The Alpharetta Symphony and Music Director Grant Gilman.

In last Tuesday’s (8/22) Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jon Ross writes, “While the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and other major classical organizations have programmed a noteworthy set of concerts this fall, there is ample opportunity in the next few months to hunt around the nontraditional spaces for new musical gems. Churches, university recital halls and even a rock venue are highlighted in this short, and in no way comprehensive, list of must-see classical concerts this fall…. Alpharetta Symphony: Conductor Grant Gilman and the Alpharetta Symphony present a concert anchored by Beethoven’s fifth symphony, but the opener, Jennifer Higdon’s ‘Blue Cathedral,’ is just as compelling as that symphonic crowd pleaser. It also foreshadows a February concert that showcases the composers Augusta Read Thomas, Florence Price and Amy Beach. Nov. 3. Alpharetta First United Methodist Church, 69 N. Main St., Alpharetta.” Other groups and soloists in the article are the Texas Guitar Quartet, pianist Inon Bartnatan, Imani Winds, Kinnara choral ensemble, Atlanta Master Chorale, bassist Nina Bernat, and the Georgian Chamber Players.