BEST BETS | Jan. 10-16, 2019


WELCOME TO OUR weekly curated column. Nora returns as the delicious Aurora Theatre / Actor’s Express co-pro of “A Doll’s House, Part 2” begins its Lawrenceville run. Among other notables: a one-night-only “Della’s Diner” reunion; and the approaching “Ever After” (Alliance) and  “Unexpected Play Festival” (Theatrical Outfit). Pictured: Tess Malis Kincaid as Nora Helmer in “Part 2.” Photo by Casey Gardner.


Clarinetist Laura Ardan (left) and vocal soloists Sasha Cook, Joseph Lattanzi.

Clarinetist Laura Ardan (left) and vocal soloists Sasha Cook, Joseph Lattanzi.


Guest conductor Christopher Allen leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and two soloists in a program dedicated to the music of Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990). Expect to hear Symphonic Dances from West Side Story plus music from the composer’s 1971 Mass and the Broadway shows On the Town, Wonderful Town and Peter Pan. Soloists Sasha Cooke (mezzo-soprano) and Joseph Lattanzi (baritone) join the ASO, and principal clarinetist Laura Ardan is featured.

$22-$99. 8 nightly. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.


Della’s Diner: Blue Plate Special. SATURDAY ONLY.

Tickets are going fast for this reunion show, which recalls Atlanta’s 1970s and ’80s cabaret heyday. You might know Morning Glory Mountain and the characters Della, daughter Ramona, country singer Connie Sue Day, Ricky Jim Robinson and Sheriff Ronnie Frank Flaugher from Libby Whittemore’s club act or Christmas shows. She returns for one more chapter in the musical comedy soap opera, as do singer-actor Megan McFarland and creator Tom Edwards. For the uninitiated, Della is the sassy, big-hearted café owner who dispenses love, wisdom and moral advice to the parade of oddballs who visit her small-town diner. There will be a whole lot goin’ on. 

$40. 8 p.m. Out Front Theatre999 Brady Ave. NW in West Midtown. Details HERE. Online tickets no longer available. Call the box office at 404.448.2755.


A Doll’s House, Part 2. OPENS THURSDAY.

Aurora Theatre takes its turn with this stunning Actor’s Express co-production, a sequel of sorts to master dramatist Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 classic, A Doll’s House (but you needn’t know that piece to enjoy this one). Well-known contemporary playwright Lucas Hnath’s Part 2 takes place 15 years after wife and mother Nora Helmer (Tess Malis Kincaid) leaves her husband and family to seek independence unheard of in her day. Now she’s knocking to get back in and ask a huge favor. The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, W Magazine and Time Out New York all called Part 2 the best play of Broadway’s 2017 season. It’s smart, funny and modern. Joining Kincaid onstage are Rob ClevelandShelli Delgado and Deadra Moore. AE artistic director Freddie Ashley directed.

$20 and up. Through Feb. 10. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 2:30 + 8 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Also at 10 a.m. Jan. 22. Aurora offers free, covered, attached parking in a city deck at 153 E. Crogan St. Details HERE or at 678.226.6222. Discount tickets at

Opening this weekend


Moonlight & Magnolias. OPENS THURSDAY.

At Georgia Ensemble TheatreFrankly, my dear, it almost didn’t happen. Playwright Ron Hutchinson’s 2004 inside-Hollywood farce peeks behind the camera as producer-screenwriter David O. Selznick, director Victor Fleming and screenwriter Ben Hecht lock themselves in an office with a five-day supply of peanuts and bananas trying to rescue a disastrous 1939 movie. The title: Gone With the Wind. Great cast: William S. Murphey is Selznick, Bart Hansard is Fleming, and Googie Uterhardt is Hecht. All are Atlanta actors. Note: Contains mature language and content. 

$26-$40. Through Jan. 27. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Also at 4 p.m. Jan. 19 + 26. GET performs in the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 959 Forrest St. Details, tickets HERE or at 770.641.1260. Discount tickets at

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Million Dollar Quartet. CLOSES SATURDAY.

