “The Love and War Tour starring BarlowGirl with special Guest Stellar Kart and Vota.” Monday March 22nd, at the Frederick Brown Jr., Amphitheater at 201 McIntosh Trail in Peachtree City. Doors open at 6pm, concert starts at 6:30pm. This will be their only Tour Date in the Atlanta area.

On their newest album titled “Love & War”, the sisters have crafted their most lyrically bold and musically adventurous album to date. From the effervescent pop of “Come Alive” to the achingly beautiful “Tears Fall,” the collection covers a diverse landscape sonically and emotionally. Six years into their musical ministry, the members of BarlowGirl remain as passionate as ever about serving God and sharing the love they feel for Him and for each other.

Tickets are on sale beginning March 1st! All seats are General Admission for $15 in Advance, and Door Prices have been reduced to $15. Tickets can be purchased at or by visiting The Fred Box Office between 9am-5pm Monday through Friday. There are also a number of limited VIP Tickets that include a Meet and Greet, and Pictures with BarlowGirl for $30 each. VIP’s will get to enter the gates 1 hour before general admission at 5:15pm. These special VIP tickets will sell out fast.

For more information on this concert visit or call 770 629-4342.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

An Evening of Jazz at The Rock Ranch Friday, April 2

Line up a babysitter, purchase your tickets, and join us for the inaugural "First Friday Date Night" at The Rock Ranch. Jazz vocalist Audrey Shakir has been mesmerizing audiences across the globe for more than 30 years and she'll bring her talents to The Rock Ranch in just a few weeks. Come and enjoy an evening of world class jazz music.

Shakir, who's singing is reminiscent of the great Ella Fitzgerald, will perform in concert with her impressive quartet. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. on April 2 and doors will open at 7 p.m.

During her illustrious career, Shakir has performed with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Lionel Hampton, Pharoah Sanders and many more. Her performance venues are just as noteworthy as the artists the songbird has performed with. They include The Apollo Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Tavern on the Green, the Jazz and Blues Festival in Tel-Aviv, Israel, Festival de Fort-de-France in Martinique as well as the Atlanta Jazz Festival.

This date night experience will be held in "The Barn". "The Barn" is a brand new, climate-controlled facility at The Rock Ranch.

Reserved seating is available for only $16 per ticket or a table for 10 may be reserved for $150. A limited number of tables for two will also be available for $40 per table.

All seating will include a complimentary hors d'oeuvres buffet.

Another first for The Rock Ranch is your ability to purchase tickets and choose your seating online at

This event will likely sell out. So click here to buy your tickets now. For more information, call The Rock Ranch at 706-647-6374.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Clayton State Alumna Tami Petty to Debut at Lincoln Center

Soprano Tami Petty, a 1994 graduate of Clayton State University, will be making her solo debut at New York City’s Lincoln Center on Monday, Mar. 22.

Petty, who graduated from the then-Clayton State College with a B.M. in Music Performance, will be performing with Voices of Ascension in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennell at 8 p.m. at Alice Tully Hall’s Starr Theatre, 65th Street and Broadway in New York.

Petty is the recipient of The Elizabeth & Michel Sorel Charitable Organization’s inaugural Emerging Artist Award. The Sorel Charitable Organization, a non-profit foundation whose mission is to create opportunities for women in music, is sponsoring Petty’s performance at Lincoln Center.

Sorel’s Emerging Artist Award is designed to give gifted women professional exposure in the world’s major concert halls. The Organization will arrange annual appearances of the Emerging Artist with varying ensembles and artists, as well as cover the artist’s fee for each performance. The Sorel Organization’s Executive Director Judy Cope is overjoyed to launch this new program, and to honor Tami Petty as its first beneficiary.

“I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award,” says Cope. “Many young singers feel pressured to perform strenuous repertoire before their voices are ready. Ms. Petty has taken a difficult road by allowing her voice the necessary time to develop, and we are honored to be in a position to reward her sustained patience and dedication with performance opportunities that finally let her shine.”

