ASO ENCORE :: December 2017

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he holidays are a time of reflection and gratitude, and we have much to be grateful for at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra this December. 2017 has been a momentous year filled with triumphs and celebrations, and we thank you for your unwavering support along the way. Here are some of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s most notable moments of 2017: e met our annual Delta Classical Series subscription goal before the season even W began, adding more than 1,300 new subscriber households to the ASO family. he Orchestra welcomed seven new musicians, as well as ASO Assistant Conductor T and Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra Music Director Stephen Mulligan. Our education programs are off to a record-breaking start and will serve over 80,000 young people during the 2017/18 season. Twelve new and engaged ASO Board members were welcomed this year. e broke our own highest paid attendance record for an ASO concert at Verizon W Amphitheatre with over 6,000 delighted fans joining us for Star Wars and More: The Music of John Williams. he 2017 Atlanta Symphony Ball raised more than $300,000 for the Orchestra’s T education and community engagement programs. We exceeded our total philanthropy goal by 7.6% over last fiscal year. We celebrated our third consecutive season in the black. The Orchestra’s historic premiere of Verdi’s Otello featuring Russell Thomas, along with Mahler’s Seventh Symphony and Verdi’s Requiem, have been just a few of the recent artistic highlights.

Without the generosity of you, our patrons; the dedication of our administrative staff; and the immense talents of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus musicians, these extraordinary moments would not have been possible. Thank you all for another remarkable year at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Here’s to a holiday season filled with friends, family and joy! Warm regards,

Jennifer Barlament Executive Director

Howard Palefsky Chairman of the Board

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onductor, pianist, composer and teacher Robert Spano is known worldwide for the intensity of his artistry and distinctive communicative abilities. Beginning his 17th season as Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, this highly imaginative conductor is an approachable artist with the innate ability to share his enthusiasm for music with an entire community and concert hall. A fervent mentor to rising artists, he is responsible for nurturing the careers of numerous celebrated composers, conductors and performers and enjoys collaborations with composers and musicians of all ages, backgrounds and ability, especially through his leadership of the Atlanta School of Composers. As Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival and School, he oversees the programming of more than 300 events and educational programs for 630 students and rising artists; he also holds a conducting residency with the Colburn School Orchestra in Los Angeles. Spano has led ASO performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Ravinia, Ojai, and Savannah Music Festivals. Guest engagements have included the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, and San Francisco, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, Minnesota, Oregon, Utah, Kansas City and Philadelphia Symphony Orchestras, the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, BBC Symphony, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira, Orquestra Sinfonica Estado Sao Paulo, the Melbourne Symphony in Australia and the Saito Kinen Orchestra in Japan. His opera performances include Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera and the Seattle Opera’s Wagner Ring cycles.


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 Orchestra. 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.

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ASO | leadership 2017-18 Board of Directors Officers Howard D. Palefsky, Chair Janine Brown, Chair-elect

Thomas Wardell, Vice Chair Lynn Eden, Vice Chair

Meghan H. Magruder, James Rubright, Secretary Treasurer

Keith Adams Juliet Allan Susan Antinori Jennifer Barlament* Neil H. Berman+ Paul Blackney Rita Bloom Janine Brown Karen Bunn* C. Merrell Calhoun+ Bill Carey S. Wright Caughman, M.D.+ Russell Currey Lynn Eden Sloane Evans

Carlos del Rio, M.D.+ Paul R. Garcia Jason Guggenheim Joseph W. Hamilton, III Bonnie B. Harris Caroline Hofland Doug Hooker Tad Hutcheson Roya Irvani D. Kirk Jamieson Carrie Kurlander James H. Landon+ Donna Lee Hank Linginfelter Sukai Liu

Karole F. Lloyd Kelly L. Loeffler Meghan H. Magruder Brian F. McCarthy Penelope McPhee+ Bert Mills Molly Minnear Terence L. Neal Joseph M. O’Donnell Galen Lee Oelkers Howard D. Palefsky Suzanne Tucker Plybon+ Ronda Respess* James Rubright William Schultz

Charles Sharbaugh Doug Shipman* John Sibley W. Ross Singletary, II Paul Snyder+ John Sparrow Gail Ravin Starr Joseph M. Thompson S. Patrick Viguerie+ Thomas Wardell Mark D. Wasserman Dr. James Wells John B. White, Jr. Richard S. White, Jr.

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Michael W. Trapp Ray Uttenhove Chilton Varner Adair R. White Sue Sigmon Williams

Mrs. Drew Fuller Mary D. Gellerstedt

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


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

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

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Robert Spano Music Director The Robert Reid Topping Chair

MUSICIAN ROSTER FIRST VIOLIN David Coucheron Concertmaster

SECTION VIOLIN ‡ Judith Cox Raymond Leung

VIOLA Reid Harris Principal

The Mr. & Mrs. The Carolyn Howard R. Peevy Chair McClatchey Chair The Mabel Dorn Sanford Salzinger Reeder Honorary Chair

The Edus H. & Harriet H. Warren Chair

Justin Bruns Associate Concertmaster

The Mary & Lawrence Gellerstedt Chair

The Charles McKenzie Taylor Chair

Vacant Assistant Concertmaster Jun-Ching Lin Assistant Concertmaster Anastasia Agapova Acting Assistant Concertmaster Carolyn Toll Hancock

SECOND VIOLIN Julianne Lee• Principal

Paul Murphy Associate Principal Catherine Lynn

The Atlanta Symphony Assistant Principal Associates Chair Marian Kent

Sou-Chun Su Associate Principal

The Frances Cheney Boggs Chair

Jay Christy Assistant Principal Noriko Konno Clift Acting Assistant Principal Sharon Berenson The Wells Fargo Chair David Braitberg John Meisner David Dillard Christopher Pulgram Eleanor Kosek Carol Ramirez Ruth Ann Little Juan Ramirez Thomas O’Donnell Olga Shpitko Ronda Respess Kenn Wagner Frank Walton Lisa Wiedman Yancich Sissi Yuqing Zhang •

Yang-Yoon Kim Yiyin Li Lachlan McBane Jessica Oudin Madeline Sharp

CELLO Christopher Rex Principal The Miriam & John Conant Chair

Daniel Laufer Associate Principal The Livingston Foundation Chair

Karen Freer Assistant Principal Dona Vellek Assistant Principal Emeritus Thomas Carpenter •

Players in string sections are listed alphabetically

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Donald Runnicles Principal Guest Conductor The Neil and Sue Williams Chair Joel Dallow

The UPS Foundation Chair

Larry LeMaster Brad Ritchie Paul Warner BASS Vacant Principal The Marcia & John Donnell Chair  Gloria Jones Allgood Associate Principal Lucy R. & Gary Lee Jr. Chair

Karl Fenner Sharif Ibrahim • Michael Kenady

The Jane Little Chair

Michael Kurth Joseph McFadden* Daniel Tosky FLUTE Christina Smith Principal The Jill Hertz Chair

Robert Cronin Associate Principal C. Todd Skitch Gina Hughes PICCOLO Gina Hughes

Michael Krajewski Principal Pops Conductor

Stephen Mulligan Assistant Conductor; Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra The Zeist Foundation Chair

OBOE Elizabeth Koch Tiscione Principal

Anthony Georgeson• Associate Principal Laura Najarian The George M. & Corrie Juan de Gomar Hoyt Brown Chair

Yvonne Powers Peterson Associate Principal The Kendeda Fund Chair

Samuel Nemec Emily Brebach ENGLISH HORN Emily Brebach CLARINET Laura Ardan Principal

Nathan Zgonc Second/Associate Principal Brian Hecht

BASS TROMBONE CONTRA-BASSOON Brian Hecht The Home Depot Juan de Gomar Veterans Chair

HORN Brice Andrus Principal The Betty Sands Fuller Chair

Susan Welty Associate Principal Jaclyn Rainey Bruce Kenney

TRUMPET The Robert Shaw Chair Stuart Stephenson Principal Ted Gurch The Madeline & Associate Principal Howell Adams Chair Marci Gurnow Vacant Alcides Rodriguez Associate Principal E-FLAT CLARINET Michael Tiscione Acting Associate Ted Gurch Principal/Second BASS CLARINET TROMBONE Alcides Rodriguez Samuel Schlosser BASSOON Principal The Terence L. Neal Andrew Brady Chair, Honoring Principal The Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation Chair

Norman Mackenzie Director of Choruses The Frannie and Bill Graves Chair

his dedication and service to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

TUBA Michael Moore Principal The Delta Air Lines Chair

TIMPANI Mark Yancich Principal The Walter H. Bunzl Chair

William Wilder Assistant Principal PERCUSSION Joseph Petrasek • Principal

HARP Elisabeth Remy Johnson Principal The Sally & Carl Gable Chair


The Hugh & Jessie Hodgson Memorial Chair

Peter Marshall † Sharon Berenson LIBRARY Nicole Jordan Principal The Marianna & Solon Patterson Chair

Holly Matthews Assistant Principal Librarian Hannah Davis ASYO/Assistant Librarian

The Julie & Arthur Montgomery Chair

Charles Settle* Acting Principal The Connie & Merrell Calhoun Chair

William Wilder Assistant Principal The William A. Schwartz Chair

Michael Stubbart •

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magine you’ve been dreaming of a career in classical music for as long as you can remember. It’s the only thing you can imagine spending your life doing. Sure, other kids your age can put off career decisions for years, they might not even declare a major in college until their third year, but you’ve been climbing toward this mountaintop since you were old enough to choose the practice room over the Xbox.

Then imagine that only about two percent of those professional musicians on stage look like you. Because for young AfricanAmerican and Latino musicians around the country, that’s what classical music looks like. Imagine the courage it takes to feel like you belong on that stage, the fierce dedication to

your dream, the loneliness and isolation you’ve battled through, the anxiety about whatever challenges still await you, and the fortitude you know you’ll have to muster to succeed. Twenty-four years ago, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Talent Development Program was born out of the desire to increase diversity among professional orchestras. The program provides free lessons with ASO members, along with other benefits, to dedicated young African-American and Latino students. To date, more than a hundred program graduates have gone on to college and careers in music, many with dreams of joining orchestras like the ASO someday. | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 15


Now imagine that you’re at a symphony concert, watching and listening breathlessly as the professionals you idolize bring the music you adore to life. They pour all their skill, all their years of practice and dedication, all their joys and triumphs and heartbreaks into their instruments, and those instruments sing and dance and paint the air with sonic magic.

In an industry not particularly known for its inclusiveness or its connection to under represented communities, the ASO’s Talent Development Program is truly making historic progress in training the next generation of professional musicians. The impact that their diverse backgrounds and devotion to their chosen craft will have on the future of classical music will be incalculable, and long overdue. Alisha Zamore, a TDP clarinetist and student of ASO Principal Clarinetist Laura Ardan, wants to be a part of that impact. She doesn’t have to imagine the scenario I wrote about, the prospect of forging a career where few African-Americans or Latinos have before, she lives it every day. And even though success in a field as competitive as classical music is an uphill battle under the best of circumstances, Alisha has even loftier ambitions. “My long-term dream is to not only be a part of a major orchestra, but to reverse the stereotype behind classical music.”

Having to cope with a sub-standard instrument puts these students at a significant disadvantage as they compete for college acceptance and scholarships. ASO trombonist Nathan Zgonc, teacher of TDP senior Phillip Williams, says, “A good instrument can mean the difference between a full scholarship, and not getting into college at all.” ASO Principal Tubist Michael Moore, teacher of three TDP seniors, adds, “A student needs at least two professional-grade instruments to even be considered for a top music school. A student of mine went to a college audition with only one tuba, because he couldn’t afford the airfare to bring two, and the teacher wouldn’t even let him play.” Inferior instruments make everything about playing music more difficult. Your tone might be rough or squeaky, while a better-resourced competitor’s tone is like silk. Your high notes might be shrill, your low notes flabby. Trying to produce competitive tone on a non-competitive instrument can even cause injury – a player works harder than they should to produce the amount of sound necessary, sound that a better instrument would produce with ease. Muscles and tendons are strained beyond healthy limits. Imagine a pole vaulter with a pole that wasn’t flexible enough, or a foot too short, or a swimmer assigned to the only lane in the pool with a current against them.