Georgia Ensemble Theatre reprises its popular staging and moves it to the Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University. Return to Dec. 4, 1956, the first and only time in history that Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins made music together. The spot was Sun Records in Memphis. The score includes “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and 15 more. Chris Damiano directs, music directs and plays Cash, with Alex Canty as Elvis, Christopher Kent as Perkins and Sean McGibbon as Lewis.

$35-$40. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 4 + 8 p.m. Saturday. The Conant is at 4484 Peachtree Road N.E. Details, tickets HERE or at 770.641.1260 (do not call the Conant box office).

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Love’s Labour’s Lost. THROUGH JAN. 27.

At Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse. Can four young men honor their pledge to avoid the opposite sex, food, drink and sleep in order to become more intellectual and contemplative? Not in Shakespeare’s comedy, especially after four young women arrive on the scene. The cast: Tatyana Arrington, Kelly Criss, Chris Hecke, Amanda LindseySarah Newby Halicks, Tamil Periasamy, Cory Phelps and J.L. Reed, among others. Georgia Gwinnett College’s Jaclyn Hofmann directs.

$22-$45. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Food and drink, including libations, available. 499 Peachtree St. NE (parking suggested in the Emory University Hospital Midtown deck across the street). Details, tickets HERE or at 404.874.5299.

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Ever After. BEGINS JAN. 15.

This musical update on the Cinderella story christens the Alliance Theatre’s new mainstage, the Coca-Cola Stage. The show is based on the 1998 Drew Barrymore movie (and the original 1729 fairy tale). Follow a young woman named Danielle de Barbarac, who risks everything to save a friend. With the help of Leonardo da Vinci (yes, da Vinci), she must decide who she is, what she’ll fight for and how far she’ll go for love. The show comes from the award-winning New York songwriting team of Zina Goldrich (music) and Marcy Heisler (book and lyrics). Alliance artistic director Susan V. Booth directs. Her 30-person cast is led by Broadway regulars Sierra Boggess (The Little Mermaid, School of Rock); Tony Award nominee David Garrison (A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine); Jeff McCarthy (Urinetown, Side Show); and Rachel York (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Head Over Heels). Also in the cast: Atlanta-based artists Terry Burrell (Ethel, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill), Chris Kayser (Alliance, Georgia Shakespeare) and Rhyn McLemore Saver. We smell Broadway aspirations.

$25 and up. Through Feb. 17. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2:30 + 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 + 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Also at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15 + 29. No shows Feb. 3. Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.



Johannes Moser

Johannes Moser

Shostakovich + Bernstein. JAN. 17 + 19.

Music director Robert Spano leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Leningrad” Symphony, a defiant and tuneful 1941 piece that was smuggled out of Russia during Hitler’s 900-day siege of the city. German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser joins the ASO for Leonard Bernstein’s Three Meditations from Mass. Thursday’s concert includes a 6:45 p.m. chamber recital open to ticket holders for either night.

$22-$98. At 8 nightly. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000. Discount tickets at

The Unexpected Play Festival. JAN. 14-15. See three staged readings in two days at Theatrical Outfit. $10 per reading; $25 for all three. Balzer Theater at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St. NW. Details, tickets HERE or at 678.528.1500. The lineup …

  •         Noon Jan. 14: If I Forget by Steven Levenson (Dear Evan Hansen). Three Jewish siblings gather for their father’s 75th birthday and negotiate how much of the past they’re willing to sacrifice for a chance at a new beginning. The cast includes Andrew BenatorLane Carlock and Brian Kurlander. Outfit education director Mira Hirsch directs.

  •           7:30 p.m. Jan. 14: Gershwin’s America. Concert pianist Alpin Hong interprets George Gershwin songs in a one-man tale about music, being a second-generation immigrant and what it means to be American. Presented in partnership with New York’s Flying Carpet Theatre Company. Flying Carpet artistic director Adam Koplan directs.

  •           7:30 p.m. Jan. 15: Bellwether by Steve Yockey. A 6-year-old girl’s disappearance uncovers what’s really beneath the surface in her nice, safe surburban town. The cast includes Suehyla El-Attar, Eliana Marianes, Diany Rodriguez and Joe Sykes. Outfit associate artistic director Clifton Guterman directs.

