Members of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and GSO Chorus in concert. (courtesy of GSO)

A look at three metro Atlanta orchestras’ 2022-23 seasons

EarRelevant Staff | 10 SEP 2022

When talking about a city’s orchestral music, most people think first of a major orchestra if it has one — like the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for Atlanta. Of course, other notable professional Atlanta orchestras such as those of the Atlanta Opera and Atlanta Ballet come quickly to mind, too, though their functions primarily involve providing music for staged works.

But many others also form a significant part of Atlanta’s classical musical community, from professional and semi-professional orchestras with less extensive budgets to university orchestras to all-volunteer orchestras that operate on a shoestring.

Musical America alone lists some 18 Georgia-based orchestras in its directory, but there are many more than that not listed there, with a number of them in the metro Atlanta area.

Below, we offer EarRelevant readers a look at the 2022-23 concert schedules of just three of those metro Atlanta orchestras that typify what’s available nearby but OTP (Outside the Perimeter).

Scroll down to view their schedules, or click an orchestra name below to go directly to the top of its schedule:


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DeKalb Symphony Orchestra

Paul Bhasin

Paul Bhasin

The DSO has a new season with a new Music Director and Conductor Dr. Paul Bhasin. Unless otherwise noted, all performances are held in the Marvin Cole Auditorium in the Fine Arts Building on Georgia State University’s Perimeter College Clarkston Campus. Concerts are all held on Tuesdays. (Dates, times, soloists and repertoire are subject to change.) Website: dekalbsymphony.org

  • September 20, 2022 @ 8:00pm
    Season Opening Concert – “Musical Frontiers” TURINA: Procession du Rocio; RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Capriccio Espagnol; SAINT SAENS: Cello Concerto No. 1 with soloist Roy Harrán, cello; HANSON: Symphony No. 2
  • November 8, 2022 @ 8:00pm
    “Fin de Siecle” – BIZET: L’Arlésienne Suite No. 2; J.S. BACH: Concerto in E Major with soloist Jessica Wu, violin; TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5
  • February 14, 2023 @ 8:00pm
    “Themes, Variations, Memories” – BERLIOZ: Damnation of Faust Hungarian March; BRAHMS: Variations on a Theme of Haydn; COPLAND: Down a Country Lane; Opera selections by DVORAK, PUCCINI, and HANDEL with soloist Bethany Mamola, soprano; VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS: Variations on a Theme of Thomas Tallis; DELIUS: American Rhapsody
  • March 21, 2023 @ 8:00pm
    “Young Artists Concerto Competition Winners” – TCHAIKOVSKY: March Slav; plus performance by Winners of the Young Artists Concerto Competition
  • May 9, 2023 @ 8:00pm
    “Innovations” – WAGNER: Overture to Die Meistersinger; LISZT: Les Preludes; Ruth GIPPS: Concerto for Clarinet with soloist Marci Gurnow, clarinet; STILL: Symphony No 1
  • June 20, 2023 @ 8:00pm
    “A Night at the Movies” – Free DSO Community concert. COPLAND: Our Town Suite Selections; BERNSTEIN: Suite from On the Waterfront; MORRICONE: The Mission Theme; KORNGOLD: Robin Hood Suite; WILLIAMS: Star Wars, Princess Leia Theme; VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS: Prelude 49th Parallel. (Location to be announced.)
  • July 25, 2023 @ 8:00pm
    “Stage and Screen” – DSO Pops. BERNSTEIN: Candide Overture; BERNSTEIN: West Side Story Suite; RODGERS: Oklahoma Selections; RODGERS: Sound of Music; COPLAND: the Red Pony (selections); GERSHWIN: Porgy and Bess Suite; KHACHATURIAN: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia

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Georgia Symphony Orchestra

Timothy Verville

Timothy Verville

The Georgia Symphony Orchestra is set to begin their 72nd season with concerts featuring the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, the GSO Chorus, and the GSO Jazz ensembles. In addition to the Classical/Jazz series concerts listed below, GSO hosts a number of additional youth orchestra concerts and outreach programs, plus their recently launched #GSOGiveBack Initiative that awards money to music programs in the metro-Atlanta area. More information and concert times can be found on the GSO website: georgiasymphony.org

  • September 10 & 11, 2022
    Timothy Verville, conductor. “Brass Splash!” VERDI: Overture to Nabucco;
    MAHLER: “Blumine” from Symphony No. 1; MARQUEZ: Danzon No. 7; TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 4. Marietta Performing Arts Center.
  • December 3 & 4, 2022
    “GSO Holiday Pops” – Marietta Performing Arts Center
  • February 4 & 5, 2023
    GSO JAZZ! Presents: “Samba At The Strand” – Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre
  • February 25 & 26, 2023
    GSO Classics: “You Shall Hear…” Timothy Verville, conductor; Okorie “OkCello” Johnson, cello; Timothy Harper, tenor; GSO Chorus, Bryan Black, director. PRICE: Concert Overture No. 2; JOHNSON/VERVILLE World Premiere – title TBA; COLERIDGE-TAYLOR: Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast. Marietta Performing Arts Center
  • April 15, 2023
    GSO JAZZ! Presents: “The Radiohead Jazz Project” – Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre
  • May 20 & 21, 2023
    Timothy Verville, conductor; GSO Chorus & GYSO youth chorus, Bryan Black, director. DEBUSSY: Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune; BRAHMS: Academic Festival Overture; ORFF: Carmina Burana. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center

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Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra

J. Wayne Baughman

J. Wayne Baughman

The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra, conducted by founder and music director J. Wayne Baughman, launches its upcoming 2022-23 concert series entitled Resilient Spirit, Resounding Season on October 1. Unless otherwise indicated, concerts will be held at Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Rd. Johns Creek, GA 30097. Website: johnscreeksymphony.org

  • October 1 @ 7:00pm
    “A Night of Symphonic Jazz” – Musical stylings of Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Glenn Miller and more in a free concert at Newtown Park in Johns Creek, GA .
  • November 12 @ 7:30pm
    “A Veterans Day Salute” – A patriotic homage to our veterans, featuring alto soloist Stacey Holliday of the United States Air Force Band’s Singing Sergeants.
  • December 17 @ 2:30pm
    “A Kids’ Christmas” – Holiday fun in a sensory-friendly concert that the whole family can enjoy.
  • December 17 @ 7:30pm
    “Christmas Pops” – A Johns Creek holiday tradition featuring local folk group, Banks & Shane, as well as the Johns Creek Chorale. Classic holiday songs in a classic elegant performance.
  • March 25 @ 7:30pm
    “On Broadway” – Favorite show tunes performed by the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra, featuring vocals from soprano Jessamyn Anderson.
  • May 6 @ 7:30pm
    “With One Accord” – Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra professionals perform side-by-side with students from Northview High School.


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