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4 | encore ASO | HIGH NOTES Dear Friends of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, As we enter the season of giving, we would like to thank you for making a visit to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra part of your holiday tradition. One of the greatest pleasures of our 75-year history is providing memorable musical experiences like the one you will enjoy today. Our mission is to give the gift of musical inspiration to the hundreds of thousands of people who enjoy our performances and education offerings every year--a mission we are dedicated to fulfill every day. We are continually investing in our artistic endeavors and expanding our reach in the community. Ticket sales alone only cover half of our operating expenses, so the generosity of our audience and donors is critical to helping us fulfill our mission. Your gifts provide inspiration, hope, healing and joy throughout the community. Nothing has the power to move hearts and minds like a live orchestral experience. Close out 2019 by giving the gift of music. Your contributions will help provide Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performances to more than 200,000 students across the state; will provide performance and mentorship opportunities for talented young musicians in the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and Talent Development Program; and will allow us to reach new audiences of every age through our free community concerts. Thank you for adding your voice to our chorus of support. Visit donate to learn how you can support the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. May your holidays be merry and bright. With gratitude,

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obert Spano, conductor, pianist, composer and teacher, is known worldwide for the intensity of his artistry and distinctive communicative abilities, creating a sense of inclusion and warmth among musicians and audiences that is unique

among American orchestras. Beginning his 19th season as Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and first season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, this highly imaginative conductor is an approachable artist with the innate ability to share his enthusiasm for music. A fervent mentor to rising artists, he is responsible for nurturing the careers of numerous celebrated composers, conductors and performers. As Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival and School since 2011, he oversees the programming of more than 300 events


and educational programs for 630 students and young performers. The Atlanta School of Composers reflects Spano’s commitment to American contemporary music. He has led ASO performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Ravinia, Ojai, and Savannah Music Festivals. Highlights of Spano’s 2019/20 season include a return to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, conducting the world premiere of George Tsontakis’s Violin Concerto No. 3 alongside Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony. He returns to the Indianapolis Symphony, the Singapore Symphony and the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the world premiere of Dimitrios Skyllas’s Kyrie eleison, commissioned by the BBC. Conducting debuts include the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia and Wroclaw Philharmonic. As the newly appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony, Spano appears on the Orchestra’s Symphonic Series, conducting two of the ten scheduled concert weekends. With the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, programs include Spano’s quintessentially rich, diverse pairings of contemporary works and cherished classics, welcoming seasoned guest artists and many new faces. The Orchestra’s 75th season features 16 ASO premieres and two world premieres. In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, the ASO and Chorus travels to Carnegie Hall in April 2020 to perform Missa solemnis with soprano Susanna Phillips, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, tenor Benjamin Bliss and bass Matthew Rose. The season concludes with the Atlanta premiere of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. With a discography of critically-acclaimed recordings for Telarc, Deutsche Grammophon, and ASO Media, Robert Spano has garnered six Grammy® Awards with the Atlanta Symphony. Spano is on faculty at Oberlin Conservatory and has received honorary doctorates from Bowling Green State University, the Curtis Institute of Music, Emory University and Oberlin. Maestro Spano is one of two classical musicians inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and makes his home in Atlanta. | @AtlantaSymphony |


ASO | LEADERSHIP | 2019/20 Board of Directors OFFICERS Janine Brown

Howard Palefsky

Susan Antinori


immediate past chair


Lynn Eden

James Rubright

vice chair


DIRECTORS Joan Abernathy*

Carlos del Rio, M.D.

Donna Lee

Charles Sharbaugh

William Ackerman

Sloane Drake

Sukai Liu

Doug Shipman*

Keith Adams

Lynn Eden

Kelly Loeffler^

John Sibley

Kevin Lyman

Fahim Siddiqui

Juliet McClatchey Allan Angela Evans Susan Antinori

Craig Frankel

Brian McCarthy

W. Ross Singletary, II

Jennifer Barlament*

Anne Game

Penelope McPhee^

John Sparrow

Paul Blackney

Paul R. Garcia

Bert Mills

Gail Ravin Starr

Rita Bloom

Jason Guggenheim

Molly Minnear

Elliott Tapp

Janine Brown

Joseph W. Hamilton, III

Terry Neal

Brett Tarver

Justin Bruns*

Bonnie Harris

Galen Lee Oelkers

S. Patrick Viguerie

Benjamin Brunt

Caroline Hofland

Howard Palefsky

Kathy Waller

C. Merrell Calhoun

Tad Hutcheson

Ebbie Parsons

Mark D. Wasserman

William M. Carey

Roya Irvani

Juliette Pryor

Richard S. White, Jr.

S. Wright Caughman, M.D.

Randy Koporc

Cathleen Quigley

John B. White, Jr.

Carrie Kurlander

James Rubright

Russell Currey

James Landon

Bill Schultz

Kevin E. Woods, M.D., M.P.H.


John T. Glover

Karole Lloyd

G. Kimbrough Taylor, Jr.

Neil Berman

Dona Humphreys

Meghan H. Magruder

Michael W. Trapp

John Cooledge

Aaron J. Johnson, Jr.

Patricia Reid

Ray Uttenhove

John R. Donnell, Jr.

Ben F. Johnson, III

Joyce Schwob

Chilton Varner

Jere A. Drummond

James Kelley

Hamilton Smith

Adair White

Carla Fackler

Patricia Leake

Rhett Tanner

Sue Sigmon Williams

Charles B. Ginden

LIFE DIRECTORS Howell E. Adams, Jr.

Betty Sands Fuller

Azira G. Hill

Bradley Currey, Jr.

Mary D. Gellerstedt

Lessie B. Smithgall, Jr.

^ 2019/20 Sabbatical * Ex-Officio Non-Voting | @AtlantaSymphony |

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David Coucheron

Julianne Lee*

Rainer Eudeikis•




The Mr. & Mrs. Howard R. Peevy Chair

The Atlanta Symphony Associates Chair

The Miriam & John Conant Chair

Justin Bruns

Sou-Chun Su

Daniel Laufer

associate concertmaster

acting principal

associate principal

The Charles McKenzie Taylor Chair

The Frances Cheney Boggs Chair

The Livingston Foundation Chair


Jay Christy

Karen Freer

assistant concertmaster

acting associate

assistant principal

Jun-Ching Lin


Dona Vellek

assistant concertmaster

Noriko Konno Clift

Anastasia Agapova

acting assistant

acting assistant



Sharon Berenson

Carolyn Toll Hancock

David Dillard

The Wells Fargo Chair

Sheela Iyengar**

John Meisner Christopher Pulgram Juan R. Ramírez Hernández Olga Shpitko Kenn Wagner Lisa Wiedman Yancich Sissi Yuqing Zhang SECTION VIOLIN ‡ Judith Cox

Eleanor Kosek Ruth Ann Little Thomas O’Donnell Ronda Respess VIOLA Zhenwei Shi• principal

The Edus H. & Harriet H. Warren Chair

Paul Murphy

assistant principal emeritus

Thomas Carpenter Joel Dallow The UPS Foundation Chair

Larry LeMaster Brad Ritchie Paul Warner BASS Joseph McFadden principal

The Marcia & John Donnell Chair

Gloria Jones Allgood associate principal

The Lucy R. & Gary Lee Jr. Chair

Brittany Conrad**

associate principal

Karl Fenner

The Carolyn McClatchey Chair

The Mary & Lawrence Gellerstedt Chair

Michael Kenady

Sanford Salzinger

Catherine Lynn

Michael Kurth

Raymond Leung

assistant principal

Marian Kent

The Jane Little Chair

Daniel Tosky

Yang-Yoon Kim Yiyin Li Lachlan McBane Jessica Oudin Madeline Sharp Players in string sections are listed alphabetically | @AtlantaSymphony |

Robert Spano

Donald Runnicles

music director

principal guest conductor

Stephen Mulligan associate conductor;

Norman Mackenzie

The Robert Reid Topping Chair

The Neil & Sue Williams Chair

music director of the atlanta

director of choruses

symphony youth orchestra

The Frannie & Bill Graves Chair

The Zeist Foundation Chair




Christina Smith

Andrew Brady

Michael Moore




The Jill Hertz Chair

The Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation Chair

The Delta Air Lines Chair

associate principal

Anthony Georgeson

C. Todd Skitch

associate principal

Mark Yancich

Robert Cronin

Gina Hughes PICCOLO Gina Hughes OBOE Elizabeth Koch Tiscione

Laura Najarian

Michael Stubbart assistant principal

Juan de Gomar


Zachary Boeding •

Susan Welty

associate principal

acting principal

The Kendeda Fund Chair

Kimberly Gilman

Emily Brebach CLARINET Laura Ardan principal

The Robert Shaw Chair | The Mabel Dorn Reeder Honorary Chair

Ted Gurch associate principal

Marci Gurnow Alcides Rodriguez E-FLAT CLARINET Ted Gurch BASS CLARINET Alcides Rodriguez ‡ rotate between sections * Leave of absence


The Betty Sands Fuller Chair

The Julie & Arthur Montgomery Chair

William Wilder assistant principal

The William A. Schwartz Chair

Chelsea McFarland** Bruce Kenney

Vacant The Connie & Merrell Calhoun Chair

Michael Stubbart

Jaclyn Rainey*


TRUMPET Stuart Stephenson principal

The Madeline & Howell Adams Chair

Michael Tiscione associate principal

Mark Maliniak

Elisabeth Remy Johnson principal

The Sally & Carl Gable Chair

KEYBOARD The Hugh & Jessie Hodgson Memorial Chair

Peter Marshall † Sharon Berenson




Nicole Jordan


The Terence L. Neal Chair, Honoring his dedication & service to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra


Nathan Zgonc acting / associate

Holly Matthews principal

Jeremy Buckler** Brian Hecht

† Regularly engaged musician


• New this season

Brian Hecht

** One-year appointment

PERCUSSION Joseph Petrasek


The George M. & Corrie Hoyt Brown Chair


The Walter H. Bunzl Chair



Emily Brebach


Juan de Gomar


Samuel Nemec


The Home Depot Veterans Chair

The Marianna & Solon Patterson Chair assistant principal librarian

Hannah Davis asyo / assistant



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The ASO Chorus – Still Vibrant at 49

by Nick Jones — original and continuing ASO Chorus member


hen Robert Shaw decided to form the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus in 1970, everyone knew what that meant: in all but name, this was to be the successor to the world-famous Robert Shaw Chorale. Since 1948, the ASO had collaborated with the Choral Guild of Atlanta when a large chorus was needed. But Shaw wanted more control. He wanted to hire his own chorus master to select the most capable singers and train them in the most effective choral disciplines. Don Neuen, a young choral conductor from Ball State University and a Shaw acolyte, was brought in to form the Chorus. With little time before the new group was

14 | encore set to perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the ASO’s season-opening concert, he dispensed with auditions and accepted all comers. More than 200 vocal professionals and music-loving singers came and added their voices to the roof-raising rendition. Auditions for the ongoing choral season came afterward. Part of the Chorus’ success was due to rigorous vocal auditions. Singers must sing an accompanied solo, pass a sight-reading test and take an exam on basic music theory and notation. Of course, the major reason for its excellence was the leadership of Robert Shaw, whose perfectionism demanded the unity of all voices in pitch, vocal quality, and diction. Phrases were to begin and end in precise unison, and they were practiced until any raggedness was eliminated. Vocal “It’s important. It’s exercises were used to hone these soul-deepening. It’s disciplines, drilling until all singers had life-changing, those internalized Shaw’s expectations.

experiences that Stephen Reed, who was recruited from we had across the the University of Georgia for that first performance, recalls, “A lot of times you’ll hear years. It just makes people talk about Mr. Shaw and his temper, and you a better human his irritability. My experience of it was that he was being... when people absolutely as respectful and complimentary as he come together to could be, until we couldn’t give him what the music do this thing for the was asking us to give. And he meant to get it.” That sake of the world.” was the essence for Shaw: simply “good enough” just – Stephen Reed, original and continuing ASO Chorus member

wasn’t good enough. You kept working until, together, you could produce exactly what the composer intended, not just in notation but in spirit. Suzanne Shull, another original member, says, “I appreciated the discipline of singing in a Shaw chorus. There was a social atmosphere about singing in the Choral Guild, and they tried to transfer that to the Symphony Chorus. Shaw didn’t want to hear that. It wasn’t about partying; it was about rehearsing.” Shaw continued improving his chorus – and his orchestra – and when he considered them ready he began making recordings. The first was a two-LP set of Christmas | @AtlantaSymphony |

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pieces called Nativity, which proved popular, but the music world really began to take notice when the ASO teamed up with Telarc Records, a young company as meticulous in its approach to recording as Shaw was about musicmaking, to issue The Firebird Suite, with its flip side including Borodin’s choral Polovtsian Dances. It had a visceral impact that drew rave reviews, garnered awards and sold records. BLAKE HILLEY

