Let the music play … again. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra returns to Piedmont Park in May with free concerts at 7:30 p.m. May 17 and 23. Family outing, anyone? Date night?

The ASO began giving free concerts in the park in 1976, playing more than 100 until budget constraints ended them with the 2007 season. The May 17 concert features principal guest conductor Donald Runnicles leading selections from Brahms’ Hungarian Dances, the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with concertmaster David Coucheron soloing, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.

On May 23, music director Robert Spano conducts the overture to Bernstein’s Candide, Christopher Theofanidis’ Rainbow Body, Gershwin’s ever-popular An American in Paris, “Symphonic Dances” from Bernstein’s West Side Story, and the Suite from Star Wars by John Williams.

Performances take place on the Promenade, in the northwest corner of the park, next to the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the parking garage. You must enter through the south entrance.

Tickets are free but required. May 17 tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. May 3, May 23 tickets at 10 a.m. May 10. Details HERE.


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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