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GSO To Hold Concert For Music Lovers With Autism
March 8th, 2016

Georgia Symphony Orchestra Excels in Cobb
March 3rd, 2016

Atlanta Arts Performances Offer Sensory Friendly Experiences
March 4th, 2016

Congratulatory Letter from Gov. Deal
July 27th, 2015

GSO Holiday Pops

Tickets to Veterans
December 6th, 2014

GSO Russian Classics
RJH, Atlanta Cultural Arts Review
October 19th, 2014

Congratulatory Letter From Gov. Deal 
July 1st, 2014
GSO JAZZ at the STRAND, May. 10
RJH, Atlanta Cultural Arts Review
May 10th, 2014
GSO Masterworks Series, March. 8
RJH, Atlanta Cultural Arts Review
March 9th, 2014
GSO JAZZ at the STRAND, Nov. 16
RJH, Atlanta Cultural Arts Review
Nov 16, 2013

GSO at New Arts Center
RJH, Atlanta Cultural Arts Reviews
September 8, 2013

Georgia Symphony’s move hits a high note for Marietta
Dick Yarbrough, Marietta Daily Journal
August 31, 2013

Starlight Concert at KSU, June 29
RJH, Atlanta Cultural Arts Reviews
June 30, 2013

GSO Jazz @ the Strand, Nov. 3
RJH, Atlanta Cultural Arts Reviews
November 4, 2012

GSO Joins ‘Orchestras Feeding America 2012’

Middleboro Composer Developing Score for Georgia Symphony Orchestra
Alice C. Elwell,
August 27, 2012

Spotlight: The Georgia Symphony Orchestra
Gaetana Pipia,
May 13, 2011

Georgia Symphony Orchestra Unveiled
East Cobber
May 11, 2011

Georgia Symphony Orchestra Plays Its Final Note
Marjorie Coley, WABE
May 10, 2011

Symphony Establishing Program at Reinhardt
Laura Braddick, Cherokee Tribune
May 7, 2011

Georgia Symphony Orchestra to Give ‘Farewell’ Performance
Gaetana Pipia,
May 7, 2011

Georgia Symphony Orchestra Changing Name
Laura Braddick, Marietta Daily Journal
May 6, 2011

Georgia Symphony Orchestra Making a Difference
Mike Alexander, Marietta Daily Journal
March 22, 2011

Be our guest: Celebrity luncheon to benefit Georgia Symphony Orchestra
Sally Litchfield, Marietta Daily Journal
March 1, 2011

High NotesLace up for the Cobb Symphony Orchestra’s second annual Noteworthy 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run
Sally Litchfield, Marietta Daily Journal
Feb 18, 2011

Harville named Georgia Symphony Associate Conductor
East Cobber
February 17, 2011

Georgia Symphony offers Bluegrass Mass, savors classic symphonies
Pierre Ruhe, accessAtlanta
Feb 16, 2011

Review: Georgia Symphony delivers sparkling Ravel and an engaging world premier
Pierre Ruhe, ArtsCriticATL
Jan 16, 2011

Breaking news: Georgia Symphony Orchestra looks to “Mad Men” for its new executive director
Pierre Ruhe, ArtsCriticATL
Jul 28, 2010

Concert review: Georgia Symphony premieres music by Robert Cronin and Jen Mitchell
Pierre Ruhe, ArtsCriticATL
Jan 14, 2010

KSU Dance Director Receives Cobb Symphony Award
Janel Davis, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Nov. 22, 2010

Press Releases

Georgia Symphony Orchestra unveiled

Boundaries stretch for the orchestra formerly known as Cobb MARIETTA,Ga.(May 7, 2011) – Georgia now has a home-grown namesake orchestra.

The Georgia Symphony Orchestra is the new name for a well-established organization that has been playing music in the state for 60 years. The name change was announced to applause on May 7 at a finale concert by the former Cobb Symphony Orchestra.

The newly named GSO has a reputation for stretching musical boundaries, and is now ready to stretch its geographical boundaries.

In its premier season, the Georgia Symphony Orchestra will continue to push the limits of what is expected from a regional orchestra.Negotiations are ongoing to expand the number of concerts presented outside of Cobb County and an agreement is in place to establish a residency at Reinhardt University’s Falany Performing Arts Center in North Georgia

In addition to playing classics, the orchestra champions new works and engages in creative collaborations with other musicians. It recently commissioned a world premier work. In the past six years, the organization has added big-band jazz and a full chorus. It also launched the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the largest of its kind in the Southeast.

“Within the last six years, the organization has taken major leaps forward,” Music Director Michael Alexander said. “Given this growth, we are excited to continue to expand our programs as the Georgia Symphony Orchestra.”

Harville named Georgia Symphony Associate Conductor MARIETTA, Ga. (Feb. 15, 2011)

– The Georgia Symphony Orchestra has named Grant Harville as CSO Associate Conductor and Creative Director.
Mr. Harville was previously Orchestra Director atRiponCollegeinWisconsin. He is a 2008 winner of the Richard C. and Agatha Church Memorial Conducting Award.

