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olidays with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra are truly a gift! Many of you have told us that it’s not Christmas until you join us in Symphony Hall for this beloved tradition. Robert Shaw used to say that designing the holiday program was similar to decorating a Christmas tree. We all want our favorite ornaments to make an appearance (and they will), but it’s also a chance to display newly acquired treasures. This December will be no exception and we know you will enjoy the magic of the holidays as presented by the Orchestra and Chorus, the Gwinnett Young Singers, the Morehouse College Glee Club, along with many other seasonal surprises! We end 2016 with some wonderful news. Thanks to a very generous $2.5 million pledge from The Delta Air Lines Foundation, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has exceeded its $25 million Musicians’ Endowment Campaign goal, nearly two years ahead of schedule. To recognize the generous gift from The Delta Air Lines Foundation, the Principal Tuba Chair, held by Michael Moore, will be endowed and named The Delta Air Lines Chair. The named chair is a fitting tribute to Moore, who is celebrating his 49th season with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. We are happy to announce our two newest members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Samuel Schlosser, Principal Trombone and Gina Hughes, Piccolo and Flute. In addition, I’m happy to announce that Justin Bruns has been named Associate Concertmaster and Nicole Jordan has been promoted to Principal Librarian, the first African American woman to be named Principal Librarian of a major orchestra. On the heels of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra news, the Woodruff Arts Center also announced the close of the $110 Million Transformation Campaign, which included the Musicians’ Endowment Fund. The news came with a final donation of $1 million from the City of Atlanta, presented by Mayor Kasim Reed. On behalf of everyone at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, we would like to share our appreciation for the extraordinary and continued support of the entire ASO family and the Atlanta community. Wishing you all the hope, wonder and joy the season can bring!

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ASO | Music Director Robert Spano


onductor, pianist, composer and pedagogue Robert Spano is known worldwide for the intensity of his artistry and his distinctive communicative abilities, creating a sense of inclusion and warmth among musicians and audiences that is unique among American orchestras. Beginning his 16th season as Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, this imaginative conductor has been responsible for nurturing the careers of numerous celebrated composers, conductors and performers, and enjoys collaborations with composers and musicians of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. As Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival and School, he oversees the programming of more than 300 events and educational programs, including the Aspen Conducting Academy.


The Atlanta School of Composers reflects Spano’s commitment to American contemporary music. He has led Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Ravinia, Ojai and Savannah Music Festivals. Guest engagements have included orchestras such as the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, San Francisco, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago and Philadelphia Symphony Orchestras, along with Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, BBC Symphony and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. His opera performances include Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera and the 2005 and 2009 Seattle Opera productions of Wagner’s Ring cycles. Mr. Spano begins the 2016-17 season with “cloth field: an art place of life,” a conceptual collaboration between Spano and choreographer Lauri Stallings, involving dancers and sculptural elements with an original score composed by Mr. Spano in 2014 for the Atlanta-based dance troupe, glo. In addition to his leadership of the Orchestra, Spano has recently returned to his early love of composing. His most recent works include Sonata: Four Elements for piano, premiered by Spano at the Aspen Music Festival, as well as a new song cycle, both to be recorded for release on the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s ASO Media label. An avid interpreter of opera and oratorio, Mr. Spano conducts John Adams’s Nixon in China at Houston Grand Opera, Christopher Theofanidis’s Creation/Creator at the Kennedy Center’s 2017 Shift Festival, and conducts and records Orfeo ed Euridice with the ASO and ASO Chamber Chorus. With a discography of critically acclaimed recordings for Telarc, Deutsche Grammophon and ASO Media, Ro b e r t Spano has won 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 lives in Atlanta.

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ASO | leadership 2016-17 Board of Directors Officers D. Kirk Jamieson Chair

Meghan H. Magruder John B. White, Jr. Vice Chair Secretary Thomas Wardell Suzanne Tucker Plybon Vice Chair Treasurer

Directors Keith Adams Jennifer Barlament* Neil H. Berman Paul Blackney Brett M. Blumencranz Frank H. Boykin Mary Rockett Brock Janine Brown Karen Bunn* C. Merrell Calhoun S. Wright Caughman, M.D.

Bill Carey Russell Currey Carlos del Rio, M.D. Lynn Eden Shirley C. Franklin Jason Guggenheim Virginia A. Hepner* Caroline Hofland Douglas R. Hooker Tad Hutcheson Mrs. Roya Irvani Carrie Kurlander† James H. Landon

Donna Lee Hank Linginfelter Karole Lloyd Kelly L. Loeffler Brian F. McCarthy Penelope McPhee† Molly Minnear Terence L. Neal Joseph M. O’Donnell Howard D. Palefsky Sunny K. Park E. Fay Pearce, Jr. Ronda Respess*

James Rubright William Schultz John Sibley Paul Snyder John Sparrow Gail Ravin Starr Joseph M. Thompson† Ray Uttenhove S. Patrick Viguerie Mark D. Wasserman Richard S. White, Jr. Camille Yow

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Lucy Lee Mrs. William C. Lester Mrs. J. Erskine Love Patricia H. Reid Joyce Schwob H. Hamilton Smith W. Rhett Tanner

G. Kimbrough Taylor Michael W. Trapp Chilton Varner Edus H. Warren, Jr. Adair R. White Sue Sigmon Williams

Mrs. Drew Fuller Mary D. Gellerstedt

Azira G. Hill Mrs. Charles A. Smithgall, Jr.

Board of Counselors Mrs. Helen Aderhold Elinor Breman Dr. John W. Cooledge John Donnell Jere Drummond Carla Fackler Charles Ginden

Life Directors Howell E. Adams, Jr. Bradley Currey, Jr.

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Robert Spano Music Director The Robert Reid Topping Chair

Donald Runnicles Principal Guest Conductor The Neil and Sue Williams Chair

VIOLA Reid Harris Principal The Edus H. and Harriet H. Warren Chair Paul Murphy Associate Principal The Mary and Lawrence Gellerstedt Chair Catherine Lynn Assistant Principal Marian Kent Yang-Yoon Kim* Yiyin Li Lachlan McBane Jessica Oudin Madeline Sharp Sarah Park Chastain†

Joel Dallow The UPS Foundation Chair Larry LeMaster Brad Ritchie Paul Warner

MUSICIAN ROSTER FIRST VIOLIN David Coucheron Concertmaster The Mr. and Mrs. Howard R. Peevy Chair The Mabel Dorn Reeder Honorary Chair Justin Bruns Associate Concertmaster The Charles McKenzie Taylor Chair Jun-Ching Lin Assistant Concertmaster Anastasia Agapova The Wells Fargo Chair Carolyn Toll Hancock John Meisner Christopher Pulgram Carol Ramirez Juan Ramirez Olga Shpitko Kenn Wagner Lisa Wiedman Yancich

SECTION VIOLIN ‡ Judith Cox Raymond Leung The Carolyn McClatchey Chair Sanford Salzinger SECOND VIOLIN Vacant Principal The Atlanta Symphony Associates Chair Sou-Chun Su Associate/Acting Principal The Frances Cheney Boggs Chair Jay Christy Assistant/Acting Associate Principal Noriko Konno Clift Acting Assistant Principal Sharon Berenson David Braitberg Noriko Konno Clift David Dillard Eleanor Kosek Ruth Ann Little Thomas O’Donnell Ronda Respess Frank Walton

Players in string sections are listed alphabetically

CELLO Christopher Rex Principal The Miriam and John Conant Chair Daniel Laufer Associate Principal The Livingston Foundation Chair Karen Freer Assistant Principal Dona Vellek Assistant Principal Emeritus

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BASS Colin Corner Principal The Marcia and John Donnell Chair  Gloria Jones Associate Principal Lucy R. & Gary Lee Jr. Chair Karl Fenner Michael Kenady The Jane Little Chair Michael Kurth Joseph McFadden Daniel Tosky FLUTE Christina Smith Principal The Jill Hertz Chair Robert Cronin Associate Principal C. Todd Skitch Gina Hughes PICCOLO Gina Hughes

Michael Krajewski Principal Pops Conductor

Joseph Young Assistant Conductor; Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra The Zeist Foundation Chair

OBOE Elizabeth Koch Tiscione Principal The George M. and Corrie Hoyt Brown Chair Yvonne Powers Peterson Associate Principal The Kendeda Fund Chair Samuel Nemec Emily Brebach

BASSOON Andrew Brady Principal The Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation Chair Vacant Associate Principal Laura Najarian Juan de Gomar

ENGLISH HORN Emily Brebach

HORN Brice Andrus Principal The Betty Sands Fuller Chair Susan Welty Associate Principal Ernesto Tovar Torres Jaclyn Rainey Bruce Kenney

CLARINET Laura Ardan Principal The Robert Shaw Chair Ted Gurch Associate Principal Marci Gurnow• Alcides Rodriguez E-FLAT CLARINET Ted Gurch BASS CLARINET Alcides Rodriguez


TRUMPET Stuart Stephenson Principal The Madeline and Howell Adams Chair Michael Tiscione Acting Associate Principal/Second Michael Myers

Norman Mackenzie Director of Choruses The Frannie and Bill Graves Chair

TROMBONE Vacant Principal The Terence L. Neal Chair,

Honoring his dedication and service to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Nathan Zgonc Acting Principal Brian Hecht Luis Fred † BASS TROMBONE Brian Hecht The Home Depot Veterans Chair TUBA Michael Moore Principal The Delta Air Lines Chair TIMPANI Mark Yancich Principal The Walter H. Bunzl Chair William Wilder Assistant Principal PERCUSSION Vacant Principal The Julie and Arthur Montgomery Chair

Charles Settle Acting Principal The Connie and Merrell Calhoun Chair William Wilder Assistant Principal The William A. Schwartz Chair HARP Elisabeth Remy Johnson Principal The Sally and Carl Gable Chair KEYBOARD The Hugh and Jessie Hodgson Memorial Chair Peter Marshall † Sharon Berenson LIBRARY Nicole Jordan Principal The Marianna and Solon Patterson Chair Hannah Davis Assistant Librarian ‡ rotate between sections * Leave of absence † Regularly engaged musician • New this season | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 15

Elizabeth Koch Tiscione Principal Oboe The George M. and Corrie Hoyt Brown Chair

Andrew Brady Principal Bassoon The Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation Chair



Christina Smith Principal Flute The Jill Hertz Chair

Michael Moore Principal Tuba The Delta Air Lines Chair 16 | @AtlantaSymphony |

David Coucheron Concertmaster The Mr. and Mrs. Howard R. Peevy Chair The Mabel Dorn Reeder Honorary Chair


by Noel Morris


ow do you get 80 artistic types to think alike? Take a look at the principal players of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. On their instruments, they are among the top players in the world, and serve as part leader, part soloist, part ambassador and part traffic cop. These men and women are the Orchestra’s standard-bearers and are, in many cases, in the summer of their careers. Concertmaster David Coucheron won his chair at the age of 25. Principal trumpeter Stuart Stephenson was 24; principal oboist Elizabeth Koch Tiscione was 21 and the orchestra’s new principal bassoonist, Andrew Brady, joined the orchestra at 23. Hiring very young players to serve as leaders within the ensemble is nothing new; principal tubist Michael Moore, now in his 49th season, was 18 when he won his job. Principal flutist Christina Smith was 20, and just celebrated her 25th season.

Stuart Stephenson Principal Trumpet The Madeline and Howell Adams Chair

“What was going through my mind the first couple of years,” said violinist David Coucheron, “was striking a balance between respecting and learning from my amazing colleagues who have been doing this for sometimes many decades. At the same time, I am the leader and I have to find my own way and trust my own instincts.” When Stuart Stephenson, a trumpeter from Fairfax Station, Virginia, first joined his section, he remembers thinking: “Don’t mess up… don’t mess up… don’t mess up.” 17

He didn’t, and they tend not to; principal players win their jobs through a long and thorough audition process. After several elimination rounds and callbacks, they’re told they’ve won—and then they’re tested further: they must play first chair for a couple weeks on a trial basis. “Even if someone is a fantastic player and musician,” said Tiscione, “they may not fit the sound or style that an orchestra has developed.” “Liz” Tiscione started playing the oboe in public school in western New York. “I remember the first note I played on the oboe,” she said. “I remember telling my band director that I was going to be an oboist that first day.” She was nine years old. Eleven years later, she was sitting in the principal’s chair of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Now she feels a responsibility, not just to the ASO, but to the greater community. “Just by default you become a leader in your field if you choose to or not. People, especially amateurs and students, look to you and what you’re doing as an example.” On any given day, principal players may be called upon to play an arresting solo in one moment, and blend in an ensemble the next. And always, they serve as the conductor’s proxy. Music Director Robert Spano will spend ten weeks in front of the Orchestra this season, grooming and cultivating his ensemble (he also keeps an active schedule of national and international engagements). For the rest of the season, the ASO bills guest conductors. In this way, the Orchestra benefits from having new energy as well as strong leadership. The section leaders are tasked with maintaining continuity. Andrew Brady joined the ASO in January of 2016. A native of Johnson City,

Tennessee, he played Carnegie Hall with his high school band only a decade ago. Now he has returned to Carnegie Hall as the principal bassoonist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, an experience he calls “surreal.” “It’s not really something I expected to happen,” he said. Through the audition process, these young leaders have demonstrated excellent musicianship, an ability to take direction from the conductor, and a dogged commitment to playing better than everyone else in a competitive field. “I like to think that when I got the job at age 25,” said David Coucheron, “I already had 22 years of experience playing the violin.” Coucheron calls the concertmaster’s chair “the pressure cooker.” And for good reason: principal players must keep up the pressure to stay on top. “Each concert requires a ton of prerehearsal practice,” says Liz Tiscione, “not only to learn the music, but learn about the music to better convey it.” All this feeds back into the success of the whole (getting 80 artistic types to think alike). “A lot of my job is to listen to the other instrument groups in the Orchestra,” said trumpeter Stuart Stephenson, “to adjust to them, to match tempos and styles with them, sometimes to even reset the feel of the Orchestra.” This speaks to the myriad of musical choices and performance practices that are not spelled out on the page. “I think a great responsibility of playing principal is really knowing precisely when to play,” said principal bassist Colin Corner. “Sometimes, for example, soft pizzicati [plucked strings], like at the end of a slow movement in a Brahms symphony, should be placed a little late. Or sometimes a

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conductor will ask us to drive a certain section of music if he or she wants an accelerando [speeding up] to happen. Knowing when to play on top of the beat, in the middle or late, is important.” Corner is a keen student of other players, comparing their recordings, their sound, their distinctive styles, and he thinks a lot about how these qualities impact the music in an orchestral environment. He’s not alone in that. “I listen to recordings of the pieces that we’re playing constantly,” said Coucheron. “I always listen to other players and orchestras when making stylistic choices,” said Stuart Stephenson, “but only after I learn the music and get a solid grasp on how I might want to play it.” Of course, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra players are part of an elite circle of professionals.

