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ASO | Welcome Dear Friends,
ast month we announced the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 73rd season. As our transformative 2016-17 season draws to a close, we eagerly anticipate all that we have to look forward to in the year ahead.
This season we welcomed 10 new musicians and more than 1,100 new subscribers to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra family, and we also saw the greatest number of sold out performances in recent history. This excitement was also evident in the early response to our 73rd season announcement, as four times more subscribers renewed in the first week than in the previous two seasons. Never fear, there is still time to renew, but don’t wait too long. We want to make sure to save your seat for all our 73rd season has to offer. Our 22-week Delta Classical Series will kick-off a two-year celebration of Ludwig van Beethoven and Leonard Bernstein and we’ll welcome special guests Yo-Yo Ma and Kathleen Battle, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Hilary Hahn and many other acclaimed musicians to our stage. We’re also introducing Atlanta Symphony Hall LIVE, which brings together the former ASO Presents and Delta POPS series concerts under one umbrella. Our Principal Pops Conductor, Michael Krajewski, will join us next season to conduct some of your favorite concerts, including Star Wars and More: The Music of John Williams at Verizon Amphitheatre on September 16, 2017. Visit aso.org/LIVE to see the most up to date Atlanta Symphony Hall LIVE concert listings. Thank you for your continued support of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. We look forward to sharing many special performances and moments with you over the coming year.
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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 Cycle. 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 Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice with the ASO and ASO Chamber Chorus. With a discography of critically acclaimed recordings for Telarc, Deutsche Grammophon and ASO Media, Robert 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.
ASO | leadership 2016-17 Board of Directors Officers D. Kirk Jamieson Chair Howard D. Palefksy Chair-Elect
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
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John Sibley W. Ross Singletary II Paul Snyder John Sparrow Gail Ravin Starr Joseph M. Thompson† Ray Uttenhove S. Patrick Viguerie Mark D. Wasserman Dr. James Wells 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
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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 Barney Culver†
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 Vacant Assistant Concertmaster Jun-Ching Lin Assistant Concertmaster
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 Anastasia Agapova Noriko Konno Clift Acting Assistant Acting Assistant Concertmaster Principal Sharon Berenson Carolyn Toll Hancock David Braitberg The Wells Fargo Chair David Dillard John Meisner Eleanor Kosek Christopher Ruth Ann Little Pulgram Thomas O’Donnell Carol Ramirez Ronda Respess Juan Ramirez Frank Walton Olga Shpitko Kenn Wagner Lisa Wiedman Yancich
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
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 •
Players in string sections are listed alphabetically
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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
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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
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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 Samuel Schlosser • Principal The Terence L. Neal Chair, Honoring his dedication and service to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Nathan Zgonc Second/Associate Principal Brian Hecht 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
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Musick has Charms To soften Rocks, Iâ€™ve read, that things inanimate And, as with living Souls, By Magick Numbers
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to sooth a savage Breast, or bend a knotted Oak. have mov’d, have been inform’d, and persuasive Sound.
pheus concert hall
The power of music takes center stage in Gluck’s masterpiece, Orfeo ed Euridice by Mark Gresham
o wrote English poet William Congreve, in The Mourning Bride, in 1697. Perhaps no work in the history of opera has epitomized that sentiment so completely as Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787), set to a libretto by Ranieri de’ Calzabigi. Based on the story of Orpheus, the Ur-poet-musician of Western mythology, and his quest to retrieve his wife Euridice from death and restore her to life, Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice also marks a critical turning point in the history of opera that would remain unmatched until Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde nearly a hundred years later.
Earlier in his career, Gluck was a successful, if typical, composer of Late Baroque opera in the manner of Handel and all his contemporaries: star vehicles for star singers with amazing techniques, including the well-established, of castrato singers cast as the heroes in mythological stories – the common coin of the day. Then something happened. Gluck began to feel that opera had gone too far. Two hundred years earlier, in the late 16th century, when Catholic church music had reached an extremely florid point, the Council of Trent hotly debated the excesses of music in the church. Then a single landmark work arose which changed things, the Pope Marcellus Mass by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, which strips away all of the accretions of the virtuoso music for virtuosity’s sake and returned a focus to the power of the text set to a simpler musical style that was both beautiful and intelligible. Gluck achieved the same thing in what we’ve come to call his “reform” operas. Orfeo ed Euridice was the first of them, and the one that has remained in active repertoire of major opera companies to this day. It marries his most consistently genius music to a most compelling story: the story of a love so great beyond death that the hero is willing to risk everything, irrational as it may seem, to bring that person back to life, aided by the power of music. Gluck brings this story of Orfeo ed Euridice to the operatic stage in a way that is spare and to-the-point, yet sublime in its artistry. “There’s not a note that you can remove from the main text of Orfeo without doing damage to the piece,” says Evans Mirageas, the ASO’s Vice President of Artistic Planning. “It’s one of those few works in the entire operatic canon that is nearly perfect.”
On May 11 and 13, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will present its own production of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, on stage at Symphony Hall with a stellar cast that has been assembled for the occasion. David Daniels, who will sing the title role, is the preeminent countertenor of our generation. Susanna Phillips, a longtime collaborator with Daniels and one of the most beautiful lyric sopranos working today is cast as Euridice. Janai Brugger will sing the role of Amore. “I cannot think of a more near ideal trio of singers to bring this opera to life,” says Mirageas. ASO Music Director Robert Spano will conduct the performances, which will mark the first time Daniels and Spano have ever worked together. The larger nexus of creativity will include Stage Director James Alexander, Choreographer Lauri Stallings and her glo movement company, the great young American visual artist Daniel Arsham, who is creating scenography for the project, and of course the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. It will be a most ambitious collaboration of artists in the service of one of the greatest works of musical art. “This is for all intents and purposes a fullystaged production of Gluck’s Orfeo with the caveat that the orchestra is on stage,” adds Mirageas. “It’s going to be in the best tradition of what we used to call Theater of a Concert. We did this with Madama Butterfly, we’ve done this with the two John Adams operas, both A Flowering Tree and Doctor Atomic. It is not semi-staged at all. There is movement and direction, and the orchestra is integrated into the action and, further elaborating on it, we’re having a dance element which we’ve had before.
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“The dance music, of course, is an integral part of the story itself because so many of the events have dancing around them. There’s the big ballet at the end which is probably the only Baroque convention of the opera that remains to this day. The performance will be recorded and ultimately released on ASO Media.
Orfeo is one of those guideposts of history that has analogies in every art form like the plays of Shakespeare in literature or Michelangelo’s David in sculpture. In other words, Gluck’s Orfeo is an opera which remains with us today, but after which the art form could never be the same as it was. It changed the dialogue of what opera is, forever with its simplicity and directness of utterance and its heartfelt story, wedded to a melodic gift that is astonishing. It is full of great tunes, one beautiful melody after another with invention galore. They are memorable, as well they should be, for in addition to the power of love, Orfeo is also, at its innermost core, about the power of music, with which Orpheus charmed the Furies and opened the Gate of Hell. It is that power of music which the ASO celebrates in its upcoming production of Gluck’s masterpiece, Orfeo ed Euridice.
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Concerts of Thursday, April 6 and Friday, April 7 at 8:00pm ROBERT SPANO, conductor STEPHEN HOUGH, piano SERGEI RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Vocalise, Opus 34, No. 14 (1912)
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in F-sharp minor, Opus 1 (1891, rev. 1917, 1919) 27 MIN I. Vivace II. Andante III Allegro vivace Stephen Hough, piano INTERMISSION
Symphonic Dances, Opus 45 (1940) I. Non allegro II. Andante con moto (Tempo di valse) III. Lento assai; Allegro vivace
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Notes on the Program Ken Meltzer, Program Annotator SERGEI RACHMANINOV was born in Semyonovo, Russia, on April 1, 1873, and died in Beverly Hills, California, on March 28, 1943. Vocalise, Opus 34, No. 14 (1912)
First Classical Subscription Performances: January 30, 31, Rachmaninov’s orchestration of the Vocalise is 1958, Henry Sopkin, Conductor. scored for two flutes, two oboes, English horn, two clarinets, two bassoons, two horns, and strings.
