On Feb. 16, music lovers can enjoy An Evening of Jazz and Romance at the Jenny T. Anderson Theatre at the Cobb Civic Center located at 548 South Marietta Parkway in Marietta at 8 p.m. The GSO Jazz Septet will perform romantic favorites under the direction of Sam Skelton. A limited number of VIP tickets include premium seating and a pre-concert reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Gone With the Wind Museum behind the Marietta Square.
“This performance will be a combination of jazz and romantic songs for Valentine’s Day,” said Michael Alexander, GSO music director and conductor.
The jazz septet features Sam Skelton playing saxophone, Randy Hoexter playing piano, Marc Miller playing bass, Trey Wright playing guitar, Robert Boone playing drums, and Octavia Samba and Alex Lattimore who perform vocals.
The evening is also a benefit concert for the GSO.
“(Guests) can have a great night out and do good at the same time by helping one of the oldest cultural institutions in Cobb County,” Alexander said.
For more than 60 years, GSO has contributed to quality of life in Cobb County.
“The GSO is now the oldest arts group in Cobb County. It’s grown enormously. We’re looking to solidify that growth and bring the next 60 years to Cobb County and the region,” he said.
Part of the GSO is a 400-person youth orchestra program that involves students in fourth grade to high school. On Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 4 and 7:30 p.m., the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will perform its second concert of the season at the Bailey Center located on the campus of Kennesaw State University at 1000 Chastain Road NW in Kennesaw.
Among the highlights of the year is the upcoming GSO performance of two pieces, Mahler’s Titanic First Symphony for cantor and orchestra and Bloch’s Sacred Service on March 9 at 8 p.m. at the Bailey Center of Kennesaw State University.
Steven Weiss, a cantor from Boston and formerly from Cobb County, will sing.
“The Mahler Concert is really unique. The piece is very unique and the only piece I know that is (for cantor and orchestra). It’s a very beautiful setting,” Alexander said.
The works of Mahler and Bloch provide an evening of contrast.
“One of the most interesting things about Mahler is that he incorporated his Jewish roots into his music. He always had to struggle with the fact that he was living in a very anti-Semitic time and place. He struggled with his faith and religion all his life and it really shows up in his music,” he said.
“It’s an amazing juxtaposition to hear these two pieces by one composer (Bloch) who is very sure and one who is unsure (Mahler) about faith and religion, but both who use Jewish themes in different ways,” Alexander said.
The scale of events by GSO is varied and interesting. Tickets can be purchased at www.georgia