Arts Society & Culture

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to give concert at UGA Feb. 2

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Roberto Abbado will lead the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Performing Arts Center will present the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall.

Guest conductor Roberto Abbado will lead the Grammy-winning orchestra in an all-Russian program that includes Mussorgsky’s “Prelude to Khovanshchina” and Rachmaninoff’s “Symphonic Dances.” Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg will join the orchestra for Shostakovich’s “Violin Concerto No. 1.”

Salerno-Sonnenberg is renowned for her work on the concert stage, in the recording studio and in her role as music director of the San Francisco-based New Century Chamber Orchestra. A native of Rome, she immigrated to the U.S. in 1969 to study at the Curtis Institute of Music followed by studies at the Juilliard School.

Her professional career began in 1981 when, at age 20, she became the youngest prizewinner ever at the Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition. In 1983 she was recognized with an Avery Fisher Career Grant and in 1988 was Ovations Debut Recording Artist of the Year. In addition to appearing with orchestras around the world, Salerno-Sonnenberg has been a frequent guest on “The Tonight Show” and was featured on “60 Minutes.”

Abbado is currently an artistic partner with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He performs regularly with orchestras including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and New York City’s Orchestra of St. Luke’s. He studied at Venice’s La Fenice and Rome’s Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, where he was the only student in Accademia history to be invited to conduct the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia.

In his native Italy, Abbado regularly conducts the Filarmonica della Scala (Milan), Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome), Orchestra del Maggio Musicale (Florence) and the RAI Orchestra (Turin). He has worked with major orchestras throughout the world including the Royal Concertgebouw, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, Dresden Staatskapelle, Gewandhaus Orchester in Leipzig, the Vienna Symphony, the Swedish Radio Symphony and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Performing Arts Center will offer a pre-concert lecture at 1:15 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Tickets for the concert are $25-$60 with discounts for UGA students. Tickets can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at or by calling 706-542-4400 or 888-289-8497.

The performance underwriters are Jere W. Morehead, Libby V. and C. Van Morris, and Lisa and George Foreman.