by Howard Pousner for the AJC
To clarify: Billing themselves as the ATL Symphony Musicians, the players will present a Baroque music program titled "The Brandenburg Affair," featuring all six of J.S. Bach's Brandenburg concertos in a 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29 concert at the Westside Cultural Arts Center, it was announced this week.
The ASO players adopted the ATL Symphony Musicians moniker for benefit concerts at alternative sites, performed independently of ASO management’s auspices, when they were locked out of Symphony Hall during protracted and difficult collective bargaining agreement negotiations in 2012 and 2014.
Typically those sites were smaller, more intimate spaces like Westside Cultural Arts Center, a performing arts venue and gallery in West Midtown, drawing musicians and audiences closer.
Presented by the nonprofit ATL Symphony Musicians Foundation and Anacrusis Productions Ltd., which hope to make an end-of-summer concert by the ATL players an annual rite, “The Brandenburg Affair” will benefit the foundation’s educational outreach program.
Michael Palmer, a former ASO associate conductor who conducted the group during both lockouts, will lead the Aug. 29 chamber music concert.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians
As ATL Symphony Musicians: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at Westside Cultural Arts Center, 760 10th St. N.W., Atlanta.
As ATL Symphony Musicians: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at Westside Cultural Arts Center, 760 10th St. N.W., Atlanta. Doors open (with a “welcome reception”) at 6:30 p.m.; talk by ASO program annotator Ken Meltzer at 7 p.m. Tickets — $50, $75 VIP seating, $25 standing room only — via www.eventbrite.com.