Each Wednesday, we’ll round up our top sonic picks for the week ahead — from performances by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to the bands of East Atlanta Village, these concerts have captured our critics’ attention as worth adding to your calendar. View ARTS ATL’s comprehensive calendar of events here.
Thursday, April 25
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra: Elgar Cello Concerto with Sheku Kanneh-Mason. The 19-year-old British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason may be young, but having performed at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding, he’s clearly making waves in the world of music. Atlanta Symphony Hall. 8 p.m. The program repeats April 26–27.
Friday, April 26
U.S. Girls with Shouldies and Jaguar Purrs. Meghan Remy, better known as U.S. Girls, provides experimental moody music. Her early projects included a giant reel-to-tape machine to record. 9:30 p.m. Drunken Unicorn.
Saturday, April 27
Atlanta Opera: La traviata. Violetta, a young and beautiful courtesan, falls in love with the equally young and beautiful Alfredo. The Atlanta Opera closes the season with a story of love and loss. Cobb Energy Centre. 8 p.m. The program repeats April 30, May 3 and May 5.
ASO Talent Development Program Spring Recitals. The ASO Talent Development Program, which educates and develops musically gifted African American and Latino students committed to pursuing a career in orchestral music, performs. 1 p.m. Atlanta Symphony Hall. The program repeats on Sunday at 4 p.m.
Trio performance of Porgy and Bess Greatest Hits. A vocal trio — Timothy Parrott, Shala Whitehead-Jenkins and Wendel Stephens — will perform excerpts from the opera Porgy and Bess with pianist Trey Clegg. 5 p.m. First Congregational Church of Atlanta.
Sunday, April 28
Steve Gunn and Gun Outfit. New York-based Steve Gunn combines elements of blues, folk jazz and psychedelic in his sound. His 15-year career includes recordings as a soloist, duo and ensemble. 8 p.m. The EARL.
Tuesday, April 30
Virginia Schenck: International Jazz Day. Virginia Schenck is a jazz performer and vocalist who utilizes both straight-ahead and free improvisation. 8 p.m. City Winery.