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Atlanta Symphony plans Roots Music Festival in January

Now for something completely different.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Georgia Humanities Council have announced that they will present the Georgia Roots Music Festival on Jan. 18, a free day of concerts, discussions, exhibits and a chance to meet musicians from around the state.

Among artists presenting or playing at the noon to 6:30 p.m. event at the Woodruff Arts Center will be Chuck Leavell, members of the ASO, McIntosh County Shouters, Skillet Lickers, Mudcat, Thomas Dorsey Birthplace Choir and Albany Civil Rights Institute Freedom Singers.

The festival is timed to the opening of a Smithsonian Institution touring exhibit, “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music,” in the Memorial Arts Building’s 1280 Gallery. Including displays and interactive features that explore early traditions of American music, the exhibit will be on view Jan. 18 through Feb. 2. It’s the final stop of an 18-month tour across the state.

More details and to reserve tickets: www.garoots.org. HOWARD POUSNER

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