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The Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra started in 2004 as a safe space for musicians: open to all genders and sexual orientations. Now a robust volunteer orchestra, they are about to complete their 2016-2017 season with a concert featuring Brahms, Beethoven and John Williams’ Star Wars Suite.

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“APO is a safe space for anyone who wants to play,” said their music director Amy Wilson in an interview with Lois Reitzes. “You know you are accepted for who you are and there is no judgement.”

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A dreamy Debussy Nocturne, a 20th century flute concerto and a peaceful Requiem round out this weekend's Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concerts.

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The all-French program is lead by principal guest conductor Donald Runnicles. The orchestra's principal flutist, Christina Smith, is center stage as the featured soloist. She'll be accompanied by the orchestra in André Jolivet's Flute Concerto, a piece closely associated with 20th-century superstar flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal.

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