Looking for something cultural to do this weekend and beyond? Here are Encore Atlanta’s recommendations (in alphabetical order) Pictured: Lorilyn Harper and Curtis Krick in the Academy Theatre’s “Cophenhagen.” 

Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. Conductor Jere Flint leads the ASYO in its final concert of the season. The program: Huanzhi’s Spring Festival Overture, Smetana’s The Moldau and the finale from Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, “Titan.” Flutist Hally Davidson, a senior from McDonough, performs Hüe’s Fantasie for Flute and Orchestra. And violinist Keanu Mitanga, a sophomore at the International School, does the First Movement of Saint-Saëns’s Violin Concerto No. 3. 3 p.m. Sunday. $10. Symphony Hall at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. Tickets HERE or 404.733.5000.

Copenhagen. Toward the end of World War II, two of the world’s top physicists met in Copenhagen. About a bomb. The details of their meeting have never been revealed, and the two never spoke to each other again. Playwright Michael Frayn presents his own ideas of the event in this 2000 Tony Award winner. Featuring Stuart Schleuse as Werner Heisenberg, Curtis Krick as Niels Bohr and Lorilyn Harper as Margrethe Bohr. Directed by Maggie McEnerny. Through May 20. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday (no show May 13). Also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19. $15 online; $23 at the door. Academy Theatre, Reservations: 404.474.8332 or HERE. Tickets online HERE.

Don Giovanni. FINAL WEEKEND. Atlanta Opera stages the Mozart masterpiece detailing the devious schemes of history’s most beguiling scoundrel, Don Juan. In Italian with English supertitles. Pre-opera talks begin one hour before each performance. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. $25-$140. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. Tickets HERE. Read more in this Encore FEATURE.

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. WORLD PREMIERE. Reactions to this rock ‘n’ blues mystery have been wildly divergent. See for yourself what creators John Mellencamp, Stephen King, T Bone Burnett and director Susan V. Booth have wrought. It’s a tale of two brothers and a bullet, two lovers and a leap, and the ghosts who know the truth.  Through May 13. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. $45-$85. Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. Tickets HERE or 404.733.5000. For discounts, visit poshdealz.com.

The Fox on the Fairway. OPENING WEEKEND. Playwright Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) turns his farcical focus to the country club set in this homage to the great British farces of the 1930s and ’40s. Dad’s Garage Artistic Director Kevin Gillese, who knows a little bit about funny, directs an Aurora Theatre cast that includes Courtney Patterson and Suehyla El-Attar. Through May 27. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $20-$30. Wednesday discount matinee ($16) on May 23. Theater: 128 East Pike St., Lawrenceville. Free (attached) parking deck: 153 Crogan St. Tickets HERE or 678.266.6222. For discounts, visit poshdealz.com.

Music of Motown. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra gives pop its props with a tribute to that signature sound born in Detroit in 1960. The four men of Spectrum provide the vocals. Michael Krajewski conducts a program that recalls the Supremes, the Four Tops, the Temptations and any number of history-making acts. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $20-$59. Symphony Hall at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. www.atlantasymphony.org. 404.733.4900.

Shakespeare in the Park. The moniker isn’t as catchy as the former Shake at the Lake (Shake Near the Lake? Bard in the Yard?), but it’s tremendously good news that Georgia Shakespeare is back at Piedmont Park for five nights of theater under the stars. The Tempest, with Carolyn Cook as Prospera (yes, a gender change-up) and Chris Kayser as the fairy Ariel, plays at 7:30 p.m. May 9-13. A new venue in the renovated Greensward area of the park near the Legacy Fountain more than doubles the event’s previous seating capacity and allows patrons to picnic before and during the performance. General admission is free; reserved seating and picnicking spots are $10-$20. The park is at 1071 Piedmont Ave. in Midtown. Details HERE or 404.504.1473.

A Wrinkle in Time. FINAL WEEKEND. Theatrical Outfit stages this child-friendly sci-fi adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s Newbery Medal-winning novel. It’s a dark and stormy night when awkward teenager Meg Murry takes a fantastical journey to rescue her scientist-father from the dark forces that hold him prisoner on another planet. Directed by Justin Anderson. 7:30 tonight-Friday; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. $15-$35. The Balzer Theater at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St. N.W. Tickets HERE or at 877.725.8849. Read more about director Justin Anderson in this Encore SNAPSHOT.


Kathy Janich, Encore Atlanta’s managing editor, has been seeing, covering or working in the performing arts for most of her life. Please email: kathy@encoreatlanta.com.

About Kathy Janich

Kathy Janich is a longtime arts journalist who has been seeing, working in or writing about the performing arts for most of her life. She's a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Americans for the Arts and the National Arts Marketing Project. Full disclosure: She’s also an artistic associate at Synchronicity Theatre.

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