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K2. JAN. 25-FEB. 9.

From Catalyst Arts Atlanta. Two climbers are stranded at 27,000 feet on their descent from an expedition to the peak of the world’s second-highest mountain. One has a broken leg; the other is trying to recover a lost rope. Playwright Patrick Meyers’ drama uses mountain climbing as a metaphor to explore a deeper theme: the recognition that human beings are free to choose whether they will live or die and do so calmly and objectively, even under the most severe conditions. The cast: Joel Coady and Dan Ford. Barrett Doyle directs. Catalyst, a six-person collective of Atlanta-based artists, storytellers, performers, designers, musicians, craftspeople and filmmakers, stages the piece in an immersive format that includes wandering through a snow-covered base camp in which sherpa tea will be served, a camp speakeasy for drinks and a cliffside environment. 

$15-$25 plus fees. 8 p.m. Monday and Thursday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. In the Hangar space at The Bakery Atlanta825 Warner St. SW. Details, tickets HERE.

Neal A. Ghant. Photo: Kevin Harry

Neal A. Ghant. Photo: Kevin Harry

An Octoroon. JAN. 26-FEB. 24.

At Actor’s Express. An imaginative new work from Branden Jacobs-Jenkins  (2016’s Appropriate) turns 19th-century melodrama on its ear. The script, which won off-Broadway’s 2014 Obie Award for best new play, puts the antebellum South on a collision course with 21st-century cultural politics. Trouble has been brewing at the Terrebonne Plantation ever since Judge Peyton died. Money is low, an evil overseer is up to no good, and the heir to the estate is in love with the wrong person. Jacobs-Jenkins, 33, is a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grantee and has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Donya K. Washington, an Alliance Theatre producer, directs. Her cast of 11 includes Isake Akanke (Cardboard Piano), Neal A. Ghant (The Motherf**ker With the Hat) and Parris Sarter (Angels in America). 

$20-$50 and subject to change based on demand. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.607.7469. Discount tickets at



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The Alliance Theatre mostly returns to the Woodruff Arts Center in 2018/19, throwing itself and its audiences an ambitious 12-show birthday party.

THE ALLIANCE THEATRE christens its brand-spanking-new mainstage in 2018/19 with five world premieres, two regional premieres, new work from Atlanta artists Pearl CleagePhillip DePoy and Mary Lynn Owen, and a piece by Faith Salie of National Public Radio and “CBS News Sunday Morning.”


The Alliance, which turns 50 next season, has produced 110 world premieres since its founding in 1968, becoming a heavyweight in the world of American regional theater and winning the regional theater Tony Award in 2007. Susan V. Booth has led the company as artistic director since 2001.

“The best part of theater, I’ve always thought,” Booth said in a statement, “is the living and breathing pulse it gives to human language, the elevation of the spoken word to an art form, and the pure wonder that a mere mortal can say exactly the right thing at exactly the right time.”

After a season on the road to allow for renovations, the company returns to its Midtown home at the Woodruff Arts Center. The new 650-seat Coca-Cola Stage opens in October with  events for subscribers, patrons, artists and the community, and sees its first production in January. It has been redesigned to upgrade the theatergoing experience for patrons by creating a more intimate, comfortable and sound-sensitive space (the old mainstage seated 770). The renovation project included upgrades to rehearsal, education and artist support spaces. The 200-seat Hertz Stage, a flexible black-box space, received technical upgrades.

Susan V. Booth

Susan V. Booth

In January, the Coca-Cola Stage debuts with the musical Ever After, based on the 1998 movie with Drew Barrymore. The score comes from the award-winning songwriting team of Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler. Booth will direct, with JoAnn M. Hunter choreographing.

The Coca-Cola stage will see three productions and the Hertz Stage will see four, including the 2019 winner of the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition. One show will be done outdoors at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, A Christmas Carol returns to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre for a second season and all three Family Series shows will be done at the Woodruff Arts Center’s Rich Theatre.

