Arts

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to perform ‘Four Seasons’

Justin Bruns
Justin Bruns will be the violin soloist for the May 20 performance.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra returns to Athens May 20 to close out the Performing Arts Center’s 2017-18 season with one of the most beloved works in classical music: Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.”

ASO associate concertmaster Justin Bruns will be the violin soloist and Stephen Mulligan will conduct the program which also includes Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony. The performance begins at 3 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra program annotator Ken Meltzer writes, “Antonio Vivaldi composed more than 230 concertos for solo violin. Among these, ‘The Four Seasons’ is by far the best known. Indeed, almost three centuries after its composition, ‘The Four Seasons’ remains one of the most popular works in all of concert music.”

Mulligan was appointed assistant conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra in August of 2017. From 2014 to 2016 he served as assistant conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony. Mulligan graduated cum laude from Yale University in 2011.

Bruns joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as assistant concertmaster in 2006 and was appointed associate concertmaster this past fall after winning a national audition for the position. Before moving to Atlanta, he was assistant concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and he served as concertmaster of the Boulder Bach Festival.

The Performing Arts Center will unveil the roster of artists for the 2018-19 season immediately following the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performance.

Tickets for the concert are $30 to $66 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at pac.uga.edu 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 at 2:15 p.m. in Ramsey Concert Hall in the Performing Arts Center.

The performance underwriters are Wyatt and Margaret Anderson, Sandra Strother Hudson and Cecil C. Hudson, M.D., Gordhan and Jinx Patel, William and Pamela Prokasy, Malcolm and Priscilla Sumner and Jim and Freida Travis.

The Performing Arts Center is located at 230 River Road in Athens.