WABE's John Lemley special guest at today's Atlanta Freedom Bands concert

‘Bravo!’ celebrates timeless music from operatic stage

The Atlanta Freedom Bands joins with musicians from Charlotte, Chicago, Phoenix, Philadelphia and across the U.S. to present “Bravo!” — a celebration of opera classics as part of a regional event with the Lesbian and Gay Band Association.

John Lemley, host of WABE’s “City Cafe” and “Afternoon Classics” will be the special guest for today’s concert and sharing the stories behind the timeless classics. Lemley, who is gay, hosted a StoryCorps program for the LGBT community in June.

The program for today’s concert includes:

Wagner’s “Lohengrin”
Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro”
Verdi’s “Nabucco”
Smetana’s “The Bartered Bride”
Berlioz’s “Damnation of Faust”
Kabalevsky’s “Colas Breugnon”
Puccini’s “Turandot”
Bizet’s “Carmen”

There will also be a reception during the concert.

Atlanta Freedom Bands ‘Bravo!’ concert
4-6 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta
1328 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA

Parking is available in the LAZ deck across Peachtree Street from the church. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.atlantafreedombands.com.