Season tickets are on sale now as are single tickets for Winnie-the-Pooh. Single tickets for the rest of the season go on sale in August.  Details, tickets HERE.

In chronological order, the 12-show season lines up like this:



WINNIE-THE-POOH   |  June 7-July 8. Rich Theatre.

Family Series. Journey through the Hundred Acre Wood with Pooh Bear, Piglet, Rabbit, Eeyore, Kango, Roo and Owl, as each of their adventures turns into another. Le Clanché du Rand wrote the script, with music by Allan J. Friedman and lyrics by A.A. Milne, Kristin Sergel and du Rand. Leora Morris, the Alliance’s 2016/17 Yale Directing Fellow, directs.

The exhibition Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic runs concurrently (June 3-Sept. 2) at the High Museum of Art, in its first U.S. visit. Show details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.




A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM  |  Sept. 5-Oct. 21. Atlanta Botanical Garden.

A world premiere adaptation from David Catlin of Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre Company (Lookingglass Alice, Moby Dick). Described as a whimsical, outdoor version of the Shakespeare comedy, in which two couples deal with love and all its complications — confusion, jealousy and passion. On their journey to happily ever after, the lovers encounter a band of actors, wood sprites and elves, a botched love potion and the wedding of a king. Catlin directs.

Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.


NICK’S FLAMINGO GRILL   |  Sept. 29-Oct. 28. Hertz Stage.

A world premiere musical by actor, playwright, director, musician, composer, novelist and educator Phillip DePoy (2015’s Edward Foote). Inspired by the true story of the first integrated nightclub in Atlanta and featuring 10 original jazz songs (by DePoy and Tyrone Jackson).

The story: Two World War II ex-GIs have become jazz musicians and found great success in the nightclubs of Paris. This convinces them that their mixed-race act will be a hit in the States, too. So they return home, to 1950s Georgia. Tinashe Kajese-Bolden (Synchronicity Theatre’s Suzi Bass Award-winning Eclipsed) directs, with musical direction by Jackson.

Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.


PAIGE IN FULL   Oct. 6-13. Rich Theatre.

Family Series. This piece for middle-school audiences, first seen in 2010, uses poetry, dance, media and music to tell the story of a multicultural girl and her journey through hip-hop to self-discovery. Paige in Full looks at how ethnicity and pop culture shape our identities, in what’s described as a “personal, yet universal story.” Written and choreographed by Paige Hernandez. Hernandez — a multidisciplinary performer, director, choreographer — has been named a Classroom Hero by The Huffington Post, a Citizen Artist Fellow by the Kennedy Center and one of “Six Theater Workers You Should Know” in American Theatre magazine. Hernandez and the Alliance’s Rosemary Newcott direct.

Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.




KNEAD   |   Nov. 13-Dec. 9. Hertz Stage.

This world premiere, written by and featuring Atlanta theater artist Mary Lynn Owen, was developed through the Alliance’s third Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab, which provides a producing home for works in development.

The story: In the wee hours of the morning, a woman bakes bread, determined that her mother’s incomprehensible recipe will finally work. But something is different on this night. Time and memory keep interfering — the kneading, rising, shaping and baking, all in real time — become a journey into the unpredictability of, well, just about everything. 

Owen, who has been seen on most, if not all, metro stages, is a 2016 Suzi Award-winning best actress for her work in Aurora Theatre’s Wit. Atlanta-based artist David de Vries directs.

Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL     Dec. 12-24. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

This is the Alliance’s traditional musical, multicultural adaptation from David H. Bell, the company’s associate artistic director in its Kenny Leon years. As you might well know, it’s Christmas Eve, and the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by four ghosts — his old partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. He gets one last chance to reshape his future. Newcott directs. Details HERE or at 404.733.5000.



EVER AFTER     Jan. 19-Feb. 17. Coca-Cola Stage.

A new take on the Cinderella legend, based on the 1998 feature film (and the original 1729 fairy tale). Follow a young woman named Danielle de Barbarac, who risks everything to save a friend from an unjust fate. With the help of Leonardo da Vinci (yes, da Vinci) she must decide who she is, what she’ll fight for and how far she’ll go for love. In its 2015 world premiere run at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, N.J., critics praised Ever After for its score but were less enthusiastic about the script. At the time, there was speculation of a Broadway run, which hasn’t happened yet.

