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 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.

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.

DSO’s Nov. 11th concert will include a special art exhibit by the late artist Lori-Gene

MAGIC Magic_croppedDSO and Georgia Perimeter College are proud to present a special art exhibit by the late artist and former GPC faculty member Lori-Gene. The exhibition features an expansive collection of drawings of musicians. Over the years, Lori-Gene established a strong connection with the DSO and could often be found sitting in on rehearsals sketching the instrumentalists as they played.

The DSO will be honoring Lori-Gene at their upcoming concert on November 11, 2014, by performing one of her favorite pieces: Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Audience members will be treated to an aural and visual experience by enjoying the music presented by the orchestra and then browsing the exhibition in the lobby.

In conjunction with Georgia Perimeter College (GPC), the DSO is celebrating their 50th Anniversary this season.  In honor of this golden anniversary, the DSO is featuring world premiere pieces written specifically for the orchestra’s special season by local composers affiliated with the college.  A different composer and his work will be highlighted at each concert during the season. The DSO Composer Commissions Project is being sponsored by a generous gift from the GPC Foundation.  The DSO’s November 11th concert will feature “Inquisitivity” by former GPC faculty member Michael Kurth. Michael currently plays double-bass with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

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November 11: All Orchestral Concert featuring Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition

Fyodor CherniavskyJoin the DSO and Maestro Cherniavsky at the next concert when they perform Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” Also on the program will be Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 (“Haffner”) along with the world premiere of “Inquisivity,” written by Atlanta composer and ASO bassist Michael Kurth.  The piece was commissioned by the DSO and Georgia Perimeter College Foundation to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the DSO and GPC.

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The DSO’s 50th Anniversary Season opens with the ASO’s Christina Smith

Christina Smith, flute

September 23, 2014 • 8:00 PM

Rodrigo:  Concierto Pastorale

The DeKalb Symphony Orchestra is excited to open its 50th anniversary concert season featuring soloist Christina Smith.  Ms. Smith is the Principal Flute for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.  She will be performing the Concierto Pastoral by Joaquín Rodrigo. “It is a brilliant evocation of farm country with the flute creating dance-like patterns that are truly mesmerizing. It is a virtuoso work for the instrument playable only by the most highly accomplished flutists,” commented DSO’s conductor, Fyodor Cherniavsky.

The evening’s concert will also feature a new jazz infused piece titled An Indoor Overture by composer Greg McLean.  This commissioned composition, receiving its world premiere, has been written to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Georgia Perimeter College and the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra.  The program also includes Lieutenant Kijé Suite by Prokofiev and the ever-popular Pavane by Fauré.

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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).

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