A few years later, the Berlioz Requiem recording won the first of our catalog’s many Grammy® Awards. A controversy arose when the larger companies and their affiliated orchestras accused the ASO and Chorus of stuffing the ballot boxes, but those claims were disproven and the world of professional recording came to accept the excellence of Telarc’s methods and the ASO’s musical offerings. The biggest hurrahs for ASO touring concerts come when the Orchestra takes along the ASO Chorus. The Chorus’ Carnegie Hall debut came in 1976, and more than 20 Carnegie Hall appearances have occurred since. The ASO and Chorus played in the Kennedy Center the evening before Jimmy Carter’s presidential inauguration, being favorably compared to the National Symphony with which they shared the evening. The capital’s foremost critic declared, “If the rest of the country could sing the way those people from Georgia sing, Jimmy Carter’s problems would be over before he gets started.” The ASO’s first European tour, coinciding with Robert Shaw’s retirement in 1988, prominently featured the mighty Chorus for performances in Paris, London and other capitals. The performance in East Berlin drew a standing-room-only crowd and elicited a tearful, emotionladen response that would not let the performers leave the stage. Concerts in Berlin have continued to be a feather in the ASO Chorus’s hat. In 2003 and twice more since then, the Chorus was invited to travel to Germany and perform with the Berlin Philharmonic under Donald Runnicles. My

Julia Su Sou-Chun Su

1988 East Berlin performance | @AtlantaSymphony |

18 | encore most cherished memory of those times came during our first rehearsal, at a moment when the players of one of the world’s great orchestras turned in their seats and listened in awe as we sang unaccompanied, nearly 200 voices as one, making barely a whisper of sound. I saw the keyboardist mouth the word, “Wow!” Director of Choruses Norman Mackenzie has carried on the ASOC tradition since the death of Robert Shaw in 1999. From working as Shaw’s assistant and accompanist for 14 years, he is steeped not only in Shaw’s techniques, but in the master’s attitudes and aspirations. He said a few years ago in an interview, “Those were some of the happiest, most wonderful experiences of my life ... and I cannot tell you how much I learned by “My most cherished doing that. Indeed, unless you’re stupid, if you hang around Robert Shaw you’re memory… players of going to learn something, period.” one of the world’s

To some extent Shaw’s hand still guides the great orchestras turned Chorus. Mackenzie still quotes Shaw sayings in their seats and during rehearsals, and he’s not the only one listened in awe as we who remembers. At least half the present sang unaccompanied… members have been around long enough to I saw the keyboardist have sung for a period under Shaw. The feeling of mouth the word, upholding standards and furthering the ASO Chorus ‘Wow!’” heritage runs deep, ensuring many more years of choral excellence. 2003 performance with the Berlin Philharmonic, Donald Runnicles conductor. | @AtlantaSymphony |


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Members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Advisory Council is a newlyformed group of passionate and engaged individuals who act as both ambassadors and resources for the ASO Board and staff. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra extends heartfelt gratitude to the founding members listed on this page.

MEMBERS Arthur Mills, IV chair

Phyllis Abramson

Charles Harrison

Eliza Quigley

Keith Barnett

Nancy Harrison

David Quinn

Greg Blount

Mia Hilley

Frances Root

Jane Blount

Justin Im

Jim Schroder

Jim Camden

Swathi Khambhampati

Baker Smith

Tracey Chu

Kartikh Khambhampati

Amy Taylor

Paul Dimmick

Jason Liebzeit

George Taylor

Susan Dimmick

Keith Millner

Otis Threatt, Jr.

Bernadette Drankoski

Jane Morrison

Taylor Winn

Sally F. George

Bert Mobley

Jennifer Winn

Burt Fealing

Regina Olchowski

David Worley

James Hammond

Ryan Oliver

For more information about becoming an Advisory Council member, please contact Elizabeth Arnett at, or 404.733.5048. | @AtlantaSymphony |

JAN 23+/25 | Thu/Sat: 8pm Delta Classical JESSIE MONTGOMERY: Starburst BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 1 VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Oboe Concerto R. STRAUSS: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks James Gaffigan, conductor Elizabeth Koch Tiscione, oboe

JANUARY CONCERTS JAN 4 | Sat: 8pm Delta Classical VIVALDI: Four Seasons PIAZZOLLA: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires Stephen Mulligan, conductor Justin Bruns, violin JAN 9/11 | Thu/Sat: 8pm Delta Classical KRISTS AUZNIEKS: Crossing FALLA: Nights in the Gardens of Spain PROKOFIEV: Selections from Romeo and Juliet Robert Spano, conductor Jorge Federico Osorio, piano

Justin Bruns,

associate concertmaster

The Four Seasons

JAN 16/18/19 | Thu/Sat: 8pm/Sun: 3pm Delta Classical KNUSSEN: Two Organa LUTOSŁAWSKI: Concerto for Orchestra BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto Robert Spano, conductor David Coucheron, violin JAN 17 | Fri: 11am Delta Classical BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto Robert Spano, conductor David Coucheron, violin Join host Ken Meltzer for pre-concert lectures one hour before each Delta Classical concert. Programs, artists and prices are subject to change. Season presented by

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Coca-Cola Holiday Concert

Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 8:00pm Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 3:00pm and 8:00pm Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019 3:00pm NORMAN MACKENZIE, conductor ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CHORUS GWINNETT YOUNG SINGERS, Lynn Urda, Director TIMOTHY MILLER, Tenor

The Coca-Cola Holiday concerts are presented by

Holiday concerts are made possible through an endowment from the Livingston Foundation in memory of Leslie Livingston Kellar.

The use of cameras or recording devices during the concert is strictly prohibited. Please be kind to those around you and silence your mobile phone and other hand-held devices.

Part One—Prophecy and Advent “O Come, Emmanuel” (arr. Alice Parker) “Comfort Ye, My People” from Messiah (George Frideric Handel) Timothy Miller, tenor “And the Glory of the Lord” from Messiah (Handel) Praeludium, Sostenuto ma non troppo from Missa solemnis (Ludwig van Beethoven) “Heavenly Light” (Alexander Kopylov) “The First Nowell”* (arr. David Willcocks) Part Two—The Stable “Hodie Christus natus est” from A Ceremony of Carols (Benjamin Britten) “Wolcum Yole!” from A Ceremony of Carols (Britten) Elisabeth Remy-Johnson, harp Allegro non molto from Winter, The Four Seasons (Antonio Vivaldi) David Coucheron, violin “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” (Michael Praetorious) “There is a Rose in Flower” (Johannes Brahms/Erich Leinsdorf) “Cantique de Noël” (Adolphe Adam) Timothy Miller, tenor “Go Where I Send Thee” (arr. Paul Caldwell/Sean Ivory) Peter Marshall, piano “Masters in this Hall” (arr. Parker) “Ave Maria” (Franz Schubert) Timothy Miller, tenor | @AtlantaSymphony |

notesontheprogram Ken Meltzer Program Annotator

“While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks” (Craig Courtney) Elisabeth Remy-Johnson, harp “March of the Kings” (arr. Robert Shaw/Parker) “Farandole” from L’Arlésienne (Georges Bizet) “Bogoroditse Devo” (“Virgin, Mother of God”) from Vespers (Sergei Rachmaninov) “Hallelujah!” from Messiah (George Frideric Handel) Part Three—Around the Christmas Tree “March” from Nutcracker (Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky) “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from Nutcracker (Tchaikovsky) Peter Marshall, celesta “Russian Dance” (Tchaikovsky) David Coucheron, violin “The Boar’s Head” (arr. Shaw/Parker) “I Saw Three Ships” and “Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly” from Suite No. 4, The Many Moods of Christmas (arr. Robert Russell Bennett) Part Four—Adoration “Sweet Little Jesus Boy” (Spiritual) Timothy Miller, tenor “El Cant des Ocells” (“The Song of the Birds”) (arr. Pablo Casals) Daniel Laufer, cello “Coventry Carol” (arr. Shaw) “The Shepherds’ Farewell to the Holy Family” from L’enfance du Christ (Hector Berlioz) “Adeste, fideles”* (arr. Parker) This concert is performed without intermission * The audience is invited to join the choruses in singing these familiar carols. Words are included on the following pages.

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26 | encore Translations of the Vocal Selections, and Sing-Along Carols The audience is invited to join in singing the familiar carols marked with * *Audience Sing-Along Carol “The First Nowell” 14th-century English carol; arr. David Willcocks The first Nowell the angels did say Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay; In fields where they lay, keeping their sheep, On a cold winter’s night that was so deep. Nowell, Nowell, born is the King of Israel! They lookèd up and saw a star, Shining in the east, beyond them far; And to the earth it gave great light, And so it continued both day and night. Nowell, Nowell, born is the King of Israel! Then let us all with one accord Sing praises to our heav’nly Lord, That hath made heav’n and earth of naught, And with His blood mankind hath bought. Nowell, Nowell, born is the King of Israel! “Hodie Christus natus est” from A Ceremony of Carols Benjamin Britten; traditional Latin text Today Christ is born. Today the Savior appears. Today on earth angels are singing, archangels rejoicing. Today they proudly proclaim, saying: Glory to God in the highest. Alleluia! “Wolcom Yole!” from A Ceremony of Carols Benjamin Britten; medieval English carol Welcome, Welcome, Welcome be thou heavenly King. Welcome, Yule! Welcome, born in one morning! Welcome for whom we shall sing! Welcome be ye, Stephen and John; Welcome, Innocents every one; Welcome Thomas, martyred one; | @AtlantaSymphony |

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28 | encore Welcome be ye, good New Year; Welcome Twelfth Day, both in fear; Welcome, Saints both loved and dear. Welcome, Yule, welcome! Candlemas, Queen of bliss, Welcome both to more and less. Welcome be ye that are here. Welcome, Yule! Welcome all and make good cheer. Welcome all another year. Welcome, Yule, welcome! March of the Kings Medieval French carol; arr. Robert Shaw and Alice Parker This morning I met the procession Of three great kings who were on a journey, This morning I met the procession Of three great kings on the highway. All laden with gold there followed behind Great warriors who guarded the treasure. All laden with gold there followed behind Great warriors with their shields. “Bogorodiste Devo” (“Virgin Mother of God”) from Vespers Sergei Rachmaninov; Russian liturgical text Rejoice O Virgin Theotokos, Mary full of grace, The Lord is with Thee. Blessed art Thou among women, And blessed is the fruit of Thy womb, For thou has borne the Savior of our souls. *Audience Sing-Along Carol “Adeste, Fideles” 18th-century carol; Latin text by John F. Wade English version by William Mercer 1. Audience (Translation is verse 4) Adeste, fideles, laeti triumphantes; venite, venite in Bethlehem; natum videte, regem angelorum. | @AtlantaSymphony |


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Venite adoremus, Venite adoremus, Venite adoremus, Dominum! 2. Sung by the Choruses, Translation: God of gods, Light of lights, Carried in a maiden’s womb. True God: begotten, not made. O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord! 3. Sung by the Choruses, Translation: “Hallelujah!” now sings the angelic chorus; The heavenly host now sings, “Glory to the highest!” O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord! 4. Audience: O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant; O come ye, o come ye to Bethlehem; Come and behold Him, born the king of angels: O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord! | @AtlantaSymphony |




s Director of Choruses for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 2000 and holder of its endowed Frannie and Bill Graves Chair, Norman Mackenzie was chosen to help carry forward the creative vision of legendary founding conductor Robert Shaw to a new generation of music lovers. In his 14-year association with Robert Shaw, Mackenzie was keyboardist for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Principal Accompanist for the Choruses, and ultimately Assistant Choral Conductor. Mackenzie prepares the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus for all concerts and recordings and works closely with Robert Spano on the commissioning and realization of new choral-orchestral works. During his tenure, the Chorus has made numerous tours and garnered its four most recent Grammy® Awards. Mackenzie also serves as Organist and Director of Music and Fine Arts for Atlanta’s Trinity Presbyterian Church, and pursues an active recital and guest conducting schedule. ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CHORUS


he Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, founded in 1970 by former Music Director Robert Shaw, is an all-volunteer, auditioned ensemble that performs on a regular basis with the Orchestra and is featured on many of its recordings. Led by Director of Choruses, Norman Mackenzie, the Chorus is known for its precision and expressive singing quality. Its recordings have won 14 Grammy® Awards (nine for Best Choral Performance; four for Best Classical Recording and one for Best Opera Recording). The Chorus performs large choral-symphonic works under the direction of Music Director Robert Spano and Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles. In addition, the Chorus has been involved in the creation and shaping of numerous world-premiere commissioned works. GWINNETT YOUNG SINGERS Lynn Urda, Director


ow in its 30th season, the Gwinnett Young Singers (GYS) are frequent guests of the ASO. The choir has performed in 21 season performances of Christmas With | @AtlantaSymphony |

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The ASO. Under the direction of Founder and Music Director Lynn Urda and Associate Director Carol Wyatt, the choir is a nationally recognized children’s chorus, best noted for its mastery of challenging repertoire and exceptionally high musical standards. The faculty and staff are dedicated to professionalism in music education and strive to share the power and beauty of a wide variety of choral music. Among the hundreds of concerts the choir has performed with the ASO, GYS was featured on the Grammy® Awardwinning CD recording of John Adams’ On The Transmigration of Souls with the ASO & Chorus. In 2004, they performed in the Grammy®-nominated CD recording of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the ASO and Chorus. TIMOTHY MILLER, TENOR

native of Augusta, GA, tenor Timothy Miller is an active performer with both national and international credits. Operatic roles include First Armored Man in Mozart’s Die Zauberflӧte, Street in Davis’ X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X, Un Messaggero in Verdi’s Aida, Parpignol in Puccini’s La bohème, Comrade Alexander Ossipon in Curtis Bryant’s The Secret Agent (World Premiere). Miller performed the role of Crab Man in critically acclaimed performances of Porgy and Bess at the Opéra-Comique in Paris and on tour in Luxembourg, Granada and Normandy. Concert repertoire includes tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Mozart’s Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang and Adolphus Hailstork’s I will lift up mine eyes. Additional concert repertoire includes excerpts from Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Perhaps most widely recognized for his stirring renditions of “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch of Atlanta Braves home games, Miller has extended his exposure well beyond the concert stage. Featured artist promos for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim and featured artist profiles for The Atlantan Magazine, Georgia EMC Magazine, and My Vinings-Smyrna Magazine round out a growing list of memorable career highlights. In addition to a busy performance schedule, Miller is also an Assistant Professor of Voice and Music at Morehouse College and serves on the board of the Meridian Herald.




