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This weekend, the city is host to two big festivals and two big country stars.

Contributor Mara Davis and host emeritus Steve Goss are in to preview the concert calendar with "Mara's Music Mix."

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Mice is the plural of mouse, geese is the plural of goose and celli is the plural of cello.

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Here in Atlanta, Celli is also a group of four female cellists who had so much fun playing together in groups like the Savannah Philharmonic that they decided to form their own ensemble. 

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This weekend's concert calendar includes some hometown country and a pair of '80s throwbacks. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead.

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Stephen Hough is heralded as a polymath. He is an acclaimed pianist and composer, but he is also a writer of poetry and prose.

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Hough is in Atlanta this weekend, performing on the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s all-Rachmaninov program. That will featured Rachmaninov’s "Vocalise" and "Symphonic Dances," and Hough will performance the "Piano Concerto No. 1."

Jeremiah Parker Hobbs and India S. Tyree star as the titualar characters in the Alliance Theatre’s fairy tale ''Cinderella and Fella.''
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Wednesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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On Saturday evening, Spivey Hall welcomes the Ebène Quartet for a concert of music featuring string quartets by Mozart and Debussy.

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Lois Reitzes spoke with Ebène Quartet cellist Raphaël Merlin about the ensemble's evening of classical, jazz and crossover arrangements. Merlin told Reitzes that when it comes to approaching seemingly disparate styles of music, he cites the wisdom of (fellow classical/jazz/crossover musician) Nigel Kennedy:

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This weekend's concert calendar includes a pair of bands who've gone from 1990s alt-rock weirdos to indie rock elder statesmen.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead with "Mara's Music Mix."

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Orchestra Noir is Atlanta's all-African-American orchestra. The group has only been around for 10 months, but it is already redefining where classical music is performed and who its audience is.

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For one, Orchestra Noir appeared in a music video by Atlanta hip-hop stars Migos and 2Chainz. And the group’s next concert will feature not just their concerto competition winner but also Grammy-winning producer Bryan-Michael Cox.

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This weekend's concert offerings include indie rock at the Variety and hip-hop at Phillips Arena.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead with "Mara's Music Mix."

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Multi-Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn is on the road with pianist Robert Levin. Their tour stops in Atlanta this weekend. The two are performing a program of music by Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, along with contemporary works written specifically for them.

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Another recent endeavor of Hahn’s is presenting music outside of the concert hall: to a knitting class or to parents with newborn babies.

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Sidney Lanier’s seminal poem was “The Song of the Chattahoochee.” So, perhaps he would have enjoyed the gesture of being the namesake for Lake Lanier, which dams part of the Chattahoochee.

Lanier was born in Macon, Ga. in 1842. He did not make it to 40, but left a profound impact on American poetry. And first and even foremost, he was a musician, composing songs and playing flute.

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This weekend's concert calendar includes some big names, some big voices and big sounds.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead with "Mara’s Music Mix."

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Big names from classic rock radio are hitting the city this weekend, including a man from down under and everyone's favorite Police.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at the concert calendar with "Mara's Music Mix."

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This weekend, Atlanta's playing host to a punk legend, political pop, and one of Elton John's favorite new bands.

Contributor Mara Davis sits down with host emeritus Steve Goss for the look ahead.

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The weekend before Valentine's Day has classic rock tributes and Italian love songs and everything in-between.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at upcoming concerts.

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This week's concerts have everything from indie rock darlings to the man, the meme himself. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at the offerings in Atlanta's clubs and concert halls.

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In about a month, we'll learn the winner of the third annual Tiny Desk Contest, the songwriting and performance contest from the creators of NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts.

Last year, the six judges received over 6,000 entries, listening for what host Bob Boilen identified as "something singular, a song and sound that felt original, and a performance that felt inspired." In the end, the judges’ decisions were unanimous: Gaelynn Lea of Duluth, Minnesota.