s a composer, Sergei Rachmaninov possessed considerable gifts, including a seemingly endless fount of unforgettable melodies. Not only are many of Rachmaninov’s melodies among the most beloved in the classical music repertoire, several have been adapted as the basis of popular songs. In 1919, the Russian pianist, conductor, and composer commented: “Melody is Music—it is the foundation of all music inasmuch as a perfect melody implies and dictates its eventual harmonic form.” One of Rachmaninov’s most famous melodies is the haunting Vocalise. Rachmaninov originally composed the Vocalise as a song for high voice and piano. Rachmaninov dedicated the Vocalise to the celebrated Russian lyric-coloratura soprano, Antonina Nezhdanova (1873-1950). Later, Rachmaninov created numerous arrangements of the Vocalise, including one for symphony orchestra. In that orchestral arrangement, featured in this concert, violins sing the haunting melody, originally accorded to the soprano voice (Lentamente). Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in F-sharp minor, Opus 1 (1891, rev. 1917, 1919) The first complete performance of the First Piano Concerto took place in New York on January 29, 1919, with the composer as soloist, and Modeste Altschuler conducting the Russian Symphony Orchestra. In addition to the solo piano, the Concerto No. 1 is scored for two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, two trumpets, three trombones, timpani, cymbals, triangle, and strings.
achmaninov was sixteen and a student at the Moscow Conservatory when, in November of 1889, he began to sketch a Concerto in C minor for Piano and Orchestra. Rachmaninov never finished that work. But on March 26, 1891, Rachmaninov wrote to his friend Natalya Skalon: “I am now composing a piano concerto. Two movements are already written...I shall probably finish the whole concerto by the summer, and then in the summer orchestrate it.” Rachmaninov completed his First Piano Concerto, in F-sharp minor, on July 6, 1891. On March 17, 1892, at the Small Hall of the Nobility in the Moscow Conservatory, Rachmaninov was the soloist in a student concert performance of the opening movement of his F-sharp minor Concerto. One critic noted that while “there was not yet of course any individuality...there was taste, tension, youthful sincerity and obvious knowledge; already there is much promise.” As early as 1908, Rachmaninov contemplated revising his First Piano Concerto. However, several more years
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APR 6/7 | program elapsed before Rachmaninov finally turned his attention to the task. The outbreak of the Russian Revolution convinced Rachmaninov that he would soon be forced to leave his homeland: “Already from the very beginning of the revolution I realized that it was mishandled. Already by March of 1917 I had decided to leave Russia, but was unable to carry out my plan, for Europe was still fighting and one could not cross the frontier.” Rachmaninov was still in Russia when the violent October Revolution exploded. It was in the midst of this turmoil that Rachmaninov penned the extensive revisions to his First Piano Concerto. In revising the First Concerto, Rachmaninov sought to lighten the textures of the writing for both the orchestra and solo piano. The most extensive revisions occurred in the Concerto’s final movement. Rachmaninov was quite pleased with the results. As he informed a friend: “I have rewritten my First Concerto; it is really good now. All the youthful freshness is there, and yet it plays itself so much more easily.” Still, the F-sharp Concerto failed to win the adulation of its more famous successors. Rachmaninov lamented: “When I tell them in America that I will play the First Concerto, they do not protest, but I can see by their faces that they would prefer the Second or Third.” Still, the Rachmaninov First Piano Concerto deserves more than an occasional hearing. In addition to the “youthful freshness” noted by the composer, the work offers the beguiling synthesis of melodic inspiration and thrilling virtuosic display that would reach its apex in the great Second and Third Piano Concertos. The Concerto is in three movements. The first (Vivace) opens with a bold orchestral fanfare and grand flourish by the soloist. The violins introduce the movement’s principal themes, developed in virtuoso fashion by the soloist. A solo horn launches the beautiful slow-tempo second movement (Andante). The finale (Allegro vivace) begins with a vigorous dialogue for soloist and orchestra. The work concludes with a breathless dash to the finish. Symphonic Dances, Opus 45 (1940) The first performance of the Symphonic Dances took place at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on January 3, 1941, with Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra. The Symphonic Dances are scored for piccolo, two flutes, two oboes, English horn, two clarinets, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, two bassoons, contrabassoon, four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, tuba, timpani, bass drum, cymbals, snare drum, triangle, tambourine, tam-tam, orchestra bells, xylophone, chimes, harp, piano, and strings.
First Classical Subscription Performance: December 14, 1964, Robert Mann, Conductor. Most Recent Classical Subscription Performances: January 30, 31, and February 1, 2014, Roberto Abbado, Conductor. Recording: ASO Media: 1003, Robert Spano, Conductor.
n June 30, 1938, Russian choreographer Michel Fokine presented the world premiere of Paganini, his ballet adaptation of Sergei Rachmaninov’s work for solo piano and orchestra, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Opus 43 (1934). Rachmaninov hoped to attend the London performance, but an injury sustained after a fall made that impossible.
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APR 6/7 | program Rachmaninov soon regained his health, and the composer/pianist resumed a demanding European and American concert tour. Finally, in the spring of 1940, Rachmaninov was able to enjoy a period of rest. He traveled to Orchard Point, an estate near Huntington, Long Island. There, Rachmaninov composed his final work, the Symphonic Dances. It appears that Rachmaninov first conceived the Symphonic Dances as another potential ballet subject for Fokine. Rachmaninov originally entitled the work “Fantastic Dances,” with the three movements representing “Midday,” “Twilight,” and “Midnight” (Rachmaninov later discarded these titles and designated the various movements simply by their tempo markings). Prior to orchestrating the work, Rachmaninov played excerpts of the Dances on the piano for Fokine. However, the choreographer’s death in 1942 prevented any contemplated ballet from becoming a reality. Rachmaninov initially scored his Symphonic Dances for two pianos, before completing the orchestration in the autumn of 1940. He dedicated the work to conductor Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, who gave the premiere of the Symphonic Dances on January 3, 1941. The initial critical reception was not enthusiastic. However, in time, Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances became widely admired as the composer’s finest orchestral achievement. Rachmaninov himself was rather surprised by his accomplishment, observing: “I don’t know how it happened, it must have been my last spark.” Rachmaninov, who died two years after the premiere of his Symphonic Dances, never composed another work. While it is not clear that Rachmaninov intended the Symphonic Dances to be his final composition, the piece does have a decidedly valedictory character. The Symphonic Dances feature quotations of earlier Rachmaninov compositions, as well as the Dies Irae (“Day of Wrath”) chant—a recurring leitmotif in the Russian pianist/ composer’s music. Further, the masterful orchestration, captivating melodies, and brilliant juxtaposition of dramatic and lyric elements are all trademarks of Rachmaninov’s art. The Symphonic Dances are in three movements. The first (Non allegro) opens with various winds, over furtive string accompaniment, introducing the movement’s principal descending “short-short-long” rhythmic figure. An expansive, lyrical interlude features a solo alto saxophone, the only time that Rachmaninov included this instrument in his music (for this, the composer sought the advice of his friend, Broadway orchestrator Robert Russell Bennett). The second movement (Andante con moto) is an extended and brilliantly-scored waltz. The finale (Lento assai; Allegro vivace) is a fantasia on the Dies Irae plainchant. As in the opening movement, the finale offers a lengthy contrasting central episode in slow tempo before the Dies Irae returns in the propulsive conclusion.
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APR 6/7 | artists STEPHEN HOUGH, piano
tephen Hough has distinguished himself as a true polymath, not only securing a reputation as an insightful pianist, but also as a writer and composer. In 2001, he was the first classical performing artist to receive a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and, in 2013, he was named a Commander of the British Empire. He regularly writes for The Guardian, The Times, Gramophone, and BBC Music Magazine, and recently completed his first novel, The Final Retreat. For six years, he wrote more than 600 articles for his The Telegraph blog, which became one of the most popular and influential forums for cultural discussion. He has appeared with most of the major American and European orchestras and plays recitals regularly in major halls and concert series around the world. Highlights of his 2016-17 season include appearances with the Atlanta, New York, Oregon, Seattle, and St. Louis symphonies, among others; solo recitals in Miami and Santa Fe featuring his own Sonata III (Trinitas); and a performance of works by Debussy in Minneapolis on a program with two of Mr. Hough’s original choral compositions. International appearances this season include recitals in Sweden, the UK, and Mexico; and performances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and City of Birmingham and São Paulo symphonies. He has recorded over 50 albums for Hyperion, most recently Piano Concertos by Dvořák and Schumann with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons. To learn more about Mr. Hough, visit www.stephenhough.com.
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APR 19 | program AtlantaSymphonyOrchestra Robert Spano, Music Director Donald Runnicles, Principal Guest Conductor 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.
