Fourth Annual Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Gala Announced

The City of Atlanta has many has many venues where you can see some of the best musicians around. However when it comes to classical music, nothing compares to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The musical contributions they have given the city through preserving music programs are endless, so when they announce the details of their annual fundraising gala, classical music lovers don't hesitate to take notice, attend and dig into their pockets and give. Read on to find out about one of the biggest nights on the local classical music scene! The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will host its fourth annual black tie Symphony Gala on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta.

The evening will include a performance by Tony Award winner Audra McDonald with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Orchestra's Talent Development Program - which identifies musically-gifted and motivated African American and Latino instrumentalists and prepares them for acceptance into top music programs in preparation for careers as professional musicians. Proceeds will benefit the Orchestra and its Education and Community programs. The 2014 Symphony Gala is chaired by Orchestra board member Ed Labry, Vice Chairman of First Data Corporation. The patron chair is longtime ASO supporter and volunteer Annie-York Trujillo. Ingrid Saunders Jones - former Coca-Cola Company Senior Vice President of Global Community Connections and former Chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation - has been named Honorary Chair of the event. Patron guests will begin their evening at 6:00 p.m. with a pre-concert cocktail reception in the Stent Atrium at the High Museum of Art. At 7:30 p.m., Ms. McDonald - a versatile performer known most recently for her role as Dr. Naomi Bennett on the ABC television drama "Private Practice" - will perform popular Broadway selections and classical favorites with members of the Orchestra in Atlanta Symphony Hall. Following the concert, patron guests will enjoy a seated dinner in the Taylor Lobby of the High Museum of Art. Throughout the evening, patrons will have the opportunity to bid on luxury items at a silent auction.

After dinner, the lounge-style after party in the Stent Atrium will also feature cocktails, coffee, desserts, and live entertainment. Proceeds from the 2014 Symphony Gala will benefit the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its Education and Community Programs, which include programs such as the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and Talent Development Program, as well as support partnerships with local community institutions and create a wide variety of musical and educational experiences for citizens of all ages. Additional details about the Symphony Gala and the ticket packages - starting at $1,000 - are available at www.aso.org/gala. Single concert tickets, starting at $37.50, are available at atlantasymphony.org or by calling 404.733.5000. Tickets may also be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, and the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office, located in the Woodruff Arts Center at 15th and Peachtree Streets. For more information about Symphony Gala packages and sponsorship, contact Dave Adan at 404.733.5069.

About the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), currently in its 69th season, is one of America's leading orchestras. It performs great music, presents leading artists, educates and engages music lovers. The ASO serves as the cornerstone for artistic development and music education in the southeast. It performs more than 200 concerts each year for a combined audience of more than a half million in a full schedule of performances. It also reaches more than 87,000 students and underserved members of the community through its education and community outreach programs.