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6 Welcome

14 The Gift of Music Stories of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's donor community

10 Orchestra Leadership

by James Paulk

8 Robert Spano 12 ASO Musicians 24 Concert Program & Notes 62 ASO Support 72 Ticket Info/General Info 74 ASO Staff

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s 2018 comes to a close, I wanted to share just a few of the many things we are thankful for this year.

Enthusiastic Music Lovers Filling Symphony Hall: From a sold out three-concert Opening Weekend, the first triple-header Opening Weekend in more than a decade, to nearly 5,000 Prince fans enjoying a beautiful orchestral evening of his music at Verizon Amphitheatre to three full houses for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™, 2018 is ending with incredible performances. Artistic Milestones: The quality of the music-making on stage is truly world-class as the Orchestra carries on its Grammy® Award-winning tradition of excellence. Performing and recording our own bassist Michael Kurth’s original works, which will be released in March of 2019, and the ASO’s first thrilling performance of Mahler’s 10th Symphony in more than 35 years are but two of the artistic moments to remember from 2018. Five New Musicians: Thanks to your generous financial support, we are growing! We’re delighted to welcome horn players Kim Gilman and Chelsea McFarland, trumpet player Mark Maliniak, trombonist Jason Patrick Robins and oboist Xiaodi Liu. The ASO Chorus: A source of pride for Atlanta, the nearly 200-member, all-volunteer chorus continues to delight audiences with their unparalleled artistry, including deeply moving performances of Britten’s War Requiem. Access for All: From the ASO and Lang Lang live stream to our annual free performance at Piedmont Park to our upcoming GPB Live Exploration on December 13, we’re breaking down barriers to share our music both across Georgia and around the world. Talent Development Program 25th Anniversary: Join us on February 9 as Robert Spano leads a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the longest-running and most successful training program for young African-American and Latino classical musicians in the United States. Hear TDP alumni perform with the Orchestra and be inspired! Paving the Path for the Future: Each year the ASO engages hundreds of thousands of young people through our Concerts for Young People, Family Concert Series, Free Family Fun Days, Music for the Very Young and of course the world-renowned Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, to inspire, educate and delight the next generation of classical music lovers. On behalf of everyone at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Happy Holidays! Warm regards, Jennifer Barlament TO

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obert Spano, conductor, pianist, composer and teacher, is known worldwide for the intensity of his artistry and distinctive communicative abilities, creating a sense of inclusion and warmth among musicians and audiences that is unique among American orchestras. Beginning his 18th 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. He 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 since 2011, he oversees the programming of more than 300 events and educational programs for 630 students and rising artists. He 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, the San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Oregon, Utah and Kansas City Symphonies, and the Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Minnesota Orchestras. Internationally, Maestro Spano has led 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 2005 and 2009 Seattle Opera productions of Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Spano also holds a conductor residency with the Colburn School Orchestra in Los Angeles.







Highlights of the 2018-19 season include Spano’s Metropolitan Opera debut, leading the US premiere of Marnie, the second opera by American composer Nico Muhly, with Isabel Leonard, Janis Kelly, Denyce Graves, Iestyn Davies and Christopher Maltman. With the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, programs include the Music Director’s quintessentially rich, diverse pairings of contemporary works and cherished classics, welcoming seasoned guest artists and many new faces. With a discography of critically-acclaimed recordings for Telarc, Deutsche Grammophon, and ASO Media, Robert Spano has won six Grammy™ Awards with the Atlanta Symphony. Spano is on faculty at Oberlin Conservatory and has received honorary doctorates from Bowling Green State University, the Curtis Institute of Music, Emory University, and Oberlin. Maestro Spano is one of two classical musicians inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and makes his home in Atlanta.

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ASO | LEADERSHIP | 2018/19 Board of Directors OFFICERS

Howard D. Palefsky

Lynn Eden

Susan Antinori

Janine Brown chair - elect

Thomas Wardell

James Rubright


vice chair vice chair


Joan Abernathy * William Ackerman Keith Adams Juliet McClatchey Allan Susan Antinori Jennifer Barlament * Paul Blackney Rita Bloom Janine Brown Justin Bruns* Benjamin Q. Brunt C. Merrell Calhoun Bill Carey S. Wright Caughman, M.D. Russell Currey

Carlos del Rio, M.D. Lynn Eden Sloane Evans Angela Evans Anne Game Paul R. Garcia Jason Guggenheim Joseph W. Hamilton, III Bonnie Harris Caroline Hofland Doug Hooker Tad Hutcheson Roya Irvani D. Kirk Jamieson^ Randy Koporc Carrie Kurlander


Helen Aderhold Dr. John W. Cooledge John Donnell Jere Drummond Carla Fackler Charles Ginden John T. Glover

Dona Humphreys Aaron J. Johnson Ben F. Johnson, III Jim Kelley Patricia Leake Lucy Lee Karole F. Lloyd


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

Mrs. Drew Fuller Mary D. Gellerstedt



James H. Landon Donna Lee Hank Linginfelter Sukai Liu Kelly L. Loeffler Brian F. McCarthy Penelope McPhee ^ Bert Mills Molly Minnear Terence L. Neal Joseph M. O’Donnell^ Galen Lee Oelkers Howard D. Palefsky Ebbie Parsons Jay Richardson James Rubright William Schultz

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

Mrs. J. Erskine Love Meghan H. Magruder Patricia H. Reid Joyce Schwob H. Hamilton Smith W. Rhett Tanner G. Kimbrough Taylor

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

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

* Ex-Officio Non-Voting ^ 2018/2019 Sabbatical

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Robert Spano music director

The Robert Reid Topping Chair







David Coucheron

Justin Bruns

Sou-Chun Su

The Charles McKenzie Taylor Chair

The Frances Cheney Boggs Chair

The Neil & Sue Williams Chair

Jay Christy

Jun-Ching Lin

Sharon Berenson

assistant concertmaster

Anastasia Agapova acting assistant

music director of

the atlanta symphony youth orchestra

The Zeist Foundation Chair

assistant principal

David Braitberg Noriko Konno Clift


David Dillard

Carolyn Toll Hancock The Wells Fargo Chair

Eleanor Kosek Ruth Ann Little

John Meisner

Thomas O’Donnell

Christopher Pulgram

Stephen Mulligan assistant conductor;

associate principal


assistant concertmaster

principal guest conductor

Ronda Respess

Carol Ramírez

Frank Walton

Juan R. Ramírez Hernández


Olga Shpitko Kenn Wagner



The Edus H. & Harriet Lisa Wiedman Yancich H. Warren Chair Sissi Yuqing Zhang SECTION VIOLIN ‡ Judith Cox