Concert of Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at 8:00pm JOSEPH YOUNG, conductor MATT HAIMOVITZ, cello SERGEI PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Overture on Hebrew Themes, Opus 34b (1919) 9 MIN ERNEST BLOCH (1880-1959) Schelomo, “Hebraic Rhapsody” for Cello and 22 MIN Orchestra (1916) Matt Haimovitz, cello INTERMISSION LEONARD BERNSTEIN (1918-1990) Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (1960) Prologue. Allegro moderato Somewhere. Adagio Scherzo. Vivace leggiero Mambo. Presto Cha-Cha. Andantino con grazia Meeting Scene. Meno mosso Cool, Fugue. Allegretto Rumble. Molto allegro Finale. Adagio
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Notes on the Program Ken Meltzer, Program Annotator Overture on Hebrew Themes, Opus 34b (1919) SERGEI PROKOFIEV was born in Sontsovka, Russia, April 23, 1891, and died in Moscow, Russia, on March 5, 1953. The first performance of the original chamber ensemble version of Overture on Hebrew Themes took place in New York on January 26, 1920 with Zimro, and the composer as pianist. The orchestral version of Overture on Hebrew Themes is scored for two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoon, two horns, two trumpets, bass drum, piano, and strings.
n 1918, Russian composer and pianist Sergei Prokofiev decided to escape the chaos that plagued Europe, and try his fortunes in the New World. Prokofiev’s American concert debut took place at the Brooklyn Museum in New York on October 29, 1918. A triumphant recital followed on November 20 before a capacity audience at New York’s Aeolian Hall. Prokofiev’s December 10 Carnegie Hall debut, as soloist in his own First Piano Concerto, was not quite so successful, perhaps due to the less than sterling quality of the accompanying orchestra and conductor. Matters considerably improved later that month when Prokofiev traveled to Chicago. There, Prokofiev again was the soloist in his First Concerto, performing with the Chicago Symphony and Music Director Frederick Stock, who also performed the composer’s Scythian Suite. Prokofiev reached an agreement with the Chicago Opera to stage The Love for Three Oranges, the premiere of which took place on December 30, 1921. In the spring of 1919, Prokofiev became quite ill and was hospitalized for a few weeks. Prokofiev recalled: “When I recovered I could barely wait for the doctor’s permission to get back to work.” That autumn, Prokofiev received a request from the Russian chamber ensemble, Zimro, who had recently arrived in New York. The members of the ensemble hoped that their concert tour would help to raise money to found a music conservatory in Jerusalem. Zimro’s clarinetist, Simeon Bellison, shared with Prokofiev his annotated notebook filled with Jewish melodies. Bellison asked Prokofiev to use the themes as the basis for a new chamber work. At first Prokofiev refused, “on the grounds that I used only my own musical material.” But Prokofiev soon became interested in some of the melodies, and composed his Overture on Hebrew Themes, Opus 34, scored for piano, clarinet, and string quartet. Prokofiev and Zimro gave the Overture’s premiere in New York on January 26, 1920. Prokofiev performed this brief, charming work several times during the course of his career, and in 1934, created a version for orchestra, Opus 34b. Schelomo, “Hebraic Rhapsody” for Cello and Orchestra (1916)
ERNEST BLOCH was born in Geneva, Switzerland, on July 24, 1880, and died in Portland, Oregon, on July 15, 1959. The first performance of Schelomo took place at Carnegie Hall in New York City on May 3, 1917, with Hans Kindler as the soloist, and Artur Bodanzky conducting. In addition to the solo cello, Schelomo is scored for piccolo, three flutes, two oboes, English horn, two clarinets, bass clarinet, two bassoons, contrabassoon, four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, tuba, timpani, snare drum, cymbals, suspended cymbal, tambourine, bass drum, tam-tam, two harps, celesta, and strings. Ernest Bloch began composition of Schelomo in 1915, while living in Geneva. “Schelomo” is the Hebrew name for Solomon, the third King of Israel, who lived circa 10th century, BCE. Solomon, the son of King David, has traditionally been credited with authorship of encoreatlanta.com | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 31
APR 19 | program the Book of Ecclesiastes. Bloch originally intended to compose a work that would include a human voice declaiming portions of Ecclesiastes. However, according to Bloch: “I could not hear the fervor of the text in the French language…or in the German or English…and since I did not know Hebrew the sketches mounted while the work lay dormant.” Then, Bloch received a visit from the superb Russian cellist, Alexandre Barjansky and his wife, the sculptress, Catherine Barjansky. When Bloch heard Alexandre Barjansky play, he found the inspiration for Schelomo: “Why, instead of a human voice, limited by a text and language, should not my Ecclesiastes utilize the soaring unfettered voice of the cello?” Bloch then composed Schelomo in the span of just six weeks during January and February of 1916. The composer dedicated the score to the Barjanskys. In 1917 correspondence to Philip Hale, then program annotator of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Ernest Bloch explained his approach to music based upon Jewish themes: It is not my purpose, nor my desire, to attempt a “reconstruction” of Jewish music or to base my works on melodies more or less authentic. I am not an archaeologist. I hold it of first importance to write good, genuine music, my music. It is the Jewish soul that interests me, the complex, glowing agitated soul, that I feel vibrating throughout the Bible; the freshness and naiveté of the Patriarchs; the violence that is evident in the prophetic books; the Jew’s savage love of justice; the despair of the Preacher of Jerusalem; the sorrow and immensity of the Book of Job; the sensuality of the Song of Songs. All this is in us; all this is in me, and it is the better part of me. It is in all this that I endeavor to hear in myself and to transcribe in my music; the venerable emotion of the race that slumbers way down in our soul. Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (1960) LEONARD BERNSTEIN was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on August 25, 1918, and died in New York on October 14, 1990. The first performance of the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story took place at Carnegie Hall in New York on February 13, 1961, with Lukas Foss conducting the New York Philharmonic. The Symphonic Dances from West Side Story are scored for piccolo, three flutes, two oboes, English horn, E-flat clarinet, two clarinets, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, two bassoons, contrabassoon, four horns, three trumpets, tuba, timpani, vibraphone, xylophone, chimes, orchestra bells, guiro, suspended cymbal, bongo drums, triangle, snare drum, finger cymbals, bass drum, police whistle, tam-tam, timbales, conga drum, tambourine, small maracas, wood block, cowbells, drum set, harp, piano/celesta, and strings. In January of 1949, Jerome Robbins approached Leonard Bernstein with a suggestion for a new project—a modern-day version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The updated Romeo would be set in the slums during the Easter-Passover celebrations, and depict a conflict between Catholics and Jews. Robbins suggested that Arthur Laurents write the show’s book. Bernstein’s many conducting obligations delayed progress on the work. However, in 1955, Robbins and Laurents resumed the project. Everyone agreed to change the original story line to one that focused on a conflict between “two teen-age gangs, one the warring Puerto Ricans, the other self-styled ‘Americans’.” That year, Bernstein met Stephen 32 aso.org | @AtlantaSymphony | facebook.com/AtlantaSymphony
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APR 19 | program Sondheim and immediately pronounced him “ideal for this project.” West Side Story premiered on August 19, 1957, at the National Theater in Washington, DC. The production featured one of the most remarkable collaborative teams in the history of musical theater—a book by Arthur Laurents, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, music by Leonard Bernstein, with the entire production directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. After performances in Washington, DC, and Philadelphia, West Side Story opened at the Winter Garden in New York City on September 26, 1957. The production finally closed on June 27, 1959, after 734 performances. A tour followed, as well as a Hollywood movie in 1961. West Side Story has remained in the repertoire ever since. In West Side Story, the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet shifts from Verona to New York City. The Capulets are now the Puerto Rican gang, the Sharks. The Montagues become the Jets, the gang of “self-styled ‘Americans’”. Tony, a member of the Jets and Maria, the sister of the leader of the Sharks, are the modern-day “star-crossed lovers.” One of the miracles of American musical theater, West Side Story is a remarkable fusion of drama, music, and dance, all placed at the service of a powerful and timeless story. West Side Story, a breathtaking synthesis of popular and classical elements, represents a sublime marriage of the Broadway stage with the grand traditions of opera and ballet. In 1960, Bernstein fashioned an orchestral work from the original Broadway score. Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal assisted Bernstein in orchestrating the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, which premiered at New York’s Carnegie Hall on February 13, 1961, with Lukas Foss conducting the New York Philharmonic. The Symphonic Dances from West Side Story comprise the following sections, played without pause: Prologue. Allegro moderato Somewhere. Adagio Scherzo. Vivace leggiero Mambo. Presto Cha-Cha. Andantino con grazia Meeting Scene. Meno mosso Cool, Fugue. Allegretto Rumble. Molto allegro Finale. Adagio
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APR 19 | 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. THE TEMPLE is located in midtown Atlanta and is one of American Judaism’s most historic religious institutions. Founded in 1867, it is the city’s oldest and most diverse synagogue. For a century and a half, it has built a tradition of social justice work and a commitment to broadening people’s access to a full Jewish life. The Temple now counts more than 1,500 families as members, hosts a vibrant and inclusive accredited religious school and one of Atlanta’s most respected early learning centers. We are proud of how each member brings his or her own story to our diverse community—such as those who have a multi-generational history at The Temple and those new to Atlanta or The Temple, those who identify as interfaith, LGBT, have children with physical or learning needs and those of all ages and backgrounds who are seeking a Jewish community – a place to call home. 36 aso.org | @AtlantaSymphony | facebook.com/AtlantaSymphony
MATT HAIMOVITZ, cello
rammy®-nominated cellist Matt Haimovitz is acclaimed for both his tremendous artistry and as a musical visionary – pushing the boundaries of classical music performance, championing new music and initiating groundbreaking collaborations, all while mentoring an award-winning studio of young cellists at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music in Montreal. Mr. Haimovitz made his debut in 1984, at the age of 13, as a soloist with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic, and at 17 he made his first recording for Deutsche Grammophon with James Levine and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Haimovitz made his Carnegie Hall debut when he substituted for his teacher, the legendary Leonard Rose, in Schubert’s String Quintet, alongside Isaac Stern, Mstislav Rostropovich, Pinchas Zukerman and Shlomo Mintz. Haimovitz’s recording career encompasses more than 20 years of award-winning work on Deutsche Grammophon and his own Oxingale Records, in partnership with PentaTone Classics. His recent recording with pianist Christopher O’Riley, “Shuffle.Play.Listen” (Oxingale Records), celebrating the evolution of the listening experience since the iPod, has received unanimous acclaim. The duo follows with “BEETHOVEN, Period.,” a traversal of Beethoven Sonatas and Variations performed on period instruments.
