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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to play Gainesville
Concert part of Arts Council Summerfest series

Don’t forget to check out the Arts Council’s other summer concerts, including the Northwinds Symphonic Band in a Patriotic Pops Concert on July 3, Back in Time Band on August 8 and Grammy Award winning Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue on August 28.

If you appreciate the sound of good tunes and crickets chirping in the summer evening, this will be music to your ears.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is coming to Gainesville at 8 p.m. Friday, June 19, for its annual concert at the Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center lawn.

Gates open at 6 p.m. at 331 Spring St. Guests are invited to bring a picnic or buy food from downtown restaurants to enjoy during the concert.

Though last year’s concert in Gainesville marked the last performance for 35-year assistant symphony conductor Jere Flint, the concert looks to maintain its popularity, performing for the 40th time in Gainesville.

This year, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s new assistant and youth conductor, Andrew Young, will take over the baton. He has been professionally conducting since 2007.

The Arts Council’s marketing coordinator Nairika Cornett recently answered a few questions about the event and what it means to host the big name orchestra.

Question: How does this concert differ from other concerts you’ve held this year?

Answer: The Arts Council’s presentation of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra brings one of the largest roster of performers, each year, of any other performance presented by The Arts Council. This outdoor live concert will offer the best in several genres of music — from classical to films, from marches to rock ... and everything in between.

This is the first of four outdoor concerts that comprise our annual Summer MusicFest. The audiences at these outdoor concerts are larger than those for other concerts presented by us.

Thankfully, our lawn can accommodate at least 2,000 patrons for such performances. While this performance is a ‘listening’ concert, the ambience is casual, calling for an outdoor party atmosphere, heeding to pure talent to create magic under the stars.

Q: What advantage does the outdoor venue have?

A: Our outdoor venues allow music lovers to listen in a more casual setting, seated on lawn chairs, blankets or at reserved tables, while enjoying food, beverages and camaraderie.

Such venues are great for veterans of music, but also for families where taking children and teens into a theater for the full duration of a concert performed by a symphony may seem daunting and less appealing. Here, there is a carefree vibe where all feel included and welcome.

Q: What kind of music will the Atlanta Symphony be playing?

A: The program will include classical and more contemporary pieces ... everything from Liszt to Mancini and possibly some early rock. The ASO is remarkable in bringing innovative programming in its performances, and the surprising musical resonances among these diverse scores always comes through vibrantly. This is something our audiences truly cherish, evident in the many standing ovations this symphony has received in Gainesville.

Q: What age group is this event geared toward?

A: To all who love wonderful music performed by a world-renowned orchestra.

Q: What does it mean to you and the Arts Council to be able to host the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra?

A: To be on the annual calendar of such an esteemed symphony is proof our area deserves the very best the arts have to offer. This is further reiterated by our audiences greeting the symphony with thunderous applause, a kind of hero’s welcome, year after year.

Our audiences are treated with respect and admiration by this symphony.

It is an absolute honor to bring this internationally famous and multiple Grammy Award-winning symphony to Gainesville each year.

The performance on June 19 will mark the 40th anniversary of the ASO in Gainesville. This annual event embraces The Arts Council’s responsibility to be a vigorous part of the cultural fabric of our many served communities of Northeast Georgia.

Tickets are $35 for adults, $32 for seniors and $28 for students.

For more information, contact the Arts Council at 770-535-2787.


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