Jeffrey Baxter

Peter Marshall

director of choruses

choral administrator


The Frannie and Bill Graves Chair

The Florence Kopleff Chair

SOPRANO 1 Ellen Abney Hanan Davis Liz Dean * Laura Foster Michelle Griffin Jayme Hogan-Yarbro Erin Jones Arietha Lockhart ** Mindy Margolis * Joneen Padgett * Mary Martha Penner Callaway Powlus Susan Ray Brianna Riley Samaria Rodriguez Natalie Rogers Sarah Barton Thomas Joanna Trotter Deanna Walton Erika Wuerzner SOPRANO 2 June Abbott ** Sloan Atwood * Jessica Barber Diana Rose Becker Jasmine Blue-Williams Barbara Brown Martha Craft Ellen Dukes ** Mary Goodwin Amanda Hoffman Kathleen Kelly-George * Eda Mathews ** Mary Mulvey Shannon Nesbit Rachel O’Dell Vickie Orme * Heidi Padovano Chantae Pittman Tramaine Quarterman Paula Snelling * Emily Tallant Cheryl Thrash ** Donna Weeks **

ALTO 1 Akosua Adwini-Poku Pamela Amy-Cupp Yasmin Anderson Deborah Boland ** Rachel Bowman Katherine Fisher Beth Freeman Unita Harris Noelle Hooge Beverly Hueter * Janet Johnson ** Susan Jones Virginia Little * Staria Lovelady * Frances McDowellBeadle ** Sara McKlin Linda Morgan ** Katherine Murray * Kathleen Poe Ross Laura Emiko Soltis Camilla Springfield Rachel Stewart ** Diana Strommen Nancy York * ALTO 2 Nancy Adams * Angelica BlackmanKeim Emily Boyer Marcia Chandler * Christa Joy Chase * Laurie Cronin Meaghan Curry Andrea Gassmann Sally Kann Nicole Khoury * Lynda Martin Campbell Reiter Taylor Russell Chandler Scott Sharon Simons * Kiki Wilson ** Diane Woodard **

TENOR 1 Jeffrey Baxter ** Jordan Bell Daniel Cameron * Daniel Compton Joseph Cortes Clifford Edge ** Steven Farrow ** Leif Gilbert-Hansen * James Jarrell Keith Langston * Christopher Patton Elston Peacock Stephen Reed # Nathaniel Sundholm TENOR 2 Sutton Bacon Mark Barnes Steve Brailsford Charles Cottingham # Phillip Crumbly * John Harr Keith Jeffords * Steven Johnstone Joseph Kang Michael Parker Timothy Parrott Marshall Peterson * Brian Scully Matthew Sellers Thomas Slusher Scott Stephens ** Keith Thompson Alexander Wilson | @AtlantaSymphony |

BASS 1 Dock Anderson Russell Cason ** Trey Clegg Steven Darst ** Michael Dennison Michael Devine Thomas Elston Jon Gunnemann * Nathan Holmes Lee Johnson Nick Jones # Frank Kingsley Jameson Linville Jason Maynard John Newsome Brian Petty Peter Shirts Kendric Smith # John Terry Edward Watkins ** BASS 2 David Bonaker Charles Boone Brian Brown * John Carter Terrence Connors Rick Copeland ** Joel Craft ** Paul Fletcher David Hansen ** Eric Litsey ** Tamir Mickens Michael Nedvidek Jonathan Smith * Benjamin Temko * David Webster ** Gregory Whitmire ** Keith Wyatt * * 20+ years of service ** 30+ years of service # Charter member (1970)

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Carol Wyatt

Amanda Dodd

Jennifer Jordan

Gwyn Bacon


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Camden Agustin Linus Agustin Izzi Adkins Gabrielle Beard Tess Brons Fiona Burnett Sophia Carlton Brooke Caspers Madi Caspers Kara Ffrench Audrey Foster

Hope Fowler Maggie Frick Savannah Greene Meghan Gulley Amelia Gustafson Lydia Hamilton Charlotte Hancock Sophie Hancock Erin Hardy Emma Harman Kathryn Helton

Jessie Howes Lexie Ingalls Marisa Joyner Shelby Joyner Anjali Kandur Lyndi Kemp Addy Keszler Leia Kolodzey Dorothy McBane Anna McCallum Ansley Melton

Taylor Newsome Alyssa Perry Emily Pilarte Hannah Reeves Aziza Russell Abigail Snelson Eden Upshaw Sydney Wong Ashlyn Wright


The Four Seasons Vivaldi + Piazzolla featuring ASO Associate Concertmaster Justin Bruns + dynamic tango dancers

36 | handel'smessiah Concerts of Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 8:00pm Friday, Dec. 13, 2019 8:00pm

Coca-Cola Holiday Concert

Handel’s Messiah

NATHALIE STUTZMANN, conductor JEANINE DE BIQUE, soprano MEG BRAGLE, mezzo-soprano THOMAS COOLEY, tenor WILLIAM BERGER, baritone ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CHAMBER CHORUS, Norman Mackenzie, Director of Choruses The Coca-Cola Holiday concerts are presented by

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791) Symphony No. 35 in D Major, K. 385 (“Haffner”) (1782) I. Allegro con spirito II. Andante III. Menuetto IV. Presto Exsultate, jubilate, K. 165 (1773) Jeanine De Bique, soprano INTERMISSION

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GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685-1759) Part I and “Hallelujah!” Chorus from Messiah (1742) 60 MIN Jeanine De Bique, soprano Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano Thomas Cooley, tenor William Berger, baritone Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus

Holiday concerts are made possible through an endowment from the Livingston Foundation in memory of Leslie Livingston Kellar. The use of cameras or recording devices during the concert is strictly prohibited. Please be kind to those around you and silence your mobile phone and other hand-held devices. | @AtlantaSymphony |

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WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART was born in Salzburg, Austria, on January 27, 1756, and died in Vienna, Austria, on December 5, 1791. Symphony No. 35 in D Major, “Haffner,” K. 385 (1782) The first performance of the “Haffner” Symphony took place at the Burgtheater in Vienna on March 23, 1783, with the composer conducting. The “Haffner” Symphony is scored for two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, two horns, two trumpets, timpani and strings. Mozart's “Haffner” Symphony originated as a serenade, commissioned for the celebration of Siegmund Haffner’s ennoblement in the composer’s native Salzburg. Despite many other professional obligations and his impending marriage to Constanze Weber, Mozart completed the work. Later, Mozart converted the serenade into a standard fourmovement symphony, and revised the orchestration. The premiere of the “Haffner” Symphony took place on March 23, 1783, part of a concert at the Vienna Burgtheater sponsored by Mozart, who appeared both as conductor and piano soloist. The concert opened with the first three movements of the “Haffner” Symphony. After the performance of several other instrumental and vocal works, the Symphony’s finale served to conclude the program, which, according to one reviewer, inspired “unanimous applause as has never been heard of here.” The “Haffner” Symphony is in four brief movements. The first is a bracing Allegro con spirito, opening with the bold principal theme that predominates. The first violins introduce the elegant central theme of the slow-tempo second movement (Andante). The third movement Minuet (Menuetto) features striking dynamic contrasts. The finale (Presto) brings the “Haffner” Symphony to a rousing close. Exsultate, jubilate, K. 165 (1773) The first performance of Exsultate, jubilate took place in Milan, Italy, on January 17, 1773, with Venanzio Rauzzini, male soprano. Exsultate, jubilate is scored for soprano solo, two oboes, two horns, organ, and strings. On October 24, 1772, Mozart and his father, Leopold, left their home in Salzburg for Milan. The chief purpose of the

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38 | encore trip was the first performance of Mozart’s new opera, Lucio Silla, K. 135, which premiered in Milan on December 26, 1772. Mozart and his father remained in Italy until March. During that period, Mozart composed other works, including six String Quartets (K. 155-160), and the motet, Exsultate, jubilate, K 165. One of the principal singers in the premiere of Lucio Silla was the superb Italian castrato, Venanzio Rauzzini (17461810). Mozart composed the motet Exsultate, jubilate for Rauzzini, who sang its premiere in Milan on January 17, 1773. Texts and Translations Exsultate, jubilate, o vos animae beatae, dulcia cantica canendo, cantui vestro respondendo, psallant aethera cum me.

Rejoice, celebrate, o, you blessed souls, singing sweet songs, the heavens join me in response to your hymns.

Fulget amica dies, jam fugere et nubila et procellae; exortus est justis inexspectata quies. Undique obscura regnabat nox; surgite tandem laeti, qui timuistis adhuc, et jucundi aurorae fortunatae fronds dextera plena et lilia date. The friendly day shines, both clouds and storm winds now have now fled; for the righteous, an unexpected calm has arisen. Dark night reigned everywhere; you who were fearful, but now stand upright and finally happy, joyful for this fortunate dawn, offer a handful of boughs and lilies. Tu virginum corona, tu nobis pacem dona, tu consolare affectus, unde suspirat cor.

You, crown of virgins, you, who give us peace, you console our feelings, when our hearts sigh.



Part I and “Hallelujah!” Chorus from Messiah (1742) GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL was born in Halle, Germany, on February 23, 1685, and died in London, England, on (Telarc CD-80093, 2 discs) April 14, 1759. The first performance of Messiah took place at the New Music Hall in Fishamble Street, Dublin, Ireland, on April 13, 1742. Messiah is scored for soprano, alto, tenor, and bass soloists, mixed chorus, two oboes, one bassoons, two trumpets, timpani, chamber organ, harpsichord, and strings. Recording:

Robert Shaw, Conductor | @AtlantaSymphony |

The creation of George Frideric Handel’s most beloved work, Messiah, took place during a challenging period in the composer’s life. The steady decline in London of the popularity of Italian opera had caused Handel tremendous financial hardship. In addition, Handel’s rigorous work schedule had taken a profound toll on the composer’s health. By the summer of 1741, a period of lethargy had set in. It was at this point that Handel received a libretto for a new work, an oratorio based upon the birth, life, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The author of the libretto was Charles Jennens, who collaborated with Handel on several oratorios. In July of 1741, Charles Jennens wrote to a friend: Handel says he will do nothing next Winter, but I hope I shall persuade him to set another Scripture Collection I have made for him, & perform it for his own Benefit in Passion Week. I hope he will lay out his whole Genius & Skill upon it, that the Composition may excel all his former Compositions, as the Subject excels every other subject. The Subject is Messiah. Handel began composition of Messiah on August 22, 1741. There seems to be no question that the libretto, based upon the Old and New Testaments, proved to be a source of majestic inspiration. Handel, working at a lightning pace, composed Messiah in just 24 days. Once Handel completed Messiah, he focused his attention upon Samson, another oratorio inspired by the Bible. It was during this period that Handel accepted an invitation to travel to Dublin for a series of concerts in aid of charity. In November, Handel set sail for Dublin, bringing with him several works for performance at the charity concerts. Among those works was Messiah. The premiere of Messiah took place at Dublin’s New Music Hall in Fishamble Street on April 13, 1742. Three days prior to the performance, the Dublin Journal printed the following admonition: Many Ladies and Gentlemen who are well-wishers to this Noble and Grand Charity for which this Oratorio