The Atlanta Symphony is proud to play an integral part in the lives of Alisha and her TDP classmates. But the ASO’s commitment to these students, while extraordinarily beneficial, sometimes needs a little boost. The Talent Development Program, in consultation with the ASO musicians who teach these kids, has identified six high school seniors who have enormous potential to succeed in college, except for one major obstacle: they need better And some of these talented teens don’t instruments. And they need your help to even own the instruments they’re currentget them. ly outgrowing. Remember those beat-up 16 | @AtlantaSymphony |

instruments hiding in the corners of your high school band rooms? Imagine trying to compete for conservatory scholarships on one of those, and you’ll begin to understand how urgently our students need to upgrade. In this season of giving we’d like to ask you to help secure the instruments our Talent Development Program seniors need in order to be successful on the next leg of their musical journey. We’re inviting you to make a small donation, which will go into a special instrument fund for our Talent Development Program seniors. Our goal is to raise $20,000 by the end of 2017… and with your help we can do it!

texting code TUBAS to 50155 to make a simple donation. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of these young musicians. Look for an update on our progress, as well as a confirmation on the music schools and conservatories our TDP graduates will be attending next fall. Each student has different needs, so the final funds will be allocated based on need, other support secured, etc. Any funds secured over the $20,000 goal will fund additional ASO education needs. All donations are tax deductible and a receipt will be sent as confirmation.

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ASO Instructor: Michael Moore, Principal Tuba

ASO Instructor: Nathan Zgonc, Trombone

ASO Instructor: Karen Freer, Cello

ASO Instructor: Laura Ardan, Principal Clarinet

ASO Instructor: Michael Moore, Principal Tuba

ASO Instructor: Michael Moore, Principal Tuba

APPLYING TO: Curtis Institute of Music • Oberlin Conservatory • San Francisco Conservatory • University of Georgia • The Peabody Institute • Rutgers Conservatory • Colburn Conservatory • Eastman School of Music • Northwestern University • The Juilliard School • Rice University • New England Conservatory • Kennesaw State University • Manhattan School of Music • DePaul University and more. | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 17


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1 The Talent Development Program Fellows performed in Symphony Hall for the annual Musicale concert on Nov. 12. New World Symphony Fellow and TDP alumna Chelsea Sharpe concluded the program with a special performance of Still’s Suite for Violin and Piano. 2 For this season’s Family Holiday concert on Dec. 3, ASYO violinist Julia Su will perform alongside the ASO, as well as her father, Associate Principal Second Violin Sou-Chun Su, on Vivaldi’s “Winter” from The Four Seasons.

“I was also a member of the ASYO in the 1980s, so it’s particularly special for me to see Julia performing with the same ensemble nearly 30 years later,” said Sou-Chun Su. “I’m thrilled to be a part of this extraordinary performance opportunity.” 2

3 On Nov. 5 ASO Assistant Conductor and Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO) Music Director Stephen Mulligan led his first Youth Orchestra concert in Symphony Hall.



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

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DEC 3 | program AtlantaSymphonyOrchestra Robert Spano, Music Director Donald Runnicles, Principal Guest Conductor

Concert of Sunday, December 3, 2017, at 3:00pm The Coca-Cola Holiday Concerts are presented by

Family Holiday

featuring the Snowman movie STEPHEN MULLIGAN, Conductor JULIA SU, violin

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

CAMDEN AUGUSTIN, boy soprano PETER ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Miniature Overture from Nutcracker, Opus 71 (1892) CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862-1918) The Snow is Dancing from Children’s Corner (1906-8) (orch. André Caplet) ANTONIO VIVALDI (1687-1741) The Four Seasons, Opus 8, Nos. 1-4 (ca. 1725) Winter, Opus 8, No. 4 in F minor I. Allegro non molto II. Largo III. Allegro Julia Su, violin HOWARD BLAKE (B. 1938) The Snowman (Concert Version), Opus 323 (1983) Camden Augustin, boy soprano This concert is performed without intermission.

Accessibility for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: This performance is Sign Language Interpreted. 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 handheld devices.

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DEC 3 | artists STEPHEN MULLIGAN, conductor


onductor Stephen Mulligan was recently appointed as the Assistant Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, where he began his term in August 2017. From 2014-16, he served as Assistant Conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Music Director of the Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Orchestras Program. Recent highlights include appearances with the St. Louis Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Amarillo Symphony Orchestra, and Reading Symphony Orchestra. Mulligan has also frequently assisted with programs at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, including productions of Bernstein’s West Side Story at the Hollywood Bowl and John Adams‘s Nixon in China at Walt Disney Concert Hall. ​ Mulligan was awarded the Aspen Conducting Prize after studying with Robert Spano as a fellow in the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen from 2013-2014; he served as the festival’s Assistant Conductor in 2015 and as a guest conductor in 2016. Mulligan also studied with Gustav Meier, Markand Thakar, and Marin Alsop at the Peabody Institute, and received his Master’s Degree there in 2013. While studying at Peabody, Mulligan co-founded and directed the Occasional Symphony, an ensemble devoted to performing in alternative venues. In 2012, he traveled to Venezuela with the Baltimore Symphony’s OrchKids staff to participate in an educational exchange with the renowned El Sistema program. In 2011, Mulligan graduated cum laude from Yale University, where he served as the Yale Symphony’s Assistant Conductor, traveled to Helsinki to study Sibelius’s late manuscripts with a grant from the Mellon Foundation, and was awarded the Wrexham Prize for excellence in performance for violin and conducting. Mulligan grew up in Baltimore, MD, studying violin with his father Gregory, former concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony and current violinist with the Baltimore Symphony. JULIA SU, violin



ulia Su, 16, began her violin studies at the age of four. Her parents, Sheela Iyengar and Sou-Chun Su, both violinists who play with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, continue to shape her musical growth today. Julia’s passion and dedication to the violin have led her to win several local and state competitions. She was the winner of the 2016 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) competition, and represented the state of Georgia in the Southeast Region Finals. She also received the Audience Choice Award at the Rising Stars Competition this past May. In 2014, Julia was the winner of the Georgia Youth Symphony Concerto Competition and performed the first movement of the Bruch Violin Concerto. This past summer, Julia was one of 24 violinists selected nationally to participate in the National Youth Orchestra 2 sponsored by Carnegie Hall. Through this program, students are mentored by members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and perform side-by-side with them at

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Join us in Town Center Park to meet the 20-or-so new Suwanee residents that make up our fifth Suwanee SculpTour temporary sculpture exhibition, joining the 16 pieces of art in the city’s permanent collection.

DEC 3 | artists the Kimmel Center and Carnegie Hall. Other summer programs include Credo Music at the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio and Franklin Pond Chamber Music, where she developed her love of chamber music. Julia is a student of Stephen Majeske, former Principal Second Violin of the Cleveland Orchestra. She is currently in her third season with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, and plans to pursue a career in music. CAMDEN AGUSTIN, boy soprano


amden Agustin is a sixth grade homeschool student with the Classical Conversations program, having achieved Mega-Memory Master. He has been with the Gwinnett Young Singers for five years and has studied voice, piano and violin. Agustin loves to play basketball and football with friends.

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Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design

There’s something for everyone at the High this holiday season. From three new exhibitions to festive cocktails and family-friendly programming, it’s all here for you.

“A Fire That No Water Could Put Out” MAKING AFRICA IS ORGANIZED BY


MAKING AFRICA MAJOR FUNDING IS PROVIDED BY The Fulton County Board of Commissioners


The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

THE GERMAN FEDERAL CULTURAL FOUNDATION Sarah Eby-Ebersole and W. Daniel Ebersole



PREMIER EXHIBITION SERIES SUPPORTERS Anne Cox Chambers Foundation The Antinori Foundation Ann and Tom Cousins Sarah and Jim Kennedy Jane and Hicks Lanier Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot

CONTRIBUTING EXHIBITION SERIES SUPPORTERS: Barbara and Ron Balser, Corporate Environments, Peggy Foreman, James F. Kelly Charitable Trust, Jane Smith Turner Foundation, The Lubo Fund, Margot and Danny McCaul, and Joyce and Henry Schwob. GENEROUS SUPPORT IS ALSO PROVIDED BY The Alfred and Adele Davis Exhibition Endowment Fund, Anne Cox Chambers Exhibition Fund, Barbara Stewart Exhibition Fund, Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund, Eleanor McDonald Storza Exhibition Endowment Fund, Forward Arts Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund, Helen S. Lanier Endowment Fund, Howell Exhibition Fund, and John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Exhibition Endowment Fund. Images: Cyrus Kabiru, Caribbean Sun, 2012. © Carl de Souza AFP/Getty Images. Sheila Pree Bright, #1960Now_Selma_50th: Bloody Sunday 50th Anniversary, Selma, AL March 2015, Courtesy of the artist. © Sheila Pree Bright. Al Taylor, 6-8-9, 1988, Glenstone Museum, Potomac, Maryland. © The Estate of Al Taylor.

DEC 9/10 | program AtlantaSymphonyOrchestra Robert Spano, Music Director Donald Runnicles, Principal Guest Conductor Coca-Cola Holiday Concert The Coca-Cola Holiday Concerts are presented by

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

Christmas with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Concerts of Saturday, December 9, 2017, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Sunday, December 10, 2017, 3:00 p.m. NORMAN MACKENZIE, Conductor ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CHORUS MOREHOUSE COLLEGE GLEE CLUB, David Morrow, Director GWINNETT YOUNG SINGERS, Lynn Urda, Director NO INTERMISSION Part One—PROPHECY AND ADVENT “O Come, Emmanuel” (arr. Alice Parker) “And the Glory of the Lord” from Messiah (George Frideric Handel) Praeludium, Sostenuto ma non troppo from Missa solemnis (Ludwig van Beethoven) “Gloria” from Gloria (Francis Poulenc) “Heavenly Light” (Alexander Kopylov) “The First Nowell”* (arr. David Willcocks)

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Notes on the Program Ken Meltzer, Program Annotator Part Two—THE STABLE “Hodie Christus natus est” from A Ceremony of Carols (Benjamin Britten) “Wolcum Yole!” from A Ceremony of Carols (Britten) Elisabeth Remy-Johnson, harp Allegro non molto from Winter, The Four Seasons (Antonio Vivaldi) David Coucheron, violin “See, Amid the Winter’s Snow” (Michael Kurth) (World Premiere, Commissioned by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra) “Away in a Manger” (arr. Parker) “The Angel Choir and the Trumpeter” (Christopher Dedrick) Largo from Winter, The Four Seasons (Vivaldi) David Coucheron, violin “All ‘Round de Glory Manger” (arr. Leonard De Paur) “Tomorrow Shall be My Dancing Day” (arr. John Rutter) Elisabeth Remy Johnson, Harp “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” (Michael Praetorious) “There is a Rose in Flower” (Johannes Brahms/Erich Leinsdorf) “March of the Kings” (arr. Robert Shaw/Parker) “Farandole” from L’Arlésienne (Georges Bizet) “Bogoroditse Devo” (“Virgin, Mother of God”) from Vespers (Sergei Rachmaninov) “Betelehemu” (Babatunde Olatunji/Wendell Whalum) “Hallelujah!” from Messiah (George Frideric Handel) Part Three—AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE “March” from Nutcracker (Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky) “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from Nutcracker (Tchaikovsky) Peter Marshall, celesta “Trepak” from Nutcracker (Tchaikovsky) “Patapan” from Suite No. 1, The Many Moods of Christmas (arr. Robert Russell Bennett) “The Boar’s Head” (arr. Shaw/Parker) “I Saw Three Ships” and “Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly” from Suite No. 4, The Many Moods of Christmas (arr. Bennett) Part Four—ADORATION “El Cant des Ocells” (“The Song of the Birds”) (arr. Pablo Casals) Christopher Rex, cello “Coventry Carol” (arr. Shaw) “The Shepherds’ Farewell to the Holy Family” from L’enfance du Christ (Hector Berlioz) “Adeste, fideles”* (arr. Parker) *The audience is invited to join the choruses in singing these familiar carols. Words are included on the following pages. | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 29

DEC 9/10 | program Translations of the Vocal Selections, and Sing-along Carols The audience is invited to join in singing the familiar carols marked with * *Audience Sing-along “The First Nowell” 14th-century English carol; arr. David Willcocks The first Nowell the angels did say Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay; In fields where they lay, keeping their sheep, On a cold winter’s night that was so deep. Nowell, Nowell, born is the King of Israel! They looked up and saw a star, Shining in the east, beyond them far; And to the earth it gave great light, And so it continued both day and night. Nowell, Nowell, born is the King of Israel! Then let us all with one accord Sing praises to our heav’nly Lord, That hath made heav’n and earth of naught, And with His blood mankind hath bought. Nowell, Nowell, born is the King of Israel! “Hodie Christus natus est” from A Ceremony of Carols Benjamin Britten; traditional Latin text Today Christ is born. Today the Savior appears. Today on earth angels are singing, archangels rejoicing. Today they proudly proclaim, saying: Glory to God in the highest. Alleluia! “Wolcom Yole!” from A Ceremony of Carols Benjamin Britten; medieval English carol Welcome, Welcome, Welcome be thou heavenly King. Welcome, Yule! Welcome, born in one morning! Welcome for whom we shall sing!

