Georgia Symphony Orchestra Opens 65th Season With Master Works Series to Discover Symphony’s Next Musical Director

Atlanta, GA (September 1, 2015) – Celebrating its 65th season, the Georgia Symphony Orchestra’s (GSO) upcoming season will feature three Master Works concerts led by renowned conductors, each looking to become GSO’s next musical director.

Additionally, the season includes two GSO Jazz! performances, three Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra (GYSO) concert series, a dedicated chorale performance by GSO Chorus, two Holiday Pops performances, an educational concert series, and an inaugural sensory friendly concert in partnership with Autism Speaks.

The three Master Works Concerts are:

  • Sounds of Destiny on October 17, 2015 – Conductor Brian Dollinger opens the season featuring compositions by Verdi, Brahms and Beethoven.
  • Deuces Wild on February 20, 2016 – Conductor Timothy Verville conducts the second pieces of master composers Márquez, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.
  • Beethoven’s Ninth on April 30, 2016 – Conductor Duilio Dobrin’s concert will feature four accomplished soloists and GSO’s Chorus accompanying the orchestra.

GYSO kicks off its season on November 1 at the Bailey Performance Center with the first of three concert series performed by elementary to high school-aged students who make up the ensembles. GYSO is made up of three full orchestras, a string orchestra, a jazz ensemble and a percussion ensemble. It is also the largest youth orchestra program in the Southeast.

GSO Jazz!, the orchestra’s jazz program, will hold its first concert on November 7 at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre. The opening night will feature SteamPunk Jazz with music of Darcy James Argue, a Grammy Award-winning bandleader of an 18-piece ensemble, Secret Society.

The Holiday Pops Concert “Stars Shine Bright” will ring in the holidays on December 5 at the Marietta Performing Arts Center. The concert will be conducted by Christopher Thibdeau and will feature the Irrera Brothers, a highly acclaimed piano-and-violin duo who have headlined the famed Carnegie Hall in New York City. The event will also feature a sing-along for the whole family featuring GSO and the GSO Chorus.

GSO will continue its educational and outreach efforts with Pictures at the Symphony!, a concert series introducing young listeners (grades 3 – 5) to the symphony through music, artwork and photography provided by the GSO community.

In collaboration with Autism Speaks, the season includes a Sensory Friendly Concert arranged for people on the autism spectrum, their families and friends. The concert will be under the direction of Christopher Thibdeau, GSO’s interim music director.

“Our 65th season is off to an exciting start! The Master Works Concerts will display talents from three conductors, one of whom will lead the GSO for seasons to come,” said Thibdeau. “The talent of our youth, chorus and jazz ensemble is inspiring and will be on display all year-round in their concerts. We look forward to everyone joining us and appreciating the gifts of these talented musicians right here in our community.”

For tickets and more information on the 65th season of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, visit www.georgiasymphony.org or call 770-429-2390.

About the Georgia Symphony Orchestra:

Founded in 1951, the Georgia Symphony Orchestra has engaged audiences through imaginative programming, visionary leadership and critically acclaimed performances. The organization also includes the GSO Chorus, GSO Jazz! Ensemble and the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra.

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