“I think a great responsibility of playing principal is really knowing precisely when to play,” Colin Corner

Principal Bass The Marcia and John Donnell Chair

“I think Facebook is a great resource if anything is bugging me,” said Corner. “I have a lot of Facebook friends with high profile playing or teaching positions, and it’s always great getting into musical discussions with them.” After all, orchestral music is a living art: it breathes through the instruments of players who spend most of their lives preparing for those few hours in front of a conductor.


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The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Classical Series is presented by Delta Air Lines.

Delta is proud to celebrate more than 75 years as Atlanta’s hometown airline. Delta’s community spirit worldwide continues to be a cornerstone of our organization. As a global airline, our mission is to continuously create value through an inclusive culture by leveraging partnerships and serving communities where we live and work. This includes not only valuing individual differences of race, religion, gender, nationality and lifestyle, but also managing and valuing the diversity of work teams, intracompany teams and business partnerships. Solo pianos used by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra are gifts of the Atlanta Steinway Society and in memory of David Goldwasser. The Hamburg Steinway piano is a gift received by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in honor of Rosi Fiedotin. The Yamaha custom six-quarter tuba is a gift received by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in honor of Principal Tuba player Michael Moore from The Antinori Foundation. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra records for ASO Media. Other recordings of the Orchestra are available on the Argo, Deutsche Grammophon, New World, Nonesuch, Philips, Telarc and Sony Classical labels. Media sponsors: WABE, WSB AM, and AJC. Trucks provided by Ryder Truck Rental Inc.

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DEC 1/3 | program AtlantaSymphonyOrchestra Robert Spano, Music Director Donald Runnicles, Principal Guest Conductor Delta Classical Concert The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Classical Series is presented by Delta Air Lines.

Concerts of Thursday, Dec. 1, and Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, at 8:00pm LAURA JACKSON, Conductor AVI AVITAL, mandolin

MORE Concerts featuring music by 18th-century masters, as well as later works influenced by the music of the Classical and Baroque era: (JAN 5/7) HAYDN: Trumpet Concerto (FEB 2/4) R. STRAUSS: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme TCHAIKOVSKY: Rococo Variations for Cello and Orchestra (MAY 4/5/6) MOZART: Eine kleine Nachtmusik HAYDN: “London” Symphony (MAY 11/13) GLUCK: Orfeo ed Euridice

OTTORINO RESPIGHI (1879-1936) Antiche danze ed arie (Ancient Airs and Dances), Suite I (1917) 16 MIN I. Balletto detto “Il Conte Orlando” II. Gagliarda III. Villanella IV. Passo mezzo e Mascherada ANTONIO VIVALDI (1678-1741) Mandolin Concerto in C Major, R.425 (rev. Gian Francesco Malipiero) 8 MIN I. Allegro II. Largo III. Allegro Avi Avital, mandolin AVNER DORMAN (b. 1975) Mandolin Concerto (2006) 16 MIN I. Adagio religioso—Allegro—Andante—Presto— Adagio—Andante II. Allegro III. Meno mosso—Adagio Avi Avital, mandolin INTERMISSION PETER ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Opus 74 (“Pathétique”) (1893) I. Adagio; Allegro non troppo II. Allegro con grazia III. Allegro molto vivace IV. Finale. Adagio lamentoso

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Notes on the Program Ken Meltzer, Program Annotator Antiche danze ed arie (Ancient Airs and Dances), Suite I (1917)

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OTTORINO RESPIGHI was born in Bologna, Italy, on July 9, 1879, and died in Rome, Italy, on April 18, 1936. Suite I of the Ancient Airs and Dances is scored for two flutes, two oboes, English horn, two bassoons, two horns, trumpet, harp, harpsichord, and strings.


he three Suites of Ancient Airs and Dances (1917, 1923, 1931) are Ottorino Respighi’s lovely orchestral arrangements of Italian and French lute music from the 16th and 17th centuries. Respighi gathered most of his material from lute pieces transcribed for the guitar and published by the Italian musicologist, Oscar Chilesotti (1848-1916). I. Balletto detto “Il Conte Orlando”— The elegant first movement (Balletto detto “Il Conte Orlando”) is derived from a ballet by Simone Molinaro (1599). II. Gagliarda— The second movement is a triple meter dance, a galliard by Vincenzo Galilei (155?). The final two movements are by anonymous composers from the close of the 16th century. III. Villanella— The villanella is an Italian street song that originated in Naples. IV. Passo mezzo e Mascherada— Suite I of the Ancient Airs and Dances concludes with a passo mezzo (tr. “half step”, a rapid-tempo dance) with an intervening mascherada, a song sung at masked balls.

Mandolin Concerto in C Major, R.425 (rev. Gian Francesco Malipiero)

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ANTONIO VIVALDI was born in Venice, Italy, on March 4, 1678, and died in Vienna, Austria, on July 28, 1741. In addition to the solo mandolin, the Concerto is scored for strings and continuo.


ntonio Vivaldi’s compositions include numerous chamber works, sacred vocal music, and operas. But it is in the realm of the concerto that Vivaldi exerted his most profound influence. Vivaldi composed approximately 550 concertos in which he explored a wide variety of instruments and instrumental combinations. The C Major is the only known concerto by Vivaldi for solo mandolin. Many of the techniques Vivaldi employed in his concertos, including R.425, became a model for subsequent composers. They include the use of a three-movement fast—slow— fast structure, and the ingenious employment in the outer movements of the ritornello—a recurring musical phrase that serves as a unifying force. The Concerto is in three movements. The first (Allegro) opens with the central ritornello that serves as the foundation for numerous flights by the soloist. In the slow-tempo second movement (Largo), the key shifts from C Major to the relative A minor. The Concerto’s finale (Allegro) returns to C Major. The ritornello’s ascending figures are echoed by syncopated descending passages. Mandolin Concerto (2006) AVNER DORMAN was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel, These are the First Classical on April 14, 1975. The first performance of Subscription Performances. the Mandolin Concerto took place at the Sala Barozzi, Milan, Italy, on December 18, 2006, with Avi Avital as soloist, and the Rostov | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 23

DEC 1/3 | program State Theater Orchestra, conducted by Andrea Gottfried. In addition to the solo mandolin, the Concerto is scored for string orchestra. One of my favorite things as a composer is to discover and explore new instruments. When Avi Avital approached me to write a concerto for him, my acquaintance with the mandolin was fairly limited. I had used it in chamber pieces only twice before, and did not know most of the repertoire for the instrument. As I got to know the instrument better, I discovered its diverse sonic and expressive possibilities. The concerto’s main conflicts are between sound and silence and between motion and stasis. One of the things that inspired me to deal with these opposites is the Mandolin’s most basic technique—the tremolo, which is the rapid repetition of notes. The tremolo embodies both motion and stasis. The rapid movement provides momentum, while the pitches stay the same. The concerto can be divided into three main sections that are played attacca: 1. A slow meditative movement with occasional dynamic outbursts. The tremolo and silences accumulate energy which is released in fast kinetic outbursts. The main motives of the piece are introduced, all of which are based on the minor and major second. 2. A fast dance-like movement that accumulates energy leading to a culmination at its end. The tremolo is slowed down becoming a relentless repetition in the bass—like a heartbeat. The fast movement is constructed much like a Baroque Concerto and a Concerto Grosso. The solo and tutti alternate frequently and in many instances instruments from the orchestra join the Mandolin as additional soloists. 3. Recapitulation of the opening movement. After the energy is depleted, all that is left for the ending is to delve deeper into the meditation of the opening movement and concentrate on a pure melody and an underlying heartbeat. I would like to thank Avi Avital for his dedication and commitment throughout the process of creating this piece; for many hours of experimenting with unusual techniques; for introducing me to the Mandolin’s vast repertoire, including Baroque Mandolin, Russian folk music, Bluegrass, Indian music, Brazilian Jazz and AvantGarde; and for performing the piece with depth and virtuosity. — Avner Dorman Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Opus 74 (“Pathétique”) (1893) PETER ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY was born in KamskoVotkinsk, Russia, on May 7, 1840, and died in St. Petersburg, Russia, on November 6, 1893. The first performance of the “Pathétique” Symphony took place in St. Petersburg on October 28, 1893, with the composer conducting. The “Pathétique” Symphony is scored for piccolo, three flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, two trumpets, three trombones, tuba, timpani, bass drum, cymbals, tam-tam, and strings. 24 | @AtlantaSymphony |

First Classical Subscription Performance: April 25, 1948, Henry Sopkin, Conductor. Most Recent Classical Subscription Performances: January 15 and 17, 2015, Marin Alsop, Conductor.

DEC 1/3 | program Tchaikovsky conducted the world premiere of his Sixth and final Symphony, the “Pathétique,” in St. Petersburg on October 28, 1893. Nine days later, he was dead, at the age of 53. For years, the accepted explanation of Tchaikovsky’s demise, first advanced by his brother, Modest, was that the composer died as a result of Russia’s cholera epidemic. Throughout his life, Tchaikovsky frequently suffered from depression, and, on at least one prior occasion, attempted to kill himself. In recent decades, evidence has surfaced that Tchaikovsky may have committed suicide, perhaps in order to avoid public humiliation over an illicit relationship. A consensus on this volatile issue is unlikely. Nevertheless, it is difficult to listen to Tchaikovsky’s final Symphony and not sense the composer’s premonition of his own demise. As Tchaikovsky confided to his nephew, Vladimir Davïdov, to whom he dedicated the “Pathétique”: Whilst I was on my travels I had an idea for another symphony, a programme symphony this time; but the programme will be left as an enigma—let people guess it for themselves. This programme is so intensely personal that as I was mentally composing it on my travels I frequently wept copiously. Whatever program Tchaikovsky intended for the Sixth Symphony, he chose a unique road for its musical journey. Tchaikovsky’s Fourth and Fifth Symphonies—both depictions of a struggle with fate—conclude with rousing, triumphant finales. However, Tchaikovsky informed Davïdov that, in the “Pathétique,” “Formally there will be much that is new in this symphony, and incidentally the Finale won’t be a loud Allegro but, on the contrary, a very slow-moving Adagio.” Tchaikovsky realized his departure from symphonic convention might well hinder the work’s acceptance. Indeed, the premiere of the “Pathétique” (a nickname suggested by Modest Tchaikovsky) was far from a triumph. The critics and audience—no doubt bewildered by the work’s frequently morbid tone and unconventional structure—offered a lukewarm reception. Still, Tchaikovsky maintained faith in his new Symphony, and informed his publisher: “It’s not that it displeased, but it produced some bewilderment. As far as I’m concerned, I take more pride in it than in any other of my works.” In time, Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” has become recognized as the composer’s symphonic masterpiece, a fitting summation of the life and career of Russia’s most beloved composer. It is a work of extraordinary power, a Symphony that presents a stunning array of emotions, cast in a bold, revolutionary format. Tchaikovsky left no doubt as to his affection for the “Pathétique.” He wrote to Davïdov: “I definitely consider it the best, and, in particular, the most sincere of all my works. I love it as I have never loved any of my other musical offspring.” The first movement opens with a pensive slow introduction (Adagio) that foreshadows the principal Allegro non troppo. The fierce battle depicted in the central portion of the opening movement finally resolves to a peaceful close. Instead of the traditional slow-tempo second movement, Tchaikovsky substitutes a leisurely dance (Allegro con grazia). The music is in the character of a waltz, but set in a 5/4 meter that conveys a sense of unease—even, perhaps, of disorientation. The third movement is a vigorous march (Allegro molto vivace) that propels to a stunning close. After a final struggle, the slow-tempo closing movement (Adagio lamentoso) fades to heartbreaking silence.

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DEC 1/3 | artists LAURA JACKSON, conductor


aura Jackson—in her seventh season as Music Director of the Reno Philharmonic— continues to win praise for her artistry, leadership, innovative programming, and passionate community engagement. In addition to concerts with the Reno Philharmonic, Jackson guest conducts throughout the United States and beyond. Recent engagements include a concert tour in France with L’Orchestre de Bretagne, a recording project with the Bournemouth Symphony in partnership with conductor Marin Alsop, and an engagement as the first-ever American to lead the Algerian National Orchestra. In North America, she has performed with the Mimesis Ensemble in NYC, as well as the symphonies of Alabama, Atlanta, Baltimore, Berkeley, Detroit, Hartford, Phoenix, San Antonio, Toledo, Toronto, Windsor and Winnipeg, among others.


Jackson served as the Assistant Conductor/American Conducting Fellow with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Robert Spano from 2004 to 2007. Prior to her appointment in Atlanta, Ms. Jackson studied conducting at the University of Michigan with Kenneth Kiesler and spent summers at the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Music Center in 2002 and 2003. As the Seiji Ozawa Conducting Fellow at Tanglewood, she conducted numerous concerts featuring both traditional and contemporary repertoire. Jackson spent her early childhood in Virginia and Pennsylvania before moving at age 11 to Plattsburgh, NY where she grew up waterskiing, swimming and sailing on Lake Champlain. She studied violin at the North Carolina School of the Arts and pursued an undergraduate degree at Indiana University where she studied both violin and conducting. She later moved to Boston to freelance as a violinist and teach at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. In 2000 she turned to conducting fulltime. AVI AVITAL, mandolin


he first mandolin soloist to be nominated for a classical Grammy Award, Avi Avital is one of the foremost ambassadors for his instrument. More than 90 contemporary compositions, 15 of them concertos, have been written for him, while his inspired reimaginings of music for other instruments include the arrangements heard on his 2015 ECHO Klassik Award-winning Deutsche Grammophon recording, Vivaldi. Avital’s unprecedented Grammy nomination honors his recording of Avner Dorman’s Mandolin Concerto, a work Avital commissioned in 2006 and went on to capture on disc with New York’s Metropolis Ensemble under Andrew Cyr. As the first mandolin soloist to become an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist, he has made three recordings for the label to date. Avital’s inspired music-making has electrified audiences throughout Israel, Europe, Australia, Asia, and the Americas. Recent and upcoming highlights include dates at the Hollywood Bowl for his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut, Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, London’s Wigmore and Royal Albert Halls, the Berliner Philharmonie, Zurich’s Tonhalle, Barcelona’s Palau de la Música Catalana, the Paris Philharmonie, and with a live telecast on Arte, the Palais de Versailles. 28 | @AtlantaSymphony |


Born in Be’er Sheva, in southern Israel, Avital began learning the mandolin at the age of eight and soon joined the flourishing mandolin youth orchestra founded and directed by his charismatic teacher, Russian-born violinist Simcha Nathanson. He later graduated from the Jerusalem Music Academy and the Conservatorio Cesare Pollini in Padua, Italy, where he studied original mandolin repertoire with Ugo Orlandi. The winner of the first-prize Doris and Mori Arkin Award at Israel’s prestigious Aviv Competitions in 2007, Avital was the first mandolinist in the history of the competition to be so honored. He plays on a mandolin made by Israeli luthier Arik Kerman. | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 29

