If you think amps are needed in order for a musical performance to be electrifying, you haven’t heard the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
There’s just something about listening to and watching the ASO – the incredibly talented musicians and singers, the history in each composition, the intensity and emotion that can be conveyed through the crescendos and adagios – that gives you chills.
A number of Symphony enthusiasts came together Friday night for the Symphony Gala. Held at the InterContinental Hotel in Buckhead, the event featured a performance by trumpeter Chris Botti.
The gala performance was a bit more “plugged in” than other symphony performances. Botti played a mix of jazz and pop, with a five member band that included an electric guitarist and bassist. Botti too looked the part of a rock star, with his spiky frosted hair. It’s not often that you hear women’s high-pitched screams of adoration at symphony events.
Watch Chris Botti perform at the Symphony Gala below
One of the more memorable parts of Botti’s performance was when he was joined on stage by Lisa Fischer. The Grammy Award-winning singer wowed the audience with her unbelievable vocal range, perfectly matching Botti’s trumpet note-for-note.
In addition to celebrating the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the gala benefited ASO’s education and outreach initiatives. Proceeds from the event will go to the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Talent Development Program, as well as outreach partnerships that enable Atlanta Symphony musicians to interact with local students.
Now is the best time to discover (or rediscover) the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. There are performances every week, with ticket prices starting in the $20 to $25 range. You can also compose your own concert series – choose four or more performances and tickets start at $19 a seat.
If it is your first time attending a performance, the Atlanta Symphony has a handy guide on what to expect.
For more information on the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra visit www.atlantasymphony.org.