“The season is overtly emotional. Russian music tends to be that way. It’s also an interesting commentary on our times. So much of when that music was written and what it was describing is still relevant in today’s world,” said GSO Music Director and Conductor, Michael Alexander. The Kennesaw resident is married to Allyson Fleck. They have two children Jacob, 7, and Eli, 5.
The season includes Russian Classics Part I, GSO Jazz Big Band, Holiday Pops, GSO and Friends, GSO Chorus presents An American Tapestry, GSO Jazz Small Ensemble, and Russian Classics, Part II.
“Our audience seems to enjoy Russian music. Each of the concerts has played into that one way or another,” Alexander said.
The compositions reflect the times in which they were written but remain relevant today. “So many of the issues we are dealing with politically, socially were along the things these composers were dealing with. A lot of Russian music was written during volatile times with the rise of Communism and with that of czars. There’s a lot of interesting interplay that happens. Each of the pieces we’re doing has a broader meaning behind the music,” he explained.
“You can really feel the energy and both the positive spirit they had and at times the fears that they had, and the worries they had,” he said.
“A lot of the struggles those composers had we’re dealing with today,” Alexander said.
For more than 60 years, GSO, the oldest arts group in Cobb County, has contributed to the quality of life in Cobb County. “What we’ve accomplished over the last eleven years is pretty remarkable. It’s really important now for the community to rally around what we’ve accomplished,” Alexander said.
To learn more or purchase tickets to one or all these concerts at www.georgiasymphony.org.