Conductors got their name by both guiding orchestras and wielding copper batons that deflect lightning away from the brass section. Behold an electrifying performance with this GrouponLive deal to a holiday concert with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. For $29, you get one ticket to a holiday concert (up to a $46 value). Choose from the following performances:
- Thursday, December 6, at 8 p.m. (up to a $45 value)
- Friday, December 7, at 8 p.m. (up to a $45 value)
- Saturday, December 8, at 2 p.m. (up to a $45 value)
- Saturday, December 8, at 8 p.m. (up to a $45 value)
An Atlanta tradition for more than half a century, Christmas with the ASO was conceived by legendary choral director and former symphony-head Robert Shaw. Some of the area's finest young voices, including those of the Gwinnett Young Singers and the Morehouse College Glee Club, join the orchestra and its chorus for an evening of festive songs. In past years, the globe-spanning program has included songs such as the Nigerian carol “Betelehemu” and the traditional English canticle “Dancing Days.”
Handel: Messiah dress circle seating
- Thursday, December 13, at 8 p.m. (up to a $46 value)
- Saturday, December 15, at 8 p.m. (up to a $46 value)
A choral masterpiece and holiday staple across the English-speaking world, Handel’s Messiah is the fulfillment of the composer’s efforts to transpose the King James Bible into song. Adapted from Old Testament prophesies of the Messiah’s coming, Part One of Handel’s opus headlines the concert with a message of undying hope in times of sorrow and the bittersweet joy of a promised, if far-off, salvation. "Gloria" from Bach’s Mass in B Minor begins the evening with the reverent refrain “Gloria in Excelsis Deo.”
ASO Gospel Christmas loge 8 seating
- Friday, December 14, at 8 p.m. (up to a $43 value)
- Saturday, December 15, at 2 p.m. (up to a $43 value)
Having worked with groups ranging from the St. Petersburg State Symphony to gospel legends The Barrett Sisters, guest conductor Kirk Smith joins the ASO Gospel Chorus for two toe-tapping nights of worship music old and new. Robert Wendel’s snappy, syncopated "Caribbean Sleigh Ride" kicks off the holiday party, which swiftly moves on to funky selections from Dr. Henry Panion III, such as "Nobody Like Jesus" and "You Can’t Hurry God." A gospel rendition of the "Hallelujah!" chorus from Handel’s Messiah ushers out the evening.
A Very Merry Holiday Pops dress circle seating
- Wednesday, December 19th at 8:00 p.m. (up to a $45 value)
Principal Pops conductor Michael Krajewski channels the impish spirit of holiday sprites during this program of lively winter standards. He'll be joined by Disney Legend Jodi Benson, a Tony-award-winning soprano who won over a generation of animation fans as the voice of Ariel in the Little Mermaid and Barbie in a pair of Toy Story flicks. Her vivacious vocals will blend with the youthful calls of the Grady High School chorus, the syncopated beats of a frenetic drum line, and the soft-shoe steps of a lively dancing Santa.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Throughout nearly seven decades, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has bridged musical gaps with an extensive catalog of Grammy-winning recordings that include symphonies, operas, and both gospel and classical choral works. Once helmed by the chorale superstar Robert Shaw, the orchestra has produced six Grammy-winning releases in its 12 years under current director Robert Spano. Its allied institution, the Atlanta School of Composers, provides training, support, and ear massages for hardworking contemporary artists.