DSO’s annual Free Community Concert: June 20 featuring soprano Maria Clark

The DeKalb Symphony Orchestra is excited to present their annual free Community Concert at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at First Baptist Church of Decatur.  This concert will feature soprano Maria Clark performing famous soprano arias from operas including Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Puccini’s Tosca and Verdi’s Aida.  The program will also include orchestral operatic favorites.

Ms. Clark has been acclaimed for her virtuosic skills of expressive singing across the idioms of opera, oratorio, and art song, and has been critiqued as possessing “the voice of an angel.”  She has performed with opera companies such as Atlanta Opera, North Carolina Opera, Knoxville Opera, and L’Opera Comique and has performed symphonic works with Ludwig Symphony, Georgia Philharmonic, and Fosbo – Fundación Orquesta Sinfónica de Bogotá.

Ms. Clark appeared with the Irene Harrower Opera Workshop, performed with Georgia State University’s production of Tales of Hoffman, and sang with the ensemble of Atlanta Opera in its 2005 production of Carmen.  Ms. Clark also participated in Atlanta Opera and Opera Comique’s 2008 collaborative production of Porgy and Bess that toured in France, Spain, and Luxembourg, while singing the role of Strawberry Woman.  Ms. Clark was honored to recently make her debut with FOSBO-Fundación Orquesta Sinfónica de Bogotá Colombia and was sought out to sing the Bennett arrangement of Gershwin’s concert version of Porgy and Bess. Ms. Clark was a first prize winner in the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition of 2008 and as a result made a Carnegie Hall/Weill Recital Hall Debut in New York City in year 2008.  She is also the Oxnard Gold Medalist winner in the 2004 American Traditions Competition held at the Savannah Music Festival, is a past winner in the West Palm Beach Opera Competition and National Association of Teachers of Singing vocal competitions, and is a past finalist in both the Mobile Opera, and D’Angelo Vocal Competitions.

The orchestra is pleased to be able to bring this concert to the public with free admission, thanks to the generous support of the major sponsor, Decatur Tourism Bureau, and other Friends of Decatur community sponsors.

First Baptist Church of Decatur is located at 308 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur.  If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact the DSO at 678-891-3565.

March 21: Young Artists Concerto Competition winners perform

The DeKalb Symphony Orchestra is excited to feature the three finalists of our Young Artists Concerto Competition on March 21, 2017.  Along with receiving cash awards, the winners of the competition will be performing movements from selected pieces with orchestra.  First place winner, sixteen-year old violinist Phoebe Liu, will perform Korngold’s Violin Concerto.  Second place winner, sixteen-year old pianist Yuy Hsiang, will perform Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2. Third place winner, fourteen-year old cellist Lexine Feng, will perform Lalo’s Cello Concerto.  The DSO is delighted to be able to showcase some of Atlanta’s finest young musical talents.

Also on the program is Overture to Nabucco and the world premiere of “Impressions from Japan” by Atlanta composer, Amy Leventhal.

This concert will be held at 8:00 p.m. in the Marvin Cole Auditorium at Georgia State University, Clarkston Campus.  The public is invited to meet the conductor at the 7 p.m. pre-concert conversation.  To purchase tickets you may call 678-891-3565 or buy tickets here.  Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

DSO welcomes pianist Tina Faigen on Feb. 21, 2017

The DeKalb Symphony Orchestra welcomes Tina Faigen as their featured soloist on February 21, 2017 performing Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1.  Ms. Faigen is the recipient of many prizes and awards, she has performed on the distinguished Pittsburgh “Y” Recital Series, is a 1989 winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Majors, and has been engaged as guest pianist with numerous orchestras.  Ms. Faigen has appeared in over 30 performances of Tchaikovsky’s 3rd Piano Concerto with Edward Villella’s Miami City Ballet. Faigen is co-author of the acclaimed Accelerando Piano Technique Series, along with numerous other editions of educational piano music. Since 1992 she has served as the principal editor for The Robert Schultz Piano Library.