Welcome be ye, Stephen and John; Welcome, Innocents every one; Welcome Thomas, martyred one; Welcome be ye, good New Year; Welcome Twelfth Day, both in fear; Welcome, Saints both loved and dear. Welcome, Yule, welcome! Candlemas, Queen of bliss, Welcome both to more and less. Welcome be ye that are here. Welcome, Yule! Welcome all and make good cheer. Welcome all another year. Welcome, Yule, welcome! March of the Kings Medieval French carol; arr. Robert Shaw and Alice Parker This morning I met the procession Of three great kings who were on a journey, This morning I met the procession Of three great kings on the highway. All laden with gold there followed behind Great warriors who guarded the treasure. All laden with gold there followed behind Great warriors with their shields. “Bogorodiste Devo” (“Virgin Mother of God”) from Vespers Sergei Rachmaninov; Russian liturgical text Rejoice O Virgin Theotokos, Mary full of grace, The Lord is with Thee. Blessed art Thou among women, And blessed is the fruit of Thy womb, For thou has borne the Savior of our souls.

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

*Audience Sing-Along Carol “Adeste, Fideles” 18th-century carol; Latin text by John F. Wade English version by William Mercer 1. Audience (Translation is verse 4) Adeste, fideles, laeti triumphantes; venite, venite in Bethlehem; natum videte, regem angelorum. Venite adoremus, Venite adoremus, Venite adoremus, Dominum! 2. Sung by the Choruses, Translation: God of gods, Light of lights, Carried in a maiden’s womb. True God: begotten, not made. O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord! 3. Sung by the Choruses, Translation: “Hallelujah!” now sings the angelic chorus; The heavenly host now sings, “Glory to the highest!” O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord! 4. Audience: O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant; O come ye, o come ye to Bethlehem; Come and behold Him, born the king of angels: O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!

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DEC 9/10 | artists NORMAN MACKENZIE, Director of Choruses



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

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


he Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, founded in 1970 by former Music Director Robert Shaw, remains an important part of the Orchestra’s programming. The Chorus is an all-volunteer, auditioned organization that performs on a regular basis with the Orchestra and is featured on many of its recordings.

Led by Director of Choruses Norman Mackenzie, the chorus is known for its precision and expressive singing quality. Its recordings have won 14 Grammy® Awards (nine for Best Choral Performance; four for Best Classical Recording and one for Best Opera Recording). Those include Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony and the Berlioz Requiem. The Chorus performs large choral-symphonic works under the direction of Music Director Robert Spano and Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles. In addition, the Chorus has been involved in the creation and shaping of numerous world-premiere commissioned works. The Chorus made its debut at New York City’s Carnegie Hall in 1976 in a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra led by Robert Shaw. In addition, the Chorus performed in Washington, DC, for President-elect Jimmy Carter’s Inaugural Concert in 1977, and returned there with Robert Spano in 2017 as part of the SHIFT Festival. In 1988, it accompanied Shaw and the Orchestra on their European debut tour. The Chorus has traveled to Germany three times as a special guest of the Berlin Philharmonic – in December 2003 for three performances of Britten’s War Requiem, in May 2008 for the Berlioz Requiem, and in December 2009 for a week of Brahms Requiem performances – all with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Principal Guest Conductor, Donald Runnicles. Within the Chorus, there is an auditioned group of 60 singers called the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus. The Chamber Chorus, which formed before the larger Chorus in 1967, performs music of the Baroque and Classical eras, as well as works by modern masters. 34 | @AtlantaSymphony |

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DEC 9/10 | artists Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus Norman Mackenzie, Director of Choruses The Frannie and Bill Graves Chair SOPRANO 1 Kathryn Bishop Hanan Davis Khadijah Davis Sakinah Davis Liz Dean Virginia Elizondo Laura Foster Jayme Hogan-Yarbro Courtney Hulsey Erin Jones Arietha Lockhart** Alexis Lundy Mindy Margolis* Joneen Padgett* Joanna Reesman Brianna Riley Natalie Rogers Stacey Tanner Brianne Turgeon* SOPRANO 2 June Abbott** Sloan Atwood* Barbara Brown Kelly Campobasso Martha Craft Amy Dowis Ellen Dukes** Brianna Gilliam Mary Goodwin Amanda Hoffman Kathleen Kelly-George Eda Mathews** Shannon Nesbit Vickie Orme* Lindsay Patten Chantae Pittman Chelsea Rhoades Donna Ross* Paula Snelling* Emily Tallant Cheryl Thrash** Donna Weeks*

Jeffrey Baxter, Choral Administrator The Florence Kopleff Chair

ALTO 1 Verena Anders Erin Axson Deborah Boland** Rachel Bowman Donna Carter-Wood** Laurie Cronin Patricia DinkinsMatthews* Shana Evans-Bassett Katherine Fisher Beth Freeman Noelle Hooge Beverly Hueter Janet Johnson** Virginia Little* Staria Lovelady Meredith McCoy Frances McDowell** Mary Elizabeth Mendenhall Linda Morgan** Laura Emiko Soltis Rachel Stewart** Diana Strommen ALTO 2 Nancy Adams* Michelle Austin Ana Baida Angelica BlackmanKeim Marcia Chandler Meaghan Curry Cynthia Goeltz DeBold** Michèle Diament Afton Herring Sally Kann Nicole Khoury* Katherine MacKenzie Lynda Martin Campbell Rogers Sharon Simons* Alexandra Tanico Virginia Thompson* Alexandra Willingham Kiki Wilson** Diane Woodard**

Peter Marshall, Accompanist

TENOR 1 Jeffrey Baxter** Jordan Bell Christian Bigliani David Blalock** John Brandt Jack Caldwell* Daniel Cameron* Daniel Compton Matthew Cook Justin Cornelius Joseph Cortes Clifford Edge** Steven Farrow** Leif Gilbert-Hansen* James Jarrell Keith Langston Clinton Miller Christopher Patton Stephen Reed # Nathaniel Sundholm TENOR 2 Randall Barker** Mark Barnes Steve Brailsford Charles Cottingham # Phillip Crumbly* Joseph Few* Sean Fletcher Hamilton Fong John Harr Keith Jeffords** Steven Johnstone* Jonathan Marvel Michael Parker Marshall Peterson* Thomas Slusher Scott Stephens* Keith Thompson

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he Morehouse College Glee Club is the premier singing organization of Morehouse College, traveling all over the country and the world, demonstrating excellence not only in choral performance but also in discipline, dedication, and brotherhood. Through its tradition, the Glee Club has an impressive history and seeks to secure its future through even greater accomplishments, continuing in this tradition through the dedication and commitment of its members and the leadership that its directors have provided throughout the years. It is the mission of the Morehouse College Glee Club to maintain a high standard of musical excellence.

The Morehouse College Glee Club celebrated 105 years of its musical legacy throughout the 2015-2016 calendar year, beginning with the release of its newest CD, In Need of Music, and many concerts culminating with an Alumni Reunion concert in February of 2016. Since the Glee Club’s origin, excellence through brotherhood, dedication and commitment and unselfish labors of love has continued in musical performance and in whatever the organization does. The current members come from all over the United States and even from other countries around the world. The Glee Club members all have different interests, which adds to the diversity of the organization. While some are music majors, members are in all academic divisions at the college. Even though some members take Glee Club as a course for credit, all members still sing as a labor of love and enjoy being ambassadors for Morehouse College. DAVID MORROW is a native of Rochester, N.Y. He earned the Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College in 1980. While at Morehouse, he became a member of Phi Beta Kappa, was awarded the Kemper Harreld Award for Excellence in Music, received departmental honors, and graduated Valedictorian of his class. He received the Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan in 1981 and was elected to Pi Kappa Lambda. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music in 1995. He has studied conducting with Wendell Whalum, Thomas Hilbish, Elmer Thomas, John Leman, Earl Rivers, Elizabeth Green, Teri Murai, Fiora Contino and Donald Neuen. Dr. Morrow has been a member of the Music faculty at Morehouse College since 1981. In 1987, he succeeded Dr. Wendell P. Whalum as Director of the Glee Club. In 2013, Dr. Morrow celebrated the 25th anniversary of his directorship of the Glee Club. Alumni and current students honored him singing Psalm 15; a piece composed for the occasion by alumnus Carlos Simon, and also presented him with a silver, engraved baton for his dedication in leadership. He is also Director of the Wendell P. Whalum Community Chorus, Co-Director of the Morehouse-Spelman Chorus, and Artistic Director and Conductor of The Atlanta Singers. Dr. Morrow is a member of the Metropolitan Atlanta Musicians Association and is the past President of the National Association of Negro Musicians Inc. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses, Inc. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, the Georgia Music Educators Association, The National Association for Music Education, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and is a “Friend of the Arts” member of Sigma Alpha Iota. | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 37

DEC 9/10 | artists Morehouse College Glee Club TENOR I Tyler Baker Ethan Godfrey Iyvor Hypolite Carleton Johnson Kaleb Lewis Israel Rochester Brycen Saunders Jalen Shaw Markuan Tigney Nikeidrick Trimble Evan White Edrian Williams

Antoine Bates John Batey Jr. Jacory Bernard Joshua Burrell Adam Campbell Dawud Crayton Jr. Elijah Dormeus Jair Hilburn Matthew Horton Devin Johnson Darron Marble Cameron Thomas Damani Warren

TENOR II Joseph Adekunle Johnathan Alvarado Simpson Berry

BARITONE Marvin Allen Malik Brown Terrell Caroll

Julian Carter Coltyn Collins Noah Gainey Jacquese Harrison Terrance Mcqueen Christian McRoberts Jerrell Melton Kenneth Moales Elijah Mobley Carlos Outten Paul Pinkett Decavien Reaves Stephon Scott Marion Tisdale Isaac Williams Preston Winkfield

BASS Joshua Barnes DeShaun Blake Chase Childs MarTáze Gaines Eric Gandy Karl Gray Donovan Hardy Malik Holiday Johnathan Lord Jabari McKie Xavier Milton Julian Rucker Grant Showell Lou Slaughter Jibreel Wright

GWINNETT YOUNG SINGERS, Lynn Urda, Conductor and Music Director


ow in its 28th season, the Gwinnett Young Singers are frequent guests of the ASO. The choir has performed in twenty annual performances of Christmas With The ASO. Under the direction of Founder and Music Director Lynn Urda and Associate Director Carol Wyatt, the choir is a nationally recognized children’s chorus, best noted for its mastery of challenging repertoire and exceptionally high musical standards. The faculty and staff are dedicated to professionalism in music education and strive to share the power and beauty of a wide variety of choral music. The choir was featured on the Grammy® Award-winning CD recording of John Adams’s On The Transmigration Of Souls with the ASO & Chorus. In 2004 they performed in the Grammy®-nominated CD recording of Carl Orff’s Carmina burana with the ASO and Chorus. Gwinnett Young Singers offers a program of beginning through advanced choirs for children in second through twelfth grades, including the Treble Choir, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir and the Georgia Young Men’s Ensemble. For more information, call 770-935-6657 or visit LYNN URDA, Conductor & Music Director of the Gwinnett Young Singers maintains an active schedule as a guest clinician, conductor and adjudicator for All-State Choruses & Honors Choirs, choral festivals, and workshops for youth and their conductors. She has distinguished herself for her unique ways of achieving excellence in choral blend, intonation and sensitive singing. Mrs. Urda holds a degree in Music Education and Voice from Florida State University School of Music. She is a former public school Music Specialist and has spent the majority of her professional life serving as a church musician, directing children’s, youth and adult choirs. She holds membership in Chorister’s Guild and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), for which she has previously served as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Children’s Choirs for the Georgia division of ACDA. She also serves as the Director of Youth and Children’s Choirs at Tucker First United Methodist Church. 38 | @AtlantaSymphony |

Gwinnett Young Singers Concert Choir

Lynn Urda, Conductor & Music Director

Camden Agustin Gabrielle Beard Claire Bishop Kayleigh Brigola Julia Brosas Fiona Burnett Addie Carpenter Brooke Caspers Madison Caspers Loredana Cheban Jamison Clark Teresa Colatosti Sadie Coleman

Carol Wyatt, Associate Music Director

Adrienne Amanda Dodd, Gwyn Bacon, Gustafson, Assistant Director Accompanist Assistant Director

Grace Conway Sarah Fangmann Cecilia Fewell Erin Fleming Hannah Fleming Adelmo Gimenez Segovia Cesar Gimenez Segovia Savannah Greene Amelia Gustafson Lydia Hamilton Charlotte Hancock

Sophie Hancock Erin Hardy Emma Harman Sianah Johnson Marisa Joyner Shelby Joyner Lyndi Kemp Addy Keszler Adathel Lenzer Dorothy McBane Anna McCarthy Abigail Mathews Naomi Mitrofan

