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Georgia Symphony to pick a new maestro

The Marietta-based Georgia Symphony Orchestra is in search of a new music director, and will introduce three possible candidates during concerts in its 2015-2016 season.

That season kicks off Sept. 19 with a fund-raiser and cocktail party. It continues Oct. 17 with a program of Verdi, Brahms and Beethoven conducted by candidate Number 1, Brian Dollinger, of the Clinton Symphony Orchestra in Iowa.

Two other contenders will lead the orchestra in performances during the early part of 2016.  Timothy Verville, associate conductor of the Boston Chamber Orchestra, will guest on Feb. 20, conducting the music of Marquez, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.

On April 30, Duilio Dobrin, former music director of the Chamber Orchestra of Connecticut and former resident conductor of the Florida Philharmonic, will close out the GSO season with a performance of Beethoven's 9th symphony, featuring the GSO Chorus.

The new leader will replace Michael Alexander, who served as the symphony's music director for 11 years. Alexander was also interim director of the School of Music at Kennesaw State University. He  left Atlanta to direct the school of music at the University of Northern Colorado.

The Georgia Symphony's calendar includes performances by the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra, and concerts featuring choral, jazz and pops music. For the full schedule and performance locations go to

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