Since her recent relocation to Pittsburgh, Faigen has performed on the Steinway Recital Series, the Chatham Guest Artist Series, the Pittsburgh Concert Society 70th Anniversary Gala, was featured artist on the Carnegie Mellon University special event concert, “Schultz, Faigen & Friends,” and has performed live on WQED-FM. An active chamber musician, she performs regularly with Zaffiro Trio, of which she is a founding member. Faigen has maintained an active teaching studio since the age of 14, is on the piano faculty at University of Pittsburgh, and is a faculty member of the Music Preparatory School at Carnegie Mellon University.

The DSO will also perform Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, Grieg’s Triumphal March, and Lament by guest composer Robert Schultz.

The performance will be held at 8:00 p.m. in the Marvin Cole Auditorium at Georgia State University, Clarkston Campus.  The public is invited to meet the conductor at the 7:00 p.m. pre-concert conversation.  To purchase tickets, buy them here on our website or you may call 678-891-3565.  Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

DSO’s annual Children’s Concert is Jan. 22, 2017

The DSO will be presenting our Annual Children’s Concert featuring Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.  This is a family favorite for children of all ages to come and enjoy.  It is a great opportunity for parents and grandparents to introduce their children and grandchildren to live classical, orchestral music.

This one-hour concert will be narrated by WSB-TV’s Nicole Carr and will feature young dancers from the Decatur School of Ballet.  Peter and the Wolf tells the story of Peter and his adventures in the meadow near his home.  Other characters in the story include Peter’s grandfather, a bird, a duck, a cat, a hungry wolf, and hunters.  Each character is represented by their own tune played by certain instruments of the orchestra.  Through the story Peter learns how to cope with life’s challenges and dangers by using courage, creativity, and leadership.  He also discovers in the process the true meaning of caring, friendship, and respect.

Also included in the program will be music from Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Arlen’s Over The Rainbow, Holst’s Jupiter, and Sousa’s The Stars And Stripes Forever.

This special event will take place on January 22nd at 3:00 pm in the Gymnasium at Georgia State University, Clarkston campus.  All tickets will be general admission and are $5.  To purchase tickets you may do so on our website or you may call 678-891-3565.  Tickets may also be purchased at the door.  Bring the family and come enjoy an afternoon with the symphony!

GPC is now GSU!

For over the last 50 years, the DSO has been in residence at the Clarkston campus of Georgia Perimeter College. The official unveiling will happen on January 13th, but it’s now official: Georgia Perimeter College is now part of Georgia State University and will be renamed as Perimeter College of Georgia State University. The DSO is not moving anywhere, but you will start seeing us refer to our home as the Clarkston campus of Georgia State University, Perimeter College. Our performance home will still be the Marvin Cole Auditorium and be sure to check out our Facebook page to see pictures of the renovation that is currently underway.

GPC to Perimeter College

DSO announces auditions for our 2016-2017 season (strings)

The DeKalb Symphony Orchestra is auditioning musicians to join us for our 2016-2017 season.  Auditions will be held for all string sections.  The DSO is an organization of talented and dedicated volunteer musicians under the direction of Fyodor Cherniavsky.  The DSO is looking for volunteer players who are dedicated and willing to make a playing commitment to the group.

If you are interested in auditioning, please send us an email at auditions@DeKalbSymphony.org and we will provide more information.

DSO has joined Atlanta Art Lives Here: Arts Organizations Unite to Promote Atlanta Arts and Culture

Nearly 30 metro Atlanta arts organizations have launched the return of Atlanta Art Lives Here, a collaborative campaign raising awareness of the region’s vibrant arts and culture offerings.
Thousands of events happen each year at more than 450 metro Atlanta arts venues. Atlanta Art Lives Here (organized by Atlanta PlanIt, a service of Public Broadcasting Atlanta) will promote these events and Atlanta’s arts organizations through the end of the year on billboards, radio airwaves and online.