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was composed, request it as a Favour, that the Ladies who honour this Performance with their Presence would be pleased to come without Hoops, as it will greatly increase the Charity, by making room for more company. Gentlemen were also requested to refrain from bringing their swords to the performance, again for the purpose of increasing the audience capacity. The performance was a tremendous success. As the Dublin Journal reported: (T)he best Judges allowed (Messiah) to be the most finished piece of music. Words are wanting to express the exquisite Delight it afforded to the admiring crowded audience. The Sublime, the Grand, and the Tender, adapted to the most elevated, majestic and moving Words, conspired to transport and charm the ravished Heart and Ear. It is but justice to Mr. Handel, that the World should know, he generously gave the Money arising from this Grand Performance, to be equally shared by the Society for relieving Prisoners, the Charitable Infirmary, the Mercer’s Hospital, for which they will ever gratefully remember his Name… The London premiere of Messiah, which took place at Covent Garden on March 23, 1743, was more problematic. It appears that the London public accorded Handel’s Messiah a mixed reception. However, at least according to one observer, those in attendance—including one very prominent member of the audience—were particularly moved by a portion of the oratorio. This resulted in the birth of a tradition that continues to this day: “When the chorus struck up ‘for the Lord God Omnipotent’ (in the ‘Hallelujah’ Chorus), they were so transported that they all together, with the King (who happened to be present), started up and remained standing till the chorus ended.” In May of 1750, Handel agreed to present Messiah as a benefit for London’s Foundling Hospital. The performance venue of the Hospital’s Chapel, coupled with the worthy cause, removed any possible objections. Charity concerts of Messiah became a yearly tradition at the Foundling Hospital. On April 6, 1759, Handel made his final public appearance, | @AtlantaSymphony |

42 | encore conducting a London performance of Messiah. On April 13, Handel died at the age of 74. The funeral, held in Westminster Abbey, attracted an estimated 3,000 mourners. Three years later, the great church unveiled a monument to Handel, created by the French sculptor, Louis François Roubiliac. The monument depicts Handel, holding the score of Messiah. Overhead, an angel plays a lyre. The score is opened to the soprano solo that serves to begin the oratorio’s Third Part: “I know that my redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.” This concert features Part I, the Christmas Portion, of Messiah, as well as the “Hallelujah!” Chorus from Part II. Messiah Music by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) Texts selected from Holy Scripture by Charles Jennens (1700-1773)

Part I Sinfonia TENOR Comfort ye my people, saith your God; speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned. The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill made low: the crooked straight and the rough places plain. [Isaiah 40:1-4] CHORUS And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. [Isaiah 40:5] BASS Thus saith the Lord of Hosts: Yet once a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea and the dry land, and I will shake all nations, | @AtlantaSymphony |

and the desire of nations shall come. The Lord whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in, behold, He shall come, saith the Lord of Hosts. [Haggai 2:6-7; Malachi 3:1] ALTO But who may abide the day of His coming? And who shall stand when He appeareth? For He is like a refiner’s fire. [Malachi 3:2] CHORUS And He shall purify the sons of Levi, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. [Malachi 3:3] ALTO Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel, God with us. [Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23] ALTO and CHORUS O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion, get thee up into the high mountain; O thou that tellest good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah: Behold your God! Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. [Isaiah 40:9; 60:1] BASS For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. [Isaiah 60:2-3]

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44 | encore BASS The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: and they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. [Isaiah 9:2 (Matthew 3:16)] CHORUS For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. [Isaiah 9:6] Pastoral Symphony SOPRANO There were shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them: Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people: for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying: [Luke 2:8-11,13] CHORUS Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth, good will towards men. [Luke 2:14] SOPRANO Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion, shout, O daughter of Jerusalem, behold, thy King cometh unto thee. He is the righteous Saviour, and He shall speak peace unto the heathen. [Zechariah 9:9-10] | @AtlantaSymphony |

ALTO Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing. [Isaiah 35:5-6] ALTO and SOPRANO He shall feed his flock like a shepherd, and He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those that are with young. Come unto Him, all ye that labour, and are heavy laden, and He will give you rest. Take His yoke upon you, and learn of Him, for he is meek and lowly of heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls. [Isaiah 40:11; Matthew 11:28-29] CHORUS His yoke is easy, and His burthen is light. [Matthew 11:30] CHORUS Hallelujah! for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. The kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever. King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. [Revelation 19:6; 11:15; 19:16]

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athalie Stutzmann’s 2019/20 season is her second as Chief Conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra in Norway and third as Principal Guest Conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. Her inaugural concert with the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, a Brahms and Wagner program, was chosen as Norway’s Concert of the Year 2018 by Norwegian press. She will also be this season’s Artist-in-Residence of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.


Stutzmann is considered one of the most outstanding musical personalities of our time, with parallel careers as a world-renowned contralto and as a rising star conductor. Charismatic musicianship, combined with the unique rigor, energy and fantasy characterize her style. As a conductor, her core repertoire is focused around the Romantic era — ranging from Beethoven, Brahms and Dvořák through to the larger symphonic forces of Mahler, Strauss, Tchaikovsky and Wagner — as well as French impressionism. She started her studies at a very young age in piano, bassoon, cello and studied conducting with the legendary Finnish teacher Jorma Panula. She was mentored by Seiji Ozawa and Sir Simon Rattle. Each season, Stutzmann keeps a few projects as a singer, doing song recitals and performances with her Stutzmann Camerata. In January 2019 she was admitted into the ‘Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur’ (France’s highest honor) at the rank of Chevalier. She is also ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite’ and Officer of the ‘Arts et Lettres’ in France. Nathalie Stutzmann is an exclusive recording artist of Warner Classics/Erato as both singer and conductor. JEANINE DE BIQUE, SOPRANO



rinidadian soprano Jeanine De Bique’s 2019/20 season appearances include important house debuts: as Susanna/Le Nozze di Figaro for San Francisco Opera, as Helena in Ted Huffman’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Deutsche Oper Berlin, conducted by Donald Runnicles, and as Micaëla in Calixto Bieto’s acclaimed production of Carmen at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. De Bique will also return to Theater | @AtlantaSymphony |


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St Gallen for her role debut as Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare, which she will also perform with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. She will appear at La Seine Musicale in Paris in Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with Raphaël Pichon and sing Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse under the baton of Tugan Sokhiev in Toulouse and at the Philharmonie de Paris. She holds a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Her awards include First prize at the Young Concert Artists, Inc. Music Competition, the Arleen Auger Prize at the Hertogenbosch International Vocal Competition, Third Prize in the Viotti International Music Competition. She was a prize winner at the Gerda Lissner Vocal Competition (New York), a finalist and study grant award recipient of the 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and received a study grant from the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation. She is a recipient of the ambassador for peace, awarded by the National Commission of UNESCO, Trinidad and Tobago.


idely praised for her musical intelligence, Meg Bragle has earned an international reputation as one of today’s most gifted mezzo-sopranos. A frequent featured soloist with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists, she has made four recordings with the group, including Bach’s Easter and Ascension Oratorios – the vehicle for her BBC Proms debut − and the 2015 release of Bach’s Mass in B Minor. As a gifted early music specialist, Bragle has sung in North America and Europe with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Netherlands Bach Society, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, American Bach Soloists, Arion Baroque and the Dunedin Consort. Bragle is an accomplished recording artist. In addition to those with the English Baroque Soloists, she has made several recordings with Apollo’s Fire. Other recordings include Bach’s St. John Passion with Arion Baroque, the | @AtlantaSymphony |



50 | encore collected works of Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, Music of Medieval Love with New York’s Ensemble for Early Music, Toby Twining’s Chrysalid Requiem, Anthony Newman’s Requiem and Copland’s In the Beginning with the late John Scott and the Men and Boy Choir of St. Thomas Fifth Avenue on their label. A new recording of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Winter Park Bach Festival was released in the spring of 2019. Meg Bragle is based in Philadelphia where she is Artist-inResidence at the University of Pennsylvania. THOMAS COOLEY, TENOR


innesota-born tenor Thomas Cooley has established a reputation on both sides of the Atlantic — and beyond — as a singer of great versatility, expressiveness and virtuosity.

Recent and upcoming appearances of note include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Milwaukee Symphony; Britten’s War Requiem with the Indianapolis and Oregon Symphonies; Handel’s Messiah with the Oregon, Houston and Charlotte Symphonies, as well as the Calgary Philharmonic and National Symphony Orchestra; Peter Quint in Britten’s Turn of the Screw with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; Bob Boles in Britten’s Peter Grimes with the St. Louis Symphony in Carnegie Hall; the title role in Handel’s Samson with the American Classical Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall (Nicholas McGegan conducting); the world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’ Creation Oratorio with Atlanta Symphony; Tristan in Frank Martin’s Le Vin Herbé with Bergen National Opera; Crown Prince in Kevin Puts’ Silent Night with Cincinnati Opera; Acis in a new production of Handel’s Acis and Galatea and L’Allegro with the Mark Morris Dance Group; Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Seattle Symphony and the St. John Passion with Pacific Musicworks and the Pittsburgh Symphony; and performances at the Oregon and Carmel Bach Festivals. As Artist-in-Residence with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, Cooley performs Monteverdi’s Vespers, Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus, and a program of Bach Cantatas this season. | @AtlantaSymphony |

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WILLIAM BERGER, BARITONE outh African baritone William Berger studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and is a former member of the Young Singers Programme at English National Opera. He performs widely in opera and as a recitalist. Selected opera appearances include Marcello (La bohème) and Bill (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny) for Opera Vlaanderen, Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte) for the Liceu, Barcelona, Oreste (Iphigénie en Tauride) for the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon, Escamillo (Carmen) for Cape Town Opera and in Lucerne, the title role of Imeneo for the International Handel Festival, Göttingen, Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) for Opéra de Toulon, Minsk Man (Flight) for Opera Omaha, Marcello for Opéra de Rouen and Boris (Shostakovich’s Cheryomushki) for Nouvel Opéra Fribourg. Berger’s concert appearances include a German recital tour with Julius Drake, Mozart’s Requiem with Philharmonie Zuidnederland, Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem at deSingel Antwerp, La Descente d’Orphée aux enfers under Christian Curnyn at Wigmore Hal and Messiah with the Ulster Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. His many recordings include two solo albums: Insomnia: A Nocturnal Voyage in Song and Hommage à Trois, and Duet, a duo album of works by Mendelssohn, Schumann and Cornelius with soprano Lucy Crowe. Highlights in the 2019/20 season include Berger’s return to Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra for Handel’s Judas Maccabeus, Messiah with the Seattle Symphony and Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the role of Garibaldo in Handel’s Rodelinda at Göttingen International Handel Festival. ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CHAMBER CHORUS


cclaimed for the beauty, precision and expressive qualities of its singing, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus has been an important part of the Orchestra’s programming since its founding by the late Robert Shaw. The Chamber Chorus, which debuted on December 14, 1967, is composed of 60 volunteers selected by audition from the ranks of the ASO Chorus, who meet for extra rehearsals and perform with the ASO



52 | encore each season. The Chamber Chorus performs music of the Baroque and Classical eras, as well as works by modern masters such as Golijov, Tavener, Pärt, Paulus, Theofanidis and Britten. Highlights of the ASO Chamber Chorus’s history include a residency with the ASO and Robert Spano for California’s Ojai Festival, participation with the ASO in recordings of masterworks by Bach, Golijov, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Vivaldi and a 2005 a cappella recording that features the Vaughan Williams Mass under Norman Mackenzie. Their Carnegie Hall appearances include performances of the B-Minor Mass, Magnificat, the Matthew and John Passions of Bach, the Rachmaninov Vespers and Stravinsky’s Nightingale. NORMAN MACKENZIE, DIRECTOR OF CHORUSES


s Director of Choruses for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 2000 and holder of its endowed Frannie and Bill Graves Chair, Norman Mackenzie was chosen to help carry forward the creative vision of legendary founding conductor Robert Shaw to a new generation of music lovers. In his 14-year association with Robert Shaw, Mackenzie was keyboardist for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Principal Accompanist for the Choruses, and ultimately Assistant Choral Conductor. Mackenzie prepares the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus for all concerts and recordings and works closely with Robert Spano on the commissioning and realization of new choral-orchestral works. During his tenure, the Chorus has made numerous tours and garnered its most recent four Grammy® Awards. Mackenzie also serves as Organist and Director of Music and Fine Arts for Atlanta’s Trinity Presbyterian Church, and pursues an active recital and guest conducting schedule. | @AtlantaSymphony |

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Coca-Cola Holiday Concert

Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019 1:30pm and 3:00pm

Platypus Theatre’s


Created by CHRISTOPHER SHARPE and PETER DUSCHENES Musical Direction: DANIEL WARREN and TREVOR WAGLER Stage Manager: WENDY ROCKBURN Includes excerpts from:


Trépak (Russian Dance) from Nutcracker (Tchaikovsky)


Autumn (Adagio) from The Four Seasons (Vivaldi)


“Frosty the Snowman” (Nelson/Rollins, arr. Wagler)

Family Series sponsored by

Winter (Allegro non molto) from The Four Seasons (Vivaldi)

“Joy to the World” (Traditional) “The Twelve Days of Christmas” (arr. Finnegan)

Sleigh Ride (Anderson) The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concerts are presented by

“Silent Night” (Gruber, arr. Kennedy) Hanukkah Song (Traditional) “Snazzy Lick” (arr. Warren) Jingle Bells Hootenanny (Pierpont, arr. Wagler) Greensleeves (Vaughan Williams, arr. Warren)

Holiday concerts are made possible through an endowment from the Livingston Foundation in memory of Leslie Livingston Kellar. The use of cameras or recording devices during the concert is strictly prohibited. Please be kind to those around you and silence your mobile phone and other hand-held devices.

