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CROWD FAVORITE STAR WARS AND MORE: THE MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS RETURNS
ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PLAYS GREATEST MOVIE SCORES OF ALL TIME AT AMERIS BANK AMPHITHEATRE
Family-friendly Performance is Sunday, May 21, 2023 at 6:00pm
ROCK LEGEND BOBBY WEIR & WOLF BROS FEATURING THE WOLFPACK PERFORM GRATEFUL DEAD HITS AND MORE WITH THE ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Three full nights of music on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 17, 18 & 19, 2023
ATLANTA – The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) is bringing beloved symphonic program Star Wars and More: The Music of John Williams back to Ameris Bank Amphitheatre on Sunday, May 21, 2023 at 6:00pm.
Tickets are on sale Friday, November 18 at 10:00am at ticketmaster.com.
The concert is a favorite of families around Atlanta and features selections from Academy Award-winning film composer John Williams, including pieces from famous movie franchises Star Wars, Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, Jaws, Indiana Jones, and E.T, all performed live by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The ASO recently performed this film score program to a sold-out crowd at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater in Peachtree City this past June and now looks to bring it back to Alpharetta in 2023. Associate Conductor and Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra Music Director, Jerry Hou, will once again lead the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Doors open at 5:00pm for family-friendly activities, including photo opportunities with your favorite characters from the movies and face painting. Star Wars and other themed attire is encouraged; however, any prop weapons like lightsabers, blasters, staffs, and brooms will not be permitted inside the venue.
Also on sale this week, a series of not to be missed performances from the legendary Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros featuring The Wolfpack with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 17, 18, and 19 in Symphony Hall.
Tickets go on sale Friday, November 18 at 10:00am at ticketmaster.com. Concerts presented by Delta Atlanta Symphony Hall LIVE and Zero Mile Presents.
Following a successful fall tour and much lauded four-night sold out run with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center earlier this fall, Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros—consisting of Bobby Weir, Don Was, Jay Lane and Jeff Chimenti—announce three nights alongside the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Atlanta Symphony Hall on February 17, 18 and 19.
“Like all of what we do, this is a work in progress,” says Weir. “We’re working up more songs, and many sections will be rendered differently. Basically, this is what we were imagining when we were playin’ these back when—and yet, there’s still room for imagination—and that’s where we’ll go next with it…”
The band will once again be joined by The Wolfpack, a string and brass quintet which brings a thrilling orchestral element to the music and features Alex Kelly, Brian Switzer, Adam Theis, Mads Tolling and Sheldon Brown along with Barry Sless on pedal steel. Each night a completely unique set featuring hits from the expansive Grateful Dead catalogue, Bobby’s solo albums, and more will be performed. Original orchestration will be provided by Stanford professor Dr. Giancarlo Aquilanti.
About the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Celebrating its 78th season, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra continues to affirm its position as one of America’s leading orchestras with excellent live performances, renowned guest artist features and engaging education initiatives. As a cornerstone for artistic development in the Southeast, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs a full schedule of more than 150 concerts, including educational and community concerts, each year for a combined audience of more than a quarter-million people.
About Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros with The Wolfpack
Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros formed in 2018 by Weir along with Don Was and Jay Lane. The band set out performing the expansive catalogue of Grateful Dead, Bobby’s solo albums and more and has toured extensively throughout the US. In 2020, Jeff Chimenti joined the Wolf Bros around the same time the band started featuring The Wolfpack, a string and brass quintet which bring an orchestral, symphonic element to the music of Grateful Dead and features Alex Kelly, Brian Switzer, Adam Theis, Mads Tolling and Sheldon Brown. The band is also now joined by Barry Sless on pedal steel.
Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros recently released their first ever vinyl collection of recorded material, Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros: Live in Colorado, on Third Man Records. The record—produced by Weir, Was and Lane—features a collection of songs recorded during the band’s live performances at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado and the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, Colorado in June 2021, their first live audience concerts in over a year due to the pandemic.
In October 2022, Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros featuring The Wolfpack joined the National Symphony Orchestra for a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration at the Kennedy Center.
Bobby Weir is a founding member of the legendary Grateful Dead and Dead & Company and is one of rock’s finest, most distinctive rhythm guitarists and singers. Weir has received a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award, been honored by the Americana Music Association with a Lifetime Achievement Award, is a Les Paul Spirit Award recipient as well as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Weir’s Blue Mountain LP (2016) marked his first album of solo material in more than 10 years and received raves from critics.