Atlanta Pops Orchestra
When: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7
Where: Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255 N., Sautee
How much: $30 adults, $20 ages 12 and younger
More info: 706-878-3300, www.snca.org
The Atlanta Pops Orchestra will bring its fusion of symphonic versions of popular tunes to the Sautee Nacoochee Center this weekend.
The concert is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at the Sautee Nacoochee Community Association gym.
Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for ages 12 and younger. They can be purchased by calling the Sautee Nacoochee Center box office at 706-878-3300 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, or by visiting www.snca.org
The orchestra’s roots go back to 1944 when French immigrant Albert Coleman became musical director for WSB radio in Atlanta. He set about forming an orchestra that would include Atlanta’s best musicians for radio dates, public concerts and free performances.
Coleman established his first Atlanta Pops in 1945 and led that ensemble for 55 years, the group’s events drawing thousands of music lovers. He also served as music director for Chet Atkins and Boots Randolf and performed with many of the major symphony orchestras throughout the United States and Europe. He was responsible for discovering and contributing to the careers of many young artists, earning him membership in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
Since November 2010, Dr. Jason D. Altieri has served as director and conductor of the Atlanta Pops, its third conductor in 65 years. Altieri is the director of orchestras at the University of Nevada and associate conductor for the Reno Philharmonic. Since 2003,. he has had regular touring engagements with the New Sigmund Romberg Orchestra and the Hollywood Film Orchestra.
His career has seen him conduct in most of the major performance venues in the United States and Asia, including The People’s Hall in Beijing, China, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Japan and The National Theatre in Taipei, Taiwan.
In January 2010, he conducted the Hollywood Film Orchestra on a monthlong tour of mainland China. Last year, Altieri was invited as a guest conductor for the Los Angeles Orchestra Festival held in Walt Disney Hall.