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A classical summer tradition
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concert moves to Ga. Mountains Center
Residents enjoy the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on one of its recent Gainesville concerts.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

When: 8 p.m. July 20

Where: Georgia Mountains Center, 301 Main St., Gainesville

How much: $35 adults, $32 seniors, $28 children, $320 table for eight

More info: 770-534-2787,


The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will make its annual visit to Gainesville on Friday, July 20, at the Georgia Mountains Center.

The ASO marks its 37th season performing in town at 8 p.m. Gates open at 6.

The site of the concert was changed Thursday due to the threat of thunderstorms.

The symphony is internationally renowned for its live performances, presentations, choruses and an impressive list of Grammy Award-winning recordings.

The ASO performs more than 200 concerts annually for a combined audience of more than a half million. Under the guidance of Music Director Robert Spano, the symphony received the 2007 award for the Strongest Commitment to New American Music from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. In addition, Spano was named Musical America 2008 Conductor of the Year.

The ASO’s performance in Gainesville is open air under the moonlight for added effect.

Garrett Keast will conduct Friday’s performance. A Berlin resident, he began his professional conducting career began at New York City Opera, where he served as associate conductor for several productions over three seasons.

Keast’s 2012 season includes performances with the Opera National de Paris, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal, and Oper Bonn with the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart.

Tickets are $35 for adults, $32 for seniors and $28 for children, plus sales tax. A table for eight is $320. To order tickets for 2012 Summer MusicFest or Movies on the Green, call 770-534-2787 or visit

Picnics are welcome, and adult beverages will be sold.

The final performance in the series features The Swingin’ Medallions on Aug. 3.