Raymond Leung The Carolyn McClatchey Chair Sanford Salzinger

The Frannie & Bill Graves Chair


The Livingston Foundation Chair Karen Freer

acting associate/

assistant principal

Dona Vellek

assistant principal emeritus

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

Joseph McFadden principal

The Marcia & John Donnell Chair

The Mary & Lawrence Gellerstedt Chair

associate principal


Catherine Lynn assistant Principal Marian Kent Yang-Yoon Kim Lachlan McBane

director of choruses

Daniel Laufer acting/associate

Paul Murphy acting/associate

Yiyin Li Norman Mackenzie


The Mr. & Mrs. Howard The Atlanta Symphony The Miriam & John R. Peevy Chair Associates Chair Conant Chair associate concertmaster

Donald Runnicles

Julianne Lee

Jessica Oudin Madeline Sharp

Players in string sections are listed alphabetically

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Gloria Jones Allgood The Lucy R. & Gary Lee Jr. Chair Karl Fenner Sharif Ibrahim Michael Kenady The Jane Little Chair Michael Kurth Daniel Tosky


Christina Smith principal

The Jill Hertz Chair Robert Cronin

associate principal

C. Todd Skitch Gina Hughes



Alcides Rodriguez BASSOON

Andrew Brady



Gina Hughes

The Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation Chair


Anthony Georgeson

Elizabeth Koch Tiscione principal

The George M. & Corrie Hoyt Brown Chair Vacant

associate principal

Laura Najarian Juan de Gomar CONTRA-BASSOON Juan de Gomar






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

BASS TROMBONE Brian Hecht The Home Depot Veterans Chair TUBA

Michael Moore


Brice Andrus

The Delta Air Lines Chair

Samuel Nemec

The Betty Sands Fuller Chair


Xiaodi Liu•

Susan Welty associate Principal



acting associate principal

Emily Brebach

Emily Brebach CLARINET

Laura Ardan principal



The Julie & Arthur Montgomery Chair William Wilder

assistant principal

The William A. Nathan Zgonc Schwartz Chair acting/associate principal Vacant Jason Patrick Robins• The Connie & Merrell Calhoun Chair Brian Hecht

Principal The Kendeda Fund Chair associate

Joseph Petrasek

Michael Stubbart HARP

Elisabeth Remy Johnson principal

The Sally & Carl Gable Chair KEYBOARD The Hugh & Jessie Hodgson Memorial Chair

Mark Yancich

Peter Marshall †

Kimberly Gilman•

The Walter H. Bunzl Chair


Chelsea McFarland•

William Wilder

Bruce Kenney Jaclyn Rainey* TRUMPET

assistant principal

Sharon Berenson Nicole Jordan principal

The Marianna & Solon Patterson Chair Holly Matthews assistant principal

The Robert Shaw Chair Stuart Stephenson principal The Mabel Dorn Reeder Honorary Chair The Madeline & Howell Adams Chair Ted Gurch Michael Tiscione associate Principal associate Principal Marci Gurnow Mark Maliniak• Alcides Rodriguez


Hannah Davis asyo/assistant librarian

‡ rotate between sections * Leave of absence † Regularly engaged musician • New this season | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 13

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By James Paulk

Without donors, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra simply couldn’t keep playing. More than half of the Orchestra’s total budget comes from donors: a diverse and distinguished community who share a love of music and who contribute at every level. These are a few of their stories.

“ How can you not want to share these amazingly talented musicians with others?”


r. Ann Harris Slaughter posed that question when asked why she is an ASO donor. A Mississippi native, Anne came to Atlanta in 1989 from Indiana University, where she was teaching education, planning to get a few years of experience teaching in inner city public schools. She met her husband, Timothy Slaughter, Sr., and never left. Now retired, she became a regular ASO donor several years ago. Music has been an important part of her life since childhood. Among her fondest memories is a visit to Chicago, which included an outdoor performance of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. “I had listened regularly to the “Voice of Firestone” programs | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 15

(L-R) Principal Bass Joseph McFadden, Dr. Ann Slaughter, violinist Ruth Ann Little, bass trombonist Brian Hecht on television, but this was my first experience hearing an orchestra live.” Later came a stint as second chair first violin in the Jackson State College Orchestra and regular visits to orchestras wherever she lived. In Atlanta, Ann soon began attending ASO concerts and became close to music teachers in the school system who were bringing groups of school children to concerts. As she put it, “The ASO’s work with the schools has a far-reaching impact. It makes you want to contribute what you can.” Ann teaches Bible classes at Arbor Terrace at Cascade, an assisted living facility, and last year she sponsored a trip to an Open Rehearsal for the residents, paying the admission fees for anyone who wanted to attend. “Many of them are professionals and love music. It was an honor to help them attend, and it’s something I hope to continue,” she added.

“Do we want to be the generation that lets the music die?”


elga Beam asks this question of her friends and fellow ASO donors when raising money for the Orchestra. Helga, who is from Germany, met her husband Jack when he was stationed there in the military after World War II. After Jack retired as the fire chief of Alexandria, VA, they lived in Asheville, NC, for a time, but moved to Atlanta in 2007 to be closer to their family. Married for 59 years, they have always been involved in the arts. Jack is a gifted artist, known especially for his work as a metalsmith.

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Jack and Helga Beam

Helga is very persuasive. When the house next door to their Asheville home sold to an Atlantan, Don Carson, she recruited him for the Board of Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center. When the Beams moved to Atlanta, Carson, an ASO Board member at the time, suggested that Helga become involved with the Symphony. “It was tit for tat!” she said, laughing. Helga soon became one of the six founding members of what was then called the Patron Partnership Leadership Committee: volunteers who help with fundraising, donor incentives and events.

“We quickly realized that Helga was a natural fundraiser,” said Kristi Allpere, another of the original members and Chair of the committee, now the Patron Partnership and Appassionato Leadership Committee, or PAL (the committee works with donors who contribute $2,000 or more per year to the Orchestra). Kristi added, “Helga is a passionate PAL volunteer with a lovely, big personality and a unique, direct approach to asking for financial support. She does it in a way that never offends anyone.” Helga put it this way: “I’m very good at asking for money. It’s my forte. The arts are needed for your mind and for your soul. It’s so wonderful to sit and listen to music.”

“ Music gives you the peace, calm and joy for a good life. If I can support the Symphony, and show others what an incredible jewel it is, I’m glad to do it.”


hose are the words of Luine Miller, whose love for music and the ASO began during childhood when she was recognized as a talented pianist, organist and vocalist. Her high school chorus director was also a rehearsal pianist for the ASO, and she invited Luine to join her for a Messiah chorus rehearsal, conducted by Henry Sopkin, where Luine got to sing along with the altos. Her training continued and she became a church organist in Newnan. Despite the distance, she became a regular subscriber to the Atlanta Symphony. Miller’s love of music inspired her son, Jeff Baxter, to become a professional musician. Her record collection included a complete set of Beethoven Symphonies (Toscanini/ NBC Symphony). “When I heard the ‘Eroica,’ I was hooked,” he said. Jeff began singing with the Chorus in 1982 while studying with Florence Kopleff at GSU, and in

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Ray Chen, photo by Tom Doms

SPRING 2019 CONCERTS RAY CHEN, violin with RIKO HIGUMA, piano Friday, January 25 at 8 p.m.

