Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra will encompass music for all this season with its new autism and dementia friendly holiday program this November.
In addition to its new sensory friendly concert, JCSO will also debut its Pops concert this season.
“We are responding to feedback from our audience members, who have indicated a strong desire for Pops and family programming,” JCSO Executive Director Linda Brill said. “A Kids Christmas will be designed to be sensory-friendly, and will be a perfect experience for anyone desiring a casual concert atmosphere, from families with very small children to patrons on the Autism spectrum or with Alzheimer’s.”
Many people on the autism spectrum are hypersensitive to stimulus such as bright lights, certain sounds, touch and smells. To make it sensory friendly, JCSO will create pre-visit storyboards that let families know what will happen before, during and after the performance. There will also be a quiet space to patrons to get away from the crowd, and families are welcome to bring headphones, earplugs or anything to make the performance easier for them.
All seating will be general admission, with designated areas where guests can walk around or dance if movement is needed.
“We are also excited to collaborate with many Johns Creek community organizations this season, including the Johns Creek Chorale, School of Rock Johns Creek, Chattahoochee High School, and North Atlanta Dance Theatre,” Music Director J. Wayne Baughman said. “Our audiences will be amazed at the breadth of artistic talent that resides right here in Johns Creek.”
JCSO is also reconfiguring its ticketing to include a premium seating section in the front and center of the hall. While this new premium seating section will not have individually-assigned seats, JCSO will only sell 200 specially-marked tickets per concert in this section.
Premium seating tickets will be available first to 3-concert subscribers, at no additional charge. Single tickets will go on sale on August 19, and any remaining seats in the premium seating section will be sold with a surcharge.
“Our new seating configuration rewards our most loyal patrons with the first opportunity to get the best seats,” Brill said. “It is our pleasure provide this benefit to them.”
All concerts except for Music in Newtown Park will take place at the Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek.
This season's line up includes Music in Newton Park, JCSO String Quartet and The Crystals, two Christmas shows and a Night in Russia with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2. For tickets and schedules, visit www.johnscreeksymphony.org.