My friend Rachel Crumbley at Callaway Gardens, has been telling me for years to come to the Gardens for the "Symphony on the Sand" featuring the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She says it is becoming a very, very popular annual tradition.
This year's concert begins at 8 p.m. April 13. Yes, it's Friday the 13th, but it's going to be OK.
The guest conductor is Tito Munoz. He has been the music director of Opera national de Lorraine and Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy in France since 2010. Before moving to France he was assistant conductor of the Cleveland Symphony and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Pretty good resume.
This year's program includes "The Star Spangled Banner," Bernstein's overture to "Candide," Bizet's "Suite No. 1" from "Carmen," Strauss' "An derschonen blauen Donau," Rossini's overture to "William Tell," Beethoven's "Symphony No. 5," Dvorak's "Slavonic Dance in E-Minor, Opus 72, No. 2," "Slavonic Dance in D-Major, Opus 46, No. 6" and "Slavonic Dance in G-Minor, Opus 46, No. 8," Copland's "Variations on a Shaker Melody from "Appalachian Spring," Williams' "Hedwig's Theme" from "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and "Flying Theme" from "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial."
That's a pretty good pops program.
Tickets are on sale now.
General seating on the lawn at Robin Lake Beach is $15, $8 for children ages 6-12 in advance; $20, $10 for children ages 6-12 at the gate. Children 5 and younger get in free. You can bring lawn chairs and blankets and a picnic. Or you can buy food at the Gardens.
Callaway Gardens annual passholders and active and retired military and their families get in for half price.
For a table on the beach (with eight chairs and a tablecloth), they are $249-$399.
If you feel like you don't want to drive home, an overnight package is available that includes concert tickets, begins at $159 in the Mountain Creek Inn.
That means you can drink all the wine you want and go across the street to the hotel.