Brian Williams, the choral director at Lassiter, and Jana Williams, the choral director at Walton, announced this week that the show will be Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the new Lassiter Concert Hall.
Singers from Walton’s two advanced choruses, Camerata Singers and A Cappella, will be joining Lassiter’s Concert Chorale.
“We at Lassiter Chorus are absolutely thrilled to be able to perform with Walton Chorus and the ATL Symphony Musicians,” said Brian Williams. “It is this type of collaboration that can spark our students’ musical imaginations and potentially change their lives forever.”
He said the performance will feature a program of combined choral and symphonic masterworks by Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Orff and more.
Jana Williams said her students are excited about the show.
“This concert has the potential to change their lives through the power of profound music played and sung with artistry and understanding,” she said. “We are overwhelmed by the generosity of ATL Symphony Musicians and hope that this concert continues and strengthens a relationship with our community and these fine musicians.”
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra officials announced in mid-August that Lassiter and Walton would not be invited again to perform this past Christmas during its annual holiday concert series.
At that time, Cobb Schools spokesman Jay Dillon said, “The schools were informed by Symphony officials that their choruses are not diverse enough, and that the Symphony would be inviting a third, more diverse chorus. Because of limited space, only a portion of the Lassiter and Walton choruses would be able to attend.”
Both Lassiter and Walton’s choruses had performed with the musicians for the last four years at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta for the “A Very Merry Holiday Pops” concert series.
Charlie Wade, the symphony’s vice president of marketing and symphony pops, did not mention diversity as being the reason for the change of invitation, but he said the choruses had done an “outstanding job” and that they were hoping to bring on more schools like Grady High School for first-time performances.
“We enjoy our partnership with Lassiter and Walton, and look forward to collaborating with them in the future,” he said previously. He said he had also told the choral directors almost two years ago that they wouldn’t be participating in the concert series after the December 2011 performance.
Dillon said that was not the case and that Jana and Brian Williams weren’t told until just before the 2012-2013 school year began.
After the announcement in the fall, members of the orchestra’s Atlanta Symphony Players Association decided they would work with Brian and Jana Williams to organize a special performance.
Jere Flint, staff conductor for the symphony and a member of the cello section, will be leading the orchestra in their featured works.
“The ATL Musicians deeply value the students’ and their directors’ continuing commitment to the arts for the entire community,” he said. “We are privileged to join these extraordinary students in this concert to say ‘thank you’ in the only way we know how – through the expression of music.”
Advance tickets, which will be $21, can be found at www.wepay.com/events/waltonlassiteraso-musicans-concert_1. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $25, if still available, or by calling the choral directors at their schools. Proceeds will benefit the both choral programs’ booster associations.
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