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MUSIC

Kennesaw State University’s School of Music will present a special concert September 11 at 8 p.m. in Morgan Hall to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The concert will feature the KSU Symphony Orchestra, the KSU Chamber Singers, the school’s Wind Ensemble Brass & Percussion, conducted by Dr. David Kehler, and soloist Helen Kim. Kim, a KSU professor of violin, will perform “Amazing Grace” for solo violin and string orchestra. The concert marks the first time that the student ensembles have performed together in over a year.

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The first Bach’s Lunch of the new season will be Friday when the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta presents members of the Vega Quartet along with cellist Khari Joyner to perform “String Magic” at the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. The noon performance will be in front of a live audience and will also be livestreamed. Free.

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Rebirth Brass BandThe Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band returns to Atlanta to perform Friday and Saturday at Smith’s Olde Bar. The high energy band has a trademark sound that pays homage to the New Orleans brass band tradition while also incorporating other musical elements. The band was formed in 1983 and has performed on albums by Robbie Robertson, John Fogerty, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and others. Tickets are $30 in advance; $35 the day of the show.

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ART+DESIGN

The Calder-Picasso touring exhibit closes September 19, so if you haven’t already seen it, head on over to the High Museum of Art. More than 100 paintings, sculptures and works on paper by Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso reveal the radical innovation and enduring influence of their art. 

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Exhibiting Culture: Highlights from the Hammonds House Museum Collection includes rarely seen works by Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Richard Hunt, Renee Stout, Jacob Lawrence, Mildred Thompson and more. Limited in-person admission strongly enforced with reservation and timed tickets. Free for members, tickets start at $5 for non-members.

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The award-winning photographer Albert Watson is known for his iconic images of rock stars, rappers and celebrities. He has photographed Steve Jobs, Snoop Dogg, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss for magazines such as Time, Rolling Stone and more than 100 Vogue covers. Fifty of Watson’s distinctive photos are featured in his first solo U.S. museum exhibition The Light Behind the Lens. At SCAD FASH through October 17.

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THEATER

Atlanta Shakespeare Company has extended its run of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse through September 12. Playing double roles, everyone in the all-female, racially diverse cast tries to double the fun. ArtsATL critic Benjamin Carr called the company’s first staged production since the pandemic shutdown of March 2020  “very funny in places,” especially the “gangbusters” second half.

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Shuler Hensley directs “The Sound of Music” at City Springs Theatre Company.

A high-five to you if you know all the words to “My Favorite Things,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” and the title song of The Sound of Music, the five-time Tony and five-time Oscar winner. City Springs Theatre Company’s production of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, opening September 10, has serious star power behind the scenes in director Shuler Hensley, the Broadway star who knows how to make musicals memorable. The run is through September 19.

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Atlanta playwright and novelist Phillip DePoy promises that his Darlin’ Cory, receiving its a world premiere at the Alliance Theatre September 8–October 3, is “a real, no-kidding musical.” He says that the season-opening show “will be a splashy way to come back to the theater in Atlanta.” DePoy based his Greek mythology-inflected story on an Appalachian legend about an ambitious young woman, a backwoods pastor and a mysterious stranger proffering tasty moonshine. Sugarland’s Kristian Bush wrote the folk-country music, and Bush and DePoy co-wrote the lyrics. Read our interview with DePoy and Bush HERE.

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DANCE

Six Atlanta-based choreographers present their final performances in a two-day event for the Dance Canvas Summer Artist Residency at Atlanta Contemporary. Friday, doors open at 6 p.m. with a documentary screening at 7:30 p.m. Live performances will be on Atlanta Contemporary open-air pavilion Saturday at 6:30 p.m. A two-day ticket is $50; a one-day ticket is $35. Masks are optional outside and required inside.

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