ASO & Georgia Humanities Council to Present GEORGIA ROOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL, 1/18

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Georgia Humanities Council, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution and University of West Georgia Center for Public History, will present the Georgia Roots Music Festival on Saturday, January 18, 2014, from noon to 6:30 p.m. at the Woodruff Arts Center.

This free, one-day event celebrating Georgia's extensive and diverse musical heritage will include concerts, discussions, exhibits, and opportunities to interact and perform with festival artists from different genres, such as gospel, string band, bluegrass, country, blues, R&B, folk, immigrant music, and more.

The Georgia Roots Music Festival will mark the culmination of an 18-month state tour of the Smithsonian Institution's traveling exhibition of New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music, which includes visual displays and interactive features exploring the early traditions of American music. The exhibit will be displayed at the Woodruff Arts Center beginning January 18, 2014.

The Georgia Roots Music Festival is sponsored by Chuck and Rose Lane Leavell, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Georgia Council for the Arts, The Riverview Foundation, and Mr. And Mrs . Brad Turner.

Participating artists and presenters at the Festival will include:

Additional participants will be announced. Reserve free tickets and find more details at

"The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra embraces its responsibility to enrich lives through the power of music," Atlanta Symphony Orchestra President and CEO Stanley E. Romanstein, Ph.D., has said. "Music comes in many forms which impact us in different ways - none more significant than how it shapes our history and defines who we are. It is important for people to have the opportunity to experience music in ways that are meaningful to them."

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