The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s second classical music series at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park will open on June 20, 2009, with excerpts from Barber of Seville and Carmina Burana. Music Director Robert Spano will conduct the orchestra as it plays the first of eight concerts in its new, 12,000-seat summer home in Alpharetta.

Last year’s inaugural season attracted classical music fans from all over North Georgia. “After a successful opening season last year, we are thrilled to once again be part of this exciting venue that brings all genres of music to the north side of the city,” stated Jeff Mango, president of the Georgia/Alabama region for Verizon Wireless. “The venue has already become an integral part of the community, and we look forward to inviting families, visitors and the greater community out to experience amazing musical performances in a fantastic, outdoor setting.”

Prior to the shows, Top of the Lawn conversations with ASO Insider Ken Meltzer introduce audiences to the orchestra’s musicians and gives them historical context on the evening’s program. Live video feeds on screens to either side of the stage broadcast a pre-concert show and live interviews of guest artists and ASO musicians during intermission. (Audiences are invited to text-message questions during the first half of the evening.)

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