The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has announced that Jason Alexander, the “Seinfeld” comedian who’s also a versatile Broadway performer, will be the featured artist at the fifth annual Symphony Gala on March 7 at the Woodruff Arts Center.
The black-tie gala will begin at 6 p.m. with a pre-concert cocktail reception in the High Museum of Art’s Stent Atrium. Alexander will perform with the ASO in Symphony Hall at 7:30 p.m. Following the concert, patron guests will enjoy a seated dinner in the High Museum’s Taylor Lobby, then a lounge-style after party in the Stent Atrium that will feature desserts and dancing.
Proceeds will benefit the orchestra and its education and community engagement programs.
Gala ticket packages, starting at $1,000, and concert-only tickets, starting at $39, will be available Jan. 5 at 404-733-5000, www.atlantasymphony.org, or from the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office at 15th and Peachtree streets. Details: www.aso.org/gala.
Alexander was to have appeared in an ASO Pops performance in late October, one of eight concerts that were cancelled at the beginning of the orchestra’s 70th anniversary season as musicians and management continued to hammer out a collective bargaining agreement.
By coincidence, a month before Alexander’s rearranged appearance, his old TV costar, Jerry Seinfeld, will bring his comedy act to the Fox Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6. Tickets, $50-150, via www.foxtheatre.org.
Meanwhile, the ASO's first Symphony Hall concerts of the new year are Jan. 8-10, with Asher Fisch conducting a program that includes Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov (in his orchestra debut) playing Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini. The Jan. 9 presentation will be the orchestra's initial “First Friday” concert of the season, featuring an abbreviated performance with an early starting time (6:30 p.m.) and at a reduced ticket cost (all seats $25). Details: www.atlantasymphony.org.