Haimovitz’s honors include the Concert Music Award from ASCAP, the Trailblazer Award from the American Music Center, the Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Grand Prix du Disque, the Diapason d’Or, and the Premio Internazionale “Accademia Musicale Chigiana”. He was in the final studio of cellist Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School and received a B.A. magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard University. Haimovitz plays a Venetian cello, made in 1710 by Matteo Gofriller.
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APR 21/22 | program The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra POPS! Series is presented by
AtlantaSymphonyOrchestra Robert Spano, Music Director Donald Runnicles, Principal Guest Conductor Michael Krajewski, Principal POPS! Conductor Delta POPS! Concert Concerts of Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22, 2017, at 8:00pm SCOTT DUNN, conductor SUTTON FOSTER, vocalist
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APR 21/22 | artists SCOTT DUNN, conductor
merican conductor Scott Dunn is the Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. He has a special passion for film and crossover composers — ranging from George Gershwin and Vernon Duke to Leonard Bernstein and Danny Elfman. He has recently appeared with the Atlanta Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Seattle Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Vienna Radio Orchestra (RSO) and other distinguished ensembles – as well as with such headliners as Trey Anastasio, Beck, Chris Botti, Bill Charlap, Elvis Costello, Ben Folds, the Indigo Girls, Steve Martin and others. Highlights of the 2016/17 season include the world premiere of Dunn’s live to film orchestral adaptation of “Rebel Without a Cause” with the LA Phil at Disney Hall; “Scott Dunn conducts Richard Rodney Bennett with singer Claire Martin,” the BBC chorus and symphony at the Barbican in London; “Sondheim and Jazz: Side by Side” with Ann Hampton Callaway, Bill Charlap, Renee Rosnes, Dave Grusin and others at UC Berkeley, Disney Hall and elsewhere; “The Music of Danny Elfman from the films of Tim Burton” with the San Diego Symphony and others; and Jonathan Dove’s “Mansfield Park” with UCLA Opera. His latest recordings include “The Complete Violin Works of Vernon Duke” (Uhrlicht Audiovisual) with the RSO and violinist Elmira Darvarova; and “MISIA” (PS Classics) a ‘new’ Vernon Duke musical with orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick and musical adaptations/ arrangements by Dunn. SUTTON FOSTER, vocalist
utton Foster is an award-winning actor, singer and dancer who has performed in 11 Broadway shows – most recently the revival of “Violet” – and originated roles in the Broadway productions of “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Little Women,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Shrek The Musical,” and her Tony Award-winning performances in “Anything Goes” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” A Georgia native, Sutton was first seen on television on Star Search at age 15, and has more recently appeared in “Bunheads,” “Psych,” “Johnny and the Sprites,” “Flight of the Conchords,” “Sesame Street,” “Law and Order SVU” and “Royal Pains.” As a solo artist, Sutton has performed all over the country, as well as internationally, with her musical director Michael Rafter, featuring songs from her debut solo CD “Wish” as well as her follow up CD, “An Evening With Sutton Foster: Live at the Cafe Carlyle.” She has graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, Feinstein’s, Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, Joe’s Pub and many others. In 2011, she received an Honorary Doctorate degree from Ball State University where she also is on faculty as a teacher and advisor to the Department of Theatre and Dance. Since March 2015, she stars in TVLand’s new series “Younger,” created by Darren Star.
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Concerts of Thursday, April 27 and Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 8:00pm VASILY PETRENKO, conductor INGRID FLITER, piano RICHARD STRAUSS (1864-1949) Don Juan, Tone Poem after Nikolaus Lenau, Opus 20 (1888-9)
FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in G minor, Opus 25 (1831) 21 MIN I. Molto Allegro con fuoco II. Andante III. Presto; Molto Allegro e vivace Ingrid Fliter, piano INTERMISSION ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Opus 88 (1889) I. Allegro con brio II. Adagio III. Allegretto grazioso IV. Allegro, ma non troppo
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Notes on the Program Ken Meltzer, Program Annotator Don Juan, Tone Poem after Nikolaus Lenau, Opus 20 (1888-9) RICHARD STRAUSS was born in Munich, First Classical Subscription Germany, on June 11, 1864, and died in GarmischPerformance: March 16, 1954, Partenkirchen, Germany, on September 8, 1949. Henry Sopkin, Conductor. The first performance of Don Juan took place in Most Recent Classical Weimar, Germany, on November 11, 1889, with Subscription Performances: the composer conducting the Court Orchestra in November 18, 19, and 20, 2010, the Grand Ducal Theater of Weimar. Don Juan is Jun Märkl, Conductor. scored for piccolo, three flutes, two oboes, English horn, two clarinets, two bassoons, contrabassoon, four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, tuba, timpani, orchestra bells, triangle, cymbals, suspended cymbals, harp, and strings.
he legend of Don Juan seems to have originated in the 16th century. The tale of the libertine nobleman who is damned for his numerous seductions and unwillingness to repent has found expression in numerous works. The Austrian poet and philosopher Nikolaus Lenau (1802-50) offered his own, slightly different perspective in his 1844 poem Don Juan: My Don Juan is no hot-blooded man eternally pursuing women. It is the longing in him to find a woman who is to him incarnate womanhood, and to enjoy, in the one, all the women on earth whom he cannot possess as individuals. Because he does not find her, although he reels from one to another, at last Disgust seizes hold of him, and this Disgust is the Devil that fetches him. When Lenau’s Don Juan is unable to find his womanly ideal, he allows himself to be killed in a duel, exclaiming: “My deadly foe is in my power, and this, too, bores me, as does life itself.” Richard Strauss was 24 when, in 1888, he first read Lenau’s Don Juan. Strauss quickly began to compose an orchestral tone poem based upon the Lenau work, completing his score in 1889. In that same year, Strauss was appointed assistant conductor in Weimar. On November 11, 1889, the 25-year-old Strauss conducted Don Juan’s triumphant premiere. Don Juan opens in bracing fashion with an upward orchestral flourish and the strings’ introduction of the vaulting theme associated throughout the work with the hero. A series of episodes follows, depicting the Don’s numerous conquests. Just when it appears that Don Juan will conclude in triumph, Strauss reminds us of the hero’s fate, particularly as related in Lenau’s poem. The flurry of activity slams to a halt. The orchestra’s troubled repose is pierced by the trumpets’ dissonant interjection. Three pianissimo chords seal Don Juan’s end. First Classical Subscription Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in G minor, Opus 25 (1831)
FELIX MENDELSSOHN was born in Hamburg, Germany, on February 3, 1809, and died in Leipzig, Germany, on November 4, 1847. The first performance of the Piano Concerto No. 1 took place in Munich, Germany, on October 17, 1831, with the composer as soloist. In addition to the solo piano,
Performance: February 20, 1954, Rudolf Firkusny, Piano, Henry Sopkin, Conductor. Most Recent Classical Subscription Performances: April 26, 27, and 28, 2012, Behzod Abduraimov, Piano, Michael Christie, Conductor.
