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, May 16
Cabbagetown Concert Series #3. The series runs every third Thursday at Brookshire stage in Cabbagetown Park from March to June and September to October, keeping the neighborhood’s musical history alive. This month, Ross Pead and Mudcat perform. Read more on the concert series here. 7 p.m. Joyce Brookshire Memorial stage.
Friday, May 17
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra: Jaws. The ASO performs the soundtrack to the classic film Jaws. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. The program repeats on Saturday at 8 p.m.
Amanda Palmer in Atlanta. Palmer is on tour promoting her latest album, There Will Be No Intermission. She has also spoken out on behalf of the controversial HB 481 “Heartbeat Bill” — read the full story here. In-store appearance at Criminal Records at 2 p.m. Concert at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 18
The Atlanta Opera: Stephanie Blythe and Friends. The Atlanta Opera debuts at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, baritone Jonathan Bryan, soprano Anna Koźlakiewicz, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Sarian and tenor Justin Stolz. 8 p.m. Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center at City Springs.
Sunday, May 19
Atlanta Chamber Players closing concert. Atlanta Chamber Players perform Franz Schubert’s Trout Quintet (“Forellenquintett”) in A Major, D. 667, and Johannes Brahms’ Horn Trio in Eb Major, Op. 40. 2 p.m. First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary.
Sunset Sessions: Rhett Price. Violinist Rhett Price plays a selection of hip-hop tunes. He’s shared the stage with Amanda Palmer, Aaron Carter, The Maine and more. Also performing is Nadia Vaeh and Forrest Isn’t Dead. 7 p.m. Park Tavern in Piedmont Park.
31 Days of Jazz. Prior to the iconic Atlanta Jazz Festival in Piedmont Park on May 25–26, the Atlanta Jazz Festival partners with venues all over the city to promote jazz events for 31 consecutive days leading up to the main event. Various locations city-wide. Every day in May.