CZECH NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA with ISABEL LEONARD, mezzo-soprano Friday, February 15 at 8 p.m.

ERIC OWENS and LAWRENCE BROWNLEE Friday, March 22 at 8 p.m.



Luine Miller with her son Jeff Baxter, ASO Choral Administrator 1992 came to work with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, where he currently serves as both Choral Administrator and a member of the tenor section. Luine is especially fond of the Chorus, and has accompanied them on several road trips, including a trip to Carnegie Hall in 1997, when Shaw led them in Brahms’ A German Requiem. It was a high point: “I’ve never heard anything that magnificent.” Then in 2008, Jeff persuaded her and a friend to accompany the Chorus to Berlin, where Donald Runnicles led the Chorus in the Berlioz Requiem with the Berlin Philharmonic. “We had an amazing time behind the scenes,” she said, “and when they were rehearsing, we were eating chocolate in the square.” Luine now lives in a retirement community with her husband, John Brice, and comes in for five or six concerts a year when her community arranges a bus for residents. She makes monthly recurring gifts to the ASO, so the impact is greater than she could do all at once. “Classical music is after my heart,” she added.

When speaking to ASO donors, the recurring themes are a love of music, a love of the Orchestra and a powerful commitment to ensure its future, which depends so much on their support. Celebrate the power of music, and help build the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s future with your friends and community by supporting the ASO Annual Fund. Call William Keene, Manager of Leadership and Individual Giving, at 404.733.4839 today.

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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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Concerts of Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, 3:00pm and 8:00pm Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, 3:00pm and 8:00pm NORMAN MACKENZIE, Conductor ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CHORUS MOREHOUSE COLLEGE GLEE CLUB, David Morrow, Director GWINNETT YOUNG SINGERS, Lynn Urda, Director The Coca-Cola Holiday Concerts are presented by

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

Coca-Cola Holiday Concert CHRISTMAS WITH THE ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 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) “The First Nowell”* (arr. David Willcocks) Part Two—The Stable “Hodie Christus natus est” from A Ceremony of Carols (Benjamin Britten) “Wolcum Yole!” from A Ceremony of Carols (Britten) Elisabeth Remy-Johnson, harp “O Magnum Mysterium” (Morten Lauridsen) Largo from Winter, The Four Seasons (Antonio Vivaldi) David Coucheron, violin “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” (Michael Praetorius) “There is a Rose in Flower” (Johannes Brahms/Erich Leinsdorf) “See, Amid the Winter’s Snow” (Michael Kurth) “The Angel Choir and the Trumpeter” (Christopher Dedrick) “What you gonna call yo’ pretty little baby?” (arr. Noah F. Ryder) “March of the Kings” (arr. Robert Shaw/Parker) “Farandole” from L’Arlésienne (Georges Bizet) “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 “Russian Dance” (Tchaikovsky) David Coucheron, violin “The Boar’s Head” (arr. Shaw/Parker) “Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella” and “Angels We Have Heard on Hight” from Suite No. 3 The Many Moods of Christmas (arr. Robert Russell Bennett)

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Ken Meltzer Program Annotator

Part Four—Adoration “El Cant des Ocells” (“The Song of the Birds”) (arr. Pablo Casals) Daniel Laufer, cello “Coventry Carol” (arr. Shaw) “Sleep, O Lovely One” (arr. Jeffrey Van) Elisabeth Remy Johnson, harp “The Shepherds’ Farewell to the Holy Family” from L’enfance du Christ (Hector Berlioz) “Adeste, fideles”* (arr. Parker) NO INTERMISSION *The audience is invited to join the choruses in singing these familiar carols. Words are included on the following pages. Translations of the Vocal Selections, and Sing-Along Carols The audience is invited to join in singing the familiar carols marked with * “Gloria” from Gloria Francis Poulenc; Latin text from the Roman Catholic Mass Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of good will. *Audience Sing-Along Carol “The First Nowell” 14th-century English carol; arr. David Willcocks The first Nowell the angels did say Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay; In fields where they lay, keeping their sheep, On a cold winter’s night that was so deep. Nowell, Nowell, born is the King of Israel! They lookèd up and saw a star, Shining in the east, beyond them far; And to the earth it gave great light, And so it continued both day and night. Nowell, Nowell, born is the King of Israel!

Then let us all with one accord Sing praises to our heav’nly Lord, That hath made heav’n and earth of naught, And with His blood mankind hath bought. Nowell, Nowell, born is the King of Israel! “Hodie Christus natus est” from A Ceremony of Carols Benjamin Britten; traditional Latin text Today Christ is born. Today the Savior appears. Today on earth angels are singing, archangels rejoicing. Today they proudly proclaim, saying: Glory to God in the highest. Alleluia! “Wolcom Yole!” from A Ceremony of Carols Benjamin Britten; medieval English carol Welcome, Welcome, Welcome be thou heavenly King. Welcome, Yule! Welcome, born in one morning!

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Praise Him, praise be to Him.

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!

We thank thee for this day, gracious Father.

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. “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 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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orman Mackenzie’s abilities as musical collaborator, conductor, and concert organist have brought him international recognition. Appointed Director of Choruses for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra by Robert Spano in 2000, and holder of its endowed Frannie and Bill Graves Chair, he was chosen to help carry forward the creative vision of legendary founding conductor Robert Shaw to a new generation of music lovers. During his tenure, the Chorus has made numerous tours, garnered several Grammy® awards for Best Classical Album and Best Choral Performance and has three times been invited to sing with the Berlin Philharmonic. At the ASO, 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. In recent seasons he has conducted a “Shaw Choral Celebration” with the ASO and Chorus and performances of the Rachmaninov Vespers with the ASO Chamber Chorus as part of the Robert Shaw Centenary celebrations. He has prepared choruses for performance under Robert Shaw, Robert Spano, Donald Runnicles, John Adams, Roberto Abbado, Charles Dutoit, Bernard Labadie, Nicholas McGegan, John Nelson, Alan Gilbert, James Conlon and Sir Neville Marriner, among others. Recent appearances have included New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Minneapolis. A native of suburban Philadelphia, Mackenzie made his debut as a pianist with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 12. He holds degrees from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and Westminster Choir College and worked closely with Robert Shaw for 14 years. Mackenzie’s acclaimed Telarc recording of a cappella sacred music (featuring the Vaughan Williams Mass in G-Minor) represents the ASO Chamber Chorus’s first recording apart from the Orchestra. 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’ 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’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 30 | @AtlantaSymphony |