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DEC 15 | program AtlantaSymphonyOrchestra Robert Spano, Music Director Donald Runnicles, Principal Guest Conductor Coca-Cola Holiday Concert The Coca-Cola Holiday Concerts are presented by

Concert of Thursday, Dec. 15 at 8:00pm

Handel’s Messiah NORMAN MACKENZIE, Conductor

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GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685-1759) Christmas Portion and “Hallelujah!” Chorus from Messiah (1742) 60 MIN

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Notes on the Program Ken Meltzer, Program Annotator Gloria in D Major, RV 589 ANTONIO VIVALDI was born in Venice, Italy, on March 4, 1678, and died in Vienna, Austria, on July 28, 1741. The Gloria is scored for soprano and alto soloists, mixed chorus, oboe, trumpet, continuo, and strings.


ntonio Vivaldi was one of the most prolific and influential musicians of the Baroque era—not just as a composer, but also as a violin virtuoso and teacher. The son of a professional violinist, Vivaldi originally trained for the priesthood and was ordained in 1703. However, Vivaldi suffered from an ailment he described as strettezza di petto (“tightness of the chest”)—in all likelihood, asthma. As a result, Vivaldi later recalled: “I said mass for a year or a little more. Then I discontinued it, having on three occasions had to leave the altar without completing it because of this ailment.” Vivaldi left the priesthood in 1703. That same year, he began his association with Venice’s Ospedale della Pièta, a home for orphaned girls renowned for its excellence in musical education. Despite extensive travels throughout Europe, Vivaldi remained affiliated with the Ospedale as a teacher, composer and music director for the better part of four decades. Although Vivaldi enjoyed great success during much of his life, the composer was poverty-stricken when he died in Vienna on July 28, 1741, at the age of 63. Like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonio Vivaldi was buried in a pauper’s grave. It is in the realm of the concerto that Vivaldi exerted his most profound influence. Vivaldi composed approximately 550 concertos in which he explored a wide variety of instrumental combinations. But Antonio Vivaldi’s compositions also include numerous other chamber works, operas, and sacred vocal music, the latter including two settings in D Major of the Gloria (RV 588 and 589). The date and specific circumstances surrounding the composition of the Gloria, RV 589, are unknown. However, its omission of any male soloists (unlike RV 588) indicates that Vivaldi may well have composed this beautiful work for performance at Ospedale della Pièta. Gloria in excelsis (Chorus) Gloria in excelsis Deo,

Propter magnam gloriam tuam (Chorus) propter magnam gloriam tuam. for Your great glory.

Glory be to God on high, Et in terra pax (Chorus) Et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis.

Domine Deus (Soprano Solo) Domine Deus, Rex celestis, Deus Pater omnipotens.

and on earth peace to men of good will. Laudamus te (Sopranos I and II) Laudamus te, benedicimus te, adoramus te, glorificamus te. We praise You, we bless You, we adore You, we glorify You. Gratias agimus tibi (Chorus) Gratias agimus tibi We give thanks to You

Lord God, heavenly King, Father almighty. Domine Fili unigenite (Chorus) Domine Fili unigenite, Jesu Christe. Lord the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Domine Deus, Agnus Dei (Alto Solo and Chorus) | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 33

DEC 15 | program Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Filius Patris, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis. Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. Qui tollis (Chorus) Qui tollis peccata mundi, suscipe deprecationem nostram. You who take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer. Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris (Alto solo) Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, miserere nobis.

You who sit at the right hand of the Father, have mercy upon us. Quoniam tu solus sanctus (Chorus) Quoniam tu solus sanctus, tu solus Dominus, tu solus altissimus, Jesu Christe, For You alone are the Holy One, You alone art the Lord, You, Jesus Christ, are the Most High, Cum Sancto Spiritu (Chorus) Cum Sancto Spiritu, in gloria Dei Patris. Amen. with the Holy Ghost, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Christmas Portion and “Hallelujah!” Chorus from Messiah (1742) GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL was born in Halle, Germany, on February 23, 1685, and died in London, England, on 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, two bassoons, two trumpets, timpani, organ, continuo, and strings.


he 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 34 | @AtlantaSymphony |

DEC 15 | program 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 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, 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. 36 | @AtlantaSymphony |

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DEC 15 | program 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, 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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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] 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] | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 39

DEC 15 | artists JESSICA RIVERA, soprano


escribed by the San Francisco Chronicle as possessing a “stunning blend of tonal warmth, emotional depth and precision,” soprano Jessica Rivera uniquely combines versatility, intelligence and spirituality with a soulful, luminous sound that continues to earn her a place on the world’s most prominent stages.


Rivera cherishes a long-standing collaboration spanning over a decade with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Many of her greatest artistic moments have been accomplished with the ASO, including a Grammy award for Golijov’s Ainadamar in 2007 and her Carnegie Hall debut in Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol in 2009. Her work with Mr. Spano extends to other venues, including her debut performance with Chicago Lyric Opera as Kitty Oppenheimer in Doctor Atomic and a U.S. recital tour culminating in a performance at Carnegie Hall. She includes among her most treasured performances Górecki’s Symphony No. 3 with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, John Adams’ El Niño with David Robertson and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Poulenc’s Gloria with Bernard Haitink and the Chicago Symphony, and numerous performances of Adams’ A Flowering Tree, most notably with the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, the Cincinnati Opera under Joana Carneiro, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and London Symphony Orchestra under John Adams, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Robert Spano. Rivera has also appeared with the Los Angeles Opera, Santa Fe Opera, De Nederlandse Opera, Finnish National Opera, BBC Scottish Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Symphony, and has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Telarc, ASO Media, Nonesuch and Urtext. KELLEY O’CONNOR, mezzo-soprano


ossessing a voice of uncommon allure, musical sophistication far beyond her years, and intuitive and innate dramatic artistry, Kelley O’Connor has emerged as one of the most compelling mezzo-sopranos of her generation.


Past appearances include Anna Bolena and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Debussy’s La Damoiselle élue and Duruflé’s Requiem with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Ravel’s Shéhérazade with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Edinburgh Festival, and Elgar’s Sea Pictures with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. John Adams wrote the title role of The Gospel According to the Other Mary for Kelley O’Connor and she has performed the work in concert and in the Peter Sellars production under the batons of Gustavo Dudamel, Grant Gershon and Markus Stenz. A prominent fixture on international concert stages, O’Connor is sought after by the most esteemed conductors of the day including Gustavo Dudamel, Iván Fischer, Bernard Haitink, Louis Langrée, Sir Simon Rattle, David Robertson, Donald Runnicles, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Robert Spano, Michael Tilson Thomas, Franz Welser-Most and David Zinman. Hers is a voice chosen by many of our leading composers to bring their music to life and she frequently is heard singing the works of John 40 | @AtlantaSymphony |

Adams, David Bruce, Bryce Dessner, Gabriela Lena Frank, Osvaldo Golijov, Peter Lieberson and Christopher Theofanidis. Kelley O’Connor’s prolific discography launched with a Grammy Award-winning Deutsche Grammophon recording of Golijov’s Ainadamar, with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Other highlights feature Lieberson’s Neruda Songs with Spano and ASO, Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra, the latter two for Deutsche Grammophon. CULLEN GANDY, tenor


ullen Gandy is an Atlanta-born lyric tenor who has been hailed for his unique musicality and commanding voice. A winner of the Opera Foundation Competition’s Amber Capital Scholarship, the 2016/17 season brings Cullen to Teatro Regio di Torino in Turin, Italy; singing roles throughout the season. On the opera stage, he has sung and studied such roles as: Ralph Rackstraw (HMS Pinafore), Third Jew (Salome), Gastone (La traviata) with Virginia Opera; Young Messenger (A Streetcar Named Desire) with Los Angeles Opera; Fritz (La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein) and scenes as Fenton (Falstaff) with The Santa Fe Opera; Vladimir Lensky (Eugene Onegin) with Des Moines Metro Opera; Ixion and Orfée (La Descente d’Orfee aux Enfers), Jupiter/ Ein Weiser/Charlie/Der Prinz (Baden Baden 1927) with Gotham Chamber Opera in New York City.

An avid recitalist and active in the concert/oratorio realm, Cullen has been privileged with many auspicious debuts. In the summer of 2016 he debuted at the Bellingham Festival; singing Mozart’s haunting Requiem Mass. Under the baton of Kent Tritle (Musica Sacra NY) he was featured as the tenor soloist, in the Winter of 2011, in Handel’s inimitable Messiah; which was his debut upon the stage of the Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall. The next year he returned to that stage to make his debut with Mark Shapiro and the Cecilia Chorus of New York as the tenor soloist in Peter Mennin’s A Christmas Story. In April of 2011, he made his Alice Tully Hall solo debut with Riverside Choral Society in Bach Mass in B Minor. Cullen is a graduate of The Juilliard School and Georgia State University. GERARD SUNDBERG, bass


erformances for the 2015-16 season included J.S. Bach cantatas BWV 33 and 182 with The Minnesota Chorale and MN Bach Ensemble; Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem with The Chicago Master Singers; Händel Messiah with Duke University, North Carolina; Ralph Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols with The Minnetonka Choral Society, MN; Mendelsohn Elijah with The Apollo Chorus of Chicago; Fauré Requiem with Northside United Methodist Church, Atlanta, GA: Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Two Rivers Chorale, Minnesota; and J.S. Bach cantatas BWV 31, 66, 68 with the Peoria Bach Festival, IL. | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 41

DEC 15 | artists The 2016-17 season will include Handel’s Messiah with the Atlanta Symphony and Chamber Chorus; Finzi In Terra Pax with Northside United Methodist Church, Atlanta, GA; Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem with the North Carolina Master Chorale, Raleigh, NC; Mendelssohn Elijah with Bel Canto Chorus, Milwaukee, WI; and TBA J.S. Bach cantatas with the Peoria Bach Festival, IL. Dr. Sundberg is a graduate of Bethel College (St. Paul, MN), and holds both Master of Fine Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Minnesota where he studied voice with Clifton Ware and Roy Schuessler. He is presently Professor Emeritus of Voice at Wheaton Conservatory of Music (Wheaton, IL), where he taught studio voice and vocal pedagogy. He recently relocated to the Twin City area, and is an adjunct voice professor at Bethel University. Sundberg is also an active church musician, and vocal and choral clinician. His three recordings are “Singer on a Journey”, including four sacred song cycles by Brahms, Beethoven, Vaughan Williams and Carlisle Floyd; “Songs for the Journey” and “Songs Through Endless Ages” including arrangements by Edwin Childs of hymns and gospel songs. 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. At the Orchestra, he prepares the Choruses for all concerts and recordings, works closely with Robert Spano on the commissioning and realization of new choral-orchestral works and conducts holiday concerts annually. During his tenure, the Chorus has made numerous tours and garnered its most recent four Grammy awards. Mr. 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.

The New York Times describes Mr. Mackenzie as Robert Shaw’s “designated successor.” In his 14-year association with Shaw, he was keyboardist for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, principal accompanist for the Choruses, and ultimately assistant choral conductor. In addition, he was musical assistant and accompanist for the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers, the Robert Shaw Institute Summer Choral Festivals in France and the United States, and the famed Shaw/Carnegie Hall Choral Workshops. He was choral clinician for the first three workshops after Shaw’s passing, and partnered with Robert Spano for the 20th anniversary workshop featuring the Berlioz Requiem.

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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 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. Its Carnegie Hall appearances include performances of the B-Minor Mass, Magnificat, the Matthew and John Passions of Bach, the Rachmaninoff Vespers, Stravinsky’s Nightingale and the Mozart/Levin Requiem. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus Norman Mackenzie, Director of Choruses The Frannie and Bill Graves Chair SOPRANO Ariel Barnes Sakinah Davis Kathleen Kelly-George Victoria Latimer Arietha Lockhart** Alexis Lundy Mindy Margolis* Rachel O’Dell Joneen Padgett* Lisa Rader* Anne-Marie Spalinger* Brenda Turner Allegra Whitney Katie Woolf

Jeffrey Baxter, Choral Administrator The Florence Kopleff Chair

ALTO Michelle Austin Ana Baida Donna Carter-Wood Marcia Chandler Katherine MacKenzie Holly McCarren* Linda Morgan** Katherine Murray* Kathleen Poe Ross Laura Rappold Laura Soltis Diana Strommen Alexandra Tanico Carol Wyatt*

Peter Marshall, Accompanist

TENOR Randall Barker** Jeffrey Baxter** Christian Bigliani David Blalock** John Brandt* Jack Caldwell* Justin Cornelius Phillip Crumbly Jeffrey Daniel* Leif Gilbert-Hansen* Keith Langston Clinton Miller Michael Parker Christopher Patton Wesley Stoner Caleb Waters

BASS Dock Anderson Philip Barreca Russell Cason** Joseph Champion Trey Clegg Steven Darst** Michael Dennison Philip Jones Jameson Linville Peter MacKenzie Mark Mendenhall Kendric Smith** Edgie Wallace* Edward Watkins** * 20+ years of service ** 30+ years of service | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 43

DEC 9/10 | program AtlantaSymphonyOrchestra Robert Spano, Music Director Donald Runnicles, Principal Guest Conductor Coca-Cola Holiday Concert 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.

Christmas with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Friday, Dec. 9. 2016 at 8:00pm, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at 2:00pm, and Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at 8:00pm NORMAN MACKENZIE, Conductor ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CHORUS MOREHOUSE COLLEGE GLEE CLUB, David Morrow, Director GWINNETT YOUNG SINGERS, Lynn Urda, Director NO INTERMISSION


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, Emmanuel” (arr. Alice Parker) “ And the Glory of the Lord” from Messiah (George Frideric Handel) Praeludium, Sostenuto ma non troppo from Missa solemnis (Ludwig van Beethoven) “ Break Forth” from Christmas Oratorio (Johann Sebastian Bach) “Heavenly Light” (Alexander Kopylov) “The First Nowell”* (arr. David Willcocks)

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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 “Lux aurumque” (Eric Whitacre) “ There is a Rose in Flower” (Johannes Brahms/Erich Leinsdorf) “Mary Had a Baby” (arr. Wendell Whalum) Largo from Winter, The Four Seasons (Antonio Vivaldi) David Coucheron, violin “ While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks” (Craig Courtney) Elisabeth Remy-Johnson, harp “Away in a Manger” (arr. Parker) “Noel!” (Steven Sametz) “Masters in this Hall” (arr. Parker) “March of the Kings” (arr. Robert Shaw /Parker) “Farandole” from L’Arlésienne (Georges Bizet) “Betelehemu” (Babatunde Olatunji/Whalum) “Hallelujah!” from Messiah (Handel) Part Three—AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE “March” from Nutcracker (Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky) “ Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from Nutcracker (Tchaikovsky) Peter Marshall, celeste “Russian Dance” (Tchaikovsky) David Coucheron, violin “The Boar’s Head” (arr. Shaw/Parker) “ Bring a Torch” and “Angels We Have Heard on High”, from Suite No. 3, The Many Moods of Christmas (arr. Robert Russell Bennett) Part Four—ADORATION “This Little Babe” from A Ceremony of Carols (Britten) Elisabeth Remy-Johnson, harp “El Cant des Ocells” (“The Song of the Birds”) (arr. Pablo Casals) Christopher Rex, cello “Coventry Carol” (arr. Shaw) “ The Shepherds’ Farewell to the Holy Family” from L’Enfance du Christ (Hector Berlioz) “Adeste, fideles”* (arr. Parker) * The audience is invited to join the choruses in singing these familiar carols. Words are included on the following pages. | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 45

DEC 9/10 | program 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 “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!