“O Come, All Ye Faithful” (Reading, arr. Kennedy) “Here We Come A-Wassailing” (Traditional, arr. Wagler) “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” (Hague, arr. Wagler) “Joy To The World” (Traditional, arr. Wagler) This concert is performed without intermission. A production of | @AtlantaSymphony |

notesontheprogram Ken Meltzer Program Annotator



ince 1989, almost one million young audience members have been introduced to classical music through Platypus Theatre. After more than 500 performances with more than 60 orchestras worldwide, Platypus has established itself as one of North America’s premiere music education theatre companies. Original and engaging storylines are presented in an intelligent and interactive way, with music always taking the lead role. Children laugh, sing and empathize with the characters while learning musical concepts, styles, and much more. In 2006, one of Platypus’ most cherished productions How the Gimquat Found her Song was produced for TV and went on to win several awards including Best Children’s Program at the prestigious Banff World Television Festival. In 1991, Platypus was the subject of a nationally broadcast documentary on CTV, followed by a PBS full-performance broadcast in 2000. During its 25th anniversary year, Platypus will premiere its eighth original production, Latin Beats, Heroic Feats, in partnership with four orchestras across Canada. Other Platypus Productions include Emily Saves the Orchestra, Rhythm in your Rubbish, Bach to the Future, Charlotte and the Music-Maker, Flicker of Light on a Winter’s Night, and Peter and the Wolf. Platypus Theatre wants to hear from you! Leave a comment at or follow us on Twitter or YouTube.

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housands of young classical music fans have Peter to thank for introducing them to symphonic music. He co-founded the Platypus Theatre touring company in 1989 to make orchestral music accessible for youth, and more than half a million concert-goers have benefitted from his creativity. As an award-winning playwright, Peter’s writing credits include - among others - all eight Platypus productions, the television adaptation of How the Gimquat Found Her Song which won Best Children’s Program at the prestigious Banff World Television Festival in 2008. In addition to his roles in Platypus shows, he has also acted and directed with companies across Canada and the United States. When Peter isn’t busy helping the Gimquat find her song, he and his wife Sarah are helping their children, Magda and Theo, find their socks. WENDY ROCKBURN, STAGE MANAGER


ant to know who and what goes where and when and how? Wendy’s the one who has it well under control. Since 2005, Wendy has expertly juggled all of the details for Platypus Theatre productions, from monster’s heads to lighting cues. Not only does she manage the Platypus touring company’s stage, but she also works with theatres all over Eastern and Central Canada. And as often as possible, she jets off to far places to photograph the world, and has been known to skydive over the desert in Namibia or outrace a gaucho in Argentina. Her favorite part about Platypus shows is watching the kids follow every turn in the story in rapt attention. And the climax of the Gimquat still makes her cry, even after all of these years. No wonder we’re wild about Wendy! TREVOR P. WAGLER, ARRANGER


anadian composer & arranger Trevor P. Wagler first discovered he had an affinity for arranging music when he was a teenager, and was asked to transcribe Top 40 songs for his high school band. Having played piano since the age of eight, and French horn since his grade seven music class, music seemed to be a natural career choice. After high school, Trevor | @AtlantaSymphony |

received a Bachelor’s degree in music composition and a Master’s degree in French horn performance. Since then, Trevor has donned many hats in the musical community, meeting an increasing demand for new compositions and arrangements, as well as performing regularly with several Canadian orchestras as a freelance French horn player, all while running a successful arts academy (Renaissance School of the Arts) and a music publishing company (Flamingo Soup Music Publishing). He currently teaches orchestration at Wilfrid Laurier University, and is the conductor of several local ensembles. On Sundays, he’s also the organist at his church. Trevor studied composition with Canadian composers Peter Hatch, Glenn Buhr and Melissa Hui. A self-taught arranger, the consistently high quality and creative flair of his orchestral arrangements have earned him a reputation as “Canada’s next Howard Cable.” His work has been performed throughout Canada and the world by many world-class orchestras, largely due to the wide-reaching appeal of Platypus Theatre’s productions. Trevor has also written arrangements for the Canadian Chamber Ensemble, Licorice Allsorts clarinet quartet, the UWO Convocation Brass and Canadian trumpet sensation Guy Few. His arrangements can periodically be heard nation-wide on CBC radio. Trevor resides in scenic Waterloo, Ontario with his wife, flutist Wendy Wagler, and their daughter Nina.

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Concerts of Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019 8:00pm Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 8:00pm ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

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NICHOLAS HERSH, conductor Performers of Cirque de la Symphonie: ELENA TSARKOVA VLADIMIR TSARKOV ELENA ZHIRNOVA VITALII BUZA. VITALIY PRIKHODKO PAVEL KORSHUNOV JANICE MARTIN The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concerts are presented by

Holiday concerts are made possible through an endowment from the Livingston Foundation in memory of Leslie Livingston Kellar.

LEROY ANDERSON (1908-1975) A Christmas Festival JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Opus 90 (1883) III. Poco allegretto NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) “Dance of the Buffoons” from The Snow Maiden (1882) PETER ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) “La mère Gigogne et les polichinelles” (“Mother Ginger and her children”) from Nutcracker, Opus 71 (1892) LEROY ANDERSON (1908-1975) Sleigh Ride EMIL WALDTEUFEL (1837-1915) Les Patineurs (The Skaters’ Waltz) (1882)

devices during the concert is

ALAN SILVESTRI (b. 1950) Concert Suite from The Polar Express

strictly prohibited. Please be

(arr. Jerry Brubaker)

The use of cameras or recording

kind to those around you and silence your mobile phone and other hand-held devices.

JOHN WILLIAMS (b. 1932) “The Flight to Neverland” from Hook | @AtlantaSymphony |


20 MIN

Traditional “Deck the Halls” (arr. Carmen Dragon) PETER ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) “Dance des Cygnes” (“Dance of the Swans”) from Swan Lake Suite, Opus 20a (1877) LEON JESSEL (1871-1942) Parade of the Wooden Soldiers (arr. Morton Gould) (1897)

LEROY ANDERSON (1908-1975) Bugler’s Holiday ANTONIO VIVALDI (1678-1741) L’inverno (Winter), in F minor, from Le quattro stagioini (The Four Seasons), RV 297, Opus 8, No. 4 (ca. 1725) I. Allegro non molto III. Allegro MIKOLA DMITROVICH LEONTOVICH (1877-1921) and PETER J. WILHOUSKY (1902-1978) Carol of the Bells (arr. Richard Hayman) JACQUES OFFENBACH (1819-1880) “Can-Can” (Galop) from Orphée aux enfers (Orpheus in the Underworld) (1858) KATHERINE KENNICOTT DAVIS (1892-1980) Little Bolero Boy (arr. Robert Wendel) PETER ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) “Valse des fleurs” (“Waltz of the Flowers”) from Nutcracker, Opus 71 (1892) Traditional “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” (arr. Arthur Harris)

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60 | meettheartists CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE


irque de la Symphonie is an exciting production designed to bring the magic of cirque to the music hall. For more than 10 years, it has thrilled and bedazzled audiences as they see accomplished aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers and strongmen perform to live symphony music. They include world record holders, gold medal winners of international competitions, Olympians and some of the most experienced cirque talent ever seen. Their performances are uniquely adapted to stage accommodations shared with the symphony, and each artist’s performance is choreographed to the music arranged in collaboration with the maestro. When the artists of Cirque de la Symphonie perform in front of the full orchestra, an incredible fusion of these two great art forms takes place. ELENA TSARKOVA, the “Lady in White,” is a graduate of the famed Moscow Circus School and first - place winner of the prestigious National Russian Circus Festival. From “Master of Sports” in gymnastics, Elena developed into a unique and graceful performer with the Big Apple Circus, Switzerland’s Circus Knie, and Germany’s Circus Roncalli. Her combination of contortion, balance, and graceful dance moves made her a major star with Cirque de la Mur in Florida and Circus Circus in Las Vegas. Elena’s experience with major stage and theater productions offers a professional background that allows for a truly elegant performance with the live symphony. VLADIMIR TSARKOV provides a spell-binding performance with combinations of mime and juggling feats. A favorite of audience members of all ages, Vladimir’s Red Harlequin act features rings, balls, and electric batons, and he’s even been known to teach the maestro a trick or two! He is a veteran of Circus Circus, Cirque Ingenieux, and various entertainment productions globally. Vladimir graduated from Russia’s prestigious State College of Circus and Theater Arts and won the gold medal at the Cirque de De main International Festival in France. His performance with the symphony is pure entertainment. | @AtlantaSymphony |

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ELENA ZHIRNOVA began her training at the circus school in Siberia, Russia, at the age of eight. Her passion for the circus arts grew as she honed her skills in aerial disciplines, hand balancing and manipulation. Her artistic journey commenced by performing at many art festivals throughout Russia, where she got numerous awards for her unique style. In 2000, Elena began touring professionally with The Russian Moscow Circus throughout Europe, where she continued mastering her skills on aerial lyra and silks. For eleven years, Elena had the privilege to be a part of Cirque du Soleil’s “La Nouba” in Orlando, Florida as an aerialist in the aerial ballet silks act and the main character “Green Bird”. In addition, Elena has appeared on several ABC Network shows representing Cirque Du Soleil which include Dancing with the Stars, Good Morning America and Extreme Weight Loss; as well as in a variety of magazine publication’s such as Oprah, Orlando Style, Tampa Bay and Disney. VITALII BUZA began his gymnastic training in the Republic of Moldova and soon competed as an elite gymnast with the Russian national team. At the age of 16, Vitalii joined the Moscow State Circus as a professional acrobat and toured throughout Europe. After a move to the US, he starred in productions at Sea World, Universal Studios and Walt Disney World. He has been featured in numerous TV ads and won a role in the Walt Disney movie Enchanted. Vitalii also performed at the 2006 Latin Grammy Awards, the 2007 NFL Pro Bowl, 2010 Academy Awards and the 2011 Latin Billboard Awards. He has performed for celebrities and at corporate events for major companies. Vitalii excels in multiple cirque acts, such as duo hand-balancing, straps, Cyr wheel, spinning cube, Chinese pole, and the Russian bar. | @AtlantaSymphony |


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64 | encore The amazing strength and balancing act of Acro Duo consists of VITALIY PRIKHODKO and PAVEL KORSHUNOV. Vitaliy is a native of Ukraine, where he graduated from Kiev State Circus College. He began his career with the National Circus of Ukraine, winning first place at the New Ukrainian Circus Festival. His acrobatic experience includes worldwide tours with Nikulin’s Moscow Circus. Pavel, a native of Voronezh, Russia, is a three-time national champion of Russia, two-time World Champion and two-time Champion of the World Cup in acrobatic sport. A former veteran with Cirque du Soleil’s “Varekai,” Pavel is a multi-talented performer on straps, Russian swing, trampoline, and acrobatics. AcroDuo’s performances with Cirque de la Symphonie create spontaneous eruptions of applause and emotion, as they display a stunning display of strength and balance. JANICE MARTIN is a concert violinist who adds another dimension to Cirque de la Symphonie’s performances. A Juilliard School of Music standout, she has won such competitions as the Washington International Competition and the Lena Na International Competition and was recipient of the Amadeus Career Grant Award and the Career Award Grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. In addition to being a concert violinist, opera singer and classical pianist, Janice has become an accomplished aerialist, suspended in the air on silk fabrics or an aerial hoop, while playing a solo on her violin. Janice has built an esteemed reputation internationally, playing in such concert halls as The Chicago Cultural Center, Carnegie and Lincoln Center’s Tully Hall in NYC, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, The Great Hall at Canberra, Australia, and the House of Culture in Czech Republic. | @AtlantaSymphony |

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hroughout our 75-year history, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has prospered thanks to the annual support of generous patrons. The Leadership Donors listed below have made Leadership Council ∞ contributions of $2,000 or more since June 1, We salute those extraordinary 2018. Their extraordinary generosity provides the donors who have signed foundation for this world-class institution. pledge commitments to continue their annual giving for three years or more.


Delta Air Lines, Inc.


1180 Peachtree Bank of America The Molly Blank Fund of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation The John & Rosemary Brown Family Foundation The Coca-Cola Company The Goizueta Foundation The Home Depot Foundation


Mary & Jim Rubright


Alston & Bird The Antinori Foundation Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Mr. & Mrs.* Bradley Currey, Jr.

Ms. Lynn Eden Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta The Graves Foundation Lucy R.* & Gary Lee, Jr. King & Spalding


Farideh & Al Azadi Foundation, Inc. ∞ National Endowment for the Arts

Victoria & Howard Palefsky ∞ The Vasser Woolley Foundation, Inc.


