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A “Music for the Crisis” concert livestreamed at 8 p.m. Saturday will feature the Southeastern premiere of “In Response to the Madness” by Atlanta composer Joel Thompson. Hosted by the Challenge the Stats and Concerts at First, the concert will include commentary from health-care workers about the disproportionate effect of Covid-19 on black communities. The lineup features African American musicians. Scheduled to perform are soprano Jayme Alilaw, pianist Brittney Boykin, flutist Tara Birdsong, bassoonist Andrew Brady, violist Wilfred Farquharson, harpist Angelica Hairston, cellist Khari Joyner, violinist Tramaine Jones, violinist Chelsea Sharpe, cellist Lindsey Sharpe and violinist Jessica Stinson. There will be a pre-concert Facebook live discussion at 7:15 p.m. To register to see the concert, go HERE.


Members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will come back to the concert stage for the return of the ASO at the Cocktails in the Garden series at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. There will be two concerts — at 7 p.m. Saturday (June 27) and Tuesday (June 30). Saturday’s concert will feature the Franklin Pond String Quartet; Tuesday’s will spotlight the ASO Brass Quintet. Each performance will be about 50 minutes long and capacity will be limited in order to maintain social distancing. The ASO’s Virtual Stage tonight (Thursday) will feature a listening party with music director Robert Spano and composer Jennifer Higdon.


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