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This weekend's concert calendar features a homecoming for a jewel-running rap duo and one of the Eagles at the Fox.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at what's happening in Atlanta's clubs and concert halls with "Mara's Music Mix."

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When your art is rooted in your religious faith, how does your work evolve along with your beliefs?

Matthew Paul Miller could tell you.

The hip-hop and reggae singer is better known by his Hebrew name: Matisyahu.

He emerged in the mid-2000s, clad in a long beard and traditional garments, weaving themes of Orthodox Judaism into his lyrics.

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Aging punk rockers and frontmen gone solo are on the bill this weekend and contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at what's going on in Atlanta's music venues with "Mara's Music Mix."

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The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra welcomes pianist Kirill Gerstein into their hall this week. And among his many accomplishments, Gerstein had a rare opportunity in 2015. He was the first to record the rediscovered edition of Tchaikovsky's first piano concerto, which Tchaikovsky released in 1879 but had been lost.

After Tchaikovsky passed away, an editor made some “significant changes,” in Gerstein’s words, to the score. That resulted in a posthumous edition published in 1894, which became the most well-known version.

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This weekend, Atlanta has concerts for those getting into the holiday spirit and for those who are not. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at upcoming shows.

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Ed Roland is best known as the frontman and principal songwriter of rock band Collective Soul, but the Stockbridge, Georgia, native also helms the Americana band Ed Roland & The Sweet Tea Project, as well as his own solo career.

Ed Roland joined Lois Reitzes on “City Lights” to discuss his incredibly productive year, with no signs of slowing down.

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This weekend, the Brian Setzer Orchestra brings some rockabilly swing to get you into the holiday spirit, and Music Midtown hit Nathaniel Rateliff returns to Atlanta.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at some upcoming concerts with "Mara's Music Mix."

Olivia Rae James

Musician, songwriter, soundtrack and record producer T Bone Burnett has said that “The Secret Sisters echo and promise better days. They are a breath of fresh air.” And he should know, because Mr. Burnett produced the first two albums for this Alabama-born singing sibling duo.

The Secret Sisters – Laura and Lydia Rogers – have made some powerful fans in the music industry since their self-titled debut record from 2010. The sisters expect to release their third album in the spring of 2017, this time produced by singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile.

This weekend, a pair of R&B greats hit the arena, and Christmas music "steamrolls" into the city. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at some upcoming concerts in Mara's Music Mix.

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While you may be chowing down on turkey, retail stores everywhere have already signaled the coming of a larger holiday season. And December welcomes plenty of concerts, plays and celebrations of the winter holidays.

This weekend, Spivey Hall hosts two Christmas-themed shows with two critically acclaimed acapella groups.

Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley, Brad Morgan, Jay Gonzalez, and Matt Patton with Drive-By Truckers perform at the Candler Park Music and Food Festival on Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Atlanta.
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This weekend, Atlanta plays host to a soul revival act at the Fox and some politically charged Americana. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for their weekly look at the concert calendar with "Mara's Music Mix."

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Atlanta Music Festival

This weekend is an unofficial kick-off for the holidays with many seasonal events happening in Atlanta, but there are also a number of other fun events and cultural experiences. Atlanta PlanIt has compiled a list of their weekend event picks. They range from a music festival with roots dating back more than a century to one of our favorite holiday markets.

Take a look at what’s going on in Atlanta this weekend, Nov. 18 through 20.

Friday, Nov. 18

Atlanta Music Festival

Patti Austin Brings Lifelong Love Of Jazz To Atlanta

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Patti Austin made her Apollo Theater debut at the age of 4 on a dare.

“We went to see the Apollo to see Dinah Washington,” said Austin, who often met renowned musicians growing up through her musical father, a professional trombone player. With some precociousness, Austin ended up on stage. “Dinah dared me to sang, I sang, and I finished singing and ran off the stage. The audience liked it, and I liked that they liked it, and I ran into the arms of a guy who was on one knee in the wing.”

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