Anna Mittal Taylor Newsome Avery Owen Abigail Parasca Sarah Parasca Amelia Pattillo Alyssa Perry Emily Pilarte Aziza Russell Emi Sandy Kinzy Sjogren Suzanna Stepanskyi Sydney Wong | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 39

DEC 15/16 | program AtlantaSymphonyOrchestra Robert Spano, Music Director Donald Runnicles, Principal Guest Conductor Coca-Cola Holiday Concert Concerts of Friday, December 15, at 8:00pm, and Saturday, December 16, 2017, at 2:00pm and 8:00pm DAVID CHARLES ABELL, Conductor ALLISON BLACKWELL, vocals JOE GRANSDEN, trumpet/vocals JOE GRANSDEN AND HIS 16 PIECE BIG BAND ALL CITY HIGH SCHOOL CHORUS VOICES OF INSPIRATION GOSPEL CHOIR MELODICA MEN Symphony | @AtlantaSymphony Orchestra | 40 Atlanta

Traditional “The First Noel” (arr. Carmen Dragon)

Traditional “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” (arr. Jeff Jarvis)

FELIX BERNARD “Winter Wonderland” (ed. David Abell)

WALTER KENT and KIM GANNON “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” (arr. Jeff Jarvis)

HUGH MARTIN “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (ed. Derek Greten-Harrison)

JOHNNY MARKS “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (arr. Wes Funderburk)

ROBERT WENDEL “Holiday Greetings”

MEL TORMÉ “The Christmas Song” (arr. Jeff Jarvis)

KIRK FRANKLIN “The Night Christ Was Born” MICHAEL W. SMITH “How Majestic is Your Name” (orch. James E. Clements) Traditional “Joy to the World” (arr. McElroy, Joubert and Red) EDWARD POLA and GEORGE WYLE “ It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” (orch. Jeff Jarvis) JULE STYNE “Let it Snow” (arr. Jeff Jarvis) Traditional A Merry Christmas Sing-Along (arr. Robert Wendel) “Jingle Bells” “O Come, All Ye Faithful” “Angels We Have Heard on High” “Silent Night” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” INTERMISSION

J. FRED COOTS “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” (arr. John Walton) DONNY HATHAWAY & NADINE MCKINNOR “This Christmas”

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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. | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 41

DEC 15/16 | program A Merry Christmas Sing-Along Lyrics Jingle Bells: Dashing through the snow, In a one horse open sleigh, O’er the fields we go, Laughing all the way! Bells on Bobtail ring, Making spirits bright, What fun it is to laugh and sing a sleighing song tonight. Oh! Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way! Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh! Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way! Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh. O Come All Ye Faithful: O, Come all ye faithful, Joyful and triumphant. O, come ye, o come ye to Bethlehem. Come and behold Him, Born the King of Angels. O, come let us adore Him. O, come let us adore Him. O, come let us adore Him, Christ, the Lord.

Silent Night: Silent Night. Holy Night. All is calm. All is bright. ‘Round yon Virgin Mother and child. Holy Infant, so tender and mild. Sleep in Heavenly peace. Sleep in Heavenly peace. We Wish You a Merry Christmas: We wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas, And a happy New Year. Good tidings we bring to you and your kin. Good tidings for Christmas, and a happy New Year! We wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas, And a happy New Year. We wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas, And a happy New Year, and a Happy New Year!

Angels We Have Heard on High: Angels we have heard on high. Sweetly singing o’er the plains. And the mountains in reply Echoing their joyous strains. Gloria! In excelsis Deo. Gloria! In excelsis Deo.

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DEC 15/16 | artists DAVID CHARLES ABELL, conductor


orn in North Carolina, but now resides in London, Abell studied with Leonard Bernstein and Nadia Boulanger, graduating from Yale and The Juilliard School. His recent projects include Die Zauberflöte at Opera Philadelphia’s Festival O17, Carousel at English National Opera and the Pulitzer Prize-winning World War I opera Silent Night at three U.S. companies. His groundbreaking critical edition of the musical Kiss Me, Kate was published in 2013, and he has conducted two productions of it since then, in Paris and the U.K. Known as an authoritative interpreter of the musicals of Stephen Sondheim, he conducted the French premieres of four of the composer’s shows. He has recently been appointed Principal Guest Conductor at the Philly POPS, where he enjoyed three years of success conducting the annual Christmas Spectacular. David’s work at the BBC Proms includes Sondheim’s 80th Birthday Celebration, Fiddler on the Roof (starring Bryn Terfel as Tevye in the Grange Park Opera production), and the War Horse Prom. He conducted the premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies and the 10th and 25th anniversary spectaculars of Les Misérables, broadcast worldwide. David has conducted the London Symphony, Hallé, Royal Philharmonic and BBC Concert Orchestras in the U.K., as well as many American orchestras including the legendary Boston Pops. Recordings include solo discs with opera stars Diana Damrau and Simon Keenlyside, with whom he appeared at the Royal Opera House, Muscat, last season. Future plans include a return to Kansas City for Rigoletto, Evgeny Onegin in Hawaii, concerts with the Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre National d’Île-de-France and several events for the Bernstein Centenary including a concert with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. JOE GRANSDEN, trumpeter/vocalist


t 46 years old, Joe Gransden has already performed worldwide and released 16 CDs under his own name. Renowned first for the hard bop approach of his trumpet, Gransden’s singing voice has been compared to that of Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra. Gransden was born in New York City. Coming from a family full of musicians, his introduction to music came early on through his father, a gifted singer and pianist. His grandfather was a trumpeter of merit, playing professionally his whole life throughout New York. Not long after high school, Gransden was on the road as a sideman with the big bands of Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller. A number of sideman gigs include Barry White, The Moody Blues, Kenny Rogers, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, The Whispers, etc. Eventually moving to New York City, he performed with numerous groups, including sub work with Toshiko Akiyoshi and Chico O’Farrill at the famous Birdland Jazz Club. Gransden leads his own Big Band every summer at the Blue Note in lower Manhattan. A widening schedule has found Joe performing the first and third Mondays of every month at Café 290 in Atlanta with his 16 Piece Big Band, The Blue Note in New York City, The Jazz Corner in Hilton Head S.C., The Ritz-Carlton at Reynolds Plantation with Michael Fienstein, The Museum of Art and Design in midtown Manhattan, Spivey Hall in Atlanta and Tehema 44 | @AtlantaSymphony |

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DEC 15/16 | artists Golf Club in Carmel, California (where he plays occasional events for Clint Eastwood). Gransden also released his CD “Close To My Heart,” produced by the great saxophonist Kenny G. The CD is a collection of smooth jazz covers and originals written by Gransden and Kenny. His brand new project entitled “The Christmas Song” features Joe with his 16 piece Big Band & Strings celebrating all your favorite holiday songs! ALLISON BLACKWELL, vocalist



llison Blackwell is thrilled to be celebrating the holidays with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro David Charles Abell. As a member of the Spelman College Glee Club, she had the honor to perform in Christmas with Robert Shaw. She was last seen with the ASO in Tapestry: The Carole King Songbook with Principal POPS Conductor Michael Krajewski, and singers Liz Callaway and Bryce Ryness. A Philadelphia native, Blackwell has distinguished herself as a force of nature in the theatre and concert world. Her versatile voice and outgoing personality on stage make her a highly sought out performer. Her Broadway credits include A Night with Janis Joplin, where she portrayed Aretha Franklin,The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and Disney’s The Lion King. She was seen in two Live at Lincoln Center broadcasts with the New York Philharmonic, the Emmy Award-winning Sweeney Todd and Show Boat. Allison Blackwell has performed as a guest soloist with such orchestras as The New York Pops, The Philly Pops, The Houston Symphony Orchestra and The Boston Pops. Allison won the San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Dotty Moffett/Washing Machine in Caroline, or Change.

Her other favorite theatrical roles include Fantine in Les Misérables at the Dallas Theatre Center, Sarah’s Friend in Ragtime at Barrington Stage Company, Mrs. Segstrom in A Little Night Music at Sacramento Music Circus and Sister Sophia in The Sound of Music at Paper Mill Playhouse. Blackwell holds a master’s degree in Music from The Boston Conservatory and a bachelor’s degree in English from Spelman College. allisonblackwell. com. MELODICA MEN


hat started off as two guys playing toy instruments for fun is now an internationallyacclaimed musical duo. Tristan Clarke and Joe Buono became friends while studying music at The Peabody Conservatory, and they have been playing melodica together since May 2016. A melodica is like a cross between a keyboard and a harmonica because you have to blow air into it to make the reeds inside vibrate.

In July 2016, the Melodica Men funded their tour of Seattle and Paris by busking in the street. In September 2016, their “Rite of Spring” video went viral and gained over 1.5 million views in one day. In December 2016, they played their solo debut with the Jacksonville Symphony at the Holiday Pops concert series. Since then, they have been featured on ABC’s “The Gong Show,” briefly seen on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” and have gained over 13 million views and 80,000 social media followers. You can find the Melodica Men on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Behind the scenes, the Melodica Men are pioneering a new way of learning music as a language through the melodica. Pilot programs in elementary schools will start in January 46 | @AtlantaSymphony |

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DEC 15/16 | artists 2018, and a full online curriculum is in the works. You can find out more about their music education mission on Patreon. Clarke is a graduate of The Juilliard School and plays principal trumpet with the Jacksonville Symphony. Buono has earned two master’s degrees from The Peabody Conservatory and is currently teaching and composing. VOICES OF INSPIRATION GOSPEL CHOIR, Shirley Pearson, Director The Voices of Inspiration Gospel Choir was established in 1991 as a part of the Music Ministry of Greenforest Community Baptist Church. Greenforest is located in Decatur, Ga. The Senior Pastor is Dr. Emory Berry. Participants are members of Greenforest who volunteer their time and spiritual gifting leading worship in song. The choir is under the direction of Shirley Pearson (“Sister P”) who is being assisted by Mark Norwood, Director of the Greenforest Celestial Choir. Voices of Inspiration Gospel Choir James Harris, Keyboard

Jonathan Bryant, Charles White, Drums Bass Guitar

SOPRANO Charisse Braxton Kim Cain Brenda Coleman Tia Gore Nicole Hall Sophia Harper Yolanda McColumn Cynthia KelleyMaddox Janette Miles-Kendall Nikki Norman

Cheryl Norris Nedra Rainney Sylvia Smith CONTRALTO Michelle Badio Pamela Blanding Aminah Coleman Antrice Jones Myra McNeill Schnarda Robinson Nakesha Smith

Antoine Hammond, Lead Guitar

ALTO Theresa Armstead Kathryn Cole Paula Coleman Lanette Copeland Kimberly Crawford Janice Grant Shacara Johnson Arlette Jones Monica Jones Emmeline Lamothe Monica Leonard

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Travis Kimber, Saxophone Nicole Lloyd Bobbie Ramey Cassaundra Smith Brittanie Thomas Naretha Timberlake Anita Washington TENOR Charles Harris DeMario Jones Jacques Lamothe

ALL-CITY HIGH SCHOOL CHORUS, Kevin Hill, Director All-City High School Chorus is composed of students from Benjamin E. Mays High School, Cambridge High School, Drew Charter School, Grady High School, Inman Middle School, North Atlanta High School and The Galloway School. Kevin Hill has spent almost two decades as a music educator and choral conductor in the state of Georgia. He began his teaching career as Choral Director at Rome High School and Rome Middle School from 1995-2000. He is currently in his sixteenth year as Choral Director at Grady High School. While at Grady, his choirs have consistently scored superior ratings performance evaluations. Under his direction, the Choirs of Grady have traveled to France and England performing in Bath Abbey, Gloucester Cathedral, and the American Church in Paris. Domestically, his choirs have performed throughout the Metro-Atlanta area as well as at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. Hill holds a Master of Choral Conducting from Georgia State University and a bachelor’s in Music Education from Shorter College. He is an active member of Georgia Music Educator’s Association. In addition to directing the Grady Choruses and the All-City Chorus, Hill enjoys directing music at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Grant Park and playing guitar, bass, and percussion with the folk/bluegrass band, The Paulines. He lives in Grant Park with his wife, Elizabeth Hill, and their twin sons, Emerson and Carter. All-City High School Chorus Asha Anderson Owen Astrel Jacob Badgett Sofia Grace Bailey Keely Baker Ava Behan-Sahib Jordan Blackshear Benjamin Bozman Tui Brattain Harrison Briggs DeAndre Brown McKenzie Buie Sophia Burr Amanda Carter Isabelle Catanzaro Bradley ColburnStanger Fatima Cordice Nina Downing Bailey Driver Olivia Elgison Madison Ford Carrington Fountain

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DEC 22 | program AtlantaSymphonyOrchestra Robert Spano, Music Director Donald Runnicles, Principal Guest Conductor The Coca-Cola Holiday Concerts are presented by

Handel’s Messiah Concert of Friday, December 22, 2017, at 8:00pm NORMAN MACKENZIE, Conductor

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

JEANINE DE BIQUE, soprano ARIETHA LOCKHART, soprano MAGDALENA WÓR, mezzo-soprano GRANT KNOX, tenor GERARD SUNDBERG, baritone ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CHAMBER CHORUS, NORMAN MACKENZIE, Director of Choruses WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791) Regina coeli, K. 276 (1779) Arietha Lockhart, soprano Magdalena Wór, mezzo-soprano Grant Knox, tenor Gerard Sundberg, baritone Exsultate, jubilate, K. 165 (1773) Jeanine De Bique, soprano INTERMISSION


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GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685-1759) 60 MIN Christmas Portion and “Hallelujah!” Chorus from Messiah (1742) 20 MIN Jeanine De Bique, soprano Magdalena Wór, mezzo-soprano Grant Knox, tenor Gerard Sundberg, baritone The use of cameras or recording devices during the concert is strictly prohibited. Please be kind to those around you and silence your mobile phone and other hand-held devices.

