The Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration

Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration pic
Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration
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Samuel Brice Hall is the director of investor relations at Piedmont Private Equity in Atlanta, Georgia. An experienced financial professional, Samuel Brice Hall also takes time to relax and enjoys attending concerts of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 71st season. Hosting a variety of live performances, acclaimed guest artists, and educational initiatives, it stands as one of the leading orchestras in the United States. Since 2001, Robert Spano has served as the orchestra’s music director. In 2008, he was recognized as the Musical America Conductor of the Year. The symphony’s principal guest conductor is Donald Runnicles.

Each year, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs more than 200 concerts, including community and educational concerts. An upcoming concert is the Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration, featuring celebrated vocalist/guitarist Warren Haynes. It will take place on the evening of June 24, 2016, at the Delta Classic Chastain Park Amphitheater.

The Garcia family has curated the pioneering orchestral program, which will showcase Garcia’s original compositions, along with classical interpretations of his enduring standards created during his time with the Grateful Dead.

The Basilica di San Marco of Venice

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Basilica di San Marco
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Accounting professional Samuel Brice Hall is the director of investment relationships with Piedmont Private Equity, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Fond of traveling in his free time, Samuel Brice Hall spent several weeks in Venice, Italy, during Christmas and New Year’s.

An engineering wonder, the City of Venice is built completely on water. One can visit the city any time of the year via plane, cruise ship, or train. A long-distance bus service is also available. A nonstop flight from New York to Venice takes about nine hours.

There are many things to do and see in Venice. Aside from taking the Venetian gondola ride through the Grand Canal, another requisite experience is visiting the Basilica di San Marco.

According to legend, the basilica dates back to the 9th century, when two merchants smuggled the remains of St. Mark out of Egypt inside a barrel containing pork fat. The original basilica burned in 932, and the Venetians rebuilt it with a Greek cross layout, Byzantine domes, walls covered with marble from Palestine, Egypt, and Syria.

It has 8,500 square meters of mosaics. At the entrance are five niched portals crowned with mosaics and stonework arches. The oldest mosaics of the basilica are inside the vestibule. They depict the apostles with the Madonna and have been there for over 950 years. The Pala d’Oro is a gold altarpiece covered with 2,000 sapphires, rubies, emeralds, pearls, and other precious stones.