Mr. & Mrs. Paul J. Blackney Mr. Benjamin Q. Brunt & Ms. Catherine Meredith CBH International, Inc. Connie & Merrell Calhoun Thalia & Michael C. Carlos Foundation City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Jim Cox, Jr. Foundation Roy & Janet Dorsey Foundation Ms. Angela L. Evans Mrs. Betty Sands Fuller Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. Bonnie & Jay Harris The Livingston Foundation, Inc. The Marcus Foundation, Inc.

Massey Charitable Trust Terence L. & Jeanne Perrine Neal ° Lynn & Galen Oelkers Sally & Pete Parsonson∞ Publix Super Markets Charities Patty & Doug Reid Ryder Truck Rental, Inc. Bill & Rachel Schultz ° Mrs. Charles A. Smithgall, Jr. Mr. G. Kimbrough Taylor & Ms. Triska Drake The UPS Foundation Patrick & Susie Viguerie Kathy Waller & Kenneth Goggins WarnerMedia Ann Marie & John B. White, Jr. ° Mrs. Sue S. Williams

Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation Charles H. Loridans Foundation, Inc. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Amy W. Norman Charitable Foundation Susan & Thomas* Wardell | @AtlantaSymphony |

$17,500+ Juliet & John Allan Janine Brown & Alex J. Simmons, Jr. Mercedes-Benz Wright & Alison Caughman Catherine Warren Dukehart Fulton County Arts & Culture Mr. & Mrs. Douglas J. Hertz John & Linda Matthews Moore Colson, CPAs & Bert & Carmen Mills Porsche Cars North America, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. David W. Scheible Joyce & Henry Schwob Ross & Sally Singletary Slumgullion Charitable Fund Mr.* & Mrs. Edus H. Warren, Jr. Adair & Dick White

$15,000+ Mr. & Mrs. William L. Ackerman ∞ Madeline & Howell E. Adams, Jr. Mr. Keith Adams & Ms. Kerry Heyward Henry F. Anthony & Carol R. Geiger Jennifer Barlament & Kenneth Potsic Rita & Herschel Bloom Mr. David Boatwright John W. Cooledge Russell Currey & Amy Durrell Jeannette Guarner, MD & Carlos del Rio, MD Sloane Drake Eleanor & Charles Edmondson Fifth Third Bank Sally & Carl Gable Dick & Anne Game ° Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. William M. Graves Joe Hamilton Ann A. & Ben F. Johnson, III ° Anne Morgan & Jim Kelley Kimberly-Clark

Brian & Carrie Kurlander James H. Landon Donna Lee & Howard Ehni Mr. Sukai Liu & Dr. Ginger J. Chen Jeffrey Sprecher & Kelly Loeffler Mr. Kevin & Dr. Jennifer Lyman John F. & Marilyn M. McMullan Ms. Molly Minnear Martha M. Pentecost The Piedmont National Family Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Walter Pryor June & John Scott Charlie & Donna Sharbaugh Mr. John A. Sibley, III Amy & Paul Snyder Cari K. Dawson & John M. Sparrow Loren & Gail Starr Elliott & Elaine Tapp John & Ray Uttenhove Dr. James Wells & Mrs. Susan Kengeter Wells Drs. Kevin & Kalinda Woods


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The Robert Hall Gunn, Jr. Fund Mr. & Mrs. Charles B. Harrison Roya & Bahman Irvani Clay & Jane Jackson Mr. & Mrs. Mark A. Kaiser Mr. Randolph J. Koporc Pat & Nolan Leake The Ray M. & Mary Elizabeth Lee Foundation Ken & Carolyn Meltzer The Monasse Family Foundation ∞ Dr. Ebbie & Mrs. Ayana Parsons Sage Mr. Andrew Saltzman Dr. Steven & Lynne Steindel ° Peter James Stelling Carol & Ramon Tomé Family Fund Trapp Family Turner Foundation, Inc. United Distributors, Inc. Chilton & Morgan Varner Mark & Rebekah Wasserman Dr. & Mrs. James O. Wells, Jr. Mrs. Virginia S. Williams


A Friend of the Symphony Aadu & Kristi Allpere ° Lisa & Joe Bankoff Mr. & Mrs. James N. Andress Jack & Helga Beam Julie & Jim Balloun Lisa & Russ Butner In memory of Leigh Baier Peter & Vivian de Kok Bell Family Foundation John & Michelle Fuller The Breman Foundation, Inc. Deedee & Marc Hamburger ° The Walter & Frances Ms. Margie Painter Bunzl Foundation Mr. Leonard B. Reed ° Chick-fil-A Mr. Jeffrey C. Samuels & Correll Family Foundation, Inc. Ms. Amy Levine-Samuels Marcia & John Donnell Beverly & Milton Shlapak Mr. Richard H. Delay & Alison & Joe Thompson Dr. Francine D. Dykes Eversheds Sutherland For more information Paul & Carol Garcia about giving to the Atlanta Georgia Council for the Arts Symphony Orchestra Annual Georgia-Pacific Fund, please contact William Keene at 404.733.4839 Jason & Carey Guggenheim/ or william.keene@ Boston Consulting Group

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68 | encore ASO | SUPPORT (cont.) $5,000+ A Friend of the Symphony (4) Mrs. Kay Adams* & Mr. Ralph Paulk ° Mr. & Mrs. Calvin R. Allen Phyllis Abramson Mr. & Mrs. Stephen D. Ambo Keith Barnett Asad Bashey Jane & Gregory Blount Mr. & Mrs. Philip P. Bolton Mrs. Sidney W. Boozer Margo Brinton & Eldon Park Karen & Rod Bunn Patricia & William Buss Mr. James Camden Ms. Tracey Chu Ruth & Mark Coan William & Patricia Cook Mr. Jack E. Cummins Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan J. Davies Carol Comstock & Jim Davis ° Paul & Susan Dimmick Bernadette Drankoski Greg & Debra Durden Ms. Diane Durgin Dr. & Mrs. Carl D. Fackler Mr. & Mrs. Leroy Fass Mr. Burt Fealing Ellen & Howard Feinsand Sally & Walter George Mary & Charles Ginden Mr. & Mrs. Richard Goodsell Mr. & Mrs. James K. Hammond, Jr. Sally W. Hawkins Mr. Ron Hilley & Mrs. Mia Frieder Hilley Tad & Janin Hutcheson Mr. Justin Im & Dr. Nakyoung Nam Mr. Matthew Johnson & Ms. Yiging Chu Robert & Sherry Johnson

Mr. Baxter P. Jones & Dr. Jiong Yan Paul & Rosthema Kastin Kartikh & Swathi Khambhampati Donald S. Orr & Marcia K. Knight Mr. Charles R. Kowal Jane & Hicks Lanier Isabel Lamy Lee Elizabeth J. Levine Peg & Jim Lowman Lubo Fund Belinda & Gino Massafra Mr. & Mrs. Brian F. McCarthy Mary Ruth McDonald Judy Zaban-Miller & Lester Miller Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Mills, IV Mr. Bert Mobley Mr. & Mrs.* Peter Moraitakis Judge Jane Morrison Mr. Ryan Oliver Franca G. Oreffice Margaret H. Petersen Mrs. Susanne Pinkerton In Memory of Dr. Frank S. Pittman, III The Hellen Ingram Plummer Charitable Foundation, Inc. Mr. Edward Potter & Ms. Regina Olchowski Ms. Eliza Quigley Mr. David Quinn & Mr. Jason Liebzeit Mr. & Mrs. Joel F. Reeves Vicki & Joe Riedel Betsy & Lee Robinson Frances Root John T. Ruff Gretchen Nagy & Allan Sandlin The Selig Foundation Mr. Doug Shipman & Dr. Bijal Shah Baker & Debby Smith Hamilton & Mason Smith Dr. K. Douglas Smith John & Yee-Wan Stevens

Mr. & Mrs. Edward W. Stroetz, Jr. George & Amy Taylor∞ Burton Trimble Sheila L. Tschinkel Ms. Charmaine WardMillner & Keith Millner Alan & Marcia Watt Ruthie Watts ° Thomas E. Whitesides, Jr. M.D. Hubert H. Whitlow, Jr.* Suzanne B. Wilner Jennifer & Taylor Winn David Worley Mr. & Mrs. Comer Yates

Suzanne Shull Mr. Morton S. Smith Ms. Martha Solano Mrs. C. Preston Stephens Stephen & Sonia Swartz Dale L. Thompson Drs. Jonne & Paul Walter David & Martha West Mr. & Mrs. M. Beattie Wood


A Friend of the Symphony (4) Mr. & Mrs. Jan Abernathy Mr. Daniel Acuff & Ms. Amy Gerome-Acuff $3,500+ Ms. Victoria Afshani Anonymous Ms. Mary Allen Dr. Evelyn R. Babey Mr. James L. Anderson Jacqueline A. & Joseph E. Mr. Aous Araim & Ms. Nadine Kashlan Brown, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Scott J. Arnold Mrs. Judith D. Bullock Dr. & Mrs. Charles Arp Mr. & Mrs. Dennis M. Chorba Ms. Cyndae Arrendale Ralph & Rita Connell Mr. Joel Babbit Sally & Larry Davis Richard K. & Diane Babush Mary & Mahlon Delong Anthony Barbagallo & Kristen Fowks Xavier Duralde & Mary Barrett Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Battle Mr. & Mrs. John Dyer Mr. & Mrs. Billy Bauman Carol G. & Larry L. Ms. Susan R. Bell & Gellerstedt, III Mr. Patrick M. Morris Mrs. Louise Grant Mr. William Benton & Mr. Michael Morrow John & Martha Head Dr. & Mrs. Joel E. Mr. Kenneth & Ms. Colleen Hey Berenson Thomas High Shirley Blaine Azira G. Hill Leon & Joy Borchers Ms. Elizabeth A. Hobbs Mr. & Mrs. Andrew J. Bower ° Dr. Michael D. Horowitz Mr. Lonnie Johnson & Mrs. Martha S. Brewer Ms. Harriet Evans Brock Linda A. Moore Dr. & Mrs. Anton J. Lillian Balentine Law Bueschen Deborah & William Liss ° Dr. Aubrey Bush & Mr. & Mrs. Frederick C. Dr. Carol Bush Mabry Mr. & Mrs. Ronald E. Kay & John T. Marshall Michael & Carol Murphy ° Canakaris Mr. & Mrs. Walter K. Canipe S.A. Robinson Julie & Jerry Chautin Jim Schroder Susan & Carl Cofer Ann Shearer | @AtlantaSymphony |

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Mr. & Mrs. J. David Lifsey Mr. & Mrs. Richard L. Mr. Terence M. Colleran & Mr. & Mrs. Jay Halpern Rodgers Ms. Lim J. Kiaw Longfield-Fitzgerald Phil & Lisa Hartley Interiors George* & Mary* Mr. & Mrs. Barksdale R. Mr. & Mrs. Steve Hauser ° Rodrigue Collins ° Mr. & Mrs. Marc S. Heilweil Mr. Gary Madaris Mr. & Mrs. Mark Mr. Thomas J. Collins & Mr. & Mrs. John Hellriegel Meghan & Clarke Mr. Jeff Holmes Rosenberg Magruder Michael Hertz Ned Cone & Dr. & Mrs. Rein Saral Dr. & Mrs. Ellis L. Malone Sarah & Harvey Hill ° Nadeen Green Sharon & David Schachter Elvira Mannelly Mr. & Mrs. Thomas M. Jean & Jerry Cooper Mr. & Mrs. Chris Matheison Emily Scheible Holder Jonathan & Rebekah Dr. Bess T. Schoen Mr. & Ms. James Laurie House Hopkins & Cramer McClatchey Mrs. William A. Schwartz John D. Hopkins Susan & Ed Croft Sam Schwartz & James & Bridget Horgan ° Martha & Reynolds Mrs. Lavona Currie Dr. Lynn Goldowski McClatchey Mrs. Sally Horntvedt Mr. & Mrs. Jay Davis Dr. Martin Shapiro & Albert S. McGhee Dona & Bill Humphreys Ms. Donna Shapiro Mr. & Mrs. Donald Defoe ° Barbara M. Hund Dr. Larry V. McIntire Nick & Annie Shreiber Mr. Philip A. Delanty Birgit & David McQueen JoAnn Hall Hunsinger Helga Hazelrig Siegel Mr. & Mrs. James Durgin Virginia K. McTague The Hyman Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Mark Silberman Mr. & Mrs. Robert G. Edge Mr. & Mrs. Phil S. Jacobs Mr. & Mrs. Ed Mendel, Jr. Gerald & Nancy Mr. & Mrs. David H. Eidson Mary & Wayne James Anna & Hays Mershon Silverboard Ms. Diana Einterz David & Marie Monde Cynthia Jeness Diana Silverman Dieter Elsner & Rebecca P. Moon & Aaron & Joyce Johnson Othene Munson Ms. Grace Sipusic Charles M. Moon, III Bucky & Janet Johnson George T. & Alecia H. Johannah Smith Mr. & Mrs. Charles A. Morn Mrs. Gail Johnson Ethridge Miss Elizabeth L. Morris & Barry & Gail Spurlock Mr. W. F. & Dr. Janice Rosi Fiedotin Lou & Dick Stormont Miss Christine Elliott Johnston Mr. & Mrs. Craig Fleming Janice & Tom Munsterman Mr. Phillip Street Cecile M. Jones Mr. & Mrs. William A. Flinn Beth & Edward Sugarman Melanie & Allan Nelkin William L. & Sally S. Mr. & Mrs. Bruce W. Kay & Alex Summers Richard C. Owens Jorden Flower Judith & Mark K. Taylor Mary Palmer Family Ann T. Kimsey Dr. & Mrs. Richard D. Foundation Ms. Juliana T. Vincenzino Pam Klomp Franco The Parham Fund Vogel Family Foundation Mrs. Jo W. Koch Mr. & Mrs. Paul R. Mr. & Mrs. E. Fay Carol Brantley & David & Jill Krischer Freeman Pearce, Jr. ° David Webster Dr. & Mrs. Scott I. Lampert Raj & Jyoti Gandhi Piedmont Group of Dr. Nanette K. Wenger Wolfgang & Mariana Family Foundation Atlanta, LLC Sally Stephens Laufer Mr. & Mrs. Edward T.M. Doris Pidgeon in Memory Westmoreland Mr. & Mrs. Theodore J. Garland of Rezin E. Pidgeon, Jr. Mrs. Frank L. Wilson, Jr. Lavallee, Sr. Mary D. Gellerstedt Dr. & Mrs. John P. Pooler Russell F. Winch Mr. & Mrs. Van R. Lear Dr. Mary G. George & Ms. Kathy Powell Mrs. Carol Winstead Olivia A. M. Leon Mr. Kenneth Molinelli Mr. & Mrs. Robert Ratonyi Ms. Joni Winston Mr. Edward J. Levin & Marty & John Gillin ° Mrs. Susan H. Reinach Camille W. Yow Mrs. Debbie Levin Sandra & John Glover Jay & Arthur Richardson Herbert & Grace Zwerner Dr. Fulton D. Lewis III & Mrs. Janet D. Goldstein Susan Robinson & S. Neal Rhoney Google Inc. Mary Roemer Dr. & Mrs. Carl Grafton Patron Partnership and Appassionato Leadership Committee Lauren & Jim Grien We give special thanks to this dedicated group of Atlanta Symphony Charles E. Griffin donors for their commitment to each year's annual support initiatives: Mr. & Mrs. George Kristi Allpere Pat Buss Linda Matthews Sheila Tschinkel Gunderson ° chair Deedee Hamburger Sally Parsonson Jonne Walter Helga Beam Judy Hellriegel June Scott Marcia Watt Bill Buss Belinda Massafra Milt Shlapak °We are grateful to these donors for taking the extra time to acquire matching gifts from their employers. *Deceased