His recent activities include: conductor for the premiere of David Dies’s opera Hills Like White Elephants; Music Director for the Madison Savoyards production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore; and guest conductor for the Oistrach Symphony inChicago.

He has written works performed by the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, the United States Armed Forces Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, and theUniversityofMichigan Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Harville received his Bachelor of Music degree from theUniversityofWisconsin-Madisonand his Master of Music degree from theUniversityofMichigan.

Jan. 16, 2011 Marietta, GA – Big Band Music by CSO Jazz Brings the Swing to Marietta Square

CSO Jazz, a production of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, will bring its big band sound to the Earl Smith Strand Theatre on the Marietta Square on Feb. 5. The CSO JAZZ! Initiative includes the Georgia Symphony’s 16-piece jazz band, directed by saxophonist Sam Skelton.
The performance will include jazz standards as well as contemporary compositions. The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Feb. 5 at The Strand, 117 North Park Square, Marietta. Tickets are $10-$25.

Jan. 16, 2011 Marietta, GA – Second Annual Noteworthy 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run

Come join the Georgia Symphony Orchestra for its second annual benefit run. It doesn’t matter if you run allegro or walk andante; you won’t fall flat. Your tempo is welcome, because you will be one of the key participants helping to support the CSO at this signature event.The Noteworthy 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run will begin at 9 a.m. on Feb. 26 at Marietta High School.

Jan. 3, 2011 Marietta, GA – Georgia Symphony Premiers Work by Acclaimed Atlanta Composer

Atlanta composer Eric Alexander’s new work “Autumn Moonlight: Serenade for Soprano and Chamber Orchestra” will be premiered Jan.15 by the Georgia Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Alexander’s compositions have been performed by the Boston Pops, the Empire Brass, and the Minnesota Orchestra. He received critical acclaim from the New York Times, the Village Voice, and the Boston Globe for his work as a composer and arranger of theater music.
As trombonist, he has recorded with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the GAP Band, the Ohio Players, Edwin McCain, and Matchbox 20. He has toured with David Sanborn, Al Jarreau, Dr. John, Don Henley, The Moody Blues, Marvin Hamlisch, Joni Mitchell, and Tony Bennett.
He is currently staff arranger and trombonist for the Church of the Apostles, an Atlanta megachurch with 3,000 congregants and a worldwide television ministry.
The Georgia Symphony Orchestra performance also will include works by Ravel and Wagner.

Nov. 18, 2010 Marietta, GA – Celebrate the Season with the Georgia Symphony’s Holiday Favorites

Four featured vocalists will sing holiday classics with the Cobb Symphony Orchestra for its annual Holiday Pops on Dec. 4-5. The program will include a collection of popular holiday favorites, such as Sleigh Ride; Farandole from L’Arlesienne by Bizet; and an emotional performance of Bach’s Magnificat. Joining the symphony will be Kat Uhle, soprano; Maria McDaniel, mezzo; Nathan Munson, tenor; John Morgan, bass; and the CSO Chorus.
Performances will be held:
• Dec 4 at 3 p.m. at Zion Baptist Church, 165 Lemon Street, Marietta.
• Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Road
• Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Murray Arts Center of Mount Paran Christian School, 2250 Stilesboro Road, Kennesaw.

Nov. 15, 2010Marietta, GA -First Georgia Symphony Award goes to Kennesaw choreographer

The Georgia Symphony Orchestra presented its first Award for Artistic Excellence on Saturday to Ivan Pulinkala, founding director of Kennesaw State University’s dance program.
The award was presented during the Georgia Symphony Master Works Concert at the Murray Arts Center of Mount Paran Christian School in Kennesaw.“We selected Ivan to be the first award recipient because he embodies the spirit of the award,” said Michael Alexander, music director of the Georgia Symphony. “He has made a major contribution to the cultural landscape of Georgia with his groundbreaking artistic work and his commitment to the next generation of artists.”
Mr. Pulinkala has been Director of the Program in Dance at Kennesaw State University since 2005 and is artistic director of the Kennesaw University Dance Company. He teaches modern dance, choreography, dance history, and performance.The university enrolls more than 80 dance majors and offers a Bachelor of Arts in Dance.
Originally from New Delhi, Mr. Pulinkala was the choreographer and director of Delhi Music Theatre. He was named one of the Indian Artists of the Millennium by India Today Magazine.In 1998, he moved to the United States to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Dance. He was recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2005 and received the Kennesaw State University Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award the same year. His recent work, Chakra, was performed by KSU students at the National Dance Festival in Washington, D.C.
“Over the years, the Georgia Symphony Orchestra has collaborated with diverse cultural organizations nationwide,” said Bob Sanna, Executive Director of the Symphony. “This award recognizes Georgia’s diverse cultural offerings and expresses our support for all the arts.”

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