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APR 27/29 | program the Concerto No. 1 is scored for two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, two horns, two trumpets, timpani, and strings.
n May 8, 1830, 21-year-old Felix Mendelssohn departed Berlin for Italy. During his Italian sojourn, Mendelssohn received the inspiration for one of his most famous works, the Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Opus 90. But in addition to the “Italian” Symphony, Mendelssohn’s travels during this period led to the creation of yet another work—one that would prove to be remarkably popular during the German composer’s lifetime. While in Munich, Mendelssohn encountered a beautiful 16-year-old pianist by the name of Delphine von Schauroth, whom Mendelssohn described as “adored here—and deservedly.” Mendelssohn confided to his sister, Fanny: “We flirted dreadfully, but there isn’t any danger because I’m already in love with a young Scotch girl whose name I don’t know.” Later, in Rome, Mendelssohn composed a Piano Concerto in G minor, which he dedicated to Delphine. In September of 1831, Mendelssohn returned to Munich. On October 17, Mendelssohn took part in a charity concert at the Munich Odeon Theater. Mendelssohn conducted his Symphony No. 1 in C minor, as well as the Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Mendelssohn was also the soloist in the premiere of his G-minor Piano Concerto. Both Mendelssohn and Delphine von Schauroth later wed others. Still, Delphine neither forgot Mendelssohn, nor the work he dedicated to her. The composer died in 1847, at the age of 38. Twenty-three years later, at a February 3, 1870 concert held to commemorate Mendelssohn’s birthday, Delphine von Schauroth appeared as soloist, performing the G-minor Piano Concerto. The Concerto No. 1 is in three movements, all played without pause. After a brief orchestral crescendo, the soloist enters with a dramatic presentation of the agitated first thematic group (Molto Allegro con fuoco). The slow-tempo second movement (Andante) is based upon a lovely melody, first sung by the violas and cellos. A brilliant virtuoso finale (Presto; Molto Allegro e vivace) brings the Concerto to a rousing close. Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Opus 88 (1889)
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Performance: October 30, 1951, ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK was born in Mühlhausen, Henry Sopkin, Conductor. Bohemia (now Nelahozeves, the Czech Republic), on September 8, 1841, and died in Prague on May Most Recent Classical 1, 1904. The first performance of the Symphony Subscription Performances: No. 8 took place in Prague on February 2, 1890, February 5, 6, and 7, 2015, with the composer conducting the Prague National Tito Muñoz, Conductor. Theater Orchestra. The Eighth Symphony is scored for piccolo, two flutes, two oboes, English horn, two clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, two trumpets, two trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, and strings. “The melodies simply pour out of me”
hile working on his Piano Quartet, Opus 87, Czech composer Antonín Dvořák told his friend, Alois Göbl: “It’s going unexpectedly easily and the melodies simply pour out of me.” On August 26, 1889, one week after finishing the Piano Quartet, Dvořák began work on his Symphony in G Major. It appears a similar level of inspiration attended the new orchestral work. Dvořák began to note ideas for the Symphony, and started
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APR 27/29 | program the composition sketch on September 6. Dvořák completed the sketches for all four movements by September 23, and finished the orchestration on November 8. On February 2, 1890, Dvořák conducted the Prague National Theater Orchestra in the premiere of his Eighth Symphony. A few months later, the composer again presented the Symphony in honor of his election as Member of the Franz Josef Academy for Science, Literature and Art in Prague. On June 16, 1891, the University of Cambridge bestowed an honorary Doctorate of Music upon Dvořák, who again offered his G-Major Symphony in commemoration of the event. As with most of Dvořák’s musical creations, the G-Major Symphony reflects the influence of Czech folk melodies and rhythms. It is also in many ways highly innovative, suggesting new possibilities for traditional symphonic forms. According to Dvořák biographer Otakar Sourek, the composer (by his own admission) consciously strove to create “a work different from his other symphonies, with individual thoughts worked out in a new way.” This, Dvořák achieved in the context of energetic and optimistic music, bursting with unforgettable melodies. Musical Analysis I. Allegro con brio—The Symphony begins with a somber introduction, played by the winds and cellos. This music serves as a unifying force throughout the movement, returning as a bridge to the development and recapitulation of the principal themes. Out of the shadows emerges the sprightly main theme, first played by the flute and soon, triumphantly, by the full orchestra. The flutes and clarinets, over triplet string accompaniment, play the minorkey second theme The woodwinds then introduce a pianissimo, chorale-like melody, played with great force by the entire orchestra. A stormy, contrapuntal development leads to the English horn’s recapitulation of the initial theme. The other themes return in sequence. The movement concludes with a brief, dramatic coda, prominently featuring the brass and timpani. II. Adagio—The slow-tempo movement, in rather free form, presents a series of episodes essentially based on upon the opening four-note motif, consisting of rising sixteenth-note triplets and a quarter note. Especially captivating is an extended C-Major episode with a shimmering espressivo violin solo. The Adagio explores a variety of moods and colors, finally resolving to a peaceful close. III. Allegretto grazioso—Instead of the scherzo then in fashion, the third movement is in the character of a melancholy waltz. The first violins sing the principal melody, closely related to its counterpart in the Adagio. The lilting, major-key trio section prominently features the woodwinds. The traditional repeat of the waltz leads to an unexpectedly joyful Coda (Molto vivace) in 2/4 time, serving as a bridge to the finale. IV. Allegro, ma non troppo—A trumpet call heralds the opening of the final movement. The cellos introduce the theme that serves as the basis for a series of diverse and often thrilling variations. In the midst of the variations, the trumpet-call motif returns. A series of lyrical variations finally yields to a jubilant coda (Tempo I), as the G-Major Symphony dashes to a rousing close.
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APR 27/29 | artists VASILY PETRENKO, conductor
asily Petrenko was born in 1976 and started his music education at the St. Petersburg Capella Boys Music School – the oldest music school in Russia. He then studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire and has also participated in masterclasses with such major figures as Ilya Musin, Mariss Jansons, and Yuri Temirkanov. Following considerable success in a number of international conducting competitions including the Fourth Prokofiev Conducting Competition in St. Petersburg (2003), First Prize in the Shostakovich Choral Conducting Competition in St. Petersburg (1997) and First Prize in the Sixth Cadaques International Conducting Competition in Spain, he was appointed Chief Conductor of the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra from 2004 to 2007. Petrenko is Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra (appointed in 2013-14), Chief Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (a position he adopted in 2009 as a continuation of his period as Principal Conductor which commenced in 2006), Chief Conductor of the European Union Youth Orchestra (since 2015) and Principal Guest Conductor of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia (since 2016). Highlights of the 2016-17 season and beyond include Petrenko’s tours with the European Union Youth Orchestra as Chief Conductor, dates in Europe and Asia with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, and complete cycles of the Beethoven Symphonies in both Liverpool and Oslo. He makes return visits to the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and WDR Sinfonieorchester Cologne in Europe and, further afield, to San Francisco, Houston, Baltimore and Montreal Symphony Orchestras, Minnesota Orchestra and the Los Angeles and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras. Petrenko will make his debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and with the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Festival. INGRID FLITER, piano
rgentine pianist Ingrid Fliter has won the admiration and hearts of audiences around the world for her passionate yet thoughtful and sensitive music making played with an effortless technique. Winner of the 2006 Gilmore Artist Award, one of only a handful of pianists and the only woman to have received this honor, Fliter divides her time between North America and Europe. Fliter made her American orchestral debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, just days after the announcement of her Gilmore award. Since then, she has appeared with the Cleveland and Minnesota Orchestras, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Toronto, National, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, Puerto Rico, San Francisco and Nashville Symphonies among others, as well as at the Mostly Mozart, Grant Park, Aspen, Ravinia, Blossom and Brevard festivals. Born in Buenos Aires in 1973, Fliter began her piano studies in Argentina with Elizabeth Westerkamp. In 1992 she moved to Europe where she continued her studies in Freiburg with Vitaly Margulis, in Rome with Carlos Bruno and with Franco Scala and Boris Petrushansky at the Academy “Incontrui col Maestro” in Imola, Italy. Fliter began playing public recitals at 48 aso.org | @AtlantaSymphony | facebook.com/AtlantaSymphony
the age of eleven and made her professional orchestra debut at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires at the age of 16. Already the winner of several Argentine competitions, she went on to win prizes at the Cantu International Competition and the Ferruccio Busoni Competition in Italy and in 2000 was awarded the silver medal at the Frédéric Chopin Competition in Warsaw. She was invited to teach at the Imola International Academy “Incontri col Maestro” in the fall of 2015.
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he Orchestra donor list includes 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 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. Lettie Pate Evans Foundation, Inc.