For more information on Petty, go to her website;

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Atlanta Opera Closes its 30th Anniversary Season with a New Production of The Magic Flute

Star-Studded Cast Includes Metropolitan Opera Stars Nicole Cabell, Sean Panikkar and Kathleen Kim

The Atlanta Opera closes its 30th anniversary season with a new production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s last opera, The Magic Flute, which opens on Saturday, April 24, at 8 p.m. Other performances will be on Tuesday, April 27; Friday, April 30; and Sunday, May 2. The Magic Flute follows the story of Tamino, an Egyptian prince, in his journey to find Pamina, the Queen’s daughter, and rescue her from the sorcerer Sarastro. Armed with only a golden flute for protection, he must face trials of fire and water to prove his worth and win her heart in the end. Soprano Nicole Cabell, winner of the 2005 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, will sing the role of Pamina, and bel canto tenor Sean Panikkar will perform as the prince Tamino. Audience favorite Hugh Russell will return as Papageno after his success as Dandini in the Atlanta Opera’s production of Cinderella in 2008. Israeli bass Denis Sedov sings Sarastro, and Korean-American coloratura soprano Kathleen Kim will sing the notoriously difficult role of the Queen of the Night. Returning as conductor will be Arthur Fagen, who conducted Akhnaten and The Flying Dutchman during the 2008-2009 season. A new coproduction with Indiana University’s Jacob School of Music, the specially designed set by C. David Higgins utilizes light-up symbols on children’s toy blocks, puppets and imaginary animals to convey a world of fantasy appealing to adults and children. The set plays a major role in conveying the story to the audience with its raised curtain, allowing the audience to see every set change and experience the magic of each transformation. The opera will be sung in German with English supertitles. Spoken dialogue will be in English.


Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder

Sung in German with English Supertitles. Spoken dialogue in English.

New Production

Previous Atlanta Opera Performance: 2003

Approximate Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes with 1 intermission
Four Performances at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 8 pm

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Friday, April 30, 2010 at 8 pm

Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 3 pm

Creative Team

Conductor Arthur Fagen

Stage Director Tomer Zvulun

Set Designer C. David Higgins*

Costume Designer C. David Higgins*

Lighting Designer Marie Barrett*


Tamino Sean Panikkar*

Pamina Nicole Cabell*

Papageno Hugh Russell

Sarastro Denis Sedov*

Queen of the Night Kathleen Kim*

Speaker Jason Hardy

Papagena Rebecca Kier

Monostatos Adam Kirkpatrick

1st Lady Amy Little

2nd Lady Maria McDaniel

3rd Lady Pamela Dillard


An enchanting journey of love and self-discovery, the prince Tamino and princess Pamina pass through several trials to find each other. Fantastic characters, an evil Queen (with some very high notes) and incredible music make The Magic Flute a family favorite.

New Production Concept

David Higgins’ design is a set, made of children’s toy blocks with fantastical light-up symbols on each piece. Additional elements seamlessly present the various locations of the opera: a colorful, enchanted garden suddenly appears; a huge snake chases the hero outside the ruins of a castle; three boys suspended by balloons appear from an opening in the wall; lightning bolts shatter the back wall and allow the Queen of the Night to magically appear. The set plays a key role in the story-telling of the opera: all scene changes take place with a raised curtain, allowing the audience to watch as the scenery magically transforms.

Inspired by the paintings of Maxfield Parrish, the world of The Magic Flute is one of innocent fairy tales and colorful children’s books. The production also includes extensive use of different puppets and imaginary animals: a giraffe and an oryx suddenly appear over the hedge; a cheetah, a porcupine and a bear dance to the tunes of the enchanted flute; flamingos and parrots are chased by Papageno (the bird catcher) and a huge red snake with fiery eyes envelops the set. The entire production is designed to create a vibrant world of surprise and fantasy that will instantly appeal to children and adults alike.


Single Tickets

$25 -$125 plus tax, convenience and venue fees

Online -- Visit

By Phone -- Call 404-881-8885 or 1-800-35-OPERA

In-person – Visit the Bank of North Georgia Box Office at the Cobb Energy Centre (Mon-Fri, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; and one hour prior to a performance on day of show).

Season Tickets

Season tickets to The Atlanta Opera’s 2010-2011 season at the Cobb Energy Centre are now available. Ticket prices for a three-opera package including La bohème, Porgy and Bess, and Così fan tutte range from $75 to $459 plus handling.

Online -- Visit

By Phone -- Call 404-881-8885 or 1-800-35-OPERA

In-person – Visit The Atlanta Opera Center at 1575 Northside Drive NW, Building 300, Suite 350 (Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.).


