Cellist Charae Krueger joins the DSO on May 24

Charae-Krueger-celloThe DeKalb Symphony Orchestra is excited to present cellist Charae Krueger, performing Bloch: Schelomo, at our next concert on May 24, 2016.  Ms. Krueger is the Principal Cellist for the Atlanta Opera Orchestra and the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra and is the Cello Artist-In-Residence at Kennesaw State University. She performs with the Summit Piano Trio, Peachtree String Quartet and KSU Faculty String Trio. Ms. Krueger enjoys chamber music and solo recital work and plays throughout the Southeastern U.S.  Her solo and chamber music recitals have been featured on NPR’s Performance Today, WABE Radio Atlanta and WGBH Radio Boston. She also plays frequently with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Krueger enjoys recording studio work and has played on albums of Bruce Springsteen, Faith Hill and Natalie Cole.

The Orchestra will also be performing Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes and Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 (“Jupiter”).  This special evening will be held on Tuesday, May 24th at 8:00 p.m. in the newly remolded Marvin Cole Auditorium in the Fine Arts Building of Georgia State University Perimeter College, Clarkston Campus. Maestro Cherniavsky will present a pre-concert conversation at 7 p.m. prior to the concert.  Tickets may be purchased ahead of time by calling the DSO Box Office at 678-891-3565 or online here.  Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

DSO presents an All-Orchestral concert on April 19

The DeKalb Symphony Orchestra will be performing an All Orchestral concert, “Seascapes & Landscapes,” on April 19, 2016.  The program will include Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides (“Fingal’s Cave”) which was inspired by the composer’s journey by the sea to the Scottish Hebrides.  Also on the program is Delius’ Brigg Fair, a rhapsody that evokes the pastoral beauty of the English countryside. Borodin’s Symphony No. 2 will also be performed and is considered to be the most important large-scale work completed by the composer himself whose captivating tunes reflect the character of Russian Folk melodies.

This special evening of music will begin at 8:00 p.m. in the newly renovated Marvin Cole Auditorium in the Fine Arts Building of Georgia State University Perimeter College, Clarkston Campus.  The public is invited to meet Maestro Cherniavsky at the 7:00 pm pre-concert conversation.  To purchase tickets to this event, you may call 678-891-3565 or buy them online here.  Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

March 22 concert features pianist William Ransom and the newly renovated Marvin Cole auditorium

William-Ransom-3The DeKalb Symphony Orchestra will be performing their first concert in the newly renovated Marvin Cole Auditorium on March 22, 2016. The Orchestra is excited to feature distinguished pianist William Ransom performing J. S. Bach’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Igor Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano & Winds. A graduate of The Juilliard School of Music and the University of Michigan, Mr. Ransom has appeared as soloist with orchestras, recitalist and chamber musician throughout Europe, Asia, Mexico, North and South America, Ireland, and all around the United States. His performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio and Television in the US, Argentina, Poland and Japan. As a master teacher, he has also performed and given master classes at numerous schools of music and universities around the world. He has recorded for ACA Digital and Rising Star Records. Mr. Ransom is the Mary Emerson Professor of Piano at Emory University in Atlanta where he is Director of Piano Studies and founder and Artistic Director of the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta.

Also on the program will be Beethoven’s Consecration of the House and Serge Prokofiev’s March & Scherzo from The Love for Three Oranges. The evening will include a ribbon cutting ceremony, with Dr. Cole and Perimeter College Vice Provost & Dean Peter Lyons, to celebrate the first performance in the redesigned Marvin Cole auditorium. A special reception following the concert will be hosted by Georgia State University Perimeter College.

This special evening will be held on Tuesday, March 22nd at 8:00 p.m. in the Marvin Cole Auditorium in the Fine Arts Building of Georgia State University Perimeter College, Clarkston Campus. Maestro Cherniavsky will present a pre-concert conversation at 7 p.m. prior to the concert. Advance tickets may be purchased online or by calling the DSO Box Office at 678-891-3565.

2016 Children’s Concert – Sunday Jan. 24 at 3pm

The DeKalb Symphony orchestra will be presenting their Annual Children’s Concert, “Around the World in 60 Minutes” on January 24, 2016. Travel the globe at the speed of sound with the orchestra, Maestro Cherniavsky, and WSB-TV’s Jovita Moore, as they take a musical journey around the world. They will lead listeners on a magical musical adventure that will explore a variety of cultures. Some pieces to be included in the program are The Star-Spangled Banner, Song of India, Georgia on My Mind, and Hands Across The Sea.

The concert will also feature the Decatur School of Ballet, Aly Camara – African drummer, and John Recknagel – Scottish bagpiper. Children will hear 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 we hope the start of a life-long musical journey.

This special event will take place on Sunday, January 24th at 3:00pm in the gymnasium at the Clarkston campus of Georgia State University, Perimeter College. All tickets will be general admission and are $5.00. Purchase tickets online 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

Just Announced: Cecil Welch joins the DSO for Summer Pops!

