Symphony takes 'Walk on the Wild Side'

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The concert will be led by Brazilian-born guest conductor Manfredo Schmiedt.

Special photo The concert will be led by Brazilian-born guest conductor Manfredo Schmiedt.

— In its second performance of the season and its first subscription concert of the year, the Albany Symphony Orchestra will spotlight one of Albany’s signature venues — Chehaw.

The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Albany Municipal Auditorium, 200 N. Jackson St.

The theme for the symphony season is “The Pride of Our Community Continues ...” with performances focusing on local cultural institutions. The concert is titled “A Walk on the Wild Side.”

“What could be more fitting than a marriage of the classical beauty of the natural world with the natural beauty of classical music?” said Doug Porter, executive director of Chehaw. “Chehaw is delighted to be working with the Albany Symphony Orchestra on the November concert and we look forward to a wonderful evening of animals and melodies.”

Chehaw, one of only two accredited zoos in Georgia (the other is Zoo Atlanta) comprises more than 700 acres of pristine, conservation land and a wild animal park dedicated to education. Chehaw focuses on the three areas it was founded on: conservation, preservation and education. Chehaw also has a bicycle racing track and camping and RV facilities.

The symphony will pay tribute to Chehaw with its performance of Saint Seans’ “Carnival of the Animals,” with narration by Robby Davis. Featured during the concert will be the dynamic duo-piano team of Marina Lomanov and Joseph Rackers. The concert will be led by Brazilian-born guest conductor Manfredo Schmiedt, best known for his award-winning work as an internationally famed and sought after conductor.

“We are thrilled to spotlight local organizations through our concert series,” said Karen Allen, executive director of the Albany Symphony Association. “The Albany cultural scene has much to offer Southwest Georgia, and we look forward to joining forces to showcase the arts.”

Before the concert and during intermission, symphony-goers will be joined in the courtyard of the Municipal Auditorium by several Chehaw animals. Special guests at the Saturday concert are Girls Inc. of Albany and students from Dougherty Comprehensive High School’s Beta Club and Poetry Club.

Concert tickets, which range from $8-38, may be purchased online or over the phone prior to the concert. Members of Chehaw are eligible for a special “Buy One Get One” ticket offer. Chehaw members wishing to take advantage of the “Buy One Get One” ticket offer should contact the symphony office or Chehaw Parks for information on how to obtain the discount.

Concert-goers are welcomed to join Schmeidt before the concert at 6:30 p.m. for Conversations with the Conductor. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase at $15 for the Conductor’s Circle, a time for guests to mingle with the conductor and performers while enjoying food and beverages catered by Sassy Chefs of Albany.

For more information about the Albany Symphony Orchestra, including tickets, concerts and donation opportunities, visit www.albanysymphony.org or call (229) 430-8933.