Cobb orchestra to hold sensory-friendly concert for people with autism

The Georgia Symphony Orchestra encourages audience members to get up, dance around and make noise during its March 3 concert.

The orchestra has adjusted its usual constraints and specifically tailored its song list for people with autism and their families.

“Sensory sensitive listeners and family members will delight in the discovery of an orchestral experience that invites and welcomes the autistic into the world of classical music,” the group said in a news release.

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This will be the third time the orchestra has put on the sensory-friendly concert, said executive director Susan Stensland. It is now part of the group’s annual calendar.

Music will last 50 minutes. 

The GSO posted a step-by-step program to its website that walks attendees through the night and what they can expect.

Here are the songs the orchestra said it’ll play:

• Edward Elgar, “Serenade for Strings”

• Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, “Andante Cantabile Dvorak” — Nocturne Op. 40

• Luigi Boccherini, “Cello Concerto No. 9” — I. Allegro moderato 

• Johann Sebastian Bach, “Prelude from Suite No. 1”

• Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, “Eine Kleine Nacht Music” — I. Allegro and II. Romanze: Andante

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Ecuadorian cellist Francisco Vila-Haas will be featured.

Tickets are $10 and can be reserved online or by calling 770-429-2390. The 2 p.m. concert will be at the Marietta Performing Arts Center, located at 1171 Whitlock Ave., adjacent to Marietta High School. 

The GSO said this concert was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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