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Notes on the Program Ken Meltzer, Program Annotator WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART was born in Salzburg, Austria, on January 27, 1756, and died in Vienna, Austria, on December 5, 1791. Regina coeli, K. 276 (1779) Regina coeli is scored for soprano, alto, tenor, and bass solos, mixed chorus, two oboes, two trumpets, timpani, organ, and strings (no violas). Between 1771 and 1779 while in his native Salzburg, Mozart created three choral versions of the Latin hymn, Regina coeli (Queen of Heaven). This concert features Mozart’s final version, completed in 1779. Mozart’s wife, Constanze, recalled: “Mozart (was a) great admirer of Handel, well acquainted with his works, especially his oratorios.” In 1789, Mozart created his own performing version of Handel’s Messiah. No doubt, Mozart had that great oratorio in mind in several of the “alleluia” (“hallelujah”) portions of K. 276. Regina coeli, laetare, alleluia. Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia, Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia. Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.

Queen of Heaven, rejoice, hallelujah. For He whom you did merit to bear, hallelujah. He has risen, as He said, hallelujah. Pray for us to God, hallelujah.

Exsultate, jubilate, K. 165 (1773) The first performance of Exsultate, jubilate took place in Milan, Italy, on January 17, 1773. Exsultate, jubilate is scored for soprano solo, two oboes, two horns, organ, and strings. On October 24, 1772, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his father, Leopold, left their home in Salzburg for Milan. The chief purpose of the trip was the first performance of Mozart’s new opera, Lucio Silla, K. 135, which premiered in Milan on December 26, 1772. Mozart and his father remained in Italy until March. During that period, Mozart composed other works, including six String Quartets (K. 155-160), and the motet, Exsultate, jubilate, K 165. One of the principal singers in the premiere of Lucio Silla was the superb Italian castrato, Venanzio Rauzzini (1746-1810). Mozart composed the motet Exsultate, jubilate for Rauzzini, who sang its premiere in Milan on January 17, 1773. An arresting combination of heartfelt lyricism and virtuoso display, Exsultate, jubilate is one of the earliest vocal works by Mozart to maintain a regular presence in the concert repertoire. It is a favorite of lyric-coloratura sopranos and their audiences. I. Exsultate, jubilate,

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

o vos animae beatae, dulcia cantica canendo, cantui vestro respondendo, psallant aethera cum me.

II. Fulget amica dies, jam fugere et nubila et procellae; exortus est justis inexspectata quies. Undique obscura regnabat nox; surgite tandem laeti, qui timuistis adhuc, et jucundi aurorae fortunatae fronds dextera plena et lilia date.

The friendly day shines, both clouds and storm winds now have now fled; for the righteous, an unexpected calm has arisen. Dark night reigned everywhere; you who were fearful, but now stand upright and finally happy, joyful for this fortunate dawn, offer a handful of boughs and lilies. | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 51

DEC 22 | program III. Tu virginum corona, tu nobis pacem dona, tu consolare affectus, unde suspirat cor.

IV. Alleluia.

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

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


he creation of George Frideric Handel’s most beloved work, Messiah, took place during a challenging period in the composer’s life. The steady decline in London of the popularity of Italian opera had caused Handel tremendous financial hardship. In addition, Handel’s rigorous work schedule had taken a profound toll on the composer’s health. By the summer of 1741, a period of lethargy had set in. It was at this point that Handel received a libretto for a new work, an oratorio based upon the birth, life, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The author of the libretto was Charles Jennens, who collaborated with Handel on several oratorios. In July of 1741, Charles Jennens wrote to a friend: Handel says he will do nothing next Winter, but I hope I shall persuade him to set another Scripture Collection I have made for him, & perform it for his own Benefit in Passion Week. I hope he will lay out his whole Genius & Skill upon it, that the Composition may excel all his former Compositions, as the Subject excels every other subject. The Subject is Messiah. Handel began composition of Messiah on August 22, 1741. There seems to be no question that the libretto, based upon the Old and New Testaments, proved to be a source of majestic inspiration. Handel, working at a lightning pace, composed Messiah in just 24 days. Once Handel completed Messiah, he focused his attention upon Samson, another oratorio inspired by the Bible. It was during this period that Handel accepted an invitation to travel to Dublin for a series of concerts in aid of charity. In November, Handel set sail for Dublin, bringing with him several works for performance at the charity concerts. Among those works was Messiah. The premiere of Messiah took place at Dublin’s New Music Hall in Fishamble Street on April 13, 1742. Three days prior to the performance, the Dublin Journal printed the following admonition: Many Ladies and Gentlemen who are well-wishers to this Noble and Grand Charity for which this Oratorio was composed, request it as a Favour, that the Ladies who honour this Performance with their Presence would be pleased to come without Hoops, as it will greatly increase the Charity, by making room for more company. Gentlemen were also requested to refrain from bringing their swords to the performance,

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DEC 22 | program again for the purpose of increasing the audience capacity. The performance was a tremendous success. As the Dublin Journal reported: (T)he best Judges allowed (Messiah) to be the most finished piece of music. Words are wanting to express the exquisite Delight it afforded to the admiring crowded audience. The Sublime, the Grand, and the Tender, adapted to the most elevated, majestic and moving Words, conspired to transport and charm the ravished Heart and Ear. It is but justice to Mr. Handel, that the World should know, he generously gave the Money arising from this Grand Performance, to be equally shared by the Society for relieving Prisoners, the Charitable Infirmary, the Mercer’s Hospital, for which they will ever gratefully remember his Name… The London premiere of Messiah, which took place at Covent Garden on March 23, 1743, was more problematic. It appears that the London public accorded Handel’s Messiah a mixed reception. However, at least according to one observer, those in attendance—including one very prominent member of the audience—were particularly moved by a portion of the oratorio. This resulted in the birth of a tradition that continues to this day: “When the chorus struck up ‘for the Lord God Omnipotent’ (in the ‘Hallelujah’ Chorus), they were so transported that they all together, with the King (who happened to be present), started up and remained standing till the chorus ended.” In May of 1750, Handel agreed to present Messiah as a benefit for London’s Foundling Hospital. The performance venue of the Hospital’s Chapel, coupled with the worthy cause, removed any possible objections. Charity concerts of Messiah became a yearly tradition at the Foundling Hospital. On April 6, 1759, Handel made his final public appearance, conducting a London performance of Messiah. On April 13, Handel died at the age of 74. The funeral, held in Westminster Abbey, attracted an estimated 3,000 mourners. Three years later, the great church unveiled a monument to Handel, created by the French sculptor, Louis François Roubiliac. The monument depicts Handel, holding the score of Messiah. Overhead, an angel plays a lyre. The score is opened to the soprano solo that serves to begin the oratorio’s Third Part: “I know that my redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.” This concert features Part I, the Christmas Portion, of Messiah, as well as the “Hallelujah!” Chorus from Part II. Messiah Music by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) Texts selected from Holy Scripture by Charles Jennens (1700-1773) Part I Sinfonia TENOR Comfort ye my people, saith your God; speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is

accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned. The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill made low: the crooked straight and the rough places plain. [Isaiah 40:1-4]

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DEC 22 | program CHORUS And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. [Isaiah 40:5]

say unto the cities of Judah: Behold your God! Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. [Isaiah 40:9; 60:1]

BASS Thus saith the Lord of Hosts: Yet once a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea and the dry land, and I will shake all nations, and the desire of nations shall come. The Lord whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in, behold, He shall come, saith the Lord of Hosts. [Haggai 2:6-7; Malachi 3:1]

BASS For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. [Isaiah 60:2-3]

ALTO But who may abide the day of His coming? And who shall stand when He appeareth? For He is like a refiner’s fire. [Malachi 3:2] CHORUS And He shall purify the sons of Levi, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. [Malachi 3:3] ALTO Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel, God with us. [Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23] ALTO AND CHORUS O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion, get thee up into the high mountain; O thou that tellest good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid;

BASS The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: and they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. [Isaiah 9:2 (Matthew 3:16)] CHORUS For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. [Isaiah 9:6] Pastoral Symphony SOPRANO There were shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them: Fear not, for behold, I bring

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you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people: for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying: [Luke 2:8-11,13] CHORUS Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth, good will towards men. [Luke 2:14]

CHORUS His yoke is easy, and His burthen is light. [Matthew 11:30] CHORUS Hallelujah! for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. The kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever. King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. [Revelation 19:6; 11:15; 19:16]

SOPRANO Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion, shout, O daughter of Jerusalem, behold, thy King cometh unto thee. He is the righteous Saviour, and He shall speak peace unto the heathen. [Zechariah 9:9-10] ALTO Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing. [Isaiah 35:5-6] ALTO AND SOPRANO He shall feed his flock like a shepherd, and He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those that are with young. Come unto Him, all ye that labour, and are heavy laden, and He will give you rest. Take His yoke upon you, and learn of Him, for he is meek and lowly of heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls. [Isaiah 40:11; Matthew 11:28-29] | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 57

DEC 22 | artists JEANINE DE BIQUE, soprano



rinidadian soprano Jeanine De Bique’s 2017-18 season includes Musetta in La bohème (Theater St. Gallen), Annio in La clemenza di Tito (De Nederlandse Opera and a European concert tour), Brahms’s Requiem (Los Angeles Master Chorale), and Messiah (Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra). Last season’s engagements include her Salzburg Festival debut as Annio in a new production of La clemenza di Tito directed by Peter Sellars; Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème with Scottish Opera; and Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen with Opera Santa Barbara. She joined the U.S. Naval Academy and the Charlotte Symphony as soloist in Handel’s Messiah, as well as the Santa Barbara Symphony in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, the Grand Rapids Symphony for their program “Joyful Bach: Choral Celebration,” and MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig for Weill’s Die Verheissung. Her recent opera highlights include Micaëla (Colorado Music Festival); Sister Rose in Dead Man Walking (Central City Opera); Pearl in the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon›s Morning Star (Cincinnati Opera); Consuelo in John Adams’s I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky (Teatro dell’Opera di Roma); Climene in Jommelli’s Fetonte (Theater Heidelberg); Clara in Porgy and Bess (Royal Danish Opera); and Juliette in Roméo et Juliette (St. Petersburg Opera, Florida). Under the baton of Lorin Maazel, De Bique made her New York Philharmonic debut in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 at Avery Fisher Hall, and performed Brahms’s A German Requiem with the Munich Philharmonic. On the concert stage she has performed Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate (Sinfonia Rotterdam); his Mass in C minor (Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra; Messiah (Boston Baroque and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra); and Mozart’s Coronation Mass (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra). She gave her recital debuts at New York’s Merkin Hall and the Kennedy Center under the auspices of Young Concert Artists. ARIETHA LOCKHART, soprano


rietha Lockhart, soprano, is an active recitalist and concert singer, frequently performing oratorio masterworks, concert opera and new works by contemporary American composers. She has premiered a number of new works by women composers in the recital series “Faces of Eve.” She is a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus. Lockhart has appeared with the ASO numerous times under the batons of Robert Shaw, Yoel Levi, Robert Spano, John Nelson, Donald Runnicles and Norman Mackenzie. She is reprising her role as soprano for Mozart’s Regina coeli.

