Atlanta, arguably the cultural hub of the southeast United States rarely hosts touring symphony orchestras. When one does visit, it usually attracts a large audience and this was the case with the touring London-based Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Mark Wigglesworth. The concert was held at Emory University’s 825-seat Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, the acoustics of which are as good as can be found in the Atlanta area. The auditorium has a tall, shoebox design with minimal balcony overhang and it can be tuned to adapt to performance needs. It also has a large stage that can accommodate various size ensembles, including a full symphony orchestra.
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The RPO was founded by the legendary Sir Thomas Beecham in 1946 and is one of London’s five main orchestras. Its fortunes have waxed and waned over the years, but judging by its concert here, it is again on a strong artistic footing.For the complete review, go here: