License to Thrill


Sophistication and fun. These are the notes that Augusta Symphony will strike at its third annual Augusta Symphony Gala Saturday, January 11 with the music of James Bond.

Featuring a blend of live performances and film clips, the gala will celebrate almost 60 years of the secret agent’s exploits with a performance by “The Music of Bond.” The European group is flying across the pond for the event to honor 007.

The black-tie affair will begin at 6 p.m. with a reception of light hors d’oeuvres, an open bar and, of course, Bond’s signature martini, the Vesper. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Platinum level tickets are $250; gold level tickets are $175.

Following the concert, platinum level guests are invited to a reception in the newly opened Knox Music Institute. The reception will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, a full bar and an immersive Bond experience.

On Saturday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m., the symphony will present “American Rhythms” with Clayton Stephenson, a 10-grade scholarship student at The Juilliard Pre-College Division who was admitted to the program at age 10.

The concert is part of the symphony’s project this season to record four works by American composer Miguel del Aguila. The performance will feature Aguila’s The Giant Guitar and The Fall of Cuzco, Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F and Copland’s Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo. Tickets range from $22 – $69.

Both performances will be at the Miller Theater.