Creators Marcy Heisler (book and lyrics) and Zina Goldrich(composer) have been collaborating since 1993. Among other honors, they were the first women to win the Fred Ebb Award for musical theater songwriting. Their other projects include Junie B’s Essential Survival Guide to School and Dear Edwina (both off-Broadway); The Great American Mousical, based on the best-selling book by Julie Andrews (Goodspeed Opera House); and Snow White Rose Red (and Fred) at the Kennedy Center. Goldrich and Heisler are also performing and recording artists.

Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.



GOODNIGHT, TYLER    Feb. 16-March 10. Hertz Stage.

This world premiere by Northwestern University’s B.J. Tindal is the 2019 winner of the Alliance/Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition. “Who was Tyler Evans?,” it asks. Apparently, he was either a beloved best friend, grandson, mentor and fiancé, or a young black man killed by a police officer.

To control the contradicting narratives of his death, Tyler haunts his best friend as other friends and relatives quibble over his legacy. The Alliance describes Goodnight, Tyler as a “contemporary and unexpectedly humorous drama.”

Details HERE or at 404.733.5000.


THE WIZARD OF OZ  |  March 9-April 14. Rich Theatre.

Family Series. The Alliance first told this 70-minute, family-friendly version of L. Frank Baum’s Oz tale in 2012. It includes such iconic Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg songs as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Follow the Yellow Brick Road,” as well as puppetry and a whimsical nod to American folk art in its design and costumes. Newcott directs. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.


ANGRY, RAUCOUS AND SHAMELESSLY GORGEOUS   |   March 20-April 14. Coca-Cola Stage.

World premiere. Much-loved Atlanta playwright Pearl Cleage draws on a life of art and activism to probe today’s political landscape.

The story: Two former activists set out to find a candidate they can back in an upcoming congressional race and find a political landscape quite different from the one they knew in their 1970s glory days. The wave of woman-power draws them back to the fight but seems a strange place — long on contradictions and short on sisterhood — which makes them question their values and a friendship that has lasted 30 years. Booth directs.

Cleage’s Hospice + Pointing to the Moon, an Alliance production being staged at the Southwest Arts Center, began previews Friday. The two-person drama about family runs through April 15. Angry, Raucous details HERE or at 404.733.5000.




APPROVAL JUNKIE   |  April 5-28. Hertz Stage.

World premiere. Written by and featuring Faith Salie. Salie, a comedian and Emmy Award-winning journalist, returns to Georgia to adapt her memoir into a  one-woman show.

From winning her high-school beauty pageant to choosing the perfect outfit for her divorce, she has spent a lifetime looking for validation in all the wrong places. Here she  reveals how she finally won gold stars from her toughest critic. 

Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.



RIDE THE CYCLONE    |  May 1-26. Coca-Cola Stage.

A regional premiere musical from the Canadian team of Brooke Maxwell (music and lyrics) and Jacob Richmond (music, lyrics and book). The story: The St. Cassian High School Chamber Choir will board the Cyclone roller coaster at 8:17 p.m. At 8:19 the front axle will break, sending them to their deaths. A mechanical fortuneteller invites each one of the six singers to tell their story of a life interrupted — with the promise of a prize like no other. 

Ride the Cyclone began life in 2009 at Atomic Vaudeville in Victoria, British Columbia, and went on to win three Toronto Theatre Critics Awards (2012) and make its American premiere at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre (2015). New York Times critic Charles Isherwood listed the 2016 off-Broadway production among his Top 10 shows of the year, calling it “just plain fun from start to finish … wildly original … [and] part comedy, part tragedy and wholly unexpected.”

Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.


ASO 18/19 Season Sees More Bernstein, Beethoven, Biss


THE ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S  2018/19 season features more Bernstein and Beethoven, one world premiere, five ASO premieres and a roster of guest conductors old and new that includes Roberto Abbado, Edward Gardner and Peter Oundjian. It also celebrates French, Russian and Spanish music.

