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.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12
ASO: Free Concert in Piedmont Park. The ASO hosts a free concert featuring Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and more. The Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra performs a preconcert show at 6:30 p.m. followed by the ASO at 7:30 p.m. Piedmont Park.
Ember City, American Boyfriend and SmoochyFace. Enjoy a night of rock, pop-punk and indie music with three Georgia-bred musical groups in the Atlanta Room at Smith’s Olde Bar. 7 p.m.
Atlanta Summer Organ Festival: Charles Miller. With 35 years of experience in music, Charles Miller leads the Atlanta Chapter of the American Guild of Organists in a performance of Bach, Mendelssohn, Jean Langlais and more. 7:30 p.m. All Saints Episcopal Church.
THURSDAY, JUNE 13
Harrower Summer Opera Performance: Seasonal Scenes. Georgia State’s Harrower Summer Opera performs diverse operatic excerpts that highlight seasonal beauty. 7:30 p.m. Florence Kopleff Recital Hall.
FRIDAY, JUNE 14
ASO: Casablanca. The Academy Award-winning classic comes to life as the ASO performs the score live while the film plays onscreen. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. The program repeats on Saturday at 8 p.m.
Harrower Summer Opera Performance: Cosí Fan Tutte. Georgia State University continues its summer performances with Mozart’s opera, which is a story of the ongoing battle between the sexes. 7:30 p.m. Florence Kopleff Recital Hall. The program repeats on Saturday at 3 p.m.
SATURDAY, JUNE 15
Harrower Summer Opera Performance: Le Nozze Di Figaro. Mozart’s Le Nozze Di Figaro closes Georgia State’s summer operatic performances. The opera combines humor and drama with a lesson of fidelity. 7:30 p.m. Florence Kopleff Recital Hall. The program repeats on Sunday at 3 p.m.
MONDAY, JUNE 17
Backtrack. Join the New York-based rap-rock band as they perform genre-bending tunes from their most recent album, Bad to My World, in their last Atlanta show ever. 8 p.m. The Bakery.
Blue Ridge Chamber Music Festival. The Blue Ridge Chamber Music Festival’s sixth annual festival features chamber music by the Bergonzi String Quartet, PULSE Trio, classical guitarist Raphael Padron and more. Through June 16. Various times and locations.