Music is in the air as the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra prepares for a new season with enough variety to please many types of music lovers.
“We’re always trying to evolve and bring different aspects to the community,” said Executive Director Sue Haggerty. “We always bring something new to the table.”
Instead of a traditional concert premier like they have done in the past, the orchestra members will open their season with a free concert at the Johns Creek Arts Festival Oct. 27 on the grounds of the Atlanta Athletic Club.
“It’ll be a real ‘outdoor pop’ kind of vibe,” Haggerty said. “That’s a little different than what we usually do to begin our season.”
The next appearance by the orchestra will be at their annual Christmas Gala and Holiday Pops Concert Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. at St. Benedicts Church on Parsons Road.
“It’s a big sell-out,” Haggerty said of the popular concert.
Like in the past, the December concert will be a mix of sacred and secular music with selections like “Sleigh Ride,” “White Christmas” and “O Holy Night.”
“It’s a real good mixture, and we always pull a few surprises on the audiences,” Haggerty said.
As the holiday season passes, the players will be preparing for the Feb. 16 “Baroque and Classical Favorites” concert held at Johns Creek High School.
This concert will bring to fruition a concept Haggerty said the orchestra has wanted to do for several seasons now: featuring young musicians with the orchestra.
“This is the first time we are doing a program to feature young violinists,” she said. “It’ll be good for the community as well.”
The younger violinists will come from the North Atlanta Talent Education Music School in Roswell.
The season will close out on April 13 with “Symphony Big Band!,” a concert featuring the songs of Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael and other big band legends.
“There are actually out there wonderful orchestrations of big band music,” Haggerty said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Tickets for the shows are $30 for adults, $23.50 for seniors and $16.50 for students.