“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; 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!

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!

Lux Aurumque Eric Whitacre Latin Translation ©2001 by Charles Anthony Silvestri English poem by Edward Esch

“Hodie Christus natus est” from A Ceremony of Carols Benjamin Britten; traditional Latin text

Light, warm and heavy pure as gold, and the angels sing softly to the newborn babe.

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!

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DEC 9/10 | program 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. “Betelehemu” (Bethlehem) Babatunde Olatunji; arr. Wendel Whalum text in the Yoruba language of Nigeria We are glad that we have a Father to trust, We are glad that we have a Father to rely upon. Where was Jesus born? Bethlehem! That’s where the Father was born, for sure! Praise Him, praise be to Him. We thank thee for this day, gracious Father. Praise to the Father, merciful Father.

*Audience Sing-along “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. 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!

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DEC 9/10 | artists 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. At the Orchestra, he prepares the Choruses for all concerts and recordings, works closely with Robert Spano on the commissioning and realization of new choral-orchestral works and conducts holiday concerts annually. During his tenure, the Chorus has made numerous tours and garnered its most recent four Grammy awards. Mr. 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. The New York Times describes Mr. Mackenzie as Robert Shaw’s “designated successor.” In his 14-year association with Shaw, he was keyboardist for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, principal accompanist for the Choruses, and ultimately assistant choral conductor. In addition, he was musical assistant and accompanist for the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers, the Robert Shaw Institute Summer Choral Festivals in France and the United States, and the famed Shaw/Carnegie Hall Choral Workshops. He was choral clinician for the first three workshops after Shaw’s passing, and partnered with Robert Spano for the 20th anniversary workshop featuring the Berlioz Requiem. ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CHORUS


he Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus was founded in 1970 by former Music Director Robert Shaw and comprises 200 auditioned voices. The Chorus is an all-volunteer organization 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). Those include Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony and the Berlioz Requiem. The Chorus performs large choral-symphonic works under the direction of Music Director, Robert Spano; Principal Guest Conductor, Donald Runnicles. In addition, the Chorus has been involved in the creation and shaping of numerous world-premiere commissioned works. The Chorus made its debut at Carnegie Hall in 1976 in a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, led by Robert Shaw. In addition, the Chorus performed in Washington, DC, for President-elect Jimmy Carter’s Inaugural Concert in 1977. In 1988, it accompanied Shaw and the Orchestra on their European debut tour. The Chorus has traveled to Germany three times as a special guest of the Berlin Philharmonic — in Dec. 2003 for three performances of Britten’s War Requiem, in May 2008 for the Berlioz Requiem, and in Dec. 2009 for a week of Brahms Requiem performances — all with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Principal Guest Conductor, Donald Runnicles. Within the Chorus, there is an auditioned group of 60 singers called the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus. The Chamber Chorus, which formed before the larger Chorus in 1967, performs music of the Baroque and Classical eras, as well as works by modern masters. 50 | @AtlantaSymphony |

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus Norman Mackenzie Director of Choruses The Frannie and Bill Graves Chair SOPRANO 1 Ellen Abney Ariel Barnes Kathryn Bishop Hanan Davis Khadijah Davis Sakinah Davis Liz Dean Amy Dowis Virginia Elizondo Laura Foster Meg Granum Jayme Hogan-Yarbro Jacquelyn Holloway Erin Jones Arietha Lockhart ** Mindy Margolis * Joneen Padgett * Callaway Powlus Brianna Riley Natalie Rogers Stacey Tanner SOPRANO 2 June Abbott ** Sloan Atwood * Jessica Barber Anne Beloncik Schantz Jasmine Blue Barbara Brown Kelly Campobasso Martha Craft Ellen Dukes ** Kimberly Duncan Mary Goodwin Amanda Hoffman Kathleen Kelly-George Eda Mathews ** Shannon Nesbit Vickie Orme Lindsay Patten Chantae Pittman Chelsea Rhoades Donna Ross * Sydney Sewell Paula Snelling * Anne-Marie Spalinger * Emily Tallant Cheryl Thrash Brenda Turner Donna Weeks *

Jeffrey Baxter Choral Administrator The Florence Kopleff Chair

ALTO 1 Erin Axson Shana Bassett Deborah Boland ** Rachel Bowman Donna Carter-Wood * Laurie Cronin Beth Freeman Noelle Hooge Beverly Hueter Janet Johnson ** Lauren Johnson Virginia Little * Staria Lovelady Frances McDowell ** Mary Elizabeth Mendenhall Linda Morgan ** Laura Soltis Grace Thompson Nancy York * ALTO 2 Nancy Adams * Michelle Austin Ana Baida Marcia Chandler Meaghan Curry PeggyDee Fleck Sally Kann Nicole Khoury * Katherine MacKenzie Lynda Martin Brenda Pruitt * Campbell Rogers Andrea Schmidt Sharon Simons Alexandra Tanico Ryan Whicker Alexandra Willingham Kiki Wilson ** Diane Woodard **

Peter Marshall Accompanist

TENOR 1 Jeffrey Baxter ** Jordan Bell Christian Bigliani Jack Caldwell * Daniel Cameron * Jared Campbell Justin Cornelius Joseph Cortes Ryan Dikdan Clifford Edge ** Steven Farrow ** Leif Gilbert-Hansen * James Jarrell Keith Langston Clinton Miller Christopher Patton Stephen Reed # TENOR 2 Randall Barker** Mark Barnes Curtis Bisges Charles Cottingham # Phillip Crumbly * Joseph Few * Hamilton Fong Steven Johnstone * Jonathan Marvel Michael Parker Marshall Peterson * Clifton Russell Wesley Shearer Thomas Slusher Scott Stephens * Caleb Waters Robert Wilkinson

BASS 1 Dock Anderson Richard Brock * Russell Cason ** Trey Clegg Michael Cranford Steven Darst ** Michael Dennison Jon Gunnemann * David Hansen ** Nick Jones # Jameson Linville Peter MacKenzie Mark Mendenhall John Newsome Andrew Riechel Kendric Smith # Owen Talley John Terry Ike Van Meter Aaron Villalobos Edward Watkins ** BASS 2 Joshua Alexander Clarence Bell Brian Brown * Joseph Champion Joel Craft ** Paul Fletcher Andrew Gee * Eric Litsey ** Evan Mauk Eckhart Richter * John Ruff * Jonathan Smith Timothy Solomon ** David Webster ** Seth Whitecotton Keith Wyatt * * 20+ years of service ** 30+ years of service # Charter member (1970) | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 51

DEC 9/10 | artists MOREHOUSE COLLEGE GLEE CLUB, David Morrow, Director


he Morehouse College Glee Club is the premier singing organization of Morehouse College, traveling all over the country and the world, demonstrating excellence not only in choral performance but also in discipline, dedication and brotherhood. Through its tradition, the Glee Club has an impressive history and seeks to secure its future through even greater accomplishments, continuing in this tradition through the dedication and commitment of its members and the leadership that its directors have provided throughout the years. It is the mission of the Morehouse College Glee Club to maintain a high standard of musical excellence. The Morehouse College Glee Club celebrated 105 years of its musical legacy throughout the 2015-16 calendar year beginning with the release of a new album, In Need of Music, in December, 2015, out of state concerts and culminated with an Alumni Reunion concert in February. In 2017, the Glee Club will perform on tour in various states including Georgia, Florida, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. Please visit our website The current members come from all over the United States and from places around the world. While many are music majors, our singers come from majors in all divisions of the college. Even though some members take Glee Club as a course for credit, all members still sing as a labor of love and enjoy being ambassadors for Morehouse College. DAVID MORROW is a native of Rochester, N.Y. He earned his bachelor of arts degree from Morehouse College in 1980. While at Morehouse, he became a member of Phi Beta Kappa, was awarded the Kemper Harreld Award for Excellence in Music, received departmental honors and graduated as valedictorian of his class. He received his master of music degree from the University of Michigan in 1981 and was elected to Pi Kappa Lambda. He received his doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music in 1995. He has studied conducting with Wendell Whalum, Thomas Hilbish, Elmer Thomas, John Leman, Earl Rivers, Elizabeth Green, Teri Murai, Fiora Contino and Donald Neuen. Dr. Morrow has been a member of the music faculty at Morehouse College since 1981. In 1987, he succeeded Dr. Wendell P. Whalum as director of the Glee Club. In 2013, Dr. Morrow celebrated the 25th anniversary of his directorship of the Glee Club. Alumni and students honored him singing Psalm 15, a piece composed for the occasion by alumnus Carlos Simon, and also presented him with an engraved silver baton for his dedication in leadership. He is also director of the Wendell P. Whalum Community Chorus, co-director of the Morehouse-Spelman Chorus, and artistic director and conductor of the Atlanta Singers. Dr. Morrow is a member of the Metropolitan Atlanta Musicians Association and is the past president of the National Association of Negro Musicians Inc. He also serves on the board of directors of the Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses Inc. and is member of the Georgia Council for the Arts. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, the Georgia Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Education, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and is a “Friend of the Arts” member of Sigma Alpha Iota. GWINNETT YOUNG SINGERS, Lynn Urda, Conductor and Music Director


ow in its 27th season, the Gwinnett Young Singers are frequent guests of the ASO. Under the direction of Founder and Music Director Lynn Urda and Associate Director

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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. The choir was featured on the Grammy Award-winning CD recording of John Adams’ On The Transmigration Of Souls with the ASO & Chorus. In 2004 it performed in the Grammy nominated CD recording of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the ASO and Chorus. The choir has performed in 19 annual performances of Christmas with the ASO. Gwinnett Young Singers offers a program of beginning through advanced choirs for children in second through twelfth grades, including Treble Choir, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir and the Georgia Young Men’s Ensemble. For more information, call 770-935-6657 or visit LYNN URDA, Conductor & Music Director of the Gwinnett Young Singers maintains an active schedule as a guest clinician, conductor and adjudicator for All-State Choruses & Honors Choirs, choral festivals and workshops for youth and their conductors. She has distinguished herself for her unique ways of achieving excellence in choral blend, intonation and sensitive singing. Mrs. Urda holds a degree in Music Education and Voice from Florida State University School of Music. She is a former public school Music Specialist and has spent the majority of her professional life serving as a church musician, directing children’s, youth and adult choirs. She holds membership in Chorister’s Guild and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), for which she has previously served as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Children’s Choirs for the Georgia division of ACDA. She also serves as the Director of Youth and Children’s Choirs at Tucker First United Methodist Church. Morehouse College Glee Club Marvin Allen Johnathan Alvarado Stanley Arnold Saul Ashley Darius Baker Simpson Berry Deshaun Blake Malik Brown Chaz Cannon Julian Carter Chase Childs Dennis Clove Jacob Cobb Davaris Coleman Myles Davis Elijah Dormeus Isaiah Downes

Derrick Forge Eugene Francis MarTaze Gaines Ethan Godfrey Jostin Grimes Micah Guthrie Xavier Hale Marquez Hall Brandon Hall Jacquese Harrison Jair Hillburn Eion Hindsman-Curry David Holden Malik Holiday Iyvor Hypolite Nigel Jacobs Renshal Joaquin

Devin Johnson Dale Johnson Jahrell Jospeh Marcus Lester Kaleb Lewis Jonathan Lord Darron Marble Orwin Mayers Kamau McKie Jabari McKie Terrance McQueen Christian McRoberts Jerrell Melton Xavier Milton Elijah Mobley Eddie Oliver Marcus Palmer

Darien Payton Armand Peterson Paul Pinkett Dacavien Reeves Brycen Saunders Ahmad Shabalala Jordan Simmons Shaad Singleton Kenneth Stodghill Samuel Travers Joshua Troutman Damani Warren Evan White Edrion Williams Jarron Williams | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 53

DEC 9/10 | artists Gwinnett Young Singers Concert Choir Lynn Urda Conductor & Music Director

Carol Wyatt Associate Music Director

Amanda Dodd Assistant Director


Marguerite Baker Gabrielle Beard Julia Brosas Fiona Burnett Megan Buxton Brooke Caspers Madison Caspers Sadie Coleman Katie Collett Grace Conway Madelyn Drane Sarah Fangmann Amy Faur

Adrienne Gustafson Assistant Director

Janet Hildebrand Diffley Jasmine George Savannah Greene Amelia Gustafson Lydia Hamilton Charlotte Hancock Sophie Hancock Emma Harman Katie Hunt Will Jordan Marisa Joyner Shelby Joyner Lyndi Kemp Fiona Lamkin

Kellan Lane Adathel Lenzer Ashelle Lenzer Abigail Mathews Dorothy McBane Imani McKenzie Anna McCarthy Caleb McCarthy Taylor Newsome Sarah Nicoara Avery Owen Abigail Parasca Amelia Pattillo

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Alyssa Perry Emily Pilarte Grace Rivord Aziza Russell Emi Sandy Kinzy Sjogren Timothy Stancea Zachary Stancea Daniel Stepansky Joshua Tacu Katherine Vick Sydney Wong

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DEC 16/17 | program AtlantaSymphonyOrchestra Robert Spano, Music Director Donald Runnicles, Principal Guest Conductor Coca-Cola Holiday Concert | Delta POPS! Concert The Coca-Cola Holiday Concerts are presented by

A Very Merry Holiday POPS!

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


Friday, Dec. 16. 2016 at 8:00pm, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, at 2:00pm, and Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, at 8:00pm

Festival Fanfare for Christmas JOHN WASSON The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra POPS! Series is presented by

“It’s the Most Wonderful” Time of the Year

EDWARD POLA & GEORGE WYLE (arr. David T. Clydesdale)

“I’ll Be Home For Christmas”

WALTER KENT & KIM GANNON (arr. Mark Hayes)

“Have Yourself a Merry HUGH MARTIN & Little Christmas” RALPH BLANE from Meet Me in St. Louis (orch. Conrad Salinger) (restored by Derek Greten-Harrison) This Is Chanukah


White Christmas Overture

IRVING BERLIN (orch. Larry Blank)

“Snow” from White Christmas IRVING BERLIN (orch. Larry Blank) 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.

“Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep” from White Christmas

IRVING BERLIN (orch. Larry Blank)

“White Christmas”

IRVING BERLIN (orch. Larry Blank)

“I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” from White Christmas

IRVING BERLIN (orch. Larry Blank)

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20 MIN

“Unto Us” (Isaiah 9)

LARRY & LISA BRYANT (orch. Mark Cumberland)

“Go Tell It On The Mountain”

TRADITIONAL (arr. Kenneth Louis)

“Infant Holy, Infant Lowly” from Great Joy: A Gospel Christmas

TRADITIONAL (arr. McElroy, Joubert & Floyd)

“Little Bolero Boy”


“Winter Wonderland”


“Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”


“My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music

RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN II (orch. Robert Russell Bennett)

Christmas Sing-Along

TRADITIONAL (arr. John Finnegan)

“O Holy Night!”

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DEC 16/17 | artists DAVID CHARLES ABELL, conductor



orn in North Carolina, raised in Philadelphia and Chicago, and now residing in London, David Charles Abell conducts musical theatre, opera, symphonic music and pops in equal measure. Seen on television worldwide leading the Les Misérables 10th and 25th Anniversary concerts, David also conceived and conducted the Sondheim 80th birthday celebration at the BBC Proms. Last season, he made his English National Opera debut with Sweeney Todd starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson. His London West End credits include Show Boat, Martin Guerre and the world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies - The Phantom Story Continues. He recently conducted two productions of his new critical edition of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate. David conducted Porgy and Bess for Cincinnati and Cape Town Operas and maintains an active opera career in Europe and the US. Recent engagements include La Cenerentola at Munich’s Cuvilléstheater, Carmen in Kansas City and Kevin Puts’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night for two US companies. In concert, David has conducted most of the major British orchestras, notably the London Symphony for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympics. With the London Philharmonic, he conducted Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 as live accompaniment to the classic film Brief Encounter. International credits include the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, West Australian Symphony and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. In the US, he has appeared with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, New York Pops and Philly Pops, among others. A particular passion is the music of his mentor Leonard Bernstein. David has conducted several productions of West Side Story, Candide and Mass, all of which he helped to edit during the last years of Bernstein’s life. NIKKI RENÉE DANIELS, vocalist



ikki Renée Daniels is currently appearing on Broadway as Nabulungi in The Book Of Mormon. Other Broadway credits include Clara in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Fantine in Les Miserablés, Anything Goes, Promises, Promises, Nine, The Look of Love, Aida and Lestat. She made her New York City Opera debut as Clara in Porgy and Bess. Nikki played the featured role of Tracy in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and has been seen Off-Broadway as Martha Jefferson in 1776 at Encores! and as Satin in Grind at the York Theater Company. Regional credits include The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Clara) at the American Repertory Theater, Caroline or Change (Emmie) at the Guthrie, Ray Charles Live! (Della B.) at Pasadena Playhouse, Anything Goes (Hope Harcourt) at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Beauty and the Beast (Belle) at Sacramento Music Circus and American Musical Theater of San Jose, and Ragtime (Sarah) at North Shore Music Theatre. Film/Television: The Other Woman, “The Sound of Music: Live,” and “Chappelle’s Show”. Nikki has performed as a soloist with symphony orchestras across the country, in San Francisco, Houston, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Naples and at Carnegie Hall. Her debut 58 | @AtlantaSymphony |

CD “Home” is available on iTunes and For more information please visit Twitter and Instagram: @nikkireneesings. HUGH PANARO, vocalist


ugh is best known for having played the coveted role of the Phantom in Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera over 2,000 times, including the 25th Anniversary production. In fact, Hugh is one of the few actors to be cast by Harold Prince as both The Phantom and Raoul in the show’s Broadway production.

Hugh made his Broadway debut in the original production of Les Misérables as Marius, the role he originated in the First National company. He went on to originate roles in Side Show, The Red Shoes, Martin Guerre and the title role in Elton John’s Lestat for which he received an Outer Critics Circle Award Nomination. He made his West End debut in the original London company of Harold Prince’s Show Boat as Gaylord Ravenal, the role he had previously played in the Broadway and Toronto productions. Off Broadway Hugh has performed in What’s A Nice Country Like You...Doing In A State Like This, White Lies, Michael Frank’s Noa Noa, and Michael John LaChiusa’s Little Fish. Regionally, Hugh’s performances as Jean Valjean earned him the prestigious Barrymore Award and the St. Louis Theater Circle Award. In 2012, Hugh was honored with the Edwin Forrest Award for his long-term contribution to the theater. As a concert artist, Hugh has performed with major symphony orchestras all over the world and had the privilege of performing in the world premiere of Penderecki’s Te Deum at Carnegie Hall. Panaro was a guest soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic, conducted by the late Marvin Hamlisch and toured Europe with the legendary Barbra Streisand. Hugh can be heard on numerous recordings including the original cast recording of Side Show (SONY Records) and Dreamworks’ animated feature film “The Prince of Egypt,” among others and is currently working on his first solo CD. ALL-CITY HIGH SCHOOL CHORUS, Kevin Hill, Director


ll-City High School Chorus is composed of students from: Benjamin E. Mays High School, Cambridge High School, Drew Charter School, Grady High School, Inman Middle School, North Atlanta High School and The Galloway School. KEVIN HILL has spent almost two decades as a music educator and choral conductor in the state of Georgia. He began his teaching career as Choral Director at Rome High School and Rome Middle School from 1995-2000. He is currently in his fifteenth year as Choral Director at Grady High School. While at Grady, his choirs have consistently scored superior ratings performance evaluations. Under his direction, the Choirs of Grady have traveled to France and England performing in Bath Abbey, Gloucester Cathedral, and the American Church in Paris. Domestically, his choirs have performed throughout the Metro-Atlanta area as well as at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. Mr. Hill holds a Master of Choral Conducting from Georgia State University and a Bachelor’s in Music Education from Shorter College. He is an active member of Georgia Music Educator’s Association. | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 59

DEC 16/17 | artists In addition to directing the Grady Choruses and the All-City Chorus, Kevin enjoys directing music at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Grant Park and playing guitar, bass, and percussion with the folk/bluegrass band, The Paulines. He lives in Grant Park with his wife, Elizabeth Hill and their twin sons, Emerson and Carter.

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On Nov. 2 we were pleased to unveil the Betty Gage Holland Loge, in recognition of her ongoing support and love of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Thanks to her many generous contributions, the Orchestra will continue to make great music for the Atlanta community for years to come.

The newest release from ASO media is now available on iTunes, Amazon and in the Symphony Store. Jonathan Leshnoff’s Zohar and Symphony No. 2 (“Innerspace”), featuring the Orchestra, Chorus, Music Director Robert Spano, Director of Choruses Norman Mackenzie, soprano Jessica Rivera and baritone Nmon Ford, highlights music’s unique ability to transport us to places that would otherwise be impossible to go.

When you purchase an origami ornament or Christmas tree from the Symphony Store, you are taking home a special handcrafted treasure. Every holiday season, Roswell native Sachiko Kogure creates the origami pieces out of vintage Atlanta Symphony Orchestra sheet music. If you look closely, you can see the musicians’ pencil marks and annotations from the hours of rehearsal and performance. Sachiko is a lifelong classical piano student and music lover so the ornaments are close to her heart. “Touching and working with real sheet music is very special to me,” she said. “I love connecting people with the ASO musicians and their music in this way.” Stop by the Symphony Store to take home one of these unique pieces for you and your family to enjoy for years to come. THE SYMPHONY STORE is open Thu-Sun: 12-5 before, during and after ASO concerts, and just in time for the holidays you can now| shop at THE SYMPHONY STORE online at 62 | @AtlantaSymphony



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DEC 20/21 | program AtlantaSymphonyOrchestra Robert Spano, Music Director Donald Runnicles, Principal Guest Conductor Michael Krajewski, Principal Pops Conductor Coca-Cola Holiday Concert | Delta POPS! Concert 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.

Cirque de la Symphonie Friday, Dec. 20, 2016, at 8:00pm, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2016, at 2:00pm and Saturday, Dec. 21, 2016, at 8:00pm JOSEPH YOUNG, Conductor BETTY CANTRELL, vocalist JANICE MARTIN, violin ALEXANDER STRELTSOV, aerial artist CHRISTINE VAN LOO, gymnast JAROSLAW MARCINIAK, hand-balancing

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra POPS! Series is presented by

DARIUSZ WRONSKI, hand-balancing VLADIMIR TSARKOV, mime and juggler ELENA TSARKOVA, gymnast VITALII BUZA, gymnast

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.

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DRAGON “Deck the Halls” ARKENSTONE “Snowdance” Christine Van Loo – Aerial Silks ANDERSON

Sleigh Ride Vladimir Tsarkov – Juggling Rings

LOPEZ & ANDERSON-LOPEZ “Let It Go” from Frozen (Arr. Ricketts) Betty Cantrell - Vocalist RESPIGHI-ROSSINI

“Tarantella” from The Magic Toy Shop Alexander Streltsov – Spinning Cube

MARTIN, BUTLER & HOLMES A Christmas Medley Janice Martin – Violin WALDTEUFEL

Skater’s Waltz Elena Tsarkova –Contortion/Dance


Rocket Sleigh Vitalii Buza – Aerial Straps


Little Bolero Boy Jarek & Darek – Strength & Hand-Balance


Polar Express Suite


The Four Seasons-L’inverno (Winter) I. Allegro non molto The Four Seasons-L’inverno (Winter) III. Allegro Janice Martin – Aerial Violinist


“White Christmas” Betty Cantrell - Vocalist

KANDER (Arr. Ricketts)

Music from Chicago Vladimir & Elena Tsarkov – Quick Change


“Danse des Bouffons” from The Snow Maiden Vitalii Buza – Cyr Wheel


“Trépak” from The Nutcracker Vladimir Tsarkov – Juggling Batons


“I Saw Three Ships”


“Waltz of the Flowers” from Nutcracker, Op. 71 Alexander Streltsov & Christine Van Loo (aerial duo)


Christmas (A Medley of Well-Known Carols) Betty Cantrell, joined by Cirque de la Symphonie cast | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 65

DEC 20/21 | artists JOSEPH YOUNG, conductor



ncreasingly recognized as “one of the most gifted conductors of his generation,” Joseph Young is currently the Assistant Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. In his role, Young conducts more than 50 concerts per season with the Orchestra, which include programs on the Delta Classical Series, Concerts for Young People and Family Series and various other concerts geared towards specific audiences in the community. Young also serves as the Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, where he is the driving force behind the ensemble’s artistic growth. Previous appointments have included Resident Conductor of the Phoenix Symphony, where he made his subscription debut in the 2011/12 season, and the League of American Orchestras Conducting Fellow with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Baltimore Symphony.

Young made his major American orchestral debut in January 2008 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and has since appeared with the Saint Louis Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Bamberger Symphoniker, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, Orquesta Sinfonica y Coro de RTVE (Madrid), and Chicago Sinfonietta, among others. In the 2015/16 season he made his subscription debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The 2016/17 season includes debuts with the Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra (Mexico), New World Symphony Orchestra, and Fayetteville Symphony; he will also return to the Orquesta Sinfonica y Coro de RTVE (Madrid), Little Orchestra Society and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in subscription performances. Young is a recipient of the 2015 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award for young conductors, an award he also won in 2008, and 2014. In 2013, Joseph was a Semi-finalist in the Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition (Bamberg, Germany). In 2011, he was one out of six conductors featured in the League of American Orchestras’ prestigious Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, hosted by the Louisiana Philharmonic. Young earned his bachelor’s degree in music education at the University of South Carolina, and completed graduate studies with Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar at the Peabody Conservatory in 2009, earning an artist’s diploma in conducting. He has been mentored by many world-renowned conductors including Jorma Panula, Robert Spano, and Marin Alsop, with whom he continues to maintain a close relationship. CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE


irque de la Symphonie is an exciting production designed to bring the magic of cirque to the music hall. It is an elegant adaptation of some of the most amazing cirque acts performed on a stage shared with the full symphony orchestra, showcasing many of the best artists in the world. The audience is thrilled and bedazzled by aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers and strongmen. These accomplished veterans include world record holders, gold-medal winners of international competitions, Olympians and some of the most original talent ever seen. Each performance is perfectly choreographed to classical masterpieces, raising cirque artistry to a fine arts level. Adding a stunning visual element to the concert experience, these aerialists and acrobats provide a threedimensional entertainment extravaganza. Orchestras play with enhanced enthusiasm,

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DEC 20/21 | artists while patrons marvel at the jaw-dropping spectacle of aerialists flying overhead and astonishing acrobatic feats. Fusing the power and majesty of the live orchestra with the best of cirque artistry, Cirque de la Symphonie is the only cirque company in the world that performs exclusively with symphony orchestras. Over one hundred orchestras worldwide have featured Cirque de la Symphonie in sold-out venues, adding energy and excitement to the concert experience. Join us on Facebook and explore our website for images, video, schedule, reviews, and more: Alexander Streltsov is a Russian aerial artist who started working with famed cirque choreographer Pavel Brun and producer Valentin Gneushev when he was only twelve, performing on Broadway at the Gershwin Theater. The same year he won the gold medal in the competition among international cirque artists at the prestigious Festival Mondial Du Cirque De L’Avenir in Paris. His combination of natural strength, artistic expression, and grace sets his performance apart from other aerialists. Also known as “Sasha,” he has performed for three Russian presidents and the Bolshoi Ballet, numerous symphonies in the US and Europe, and elaborate theater and stage productions worldwide. He has made many television appearances, such as the star-studded ABC-TV special “Christopher Reeve – A Celebration of Hope” and the PBS nationwide broadcast of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Fourth of July Celebration. He continues to be a favorite at music halls, where he soars out over the audience in a spectacular display of aerial artistry or when he sets his riveting spinning cube act in motion. Christine Van Loo is a seven-time consecutive National Champion, Female Olympic Athlete of the Year, and Athlete of the Decade in acrobatic gymnastics. She was inducted into the USSA (acro-gymnastics) Hall of Fame and the World Acrobatics Society Gallery of Honor. As a professional aerialist and acrobat she has performed in the 2002 Winter Olympics, at two Grammy Awards (with No Doubt and with Ricky Martin), at the American Music Awards (with Aerosmith), the Miss Universe pageant, and Paul McCartney’s European tour. She was a trainer and performer with NBC’s Celebrity Circus, and she choreographed the aerials for Britney Spears World Tour and the Stars on Ice US tour. Christine provides spellbinding performances of aerial silks, rope, lira, and trapeze with Cirque de la Symphonie. When not performing, she teaches aerial skills at her beautiful aerial retreat in Costa Rica, Airborne Arts. The mind-boggling strength and agility of Jarek and Darek’s “Duo Design” provides one of the most powerful acts to be included in Cirque de la Symphonie’s captivating program. This dynamic and exciting balancing act consists of Jaroslaw Marciniak and Dariusz Wronski, former Polish national hand-balancing champions. They have competed and performed throughout Europe and the United States, winning championships in Evian, France and Sarasota, Florida. Over the past few years, these prolific performers have thrilled audiences at several NBA halftimes, Cirque du Soleil, Circus Circus, Busch Gardens, and the national tour of Cirque Ingenieux. Their Cirque de la Symphonie performances have left audiences stunned and amazed at music halls everywhere. Vladimir Tsarkov provides a spellbinding performance with combinations of mime and juggling feats. A favorite of the younger members of the audiences, Vladimir’s Red Harlequin act features rings, balls, and 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 68 | @AtlantaSymphony |

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DEC 20/21 | artists Cirque de la Symphonie performances. Vladimir graduated from Russia’s prestigious State College of Circus and Theater Arts and won the gold medal at the Cirque de Demain International Festival in France. His performance with the symphony is pure entertainment and guaranteed to please audiences of all ages. 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 her “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 has made her a major star with Cirque de la Mur in Florida and Circus Circus in Las Vegas. Elena’s experience with many major stage and theater productions offers a professional background that allows for a truly unforgettable performance with the live symphony. The “Lady in White” provides an elegant touch to Cirque de la Symphonie. 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 such as Donald Trump, Russell Simmons, P-Diddy and Shaquille O’Neal and corporate events for major companies such as Microsoft, Formula1, Mercedes Benz, and Cirque du Soleil. Vitalii excels in multiple cirque acts, such as duo hand-balancing, straps, Cyr wheel, spinning cube, Chinese pole and the Russian bar. Janice Martin is a brilliant classical solo violinist, who brings multiple talents to Cirque de la Symphonie. A Juilliard School of Music standout, she has won competitions such 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 as well. This “supergirl” may be 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. Janice has been a solo artist with many orchestras around the world, but her performances with Cirque de la Symphonie add another dimension to the live concert, as she singlehandedly fuses cirque with symphony.