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MEET THE ARTISTS 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 the 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. ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CHORUS Norman Mackenzie

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SOPRANO 1 Amy Baker Mary Martha Clark Hanan Davis Liz Dean Virginia Elizondo Laura Foster Jayme Hogan-Yarbro Erin Jones Arietha Lockhart** Mindy Margolis* Joneen Padgett* Rachel Paul Callaway Powlus Susan Ray Samaria Rodriguez Natalie Rogers Natalie Spruell Stacey Tanner Brianne Turgeon* Erika Wuerzner SOPRANO 2 June Abbott** Sloan Atwood* Barbara Brown Martha Craft Ellen Dukes** Mary Goodwin Amanda Hoffman Kathleen KellyGeorge* Eda Mathews** Shannon Nesbit Heidi Padovano Lindsay Patten Chantae Pittman Paula Snelling Tommie Storer Emily Tallant

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Cheryl Thrash** Anna Ulrich Donna Weeks ALTO 1 Akosua Adwini-Poku Pamela Amy-Cupp Deborah Boland** Rachel Bowman Laurie Cronin Angel Dotson-Hall Katherine Fisher Beth Freeman Noelle Hooge Beverly Hueter Janet Johnson Virginia Little* Staria Lovelady Frances McDowellBeadle** Mary Elizabeth Mendenhall Linda Morgan** Laura Emiko Soltis Meesook Sonu Rachel Stewart** Diana Strommen Nancy York* ALTO 2 Nancy Adams* Angelica BlackmanKeim Marcia Chandler* Christa Joy Chase* Meaghan Curry Andrea Gassmann Emily Jenkins Sally Kann Nicole Khoury* Lynda Martin

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Campbell Rogers Sharon Simons* Alexandra Tanico Kiki Wilson** Diane Woodard** TENOR 1 Jeffrey Baxter** Jordan Bell Christian Bigliani John Brandt* Daniel Cameron* Daniel Compton Joseph Cortes Clifford Edge** Steven Farrow** Nicholas Flott Leif Gilbert-Hansen* James Jarrell Keith Langston* Christopher Patton Stephen Reed# Nathaniel Sundholm TENOR 2 Randall Barker* Mark Barnes Charles Cottingham# Phillip Crumbly* Joseph Few* Sean Fletcher Hamilton Fong John Harr Keith Jeffords* Joseph Kang Steven Olson Michael Parker Timothy Parrott Marshall Peterson* Matthew Sellers Thomas Slusher

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Scott Stephens** Alexander Wilson BASS 1 Dock Anderson Russell Cason** Trey Clegg Steven Darst** Michael Dennison Thomas Elston Jon Gunnemann* David Hansen** Lee Johnson Nick Jones# Frank Kingsley Jameson Linville Jason Maynard Mark Mendenhall Peter Shirts Kendric Smith# John Terry Ike Van Meter Edward Watkins** BASS 2 Clarence Bell Brian Brown John Carter Rick Copeland** Joel Craft** Paul Fletcher Eric Litsey** Kevin Newman Jonathan Smith* Benjamin Temko* David Webster** Gregory Whitmire** * 20+ years of service ** 30+ years of service # Charter member (1970)






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 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, DIRECTOR


avid Morrow is a native of Rochester, New York. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College in 1980. While at Morehouse, he became a member of Phi Beta Kappa, was awarded the Kemper Harreld Award for Excellence in Music, received departmental honors and graduated 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. | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 33

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. MOREHOUSE COLLEGE GLEE CLUB | David Morrow director TENOR I Roderick Hart Tyreek Howard Kaleb Lewis Carlos Otaño Israel Rochester Brycen Saunders Jalen Shaw Markuan Tigney, Jr. Amir Thomas Ryan Murphy Jalen Norton Enrique Pyfrom, Jr. Stephon Scott Cameron Thomas Eric Tyson Ernest White, IV

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ow in its 29th season, the Gwinnett Young Singers are frequent guests of the ASO. The choir has performed in 21 season 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. Among the hundreds of concerts the choir has performed with the ASO, GYS was featured on the Grammy® Award winning CD recording of John Adams’ On The Transmigration Of Souls with the ASO & Chorus. In 2004, they performed in the Grammy® nominated CD recording of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the ASO and Chorus. 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. LYNN URDA, DIRECTOR


ynn 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. GWINNETT YOUNG SINGERS CONCERT CHOIR | Lynn Urda


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Concerts of Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 8:00pm Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 8:00pm NORMAN MACKENZIE, Conductor GEORGIA JARMAN, soprano KELLEY O’CONNOR, mezzo-soprano

Coca-Cola Holiday Concert HANDEL'S MESSIAH JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750) Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243 (1723)

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

GRANT KNOX, tenor GERARD SUNDBERG, baritone ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CHAMBER CHORUS, NORMAN MACKENZIE, Director of Choruses The Coca-Cola Holiday Concerts are presented by

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Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243 (1723) JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH was born in Eisenach, Germany, on March 21, 1685, and died in Leipzig, Germany, on July 28, 1750. The Magnificat is scored for Recording: two soprano, alto, tenor, and bass solos, mixed chorus, two flutes, Robert Shaw, Conductor two oboes, two oboe d’amore, bassoon, three trumpets, timpani, (Telarc CD-80194) continuo, and strings. Bach, Prince Leopold, and Cöthen


rom 1717-1723, German composer Johann Sebastian Bach served as Kappellmeister to Prince Leopold, whose court was located in Cöthen, approximately sixty miles north of Weimar. Prince Leopold was an avid and talented musician who, according to Bach: “loved music, he was well acquainted with it, he understood it.” The Prince both sang and played several instruments. In addition, Prince Leopold hired some of Europe’s greatest instrumentalists to serve as his court musicians. As Prince Leopold’s court was Calvinist, Bach’s duties did not include the composition of liturgical music. Bach instead responded with an extraordinary outpouring of instrumental creations. Bach’s Cöthen works include such masterpieces as the first book of the Well-Tempered Clavier, the Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin and the Suites for Solo Cello, and the Brandenburg Concertos. Bach in Leipzig In December of 1721, Prince Leopold wed his cousin, Friederica Henriette of AnhaltBernburg. The Princess shared none of her husband’s passion for the arts. Over time, the Prince’s support for musical activities in Cöthen declined, thereby placing a strain on his relationship with Bach. In 1723, Bach left Prince Leopold’s Court to begin his service as Music Director of Leipzig’s St. Thomas Church and School. During his initial five or six years in Leipzig, Bach created an incredible body of sacred vocal works, including five Cantata cycles for every Sunday and feast day. The magnificent St. John (1724) and St. Matthew (1727) Passions also date from this early Leipzig period. One might be tempted to suspect that such a demanding schedule would generate a kind of routine, and music of lesser quality. Instead, Bach responded with sacred vocal music that remains without equal not only for its prolific numbers, but also for variety, invention, and eloquence. The Magnificat Another masterpiece from Bach’s early years in Leipzig is the Magnificat (1723), scored for vocal soloists, chorus, and orchestra. Bach first composed the Magnificat for Christmas Day, 1723. The original version of the Magnificat is in E-flat Major and includes recorders. In addition to the work’s twelve principal sections, the first version of the Magnificat incorporates three choruses and a soprano-bass duet, all relating to Christmas. 38 | @AtlantaSymphony |



