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Fall Arts Preview: Classical Music

Yo-yo Ma

Yo-yo Ma

Don’t miss: Atlanta Opera’s “Orfeo and Euridice”
The most anticipated event of the season is the happy-ending tragedy based on Greek mythology. Gluck’s music straddles the florid formality of Handel with the supple elegance of Mozart, a sublime mix. Atlanta’s own star countertenor, David Daniels, makes his Atlanta Opera debut as the hero who descends into Hades to retrieve his love but must overcome his own emotions to complete the rescue. With esteemed early music conductor Harry Bicket in the pit, this show has the ingredients to prove Atlanta Opera is up to national standards.
Nov. 14, 17, 20, 22. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 404-881-8885, www.atlantaopera.org.

Also consider: ASO explores the Orient
The orchestra prepares for the prestigious China Festival at New York’s Carnegie Hall with the same program here at home a few weeks earlier. Yo-Yo Ma plays the world premiere of the cello concerto “Awakening from a Disappearing Garden” by Angel Lam, a young female composer born in Hong Kong. Stravinsky’s gorgeous fairy tale opera “The Nightingale” comes with a fabulous cast.
Oct. 15-16. Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-5000, www.atlantasymphony.org.

Under the radar: Contemporary classical music
Sonic Generator, Georgia Tech’s new-music group with a sense of fun, performs a concert of electronic music called “The French-American Connection.”
Nov. 16. Georgia Tech’s Alumni House, 190 North Ave. N.W. 404-385-7257, www.sonicgenerator.gatech.edu.

– Pierre Ruhe, for the AJC

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