By Johnathan Shipley 

It began 75 years ago. The Atlanta Youth Symphony, which would eventually become the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), played Rossini, Tchaikovsky, and more to an enraptured crowd at Municipal Auditorium on the corner of Courtland and Gilmer Streets in Downtown. Today, at Symphony Hall in the Woodruff Arts Center in Midtown, the ASO is delighting Atlantans of all ages, none more so than during the holiday season. Their Coca-Cola Holiday concerts have something for everyone.

Three time Grammy Award-winner Michael W. Smith joins the ASO with special guest Marc Martel for one night only on Dec. 11 performing holiday classics. Soon after, Celtic Woman takes the stage Dec. 14 with the ASO for The Best of Christmas.

A masterpiece will be performed on Dec.12-13 when Handel’s “Messiah” will be performed with Jeanine De Bique (soprano), Meg Bragle (mezzo-soprano), Thomas Cooley (tenor), William Berger (baritone), and under the baton of Nathalie Stutzmann. The night will also include Mozart’s Symphony No. 35.

Family concerts come to ASO with Playtpus Theatre’s “A Flicker of Light on a Winter’s Night.” The show Dec. 15 shares what the true spirit of the holidays is all about through the magic of music.

Cirque de la Symphonie Dec. 17-18 brings the magic of cirque to the Symphony Hall. Aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, jugglers and more bring their skill and artistry to the stage accompanied by classical favorites.

The season will turn on Jan. 4 when ASO will play Vivaldi’s iconic “Four Seasons.” It will be a special one-night performance of one of the masterpieces of the Baroque era.

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Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.