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In 1728-31, Bach created a revised version of the Magnificat. Now set in D-Major, the revised Magnificat substitutes flutes for the original version’s recorders. In addition, Bach removed the four Christmas sections. It is this version that is most often performed. The text for the Magnificat, from Luke 1:46-55, is Mary’s praise to God, inspired by her impending motherhood. One of the many notable aspects of the Magnificat is Bach’s ingenious and creative employment of “word-painting”—crafting music to reflect and illuminate the text. There are many striking examples. In sections III and IV, Mary exults: “behold, henceforth I shall be called blessed by…all generations.” At the words “all generations,” the solo soprano voice yields to the chorus’s numerous, intertwining vocal lines. In section VIII, the solo tenor’s vocal line falls and rises in accordance with the text: “He has deposed the mighty from their seats, and exalted the humble.” And in the Magnificat’s final section, at the words, “As it was in the beginning,” Bach quotes from the work’s opening. None of these details distracts the listener from the overall grandeur and eloquence of the Magnificat. As with virtually all creations by this master, the Magnificat reflects sentiments expressed by the organist Helmut Walcha: “Bach opens a vista to the universe. After experiencing him, people feel there is meaning to life after all.” Texts and Translations I. Magnificat (Chorus) Magnificat anima mea Dominum,

My soul magnifies the Lord,

II. Et exsultavit (Soprano Solo) Et exsultavit spiritus meus in Deo salutari meo.

And my spirit rejoices in God my salvation.

III. Quia respexit (Soprano Solo) Quia respexit humilitatem ancillae suae; For He has considered the humbleness of ecce enim ex hoc beatam me dicent… his handservant: behold, henceforth I shall be called blessed by… IV. Omnes generationes (Chorus) Omnes generations.

All generations.

V. Quia fecit mihi magna (Bass Solo) Quia fecit mihi magna qui potens est, et sanctum nomen eius.

For He that is mighty has magnified me; and holy is His name.

VI. Et misericordia (Alto and Tenor Solos) Et misericordia a progenie in progenies And He is merciful to those who, timentibus eum. from generation to generation, fear Him. VII. Fecit potentiam (Chorus) Fecit potentiam in brachio suo: He has shown strength in His arm: dispersit superbos mente cordis sui. He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. VIII. Deposuit potentes (Tenor Solo) Deposuit potentes de sede et exaltavit humiles.

He has deposed the mighty from their seats, and exalted the humble.

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IX. Esurientes implevit bonis (Alto Solo) Esurientes implevit bonis et divites He has filled the hungry with good things; dimisit inanes. and the rich He has sent away empty. X. Suscepit Israel (Three-Part Women’s Voices) Suscepit Israel puerum suum, recordatus He has supported His servant Israel, misericordiae suae. remembering His mercy. XI. Sicut locatus est (Chorus) Sicut locutus est ad Patres nostros, Abraham et semini eius in saecula.

As He spoke to our forefathers, Abraham, and his seed forever.

XII. Gloria Patri (Chorus) Gloria Patri, gloria Filio, gloria et Spiritui Glory to the Father, glory to the Son, Sancto! Sicut erat in principio et nunc et glory to the Holy Spirit! As it was in the semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen. beginning, is now, and ever shall be, and for ever and ever. Amen. Christmas Portion and “Hallelujah!” Chorus from Messiah (1742) GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL was born in Halle, Germany, on February 23, 1685, and died in London, England, on April 14, 1759. The first performance of Messiah took place at the New Music Hall in Fishamble Street, Dublin, Ireland, on April 13, 1742. Messiah is scored for soprano, alto, tenor, and bass Recording: Robert Shaw, Conductor soloists, mixed chorus, two oboes, two bassoons, two trumpets, (Telarc CD-80093, 2 discs) 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, | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 41

Handel set sail for Dublin, bringing with him several works for performance at the charity concerts. Among those works was Messiah. The premiere of Messiah took place at Dublin’s New Music Hall in Fishamble Street on April 13, 1742. Three days prior to the performance, the Dublin Journal printed the following admonition: Many Ladies and Gentlemen who are well-wishers to this Noble and Grand Charity for which this Oratorio was composed, request it as a Favour, that the Ladies who honour this Performance with their Presence would be pleased to come without Hoops, as it will greatly increase the Charity, by making room for more company. Gentlemen were also requested to refrain from bringing their swords to the performance, again for the purpose of increasing the audience capacity. The performance was a tremendous success. As the Dublin Journal reported: (T)he best Judges allowed (Messiah) to be the most finished piece of music. Words are wanting to express the exquisite Delight it afforded to the admiring crowded audience. The Sublime, the Grand, and the Tender, adapted to the most elevated, majestic and moving Words, conspired to transport and charm the ravished Heart and Ear. It is but justice to Mr. Handel, that the World should know, he generously gave the Money arising from this Grand Performance, to be equally shared by the Society for relieving Prisoners, the Charitable Infirmary, the Mercer’s Hospital, for which they will ever gratefully remember his Name… The London premiere of Messiah, which took place at Covent Garden on March 23, 1743, was more problematic. It appears that the London public accorded Handel’s Messiah a mixed reception. However, at least according to one observer, those in attendance—including one very prominent member of the audience—were particularly moved by a portion of the oratorio. This resulted in the birth of a tradition that continues to this day: “When the chorus struck up ‘for the Lord God Omnipotent’ (in the ‘Hallelujah’ Chorus), they were so transported that they all together, with the King (who happened to be present), started up and remained standing till the chorus ended.” In May of 1750, Handel agreed to present Messiah as a benefit for London’s Foundling Hospital. The performance venue of the Hospital’s Chapel, coupled with the worthy cause, removed any possible objections. Charity concerts of Messiah became a yearly tradition at the Foundling Hospital. On April 6, 1759, Handel made his final public appearance, conducting a London performance of Messiah. On April 13, Handel died at the age of 74. The funeral, held in Westminster Abbey, attracted an estimated 3,000 mourners. Three years later, the great church unveiled a monument to Handel, created by the French sculptor, Louis François Roubiliac. The monument depicts Handel, holding the score of Messiah. Overhead, an angel plays a lyre. The score is opened to the soprano solo that serves to begin the oratorio’s Third Part: “I know that my redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.” 42 | @AtlantaSymphony |

