Atlanta Symphony’s LGBT Night rolls out the red carpet for you and yours
By Buck C. Cooke

Are you ready for some culture? No, not the music without words that is pots-and-pans house music. This is Classical, honey, and it’s going to be extra gay on April 27. Consider this your official invitation to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s next LGBT Night.

CMI_Survey_Digital_Male_300x250The ASO’s quarterly theme nights started four years ago and are “a time for us to come together as a community to enjoy the fine arts and give patrons a chance to meet some of the musicians who are a part of the ASO,” says Christopher Stephens, ASO Corporate Sales Manager and proud gay Atlantan. “There is a diversity of attendees who come, so LGBT Nights are a great way to meet new people who enjoy the arts.”

The April performance features guest conductor Vasily Petrenko leading “Piano Concerto No. 1” by Mendelssohn, “Don Juan” by Strauss, and “Symphony No. 8” by Dvořák. The ASO is also joined by Argentinian pianist Ingrid Fliter.

“Whether you are a long-time supporter or a first-timer, these programs are very accessible,” Stephens assures.

Tickets include the symphony performance and post-concert reception where LGBT Night attendees mix and mingle with ASO musicians while enjoying drinks, light bites, and beats by Neon the Glowgobear. The reception is held at Twelve Eighty on the Woodruff Arts Center grounds by Symphony Hall.

Neon says attendees, of course, should expect music at the reception that’s far from the selections the symphony performs that night.

“Most people want to hear something different after hearing one kind of music for a period of time,” he says. “There will be some classic dance tracks, not classical music, that I’ve wanted to play for some time but haven’t yet because my sets tend to be high energy. I will hopefully use those during the reception because they’re fun tracks.”

LGBT Nights are just a part of the ASO’s “robust” commitment to the LGBT community in Atlanta, Stephens says.

“The ASO is a member of the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and regularly donates items to LGBT organizations for fundraisers, like the Human Rights Campaign silent auction at the upcoming Atlanta dinner,” he says. “The environment at the ASO is very inclusive, and they support my work with organizations like GLAAD and HRC.”

“Make sure and use the code ‘PROUD’ when purchasing tickets for April 27 in order to receive information related to programming for the LGBT Night,” Stephens adds.

Want to go?

When: April 27, 8 p.m.
Where: Atlanta Symphony Hall
Dress: Cocktail attire
Tickets: Promo code PROUD