The ASO’s Talent Development Program Holds Alumni Legacy Concert on 1/4/14

It is time to celebrate the great work the Atlanta Symphony does year-round

Credit: ASO
Credit: ASO
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s groundbreaking Talent Development Program (TDP), which is celebrating its 20th anniversary during the Orchestra’ s 2013-14 season, will host an Alumni Legacy Concert on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. in Atlanta Symphony Hall in the Woodruff Arts Center.

The Talent Development Program, which identifies musically-gifted and motivated African American and Latino instrumentalists in the greater metropolitan Atlanta area and prepares them for acceptance into top music programs in preparation for careers as professional musicians, has now become a model for other orchestras across the country.

Hosted by former WSB-TV news anchor Monica Pearson, the free performance will feature accomplished TDP alumni and will showcase the legacy and artistry of the program. Alumni performers will include:

  •   Ismail Akbar, cello (Oberlin Conservatory)

  •   Jessie Ahuama-Jonas, viola (University of Miami)

  •   Tara Byrdsong, flute (Converse College)

  •   Xavier Foley, bass (Curtis Institute of Music)

  •   Drew Forde, viola (Mercer University)

  •   Angelica Hairston, harp (Royal Academy of Music in Toronto)

  •   Jermaine Jackson, clarinet (Cleveland Institute of Music)

  •   Stephen Lawrence, violin (Loyola University)

  •   Mason Morton, harp (University of Michigan)

  •   Chris Mosley, violin (Georgia State University)

  •   Malcolm Parson, cello (Berklee School of Music)

  •   Chelsea Sharpe, violin (Rice University)

  •   Shaquille Southwell, clarinet (The Juilliard School) 

A Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Ann Hobson Pilot — renowned former Principal Harpist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra — in recognition of her extraordinary career accomplishments in classical music and significant contributions to the advancement of music education. Ms. Pilot is the first African American woman to hold a principal position in a major symphony orchestra. 
The performance is free and open to the public. Tickets are required, and are available at aso.org.

For more information about the Talent Development Program and the 20th anniversary celebration of this groundbreaking program, visit tdp20.org.


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