Spiritual Awakenings

Dec 19, 2022
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Atlanta-based composer Carlos Simon explores African American tradition in Tales: A Folklore Symphony, inspired by the many heroic characters found in the works of the creative duo Black Kirby. Sergei Rachmaninov’s youthful First Symphony blends ravishing melodies and unique Romantic themes into four movements defined by superb orchestral balance, allowing the listener to follow every voice of its magnificent polyphony.

NEW THIS SEASON: Tickets to Civic Orchestra concerts become available two weeks prior to each concert.

Tickets are free ($5 fee applies).

SPECIAL PRECONCERT EVENT: Ticket holders are invited to a free preconcert talk in Grainger Ballroom 90 minutes before the performance with composer Carlos Simon; Stacey Robinson, co-creator of Black Kirby: In Search of the MotherBoxx Connection and Terrence Gant, owner of Third Coast Comics. The conversation will last approximately 40 minutes. Seating is limited and no additional ticket is required.

  • Venue
    Symphony Center
  • Price Range
  • Length
    1 hour 40 minutes
  • Preconcert Conversation
    6:30 p.m., Grainger Ballroom
  • Program Book
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Tales: A Folklore Symphony


Symphony No. 1


The 2022/23 Civic Orchestra season is generously sponsored by The Julian Family Foundation, which also provides major funding for the Civic Fellowship program.

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