Concert with Latin flair just beginning for Symphony Orchestra Augusta

Classical guitarist Jason Vieaux will join Symphony Orchestra Augusta on Sept. 29 to explore Latin rhythms.

 Mieko Di Sano might not be wearing her dancing shoes to Symphony Orchestra Augusta’s season opener, but that won’t stop her from feeling the rhythm.


“The concert is mostly Latin rhythms. One of them is the Huapango, which is built around dance,” said Di Sano, the symphony’s new executive director. “There’s a driving beat. People will be tapping their feet.”

In addition to the Moncayo Huapango, the season opener features Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, Lecuona/Grofe’s Malagueña from Andalucía Suite and Tchaikovsky’s Capricco Italien.

Jason Vieaux will be featured on Rodrigo’s Incomparable Fantasia para un gentilhombre.

“He’s a classical guitarist,” Di Sano said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Vieaux has performed as a featured soloist with more than 50 orchestras around the country and at every major guitar series in North America and several prominent guitar festivals in Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico, according to his biography on his Web site,

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at First Baptist Church of Augusta.

Di Sano was named the symphony’s executive director in July and took over in August. A resident of downtown Augusta, Di Sano took the opportunity to meet some of her new neighbors at an event during Arts in the Heart of Augusta.

“The vision of SOA has to do with community,” she said at the Debut at the Miller event on Friday. “Symphonies collectively are a cornerstone of the community. They are a symbol of pride.”

Symphony Orchestra Augusta is raising funds to renovate the Miller Theater on Broad Street, and as part of Arts in the Heart of Augusta, a group of artists known as Alternative Artworks had a reception and exhibit in the theater’s entryway. Several jazz musicians, including Karen Gordon of Garden City Jazz, took turns playing during the event.

On Saturday, there were tours of the theater, which according to a timeline in the building, is set to open during 2014-15.

Di Sano said she was excited as she looked at the crowd attending the Friday opening. Di Sano sees the lower end of Broad Street as a theater district and hopes the positive energy from the Miller renovations will help the Imperial Theatre and bring other businesses into the area.

“This will be a top-notch concert space, and it’s not just for the symphony,” she said.

For more information on the season opener, call (706) 826-4705 or visit


For tickets, call (706) 826-4705 or visit

GEORGIA HEALTH SCIENCES SYMPHONY SERIES: Concerts are at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way; $10, $15, $20, $45
Sept. 29:
Evening of Festivities
Nov. 3:
Passion’s Voice
Jan. 19:
Love’s Farewell
Feb. 23:
Deliberately Beethoven
March 16:
Suite Spring
April 27:
Enduring Harmony

UNIVERSITY HEALTH CARE SYSTEM POPS! AT THE BELL: Concerts are at 7:30 p.m. at Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $15, $25, $40
Oct. 25:
The Four Tops
Dec. 14:
Holiday Pops!
Feb. 14:
Ronnie Milsap
March 8:
Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to The Beatles

BANK OF AMERICA COLUMBIA COUNTY MUSIC SERIES: Concerts are at 7:30 p.m. at Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.; $20
Jan. 12:
Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse
Feb. 19:
The Perlman, Quint, Bailey Trio
March 9:
Harlem Quartet

BEETHOVEN FESTIVAL CONCERTS: $30 for all three concerts, four tickets $100
Feb. 23:
Deliberately Beethoven, 7:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Augusta; $10, $15, $20, $45
Feb. 24:
Bits of Beethoven, 3 p.m., Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre; adult $10, child/student $5

POPS! UNDER THE STARS: 7:30 p.m. May 11, Lady Antebellum Pavilion