THE ARTS COUNCIL PRESENTS THE ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
When: Friday, July 20, 2012
Where: The Smithgall Arts Center – 331 Spring Street SW, Gainesville, GA
Time: Gates open at 6:00PM; Concert starts at 8:00PM
Cost: $35 adults; $32 seniors (65+); $28 Students; reserved tables of 8 up front $320
What to bring: picnics and beverages of choice, lawn chairs/blankets
The Orchestra’s performances in Gainesville have been nothing short of impressive, making our audiences leap to their collective feet bravo-ing in many elated instances. What makes these performances spectacular is that they are open-air, under the moonlight. Whether it is Shostakovich, Bizet, Wagner, Offenbach or Gershwin, the smooth and flawless string sound, liquid brass and percussion sections, so immaculately realized, never let us down. It is a glamorous amalgam of silk, silver and steel. The warmth and richness of the playing is always exceptional, with every department contributing its share of complex timbres and holding them together in a finely achieved soundscape.
One cannot get past the impressive ease with which these musicians prove that the sound of this Orchestra is simply extraordinary and electrifying, wherever it plays. Nothing is rushed, phrases are carefully rounded off with loving care, and everybody seems to breathe in unison – performers and spectators.
Garrett Keast will be conducting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Gainesville. His professional conducting career began at New York City Opera where he served as associate conductor for several productions over three seasons. Mr. Keast’s 2012 season includes performances with the Opera National de Paris, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal, and Oper Bonn with the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart. Mr. Keast has a deep interest in performing and promoting new music. He is passionate about teaching young people, building audiences for classical music, and developing stimulating programs for the modern symphony orchestra. Garrett Keast lives in Berlin.
Grab your lawn chairs and cozy blankets, picnic baskets, beverages and candles or reserve tables up front and ENJOY the Orchestra’s many layers. Let the music flow effortlessly from one dynamic meter and tempo to another, eloquently and compellingly, carrying you to the edge of the moon. Through the skirt of darkness, catch a glimpse of the stars and the smiling moon, soaking in the sheer exuberance of life! Hearing IS believing!!!
GARRETT KEAST – Conductor
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture, Opus 96
GEORGES BIZET Suite No. 1 from Carmen
JACQUES OFFENBACH “Intermezzo and Barcarolle from Les contes d’Hoffmann (Tales)
RICHARD WAGNER Overture to Der file gene Hollander (The Flying Dutchman)
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LEONARD BERSTEIN Overture to Candide
CHARLES IVES “Country Band” March, S. 36 (for Theater Orchestra)
AARON COPLAND from Rodeo “Saturday Night Waltz” “Hoe-Down”
GEORGE GERSHWIN An American in Paris
YouTube Video of Garrett Keast