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This concert features Part I, the Christmas Portion, of Messiah, as well as the “Hallelujah!” Chorus from Part II. Messiah Music by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) Texts selected from Holy Scripture by Charles Jennens (1700-1773) Part I Sinfonia TENOR Comfort ye my people, saith your God; speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned. The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill made low: the crooked straight and the rough places plain. [Isaiah 40:1-4] CHORUS And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. [Isaiah 40:5] BASS Thus saith the Lord of Hosts: Yet once a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea and the dry land, and I will shake all nations, and the desire of nations shall come. The Lord whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in, behold, He shall come, saith the Lord of Hosts. [Haggai 2:6-7; Malachi 3:1]

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

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GEORGE ENESCU (1881-1955) Rumanian Rhapsody No. 1 in A Major, Opus 11 (1901) DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Opus 10 (1925) I. Allegretto; Allegro non troppo II. Allegro III. Lento IV. Allegro molto INTERMISSION PETER ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, Opus 35 (1878) I. Allegro moderato II. Canzonetta. Andante III. Finale. Allegro vivacissimo Nikolaj Znaider, violin




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

SOPRANO Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion, shout, O daughter of Jerusalem, behold, thy King cometh unto thee. He is the righteous Saviour, and He shall speak peace unto the heathen. [Zechariah 9:9-10] ALTO Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing. [Isaiah 35:5-6] ALTO AND SOPRANO He shall feed his flock like a shepherd, and He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those that are with young. Come unto Him, all ye that labour, and are heavy laden, and He will give you rest. Take His yoke upon you, and learn of Him, for he is meek and lowly of heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls. [Isaiah 40:11; Matthew 11:28-29] CHORUS His yoke is easy, and His burthen is light. [Matthew 11:30] CHORUS Hallelujah! for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. The kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever. King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. [Revelation 19:6; 11:15; 19:16]

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HOLIDAYS AT CITY SPRINGS Roswell Dance Theatre presents: The Nutcracker November 23 – December 2 City Springs Theatre Company presents: Elf the Musical December 7 – 16 The Sounds of Christmastime December 15 Jewel’s Handmade Holiday Tour December 19

Boston Brass & the Brass All-Stars Big Band: Christmas Bells are Swingin’! December 22 New Year’s Eve Celebration with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra December 31 New Year’s Eve Final Countdown with the Joe Gransden Big Band December 31


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rom the lyric and bel canto roles, to a growing reputation in contemporary repertoire, Georgia Jarman’s versatility as an artist has encompassed a number of highly acclaimed performances in recent seasons. Notable successes have included Roxana in Kasper Holten’s new production of Krol Roger under Antonio Pappano, marking her Covent Garden debut, and Agnès in her return to the theatre in George Benjamin’s Written on Skin.








This season Jarman continues her collaboration with George Benjamin, in Katie Mitchell’s production of Lessons in Love and Violence, marking her company debuts with Staatsoper Hamburg, Opéra National de Lyon and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She also returns to the role of Agnès at the Beijing Music Festival under Lawrence Renes as well as with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra at the Elbphilharmonie under George Benjamin. Other highlights this season include her company debut for Opernhaus Zürich as Musetta in La bohème, as well as Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Opera Philadelphia. Previous successes include Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) for Opéra National de Bordeaux, Gilda (Rigoletto) for her Santa Fe Festival debut, all four heroines in Richard Jones’ production of The Tales of Hoffmann for English National Opera, Maria Stuarda for Washington Concert Opera and Manon at Malmö Opera. Especially sought-after in bel canto repertoire, she has made numerous appearances at the Caramoor Summer Music Festival with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s including, most recently, Zenobia in Rossini’s rarely performed Aureliano in Palmira, Norina (Don Pasquale) and Amina (La sonnambula). KELLEY O’CONNOR, mezzo-soprano


ossessing a voice of uncommon allure, musical sophistication far beyond her years, and intuitive and innate dramatic artistry, the Grammy® Award-winning mezzosoprano Kelley O’Connor is one of the most compelling performers of her generation.


Sought after by the worlds great conductors, she enjoys close artistic partnerships with Gustavo Dudamel, Iván Fischer, Louis Langrée, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, David Robertson, Donald Runnicles, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Robert Spano and Franz Welser-Möst; these relationships have led to performances on the premiere stages of the world including the Barbican Centre, Berliner Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, Lincoln Center, Severance Hall and Walt Disney Hall among many others.






John Adams wrote the title role of The Gospel According to the Other Mary for Kelley O’Connor and she has performed the work, both in concert and staged versions, the world over. She gave the premiere of Bryce Dessner’s Voy a Dormir with Robert Spano leading the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall, and she has received unanimous international, critical acclaim for her numerous performances as Federico García Lorca in Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar. O’Connor created the role for the world premiere at Tanglewood, and subsequently she has performed the opera in Los Angeles, Madrid, New York and Santa Fe.

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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, 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, Knox has worked with composers Libby Larsen, John Musto, Jake Heggie, Nico Muhly and William Bolcom. Knox 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, Knox collaborated with celebrated pianist Martin Katz for multiple performances of Janáček’s rarely heard song cycle The Diary of One Who Vanished. GERARD SUNDBERG, baritone


r. Sundberg is a graduate of Bethel College (St. Paul, MN), and holds both Master of Fine Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Minnesota where he studied voice with Clifton Ware and Roy Schuessler. He is presently Professor of Voice at Wheaton Conservatory of Music (Wheaton, IL). His two recordings are “Singer on a Journey”, including four sacred song cycles by Brahms, Beethoven, Vaughan Williams and Carlisle Floyd, and “Songs for the Journey” including arrangements by Edwin Childs of 16 Hymns and Gospel songs. His recent performances include Josh Bauder Tyndale: A Reformation Oratorio with Deo Cantamus, Minneapolis; Handel Messiah with the Chicago Master Chorale; Bach Magnificat with Camerata Chicago; Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols with Bethel University; and Mozart Regina coeli and Handel Messiah (part 1) with the Atlanta Symphony and Chamber Chorus. ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CHAMBER CHORUS


cclaimed for the beauty, precision and expressive qualities of its singing, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus has been an important part of the orchestra’s programming since its founding by the late Robert Shaw. The Chamber Chorus, which debuted on December 14, 1967, is composed of 60 volunteers selected by audition from the ranks of the ASO Chorus, who meet for extra rehearsals and perform with the ASO each season. The Chamber Chorus 50 | @AtlantaSymphony |

