Lassiter, Walton back with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
by Lindsay Field
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January 30, 2013 12:20 AM | 3070 views | 3 3 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Lassiter Concert Chorale<br>Special to the MDJ
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MARIETTA — The annual performance showcasing Lassiter and Walton high school choruses and musicians with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has been rescheduled for next month.

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.

Any questions regarding tickets may be directed to lassiterwaltonwepay@gmail.com.
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great news
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January 30, 2013
My question is how Lassiter continues to get SPLOST money every year when other schools are in disrepair. Did they really need a new concert hall? Every year they are having massive work done. I know the parents there like a nice looking school but time for other schools to get more important additions than this.
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January 31, 2013
Lassiter's theater for performing arts was included in SPLOST approved by voters in 2008. Lassiter was just one of many schools receiving major improvements.

For example, voters approved the following projects with the 2008 SPLOST initiative:

Constructing major additions/modifications/renovations at the following locations:

North Cobb, South Cobb, Campbell, Sprayberry, and Pope high schools; Garrett, Hightower Trail, McCleskey, Pine Mountain, and Simpson middle schools; Bells Ferry, Sope Creek, Cheatham Hill, and Nickajack elementary schools.

Prior to the Lassiter performing arts center construction, the only facility in Cobb able to host large audiences was at McEachern HS.

The proposed SPLOST IV includes major improvements and building modifications at several schools. It's not just Lassiter.
alphadog71
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February 14, 2013
The staduim renovations completed at Lassiter in 2007, including the turf and scoreboard, were funded by a private foundation (LEAF). This was launched pre-SPLOST and all users of the facility continue to pay fees to retire the debt incurred by LEAF, including varsity team booster clubs. Little tax money was used for that project. Ultimately the users of the stadium are paying through rental charges and increased student participation fees.

Last year's school renovations were funded by SPLOST to upgrade the electrical, heating & air conditioning systems of the 25-year old building, among other projects.

Thank you for your concern.
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