Student musicians from the Atlanta area, including members of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO), will perform a side-by-side concert with members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra tonight, June 14, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. in Atlanta Symphony Hall at the Woodruff Arts Center. Youth Orchestra Music Director Jere Flint will lead the musicians in a program featuring Dvo?ák's "New World" Symphony and Mozart's Overture to The Magic Flute.
Justin Blalock - the starting left guard for the Atlanta Falcons - will host the concert, guest conduct John Williams's Raiders March, and sign autographs following the performance. Mr. Blalock, who grew up playing the tuba and continues to play the drums and guitar, recognizes the importance of music-rich educational experiences and recently joined the Atlanta Symphony's "When I Play Music" campaign for music education (www.aso.org/blalock).
"Growing up in Texas as an athlete and musician, I discovered firsthand that playing both football and tuba helped me thrive in all areas of life. When kids play music, they achieve higher test scores, are more likely to become community leaders, have more confidence, and experience a sense of achievement," said Mr. Blalock. "I started my foundation to help young athletes achieve a sense of self-confidence and achievement. Now, through this new partnership with the Atlanta Symphony, I will be able to combine my efforts to also reach out to the youth of our city through music. I am excited by the possibilities ahead of us in partnership with this great Orchestra."
The side-by-side concert will mark the end of an intensive four-day orchestral workshop allowing students to participate in special coaching sessions with Atlanta Symphony musicians, sit next to Orchestra members in rehearsals, and receive up to 15 hours of musical instruction from Mr. Flint. Additionally, students will be paired with an Atlanta Symphony musician who will serve as their mentor throughout the entire workshop. Approximately 60 student musicians will participate in this year's concert.
The ASYO, which will begin its 38th season in fall 2012, is comprised of gifted young men and women, ages 13 to 18, from across the Southeast, and is led by Youth Orchestra Music Director Jere Flint.
Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office or by calling 404-733-5000.