Opera 101

A class devoted to The Magic Flute will be held on Monday, April 19, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at The Atlanta Opera Center, 1575 Northside Drive. Led by long-time opera connoisseur and Honorary Board Member Carter Joseph, Opera 101 is a prep course for the upcoming production. Patrons are introduced to a history, background and story line of the opera. The composer, librettist, key characters, musical theme and selected arias are featured in an entertaining and interesting multi-media presentation. Opera 101 is educational and fun! Free but reservations are required – 404-881-8801.

Pre-Opera Talks

Free, fun and informative, Pre-Opera Talks occur one hour prior to each performance in the John A. Williams Theatre at the Cobb Energy Centre. Pre-Opera Talks help patrons gain better understanding of the upcoming production through a brief presentation about the setting, plot, characters, composer and music. Reservations are not required and seating is unreserved. Patrons must have a ticket for the specific performance that follows.

Opera Guide

Download a complete study guide for The Magic Flute at


For a synopsis of The Magic Flute, please visit

Evening at Emory -- Mozart’s Final Year and The Magic Flute

At the start of 1791 Mozart was out of favor and neglected, but by the end of the year he was back in a big way with more work than even he could handle. During this course, veteran opera instructor Carter Joseph will lead participants through the last year of the famous composer’s life. Mozart was astonishingly productive during this time, completing two operas, his final piano concerto, and famous Requiem Mass among other works. Tuition includes performance ticket to The Atlanta Opera’s new production of The Magic Flute.

Instructor: Carter Joseph, founder of “Opera 101”

Class Dates: Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 7-9 p.m.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 7-9 p.m.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 7-9 p.m.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Performance)

Fee: $160

For more information or to register, email or call 404-727-6000.

Master Class with Conductor Arthur Fagen

Conductor Arthur Fagen leads a master class on Monday, April 26 at 3:00 p.m. in the Florence Kopleff Recital Hall at Georgia State University, 10 Peachtree Center Avenue. Free. For more information, call 404-413-5901 or visit

Atlanta Opera Sponsors

AT&T is the Atlanta Opera’s Season Sponsor. The Atlanta Opera is proud to recognize its other corporate partners: The Coca-Cola Company, the Official Beverage Sponsor of The Atlanta Opera and Opening Night Performance Sponsor and Zurich, the Official Insurance Sponsor of The Atlanta Opera. Generous production support also has been provided by Dr. and Mrs. James W. Bland, Bob and Cappa Woodward, the Sara Giles Moore Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Knobloch, Jr., Martha Thompson, the Atlanta Music Festival Association, Mrs. Harry Willson and Ms. Barbara D. Stewart.

About The Atlanta Opera

Founded in 1979, The Atlanta Opera is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary season. Led by Zurich General Director Dennis Hanthorn, The Atlanta Opera strives to expand the experience of its patrons with memorable and exciting opera performances reflecting the highest musical and theatrical standards, while supporting community and educational programs. The company also works to attract the finest international, national, and regional singers, conductors, stage directors and designers. Each season The Atlanta Opera presents four productions with four performances each at the Cobb Energy Centre.

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Spivey Hall Features Southern Crescent Symphony and Two Debuts this Weekend

Clayton State University’s world-famous Spivey Hall will welcome the Southern Crescent Symphony on Friday, Mar. 12 to start off a weekend of music on the Clayton State campus. Following the local performers on Saturday and Sunday will be Spivey Hall debuts by an Irish musical aggregation and Canadian bass-baritone Gerald Finley.

The Southern Crescent Symphony, Richard Bell and Carl Rieke conductors, will present a 7:30 p.m. program entitled, “The Symphony Orchestra - Some Assembly Required.” It’s a program for music lovers of all ages, demonstrating how the various musical families work together to create the sound of a symphony orchestra. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children.

On Saturday, Mar. 13, the Irish music quartet Patrick Street will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a little early by making their Spivey Hall debut at 8:15 p.m. Kevin Burke, Andy Irvine, Ged Foley and John Carty are four brilliant players collectively known as Patrick Street, renowned for playing Irish traditional music. Admission is $35.

Then, on Sunday, Mar. 14, at 3 p.m., bass-baritone Finley, accompanied by pianist Julius Drake, will make his Spivey Hall debut. Finley will also be giving a pre-concert talk at 2 p.m. Admission is $40.

For additional information and tickets, go to the Spivey Hall website; A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

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