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The season, the orchestra’s 74th, begins Sept. 20 with Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky and ends June 8, 2019, with Beethoven’s Fidelio. It includes the 24-week classical series, holiday concerts, family concerts, movies in concert and Atlanta Symphony Hall LIVE. Music director Robert Spano and principal guest conductor Donald Runnicles will lead the ASO for an 18th season.

Perk-laden subscriptions, beginning at $75 for three concerts, are on sale now. Details HERE or at 404.733.4800.

The symphony will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I with several pieces, including Shostakovitch’s Leningrad Symphony; Bernstein’s Halil; Elgar’s Cello Concerto; and Britten’s War Requiem, which includes poetry from Wilfred Own, a writer of the era. 

All concerts are at Symphony Hall in the Woodruff Arts Center in Midtown, unless otherwise noted. The season, in chronological order, lines up like this:



Lang Lang

Lang Lang


Robert Spano conducts Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, with Kirill Gerstein, a Jewish-American and Russian pianist, as guest soloist.

LANG LANG. Sept. 26.

The Chinese pianist joins guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen and the ASO for a program featuring Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Symphony No. 40 and Piano Concerto No. 24. 


The ASO’s Stephen Mulligan conducts Jongen’s Symphonie Concertanteand Guilmat’s Symphony No. 1 with guest organist Jens Korndörfer.



Jun Märkl

Jun Märkl

VIVE LA FRANCE. Oct. 11 + 13. 

The ASO is joined by guest conductor Jun Märkl and violinist Giora Schmidt for Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini Overture, Vieuxtemps’ Violin Concerto No. 5 and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé (complete ballet).


Runnicles, the ASO and the ASO Chorus are joined by soprano Evelina Dobračeva, tenor Thomas Cooley, baritone Russell Braun and the Gwinnett Young Singers.



Roberto Abbado

Roberto Abbado

BRAHMS  + BEETHOVEN. Nov. 8 + 10.

Guest conductor Robert Abbado and violinist Veronika Eberle join the ASO for Rossini’s String Sonata No. 1, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 and Brahms’ Violin Concerto.


Conductor TBA. 1:30 + 3:30 p.m.


Edward Gardner and pianist Simon Trpčeski join the ASO for Rachmaninov’s Isle of the Dead, Piano Concerto No. 4 and Symphonic Dances.



Christmas With the ASO

Christmas With the ASO

CHRISTMAS WITH THE ASO.  Dec. 8-9 (four concerts).

Norman Mackenzie leads the ASO, the ASO Chorus, the Morehouse College Glee Club and the Gwinnett Young Singers in this holiday tradition.

ASO HOLIDAY CONCERT (North Avenue Presbyterian Church). Dec. 13.

Stephen Mulligan conducts the orchestra.

MESSIAH. Dec. 13. Mackenzie conducts the ASO and ASO Chamber Chorus.

A FESTIVE FAMILY HOLIDAY. Dec. 16. Mulligan conducts the ASO. 1:30 + 3:30 p.m.

A VERY MERRY HOLIDAY. Dec. 20-21. Mulligan again conducts the ASO.





Guest conductor Christopher Allen leads the ASO in Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side StoryPrelude, Fugue and Riffs; and Songs and Dances. ASO clarinetist Laura Ardan is featured, along with mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and baritone Joseph Lattanzi. 


Cellist Johannes Moser joins Spano and the ASO for Leonard Bernstein’s Three Meditations from Mass and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7, Leningrad.


This program features Piano Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Opus 10, No. 2; Piano Sonata No. 20 in G Major, Opus 49, No. 2; Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-flat Major, Opus 31, No. 3, The Hunt; and Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major, Opus 106, Hammerklavier.     


Spano conducts Alex Turley’s City of Ghosts (an ASO premiere), Jennifer Higdon’s Viola Concerto (also an ASO premiere) and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. The ASO is joined by Roberto Diaz on viola.



Stephen Mulligan

Stephen Mulligan

RACH 3. Feb. 14 + 16. 