Recent performances for Lockhart include Carmina burana with the William Baker Choral Foundation in August, 2017, and “Creation” with Bryan Black and the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, October 2017. Archival video and audio of many of her performances are now available on YouTube and Sound Cloud. For more information visit her website, MAGDALENA WÓR, mezzo-soprano


agdalena Wór was featured last season with National Philharmonic for Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for Mozart’s Mass in C “Coronation, ” and

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University of Kentucky Orchestra for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Magdalena recently sang her debut performances with Seattle Symphony and Richmond Symphony as soloist for Messiah. She returns to Alabama Symphony Orchestra for Messiah this season and sings her first performance of Berlioz Les nuits d’été with Capital City Symphony (Washington, D.C.) under the baton of Victoria Gau. Additional engagements and honors include Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suites with National Symphony Orchestra; Maddalena in Opera Birmingham’s Rigoletto; Mozart Requiem, Bach’s B Minor Mass and Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah and Prokovief’s Alexander Nevsky with the National Philharmonic Orchestra; Suzuki in Opera Birmingham’s Madama Butterfly; the title role of Carmen for Palm Beach Opera and Lyric Opera of Virgina; Messiah with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Alabama Symphony Orchestra; Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass with Cathedral Chorale Society of the Washington National Cathedral; recitals at the Polish and Hungarian Embassies in Washington, D.C.; Tisbe for Washington Concert Opera’s La Cenerentola; Vivaldi’s Gloria and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the National Philharmonic; solo recitals in London at the Polish Ośrodek Spoleczno-Kulturalny celebrating Chopin’s 200th Birth Anniversary; a concert with Baltic Opera; recognition as a finalist in the 2011 Marcello Giordani and Moniuszko International Vocal Competitions; and featured solo artist in the film documentary on Marcello Giordani. Wór is originally from Poland and has lived in the United States since 1991. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in vocal performance from Georgia State University and is a student of Magdalena Moulson-Falewicz. GRANT W. KNOX, tenor


merican tenor Grant Knox is enjoying a varied career in opera, musical theater, concert and recital. He has appeared with the Cincinnati Opera, Atlanta Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Chautauqua Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Ohio Light Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera, Lyric Opera Atlanta, Rochester Lyric Opera, GLOW Lyric Theatre and with Maestro Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Opera Festival. Equally at home in concert repertoire, Dr. Knox has been engaged by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic, Greenville Symphony Orchestra/Chorale, Cobb Symphony, Peninsula Music Festival, Bach Ensemble of Cincinnati, Rochester Oratorio Society/Philharmonic, Hendersonville Symphony and in recital at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. As a proponent of contemporary music, Dr. Knox has worked with composers Libby Larsen, John Musto, Jake Heggie, Nico Muhly and William Bolcom. He sang the world premiere performances of Nico Muhly’s The Unknown Room, Three Songs for Tenor and Violin, with the Constella Festival of Music in Cincinnati. Recent engagements include the tenor solos in Handel’s Messiah with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with the Peninsula Music Festival, the tenor solos in Carmina burana with the Greenville Symphony and Chorale and Elijah with the Rochester Oratorio Society and Rochester Philharmonic. Last spring, he collaborated with celebrated pianist Martin Katz for multiple performances of Janáček’s rarely heard song cycle The Diary of One Who Vanished. | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 59

DEC 22 | artists As a recording artist, he can be heard on the complete cast recordings of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Grand Duke and The Sorcerer, Offenbach’s The Brigands, Romberg’s Maytime, and Kalman’s The Carnival Fairy, all released on the Albany Records label. Knox is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (BM, MM) and Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music (DM). He serves as Artist/Teacher of Voice and Director of Opera at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. GERARD SUNDBERG, bass


erformances for the 2016-17 season included Handel’s Messiah with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Chorus; Finzi In Terra Pax with Northside United Methodist Church, Atlanta; Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem with the North Carolina Master Chorale, Raleigh, N.C.; Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Bel Canto Chorus, Milwaukee; BWV 9, 38, 79, 80, and 192 J.S. Bach cantatas with the Peoria Bach Festival, IL This season (2017-18) will include Josh Bauder’s Tyndale: A Reformation Oratorio with Deo Cantamus, Minneapolis, Minn.; Handel’s Messiah with the Chicago Master Chorale; Bach’s Magnificat with Camerata Chicago; Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on Christmas Carols with Bethel University; and Mozart’s Regina coeli and Handel’s Messiah (part 1) with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Chorus. Dr. Sundberg is a graduate of Bethel College (St. Paul, Minn.), and holds both Master of Fine Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Minnesota where he studied voice with Clifton Ware and Roy Schuessler. He is presently Professor Emeritus of Voice at Wheaton Conservatory of Music (Wheaton, Ill.), where he taught studio voice and vocal pedagogy. He recently relocated to the Twin Cities area, and is an adjunct voice professor at Bethel University.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus Norman Mackenzie, Director of Choruses The Frannie and Bill Graves Chair SOPRANO Hanan Davis Khadijah Davis Sakinah Davis Virginia Elizondo Courtney Hulsey Kathleen Kelly-George Victoria Latimer Arietha Lockhart** Mindy Margolis* Joneen Padgett* Anne-Marie Spalinger* Brenda Turner Allegra Whitney Katie Woolf Wanda Yang Temko*

Jeffrey Baxter, Choral Administrator The Florence Kopleff Chair

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

TENOR Randall Barker** Jeffrey Baxter** Christian Bigliani David Blalock** Jack Caldwell Daniel Compton Matthew Cook Justin Cornelius Phillip Crumbly Jeffrey Daniel* Leif Gilbert-Hansen* Keith Langston Clinton Miller Michael Parker Christopher Patton

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he Orchestra donor list includes annual fund donations made since June 1, 2016. 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. The Kendeda Fund


Mrs. Anne Cox Chambers


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

1180 Peachtree AT&T Bank of America The Coca-Cola Company The Home Depot Foundation

Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation Amy W. Norman Charitable Foundation


Susan & Richard Anderson The Antinori Foundation

Susan & Thomas Wardell


The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Thalia & Michael C. Carlos Advised Fund

Ms. Lynn Eden The Graves Foundation The Zeist Foundation


Catherine Warren Dukehart Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation 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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ASO | support Appassionato We are so grateful for donors who give to the Annual Fund and Gala at the Appassionato level ($10,000+). They enjoy the benefits of the Patron Partnership, while also having opportunities to receive VIP concierge service for ticketing and reservations, exclusive access to artists’ events and recognition as a concert sponsor. For more information, contact the Development Office at 404.733.4262.


A Friend of the Symphony The John W. & Rosemary K. Brown Family Foundation John & Rosemary Brown Janine Brown & Alex J. Simmons, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. C. Merrell Calhoun CBH International, Inc. City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Jim Cox, Jr. Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Bradley Currey, Jr. The Roy & Janet Dorsey Foundation Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta Betty Sands Fuller Fulton County Arts Council Scott Hudgens Family Foundation, Inc. Lucy R. & Gary Lee, Jr. Hank Linginfelter The Charles Loridans Foundation, Inc. Ms. Molly Minnear Terence L. & Jeanne P. Neal* Massey Charitable Trust Sunny Park The Marcus Foundation, Inc. The Sally & Peter Parsonson Foundation Porsche Cars North America Inc. Publix Super Markets Charities Mary & Jim Rubright Ryder Truck Rental, Inc. Bill & Rachel Schultz* Mrs. William A. Schwartz Mrs. Charles A. Smithgall, Jr. Southern Company Gas

Mr. G. Kimbrough Taylor & Ms. Triska Drake Turner The UPS Foundation Patrick & Susie Viguerie Mr.** & Mrs. Edus H. Warren, Jr. Ann Marie & John B White, Jr.* Adair & Dick White Mrs. Sue S. Williams


Neale M. Bearden** Mr. & Mrs. Frank H. Boykin Wright & Alison Caughman William M. Graves D. Kirk & Kimberlee Jamieson Donna Lee & Howard Ehni Caroline & Joe O’Donnell Ms. Sara C. Passarella, in memory of Ann E. Calk Estate of Dr. Shirley E. Rivers University of Michigan Mark & Rebekah Wasserman


A Friend of the Symphony Madeline & Howell E. Adams, Jr. Mr. Keith Adams & Ms. Kerry Heyward Mr. & Mrs. John Allan Alston & Bird Clark & Ruby Baker Foundation Kelley O. & Neil H. Berman Mr. & Mrs. Paul J. Blackney Rita & Herschel Bloom Mr. David Boatwright Mary & John Brock

The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation Moore Colson, CPAs & Bert & Carmen Mills Russell Currey & Amy Durrell Cari Dawson & John Sparrow Georgia Power Marty & John Gillin Drs. Jeannette Guarner & Carlos del Rio Jason & Carey Guggenheim/Boston Consulting Group Joe Hamilton Bonnie B. Harris Clay & Jane Jackson Ann A. & Ben F. Johnson III* Kero-Jet James H. Landon Karole & John Lloyd Meghan & Clarke Magruder Linda & John Matthews Ken & Carolyn Meltzer Lynn & Galen Oelkers The Piedmont National Corporation Dr.** & Mrs. Mark P. Pentecost, Jr. Patty & Doug Reid Joyce & Henry Schwob June & John Scott Mr. & Mrs. Ross Singletary II Slumgullion Charitable Fund Jeffrey Sprecher & Kelly Loeffler Loren & Gail Starr Trapp Family Dr. James Wells & Susan Kengeter Wells Dr. & Mrs. James O. Wells, Jr.


A Friend of the Symphony Atlanta Beverage Company Julie & Jim Balloun The Walter & Frances Bunzl Foundation John W. Cooledge Janet Davenport, in honor of Norman Mackenzie Marcia & John Donnell DS Services Eleanor & Charles Edmondson Georgia-Pacific Foundation Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. The Robert Hall Gunn, Jr. Fund Virginia Hepner & Malcolm Barnes Hertz Family Foundation Roya & Bahman Irvani Robert & Sherry Johnson Mr. & Mrs. William K. Kapp, Jr. Sarah & Jim Kennedy Mr. ** & Mrs.** Donald Keough King & Spalding Pat & Nolan Leake Lenox Square Mr. & Mrs. Brian F. McCarthy John F. & Marilyn M. McMullan Walter W. Mitchell Suzanne & Bill Plybon* Mr. John A. Sibley III Mr. Doug Shipman & Dr. Bijal B. Shah Dr. Steven & Lynne Steindel* Turner Foundation, Inc. John & Ray Uttenhove Chilton & Morgan Varner Mrs. Virginia S. Williams Ms. Joni Winston

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ASO | support the patron partnership We are grateful for members of the Patron Partnership, who give $2,000–$9,999 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. For more information about the Patron Partnership, contact the Development Office at 404.733.5102.


committee June Scott Belinda Massafra Chair Vice-Chair, Communications & Kristi Allpere Newsletter Editor Vice-Chair, Programs Deedee Hamburger Helga Beam Programs Committee Vice-Chair, Annual Member Fund


Aadu & Kristi Allpere* The Estate of Donald S. & Joyce Bickers Lisa & Russ Butner Sally & Carl Gable Deedee & Marc Hamburger* Azira G. Hill Paul & Rosthema Kastin Betsy & Lee Robinson Beverly & Milton Shlapak Amy & Paul Snyder


A Friend of the Symphony (5) Mrs. Kay Adams* & Mr. Ralph Paulk ADP William & Gloria Allgood Asad Bashey Jack & Helga Beam Bell Family Foundation for Hope, Inc. Natalie & Matthew Bernstein The Breman Foundation, Inc. Jacqueline A. & Joseph E. Brown, Jr. Patricia & William Buss Ruth & Mark Coan William & Patricia Cook

Jean & Jerry Cooper Thomas G. Cousins Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan J. Davies Peter & Vivian de Kok Ms. Arlene DeMita Ms. Diane Durgin Ellen & Howard Feinsand John & Michelle Fuller Mr. & Mrs. Charles B. Ginden Mr. & Mrs. Richard Goodsell Sally W. Hawkins 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 Mr. & Mrs. J. Hicks Lanier/The Sartain Lanier Family Isabel Lamy Lee Peg & Jim Lowman Mary Ruth McDonald* Ms. Terry S. McGehee & Ms. Sheila A. Hunt, A.I.A. Mr. Bert Mobley Morgens West Foundation

Judy Hellriegel Annual Fund 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

North Highland Northwestern Mutual Goodwin, Wright/ Northwestern Benefit Corporation of Georgia Franca G. Oreffice Overture Lindbergh Margaret H. Petersen Jack & Susanne Pinkerton Mr. & Mrs. Joel F. Reeves John T. Ruff In memory of Willard Shull Hamilton & Mason Smith Ms. Caroline Stackhouse Peter James Stelling Mrs. C. Preston Stephens John & Yee-Wan Stevens Carol & Ramon Tomé Family Fund* Kathy N. Waller Ms. Toni Ward Alan & Marcia Watt Robert Wenger & Susan Carney Thomas E. Whitesides, Jr. M.D. Hubert H. Whitlow, Jr. Suzanne B. Wilner Mr. & Mrs. John C. Yates


Margo Brinton & Eldon Park Karen & Rod Bunn Mr. & Mrs. Dennis M. Chorba Carol Comstock & Jim Davis* Jere & Patsy Drummond Betty W. Dykes Mr. Richard H. Delay & Dr. Francine D. Dykes Dr. & Mrs. Carl D. Fackler Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Githens John & Martha Head The Hellen Ingram Plummer Charitable Foundation, Inc. James & Bridget Horgan Dick & Georgia Kimball* Ms. & Ms. Tara King-Hughes Lillian Balentine Law Mr. Ralph Levy Joanne Lincoln William & Deborah Liss* Ms. Erin M. Marshall Belinda & Gino Massafra Susan Perdew Doris Pidgeon in Memory of Rezin E. Pidgeon, Jr.

