Gwinnett Philharmonic opens
season Oct. 8-9 playing favorites
By Monte Nichols
Music director and conductor
The Gwinnett Philharmonic
Special to GwinnettForum.com
SEPT.18, 2001 - - The Gwinnett Philharmonic presents
concerts in the fall, winter, and spring at a venue that has become
a favorite among the music lovers of Gwinnett and the surrounding
counties. That's the Gwinnett Civic and Cultural Center's Performing
Discriminating musicians appreciate this 700-seat hall as a favorable
acoustical environment. If you haven't experienced the sounds of
65-75 professional musicians in a room of this quality, then prepare
yourself for a surprise.
After a concert, one of my favorite things to do is to visit with
music lovers in the foyer. It is not unusual for first-time audience
members to exit the concert hall exclaiming, "I didn't expect
to be caught up in the music." Or this comment: "We were
surrounded with sonic energy-it's so different from hearing a recording!"
I've also heard: "What an incredible 'live music' experience!"
The next time I expect to hear such comments will be October 8
and 9. That's when the Gwinnett Philharmonic will host Cary and
Dorothy Lewis in World Premiere performances of renowned Georgia
composer, Charles Knox's "Concert Piece for Cello, Piano and
This incredibly talented duo will also be featured on a jazzy tune
called "Dark Serenade" by another award winning composer
with a Georgia background, James Oliverio. The orchestra will round
out the program with a couple of favorite overtures and will conclude
the evening with Tchaikovsky's beloved "Romeo and Juliet."
On February 18 and 19, the Philharmonic will play with the Emory
University Concert Choir and the Atlanta Sacred Chorale (formerly
the Gwinnett Festival Singers) and a cast of soloists in Mozart's
"great" Mass in C. The performance forces will be under
the baton of Guest Conductor Eric Nelson.
The season finale? That will be "The Philharmonic Plays Favorites."
Our seventh season will conclude with a "build your own concert"
program on April 15 and 16, 2002.
That's where you can come in. We are asking our friends to suggest
what we should play for the spring concert. Deadline is December
31, 2001. All requests will be considered and a program of favorites
will be assembled. You're invited to submit your requests to P.O.
Box 920159, Norcross, Ga. 30010 or electronically to email@example.com.
Tickets are still available for all performances through Ticket
Master outlets, but the best prices are through the Gwinnett Civic
Center box office.
Remember, we play favorites. Join the Gwinnett Philharmonic Association,
Inc. for as little as $35 for a family-and save! You will receive
substantial discounts on concert tickets.
If you are joining, you can call the box office at 770-623-4966
and handle it all over the phone. For the October concerts, mention
this article and ask for a "buy one-get one free" ticket
special for FIRST-TIME Gwinnett Philharmonic attendees. Sign up,
too, for future Email concert announcements.
Making great music accessible to the folks of Gwinnett and the
surrounding region is the mission of the Gwinnett Philharmonic.
Conducting this group in great music is one of the treasured personal
privileges of my life. In fact, among my activities, you could say
it's a favorite!
We hope to see you at future Philharmonic performances!
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