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DEC 20/21 | artists Baciliky Andris “Betty” Cantrell is an American beauty pageant titleholder from Warner Robins, Georgia, who was crowned Miss Georgia 2015. On Sept. 13, 2015, she was crowned Miss America 2016, and she is the first Miss Georgia to be crowned Miss America since 1953. Capitalizing on her vocal abilities as a first soprano, Betty won both pageants with her powerful operatic solo in the talent competition, singing the aria “Tu? Tu? Piccolo Iddio!” from Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly. As reigning Miss America, Betty has participated in the Country Music Association Awards, the 43rd Annual American Music Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards and the 2016 Billboard Music Awards. Based on her acclaimed performances in competitions and pageants, she is now a sought-after vocalist nationwide, and her future includes the promise of a recording contract, along with the possibilities of an opera or musical theater singing career.

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he Orchestra donor list includes all donations made since June 1, 2015. This list represents those among us who have been transformed by music, whether during one evening or over the course of a lifetime. Those among us who understand the Orchestra’s role in providing music education across our schools, enhancing our quality of life and being a beacon of Atlanta’s cultural sophistication for the entire world. On behalf of your Atlanta Symphony Orchestra – musicians, volunteers, and staff – we thank you for playing such an important part in the music we work so passionately to create and share. Bravo!


Delta Air Lines, Inc. The Kendeda Fund


Mrs. Anne Cox Chambers


Lettie Pate Evans Foundation, Inc. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

1180 Peachtree Bank of America The Coca-Cola Company Estate of Polly and Roger Hallock The Home Depot Foundation

Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation Amy W. Norman Charitable Foundation Estate Dr. Shirley E. Rivers Wells Fargo

Susan & Richard Anderson

Susan & Thomas Wardell


The Graves Foundation

The Zeist Foundation


Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation Kaiser Permanente National Endowment for the Arts

Ann Marie & John B White, Jr.* Charlie and Dorothy Yates Family Fund


*We are grateful to these donors for taking the extra time to acquire matching gifts from their employers. **Deceased.

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ASO | support Appassionato Donors who give to the Annual Fund at the Appassionato level ($10,000 - $24,999) enjoy the benefits of the Patron Partnership, while also having opportunities receive VIP personal ticketing and reservation concierge, exclusive access to artists’ events, and recognition as a concert sponsor.

$25,000+ Madeline & Howell E. Adams, Jr. The Antinori Foundation The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Mary & John Brock Connie & Merrell Calhoun City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Mr. & Mrs. Bradley Currey, Jr. Catherine Warren Dukehart Ms. Lynn Eden Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta Betty Sands Fuller Fulton County Arts Council Mr. Judah S. Gudelsky Lucy R. & Gary Lee, Jr. Harris Miller & Deborah Kahn The Charles Loridans Foundation, Inc. Massey Charitable Trust Terence L. & Jeanne P. Neal* One Museum Place Victoria & Howard Palefsky Porsche Cars North America, Inc. Publix Super Market Charities Ryder Truck Rental, Inc. Bill & Rachel Schultz* Mrs. William A. Schwartz Southern Company Gas Mrs. Charles A. Smithgall, Jr. Surdna Foundation The Mark & Evelyn Trammell Foundation The UPS Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Edus H. Warren, Jr. WestRock Mrs. Sue S. Williams

$17,500+ A Friend of the Symphony CBH International, Inc. The Jim Cox, Jr. Foundation The Roy & Janet Dorsey Foundation Caroline & Joe O’Donnell Sunny Park The Sally & Peter Parsonson Foundation

Patrick & Susie Viguerie Mark & Rebekah Wasserman Adair & Dick White

$15,000+ Keith Adams & Kerry Heyward Kelley O. & Neil H. Berman Mr. & Mrs. Frank H. Boykin The John & Rosemary Brown Family Foundation The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation Wright & Alison Caughman Clark & Ruby Baker Foundation Russell Currey & Amy Durrell Harry & Wendy Cynkus Cari Dawson & John Sparrow William M. Graves Jason & Carey Guggenheim/ Boston Consulting Group Clay & Jane Jackson Ann A. & Ben F. Johnson III* James H. Landon Donna Lee & Howard Ehni Karole & John Lloyd Meghan & Clarke Magruder Ken & Carolyn Meltzer Mr. & Mrs. Solon P. Patterson* Mr. & Mrs. E. Fay Pearce, Jr.* Dr.** & Mrs. Mark P. Pentecost, Jr. Piedmont National Family Foundation Patty & Doug Reid Betsy & Lee Robinson Mr. & Mrs. James A. Rubright Janine Brown & Alex J. Simmons, Jr. Jeffrey Sprecher & Kelly Loeffler Loren & Gail Starr Triska Drake & G. Kimbrough Taylor, Jr. Alison & Joe Thompson Trapp Family John & Ray Uttenhove Kathy N. Waller


Allstate Alston & Bird Julie & Jim Balloun Jennifer Barlament & Kenneth Potsic Mr. & Mrs. Paul J. Blackney Alexandra & Brett Blumencranz Mr. David Boatwright The Breman Foundation, Inc. The Walter & Frances Bunzl Foundation City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs John W. Cooledge In honor of Norman Mackenzie by Janet Davenport Drs. Jeannette Guarner & Carlos del Rio Marcia & John Donnell Eleanor & Charles Edmondson Georgia-Pacific Foundation Georgia Power Foundation The Robert Hall Gunn, Jr. Fund Ms. Jeannie Hearn Mr. & Mrs. Douglas J. Hertz Roya & Bahman Irvani Kirk & Kim Jamieson Sarah & Jim Kennedy Mr.** & Mrs.** Donald Keough Kimberly-Clark Corporation King & Spalding Mr. Louis G. Lane Pat & Nolan Leake Lenox Square a Simon Mall John F. & Marilyn M. McMullan Suzanne & Bill Plybon* Ms. Nancy Field & Mr. Michael Schulder Joyce & Henry Schwob June & John Scott Mr. John A. Sibley III Slumgullion Charitable Fund Dr. Steven & Lynne Steindel* Ticketmaster Turner Foundation, Inc. Chilton & Morgan Varner Mrs. Virginia S. Williams

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ASO | support the patron partnership Members of the Patron Partnership give $2,000–$9,999 to the Annual Fund and enjoy a host of benefits that include invitations to Insiders’ Evenings and Symphony Nightcaps, access to the Robert Shaw Room, and opportunities to sit onstage during a rehearsal.

2016-17 committee Belinda Massafra Chair Kristi Allpere Vice-Chair, Programs Helga Beam Vice-Chair, Annual Fund

June Scott Vice-Chair, Communications & Newsletter Editor Deedee Hamburger Programs Committee Member Judy Hellriegel Annual Fund Committee Member

Cindy Jeness Communications Committee Member Milt Shlapak Member-at-Large Sally Parsonson Communications Committee Member

Peter Stelling Programs Committee Member Jonne Walter Annual Fund Committee Member Marcia Watt Communications Committee Member


Peter & Vivian de Kok Ms. Diane Durgin Betty W. Dykes Mr. Richard H. Delay & Dr. Francine D. Dykes Dr. & Mrs. Carl D. Fackler Ellen & Howard Feinsand Mr. & Mrs. Richard Goodsell Sally W. Hawkins James & Bridget Horgan Mr. Roger Hudguns Mrs. James M. Hund Tad & Janin Hutcheson Baxter Jones & Jiong Yan Cecile M. Jones Paul & Rosthema Kastin George H. Lanier Mr. & Mrs. J. Hicks Lanier/The Sartain Lanier Family Foundation, Inc. Isabel Lamy Lee Peg & Jim Lowman Loews Atlanta Hotel Lubo Fund Belinda & Gino Massafra Mr. & Mrs. Brian F. McCarthy Mary Ruth McDonald* Walter W. Mitchell Morgens West Foundation Ms. Suzanne E. Mott Dansby

Franca G. Oreffice Donald S. Orr & Marcia K. Knight Margaret H. Petersen In Memory of Dr. Frank S. Pittman III The Hellen Ingram Plummer Charitable Foundation, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Joel F. Reeves Vicki & Joe Riedel S.A. Robinson Ms. Susan Robinson & Ms. Mary Roemer John T. Ruff Shipt Beverly & Milton Shlapak Gerald & Nancy Silverboard Hamilton & Mason Smith Amy & Paul Snyder Peter James Stelling Mrs. C. Preston Stephens John & Yee-Wan Stevens Lou & Dick Stormont Edward & Jean Stroetz Burton Trimble Drs. Jonne & Paul Walter Robert Wenger & Susan Carney Joan N. Whitcomb Thomas E. Whitesides, Jr. M.D. Suzanne Bunzl Wilner


Aadu & Kristi Allpere* Rita & Herschel Bloom Cobb EMC Community Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Ronald M. Cofield Sally & Carl Gable Deedee & Marc Hamburger* Robert & Sherry Johnson Dr. & Mrs. James O. Wells, Jr. Russell Williamson & Shawn Pagliarini

$5,000+ A Friend of the Symphony - 5 Mr. & Mrs. John Allan Asad Bashey Jack & Helga Beam Bell Family Foundation for Hope, Inc. Natalie & Matthew Bernstein Jacqueline A. & Joseph E. Brown, Jr. Patricia & William Buss Mr. & Mrs. Russell E. Butner Mr. & Mrs. Dennis M. Chorba Ruth & Mark Coan William & Patricia Cook Thomas G. Cousins

A Friend of the Symphony - 4 Mrs. Kay Adams* & Mr. Ralph Paulk Ms. Mary Allen William Allgood & Gloria Jones The Hisham & Nawal Araim Foundation Rod & Leslie Aycox Dr. Evelyn R. Babey Dr. & Mrs. David Bakken Dr. & Mrs. Joel E. Berenson Shirley Blaine Leon Borchers Martha S. Brewer Margo Brinton & Eldon Park Harriett Brock & Erich Ledermann Dr. & Mrs. Anton J. Bueschen Mrs. Judith D. Bullock Karen & Rod Bunn Drs. Aubrey & Carol Bush Mr. & Mrs. Walter K. Canipe Alison & Chuck Carlin Ms. Julie Chautin Ruth & Mark Coan Susan & Carl Cofer Mr. & Mrs. R. Barksdale Collins

*We are grateful to these donors for taking the extra time to acquire matching gifts from their employers. **Deceased.

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Carol Comstock & Jim Davis* Ralph & Rita Connell Jean & Jerry Cooper Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan J. Davies Mr. Philip A. Delanty Xavier Duralde & Mary Barrett Greg & Debra Durden Dieter Elsner The Elster Foundation Rosi Fiedotin Dr. & Mrs. Richard D. Franco John & Michelle Fuller Representative Pat Gardner & Mr. Jerry Gardner Mary D. Gellerstedt Mary George & Kenneth Molinelli Sally & Walter George Caroline Gilham Mrs. Janet D. Goldstein Carl & Anne Grafton Mrs. Louise Grant Joanne & Alex Gross Mr. & Mrs. George Gunderson* Mr. Gary Guy Harald R. Hansen* John & Martha Head Mr. & Mrs. John E. Hellriegel Kenneth R. Hey Mr.** & Mrs. Jesse Hill, Jr. Sarah & Harvey Hill James & Bridget Horgan Mrs. Sally Horntvedt Harry & Tatty Howard Henry Howell

Dona & Bill Humphreys JoAnn Hall Hunsinger The Hyman Foundation Mary & Wayne James Cynthia Jeness Aaron & Joyce Johnson Mr. W. F. & Dr. Janice Johnston Ann Rollins & James Jose James Kelly Allyson M. Kirkpatrick Mr. & Mrs. Alan M. Knieter Mrs. Jo W. Koch David & Jill Krischer Dr. & Mrs. James T. Laney* Lillian Balentine Law Wolfgang & Mariana Laufer Olivia A. M. Leon Mr. & Mrs. J. David Lifsey Joanne Lincoln Hank Linginfelter Mr. & Mrs. Frederick C. Mabry Barbara & Jim MacGinnitie Elvira & Jay Mannelly Ms. Erin M. Marshall Kay & John T. Marshall Martha & Reynolds McClatchey Mr. & Mrs. Albert S. McGhee Kathryn McGrew Dr. Larry V. McIntire Mr. Justin R. McLain Birgit & David McQueen Virginia K. McTague Anna & Hays Mershon

Judy Zaban-Miller & Lester Miller Rebecca P. Moon Gregory Moore Lilot S. Moorman & Jeffrey B. Bradley Janice & Tom Munsterman Ann A. Nable Melanie & Allan Nelkin Gary & Peggy Noble Charles & Dona O’Brien Mr. & Mrs. Charles O’Brien III Robert & Mary Ann Olive Barbara & Sanford Orkin Peach State Truck Centers Susan Perdew Elise T. Phillips Doris Pidgeon in Memory of Rezin E. Pidgeon, Jr. The Reverend Neal P. Ponder, Jr. Tom and Mary Quigley Mrs. Susan H. Reinach Mr. & Mrs. Richard L. Rodgers Mr. & Mrs. George P. Rodrigue The Gary W. Rollins Foundation Jane & Rein Saral Nancy & Henry Shuford Helga Hazelrig Siegel Baker & Debby Smith Johannah Smith Barry & Gail Spurlock Mr. & Mrs. Raymond F. Stainback, Jr.

