Georgia Symphony Orchestra returns for 71st season to Cobb

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Acclaimed and native Marietta soprano, Maria Valdes, will be the guest soloist.

GSO Classics Series

GSO’s Classics Series, led by Music Director and Conductor Timothy Verville, will present three classical performances at the Marietta Performing Arts Center or the Bailey Center for the Performing Arts at Kennesaw State University.

Scheduled for 8 p.m. on February 26 at the Marietta Performing Arts Center, BSG’s performance of “Beethoven at the Beach” will feature Amy Beach’s “Symphony No. 2”, the first symphony written and published by an American composer, and Beethoven’s song “Violin Concerto in D major.”

Award-winning violinist Minami Yoshida will join BSG for her American debut. Grand winner of the Montreal and Sibelius competitions, Yoshida has performed with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and others.

The Classics Series ends at 8:00 pm on May 21 with a concert titled “The Firebird and Music of Remembrance” at the Dr. Bobbie Bailey and Family Performance Center, 488 Prillaman Way, Kennesaw.

This performance will include “Blue Cathedral” by American composer Jennifer Higdon, one of her most performed works, and “Firebird Suite” by Igor Stravinsky (1919), which is a collection of music from the ballet of the same name.

GSO Choir

The concert will also feature the GSO 90-part GSO choir for which auditions will be held on August 31st. (Visit GSOchorus.org.)

The GSO Choir and a BSG Brass Quintet will perform for free at the 9 a.m. Military Appreciation Celebration on November 13 at Marietta Square, in support of American Legion Post 29 Veterans Day 5K.

Holiday pops

In addition to the Classics series, the GSO season will include its Holiday Pops, Sensory Friendly and GSO Jazz! concerts.

Two shows from GSO’s Holiday Pops concert will be held at the Marietta Performing Arts Center at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on December 4.

In addition to traditional singing and holiday favorites, the concert will feature the winner of its Virtual to Center Stage competition, who is opera singer Lainie Ewers, and Santa Claus.

BSG Jazz!

GSO Jazz !, led by Music Director Sam Skelton, will welcome fans of this unique American musical genre to the historic Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theater, 117 N. Park Square, in Marietta Square at 8 p.m. on February 12 and April 2. to enjoy a small jazz ensemble and the classic Big Band repertoire.

Friendly concert for the senses

GSO will be holding their annual Sensory Friendly Show at 2 p.m. on March 12 at the Marietta Performing Arts Center.

Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and designed specifically for people with sensory sensitivities and their families, the concert will feature a range of musical selections.

Spectators can change seats, move around the auditorium, sing, vocalize, or even shout “Bravo! After their newly discovered classic favorites.

COVID-19 procedures

To ensure the health and safety of its customers, musicians and staff, GSO will follow all CDC COVID-19 protocols recommended at its partner sites.

This means that all GSO clients must wear face masks and be fully immunized before their visit date. Customers can show paper or electronic documents, including a photo of their immunization card. Visit GeorgiaSymphony.org/safety.

For more information on season subscription packages or individual concert tickets, visit GeorgiaSymphony.org/all-events.

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