Click above to buy for Pictures at an Exhibition, October 1, 2, or 3 at 8 p.m. Click below for additional shows.
- Buy here for Broadway Rocks, October 9 or 10 at 8 p.m.
- Buy here for Runnicles leads Also Sprach Zarathustra. Violinist James Ehnes performs Korngold, October 22, 23, or 24 at 8 p.m.
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Today’s Groupon gets you the second-best seats in Symphony Hall: $29 gets you a Dress Circle seat for one of three programs presented by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, in the elegant and acoustically pristine Symphony Hall. Click here to view the secret future-predicting chart that also just happens to be the Symphony Hall floor plan. Dress Circle seats (section 10) are some of the most exclusive and intimate seats in the hall.
Listening to music live is pretty much the only way to experience it. In person, the rich tones of the woodwinds resonate with the brass so beautifully that it’s hard not to flood your shirt with tears. When rhythmic structures ring through the perfect acoustics of Symphony Hall, the emotionally transcendent frequencies will harmonize with your soul—a sublime and ticklish sensation. Choose between the following shows:
- Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition: Dejan Lazić conducts, while Croatian-born pianist Dejan Lazić brings his world premiere of the Brahms Violin Concerto, transcribed for piano soloist. Pictures at an Exhibition is filled with colorful tone paintings from its ambling “Promenade” to its massive finale, “The Great Gate of Kiev.” Buy here for Pictures at an Exhibition, October 1, 2, or 3 at 8 p.m.
- Broadway Rocks: Michael Krajewski conducts while the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus sings hits from from Broadway blockbusters, such as Mamma Mia, Tommy, Rent, The Lion King, Hairspray, and The Phantom of the Opera. Buy here for Broadway Rocks, October 9 or 10 at 8 p.m.
- Also sprach Zarahtustra and James Ehnes performing Korngold: Principal guest conductor Donald Runnicles leads the tone poem Also sprach Zarahtustra by Richard Strauss. Strauss’s allegorical tale of spreading enlightenment begins with an orchestral “Sunrise,” familiar as the iconic fanfare from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Violinist James Ehnes performs his Grammy Award–winning rendition of a lush concerto filled with melodies from composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s 1940s movie scores. Buy here for Also sprach Zarathustra and James Ehnes performing Korngold, October 22, 23, or 24 at 8 p.m.
The 26-time Grammy-winning ASO is praised in Atlanta’s art scene. Pierre Ruhe in AJC calls performances by the ASO “a musical highlight of the summer.” Yelpers give the ASO 4.5 stars: > * I’m so proud of how talented and renowned a symphony we have in Atlanta, as well as of how packed the symphony hall was last night - indicating what a strong appreciation this city has for the arts. – Anna F. > * We are so lucky to have such an excellent orchestra in Atlanta. There hasn’t been a single concert I’ve attended that I haven’t enjoyed, and last week I went to the Prokofiev/Rachmaninov/Galeti concert and was just blown away. I’m really looking forward to going back again in a couple of weeks. – Smitha P. > * The Atlanta Symphony is world class. – Stephanie S.
Monsters of Contemporary Classical
Classical music has exploded in popularity in recent years, with much credit due to contemporary composers blazing new trails through old styles. Here are some performers currently working at the top of their old-school game:
- Bernard "The Crumbler" Aberdeen, 26. Australian-born Aberdeen delivers Renaissance-era heat as The Melbourne Archival Society's premier lutenist or "fingerman," bringing eyeball-melting lute licks at the approximate speed of one million minds blown per second.
- Sandy "Detox" Parsens, 35. This country gal is no rube when it comes to setting fire to her Byzantine lyre, in one incident, literally, destroying an antique instrument from 1100 AD on loan from The Smithsonian Institute of Classical Studies. Now _that's_ punk rock.
- Adam "The Earth Mother" Bond, 41. A former archaeology professor at Storks Online University, Bond takes classical to the prehistoric extreme, recreating ancient, hypothetical instruments, such as the Mammophone and the Sabre-toothed Oboe, from the bones of extinct mammals. Avoid eye contact, though; many conductors refuse to work with Bond on the grounds that he is "unhinged," "feral," and "too real."
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