Kay & Alex Summers Mr. & Mrs. Stephen B. Swartz Elliott & Elaine Tapp George & Amy Taylor Judith & Mark K. Taylor Mrs. William J. Thompson Carol & Ramon Tomé Family Fund Sheila L. Tschinkel Wayne & Lee Harper Vason Frank Vinicor, M.D. Vogel Family Foundation Alan & Marcia Watt* Dr. Nanette K. Wenger David & Martha West Mr. & Mrs. Peter L. Whitcup Hubert H. Whitlow, Jr. Mrs. Frank L. Wilson, Jr. Mary Lou Wolff Mr. & Mrs. M. Beattie Wood Mr. & Mrs. John C. Yates Camille Yow

atlanta symphony associates The volunteer organization of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

2016-17 ASA Board of Directors Karen Bunn President Belinda Massafra Advisor Bunny Davidson Secretary

Jonathan Brown Treasurer Sylvia Davidson Nominating Chair Ann Levin Membership VP

Nancy Janet Communication & Marketing VP Josh Cochran & Emily Hampton Bravo! Unit Chairs

Martha & John Head Concerto Unit Chairs Joan Abernathy Encore Unit Chair Alison Mimms & JoAnn Rieger Ensemble Unit Chairs | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 77

ASO | support henry sopkin circle Recognizing planned gifts that benefit the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Named for the Orchestra’s founding Music Director, the Henry Sopkin Circle recognizes individuals who have included the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in their will or estate plans. Members enjoy special events and benefits throughout the season, including the Annual Henry Sopkin Circle Luncheon. Anonymous (21) Madeline & Howell E. Adams, Jr. Mr.** & Mrs. John E. Aderhold Mr. & Mrs. William Atkins Dr. & Mrs. William Bauer Neil H. Berman Mr.** & Mrs. Sol Blaine W. Moses Bond Mr.** & Mrs. Robert C. Boozer Elinor A. Breman James C. Buggs Mr. & Mrs.** Richard H. Burgin Hugh W. Burke Patricia & William Buss Wilber W. Caldwell Mr. & Mrs. C. Merrell Calhoun Cynthia & Donald Carson Lenore Cicchese* Margie & Pierce** Cline Dr. & Mrs. Grady S. Clinkscales, Jr. Robert Boston Colgin Dr. John W. Cooledge John R. Donnell Pamela Johnson Drummond Catherine Warren Dukehart Ms. Diane Durgin Kenneth P. Dutter Arnold & Sylvia Eaves Mr. & Mrs. Robert G. Edge Elizabeth R. Etoll Brien P. Faucett Dr. Emile T. Fisher A. D. Frazier, Jr. Nola Frink Betty & Drew** Fuller Sally & Carl Gable

William & Carolyn Gaik Mr.** & Mrs. L. L. Gellerstedt, Jr. Ruth Gershon & Sandy Cohn Micheline & Bob Gerson Mr. & Mrs. John T. Glover Robert Hall Gunn, Jr. Fund Billie & Sig** Guthman James & Virginia Hale Sally & Paul** Hawkins John & Martha Head Mary Virginia Hearn** Barbara & John** Henigbaum Richard E. Hodges, Jr. Pat & Chuck Holmes Mr.** & Mrs. Fred A. Hoyt, Jr. Jim** & Barbara Hund Clayton F. Jackson Mary B. James Calvert Johnson Herb** & Hazel Karp Anne Morgan & Jim Kelley Robert Kinsey James W. & Mary Ellen** Kitchell Paul Kniepkamp, Jr. Miss Florence Kopleff** James H. Landon Ouida Hayes Lanier Ione & John Lee Lucy Russell Lee & Gary Lee, Jr. Mr.** & Mrs. William C. Lester Liz & Jay** Levine Robert M. Lewis, Jr. Joanne Lincoln Jane Little** Mrs. J. Erskine Love, Jr. Nell Galt & Will D. Magruder

K Maier John W. Markham Linda & John Matthews Dr. Michael S. McGarry John & Clodagh Miller Mr. & Mrs. Bertil D. Nordin Amy W. Norman Roger B. Orloff Dr. Bernard** & Sandra Palay Sally & Pete Parsonson Dan R. Payne Bill Perkins Mr.** & Mrs. Rezin E. Pidgeon, Jr. Reverend Neal P. Ponder, Jr. William L. & Lucia Fairlie Pulgram 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 June & John Scott Dr. & Mrs. George P. Sessions Charles H. Siegel** Hamilton & Mason Smith Mrs. Lessie B. Smithgall Elliott Sopkin Elizabeth Morgan Spiegel Gail & Loren Starr Peter James Stelling C. Mack** & Mary Rose Taylor Jennings Thompson IV Margaret** & Randolph** Thrower

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Kenneth & Kathleen Tice Mr. H. Burton Trimble, Jr. Steven R. Tunnell Mary E. Van Valkenburgh Adair & Dick White Mr. & Mrs. John B. White, Jr. Hubert H. Whitlow, Jr. Sue & Neil** Williams Mrs. Frank L. Wilson, Jr. Joni Winston George & Camille Wright Mr.** & Mrs.** Charles R. Yates **Deceased

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1,500,000 Each year the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra reaches more than

70,000 students and families

Talent Development Program, Music for the Very Young, Family Concert Series and Family Days at the Woodruff Arts Center.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has introduced more than


BY T H E N U M B E R S PRICELESS: generous support of donors & sponsors The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs more than

150 concerts each year.

Talent Development Program students who have gone on to major in music >


More than


students in grades eight to twelve have been members of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra since its founding in 1974.

children in Georgia to

The Atlanta Youth Symphony (predecessor to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra) performed its first concert on February 2, with Music Director Henry Sopkin.

through an array of programming, including Concerts for Young People, The Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra,


Music Directors who have led the Orchestra

symphonic music through Concerts for Young People since 1954.



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Music and More The Robert Shaw Room — a special place to converse with fellow music lovers, meet the Orchestra Musicians or simply enjoy a cocktail with old and new friends! The Robert Shaw Room, the VIP Donor Lounge and Dining Room, is open for cocktails and dinner prior to Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performances in Atlanta Symphony Hall, as well as for cocktails and complimentary coffee during intermission. Open to donors of $2,500 and above. | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 81

musicians’ endowment Robert Spano, John B. White, Jr., Co-Chairs The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is very happy to announce that we have surpassed our $25 Million Musicians’ Endowment Campaign goal, nearly two years ahead of schedule. A special thanks to The Delta Air Lines Foundation for their generous pledge of $2.5 Million, along with all of the generous individuals, foundations and corporations listed below, who helped the Orchestra achieve this critically important milestone. The Musicians’ Endowment will permanently endow 11 positions in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and strengthen our foundation to ensure that the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra remains a strong cultural presence in the Atlanta community for generations to come.

The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation Betty Gage Holland Anonymous, in honor of Betty Fuller Anonymous, in honor of Terence L. Neal Connie & Merrell Calhoun

The Delta Air Lines Foundation Sally & Carl Gable Wilbur & Hilda Glenn Family Foundation Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation

Estate of Cora Nunnally Miller

Mr. & Mrs. Solon P. Patterson

Betty & Robert Balentine Patty & Doug Reid Estate of Michael McDowell The Antinori Foundation The Besse Johnson & George Blanton Allen Foundation Mrs. Hugh M. Chapman Marty & John Gillin

The Kendeda Fund Lucy R. & Gary Lee, Jr. Thalia & Michael C. Carlos Foundation The UPS Foundation Wells Fargo

Clay & Jane Jackson Mr. & Mrs. Wyatt T. Johnson Massey Charitable Trust The Fred & Sue McGehee Family Charitable Fund The Sumgullion Charitable Fund

David, Helen & Marian Woodward Fund Mark & Evelyn Trammell Foundation Powell Charitable Trust Susan & Tom Wardell Sue Williams

Mrs. Azira Hill Joyce & Henry Schwob Brenda & Charles Moseley Mr. John A. Sibley III Victoria & Howard Palefsky Chilton & Morgan Varner

The Vasser Woolley Foundation, Inc.

The Roy & Janet Dorsey Foundation The Robert S. Elster Foundation

Don Carson Dr. John Cooledge Nancy D. Gould Elizabeth J. Levine

Bill & Rachel Schultz The Trapp Family Mr. & Mrs. Edus H. Warren, Jr.

Jan & Gus Bennett Terri & Jim Coil D. D. Conrad Arnika & Stephen Dawkins Dr. & Mrs. Carl D. Fackler

Mr. & Mrs. Richard K. Hines V Pat & Nolan Leake Dr. & Mrs. William M. McClatchey Mr. & Mrs. John W. Scott

Estate of Chip Siegel Dr. Steven & Lynne Steindel Mr. & Mrs. Mason W. Stephenson Liz & Mike Troy

Mr. & Mrs. John Allen Mr. & Mrs. William B. Fryer Mr. & Mrs. Robert D. Hays

Lynn & Galen Oelkers Margo Brinton & Eldon Park The Sally & Peter Parsonson Foundation

Mr. & Mrs. John C. Staton, Jr. Adair & Dick White

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THE WOODRUFF CIRCLE Woodruff Circle members each contribute more than $250,000 annually to support 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 38 partners who lead our efforts to ensure the arts thrive in our community.


$500,000+ A Friend of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (2) The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Bank of America Chick-fil-A Foundation / Rhonda and Dan Cathy Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. The Home Depot Foundation The Marcus Foundation, Inc.

Spray Foundation, Inc. SunTrust Foundation SunTrust Bank Teammates and The SunTrust Trusteed Foundations: Florence C. and Harry L. English Memorial Fund Thomas Guy Woolford Charitable Trust

Terra Foundation for American Art Wells Fargo

$400,000+ Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation The Douglas J. Hertz Family PwC, Partners & Employees

Patty and Doug Reid The Rich Foundation The Sara Giles Moore Foundation

$300,000+ Mr. and Mrs. C. Merrell Calhoun The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Inc. Deloitte, its Partners & Employees Forward Arts Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Keough King & Spalding, Partners & Employees UPS Mr. and Mrs. Edus H. Warren, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Wood

$250,000+ EY, Partners & Employees Invesco Ltd. KPMG LLP, Partners & Employees

Turner wish Foundation

Woodruff Circle & Patron Circle donations made: June 1, 2015 – May 31, 2016 Beauchamp C. Carr Challenge Fund Donors | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 83


A Friend of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra AT&T Georgia-Pacific Corporation Estate of Jeannie Hearn Beth and Tommy Holder Jane and Clayton Jackson Jones Day Foundation & Employees Sarah and Jim Kennedy Lucy R. and Gary Lee, Jr. Estate of Amy Norman Louise S. Sams and Jerome Grilhot Margaret and Terry Stent Tull Charitable Foundation


1180 Peachtree A Friend of the Woodruff Arts Center Alston & Bird LLP The Antinori Foundation / Ron and Susan Antinori BB&T Joe and Alexis Best III The David, Helen & Marian Woodward Fund-Atlanta Equifax, Inc. Fulton County Arts Council The Howell Fund, Inc. Victoria and Howard Palefsky PNC Estate of Shirley Rivers The Sartain Lanier Family Foundation The Shubert Foundation Mrs. Sue Williams


A Friend of the Alliance Theatre HerbertAllen / Allen & Company AmericasMart Atlanta The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Atlanta Foundation Sandra and Dan Baldwin Lucinda W. Bunnen Barbara and Steve Chaddick City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Ann and Jeff Cramer Dan and Merrie Boone Foundation / Dan W. Boone III First Data Corporation Sally and Carl Gable Carol and Paul Garcia Helen C. Griffith Kaiser Permanente Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP Emily and Carl Knobloch Morgens West Foundation National Endowment for the Arts Northern Trust Company The Pittulloch Foundation Margaret and Bob Reiser The Richman Family Foundation Southern Company Gas

Carol and Ramon Tomé Family Fund WestRock Company Woodruff Arts Center Employees


Alexander Babbage, Inc. Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Kathy and Ken Bernhardt Frances B. Bunzl Cisco Edgerton Foundation New American Plays The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. Starr Moore and the James Starr Moore Memorial Foundation North Highland Publix Super Market Charities Mrs. Ruth Magness Rollins Triad Foundation, Inc.


Akris ALPLA Susan and Richard Anderson Assurant Atlanta Braves Birch Communications Kenny and Nancy Blank Bloomberg The Carter’s Charitable Foundation Carolynn Cooper and Pratap Mukharji Crawford & Company Katie and Reade Fahs Ellen and Howard Feinsand The Frances and Beverly DuBose Foundation, Inc. Paul and Kate Gaffney Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence L. Gellerstedt III General Electric Company Genuine Parts Company The Graves Foundation The Hellen Ingram Plummer Charitable Foundation, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Hilton H. Howell, Jr. Karen and Jeb Hughes Isdell Family Foundation Mr. Michael Kaufmann John C. Keller The Mark & Evelyn Trammell Foundation Massey Charitable Trust NCR Foundation Norfolk Southern Corporation One Museum Place Primerica, Inc. R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation Razorfish Regions Bank Mr. and Mrs. Fred Richman Mr. Ferdinand C. Seefried Chip and Sharon Shirley The Shops Buckhead Atlanta

The Patron Circle includes donors who generously made contributions to our FY16 annual funds and/or long-term special projects and endowment funds. Mr. and Mrs. H. Bronson Smith Sara and Paul Steinfeld Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP Target Stores United Distributors, Inc. voestalpine Waffle House Susan and Tom Wardell Elizabeth and Chris Willett Joni Winston


A Friend of the High Museum of Art Kristie and Charles Abney Accenture LLP Ms. Kristin Adams Madeline and Howell Adams, Jr. Allstate Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation Arby’s Foundation, Inc. Arnall Golden Gregory LLP Spring and Tom Asher Atlanta Marriott Marquis AVYVE Axiall Corporation The Balloun Family Juanita and Gregory Baranco Anna and Ed Bastian Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Blackney BNY Mellon Wealth Management Mr. Charles Brady John and Mary Brock John and Rosemary Brown Camp-Younts Foundation The Charles Loridans Foundation, Inc. Bert and Cathy Clark Cobb EMC Community Foundation Cousins Properties Inc. Sherri and Jesse Crawford Creative Industries Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Currey, Jr. Elaine and Erroll Davis Marcia and John Donnell Catherine Warren Dukehart Lynn Eden Brooke and Rod Edmond Emory University Peggy Foreman Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta Charlotte R. Garson Georgia Natural Gas Gertrude and William C. Wardlaw Fund GMT Capital Corporation David and Carolyn Gould Grant Thornton LLP Nancy and Holcombe Green Joy and Tony Greene Judah S. Gudelsky Robert Hall Gunn, Jr. James B. Hannan The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust Heineken USA Virginia Hepner and Malcolm Barnes

