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Spivey Hall brings world-renowned, mostly classical and jazz artists to Atlanta, and Spivey takes on the world in another way as well – with its fourth annual Summer World Music Festival.

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"City Lights" host Lois Reitzes learned more from Spivey education manager Melanie Darby and featured performer Aly Camara, a West African percussionist.

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This weekend and beyond, Atlanta's clubs and concert halls are playing host to some country greats and a certain Tuesday Night Music Club member making a return to form. Contributor Mara Davis and host emeritus Steve Goss look ahead with Mara's Music Mix.

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Georgia's music industry generates about $3.7 billion for the economy each year, and a new state law seeks to grow that number.

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Each summer as the temperatures and humidity increase, the mountains of western North Carolina offer Atlantans relief from the heat amidst beautiful scenery.

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For music lovers, the perfect complement to the awe-inspiring vistas is the annual Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival. The festival is a summer-long celebration of jazz and classical music, often in informal and intimate settings.

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This weekend's concert calendar includes some big-name country, a hometown rap icon and half of Fleetwood Mac.

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

Amy Schroeder

The Harlem Quartet is on a mission: to advance diversity in classical music.

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But the Quartet – comprised of violinists Ilmar Gavilán and Melissa White, violist Jaime Amador and cellist Felix Umansky – quickly learned that in order to diversify the audience for classical music, they first needed to diversify their own repertoire.

Larry Griffin

In 1963, Patsy Cline tragically died in a plane accident at age 30. Despite her short life, she has become a legendary voice in the United States. "Walking After Midnight," “Crazy” and “I Fall to Pieces” were just a few of her many hits she released. With a country music background, Cline’s success was marked by her crossover into pop music.

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There are plenty of big shows and new talent on display in Atlanta's venues this weekend, from the mother of all jam bands to one of hip hop's most acclaimed new voices. 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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In 2015, David Letterman's tenure on late-night television came to an end after 33 years. 

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That meant that Paul Shaffer, the show's band leader and multi-talented musician, was out of a job. Not that he needed to get a new one, but the itch to perform got the best of him, so he gathered his fellow late-night musicians for an album and a tour.

Shaffer and the World's Most Dangerous Band, as Letterman dubbed them, passes through Atlanta this Sunday evening at Center Stage. 

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Earth, Wind and Fire will hit the road this summer, including a stop in metro Atlanta, with some classic hits, a new touring partner and lingering heartache.

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The hits include "September," ''Shining Star" and "Boogie Wonderland," while they'll share the stage with the band Chic, featuring Nile Rodgers. The sadness comes from the loss last year of their founder Maurice White.

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Director David Lynch has returned to television. Showtime brought back his cult favorite "Twin Peaks" at the end of May – the show picks up 25 years after the original series came to an end. With this revived fervor for Lynch's altogether strange take on the world, Atlanta musician Jeffrey Butzer is paying tribute to Lynch's music at the EARL.

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On Saturday, the Atlanta Women’s Chorus will present an evening of music from the British Isles, spanning from baroque music to today's popular music. 

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This weekend calendar includes another great neighborhood festival and a songwriting legend coming to town. Contributor Mara Davis and host emeritus Steve Goss have the rundown on upcoming concerts with Mara's Music Mix.

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A funeral for rock star Gregg Allman will be held Saturday in Macon, where The Allman Brothers Band first won fame.

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Local news media report that a private memorial is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Snow's Memorial Chapel. Allman will be buried near his late brother, founding Allman Brothers guitarist Duane Allman, and late bandmate Berry Oakley at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Fans are expected to line the procession route from Snow's to the cemetery.

Gregg Allman performs two nights at Atlanta Symphony Hall, Wednesday and Thursday.
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The stage remains dark in the moments before the final show. It's the Allman Brothers' annual New York City Beacon Theater run, in March 2011.

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Across the twilight, the first clear notes of "Hot 'Lanta" rise from Gregg Allman's Hammond B3 keyboard. Stage lights come up as the organ's tremolo fills the hall.

Drums, percussion and bass join in, twin lead guitars launch over the top and an enormous driving rhythm floods the room, penetrating me to the bone.

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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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Caitlin Cunningham

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."