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Orfeo ed Euridice. Atlanta Symphony music director Robert Spano conducts the ASO in its first ever performances of Gluck’s 1761 opera with David Daniels as Orfeo and Susanna Phillips as Euridice, featuring scenography by Daniel Arsham and choreography by Lauri Stallings of glo. May 11 and 13. Symphony Hall.
Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra Finale Concert. The ASYO presents its final concert of the year, a program featuring Rachmaninov and Respighi. May 14 at 3 p.m. Symphony Hall.
ART + DESIGN
Abstracts. A new exhibition presents the work of three Poem 88 artists working in the realm of abstraction: Brendan Carroll, Ben Steele and Zuzka Vaclavik. Artist talk May 13 at 2 p.m. Exhibition through June 10. Poem 88.
Kellie Romany: Emerging Artist Award Exhibition. The artist creates work using 19th-century anthropologist Felix Von Luschan’s infamous chromatic scale designed to classify race. In her review, ArtsATL critic Meredith Kooi admires the way Romany “takes these historical scientific methods, the technologies of the time, the chromatic scale, and creates a lovely show.” Through May 20. Swan Coach House Gallery.
Father Comes Home from the War (Parts 1, 2 & 3). Actor’s Express presents the Atlanta premiere of Suzan-Lori Parks’ Civil War drama, a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize. May 13–June 11. Actor’s Express.
CUT. Out of Box presents the Atlanta premiere of Crystal Skillman’s 2011 comic drama about a creative team at a reality television show. May 11–20. Out of Box Theatre.
Camino Real. The Atlanta Ballet reprises its production of Helen Pickett’s ballet version of Tennessee Williams’ surreal 1953 play. May 12–14. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
The Modern Atlanta Dance Festival. The 23rd MAD Festival features new work from Atlanta-based artists Gregory Catellier, Kristin O’Neal, Alice Halter, Kamali Hill, Sarah Wildes Arnett, Corian Ellisor, Melissa Pihos and Full Radius Dance. May 12–13. Balzer Theatre.
Richard Hutto, The Kaiser’s Confidante: Mary Lee, the First American-Born Princess. In his latest book, the historian considers the life of Mary Lee, the first American-born woman to gain prominence in the Prussian court. May 11 at 7 p.m. Carter Center.
J.D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy. The Atlanta History Center presents the best-selling author speaking about his nonfiction account of the tribulations of his white working-class family. May 16 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Atlanta History Center.
Hedda Gabler. The National Theatre of London broadcasts Ibsen’s classic play directed by Ivo van Hove and featuring Ruth Wilson in the lead role. May 14 and 16. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.
Mrs. Warhol. Film Love presents Andy Warhol’s 1966 documentary portrait of his beloved mother, Julia Warhola. May 12 at 7 p.m. Atlanta Contemporary.