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

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In Memory of Dr. Frank S. Pittman, III Tom & Mary Quigley Mr. Leonard B. Reed S. A. Robinson Lou & Dick Stormont Stephen & Sonia Swartz Elliott & Elaine Tapp George & Amy Taylor Judith & Mark K. Taylor Dale L. Thompson Burton Trimble Drs. Jonne & Paul Walter Mr. & Mrs. Tomohiro Yamashita*


A Friend of the Symphony (4) Ms. Mary Allen Mr. & Mrs. Stephen D. Ambo The Hisham & Nawal Araim Foundation Dr. Evelyn R. Babey Lisa & Joe Bankoff Anthony Barbagallo & Kristen Fowks Dr. & Mrs. Joel Berenson Shirley Blaine Daniel Blumenthal Jane & Gregory Blount Mr. Roger Blythe Leon Borchers Andrew & Elissa Bower Martha S. Brewer Ms. Harriet Evans Brock Dr. & Mrs. Anton J. Bueschen Mrs. Judith D. Bullock Dr. Aubrey Bush & Dr. Carol Bush Mr. & Mrs. Walter K. Canipe Capitol Connection, Inc. Alison & Chuck Carlin Mr. & Mrs. George E. Case, III Susan & Carl Cofer Mr. Terence M. Colleran & Ms. Lim J. Kiaw Mr. & Mrs. R. Barksdale Collins* Ralph & Rita Connell Mr. Kenneth Cornwall Mr. & Ms. Jonathan Cramer

Susan & Ed Croft Bertha Davis Lawrence & Sally Davis Mr. & Mrs. Donald Defoe* Mr. Philip A. Delanty Mary & Mahlon Delong Mrs. Sheila Tschinkel Xavier Duralde & Mary Barrett Mr. & Mrs. Robert G. Edge Dieter Elsner Robert S. Elster Foundation George T. & Alecia H. Ethridge Mr. & Mrs. William M. Evans , Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Clayton H. Farnham Mr. & Mrs. William A. Flinn Drs. John & Gloria Gaston Mary D. Gellerstedt Dr. Mary G. George & Mr. Kenneth Molinelli Sally & Walter George Caroline M. Gilham Spencer Godfrey Mrs. Janet D. Goldstein Dr. & Mrs. Carl Grafton Mary C. Gramling Mrs. Louise Grant Joanne & Alex Gross Charles Campbell & Ann Grovenstein-Campbell Mr. & Mrs. George N. Gundersen* Harald R. Hansen** Phil & Lisa Hartley Mr. & Mrs. John E. Hellriegel Mr. William B. Hendrix Kenneth R. Hey Sarah & Harvey Hill* Dr. Walter J. Hill Mia & Ronald Hilley Mr. & Mrs. James Horgan* Mrs. Sally Horntvedt Tatty & Harry Howard John E. & Hollis H. Hudak Dona & Bill Humphreys Mrs. James M. Hund

JoAnn Hall Hunsinger The Hyman Foundation Mary & Wayne James Cynthia Jeness Aaron & Joyce Johnson Janet & Bucky Johnson Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Johnson Mrs. Jo W. Koch Dr. Rose Mary Kolpatzki Mr. Jeffery Koon Mr. & Mrs. Charles R. Kowal David & Jill Krischer Wolfgang & Mariana Laufer Mr. & Mrs. Van R. Lear Oliva A. M. Leon Dr. Fulton D. Lewis, III & S. Neal Rhoney Mr. & Mrs. J. David Lifsey Lubo Fund Mr. & Mrs. Frederick C. Mabry Barbara & Jim MacGinnitie Elvira & Jay Mannelly Kay & John T. Marshall Martha & Reynolds McClatchey Mr. & Mrs. Albert S. McGhee Dr. Larry V. McIntire Birgit & David McQueen Virginia K. McTague The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta Anna & Hays Mershon Judy Zaban-Miller & Lester Miller Gregory & Judy Moore The Honorable Jane Morrison Mr. Andrew Muir Janice & Tom Munsterman Mr. & Mrs. Michael J. Murphy* Ann A. Nable Melanie & Allan Nelkin Gary R. Noble Robert & Mary Ann Olive Barbara & Sanford Orkin Mr. Nat Padget Mr. & Mrs. E. Fay Pearce, Jr.

Mary Kay & Gene Poland* Ms. Kathy Powell Mr. Leonard B. Reed* Mr. J. A. Reiman & Ms. Cynthia Good Mrs. Susan H. Reinach Peach State Truck Centers Roger & Lynn Lieberman Ritvo Ms. Susan Robinson & Ms. Mary Roemer Mr. & Mrs. Richard L. Rodgers Jane & Rein Saral Mr. & Mrs. Robert Schlotman Sam Schwartz & Dr. Lynn Goldowski Mr. Randy Shields & Mrs. Sarah Shields Helga Hazelrig Siegel Diana Silverman Anne Marie Gary Baker & Debby Smith Johannah Smith Mr. K. Douglas Smith Mr. & Mrs. Morton S. Smith Mr. & Mrs. Raymond F. Stainback, Jr. Kay & Alex Summers Vogel Family Foundation Carol Brantley & David Webster Joan & Howard Weinstein Dr. Nanette K. Wegner David & Martha West Dr. William West Sally Stephens Westmoreland Ron & Susan Whitaker Mr. & Mrs. Peter L. Whitcup Mrs. Frank L. Wilson, Jr. Russell F. Winch Mary Lou Wolff Mr. & Mrs. M. Beattie Wood Camille Yow Herbert & Grace Zwerner | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 65

ASO | support henry sopkin circle The Henry Sopkin Circle celebrates individuals and families who have made a legacy gift to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Whether through a bequest, beneficiary designation, or trust distribution, planned gifts ensure the ASO’s success for future generations. Just like the Symphony’s first Music Director, Henry Sopkin, our planned giving donors are shaping the future of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. To learn more about the Henry Sopkin Circle, please contact the Development Office at 404.733.4262. 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 Bruce & Avery Flower 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. 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** Rob Lamy James H. Landon Ouida Hayes Lanier Ione & John Lee Lucy R. & 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 Janice Murphy Mr. & Mrs. Bertil D. Nordin Amy W. Norman** Roger B. Orloff Dr. Bernard** & Sandra Palay Sally & Pete Parsonson Dan R. Payne Bill Perkins Janet M. Pierce 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

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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 John & Ray Uttenhove 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. Ms. Joni Winston George & Camille Wright Mr.** & Mrs.** Charles R. Yates

You can help make music happen! For more information on giving at any level, call 404.733.5102 or visit


SUSAN GRAHAM, MEZZO-SOPRANO Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 8 p.m.



MURRAY PERAHIA, PIANO Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 7 p.m.




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musicians’ endowment Robert Spano, John B. White, Jr., Co-Chairs The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 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 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 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

Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation The Kendeda Fund Lucy R. & Gary Lee, Jr. The UPS Foundation Wells Fargo

Mr. & Mrs. Solon P. Patterson

Betty & Robert Balentine Estate of Michael McDowell

Patty & Doug Reid

David, Helen & Marian Woodward Fund

The Antinori Foundation Mrs. Hugh M. Chapman Marty & John Gillin Clay & Jane Jackson The Besse Johnson & George Blanton Allen Foundation Mrs. Azira G. Hill Brenda & Charles Moseley Victoria & Howard Palefsky

Mr. & Mrs. Wyatt T. Johnson Massey Charitable Trust The Fred & Sue McGehee Family Charitable Fund Powell Charitable Trust

The Sumgullion Charitable Fund Mark & Evelyn Trammell Foundation Susan & Tom Wardell Sue Williams

Joyce & Henry Schwob Mr. John A. Sibley III 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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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 43 partners who lead our efforts to ensure the arts thrive in our community.






SunTrust Teammates

Bank of America

SunTrust Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. C. Merrell Calhoun

Georgia Power Foundation, Inc.

SunTrust Trusteed Foundations: Harriet McDaniel Marshall Trust Walter H. and Marjory M. Rich Memorial Fund Thomas Guy Woolford Charitable Trust

The Home Depot Foundation Invesco Ltd. Sarah and Jim Kennedy

WellsFargo The Zeist Foundation, Inc.

The Marcus Foundation, Inc. The Sara Giles Moore Foundation


Estate of Andrew Musselman PwC, Partners & Employees Tull Charitable Foundation

Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation The Douglas J. Hertz Family Lucy R. and Gary Lee, Jr.

$300,000+ King & Spalding, Partners & Employees PNC The Rich Foundation Spray Foundation, Inc.



UPS Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Wood

KPMG LLP, Partners & Employees

Victoria and Howard Palefsky Mr. and Mrs. Solon P. Patterson Patty and Doug Reid Louise S. Sams and Jerome Grilhot

Contributions Made: June 1, 2016 – May 31, 2017

Beauchamp C. Carr Challenge Fund Donors

The Antinori Foundation / Ron and Susan Antinori

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The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Equifax & Employees EY, Partners & Employees Sally and Carl Gable The Sartain Lanier Family Foundation The Shubert Foundation William Randolph Hearst Foundations


1180 Peachtree Alston & Bird The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Lucinda W. Bunnen Frances B. Bunzl The David, Helen & Marian Woodward Fund - Atlanta Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Jones Day Foundation & Employees Katherine John Murphy Foundation Estate of Amy Norman Susan and Tom Wardell


A Friend of the Alliance Theatre & Woodruff Arts Center AT&T Sandra and Dan Baldwin In honor of Alleene and Jim Bratton Barbara and Steve Chaddick Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Inc. Ellen and Howard Feinsand First Data Corporation Peggy Foreman Fulton County Arts Council Genuine Parts Company Georgia-Pacific Corporation Google Beth and Tommy Holder Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. Kaiser Permanente Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP Merrill Lynch Morgens West Foundation Garnet and Dan Reardon Margaret and Bob Reiser Southern Company Gas Carol and Ramon Tomé Family Fund Mr.* and Mrs. Edus H. Warren, Jr. WestRock Company


Susan and Richard Anderson BB&T Kathy and Ken Bernhardt Bloomberg Philanthropies BNY Mellon Wealth Management Ann and Jeff Cramer Katie and Reade Fahs The Fraser-Parker Foundation JLL Livingston Foundation, Inc. Massey Charitable Trust

National Endowment for the Arts Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc. Thalia and Michael C. Carlos Advised Fund Elizabeth and Chris Willett


A Friend of the High Museum of Art ADP Aarati and Peter Alexander Atlanta Area BMW Centers The Carter’s Charitable Foundation Carolynn Cooper and Pratap Mukharji Melinda and Brian Corbett Crawford & Company Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Currey, Jr. Dan and Merrie Boone Foundation / Dan W. Boone III Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Denny, Jr. DS Services Catherine Warren Dukehart Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP Jennifer and Marty Flanagan Betty Sands Fuller Kate and Paul Gaffney Carol and Paul Garcia General Electric Company George Lucas Family Foundation GMT Capital Corporation The Graves Foundation Nena C. Griffith Halle Foundation Allison and Ben Hill The Howell Fund, Inc. Karen and Jeb Hughes The John W. and Rosemary K. Brown Family Foundation & John and Rosemary Brown Katie and West Johnson Mr. Baxter P. Jones and Dr. Jiong Yan Joel Knox and Joan Marmo Merry McCleary and Ann Pasky Starr Moore and the James Starr Moore Memorial Foundation Morris Manning & Martin LLP Moxie Norfolk Southern Foundation North Highland Mr. and Mrs. David Parker The Primerica Foundation Regions Bank The Selig Foundation: Linda and Steve Selig & Cathy and Steve Kuranoff Mr. and Mrs. H. Bronson Smith Ms. Iris Smith and Mr. Michael S. Smith Sara and Paul Steinfeld Sally G. Tomlinson Mrs. Sue S. Williams The Woodruff Arts Center Employees

The Patron Circle includes donors who generously made contributions to our FY17 annual funds and/or long-term special projects and endowment funds.


