By Lynn Lecorchick
The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center hosted the 35th Annual Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert on Dec. 3.
The event was sponsored by Jim Boyd & Associates, INC. and The Madison Bank Corporation. Additional support for the event was provided by the Dorothy and Cornelius Vason Founding Endowment Fund.
The show sold out with nearly 400 people coming to hear the symphony last Tuesday. “We are pleased to have the symphony here in Madison again. People look forward to this event as the start to the holiday season every year. We are proud to have the symphony on our stage.
It’s characteristic of the quality of performances that we put on here,” said Rebecca Bonas, performance director for the cultural center. Conductor Jere Flint led the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in a melody of Holiday favorites and debuted a new piece written by Robert Wendel, entitled “The Nativity Bells.”
Flint, a seasoned conductor, brought 45 musicians to the cultural center’s stage and was a hit with the audience, said Bonus. Bonus recounted Flint’s skillful talent and quick-witted humor throughout the event. As the symphony began playing The Nutcracker, Flint’s baton flew backwards out of his hand and into the crowd.
Once it was passed back up to Flint, he quipped, “And now for my next trick,” as he waved his returned baton over the crowd. The crowd burst into laughter.
“It was such an adorable moment. The crowd just loved him,” said Bonus. The symphony also performed several numbers the crowd was invited to sing along with, including Joy to The World and Silent Night.
“We were happy to see such a wide variety of people attend the concert,” said Bonas. “There were young kids and families and business owners. Everyone really seemed to enjoy the holiday concert.” Bringing the symphony to Madison each year is part of the larger ongoing vision of Morgan County to bring refined cultural expressions to its citizens and local communties.
“The mission of the Cultural Center is to enhance education and enjoyment of the arts and humanities by offering high quality permanent exhibits, temporary exhibits, and performances while preserving the historic building,”said Bonas.
The annual Atlanta Symphony Orchestra event is also part of the cultural center’s main stage series. Tickets are now available for the next main stage series event, Capitol Steps, which features a comedy group that performs political satire. The show is slated for Jan. 24.
“They have come here in the past and were very popular,” said Bonas. Tickets are $45 for members, $55 for non members, and $25 for students. To purchase tickets, call (706) 342-4743 or visit www.mmcc-arts.org.