Georgia Philharmonic with its new music director, Tamara Dworetz. (courtesy of Georgia Philharmonic)

Georgia Philharmonic announces 2023-24 season

EarRelevant Staff | 1 AUG 2023

The Georgia Philharmonic has just announced its 2023-24 concert season.

Unfamiliar with this volunteer community orchestra? It has been around for nearly four decades. If you’re a longtime Atlantan, you may have heard the group play under a different name.

The Georgia Philharmonic began in 1984 as the Sandy Springs Chamber Orchestra, with 42 volunteer members and a music director. In 1993, it found a permanent home in the Roswell Municipal Auditorium in North Fulton County, rebranding itself as Orchestra Atlanta under the baton of Dr. Philip Rice.

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In 2001, the orchestra faced a pivotal moment when an internal administrative dispute threatened to alter its traditional classical repertoire. To safeguard its musical identity, the membership and conductor voted to separate from the board of Orchestra Atlanta and reestablish themselves as the Georgia Philharmonic. The newly-formed musician-led board pledged to continue delivering top-tier musical performances to the community.

After a 16-year tenure, Rice stepped down as Music Director in 2009. John Morrison assumed the position, serving from 2010 through the 2021-2022 Season.

Tamara Dworetz (courtesy of Georgia Philharmonic)

Tamara Dworetz (courtesy of Georgia Philharmonic)

On July 1st this year, the Georgia Philharmonic welcomed Tamara Dworetz as its new Music Director. An Atlanta native and devoted music educator, Dworetz is also the newly-appointed Director of Orchestral Studies at Georgia State University.

Now entering its 39th season, the Georgia Philharmonic unites local professional and amateur musicians who, as volunteers, perform out of sheer love for music, focusing on serving the communities of northern metropolitan Atlanta, with Lassiter Concert Hall, on the campus of Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia as its primary venue.

Here is a rundown of the complete Georgia Philharmonic season:

Georgia Philharmonic 2023/24 Season

  • SAT, SEP 2, 2023 @ 7:30pm.
    Dragon Con, Hyatt Regency Centennial Ballroom
    “Georgia Philharmonic Live At Dragon Con” – Georgia Philharmonic returns to Dragon Con 2023 to perform music from movies, television, and video games. (Not a Georgia Philharmonic subscription concert; requires a pass to attend Dragon Con.
  • SUN, OCT 15, 2023 @ 3:00pm
    Lassiter Concert Hall, Marietta, GA
    “An Intergalactic Halloween” – Music from films: 2001, A Space Odyssey, The Mandalorian, and Star Trek; Gustav HOLST: The Planets (selections); John WILLIIAMS: “Star Wars” Suite.
  • SAT, NOV 18, 2023 @ 7:00pm
    Lassiter Concert Hall, Marietta, GA
    “Enigma Variations” – Edward ELGAR: Enigma Variations; Charles IVES: The Unanswered Question; DUKAS: “Fanfare” from La Peri; Anthony BARFIELD: Red Sky. Guest soloist: Robyn Smith, principal trombonist of the Chicago Sinfonietta.
  • SAT, FEB 24, 2024 @ 7:00pm
    Lassiter Concert Hall, Marietta, GA
    “Samuel Fordis Young Artists Concerto Competition” – Concert features winners of the Samuel Fordis Young Artists’ Concerto Competition. Programming TBA, winners to be selected in November, 2023.
  • SAT, MAR 30, 2024 @ 7:00pm
    Lassiter Concert Hall, Marietta, GA
    “Scheherazade” – Celebrating Women’s History Month and the women of classical music. Louise FARRENC: Overture No. 2; Jessie MONTGOMERY: Strum; Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade.
  • SAT, MAY 11, 2024 @ 7:00pm
    Bailey Performance Center, Kennesaw State University
    “The Planets” – Season finale. John ADAMS: Short Ride on a Fast Machine; Gustav HOLST: The Planets.

More details and ticket information can be found online at


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