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, May 22
Jonathan Biss. The pianist will perform several works of Beethoven, including Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28, “Pastoral”; Piano Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 14, No. 2; Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3; and Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall.
Thursday, May 23
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Donald Runnicles leads the ASO in a concert of Milhaud, Canteloube and Debussy. Soprano Kim-Lillian Strebel will also perform. Preconcert recital begins at 6:45 p.m. ASO concert at 8 p.m. The program repeats on Saturday. Symphony Hall.
Friday, May 24
Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra will perform works by Beethoven, Haydn and Rimsky-Korsakov at the concert, which bids farewell to maestro Juan R. Ramírez. 8 p.m. Dr. Bobbie Bailey and Family Performance Center.
Saturday, May 25
Trap Fest. The festival features performances by Lil Keed, Rocko, Tokyo Jetz, YK Osiris, Mulatto and more. 4 p.m. Murphy Park.
Atlanta Jazz Festival. Founded by former mayor Maynard Jackson, the first black mayor of Atlanta and of any major Southern city, the Atlanta Jazz Festival celebrates jazz legends and features up-and-coming jazz performers. View the full lineup here. 12:30 p.m. Through May 26. 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.