DSO announces auditions for our 50th anniversary season (strings & 2nd trombone)

The DeKalb Symphony Orchestra will be auditioning musicians to join us beginning with our 50th anniversary season.  Auditions will be held in mid/late August for all string sections and for 2nd trombone.  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’s 2014-2015 season…our 50th anniversary

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Announcing the DSO’s 50th Anniversary Season!

Concerts will feature guest soloists including David Coucheron, Christopher Rex, Christina Smith and Susan Welty from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as well as violinist Helen Kim and pianist Alexander Wasserman … along with the annual Children’s’ Concert hosted by WSB-TV Action News’ Jovita Moore and a special summer pops concert.

This exciting anniversary season will include world premiers and beloved favorites – and you won’t want to miss a note!

Buy your season tickets now at the special price of $110 for a year-long season of 8 concerts!

Next concert on July 18: Banks & Shane join the DSO for Summer Pops!

Banks and Shane 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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June 10: Free Community Concert featuring mandolinist Carlo Aonzo

Carlo Aonzo 3Join the DSO at our next concert which will be the free community concert on June 10.  The concert will be held at 8pm at the First Baptist Church of Decatur located at 308 Clairemont Avenue.  Our guest soloist will be mandolinist Carlo Aonzo.  Admission is free and no tickets are required.

Carlo Aonzo is a native of Savona, Italy where he grew up immersed in music. His initial teacher, his father Giuseppe (Director of the “Circolo Mandolinistico G. Verdi di Savona”), instilled in him a love and respect for the mandolin that has remained with him all his life. As a teenager Carlo went on to study with Ugo Orlandi, the current patriarch of the Italian mandolin, at the Cesare Pollini Conservatory in Padua where he graduated with honours (summa cum laude) in 1993. His playing has been recognized with awards at prestigious competitions including winning the “Vivaldi” prize of the 6th annual Vittorio Pitzianti National Mandolin Competition in Venice and first prize at the 27th annual Walnut Valley National Mandolin Contest in Winfield, Kansas.

Carlo has toured throughout Europe, Italy, Japan, the USA and Canada as a soloist and with chamber ensembles and orchestras (both professional and amateur). He has worked with many prestigious musical institutions including La Scala Philharmonic in Milan, Emilia-Romagna Symphony Orchestra, Savona Symphony Orchestra, Cannes Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Chamber Orchestra and as director of the Ligurian Plectrum Orchestra (Orchestra a Pizzico Ligure) who were called to play in the presence of Pope John Paul II.

A frequent visitor to The States, Carlo teaches workshops and appears as soloist with mandolin organizations in many of the major cities of North America including The Atlanta Mandolin Orchestra.  In 2006, Carlo conceived and founded the International Mandolin Academy (L’Accademia Internazionale del Mandolino), an association that promotes Italian classical mandolin culture. That same year he inaugurated the week-long workshop of the same name whose purpose is to promote the art of Italian classical mandolin playing, attracting the attention of international fans of the sector. The Academy takes place annually in Italy or Switzerland and participants come from all over the world to attend this event (USA, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Israel, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Hungary, Scotland, Switzerland and Italy).

April 29: All Orchestral Concert featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6

Fyodor CherniavskyJoin the DSO and Maestro Cherniavsky at the next concert when they perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 (“Pastorale”). Also on the program will be Mendelssohn’s “Calm Sea & Prosperous Voyage Overture” along with “On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring” and “The Walk to the Paradise Garden” by Delius.

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March 25th: Schumann’s Concertstück for 4 Horns and Orchestra

4 HornsBrice Andrus and Susan Welty from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra join forces with Anna Dodd and Adam Pandolfi from the Columbus Symphony Orchestra to perform Schumann’s spectacular showcase for four horns and orchestra. The DSO will also perform Beethoven’s Prometheus Overture, Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments and Satie’s Gymnopédies.

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Feb. 18: Robert Henry performing Grieg Piano Concerto

Robert HenryRobert Henry, piano

February 18, 2014 • 8:00 PM

Grieg:  Piano Concerto

Robert Henry – who studied with David Watkins, has been characterized in the Washington Times as having “the dazzling ability to turn the percussion instrument into a sonorous orchestra ….” performs Grieg’s only concerto, written when the composer was in his twenties.

Also on the program will be Overture to Sakuntala by Goldmark and Humperdinck’s Three Excerpts from Hansel and Gretel.

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DSO Children’s Concert – Jan. 26 at 3pm

Jovita MooreThe DeKalb Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce its annual Children’s Concert, “Around the World in 60 Minutes.”  Travel the globe at the speed of sound with the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Fyodor Cherniavsky, and WSB-TV’s Jovita Moore, as they take a musical journey around the world. They will lead listeners on this magical musical adventure that will explore a variety of cultures.

The concert will feature the Decatur School of Ballet, Aly Camara – African drummer, and John Recknagel – Scottish bagpiper.  Children will experience a kaleidoscope of music styles from all over the world and will learn that music is truly a universal language that brings people together.

The performance is designed for all children but is open to adults who are still young at heart. This is a great way to introduce your children or grandchildren to the wonders of symphonic music. It is fun, educational, and hopefully the start of a life-long musical journey.

The concert will be held on Sunday, January 26, at 3:00 pm in the Gymnasium at Georgia Perimeter College, Clarkston Campus.  All tickets are $5 general admission.  You can buy your tickets online or call the office at 678-891-3565.

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:
www.atlantaplanit.com
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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