Community treasures

DeKalb Symphony Orchestra

Maria Clark
DeKalb Symphony Orchestra

The DeKalb Symphony Orchestra has been delighting audiences for 52 years, offering enjoyable symphonic (both traditional and contemporary) experiences in relaxed, unpretentious, affordable settings.

DSO has a strong following for its Subscription Series, Children’s Concert, Summer Pops Concerts, and special performances. Still, if you haven’t yet gotten to know this community treasure, you’re in luck: On Tuesday, June 20, the DSO will perform a free community concert featuring soprano Maria Clark, starting at 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Decatur.

Music Director & Conductor Fyodor Cherniavsky tells us that highlights will include Ms. Clark singing famous soprano arias from operas you know or know of: Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Puccini’s Tosca and Verdi’s Aida. “In addition to her being a superb singer, First Baptist is an inviting space with warm acoustic sound,” he says.” “It’s a wonderful place to listen to symphonic music.”

The DSO is one of the most active community orchestras in Atlanta and the region. Its members (by audition) are dedicated players who work in a wide range of professions, and choose to make music a significant part of their lives and to share it with others. Most concerts are in the 450-seat Marvin Cole Auditorium at Georgia State University’s Clarkston Campus — a comfortable setting with great views and sound from any seat. And you always have an opportunity to meet the performers and soloists after DSO concerts.

You don’t have to wait until June to hear the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra. This Tuesday (May 2), the DSO is giving one of the last classical concerts of the 2016-2017 season, featuring Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Clarinet Laura Ardan. You can get tickets online for the 8 p.m. concert. Maestro Cherniavsky describes Ardan as a “virtuoso player” and notes they’ll be performing, among other pieces, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4, Debussy’s Rhapsody and Rossini’s Variations.

Other DSO opportunities include visiting them May 27 and 28 at their booth at the Decatur Arts Festival, and their Summer Pops Concert Friday, July 21, when they’ll be joined by local favorite cabaret singer Libby Whittemore. (As you can tell just from the three concerts noted here, in addition to its own 85 players, the DSO features an impressive roster of guest artists.)

Learn more about the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra online, where you can buy tickets, make a donation or become a sponsor. For now, we’ll leave you with this fun fact: The bank’s Judy Turner, was once chair of the DSO Board of Directors; it’s a small, musical world!