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ksu asoAs you may know, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & the Woodruff Arts Center are in the midst of a labor dispute, which has led to the second lockout in two years.

At the moment, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-2015 season has been cancelled.

That said, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s musicians still want to play. To fill the “deafening silence” that has resulted from locking out our world-class symphony (that’s not an exaggeration…they really are damn good & highly respected), the Atlanta Symphony Musicians Foundation is working to find ways to keep the music alive.

One such set of concerts will take place tonight, September 26th, at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. at the Dr. Bobbie Bailey and Family Performance Center at Kennesaw State University. Musicians from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) will perform both at concerts, plus they’ll hold an open rehearsal with KSU’s School of Music students this afternoon.

The concerts are free and open to the public; seating is first come, first served, and no tickets are required. However, the Atlanta Symphony Musicians Foundation will be accepting donations onsite.

If you attend, park in the Central Parking Deck; parking in this deck is not-restricted (with the exception of disabled parking) and is free after 6 p.m.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

FYI–My daughter’s violin teacher let me know about the concerts at KSU, and she’s (obviously) very passionate about this issue; she was down with the other musicians protesting at the Woodruff Arts Center last night on what should’ve been the ASO’s opening night for the 2014-2015 season. If you want to know more about what’s going on with the ASO, start here: Though it’s behind the paywall, the AJC wrote an excellent article about the orchestra’s size, which is one of the sticking points that led to the lockout. Creative Loafing’s coverage is also worth the read.

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