This Friday, we will be enjoying Symphony on the Sand featuring the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) under the stars on the beach at Callaway Gardens® on Friday, April 13, 2012, at 8 p.m.  We want you to enjoy this event too! Here are the details:

“We are excited to announce that Tito Muñoz has been selected as the conductor for the ASO performance at Callaway Gardens,” said Geoff Robertson, the new event organizer.

Muñoz is an American conductor and, since December 2010, has been serving in France as music director of Opéra national de Lorraine and Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy. He was previously Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

“What a rare chance to see one of the country’s premier orchestras led by such a talented man, all performing in such a beautiful setting.  Symphony on the Sand in 2012 is definitely a ‘must-see’ night.  General seating is on sale as well as a limited number of tables near the stage,” Robertson added.

 General seating* on the lawn at Robin Lake Beach can be purchased at a discount in advance, online for $15 per adult; $8 per child age 6 to 12.  Tickets also will be available at the gate for $20 per adult; $10 per child age 6 to 12.  In both instances, children age 5 and younger are admitted for free.  At the gate the day of the event, Callaway Gardens Annual Passholders (with membership card) and active/retired military and their dependents (with a valid military identification card) receive half-price admission.  Special ticket pricing is available for groups larger than 15 if purchased in advance.

 Tables* on the beach (with eight chairs and a table cloth) are available for between $249 and $399 based on proximity to the stage.  A variety of food baskets and arrangements are available for purchase.  To reserve, visit

Dress is casual.  The Robin Lake Beach gate will open at 5 p.m.  The concert will begin at 8 p.m.


“With the Spring beauty at Callaway Gardens by daylight, I strongly recommend guests stay overnight and make it a weekend getaway,” said Robertson.

The Symphony on the Sand Overnight package includes concert tickets and starts at $159** in the Mountain Creek Inn. Rates also are available for the cozy Southern Pine Cottages and homey Mountain Creek Villas.

Proceeds benefit the Ida Cason Callaway Foundation (ICCF). For information on becoming a sponsor, please call Geoff Robertson at (706) 681-3329.

Callaway Gardens®, is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.  For additional information, call 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292) or visit




Tito Muñoz, conductor

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra


SMITH (arr. Damrosch) The Star-Spangled Banner

BERNSTEIN  Overture to Candide

BIZET  Suite No. 1 from Carmen

STRAUSS  An derschönen blauen Donau

ROSSINI  Overture to William Tell

BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 5

DVOŘÁK  Slavonic Dance in E minor, Op. 72, No. 2

Slavonic Dance in D Major, Op. 46, No. 6

Slavonic Dance in G minor, Op.46, No. 8

COPLAND Variations on a Shaker Melody from Appalachian


arr. Lowden) Armed Forces Salute

WILLIAMS  Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter and the

  Sorcerer’s Stone

Flying Theme from E. T.: The Extra-Terrestrial


*Tents and umbrellas are not permitted.

**Rates are per room, per night based on double occupancy in the Mountain Creek Inn.  Taxes are not included.  Based on availability.  Not valid for groups.


About Callaway Gardens

For 60 years as of May 21, 2012, Callaway Gardens has provided “a place of relaxation, inspiration and a better understanding of the living world” for millions of visitors.  Owned and operated by the non-profit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, Callaway Gardens includes a garden, resort, preserve and residential community on 13,000 acres in Pine Mountain, Georgia.  Highlights include a butterfly conservatory, horticultural center, discovery center, chapel, inland beach, nature trails and special events throughout the year.

In addition, Callaway Gardens offers nearly 80,000 square feet of meeting space, 685 guest rooms, restaurants, shops, golf, tennis, fishing and more.

Five unique, close-knit residential communities — with custom home sites, lakefront properties and cottages on the golf course — offer an ideal home away from home or full-time residence.

Callaway Gardens is home to a 4,610-acre forest preserve which is under conservation easement.  This conserved, sustainably-managed land is used for biological studies and environmental education programs.

About the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, currently in its 67th season, consistently affirms its position as one of America’s leading Orchestras by performing great music, presenting great artists, educating, and engaging.