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.

DSO free Community Concert – June 9, 2015

The DeKalb Symphony Orchestra is excited to perform their annual Free Community Concert at 8:00 pm on June 9, 2015 at First Baptist Church of Decatur. This concert will feature the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s own Susan Welty playing Richard Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 1. The program will also include Serenade No. 10 for Winds by Mozart and Toccata & Fugue in D Minor by J.S. Bach (arranged by Stokowski).

Ms. Welty became Associate Principal Horn with the ASO in 1988. While studying at Northwestern University, Ms. Welty was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Her teachers include Dale Clevenger, Norman Schwikert and Richard Oldberg. Along with being a featured artist at the 1999 International Horn Workshop, she served as a guest artist at the 2011 and 2012 National Brass Symposiums. Ms. Welty has been a member of the Bellingham Music Festival Orchestra since 2009, and she has performed at the Grand Tetons, Highland Cashiers and Amelia Island Music Festivals.

The DSO is pleased to be able to bring this concert to the public with free admission. First Baptist of Decatur is located at 308 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur. If you have any questions or would like further information you may contact us at 678-891-3565.

David Coucheron and Christopher Rex solo with DSO on April 28

Coucheron-RexThe DeKalb Symphony Orchestra will present Atlanta’s own David Coucheron and Christopher Rex at their next concert on April 28, 2015.  Mr. Coucheron is the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s concertmaster while Mr. Rex is its principal cellist.  Mr. Coucheron has given solo recitals at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Olympic Winter Games in Utah.  Mr. Coucheron also serves as the Artistic Director for the Kon Tiki Chamber Music Festival in his hometown of Oslo, Norway.

Mr. Rex is the first cellist ever to win the string prize in the biennial Young Artists Competition of the National Federation of Music Clubs.  He is the Artistic Director of the Madison Chamber Music Festival in Georgia and is on the Board of Directors of Chamber Music America.  Mr. Rex’s solo performances with the ASO include Strauss’s Don Quixote and concertos by Shostakovich, Herbert, Dvorak, and Elgar.

Mr. Coucheron and Mr. Rex will be performing the Brahms Double Concerto. Also on the program will be Grieg’s Symphonic Dances and the world premiere of Berceuse & Tango by former Georgia Perimeter College Professor and Chair of Fine Arts, Tommy Joe Anderson.  This commissioned composition has been written to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Georgia Perimeter College and the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra.

This spectacular evening of music will take place on April 28th at 8:00pm in the Marvin Cole Auditorium in the Fine Arts Building of Georgia Perimeter College, Clarkston Campus.  The public is invited to meet Maestro Cherniavsky at a pre-concert conversation held at 7 p.m. prior to the concert.  Tickets may be purchased ahead of time online or by calling the DSO Box Office at 678-891-3565.  Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

DSO presents Peter and the Wolf on Jan. 25

Peter Wolf graphicThe DeKalb Symphony Orchestra will be presenting their Annual Children’s Concert performing Serge 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 Jovita Moore and will feature a talented troupe of 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 some 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 The Star-Spangled Banner, Gustav Holst’s Jupiter from “The Planets,” Leroy Anderson’s The Syncopated Clock and Bugler’s Holiday, and John Philip Sousa’s Semper Fidelis March.

This special event will take place on January 25th at 3:00pm in the gymnasium at Georgia Perimeter College, Clarkston campus. All tickets will be general admission and are $5.00.  Tickets may be purchased at the door or online. Bring the family and come enjoy an afternoon with the DSO.


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