Mrs. Anne Cox Chambers
The Kendeda Fund The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
1180 Peachtree Bank of America The Coca-Cola Company Estate of Mrs. Polly Hallock The Home Depot Foundation
Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation Amy W. Norman Charitable Foundation Estate of Dr. Shirley E. Rivers Wells Fargo
Susan & Richard Anderson
Susan & Thomas Wardell
The Antinori Foundation The Graves Foundation
The Zeist Foundation
Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation Kaiser Permanente National Endowment for the Arts Victoria & Howard Palefsky
Ann Marie & John B White, Jr.* Charlie & 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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$25,000+ Madeline & Howell E. Adams, Jr. The Antinori Foundation Betty Sands Fuller The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation The Breman Foundation, Inc. Mary & John Brock The John and Rosemary Brown Family Foundation Connie & Merrell Calhoun City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Mr. & Mrs. Bradley Currey, Jr. Ms. Lynn Eden Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta Fulton County Arts Council Fulton County Board Of Commissioners Judah S. Gudelsky Caroline Hofland Hudgens Family Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Gary Lee, Jr. The Charles Loridans Foundation, Inc. Massey Charitable Trust Mr. Harris N. Miller & Ms. Deborah A. Kahn Terence L. & Jeanne P. Neal* One Museum Place Mr. & Mrs. E. Fay Pearce, Jr. Porsche Cars North America Inc. Publix Super Markets Charities Ms. Ellen Rudolph Ryder Truck Rental Bill & Rachel Schultz* Mrs. William A. Schwartz Mrs. Charles A. Smithgall, Jr. Southern Company Gas Mr. G. Kimbrough Taylor & Ms. Triska Drake The Mark & Evelyn Trammell Foundation The UPS Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Edus H. Warren, Jr. WestRock Mrs. Sue S. Williams
$17,500+ Mr. & Mrs. Paul J. Blackney Mr. & Mrs. Frank H. Boykin Ann Elizabeth “Libby” Calk
Wright & Alison Caughman Catherine Warren Dukehart Kirk & Kim Jamieson Caroline & Joe O’Donnell The Sally & Peter Parsonson Foundation Sara Passarella, in memory of Ann E. Calk The Roy & Janet Dorsey Foundation Patrick & Susie Viguerie Mark & Rebekah Wasserman Adair & Dick White
A Friend of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Allstate Insurance Company Alston & Bird Julie & Jim Balloun Jennifer Barlament & Kenneth Potsic Alexandra & Brett Blumencranz Mr. David Boatwright The Walter & Frances Bunzl Foundation John W. Cooledge $15,000+ In honor of Norman Mackenzie Mr. Keith Adams & by Janet Davenport Ms. Kerry Heyward Marcia & John Donnell Clark & Ruby Baker Foundation, Ms. Nancy Field & Bank of America, N.A., Trustee Mr. Michael Schulder Kelley O. & Neil H. Berman Eleanor & Charles Edmondson Janine Brown & Alex J. Simmons, Jr. Georgia-Pacific Foundation The Capital Group Companies Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. Charitable Foundation The Robert Hall Gunn, Jr., Fund Russell Currey & Amy Durrell Virginia Hepner & Malcolm Barnes Harry & Wendy Cynkus Ms. Jeannie Hearn** Cari Dawson & John Sparrow Mr. & Mrs. Douglas J. Hertz Drs. Jeannette Guarner & Roya & Bahman Irvani Carlos del Rio JBS Foundation Marty & John Gillin Robert & Sherry Johnson William M. Graves King & Spalding Jason & Carey Guggenheim/ Lenox Square a Simon Mall Boston Consulting Group Sarah & Jim Kennedy Clay & Jane Jackson Mr.** & Mrs.** Donald Keough Ann A. & Ben F. Johnson III* Kimberly-Clark Corporation James H. Landon Mr. Louis G. Lane Donna Lee & Howard Ehni Pat & Nolan Leake Karole & John Lloyd Mr. & Mrs. Brian F. McCarthy Meghan & Clarke Magruder John F. & Marilyn M. McMullan Ken & Carolyn Meltzer Walter W. Mitchell Piedmont National Sunny Park Family Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Solon P. Patterson* Dr.** & Mrs. Mark P. Pentecost, Jr. Suzanne & Bill Plybon* Patty & Doug Reid Joyce & Henry Schwob Betsy & Lee Robinson June & John Scott Mary & Jim Rubright Mr. John A. Sibley III Jeffrey Sprecher & Kelly Loeffler Slumgullion Charitable Fund Loren & Gail Starr King & Spalding Alison & Joe Thompson Dr. Steven & Lynne Steindel* Trapp Family Ticketmaster John & Ray Uttenhove Turner Foundation, Inc. Kathy N. Waller Chilton & Morgan Varner Dr. & Mrs. James Wells 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 Gala within a given fiscal year and enjoy all the benefits of the Conductor’s Circle, as well as others, 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
$5,000+ A Friend of the Symphony - 5 Mrs. Kay Adams* & Mr. Ralph Paulk Mr. & Mrs. John Allan Mr. William Allgood Asad Bashey Jack & Helga Beam Patricia & William Buss William & Patricia Cook Jean & Jerry Cooper Thomas G. Cousins Ms. Suzanne E. Mott Dansby Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan J. Davies Ms. Arlene DeMita Ms. Diane Durgin Mr. & Mrs. Richard Goodsell Greystar Real Estate Partners LLC Sally W. Hawkins Mr. Roger Hudguns Tad & Janin Hutcheson Mr. Baxter P. Jones & Dr. Jiong Yan Cecile M. Jones Donald S. Orr & Marcia K. Knight Mr. Kurt P. Kuehn & Ms. Cheryl Davis George H. Lanier
Mr. & Mrs. J. Hicks Lanier/The Sartain Lanier Family Foundation Isabel Lamy Lee Loews Atlanta Hotel Peg & Jim Lowman Mary Ruth McDonald* Ms. Terry S. McGehee & Ms. Sheila A. Hunt, A.I.A. Ms. Molly Minnear & Mr. Craig Seibert Morgens West Foundation Franca G. Oreffice Margaret H. Petersen Mr. & Mrs. Joel F. Reeves Vicki & Joe Riedel John T. Ruff Beverly & Milton Shlapak Ms. Caroline Stackhouse Peter James Stelling John & Yee-Wan Stevens Lou & Dick Stormont Mr. & Mrs. Edward W. Stroetz, Jr. Carol & Ramon Tomé Family Fund* Mr. & Mrs. Alan Watt Dr. & Mrs. James O. Wells, Jr. Joan N. Whitcomb Dick S. White, Jr. Suzanne B. Wilner
Aadu & Kristi Allpere* Rita & Herschel Bloom Lisa & Russ Butner Clark & Ruby Baker Foundation Cobb EMC Community Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Ronald M. Cofield Sally & Carl Gable Deedee & Marc Hamburger* Azira G. Hill Paul & Rosthema Kastin Amy & Paul Snyder Russell Williamson & Shawn Pagliarini
A Friend of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (4) Ms. Mary Allen Mr. & Mrs. Stephen D. Ambo Rod & Leslie Aycox Dr. Evelyn R. Babey Dr. & Mrs. David Bakken Lisa & Joe Bankoff Anthony Barbagallo & Kristen Fowks Bell Family Foundation for Hope Inc Dr. & Mrs. Joel E. Berenson Natalie & Matthew Bernstein Shirley Blaine Robert Blythe Jane & Gregory Blount Leon Borchers Martha S. Brewer Mrs. Harriett E. Brock & Mr. Erich Ledermann Jacqueline A. & Joseph E. Brown, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Anton J. Bueschen Mrs. Judith D. Bullock Karen & Rod Bunn Lubo Fund Dr. Aubrey Bush & Dr. Carol Bush
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Mr. & Mrs. Walter K. Canipe Alison & Chuck Carlin Mr. & Mrs. George E. Case III Mr. & Mrs. Dennis M. Chorba Ruth & Mark Coan Susan & Carl Cofer Mr. & Mrs. R. Barksdale Collins* Ralph & Rita Connell Rebekah & Jonathan Cramer Carol Comstock & Jim Davis* Peter & Vivian de Kok Mr. Philip A. Delanty Mary & Mahlon Delong Xavier Duralde & Mary Barrett Greg & Debra Durden Betty W. Dykes Mr. Richard H. Delay & Dr. Francine D. Dykes Mr. & Mrs. Robert G. Edge Dieter Elsner The Elster Foundation Dr. & Mrs. Carl D. Fackler Ellen & Howard Feinsand Rosi Fiedotin Mr. & Mrs. William A. Flinn Dr. & Mrs. Richard D Franco John & Michelle Fuller Representative Pat Gardner & Mr. Jerry Gardner Mary D. Gellerstedt Dr. Mary G. George & Mr. Kenneth Molinelli Sally & Walter George Caroline M Gilham Mrs. Janet D. Goldstein Dr. & Mrs. Carl Grafton Mrs. Louise Grant Joanne & Alex Gross Mr. & Mrs. George N. Gundersen Mr. Gary Guy Harald R. Hansen* Lee Harper & Wayne Vason Phil & Lisa Hartley
John & Martha Head The Hellen Ingram Plummer Charitable Foundation, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. John E. Hellriegel Mr. William B. Hendrix Kenneth R. Hey Sarah & Harvey Hill The Hisham & Nawal Araim Foundation James & Bridget Horgan Mrs. Sally Horntvedt Tatty & Harry Howard Henry Howell Dona & Bill Humphreys Mrs. James M. Hund JoAnn Hall Hunsinger The Hyman Foundation Mary & Wayne James Cynthia Jeness The Jim Cox, Jr. Foundation Aaron & Joyce Johnson Mr. W. F. & Dr. Janice Johnston Jones Day Ann Rollins & James Jose Mr. James F. Kelly, Sr. Dick & Georgia Kimball* Ms. & Ms. Tara KingHughes Allyson M. Kirkpatrick Mr. & Mrs. Alan M. Knieter Mrs. Jo W. Koch David & Jill Krischer Dr. & Mrs. James T. Laney* Wolfgang & Mariana Laufer Lillian Balentine Law 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 Belinda & Gino Massafra Martha & Reynolds
