World’s Longest Serving Double Bassist Passes On at 87

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Jane Little

Samuel Brice Hall received both his bachelor of arts and master of science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently the Director of Investor Relations at Piedmont Private Equity, LLC. An avid supporter of the local arts scene, Samuel Brice Hall is a supporting member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO).

With 28 Grammy Awards and an international reputation, the ASO has long been considered one of America’s premier orchestras. Alongside its history was Jane Little, an ASO founding member, who with a record of 71 years of service was considered the world’s longest-serving orchestra musician until her unexpected death in May of this year. She was 87.

Jane Little collapsed onstage in the middle of an orchestra performance. The performance was a pops concert themed “Broadway’s Golden Age.” Orchestra insiders claim that she lost consciousness just before the end of Irving Berlin’s “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”

Having survived several generations of listeners, Ms. Little will always be remembered for her dedication to her craft and her tenacity in overcoming the physical encumbrances of her chosen instrument. While a double bass stands around six feet tall and weighs about 30 pounds, Ms. Little was only 4’11”.


Three Overlooked Motown Songs Worth a Listen

The director of investor relations at Piedmont Private Equity, LLC, Samuel Brice Hall serves as a key liaison for professionals, third-party advisors, and investors, and manages conservation strategy and tax mitigation teams. Outside of work, Samuel Brice Hall loves music, especially pre-1965 jazz and Motown.

There are several Motown songs that are recognized and beloved by fans, but some lesser-known ones are worthy of mention. Following are just a few of the best Motown songs that most people have forgotten:

A Bird in the Hand (Is Worth Two in the Bush): Sung by the Velvelettes, this song was released in November 1965. It was released several months after the group’s last release, so it largely fell by the wayside despite being a good example of Motown music.

Love’s Gone Bad: Only charting at #41 on the Billboard Top 100 when it was released, Love’s Gone Bad by Chris Clark was part of a short career for the California teen. Despite not having the look of a typical Motown artist, Clark has been referred to as Motown’s answer to Dusty Springfield.

Leaving Here: Released in December 1963, the song was sung by Eddie Holland, most recognized as being a part of the songwriting group Holland-Dozier-Holland. The song told men that they aren’t treating women right and was part of one of Holland’s solo records.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Marks Start of 2016-17 Season with Concert

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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Since 2011, Samuel Brice Hall has worked as director of investor relations for Piedmont Private Equity, LLC, located in Atlanta, Georgia. Involved in his community, Samuel Brice Hall belongs to several local organizations, one of which is the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO).

Established more than 70 years ago, the ASO performs more than 200 annual concerts, including educational and community performances. Located in the heart of Midtown, the ASO typically offers concerts that last from 90 to 120 minutes in length. During the past 32 years, the orchestra and chorus recorded more than 100 albums, with 27 of them earning Grammy Awards in a variety of categories, such as best choral performance, best classical album, best orchestral performance, and best opera performance.

On September 15, 2016, the ASO commemorates the beginning of the 2016 and 2017 season with a concert by music director Robert Spano and special guest violinist, Joshua Bell. This concert begins Mr. Spano’s 16th season as the ASO’s music director. This one-night performance features an all-Tchaikovsky program with music from the “Nutcracker Suite,” “Romeo and Juliet,” and the “Violin Concerto in D Major.”

The Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration

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Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration

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.