Atlanta Art Lives Here launched in 2011 to remind Atlantans how vital the arts are to the community and to encourage them to support their growth. The campaign has increased both its reach and number of participating organizations each year.
For more information about the campaign or to learn more about the participating organizations, find upcoming events to attend or enter the sweepstakes, visit www.atlantaartliveshere.com.

Participating Organizations: Alliance Theatre, Arts at Emory, Atlanta Ballet, The Atlanta Opera, Atlanta Radio Theatre Company, Atlanta Shakespeare Company, Atlanta Young Singers, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Center for Puppetry Arts, City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, CORE, Decatur Arts Alliance, DeKalb Choral Guild, DeKalb Symphony Orchestra, Fabrefaction Theatre Company, FLUX Projects, Georgia Ballet, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Center for Collaborative and International Arts (CENCIA) at GSU, Georgia State University School of Music, Horizon Theatre Company, Michael C. Carlos Museum, Rialto Center for the Arts at GSU, Roswell Cultural Arts Center, Serenbe Playhouse, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Underground Atlanta, Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University.

About Atlanta PlanIt:
Atlanta PlanIt is a unique Web site exclusively dedicated to arts and cultural entertainment information and organizations in the metro Atlanta region. Atlanta PlanIt promotes the work of more than 450 arts organizations and provides tools to easily find events, purchase tickets and learn about the vitality of the arts in metro Atlanta through its Atlanta Art Lives Here campaign. Atlanta PlanIt is a service of Public Broadcasting Atlanta and was established in 2004 by the Metro Atlanta Arts and Culture Coalition (MAACC). It moved to its current home at Public Broadcasting Atlanta in 2009.

Nov. 12: David Watkins performing Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2

David Watkins

David Watkins, piano

November 12, 2013 • 8:00 PM

Brahms:  Piano Concerto No. 2

David Watkins is Professor Emeritus of Piano and former coordinator of keyboard studies at Kennesaw State University. Mr. Watkins has released three commercial recordings on the ACA Digital label. Mr. Watkins made his solo recital debut in New York at Carnegie Recital Hall in May 1986. He also served on the summer artist faculty of the Eastern Music Festival and holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.

Also on the program will be Finlandia by Sibelius, Smetana’s From Bohemia’s Forests and Meadows and Singing River from Wood Notes by William Grant Still.

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DSO’s Summer Pops Will Feature Banks & Shane!

Banks and Shane DSO is proud to announce that Banks & Shane will be the featured artists performing with DSO on the Summer Pops concert July 18, 2014. For forty years now, Banks Burgess, Paul Shane, and their fabulous band have brought folks in Atlanta the best entertainment the town has ever seen. Their high-spirited renditions of old-time rock n’ roll, folk, bluegrass, and country are known for bringing capacity crowds to their feet! It’s high-energy good-time music, spiced with a healthy dose of the good-natured wit and patter that Banks and Paul have fine-tuned on their tours across the U.S. and around the world.

Banks & Shane has performed in almost every venue imaginable. The band is a legend in the ski resorts of Colorado. They have traveled to London, Munich, Frankfurt, and Amsterdam, representing The State of Georgia and The Atlanta Convention & Visitor’s `Bureau. In Atlanta, they have performed as headliners at Chastain Park, Symphony Hall, and the Fox Theater. In the summer of 2006, the band appeared as co-headliners with comedian Jeff Foxworthy in a sold-out concert at Lake Lanier Islands which benefited two of Atlanta’s most-loved children’s charities, Camp Sunshine and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

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DSO Season Opening Concert – Justin Bruns, Violin, Performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto

Justin BrunsJustin Bruns, violin
September 24, 2013 • 8:00 PM
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
Justin Bruns, Assistant Concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony, launches the DSO season with Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, which has been described as “truly inspiring music in the great Russian Romantic tradition.” Also on the program will be Glazunov’s Triumphal March and Chopianina, Ragtime by Stravinsky and Gliere’s Russian Sailors’ Dance.

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