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Jill* & Jennings* Hertz Mr. Albert L. Hibbard Richard E. Hodges Named for the Atlanta Symphony Mr.* & Mrs. Charles K. Holmes, Jr. Orchestra’s founding Music Director, Mr.* & Mrs. the HENRY SOPKIN CIRCLE Fred A. Hoyt, Jr. Jim* & Barbara Hund celebrates cherished individuals and Clayton F. Jackson families who have made a planned Mary B. James gift to the Atlanta Symphony Mr. Calvert Johnson & Mr. Kenneth Dutter Orchestra. These special donors deForest F. Jurkiewicz* preserve the Orchestra’s foundation Herb* & Hazel Karp and ensure success for Anne Morgan & future generations. Jim Kelley Bob Kinsey James W.* & Mary Ellen* Kitchell A Friend of the Mr. & Mrs. William R. Paul Kniepkamp, Jr. Symphony (21) Cummickel Miss Florence Kopleff* Madeline & Howell E. John R. Donnell Mr. Robert Lamy Adams, Jr. Dixon W. Driggs* James H. Landon Mr.* & Mrs.* Pamela Johnson Drummond Ouida Hayes Lanier John E. Aderhold Mrs. Kathryn E. Duggleby Lucy Russell Lee* & Mr. & Mrs. Catherine Warren Dukehart Gary Lee, Jr. Ronald R. Antinori Ms. Diane Durgin Ione & John Lee Dr. & Mrs. William Bauer Mr. Richard H. Delay & Dr. Mr. Larry M. LeMaster Mr. Charles D. Belcher* Francine D. Dykes Mr.* & Mrs.* Neil H. Berman Arnold & Sylvia Eaves William C. Lester Susan & Jack Bertram Mr. & Mrs. Liz & Jay* Levine Mr.* & Mrs.* Robert G. Edge Robert M. Lewis, Jr. Karl A. Bevins Elizabeth Etoll Carroll & Ruth Liller The Estate of Donald S. & Mr. Doyle Faler Ms. Joanne Lincoln* Joyce Bickers Brien P. Faucett Jane Little* Ms. Page Bishop Dr. Emile T. Fisher Mrs. J. Erskine Love, Jr. Mr.* & Mrs. Sol Blaine Moniqua N Fladger Nell Galt & Will D. Magruder Rita & Herschel Bloom Mr. & Mrs. Bruce W. Flower K Maier The Estate of Mrs. A. D. Frazier, Jr. Gilbert H. Boggs, Jr. John W. Markham Nola Frink W. Moses Bond Mrs. Ann B. Martin Betty & Drew* Fuller Mr.* & Mrs. Linda & John Matthews Sally & Carl Gable Robert C. Boozer Mr. Michael A. William & Carolyn Gaik Elinor A. Breman* McDowell, Jr. Dr. John W. Gamwell James C. Buggs* Dr. Michael S. McGarry Mr.* & Mrs. Mr. & Mrs.* Richard & Shirley McGinnis L.L. Gellerstedt, Jr. Richard H. Burgin John & Clodagh Miller Ruth Gershon & Hugh W. Burke Ms. Vera Milner Sandy Cohn Mr. & Mrs. William Buss Mrs. Gene Morse* Micheline & Bob Gerson Wilber W. Caldwell Ms. Janice Murphy* Mr. & Mrs. John T. Glover Mr. & Mrs. C. Merrell Calhoun Mr. & Mrs. Mrs. David Goldwasser Cynthia & Donald Carson Stephen L. Naman Robert Hall Gunn, Jr. Fund Mrs. Jane Celler* Mr. & Mrs. Bertil D. Nordin Billie & Sig Guthman Lenore Cicchese* Mrs. Amy W. Norman* Betty G.* & Margie & Pierce Cline Galen Oelkers Joseph* F. Haas Dr. & Mrs. Grady S. Roger B. Orloff James & Virginia Hale Clinkscales, Jr. Dr. Bernard* & Ms. Alice Ann Hamilton Robert Boston Colgin Sandra Palay Dr. Charles H. Hamilton* Mrs. Mary Frances Sally & Pete Parsonsons Sally & Paul* Hawkins Evans Comstock* James L. Paulk John & Martha Head Miriam* & John A.* Conant Dan R. Payne Ms. Jeannie Hearn* Dr. John W. Cooledge Bill Perkins Barbara & John Henigbaum | @AtlantaSymphony |

Mrs. Lela May Perry* Mr.* & Mrs. Rezin E. Pidgeon, Jr. Janet M. Pierce* Reverend Neal P. Ponder, Jr. William L. & Lucia Fairlie Pulgram Ms. Judy L. Reed* Carl J. Reith* Mr. Philip A. Rhodes Vicki J. & Joe A. Riedel Helen & John Rieser Dr. Shirley E. Rivers* David F. & Maxine A. Rock Mr.* & Mrs. Martin H. Sauser Mr. Paul S. Scharff & Ms. Polly G. Fraser Bill & Rachel Schultz Mrs. Joan C. Schweitzer June & John Scott Edward G. Scruggs* Dr. & Mrs. George P. Sessions Mr. W. G. Shaefer, Jr. Charles H. Siegel* Mr. & Mrs. H. Hamilton Smith Mrs. Lessie B. Smithgall Ms. Margo Sommers Elliott Sopkin Elizabeth Morgan Spiegel Mr. Daniel D. Stanley Gail & Loren Starr Peter James Stelling Ms. Barbara Stewart C. Mack* & Mary Rose Taylor Jennings Thompson IV Margaret* & Randolph* Thrower Kenneth & Kathleen Tice Mr. H. Burton Trimble, Jr. Mr. Steven R. Tunnell Mr. & Mrs. John B. Uttenhove Mary E. Van Valkenburgh Mrs. Anise C. Wallace Mr. Robert Wardle, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. John B. White, Jr. Adair & Dick White Mr. Hubert H. Whitlow, Jr.* Sue & Neil* Williams Mrs. Frank L. Wilson, Jr. Mrs. Elin M. Winn Ms. Joni Winston George & Camille Wright Mr.* & Mrs.* Charles R. Yates *Deceased

Your Passion for Music Alive Forever in Your Community The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s youth and education programs reach more than 200,000 young people annually, bringing school children and families to concerts. Meanwhile, gifted young musicians participated in our incredible Youth Orchestra, and we help prepare minority youth for careers in music through our acclaimed Talent Development Program. You can inspire the concertgoers of the future and support the next generation of classical musicians through your planned gift. We look forward to working with you to ensure your gift is directed to the programs you value most.

Contact Us: Jimmy Paulk Annual Giving Officer james.paulk@ 404.733.4485

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, under the Woodruff Arts Center, is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Federal Tax ID: 58-0633971

THE WOODRUFF CIRCLE Woodruff Circle members each contribute more than $250,000 annually making a significant investment in the arts and education work of The Woodruff Arts Center, Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and High Museum of Art. We are deeply grateful to these partners who lead our efforts to ensure the arts thrive in our community.




$400,000+ $500,000+

A Friend of The Woodruff Arts Center Farideh and Al Azadi

Bank of America Chick-fil-A Foundation | Rhonda and Dan Cathy

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. The Goizueta Foundation The Douglas J. Hertz Family The Home Depot Foundation Estate of Dr. Luella Bare Klein The SKK Foundation The Zeist Foundation, Inc.

Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation SunTrust Teammates

SunTrust Foundation SunTrust Trusteed Foundations:

Walter H. and Marjory M. Rich Memorial Fund Thomas Guy Woolford Charitable Trust

$300,000+ King & Spalding, Partners & Employees The Molly Blank Fund of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation The Rich Foundation UPS


Pussycat Foundation PwC, Partners & Employees WarnerMedia

Contributions Made: June 1, 2018 – May 31, 2019 | Beauchamp C. Carr Challenge Fund Donors | *Deceased

THE BENEFACTOR CIRCLE We are deeply grateful to the Benefactor Circle members, who generously contribute more than $100,000 annually enterprise-wide, investing in the arts and education work of The Woodruff Arts Center, Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and High Museum of Art.


Deloitte, its Partners & Employees EY, Partners & Employees Louise S. Sams and Jerome Grilhot The Shubert Foundation Susan and Tom* Wardell


Alston & Bird Amy W. Norman Charitable Foundation The Antinori Foundation | Ron and Susan Antinori The David, Helen & Marian Woodward Fund-Atlanta Frederic R. Coudert Foundation Kilpatrick Townsend KPMG LLP, Partners & Employees The Marcus Foundation, Inc. Northside Hospital Mr. and Mrs. Solon P. Patterson Garnet and Dan Reardon Patty and Doug Reid The Sartain Lanier Family Foundation Wells Fargo


1180 Peachtree The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Atlantic Station Sandra and Dan Baldwin Kathy and Ken Bernhardt Carol and Ramon TomĂŠ Family Fund CIBC Dan and Merrie Boone Foundation | Dan W. Boone III Sally and Carl Gable Georgia-Pacific Georgia Natural Gas Google Jones Day Foundation & Employees Kaiser Permanente Legendary Events Morris Manning & Martin LLP Victoria and Howard Palefsky PNC Estate of Judy Reed Margaret and Bob Reiser WestRock Company William Randolph Hearst Foundations wish Foundation

Contributions Made: June 1, 2018 – May 31, 2019 | Beauchamp C. Carr Challenge Fund Donors | *Deceased


The Patron Circle includes donors who generously made contributions of $15,000 or more enterprise-wide.

Contributions Made: June 1, 2018 – May 31, 2019 | Beauchamp C. Carr Challenge Fund Donors | * Deceased


Aarati and Peter Alexander Arnall Golden & Gregory LLP Bank of America Private Bank City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Crawford & Company Mr. and Mrs.* Bradley Currey, Jr. Fulton County Board of Commissioners Nena C. Griffith Allison and Ben Hill Mr. and Mrs. Hilton H. Howell, Jr. The Imlay Foundation Merill Lynch Mr. and Mrs. George L. Nemhauser Publix Super Markets Charities Margaret and Terry Stent Vasser Woolley Foundation, Inc.