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

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ALTO Angelica BlackmanKeim Donna Carter-Wood** Marcia Chandler* Christa Joy Chase* Emily Jenkins Katherine MacKenzie Linda Morgan** Laura Rappold* Kathleen Poe Ross Laura Emiko Soltis Diana Strommen Carol Wyatt*

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DEC 16

Concerts of Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, 1:30pm and 3:00pm STEPHEN MULLIGAN, Conductor BEVERLY BLOUIN, soprano KATE MURRAY, alto STEVE BRAILSFORD, tenor STEVEN DARST, bass

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Coca-Cola Holiday Concert A FESTIVE FAMILY HOLIDAY ROBERT WENDEL Christmas a la Valse


JOHNNY MARKS “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”


RICHARD HAYMAN Here We Come A-Caroling (Medley)




VICTOR HERBERT “March of the Toys” from Babes in Toyland


ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK “Evening Prayer” from Hansel and Gretel


JEFF TYZIK “The Twelve Gifts of Christmas”

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NO INTERMISSION Holiday concerts are made possible through an endowment from the Livingston Foundation in memory of Leslie Livingston Kellar. Additional support generously provided by

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 hand-held devices.

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onductor Stephen Mulligan began his term as the Assistant Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra 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.

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Concerts of Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, 8:00pm Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, 8:00pm STEPHEN MULLIGAN, Conductor ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA NMON FORD, baritone

Coca-Cola Holiday Concert A VERY MERRY HOLIDAY ROBERT WENDEL “ Overture to a Merry Christmas“ from Classical Christmas Suite TRADITIONAL GOSPEL MEDLEY: “Sweet Little Jesus Boy“; “Do You Hear What I Hear“; “This Christmas“; “Go Tell It On the Mountain“; “Jesus What A Beautiful Child“ PETER TCHAIKOVSKY “Marche“ from The Nutcracker, Opus 71 (Act I) “Trépak“ from The Nutcracker, Opus 71 (Act II)


DUKE ELLINGTON (orch. Jeff Tyzik) “Sugar Rum Cherry“ (Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy); “Overture“; “Peanut Brittle Brigade“ (March) from Nutcracker Suite (After Tchaikovsky)

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PETER TCHAIKOVSKY “Valse des Fleurs“ from The Nutcracker, Opus 71 (Act II)

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


ALBERT HAGUE “ You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch“ from How the Grinch Stole Christmas! LEROY ANDERSON Sleigh Ride TRADITIONAL (arr. John Finnegan) CHRISTMAS SING-ALONG: “Jingle Bells”; ”Joy to the World”; ”Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”; ”Silent Night”; “Deck the Hall”; “O Come, All Ye Faithful” ADOLPHE CHARLES ADAM (arr. David T. Clydesdale) “O Holy Night!“ KATHERINE KENNICOTT DAVIS (arr. Robert Wendel) Little Bolero Boy MEL TORME (arr. Bob Krogstad) The Christmas Song HUGH MARTIN (reconstructed by Derek Greten-Harrison) “ Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas“ from Meet Me in St. Louis JOHNNY MARKS (arr. Richard Hayman) “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer“ CHARLIE SMALLS “Home“ from The Wiz

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JINGLE, BELLS (Refrain) 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! (Verse) Dashing through the snow, In a one-horse open sleigh; O’er the field we go, Laughing all the way; Bells on bobtail ring, Making spirits bright; What fun it is to ride and sing A sleighing song tonight! (Oh,) (Repeat refrain) JOY TO THE WORLD Joy to the world! The Lord is come; Let Earth receive her King; Let ev’ry heart prepare Him room, And heaven and nature sing And heaven and nature sing And heaven, and Heaven and nature sing. HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King! Peace on Earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!” Joyful all ye nations rise, Join the triumph of the skies; With th’angelic host proclaim “Christ is born in Bethlehem!” Hark! The Herald Angels sing “Glory to the newborn King!”

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. DECK THE HALL Deck the hall with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la la la la la. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la la la la la. Don we now our gay apparel, Fa la la la la la la la la. Troll the ancient Yuletide carol, Fa la la la la la la la la. O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL (Verse 1) 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; (Refrain) O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord. (Verse 2) Sing, choirs of angels, Sing in exultation, Sing, all ye citizens of Heaven above! Glory to God, glory in the highest; (Repeat refrain)

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merican baritone, Nmon Ford, opens the 2018-19 season by making his role and house debut as Crown Porgy & Bess in the new production at English National Opera. He travels to Scotland for Bernstein’s Songfest which he sings with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Thomas Dausgaard. Returning to the US, Nmon joins Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as Don Pizzaro Fidelio alongside Christine Goerke in the title role and revives the role of Crown at Cincinnati Opera during their summer festival.




Recent highlights include his appearance at Atlanta Symphony in the role of Iago Otello, Kansas City Symphony for Brahms Requiem and in London appearing in Bernstein’s Songfest with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre. At Madison Opera the artist appeared as Riolobo Florencia en el Amazonas.




Nmon Ford returned to the American operatic landscape recently as a baritone of some repute in dramatic repertoire. He appeared as Don Pizzaro at Cincinnati Opera and at the Pittsburgh Opera where he sang the role of Jochanaan against Patricia Racette’s Salome. Other engagements include Creation/Creator with Atlanta Symphony and performances of Elijah at Pomona College, Claremont. WHIFFENPOOFS


very year, 14 senior Yale students are selected to be in the Whiffenpoofs, the world’s oldest and best-known collegiate a cappella group. Founded in 1909, the “Whiffs” began as a senior quartet that met for weekly concerts at Mory’s Temple Bar, the famous Yale tavern. Today, the group has become one of Yale’s most celebrated traditions, with over a century of musical excellence. Singing a mixture of old Yale tunes, jazz standards and other hits from across the decades, the Whiffenpoofs perform more than 200 concerts each year. Their characteristic white tie and tails, paired with their enthusiasm and humor, have become iconic for audiences all around the United States and across the world. The Whiffenpoofs are perfect entertainment for diverse occasions, including public concerts, fundraising events and private events of all types. Recent Whiffenpoof performance venues have included Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the White House, the Rose Bowl and Lincoln Center. The Whiffenpoofs have reached a television audience of more than 175 million in appearances in NBC’S The Sing Off, The West Wing, The Today Show, 60 Minutes, Gilmore Girls, Jeopardy!, Saturday Night Live and GLEE. The Whiffenpoofs have sung for multiple standing Presidents of the United States and have toured over twenty countries on six continents almost every year for the last several years. Nonetheless, the Whiffs always feel most at home at Yale on their perennial Monday night engagement at Mory’s, where they close each night with the historic Whiffenpoof Song.

