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A dreamy Debussy Nocturne, a 20th century flute concerto and a peaceful Requiem round out this weekend's Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concerts.

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The all-French program is lead by principal guest conductor Donald Runnicles. The orchestra's principal flutist, Christina Smith, is center stage as the featured soloist. She'll be accompanied by the orchestra in André Jolivet's Flute Concerto, a piece closely associated with 20th-century superstar flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal.

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This weekend, Atlanta plays host to a park-full of jazz legends and a pair of star songwriters in a stripped-down setting.

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

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“Sgt. Pepper" was only the beginning. Half a century after the Beatles' psychedelic landmark, it stands as one of many musical astonishments of 1967 that shaped what we listen to now.

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It was a year of technical, lyrical and rhythmic innovation, of the highest craftsmanship and most inspired anti-craftsmanship.

 

Rock Band GOODING Teaches Finance Skills To Teens

May 19, 2017
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Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll are a supposed trifecta. But drop the drugs, drop the sex, and add financial literacy.

Then, you get GOODING, a rock band that preaches fiscal responsibility and rails against financial inequality. They visit middle and high schools across the country to rock out and to encourage young people to get the lowdown on their own finances. They performed at Inman Middle School earlier this week

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This weekend, Atlanta plays host to R&B superstar John Legand at Chastain Park and a mysterious Icelandic quartet at the Fox. Here to unpack it is contributor Mara Davis and host emeritus Steve Goss.

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On Sunday evening, The Breman Museum will host a taping of “From the Top,” NPR’s long-running weekly program showcasing the country’s finest young classically-trained musicians.

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This episode is particularly special because it doubles as the latest installment of the Breman’s Molly Blank Concert Series. The program is a celebration of Jewish contributions to classical music and will feature music by Jewish composers, Jewish themes in music and young Jewish musicians.

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There's a whole lot of shakin' going on in Atlanta this weekend with the Shaky Knees Festival in town.

Here to run down that and still more of the concert calendar, music contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for "Mara's Music Mix."

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Spivey Hall is celebrating an anniversary this year. But it's not a great performer or composer's anniversary, it's an instrument's. The Albert Schweitzer Memorial Organ at Spivey is getting a 25th anniversary concert.

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The organ was built by the firm of Fratelli Ruffatti in Padua, Italy and its installation was overseen by Emily Spivey.

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If there's any doubt about the style of music Zac Brown has made on his band's new album, just look at the title.

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The burly, bearded country star named the album "Welcome Home" and the 10 tracks on it are as down-home country as a trusty pickup truck, a cold beer and pair of comfortable jeans.

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This weekend is full of beats, bluegrass and beyond. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at the concert calendar.

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Rapper T.I. says he only plans to release about two or three more albums.

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He told The Associated Press in a recent interview that he expects to release an album revolving around "trap music" this year. He's released nine full-length albums so far, and says he has "two or three albums left in him."

 

The 36-year-old from Atlanta added: "But it's definitely time to transition."

 

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This weekend's Atlanta Symphony Orchestra program is as warm and charming as their guest conductor, Nicholas McGegan.

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He's been in front of the ASO several times, but today was his first live interview with Lois Reitzes on "City Lights." Reitzes and McGegan listened to recordings of music featured on this weekend's concerts and discussed the fascinating lives of composers like Mozart and Haydn.

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Atlanta musician Colonel Bruce Hampton turned 70 over the weekend, and he is celebrating tonight at the Fox Theatre with a concert.

Hampton will be joined by a long list of notable Georgia musicians, including members of the Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic and REM. Members of Phish and actor Billy Bob Thornton will also make an appearance. And they will all be engaged in the art of the jam.

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This weekend's concert lineup features legends of rock, British pop, and hip hop. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead with Mara's Music Mix.

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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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The 42-year-old rapper Killer Mike, of Run The Jewels, and the 75-year-old funk legend George Clinton, founder of Parliament and Funkadelic, may be from different generations, but it turns out they have a few things in common: They've both created music that seemed commercially risky at first, yet ended up transcending genres and creating a new audience.

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Shakespeare and Beethoven come together on one program Tuesday evening at Emory University's Carlos Museum.

Will Ransom, Artistic Director of the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta, previewed the celebration of the Bard's words and Beethoven's music with guest pianist Julie Coucheron on "City Lights."

Isadora Pennington

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."

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Country star Alan Jackson, actor-singer-guitarist Jerry Reed and songwriter Don Schlitz will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year. Their selection was announced Wednesday.

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Mike Mantione

One long-running indie rock band is looking forwards and back at the same time. The Athens-based group Five Eight has been around since the late 1980s and they're getting ready to release a new album. They're also the subject of a documentary about their history and return to one ill-fated record.

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The new album is “Songs for Saint Jude,” named for the patron saint of lost causes.

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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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Whenever Mike WiLL Made-It receives any praise for his work on Beyonce's anthemic "Formation," he thinks about all of the people who doubted he would ever work with the Grammy-winning pop star.

"Back then, I was like, 'Man I could do something crazy for Beyonce.' But they was like, '...Beyonce don't be working with just anybody bro,'" he recalled. "People told me that 'Beyonce ... doesn't work with just anybody.' Now, I'm to the point where I'm face-to-face with Beyonce in the studio, and all that plays in my head.

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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.

Migos performs during the Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash 20 at Philips Arena on Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Atlanta.
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A student group at Emory shared a letter on Facebook Tuesday night that starts off: “It sucks. We're disappointed.”

After promising for weeks that the hip-hop group Migos would be performing on campus, the Student Programming Council learned it was a scam.

Julia Munslow, the editor of The Emory Wheel, said her staff noticed the conflict.

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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.

Norman Mackenzie, director of choruses for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, poses for a portrait on July 9, 2015.
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The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus has won almost as many Grammy Awards as Adele. But whereas Adele makes millions, ASO singers get paid … nothing.  A visit to an ASO rehearsal explains why these singers volunteer.

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To get into this choir, performers need a great voice that blends well with others and the ability to read music really well.

Meaghan Curry has those skills. 

"I get so much joy out of singing with the chorus and getting to hear this orchestra,” she says.

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