Cecil-WelchThe DSO is thrilled to announce that trumpeter Cecil Welch will join the DSO for the annual Summer Pops concert on July 15, 2016 at 8pm.  Cecil returns to perform with the DSO after a long absence and will be presenting “The Magic of Mancini.”  Cecil was lead trumpet and soloist for 18 years with Henry Mancini – composer of  such favorites as “Moon River,” “Pink Panther Theme” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” He has performed with most of the major symphonies all across America, Canada and abroad, including the London Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony and the Tokyo Philharmonic.

Pianist Elizabeth Pridgen joins the DSO on Nov. 17

The DeKalb Symphony Orchestra is excited to feature distinguished pianist Elizabeth Pridgen at our next concert on November 17, 2015 performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Ms. Pridgen is a soloist and chamber musician whose recent concerts include appearances at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, the Tilles Center on Long Island, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, and the “Rising Stars Series” at the Ravinia Festival. Ms. Pridgen has also performed at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and the Kosciuszko Foundation, and in recitals in Washington D.C., Aruba, Curaçao, and throughout the Southeast. For seven consecutive seasons she has been a featured performer at the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. Ms. Pridgen is a Distinguished Artist and Piano Chair at the McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University and Artistic Director of the Atlanta Chamber Players.

Also on the program will be Chausson’s Symphony in B-flat and the world premiere of Doina & Dances Overture by Laurence Sherr. Mr. Sherr is a Georgia Perimeter College alumnus who is Composer-in-Residence at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta. Awards include top prizes in the Delius Composition Contest and Association for the Promotion of New Music competition. Ein-Klang in Europe and Capstone Records in the U.S. have released CDs with his compositions. International performances have occurred in Austria, Holland, Switzerland, Finland, Turkey, Japan, Canada, and Mexico. Sherr is active as a Holocaust remembrance music composer, lecturer, producer, and educator, with performances and lectures in the Czech Republic, Germany, England, Israel, New Zealand, and North America. The Florida State University treatise Laurence Sherr: Chamber Music for Flute examines his contributions. The commissioned composition, Doina & Dances Overture, has been written to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Georgia Perimeter College and the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra.

This concert will be held on Tuesday, November 17th at 8:00 p.m. in the Marvin Cole Auditorium in the Fine Arts Building of Georgia Perimeter College, Clarkston Campus. Maestro Cherniavsky will present a pre-concert conversation at 7 p.m. prior to the concert. Tickets may be purchased in advance either online or by calling the DSO Box Office at 678-891-3565. Tickets may also be available at the door.

DSO Season Tickets are on sale!

The DeKalb Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce that Season Tickets are now on sale for our upcoming 51st concert season.  You can also purchase Flex-Tix, 6 ticket vouchers that can be exchanged for tickets to any of the subscription concerts with the exception of the Summer Pops concert. You can mix and match concerts, every combination from one ticket for each performance to all 6 tickets for the same performance.

Along with concerts featuring outstanding soloists, the season also includes a children’s concert and a summer pops concert. Each event includes a pre-concert conversation with Maestsro Cherniavsky, and a meet and greet with the performers after the performance. All performances will be held at 8:00pm at the Marvin Cole Auditorium (unless otherwise noted) on Georgia Perimeter College, Clarkston Campus. You may purchase season tickets or Flex-Tix for $110 by clicking this link. Tickets may also be purchased by calling the DSO Box Office at 678-891-3565.

Tickets for individual concerts are now available.

DSO announces auditions for our 2015-2016 season (strings)

The DeKalb Symphony Orchestra is auditioning musicians to join us for our 2015-2016 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 Summer Pops with Libby Whittemore

Libby-picThe DeKalb Symphony Orchestra will be performing our Summer Pops Concert on Friday, July 17, 2015. This concert will feature Atlanta’s well-known cabaret performer Libby Whittemore and the Robert Strickland Trio performing both solo and with the DSO.

During the 1980’s, Ms. Whittemore originated the role of Connie Sue Day in the musical theatre phenomenon called “Della’s Diner.” She went on to perform in feature films and television including “I’ll Fly Away,” “In the Heat of the Night,” “Profiler” and “The Price of a Broken Heart” to name a few.

From 2000-2006 Ms. Whittemore went on perform at her own night club called “Libby’s – A Cabaret.” It was also during this time that she was able to perform in New York City at the famed Town Hall. In 2007, Ms. Whittemore began a relationship with Actors Express Theatre creating “Libby’s At The Express” in which she produces and co-stars in three cabaret shows a year.

Some of the pieces to be performed at the Pops Concert include “An American in Paris,” Anderson’s “Promenade” and “Danse Bacchanale” by Saint-Saens.

This concert will be held in the Marvin Cole Auditorium at Georgia Perimeter College, Clarkston Campus at 8:00pm. Adult tickets are $30, senior tickets are $28, and student tickets are $15. Be sure and order your tickets in advance as we are expecting a full house. You may purchase tickets on-line here or you may call our box office at 678-891-3565.


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