A Friend of the High Museum of Art Kristie and Charles Abney Mrs. Kristin Adams Madeline and Howell E. Adams, Jr. Allstate Insurance Company Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation Arby’s Foundation, Inc. Arnall Golden Gregory LLP Yum and Ross Arnold Spring and Tom Asher Assurant Atlanta Beverage Company Atlantic Trust Company The Balloun Family Barbara and Ron Balser Lisa and Joe Bankoff Juanita and Gregory Baranco Anna and Ed Bastian Kelly O. and Neil H. Berman Birch Communications Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Blackney Nancy and Kenny Blank Janine Brown and Alex J. Simmons, Jr. Lisa and Paul Brown Camp-Younts Foundation The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation Elaine and John Carlos Wright and Alison Caughman CBH International, Inc. The Charles Loridans Foundation, Inc. Compass Group Tony Conway Cousins Properties Sherri and Jesse Crawford Erica and David Cummings Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. Cheryl Davis and Kurt Kuehn Kay and David Dempsey Marcia and John Donnell Margaret and Scott Dozier Mrs. Sarah A. Eby-Ebersole and Mr. W. Daniel Ebersole Ed and Claude Fortson Charitable Trust Ms. Lynn Eden Mr. Fredric M. Ehlers and Mr. David Lile Virginia and Brent Eiland Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta Frances Wood Wilson Foundation, Inc. Nick Franz Sonya and Rick Garber Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence L. Gellerstedt III General Building Maintenance, Inc. George M. Brown Trust Fund of Atlanta, Georgia Georgia Natural Gas Gertrude and William C. Wardlaw Fund, Inc. Goldman Sachs & Co. Carolyn and David Gould Sara Goza Mr. Kenneth Haines The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust

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Virginia Hepner and Malcolm Barnes Holder Construction Company Mr. and Mrs. Hilton H. Howell, Jr. Jane and Clayton Jackson Kim and Kirk Jamieson Lori and Bill Johnson Andrea and Boland Jones JP Morgan Private Bank Kaneva John C. Keller James F. Kelly Charitable Trust Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Keough * Mr. and Mrs. David E. Kiefer Wendy and Scott Kopp Malinda and David Krantz Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey A. Lewis Hank Linginfelter Karole and John Lloyd Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Kelly Loeffler and Jeffrey Sprecher The Mark & Evelyn Trammell Foundation Margot and Danny McCaul Sally and Allen McDaniel The Michael and Andrea Leven Family Foundation Judy Zaban Miller and Lester Miller Morgan Stanley – Atlanta Private Wealth Management Mueller Water Products, Inc. NCR Foundation Terence L. and Jeanne P. Neal Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP Northern Trust Northwestern Mutual Goodwin, Wright/ Northwestern Benefit Corporation of Georgia Novelis, Inc. Oscar G. and Elsa S. Mayer Family Foundation Oxford Industries, Inc. Vicki and John Palmer Ms. Sara C. Passarella, in Memory of Ann E. Caulk Mr. and Mrs. E. Fay Pearce, Jr. Dr.* and Mrs. Martha Pentecost Porsche Cars North America, Inc. Printpack Quikrete Mr. and Mrs. David M. Ratcliffe The Ray M. and Mary Elizabeth Lee Foundation, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Robbie Robinson Mrs. Ruth Magness Rollins Ron & Lisa Brill Charitable Trust Mary and Jim Rubright Ryder Truck Rental, Inc. The Sally & Peter Parsonson Foundation

$25,000+ CONTINUED

Samuel H. Kress Foundation SCANA Energy Rachel and Bill Schultz Mrs. William A. Schwartz Joyce and Henry Schwob Linda and Mark Silberman Mr. and Mrs. Ross Singletary II Mr. and Mrs. Marc Skalla Skanska Mr. and Mrs. E. Kendrick Smith Mrs. Lessie B. Smithgall Southwest Airlines Southwire Company State Bank & Trust Company Dr. Steven and Lynne Steindel Margaret and Terry Stent Mr. G. Kimbrough Taylor and Ms. Triska Drake Troutman Sanders LLP United Distributors, Inc. Lori Vanderboegh and Brady Young Mr. Brandon Verner Susie and Patrick Viguerie Waffle House Kim and Reggie Walker Leigh and Tim Walsh Rebekah and Mark Wasserman Adair and Dick White Ann Marie and John B. White, Jr. Susan and John Wieland Wilmington Trust Suzanne B. Wilner Ellen and John Yates Amy and Todd Zeldin


A Friend of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra A Friend of the High Museum of Art (2) A Friend of The Woodruff Arts Center (2) AAA Parking ABM Acuity Brands, Inc. Keith Adams and Kerry Heyward Robin Aiken and Bill Bolen Akris Mary Allen The Allstate Foundation Altria Client Services, Inc. Alvarez & Marsal Arris Group, Inc. Evelyn Ashley and Alan McKeon Atlanta Marriott Marquis Atlantic American Corporation/Delta Life Insurance/ Gray Television Atlantic Capital Bank Mr. and Mrs. Ali Azadi Margaret Baldwin and L. Paul Pendergrass Jennifer Barlament and Kenneth Potsic Susan R. Bell and Patrick M. Morris Nancy and Phil Binkow Stan and Laura Blackburn

The Blanche Lipscomb Foundation Stephanie Blank-Jomaky Mr. David Boatwright Susan V. Booth and Max Leventhal Lisa and Jim Boswell Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Boykin The Breman Foundation, Inc. Brenau University Laura Brightwell Mary and John Brock Brown & Brown Insurance, Inc. Bryan Cave Ms. Mary Cahill and Mr. Rory Murphy The Casey-Slade Group, Merrill Lynch Mr. and Mrs. Jefrrey S. Cashdan Center Family Foundation Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry The Chatham Valley Foundation, Inc. Chubb Clark and Ruby Baker Foundation Cathy and Bert Clark Susan and Carl Cofer Colliers International Ann and Steve Collins Cooper Global Ann and Tom Cousins Charlene Crusoe-Ingram and Earnest Ingram CSX Transportation Rebecca and Chris Cummiskey Russell Currey and Amy Durrell Elaine and Erroll Davis Cari Dawson and John Sparrow Mr. and Mrs. James Douglass Diane Durgin Mr. and Mrs. Merritt P. Dyke Eagle Rock Distributing Company Dr. Geoffrey G. Eichholz L. Franklyn Elliott, M.D. Fifth Third Bank Ford Motor Company Fund The Fred and Sue McGehee Family Charitable Fund Gas South, LLC Sue and Tim Gedrych Doris and Matthew Geller Marty and John Gillin Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Goerss Mr. and Mrs. Richard Goodsell Graphic Packaging International, Inc. Nancy and Holcombe Green Joy and Tony* Greene Drs. Jeannette Guarner and Carlos del Rio Jason and Carey Guggenheim/Boston Consulting Group Mr. Patrick J. Gunning Angelle and Jack Hamilton Nancy and Charles Harrison HD Supply

Grace B. Helmer Hogan Construction Group Mr. and Mrs. Christopher D. Hohlstein Mr. and Mrs. Jack K. Holland Jocelyn J. Hunter Ida Alice Ryan Charitable Trust Infor Global Solutions Inglett & Stubbs, LLC Insight Sourcing Group Jabian Consulting Jackson Healthcare Sheree and John Jay Lou Brown Jewell Ann A. and Ben F. Johnson III Mary and Neil Johnson Anne and Mark Kaiser James E. Kane Greg Kelly Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Kimberly-Clark Lisa and Scott Kirkpatrick Eydie and Steve Koonin Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Kowal Carrie and Brian Kurlander Louise and E.T. Laird James H. Landon Donna Lee and Howard Ehni Macy’s MAG Mutual Insurance Company Meghan and Clarke Magruder Majestic Realty Mr. and Mrs. Mike McCarthy Mr. and Mrs. Forrest McClain McKinsey & Company Mr. and Mrs. John F. McMullan Carolyn and Ken Meltzer Anna and Hays Mershon Ms. Molly Minnear Hala and Steve Moddelmog Phil and Caroline Moïse Montag Wealth Management Winifred B. and Richard S. Myrick Jane and Jeffrey Neumeyer Northside Hospital Caroline and Joe O’Donnell Lynn and Galen Oelkers Oldcastle, Inc. Gail O’Neill and Paul E. Viera Barbara and Sanford Orkin Overture Lindbergh Beth and David Park Karen and Richard Parker Perkins & Will Susan and David Peterson Piedmont Charitable Foundation, Inc. The Piedmont Group MassMutual The Piedmont National Family Foundation Plateau Excavation Suzanne and Bill Plybon Portman Holdings Alessandra and Elton Potts Sandra and Larry Prince Pure Storage Mr. and Mrs. William C. Rawson

Regal Entertainment Group Estate of Shirley Rivers The Robert Hall Gunn, Jr. Fund Mr. and Mrs. William H. Rogers, Jr. Rooms to Go Foundation Patricia and Maurice Rosenbaum The Roy and Janet Dorsey Foundation S.J. Collins Enterprises Salesforce Savannah Distributing Company Jack Sawyer and Dr. Bill Torres Marci Schmerler and Walter W. Mitchell June and John Scott ServiceNow The Slumgullion Charitable Fund Smith & Howard, PC Biljana and Phil Southerland Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Lee Spangler Spencer Stuart Karen and John Spiegel Gail and Loren Starr STARS of the Alliance Theatre Chandra Stephens-Albright and Warren Albright Charlita StephensWalker, Charles and Delores Stephens Judith and Mark Taylor Lisa Cannon Taylor and Chuck Taylor Thomas H. Lanier Family Foundation Rosemarie and David Thurston Tim and Lauren Schrager Family Foundation Transwestern Trapp Family U.S. Trust University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance John and Ray Uttenhove Roxanne and Benny Varzi Walden Security Kathy N. Waller Mr. and Mrs. Bradford L. Watkins Weldon H. Johnson Family Foundation Mrs. Susan Kengeter Wells and Dr. James Wells Mrs. Melinda M. Wertheim and Dr. Steven B. Wertheim Rod Westmoreland James B. and Betty A. Williams Richard Williams and Janet Lavine Jan and Greg Winchester Ms. Joni Winston Diane Wisebram and Edward D. Jewell Dina Woodruff Paul Wrights Mary and Bob Yellowlees

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ASO | staff EXECUTIVE Jennifer Barlament Executive Director Stephanie Smith, 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 O’Toole Artist Liaison Bob Scarr Archives Program Manager DEVELOPMENT Toni Paz Director of Development Jordan Keegan Development Assistant William Keene Annual Fund Coordinator Nancy Field Grants Manager Brenda Turner Associate Director of Individual Giving

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Tammy Hawk Senior Director of Marketing & Communications KC Commander Digital Marketing Specialist Elizabeth Daniell Communications Manager Adam Fenton Director of Multimedia Technology Caitlin Hutchinson Marketing Coordinator Robert Phipps Publications Director SALES & REVENUE MANAGEMENT Russell Wheeler Senior Director of Sales & Revenue Management Melanie Kite Director of Subscriptions & Patron Services Pam Kruseck Senior Manager of Sales & Business Development Madeleine Lawson Patron Services Assistant Jesse Pace Patron Services Manager Gokul Parasuram Database Manager Robin Smith Subscription & Education Sales Christopher Stephens Group & 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 Kendall Roney Family Programs Assistant Adrienne Thompson Manager, Talent Development Program Tyrone Webb Manager of Education and Community Programs OPERATIONS Paul Barrett Senior Production Stage Manager Joseph Brooks Assistant Stage Manager Richard Carvlin Stage Manager Christopher McLaughlin Manager of Artistic Administration Kourtnea Stevenson Assistant Orchestra Personnel Manager Susanne Watts Orchestra Personnel Manager

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FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION Susan Ambo Chief Financial Officer Kimberly Hielsberg Senior Director of Financial Planning & Analysis V.S. Jones Symphony Store Shannon McCown Office Manager Brandi Reed Staff Accountant April Satterfield Controller ATLANTA SYMPHONY HALL LIVE Nicole Epstein Senior Director of Atlanta Symphony Hall Live Lisa Eng Multimedia Creative Manager Christine Lawrence Box Office Manager Joanne Lerner Event Coordinator Natacha McLeod Director of Marketing Clay Schell Consultant Will Strawn Associate Marketing Manager

corporate & government | support

Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs

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

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

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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. Order anytime, 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.

ASO | general info

LATE SEATING Patrons arriving later are seated at the discretion of house management. Reserved seats are not guaranteed after the performance starts. Late arrivers may be initially seated in the back out of courtesy to the musicians and other patrons. SPECIAL ASSISTANCE 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 open before, during and after most concerts. THE ROBERT SHAW ROOM The ASO invites donors who contribute at least $2,500 annually to become members of this private dining room to enjoy cocktails and dinner on concert evenings — private rentals are also available. Call 404.733.4839.

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 404.733.5263 or visit

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS Concert Hotline (Recorded info) 404.733.4949 Symphony Hall Box Office


Ticket Donations/Exchanges 404.733.5000 Subscription Information/Sales 404.733.4800 Group Sales


Atlanta Symphony Associates 404.733.4855 (Volunteers) Educational Programs


Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra


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Symphony Store


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