Nothing is better than ringing in the new year with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Maestro Michael Krajewski led the ASO with some popular pops tunes. To kick off this New Year’s Eve production he brought to the forefront the ultimate New Year’s Eve tune, Fanfare for a New Year.

One of the things I love about Krajewski is his humor, not that he is a standup comedian but the ultimate sly straight man, he pokes fun of himself and the masters that he plays.

In the Dance of the Hours from La Giocondra, a tune that has come to live from the Disney version of Fantasia and the 60s parady of Hello Mother, Hello Father lines, the orchestra created a tune that floated across the audience.

A fateful audience volunteer, Phillip was brought on stage to play a rather large instrument but Krjewski skillfully guided him to play the right notes. The best part of the night was when the Galop from William Tell Overture was played, the maestro allowed the audience to shout out “High Oh Silver and Away”.

The second half brought the crooner sounds of Tony DeSare, who brought the house to a intimate club feel.  I envisioned that all I needed was a nice whiskey with a lovely bird in the next table over making goo-goo eyes.

That night it was a sure treat to be given a glass of champagne as I excited the show that New Year’s Eve night with fabulous tunes by the ASO.

January brings a whole array of shows, next up is January 10-12 Michael Gandolfi: Concerto for Clarinet and Strings world premiere, Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 5, and Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade with Conductor Robert Spano.

This year has a long list of stars from February 9 Wynton Marsalis, March 2 Steve Martin, and May 24-25 Michael Feinstein to name only a few.

For tickets and show times visit: or call 404.733.5000, they have something for every type of taste, so get your culture on and support our local Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.


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