McClatchey Mr. & Mrs. Albert S. McGhee Mrs. Kathryn M. McGrew Dr. Larry V. McIntire Mr. Justin R. McLain Birgit & David McQueen Virginia K. McTague Anna & Hays Mershon Judy Zaban-Miller & Lester Miller Moe’s Southwest Grill Rebecca P. Moon Gregory & Judy Moore Lilot S. Moorman & Jeffrey B. Bradley Mr. Andrew Muir Janice & Tom Munsterman Ann A. Nable Melanie & Allan Nelkin Gary & Peggy Noble Mr. & Mrs. Charles O’Brien, III Lynn & Galen Oelkers Robert & Mary Ann Olive Barbara & Sanford Orkin Mr. Nat Padget Margo Brinton & Eldon Park Susan Perdew Elise T. Phillips Doris Pidgeon in Memory of Rezin E. Pidgeon, Jr. In Memory of Dr. Frank S. Pittman III Mary Kay & Gene Poland Ms. Kathy Powell Tom & Mary Quigley Mr. Leonard B. Reed Mr. J. A. Reiman & Ms. Cynthia Good Mrs. Susan H. Reinach Peach State Truck Centers Dr. & Mrs. Roger Ritvo S.A. Robinson Ms. Susan Robinson & Ms. Mary Roemer Mr. & Mrs. Richard L. Rodgers George & Mary Rodrigue The Gary W. Rollins Foundation Jane & Rein Saral
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Schlotman Sam Schwartz & Dr. Lynn Goldowski Mr. Randy Shields & Mrs. Sarah Shields Nancy & Henry Shuford Helga Hazelrig Siegel Gerald & Nancy Silverboard Baker & Debby Smith Hamilton & Mason Smith Johannah Smith Barry & Gail Spurlock Mr. & Mrs. Raymond F. Stainback, Jr. Mrs. C. Preston Stephens Kay & Alex Summers Stephen & Sonia Swartz Mr. & Mrs. Elliott Tapp George & Amy Taylor Judith & Mark K. Taylor Mrs. William J. Thompson Burton Trimble Mrs. Sheila Tschinkel Frank Vinicor, M.D. Vogel Family Foundation Drs. Jonne & Paul Walter Carol Brantley & David Webster Joan & Howard Weinstein Nanette K. Wenger, M.D. Robert Wenger & Susan Carney David & Martha West Dr. W. Geoffrey West Ron & Susan Whitaker Mr. & Mrs. Peter L. Whitcup Thomas E. Whitesides, Jr. M.D. Hubert H. Whitlow, Jr. Mrs. Frank L. Wilson, Jr. Russell Winch & Mark Elberfield Mary Lou Wolff Mr. & Mrs. M. Beattie Wood Mr. & Mrs. John C. Yates Camille Yow Grace & Herbert Zwerner
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ASO | support henry sopkin circle Recognizing planned gifts that benefit the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Named for the Orchestraâ€™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 Kenneth & Kathleen Tice Mr. H. Burton Trimble, Jr. Steven R. Tunnell
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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
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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
Thalia & Michael C. Carlos Foundation The Delta Air Lines Foundation Sally & Carl Gable Wilbur & Hilda Glenn Family Foundation
Estate of Cora Nunnally Miller
Mr. & Mrs. Solon P. Patterson
Betty & Robert Balentine Patty & Doug Reid Estate of Michael McDowell The Antinori Foundation Mrs. Hugh M. Chapman Marty & John Gillin Clay & Jane Jackson The Besse Johnson & George Blanton Allen Foundation
Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation The Kendeda Fund Lucy R. & Gary Lee, Jr. The UPS Foundation Wells Fargo
David, Helen & Marian Woodward Fund
Mr. & Mrs. Wyatt T. Johnson The Sumgullion Charitable Fund Massey Charitable Trust The Fred & Sue McGehee Mark & Evelyn Trammell Foundation Family Charitable Fund Susan & Tom Wardell Powell Charitable Trust 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.
Don Carson Dr. John Cooledge The Roy & Janet Dorsey Foundation
The Robert S. Elster Foundation 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 Margo Brinton & Eldon Park Mr. & Mrs. William B. Fryer
Mr. & Mrs. Robert D. Hays Lynn & Galen Oelkers 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
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THE PATRON CIRCLE $200,000+
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 Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP 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
The Patron Circle includes donors who generously made contributions to our FY16 annual funds and/or long-term special projects and endowment funds. Chip and Sharon Shirley The Shops Buckhead Atlanta Mr. and Mrs. H. Bronson Smith Sara and Paul Steinfeld 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
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 Lynne & Steve Steindel 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
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ASO | staff EXECUTIVE Jennifer Barlament Executive Director Jamie Anderson, Executive Assistant 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 Oâ€™Toole Artist Liaison Bob Scarr Archives Program Manager DEVELOPMENT Toni Paz Director of Development Jessica Langlois Director of Major Gifts and Special Projects Jordan Keegan Development Assistant William Keene Development Assistant Nancy Field Grants Manager Brenda Turner Associate Director of Individual Giving
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Tammy Hawk Senior Director of Communications KC Commander Marketing Coordinator Elizabeth Daniell Communications Coordinator Adam Fenton Director of Multimedia Technology Robert Phipps Publications Director SALES & REVENUE MANAGEMENT Russell Wheeler Senior Director of Sales & Revenue Management Melanie Kite Director of Subscriptions & Patron Services Jordan Ealey Patron Services Manager Pamela Kruseck Manager of Group Sales & Tourism Jesse Pace Patron Services Manager Gokul Parasuram Database Administrator 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, Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra Tiffany I. M. Jones Managing Producer of Educational Concerts Ruthie Miltenberger Manager of Family Programs Adrienne Thompson Manager, Talent Development Program Tyrone Webb Manager of Education and Community Programs 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 Brian Crosby Assistant Managing Producer & Scheduling Manager Lisa Eng Multimedia Creative Manager Christine Lawrence Box Office Manager Natacha McLeod Senior Marketing Manager Clay Schell Consultant Will Strawn Marketing Coordinator
corporate & government | support
Mayorâ€™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.
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ASO | ticket info CAN’T ATTEND A CONCERT? You may exchange your tickets by 4 pm 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 pm and Sunday noon to 5 pm. Service charge applies. Phone orders are filled on a best-available basis. All single-ticket sales are final.
www.atlantasymphony.org 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.org.
ASO | general info LATE SEATING
THE ROBERT SHAW ROOM
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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MAY 4/6 | Thu/Sat: 8pm | Delta Classical MOZART: Eine kleine Nachtmusik RAMEAU: Suite from Les Indes galantes HAYDN: Symphony No. 104, “London” Nicholas McGegan, conductor MAY 5 | Fri: 6:30pm | CASUAL FRIDAY MOZART: Eine kleine Nachtmusik COUPERIN (arr. Bazelaire): Pièces en concert for Cello and Strings HAYDN: Symphony No. 104, “London” Nicholas McGegan, conductor Daniel Laufer, cello
MAY 11/13 | Thu/Sat: 8pm | Delta Classical GLUCK: Orfeo ed Euridice Robert Spano, conductor David Daniels, Orfeo Susanna Phillips, Euridice Janai Brugger, Amore ASO Chamber Chorus glo James Alexander, stage director Daniel Arsham, scenography MAY 14 | Sun: 3pm | ASYO FINALE CONCERT RESPIGHI: Pines of Rome Joseph Young, conductor MAY 19/20 | Fri/Sat: 8pm | Delta POPS! An Orchestral Tribute to ELVIS! Michael Krajewski, conductor Dave Bennett, Allison Blackwell, vocals MAY 25/27 | Thu/Sat: 8pm | Delta Classical DEBUSSY: Nocturnes JOLIVET: Flute Concerto FAURÉ: Requiem Donald Runnicles, conductor Christina Smith, flute Kim-Lillian Strebel, soprano Matthew Worth, baritone Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus
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12, 7:30 p.m.
Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 2, â€œResurrectionâ€? in a virtuosic transcription for organ
David Briggs, organ with the Cathedral Choir free admission
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ESTABLISHMENT — In tribute to Southern fare, Establishment’s kitchen cultivates a traditional array of Georgia classics and original creations such pimiento cheese with bourbon bacon marmalade, hot boiled peanut hummus, venison “buckshot” meatballs, and one very special entree, an 1845 custom cut aged Delmonico steak served campfirestyle with parmesan rosemary truffle fries. Craft cocktails and regional beers. 1197 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 517 in Colony Square, 404.347.5291, establishmentatlanta.com. M LIVINGSTON RESTAURANT AND BAR — It’s hard to beat the location (across from the Fox Theatre in the Georgian Terrace), and diners get complimentary parking, but the main attraction is the glamour of the main dining room, which has hosted the likes of Clark Gable, and the al fresco
seating area. 659 Peachtree St. NE, 404.897.5000, livingstonatlanta.com. M LOBBY — The menu at this sophisticated American restaurant focuses on seasonal fare. In the lobby of TWELVE Atlantic Station. 361 17th St. NE, 404.961.7370, lobbyattwelve.com, M
NEIGHBORHOOD CODES A Alpharetta
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DINING GUIDE AMERICAN
ONE. MIDTOWN KITCHEN — Dine on fresh, seasonal American cuisine in a clublike atmosphere near Piedmont Park. 559 Dutch Valley Road, 404.892.4111, onemidtownkitchen.com. M PACES & VINE — The team behind intown Murphy’s expands to Vinings Jubilee with classic American comfort food crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Shared plates, fish, steaks. Wine-centric bar with craft cocktails. Weekday lunch, weekend brunch and dinner menus by celebrated Atlanta chef Ian Winslade (Murphy’s, W hotels, Bluepointe). 4300 Paces Ferry Road, 404.205.8255, pacesandvine.com. V Matt Ryan (above) is an eat-out kind of guy. You’ll often find him at Davio’s.
RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE — A favorite local steakhouse with multiple locations near shopping and entertainment hot spots. Sides are generous, and the quality of the steaks and seafood is excellent. Four locations: Alpharetta, 11655 Haynes Bridge Road, 770.777.1500; Buckhead, 3285 Peachtree Road NE, 404.365.0660; Centennial Olympic Park, 267 Marietta St. NW, 404.223.6500; Kennesaw, 620 Chastain Road NW, 770.420.1985; ruthschris.com. A, B, D SOUTH CITY KITCHEN — With a stylish, Southern-contemporary menu, this DiRoNA restaurant helped make grits hip for the business crowd. Three locations: Buckhead: 3350 Peachtree Rd #175, 404.815-6677; Midtown: 1144 Crescent Ave., 404.873.7358; Vinings: 1675 Cumberland Parkway, 770.435.0700, southcitykitchen. com. B, M, V
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TWO URBAN LICKS — “Fiery” American cooking meets live music at this hip hangout. 820 Ralph McGill Blvd., 404.522.4622, twourbanlicks.com. M
STK ATLANTA — STK blends a chic lounge and a dynamic fine dining experience with the superior quality of a traditional steakhouse. Midtown: 1075 Peachtree St., NE (at 12th St.); 404.793.0144, togrp.com/ venue/stk-atlanta. M
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SOHO — American-style bistro offers fish and seafood, beef, game and poultry, with gluten-free lunch and dinner options, plus their specially-priced Cobb Energy Centre theater menu will get you in and out with plenty of time to make the performance; just show your tickets to your server. Different weekly “wine and tapas” flights debut each Wednesday night. Vinings Jubilee, 4300 Paces Ferry Road, 770.801.0069, sohoatlanta.com. V
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DINING GUIDE BREWPUB/ GOURMET PUB FARE
GORDON BIERSCH — Fresh-brewed beers are a tasty accent to this brewery-restaurant’s hearty pizzas, salads and sandwiches. For a small additional fee, pre-show diners can leave cars in the lot while they’re at the Fox Theatre. Two locations: Midtown: 848 Peachtree St. NE, 404.870.0805; Buckhead: 3242 Peachtree Road NE, 404.264.0253, gordonbiersch.com. M, B TAP — A gastropub offering easy-to-share pub fare and an extensive beer selection. The patio is a great place to chill after work. 1180 Peachtree St. NE, 404.347.2220, tapat1180.com. M
COPELAND’S OF NEW ORLEANS — Bayou fare, plus steak, chicken, pasta and sandwiches. Fresh desserts and pastries from the Cheesecake Bakery. Live Jazz Sunday brunch buffet. A favorite gathering spot for Saints fans. Libations include the “Pontchartrain Beach” martini. Lunch, brunch, dinner. Takeout available. 3101 Cobb Parkway, 770.612.3311, copelandsatlanta. com. V PARISH — New Orleans-inspired dishes served with a modern twist and a fully stocked raw bar. A N’awlins-inspired brunch is served on weekends. Downstairs, a takeaway market sells sandwiches, spices, pastries and beverages. 240 North Highland Ave. NE, 404.681.4434, parishatl.com. OFW
ECCO — Esquire Magazine named this casual, European-influenced bistro a best new restaurant in America. It’s received raves for its wine list, wood-fired pizzas, and impressive meat and cheese menus. 40 7th St. NE, 404.347.9555, ecco-atlanta.com. M
DAVIO’S NORTHERN ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE — At Phipps Plaza in the heart of Buckhead. 3500 Peachtree Road NE, 404.844.4810, davios.com/atl. B
LA TAVOLA — Neighborhood hub for classic Italian comfort food has a cozy, exposedbrick interior & a back patio. 992 Virginia Ave. NE, 404.873.5430, latavolatrattoria. com. M MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY — Specializing in Italian-American cuisine — and lots of it — in a classy-casual setting. Pick a booth for an intimate date night, or go big; this place is good for kids and groups. Takeout available at all locations. Buckhead: 3368 Peachtree Road, 404-816-9650; Cumberland Mall: 1601 Cumberland Mall, 770-799-1580; Perimeter Mall: 4400 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, 770-804-3313. maggianos.com B, NA, P
ALMA — A refreshing approach to contemporary Mexican cuisine. Bright, fresh ingredients and traditional regional influences come together with other Latin American flavors in vibrant dishes that feel familiar and new all at once. 191 Peachtree St. NE, 404.968.9662, alma-atlanta.com. D EL TACO — An eco-friendly watering hole serving fresh Mexican food made with all-natural meats and tasty margaritas. 1186 North Highland Ave. NE, 404.873.4656, eltaco-atlanta.com.VH
LURE — A modern interpretation of a classic fish house with a focus on seasonality and freshness. 1106 Crescent Ave., 404.817.3650. lure-atlanta.com. M
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SAVE THE DATE! SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 9 | 6pm THE FOUR SEASONS HOTEL ATLANTA | 75 Fourteenth Street NE Hosted by:
The Atlanta Symphony Associates Honorary Chairs:
Howard and Vicki Palefsky
IN REMEMBRANCE Ann Elizabeth “Libby” Calk, the first harpist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, passed away in Atlanta on April 23, 2016 at the age of 91. To celebrate her love of music, her family has donated her beloved harp, which was custom made for her by Lyon & Healy in 1947, to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Libby earned her music degree from Ward-Belmont Conservatory of Music in Nashville, TN. From there, she moved to New York City to study with renowned harpist Carlos Salzedo. Through her association with Salzedo, Libby performed and toured throughout the U.S. and Mexico, ultimately joining the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in the early 1950s. Atlanta is also where she met her husband Dr. Guy L. Calk and where they raised their seven children. “On behalf of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, we want to thank the Calk family for this incredibly generous gift. We will ensure that this beautiful instrument continues to inspire and delight audiences in Libby’s memory for generations to come.” Elisabeth Remy Johnson Principal Harp 76 aso.org | @AtlantaSymphony | facebook.com/AtlantaSymphony
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