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Ice cancels ASO’s “King Celebration,” postpones Alliance’s “Bring It On” opening

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A rare few inches of snow, a cap of ice and slick streets across metro Atlanta — and a dearth of snowplows — has shut down schools for three days and now canceled performances by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Alliance Theatre.

Thursday night’s planned performance of “Bring It On: The Musical” at the Alliance has been canceled. (The show, once it begins, will run through February 20.) And the ASO’s annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. has also been canceled. A one-night-only event, the concert is recorded annually by National Public Radio and broadcast nationally for the Monday national holiday. Performed at Morehouse College, King’s alma mater, the concert is often highly memorable, with interesting repertoire and emotion-charged performances.

For info on ticket refunds, read the ASO’s press release:

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CANCELS “A KING CELEBRATION” CONCERT

SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2011

DUE TO ICY TRAVEL CONDITIONS IN ATLANTA

Due to icy travel conditions in Atlanta, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its partners — the King Center and Morehouse and Spelman Colleges — have decided to cancel this year’s annual musical tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “A King Celebration,” on Thursday, January 13, 2011, at 8 p.m. The concert has been an annual commemoration of the life and work of the celebrated civil rights leader for the past 18 years.

“This annual ‘A King Celebration’ concert is a tradition in Atlanta, and we are deeply saddened to cancel this musical tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” said Atlanta Symphony Orchestra President Stanley E. Romanstein, Ph.D. “The icy conditions in metro Atlanta are unfortunate, but we and our partners agree the well-being of our concertgoers is of the utmost importance to us. We look forward to seeing Atlantans, during safer travel conditions, at Atlanta Symphony Hall soon.”

Beginning Tuesday, January 18, 2011, refunds will be available to ticket buyers by visiting the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office located at 15th and Peachtree Streets, or by calling 404-733-5000.

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