Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to perform New Year’s Eve

Stephen Mulligan will conduct the early New Year’s Eve show.
Stephen Mulligan will conduct the early New Year’s Eve show.

The UGA Performing Arts Center will ring in the new year with a concert by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall. Stephen Mulligan will conduct the program of light classical favorites styled after the Vienna Philharmonic’s famous New Year’s Eve gala.

The 90-minute concert is designed to be over in time for audience members to attend their other traditional New Year’s Eve activities.

Conductor Stephen Mulligan was recently appointed assistant conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. From 2014 to 2016, he served as assistant conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony and music director of the Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Orchestras Program.

Mulligan was awarded the Aspen Conducting Prize after studying with Robert Spano as a fellow in the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen from 2013 to 2014. He has frequently assisted with programs at the Los Angeles Philharmonic including productions of Bernstein’s West Side Story at the Hollywood Bowl and John Adams’s Nixon in China at Walt Disney Concert Hall. ​

Tickets for the New Year’s Eve concert are $30 to $66 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at or by calling 706-542-4400 or toll free at 888-289-8497.

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