Flutist Jeffrey Khaner to Make ASO Debut, 3/6

Jeffrey Khaner, the Principal Flutist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, will make his Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) debut performing Jonathan Leshnoff's Flute Concerto with Music Director Robert Spano and the Orchestra on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at 8:00 p.m. in Atlanta Symphony Hall at the Woodruff Arts Center. Mr. Khaner and Mr. Spano gave the world premiere of this work together in 2011 in Philadelphia.

The Paris-inspired program will also include Ravel's Pavane, Debussy's Parisian ballet Jeux, and Mozart's Symphony No. 31-- a symphonic ode to the City of Lights.

Tickets are $24-$75. Additional details are available at aso.org/khaner.

Prior to the Orchestra's subscription performance on Thursday, March 6, 2014, ASO Insider and Program Annotator Ken Meltzer as well as members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will host a pre-concert chamber music recital from 6:45-7:30 p.m. in Atlanta Symphony Hall. The all-French program will include works by Debussy and Ravel, and it will feature ASO musicians Jennifer Humphreys (cello), Elisabeth Remy Johnson (harp), Yang-Yoon Kim (viola), John Meisner (violin), Christopher Pulgram (violin), Tom Sherwood (percussion), and Christina Smith (flute). This recital is free and open to all ticket holders for the March 6-7, 2014, concerts. Concert tickets must be shown at entry.

On Friday, March 7, 2014, Mr. Spano will lead the ASO in an abbreviated version of the subscription weekend's performances as part of the Orchestra's "First Friday" concert series. The concert will feature Ravel's Pavane, Mozart's Symphony No. 31, and Mr. Leshnoff's Flute Concerto with Mr. Khaner. Debussy's Jeux will not be included on the program.

This concert is the third of five "First Friday" classical concerts to be held in Atlanta Symphony Hall this season. These concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and last approximately one hour without intermission. All tickets are $25.

Patrons are encouraged to arrive at the Woodruff Arts Center beginning at 5:00 p.m. for drink specials and light fare in soundstage - the Arts Center's new "pop-up" nightlife scene. Soundstage is open on the first Friday of every month and allows guests to enjoy food, drinks, and good company in a relaxed environment. In addition, guests can take pleasure in live music, improv comedy, and spoken word performances created by the artists of the Atlanta Symphony, ALLIANCE THEATRE, and more.

It is not required to have a ticket to a Symphony Hall or ALLIANCE THEATRE performance in order to access soundstage. Entry is free and open to the general public. Drinks and a selection of tapas will be available for purchase. The full-service bar will be open from 5:00 p.m. until midnight, with live programming occurring between 8:00 p.m. and midnight.

Additional details are available at aso.org.




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