Powerhouse pianist Nikolai Luganski joins the ASO and maestro Mulligan for Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Also planned: Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1. 


Spano conducts a program featuring Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, Jupiter, and Verdi’s Four Sacred Pieces.




The music is Ravel’s Mother Goose (the complete ballet) and Paulus/Robert Elhai’s Jump. Choreographer Lauri Stallings and the moving artists of glo join Spano and the ASO.



This program features Piano Sonata No. 25 in G Major, Opus 79; Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-flat Major, Opus 22; Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Opus 27, No. 2, Moonlight; Piano Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp Major, Opus 78; and Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Opus 109. 

VIVA ESPANA! March 7 + 9.

Hear Ravel’s Alborada del gracioso, Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole and Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat (the complete ballet). ASO concertmaster David Coucheron is the violin soloist. No conductor has been announced.


Mulligan conducts the ASO. 1:30 + 3:30 p.m.

STRAUSS AND BRAHMS. March 21 + 23.

Popular guest conductor Peter Oundjian is on the podium for Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 (with guest artist Benjamin Grosvenor) and Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra.


Spano conducts Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and Triple Concerto, and Schumann’s Symphony No. 1, Spring, with guests Daniel Hope on violin, David Finckel on cello (making his ASO debut) and Wu Han on piano.



Michael Gandolfi

Michael Gandolfi

CONCERTO NIGHT. April 4 + 6.

Spano conducts Michael Gandolfi’s Imaginary Numbers, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra with guest artist Jeremy Denk on piano and ASO soloists Elizabeth Koch Tiscione on oboe, Laura Ardan on clarinet, Andrew Brady on bassoon and Brice Andrus on French horn.

BEETHOVEN + BERNSTEIN: PART 1. April 11 + 13-14. 

Guest conductor Thomas Søndergård leads the ASO and ASO Chorus in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, with soprano Jessica Rivera, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Lauricella, tenor Thomas Cooley, countertenor Daniel Moody (in his ASO debut) and bass Andrea Mastroni (also in his ASO debut) as guest artists.


Piano Sonata No. 19 in G minor, Opus 49, No. 1; Piano Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Opus 31, No. 1; Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Opus 10, No. 3; Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Opus 90; and Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Opus 101. 

ELGAR CELLO CONCERTO AT 100. April 25 + 27.

Guest conductor Carlos Kalmar and cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason join the ASO for the Elgar. Also planned: Sullivan’s  Overture di Ballo and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2.



MADE IN PARIS! May 2 + 4.

Guest conductor Lionel Bringuier and pianist Lise de la Salle join the ASO for Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 4 (an ASO premiere), Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G and Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite (1919).


DA DA DA DUUUHHHH! May 9 + 11.

Spano and the ASO perform Richard Prior’s … of shadow and light …, James Oliverio’s Double Timpani Concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, with the ASO’s Mark Yancich and brother Paul Yancich on timpani.


Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Opus 28, Pastoral; Piano Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Opus 14, No. 2; Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Opus 2, No. 3; and Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Opus 111.


Michaud’s Le boeuf sur le toit, Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne, Debussy’s Préludes (an ASO debut) and La Mer. Runnicles conducts, with Kim-Lillian Strebel as the soprano soloist.

BEETHOVEN + BERNSTEIN: PART 2. May 30 + June 1-2.

Runnicles conducts Beethoven’s Lenore Overture No. 3 and Symphony No. 6, Pastoral, and Bernstein’s Halil (an ASO debut). The ASO’s Christina Smith solos on the flute.



Christine Goerke

Christine Goerke


Beethoven’s only opera follows Leonore, who disguises herself as a prison guard named Fidelio, to rescue her husband, Florestan, from death in a political prison. Performed by the ASO, the ASO Chorus and seven soloists — baritone Nmon Ford singing Pizarro, soprano Christine Goerke singing Leonore, tenor Joseph Kaiser singing Florestan, tenor Miles Mykkanen as Jacquino, bass Morris Robinson as Don Fernando, soprano Laura Tatulescu as Marzelline and bass Arthur Woodley as Rocco.