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Allison and Ben Hill Holder Construction Infor Global Solutions Jim Cox, Jr. Fund JLL Katie and West Johnson Lori and Bill Johnson Andrea and Boland Jones Mr. and Mrs. Michael L. Keough The Klaus Family Foundation Malinda and David Krantz Lisa & Ron Brill Charitable Trust Karole and John Lloyd Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Mr. and Mrs. Forrest McClain Sally and Allen McDaniel Mr. Harris N. Miller and Ms. Deborah A. Kahn Mueller Water Products, Inc. Terence L. and Jeanne P. Neal Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP Newell Brands Novelis, Inc. Barbara and Sanford Orkin Oscar G. and Elsa S. Mayer Family Foundation Oxford Industries, Inc. John R. Paddock, PhD and Karen M. Schwartz, PhD Vicki and John Palmer Beth and David Park Sally and Pete Parsonson Mrs. Martha Pentecost Mr. and Mrs. Michael Plant Porsche Cars North America Inc. Price Gilbert, Jr. Charitable Fund Printpack PulteGroup, Inc. Quikrete Mr. and Mrs. Peter Quinones Mr. and Mrs. David M. Ratcliffe The Ray M. and Mary Elizabeth Lee Foundation, Inc. Dan and Garnet Reardon Richard Gray Gallery, LLC Rocket Camp Phyllis and Sidney Rodbell Alyson and Greg Rogers Ryder Truck Rental, Inc. Phil Sadler Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. SCANA Energy Bill and Rachel Schultz Mrs. William A. Schwartz Joyce and Henry Schwob The Selig Foundation: Linda & Steve Selig and Cathy & Steve Kuranoff ServiceNow Siemens Smith & Howard, P.C. Mrs. Lessie Smithgall Southwest Airlines Southwire Company

$25,000+ Continued

Karen and John Spiegel Jeffrey Sprecher and Kelly Loeffler State Bank & Trust Company Mr. David Stockert and Ms. Cameron Ives Swarovski Greer and Alex Taylor Sally G. Tomlinson Total Wine & More Transwestern TriMont Real Estate Advisors Troutman Sanders LLP The Vasser Woolley Foundation, Inc. Vontobel Swiss Wealth Advisors AG Walter Clay Hill and Family Foundation Rebekah and Mark Wasserman Rod Westmoreland Joan N. Whitcomb Ann Marie and John B. White, Jr. Susan and John Wieland Loraine P. Williams Wilmington Trust Frances Wood Wilson Foundation, Inc. Diane Wisebram and Edward D. Jewell Estate of Dorothy M. Yates Ellen and John Yates Amy and Todd Zeldin


A Friend of the Alliance Theatre A Friend of the High Museum of Art (3) A Friend of the Woodruff Arts Center ABM Acuity Brands, Inc. Keith Adams and Kerry Heyward Alice S. Powers Irrevocable Trust Alvarez & Marsal Amec Foster Wheeler Yum and Ross Arnold Neal K. Aronson Atlantic American Corporation/Delta Life Insurance Company/ Gray Television Atlantic Capital Bank Atlantic Trust Company Barbara and Ron Balser Bank of North Georgia/ Synovus Financial Corp Lisa and Joe Bankoff Susan R. Bell and Patrick M. Morris Kelly O. and Neil H. Berman Nancy and Phil Binkow Stan and Laura Blackburn The Blanche Lipscomb Foundation Stephanie Blank BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia Missy and Roland Boney Susan V. Booth and Max Leventhal

The Boston Consulting Group Jim and Lisa Boswell Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Boykin Breman Foundation, Inc. Brown & Brown Insurance, Inc. Janine Brown and Alex J. Simmons, Jr. Bryan Cave Burr & Forman LLP Ms. Mary Cahill and Mr. Rory Murphy The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation The Casey-Slade Group, Merrill Lynch Mr. and Mrs. Jefrrey S. Cashdan Wright and Alison Caughman CBH International, Inc. Center Family Foundation The Chatham Valley Foundation, Inc. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Chubb Susan and Carl Cofer Brian and Melinda Corbett Barbara and Lee Coulter Ann and Tom Cousins W. Scott Creasman Marjorie and Carter Crittenden Michelle and David Crosland Charlene Crusoe-Ingram and Earnest Ingram Russell Currey and Amy Durrell Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. Harry and Wendy Cynkus Mr. and Mrs. James C. Davis Mr. and Mrs. Jay M. Davis Cari Katrice Dawson and John Martin Sparrow Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Denny, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. William W. Dixon Margaret and Scott Dozier Mr. W. Daniel Ebersole and Mrs. Sarah A. Eby-Ebersole L. Franklyn Elliott, M.D. Nick Franz The Fred and Sue McGehee Family Charitable Fund Betty Sands Fuller Gas South, LLC Doris and Matthew Geller Georgia Council for the Arts Georgia Crown Distributing Company Greg and Lillian Giornelli Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Goerss Mr. and Mrs. Richard Goodsell Sara Goza Graphic Packaging International, Inc. Jason and Carey Guggenheim/Boston Consulting Group Mr. Patrick J. Gunning Mr. Kenneth Haines

Harry Norman Realtors Sara and Jeff Hehir Mr. and Mrs. Christopher D. Hohlstein Mr. and Mrs. Jack K. Holland Catherine and Rob Hutchinson Ida Alice Ryan Charitable Trust Roya and Bahman Irvani Mrs. Maribeth M. Jameson and Mr. L. Norwood Jameson Liza and Brad Jancik Lou Brown Jewell John & Mary Franklin Foundation, Inc. John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Foundation Mary and Neil Johnson Robert and Sherry Johnson Mr. Baxter P. Jones and Dr. Jiong Yan James F. Kelly Charitable Trust Mr. and Mrs. David E. Kiefer James and Lori Kilberg Kimberly-Clark Corporation Joel Knox and Joan Marmo Wendy and Scott Kopp Kurt P. Kuehn and Cheryl Davis L & C Wood Family Foundation James H. Landon Donna Lee and Howard Ehni Elaine L. Levin Mr. and Mrs. Bertram L. Levy Livingston Foundation, Inc. Macy’s Meghan and Clarke Magruder Chip Mann and Bill Gilmore Larry and Lisa Mark Mr. and Mrs. John S. Markwalter, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Mike McCarthy Margot and Danny McCaul Ken and Carolyn Meltzer Merrill Lynch—Buckhead Anna and Hays Mershon MGM Resorts International Hala and Steve Moddelmog Phil and Caroline Moïse Morgan Stanley-Atlanta Private Wealth Management Northwestern Mutual/ Northwestern Benefit Caroline and Joe O’Donnell Lynn and Galen Oelkers Stephen and Marjorie Osheroff Sunny Park Karen and Richard Parker Mr. and Mrs. Solon P. Patterson Perkins & Will, Inc. Susan and David Peterson Piedmont Charitable Foundation, Inc. Piedmont National Family Foundation Post Properties Inc. PRGX Mr. and Mrs. William C. Rawson

Raymond James Financial, Inc. Travis Reed and Michael Kriethe of Harry Norman Realtors Mr. and Mrs. Robert Reeves Regal Entertainment Group Betsy and Lee Robinson Mr. and Mrs. William H. Rogers, Jr. Rooms To Go Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Arnold B. Rubenstein Jack Sawyer and Dr. Bill Torres Mark and Linda Silberman Skanska USA Inc. The Slumgullion Charitable Fund Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Lee Spangler Elise and Nick Spina Staging Directions Loren and Gail Starr Charlita Stephens-Walker, Charles and Delores Stephens Les Stumpff and Sandy Moon Michelle and Stephen Sullivan Surya Hugh M. Tarbutton, Jr. G. Kimbrough Taylor and Triska Drake Judith and Mark Taylor Lisa Cannon Taylor and Chuck Taylor Thomas H. Lanier Foundation Lizanne Thomas and David Black Alison and Joe Thompson Rosemarie and David Thurston Trapp Family The Trillist Companies, Inc./ YOO on the Park Mr. and Mrs. Rhett L. Turner US Bank John and Ray Uttenhove Veritiv Verizon Wireless Paul E. Viera and Gail O’Neill Patrick and Susie Viguerie Reggie and Kim Walker Kathy N. Waller Leigh and Tim Walsh Weldon H. Johnson Family Foundation Adair and Dick White Mr. and Mrs. Douglas L. Williams James B. and Betty A. Williams Richard Williams and Janet Lavine Willis Towers Watson The Winstead Group Dina Woodruff Mike Wright - Harry Norman, Realtors Yancey Bros. Co Mary and Bob Yellowlees | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 85

ASO | staff EXECUTIVE Jennifer Barlament Executive Director Alvinetta CookseyWyche Executive Services Office Assistant ARTISTIC Evans Mirageas Vice President for Artistic Planning & Operations Carol Wyatt Executive Assistant to the Music Director & Principal Guest Conductor Jeffrey Baxter Choral Administrator Ken Meltzer Insider & Program Annotator Scott O’Toole Artistic Assistant Bob Scarr Archives Program Manager DEVELOPMENT Toni Paz Director of Development Jessica Langlois Director of Major Gifts and Special Projects Nancy Field Grants Manager Brenda Turner Manager of Individual Support

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS KC Commander Marketing Coordinator Elizabeth Daniell Communications Coordinator Adam Fenton Director of Multimedia Technology Holly Hanchey Director of Marketing & Patron Experience Tammy Hawk Director of Communications Robert Phipps Publications Director SALES & REVENUE MANAGEMENT Russell Wheeler Senior Director of Sales & Revenue Management Melanie Kite Director of Subscriptions & Patron Services Pamela Kruseck Manager of Group Sales & Tourism Jesse Pace Patron Services Manager Gokul Parasuram Group & Corporate Sales Assistant Robin Smith Subscription & Education Sales Christopher Stephens Corporate Sales Manager

EDUCATION & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Holly Hudak Senior Director of Education and Community Engagement Kaitlin Gress Manager of Community Programs Tiffany I. M. Jones Managing Producer of Educational Concerts Ruthie Miltenberger Manager of Family Programs Adrienne Thompson Manager, Talent Development Program OPERATIONS Russell Williamson Senior Orchestra Manager Paul Barrett Senior Production Stage Manager Richard Carvlin Stage Manager Christopher McLaughlin Orchestra Operations Manager Kourtnea Stevenson Assistant Orchestra Personnel Manager Susanne Watts Orchestra Personnel Manager

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FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION Susan Ambo Chief Financial Officer Peter Dickson Senior Accountant Kimberly Hielsberg Senior Director of Financial Planning & Analysis Stephen Jones Symphony Store Shannon McCown Office Manager April Satterfield Controller ASO PRESENTS Nicole Epstein Managing Producer of ASO Presents Lisa Eng Multimedia Creative Manager Christine Lawrence Box Office Manager Clay Schell Consultant Will Strawn Marketing Coordinator

corporate & government | support

Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs

Major support is provided by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs.

Major funding is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.

This program is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 87

ASO | ticket info CAN’T ATTEND A CONCERT? You may exchange your tickets by 4 p.m. the day prior to the performance. Tickets may also be donated by calling 404.733.5000.

SINGLE TICKETS Call 404.733.5000 Tuesday - Saturday noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.. Service charge applies. Phone orders are filled on a best-available basis. All single-ticket sales are final. Order any time, any day! Service charge applies. Allow two to three weeks for delivery. For orders received less than two weeks before the concert, tickets will be held at the box office.

WOODRUFF ARTS CENTER BOX OFFICE Open Tuesday - Saturday noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Please note: No refunds or exchanges. All artists and programs are subject to change.

GROUP DISCOUNTS Groups of 10 or more save up to 15 percent on most ASO concerts, subject to ticket availability. Call 404.733.4848.

GIFT CERTIFICATES Available in any amount for any series, through the box office. Call 404.733.5000.

DONATE Tickets sales only cover a fraction of our costs. Please consider a donation to your ASO. Call 404.733.4262 or visit

ASO | general info LATE SEATING


Patrons arriving later are seated at the discretion of house management. Reserved seats are not guaranteed after the performance starts. Late arrivers may be initially seated in the back out of courtesy to the musicians and other patrons.

The ASO invites donors who contribute at least $2,500 annually to become members of this private dining room for cocktails and dining on concert evenings — private rentals available. Call 404.733.4860.


Concert Hotline (Recorded info) 404.733.4949 Symphony Hall Box Office 404.733.5000 Ticket Donations/Exchanges 404.733.5000 Subscription Information/Sales 404.733.4800 Group Sales 404.733.4848 Atlanta Symphony Associates 404.733.4865 (Volunteers) Educational Programs 404.733.4870 Youth Orchestra 404.733.5038 Box Office TTD Number 404.733.4303 Services for People 404.733-5000 with Special Needs 404.733.4800 Lost and Found 404.733.4225 Symphony Store 404.733.4345 Donations & Development 404.733.4262

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

SYMPHONY STORE The Symphony Store is now open directly adjacent to the Robert Shaw Room and Delta SKY360º Club. The store is open before, during and after most concerts.

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Sunday, december 18 4pm 2744 Peachtree Road NW Atlanta, Georgia 30305

A Christmas Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols by Candlelight

The caThedral S chola Frank Boles, Adam lay ybounden Eriks Ešenvalds, O Emmanuel arr. Craig Phillips, The Holly & the Ivy Bob Chilcott, The rose in the middle of winter Howard Helvey, There is no rose arr. Paul Halley, Huron Carol Charles Beaudrot, Toys for a King arr. R.L. Pearsall, In dulci jubilo arr. Dale Adelmann, Of the Father’s love begotten John Tavener, God is with us

This worship service is free and open to the public. | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 89

ASO | calendar JAN 5/7 | Thu/Sat: 8pm Delta Classical RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Capriccio espagnol HAYDN: Trumpet Concerto BARTÓK: Concerto for Orchestra Peter Oundjian, conductor Stuart Stephenson, trumpet JAN 12/14 | Thu/Sat: 8pm Delta Classical MARC NEIKRUG: The Unicorn of Atlas Peak TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1 SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 10 Donald Runnicles, conductor Kirill Gerstein, piano

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JAN 5/7



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JAN 19/21 | Thu/Sat: 8pm Delta Classical

JAN 12/14

BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 9 BRUCKNER: Te Deum

Donald Runnicles, conductor Melody Moore, soprano Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano Nicky Spence, tenor Raymond Aceto, bass ASO Chorus

JAN 19/21

Complete film with Symphony

JAN 27/28 | Fri/Sat: 8pm Delta POPS! RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK with complete film Steven Reineke, conductor

Steven Reineke, conductor

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Thank You There’s something magnificent about giving back to something you support. THE GEORGIA CHAPTER OF CCFA would like to give thanks to our corporate partners who make an impact in our progress towards a cure and make a difference in the quality of lives for children and adults affected by these diseases. Thank you for your continued support and may your holiday season be filled with

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