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Front Row

Elle Varner, Live In Concert

The rising R&B star came out with guns blazing and performed fleshed out versions of her new songs.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra bassist Michael Kurth stands on the picket line for a silent protest during the lockout in September. The orchestra announced this weekend that it had reached a new four-year contract with musicians. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Reaches Labor Deal With Musicians

The Grammy award-winning ensemble will open the first concert of its 70th anniversary season with Beethoven's ninth symphony, the "Ode to Joy."