The Performing Arts Center presents the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at 3 p.m. Oct. 8 in Hodgson Concert Hall. Robert Spano, Atlanta Symphony music director, will conduct the orchestra with guest violinist Gil Shaham performing Edward Elgar’s Violin Concerto, and the women of the Grammy Award-winning ASO Chorus will make a rare Athens appearance, joining the orchestra for a performance of Gustav Holst’s masterpiece, The Planets.
Tickets are $42 (orchestra/front balcony) and $37 (rear balcony). Tickets are half price for UGA students with valid ID; there is a one ticket limit for students. Discount tickets are available for groups.
American violinist Gil Shaham is internationally recognized by audiences and critics as one of today’s most virtuosic and engaging classical artists. Among his more than two dozen concerto and solo CDs are a number of best-sellers appearing on record charts in the U.S. and abroad. His recordings have earned multiple Grammy Awards, a Grand Prix du Disque, a Diapason d’Or and Gramophone magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award.
Acclaimed for the beauty, precision and expressive qualities of its singing, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus has been an important part of the orchestra’s programming since its founding in 1970 by the late Robert Shaw.
Composed of 200 volunteers who meet weekly for rehearsals and perform with the ASO several times each season, it specializes in large choral-symphonic works with the full orchestra. The chorus also is featured on the majority of the ASO’s recordings, having garnered nine Grammy Awards for best choral performance and four Grammy Awards for best classical recording.
A pre-concert lecture will be given by Carrie Allen, a doctoral student in musicology at UGA. The lecture, which begins at 2:15 p.m., is open free to the public.