Art Unlimited Advisors LLC AT&T BlackRock Nancy and Kenny Blank Barbara and Steve Chaddick Marcia and John Donnell Eversheds Sutherland Katie and Reade Fahs Peggy Foreman Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta

Genuine Parts Company

Mr. William M. Graves JLL Lucy R.* and Gary Lee, Jr. The MAGNUM Companies National Endowment for the Arts Norfolk Southern Foundation Novelis, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Michael Plant The Primerica Foundation

Regions Bank

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Richman Mary and Jim Rubright The Sara Giles Moore Foundation Dean DuBose and Bronson Smith Veritiv Mr. and Mrs. Jamie Weeks Rod Westmoreland The Woodruff Arts Center Employees


A Friend of the Alliance Theatre & Woodruff Arts Center ABM Kristie and Charles Abney The Allstate Foundation AIG Arby’s Foundation Arrow Exterminators

Spring and Tom Asher Assurant The Balloun Family Lisa and Joe Bankoff Ed Bastian BB&T Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Blackney Stephanie Blank Bloomberg BNY Mellon Wealth Management The Breman Foundation, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Ronald M. Brill Janine Brown and Alex J. Simmons, Jr. Benjamin Q. Brunt Lucinda W. Bunnen Frances B. Bunzl* Cadence Mr. and Mrs. C. Merrell Calhoun Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Catalfano CBH International, Inc. The Charles Loridans Foundation, Inc. Chubb Bert and Cathy Clark Susan and Carl Cofer Ann and Steve Collins Cooper Carry Cousins Properties Ann and Jeff Cramer Cushman & Wakefield Kay and David Dempsey Catherine Warren Dukehart Mrs. Sarah A. EbyEbersole and Mr. W. Daniel Ebersole Mr. Matt Echols Virginia and Brent Eiland Ms. Angela L. Evans Ellen and Howard Feinsand Jennifer and Marty Flanagan Frances Wood Wilson Foundation Nick Franz Mrs. Betty Sands Fuller Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence L. Gellerstedt III Geographics, Inc. Georgia Council for the Arts GMT Capital Corporation Goldman Sachs Carolyn and David Gould Nancy and Holcombe Green Greenberg Traurig, LLP Ted and Kim Greene The Partners & Employees of GreenSky, LLC/David Zalik, CEO & Chairman/ Gerry Benjamin, Vice Chairman Mr. Kenneth Haines Bonnie and Jay Harris Nancy and Charles Harrison Mr. and Mrs. James L. Henderson III Mr. Rod Hildebrant and

Mr. Matthew Meehan Holder Construction Company The Howell Fund, Inc. Karen and Jeb Hughes Infor Global Solutions The Jim Cox, Jr. Foundation The John W. and Rosemary K. Brown Family Foundation Andrea and Boland Jones Mr. Baxter P. Jones and Dr. Jiong Yan Anne and Mark Kaiser James E. Kane The Katherine John Murphy Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Joel Knox and Joan Marmo Ms. Nina Lesavoy Renee and Alan D. Levow Barbara W. and Bertram L. Levy Livingston Foundation, Inc. Macy’s Majestic Realty The Mark and Evelyn Trammell Foundation Massey Charitable Trust Joe Massey MaxMedia Margot and Danny McCaul Merry McCleary and Ann Pasky Mr. and Mrs. John F. McMullan The Michael and Andrea Leven Family Foundation Mrs. Nancy Montgomery Moxie Mueller Water Products, Inc. Naserian Foundation NCR Foundation Terence L. and Jeanne P. Neal Nelson Mullins Northern Trust Northwestern Mutual Goodwin, Wright - John and Laura Wright O. Wayne Rollins Foundation Lynn and Galen Oelkers Gail O’Neill and Paul E. Viera Oxford Industries Beth and David Park Martha M. Pentecost Estate of Janet M. Pierce Porsche Cars North America, Inc. PrimeRevenue Inc. Printpack The Ray M. and Mary Elizabeth Lee Foundation, Inc. The Robert Hall Gunn, Jr. Fund The Roy and Janet Dorsey Foundation Ryder Truck Rental, Inc.

Sage The Sally & Peter Parsonson Foundation Jack Sawyer and Dr. Bill Torres SCANA Energy Mr. and Mrs. David Scheible Rachel and Bill Schultz Joyce and Henry Schwob The Selig Family Foundation Shakespeare in American Communities: National Endowment for the Arts in Partnership with Arts Midwest Mr. and Mrs. Ross Singletary II Mr. and Mrs. Marc Skalla Skanska The Slumgullion Charitable Fund Smith & Howard, PC Mr. and Mrs. E. Kendrick Smith Mrs. Lessie B. Smithgall Southwire Company Steinberg Charitable Trust Sara and Paul Steinfeld Mr. Les Stumpff and Ms. Sandy Moon TalentQuest Mr. Hugh M. Tarbutton, Jr. Mr. G. Kimbrough Taylor and Ms. Triska Drake Judith and Mark Taylor Lisa Cannon Taylor and Chuck Taylor Thalia and Michael C. Carlos Foundation Rosemarie and David Thurston Tim and Lauren Schrager Family Foundation Sally G. Tomlinson Troutman Sanders United Distributors, Inc. Lori Vanderboegh and Brady Young Roxanne and Benny Varzi Susie and Patrick Viguerie Vine Vault Kathy N. Waller Mr.* and Mrs. Edus H. Warren, Jr. Rebekah and Mark Wasserman Mr. and Mrs. Bradford L. Watkins Ann Marie and John B. White, Jr. Elizabeth and Chris Willett Mrs. Sue S. Williams Ellen and John Yates


3M A Friend of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (2) A Friend of the High Museum of Art A Friend of The Woodruff Arts Center (3) AAA Parking



Mr. and Mrs. Henry Aaron Mr. and Mrs. William L. Ackerman Keith Adams and Kerry Heyward Madeline and Howell E. Adams, Jr. Robin Aiken and Bill Bolen Mr. and Mrs. John M. Allan Mary Allen Mr. and Mrs. James N. Andress Henry F. Anthony & Carol R. Geiger Yum and Ross Arnold Evelyn Ashley and Alan McKeon Atlanta Marriott Marquis Atlantic American Corporation; Delta Life Insurance; Gray Television Barbara and Ron Balser Juanita and Gregory Baranco Ms. Angele P. Barrow and Mr. John Barrow Mr. and Mrs. Luke Bayer Laura and Stan Blackburn The Blanche Lipscomb Foundation Mr. Arthur M. Blank Mrs. Stephanie Blomeyer Rita and Herschel Bloom Mr. and Mrs. Watt Boone Susan V. Booth and Max Leventhal The Boston Consulting Group Lisa and Jim Boswell Brown & Brown Insurance, Inc. Lisa and Paul Brown Brunner Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Mr. and Mrs. Charles Burnett Ms. Mary Cahill and Mr. Rory Murphy Camp-Younts Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey S. Cashdan Wright and Alison Caughman CBRE Colliers International Dr. John W. Cooledge Carolynn Cooper and Pratap Mukharji Melinda and Brian Corbett Ann and Tom Cousins Sherri and Jesse Crawford Charlene Crusoe-Ingram and Earnest Ingram Rebecca and Chris Cummiskey Russell Currey and Amy Durrell Cheryl Davis and Kurt Kuehn Mr. and Ms. Jay M. Davis Cari Dawson and John Sparrow Mr. and Mrs. Phil Deguire Mr. and Mrs. Robin E. Delmer

Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Denny, Jr. Ms. Sloane Drake Diane Durgin Edgerton Foundation Eleanor and Charles Edmondson Mr. Fredric M. Ehlers and Mr. David Lile Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Ely-Kelso Ferrari Maserati of Atlanta Fifth Third Bank Mr. and Mrs. Foster Finley FleetCor Mr. and Mrs. James Freeman Anne and Dick Game Doris and Matthew Geller Marsha and Richard Goerss Mr. and Mrs. Richard Goodsell Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Gossage Ms. Caroline Gottschalk Sara Goza Graphic Packaging International, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Seth Greenberg Jeannette Guarner, MD and Carlos Del Rio, MD Pat and Anne Gunning Mr. John Hall Joe Hamilton Mr. and Mrs. Tom Harbin Mr. John Haupert and Mr. Bryan Brooks Mr. and Mrs. Greg Henry Hilton Atlanta Jocelyn J. Hunter Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Hutchinson, Jr. Ida Alice Ryan Charitable Trust Mr. and Mrs. Bahman M. Irvani Jane and Clayton Jackson Phil and Jenny Jacobs Liza and Brad Jancik Mr. Robert A. Jetmundsen Lou Brown Jewell Ann A. and Ben F. Johnson, III Katie and West Johnson Mary and Neil Johnson Sam Johnson JP Morgan Private Bank John C. Keller Mr. James F. Kelley and Ms. Anne H. Morgan Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Philip I. Kent Mr. and Mrs. David E. Kiefer Kimberly-Clark Mr. and Mrs. David F. Kirkpatrick Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Klump Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Kowal Mr. and Mrs. David B. Kurzweil Louise and E.T. Laird Dr. and Mrs. Scott I. Lampert

James H. Landon Mr. and Mrs. Nolan C. Leake Donna Lee and Howard Ehni Mr. Sukai Liu and Dr. Ginger J. Chen Kelly Loeffler and Jeffrey Sprecher Loews Atlanta Hotel Ms. Jackie Lunan Mr. and Dr. Kevin Lyman Larry and Lisa Mark Sally and Allen McDaniel MetLife Mr. Charles C. Miller III & Ms. Pinney L. Allen Judy Zaban Miller and Lester Miller Mr. and Mrs. Bert Mills | Moore Colson, CPAs and Bert & Carmen Mills Ms. Molly Minnear Phil and Caroline MoĂŻse Morgens West Foundation Estate of Andrew Musselman Barbara and Sanford Orkin John Paddock and Karen Schwartz Margie Painter Kathie and Chuck Palmer Vicki and John Palmer Karen and Richard Parker Perkins & Will Margaret H. Petersen Piedmont Charitable Foundation, Inc The Piedmont National Family Foundation Suzanne and Bill Plybon Portman Holdings Alessandra and Elton Potts Mr. and Mrs. William H. Powell Sandra and Larry* Prince Mr. and Mrs. Walter Pryor PulteGroup, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Gordon P. Ramsey Mr. and Mrs. William C. Rawson Mr. and Mrs. Robert Reeves Regal Entertainment Group Mr. Sean Richards Estate of Shirley Rivers Mr. and Mrs. Gregory K. Rogers Mr. Lin R. Rogers and Ms. Alexia Alarcon Patricia and Maurice Rosenbaum The Sartain Lanier Family Foundation June and John Scott ServiceNow Bijal Shah and Doug Shipman Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sharbaugh Mr. John A. Sibley III Amy and Paul Snyder Mr. and Mrs. John Somerhalder Song Space

Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Lee Spangler Karen and John Spiegel Gail and Loren Starr Dr. Steven and Lynne Steindel Michelle and Stephen Sullivan Surya Elliott and Elaine Tapp Thomas H. Lanier Family Foundation Lizanne Thomas and David Black Mr. and Mrs. Eric Tresh UBS Financial Services Inc. John and Ray Uttenhove Mr. and Mrs. K. Morgan Varner, III Mr. Brandon Verner Kim and Reggie Walker Weldon H. Johnson Family Foundation Dr. James Wells and Mrs. Susan Kengeter Wells Mrs. Melinda M. Wertheim and Dr. Steven B. Wertheim Adair and Dick White Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin T. White Sue and John Wieland James B. and Betty A. Williams Richard Williams and Janet Lavine Suzanne B. Wilner Diane Wisebram and Edward D. Jewell Drs. Kevin and Kalinda Woods Amy and Todd Zeldin Robert and Connie Zerden

76 | encore ASO | GENERAL INFO LATE SEATING Patrons arriving late will be seated at an appropriate interval in the concert program, determined by the House Manager. Reserved seats are not guaranteed after the performance starts. Late comers may be seated in the back, out of courtesy to the musicians and other patrons.

SYMPHONY STORE The Symphony Store is open before, during and after most concerts.

SPECIAL ASSISTANCE All programs of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra are accessible to people with disabilities. Please call the box office to make advance arrangements: 404.733.5000.

Subscription Information/ Sales 404.733.4800

THE ROBERT SHAW ROOM ASO donors who give $2,500 or more annually gain special access to this private dining room. For more information, please call 404.733.5060.

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS The Woodruff Arts Center Box Office 404.733.5000 Ticket Donations/ Exchanges 404.733.5000

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Donations & Development 404.733.5079 CAN’T ATTEND A CONCERT? You may exchange your tickets by 4pm the day prior to the performance. Tickets may also be donated by calling 404.733.5000. SINGLE TICKETS Call 404.733.5000. Tue - Sat: noon – 6pm; Sun: noon – 5pm. Service charge applies. Phone orders are filled on a best-available basis. All single-ticket sales are final. WOODRUFF ARTS CENTER BOX OFFICE Open Tue - Sat: noon – 6pm; Sun: noon – 5pm. Please note: No refunds or exchanges. All artists and programs are subject to change.

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Tyrone Webb

Jennifer Barlament

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executive director

Stephanie Smith executive assistant

Tasha Cooksey executive & finance


Adam Fenton

Daniel Stupin

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stage technician

community programs


Ryan Walks

Caitlin Hutchinson

talent development

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Sarah Wilson development operations




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William Strawn marketing manager

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