Deuces Wild or Beethoven’s Ninth at Marietta Performing Arts Center
- $15 for one ticket for front right or left seating (up to $27.50 value)
Sounds of Peace: GSO Chorus at Marietta First United Methodist Church
- $10 for one general-admission ticket (up to $16.90 value)
GSO Jazz!: The Music of Billy Strayhorn at Earl Smith Strand Theatre
- $18 for one general-admission ticket (up to $30.68 value)
- Deuces Wild (Saturday, February 20, at 8 p.m.): This program explores works by three composers who found inspiration far from home. Marquez’s Danzon No. 2 sprouted from a night in a Veracruz ballroom, Beethoven’s second piano concerto was written to impress new audiences when he moved to Vienna, and Tchaikovsky’s second symphony grew from the folk music he encountered on a road trip through Ukraine.
- GSO Chorus: Sounds of Peace (Saturday, February 27, at 7:30 p.m.): This evening opens with Karl Jenkins’s The Armed Man—A Mass for Peace, which was dedicated to those killed or injured in the Kosovo conflict. It ends with Holland’s gospel-infused mass setting, The Sounds Of My People.
- GSO Jazz! The Music of Billy Strayhorn (Saturday, March 12, at 8 p.m.): Best known for his collaborations with Duke Ellington, Strayhorn helped bring the world such raucous pieces as “Take the ‘A’ Train” and “Lush Life.”
- Beethoven’s Ninth (Saturday, April 30, at 8 p.m.): Nearly deaf when he composed his last symphony, Beethoven was the only person in the auditorium not to realize how well his thrilling “Ode to Joy” was received—legend says a soloist had to turn him around so that he could see the standing ovation.
Georgia Symphony Orchestra
When the Marietta Concert Orchestra began in 1951, the acoustics of its performance space weren't as impressive as they are today. Founded in the music room of the Moor family's home, the orchestra's skill and reputation increased until it had outgrown both its location and its name. Now performing most regularly at the Marietta Performing Arts Center, the Georgia Symphony Orchestra is often joined by the GSO Chorus, which sings pieces such as Carmina Burana so the violinists don't have to use Frampton-style effects pedals.