Arts & Humanities

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to perform Beethoven, Brahms

Nicola Benedetti
Nicola Benedetti, one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation, will be the featured soloist for the Beethoven concerto.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will perform April 22 at 3 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall. Guest conductor Matthias Pintscher will lead the ASO in a program showcasing two masterworks of the 19th century: Beethoven’s “Violin Concerto in D Major” and the Brahms “Second Symphony.” Violinist Nicola Benedetti will be the featured soloist for the Beethoven concerto.

Pintscher is the music director of the Paris-based Ensemble InterContemporain and also serves as principal conductor of the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra. He is currently in his eighth year as artist-in-association with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

As a composer, Pintscher’s music is championed by some of today’s finest performing artists and conductors. His works have been performed by such orchestras as the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre de Paris. He has been on the composition faculty of the Juilliard School since 2014.

Benedetti is one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation. She has performed with major orchestras across the globe including the London Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra, Russia’s Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Camerata Salzburg, Czech Philharmonic and Danish National Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets for the concert are $30 to $76 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at or by calling 706-542-4400. UGA students can purchase tickets for $6 with a valid UGA ID, limit one ticket per student.

A pre-concert lecture will be given by Ken Meltzer, author of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s program notes and host of the weekly radio show “Meet the Classics” on Atlanta’s AM-1690. The lecture begins at 2:15 p.m. in Ramsey Concert Hall in the Performing Arts Center.

The performance underwriter is William B. Chambers.

The Performing Arts Center is located at 230 River Road on the UGA campus in Athens.