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he Orchestra donor list includes Annual Fund donations made June 1, 2017 – October 29, 2018. This distinguished roster represents those among the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra family who wish to honor the transformative power of music—whether experienced during a one-time performance or over the course of a lifetime. Their collective generosity sustains the Orchestra’s ability to present musically-infused educational experiences for local schools, build community both on stage and across audiences, and remain a beacon of Atlanta’s cultural legacy and future innovation. On behalf of your Atlanta Symphony Orchestra—musicians, volunteers, and staff—we thank each of you for dedicating these vital contributions to the music and programming we work so passionately to create and share.


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Susan & Richard Anderson


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

Mr. & Mrs.** Bradley Currey, Jr. Ms. Lynn Eden Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta The Graves Foundation Susan & Thomas Wardell


The Antinori Foundation Farideh & Ali Azadi Foundation, Inc.

National Endowment for the Arts Victoria & Howard Palefsky

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APPASSIONATO We are extremely grateful for donors who give to the Annual Fund and Gala at the Appassionato level ($10,000+). These notable supporters are granted all the benefits of Patron Partnership, as well as advance notification of concerts and exclusive ticket offers through the season, VIP parking in the Woodruff Arts Center garage ($15,000+), concert dedication opportunities ($25,000+), and more. For further information about Appassionato, contact the Development Office at 404.733.5048. $25,000+

A Friend of the Symphony (2) Alston & Bird Paul & Linnea Bert Connie & Merrell Calhoun City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Jim Cox, Jr. Foundation The Roy & Janet Dorsey Foundation Betty Sands Fuller Fulton County Arts & Culture Mr. & Mrs. Gary Lee, Jr. Hank Linginfelter Charles H. Loridans Foundation The Marcus Foundation, Inc. Massey Charitable Trust Janice Murphy** Sally & Peter Parsonson Terence L. & Jeanne Perrine Neal* Porsche Cars North America, Inc. Publix Super Markets Charities Patty & Doug Reid Ryder Truck Rental, Inc. Mary & Jim Rubright Bill & Rachel Schultz* Mrs. Charles A. Smithgall, Jr. Mr. G. Kimbrough Taylor & Ms. Triska Drake Turner The UPS Foundation Patrick & Susie Viguerie Ann Marie & John B. White, Jr.*

CBH International, Inc Georgia Council for the Arts The Hertz Family Foundation, Inc. Kero-Jet Ken & Carolyn Meltzer Ms. Molly Minnear Moore Colson, CPAs & Bert & Carmen Mills Caroline & Joe O’Donnell David & Mary Scheible Ross & Sally Singletary Adair & Dick White Mrs. Sue S. Williams


Madeline & Howell E. Adams, Jr. Mr. Keith Adams & Ms. Kerry Heyward Juliet & John Allan Rita & Herschel Bloom Mr. David Boatwright The Breman Foundation, Inc. Janine Brown & Alex J. Simmons, Jr. The John W. & Rosemary K. Brown Family Foundation The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation Cari K. Dawson & John M. Sparrow Russell Currey & Amy Durrell Donna Lee & Howard Ehni Ms. Angela L. Evans Fifth Third Bank Carl & Sally Gable Georgia Power $17,500+ Foundation, Inc. Pinney L. Allen & Jeannette Guarner, MD & Charles C. Miller III Carlos del Rio, MD Cheryl & Chris Bachelder Jason & Carey Guggenheim/ Mr. & Mrs. Paul J. Blackney Boston Consulting Group Wright & Alison Caughman

Marcia & John Donnell Mr. Richard H. Delay & Dr. Francine D. Dykes Eleanor & Charles Edmondson Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP Paul & Carol Garcia The Robert Hall Gunn, Jr., Fund Georgia-Pacific Georgia Natural Gas Roya & Bahman Irvani Clay & Jane Jackson Ann A. & Ben F. Johnson, III Anne & Mark Kaiser Mr. & Mrs. William K. Kapp, Jr. Anne Morgan & Jim Kelley King & Spalding Pat & Nolan Leake John F. & Marilyn M. McMullan Walter W. Mitchell The Monasse Family Foundation Dr. & Mrs. Ebbie & Ayana Parsons Suzanne & Bill Plybon Mr. Andrew Saltzman $10,000+ Pierette Scanavino A Friend of Mr. John A. Sibley III the Symphony (2) Dr. Steven & Lynne Aadu & Kristi Allpere* Steindel* In memory of Leigh Baier Henry F. Anthony & Carol Peter James Stelling Alison & Joe Thompson R. Geiger The Trapp Family Julie & Jim Balloun Turner Foundation, Inc. Bell Family Foundation United Distributors Mr. Benjamin Q. Brunt & Chilton & Morgan Varner Ms. Catherine Meredith Kathy Waller & Kenneth Walter & Frances Goggins Bunzl Foundation Mark & Rebekah John W. Cooledge Wasserman Correll Family Mrs. Virginia S. Williams Foundation, Inc. Janet Davenport, in honor Ms. Joni Winston of Norman Mackenzie Joe Hamilton Bonnie & Jay Harris Kimberly-Clark Foundation D. Kirk & Kimberlee Jamieson Brian & Carrie Kurlander James H. Landon Dr. Ginger Chen & Mr. Sukai Liu Meghan & Clarke Magruder John & Linda Matthews Lynn & Galen Oelkers Martha M. Pentecost Jennifer Barlament & Kenneth Potsic Patty & Doug Reid Joyce & Henry Schwob June & John Scott Charlie & Donna Sharbaugh Slumgullion Charitable Fund Amy & Paul Snyder Elliott & Elaine Tapp Carol & Ramon Tomé Family Fund John & Ray Uttenhove Mr. James Wells & Mrs. Susan Kengeter Wells

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Belinda Massafra Judy Hellriegel vice chair , cultivation solicitation committee June Scott Milt Shlapak vice chair , communications member - at - large Bill Buss Peter Stelling cultivation committee

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cultivation committee

THE PATRON PARTNERSHIP We extend deep gratitude to all members who give to the Annual Fund at the Patron Partnership level ($2,000 - $9,999). These sustaining supporters enjoy exclusive invitations to post-concert Symphony Nightcaps, complimentary access to private dining in the Robert Shaw Room ($2,500+), and invitations to A Seat with the Symphony On-Stage Rehearsals ($5,000+). For more information about Patron Partnership, contact the Development Office at 404.733.4839. $7,500+

Sally W. Hawkins Azira G. Hill Tad & Janin Hutcheson Robert & Sherry Johnson Paul & Rosthema Kastin Peter & Vivian de Kok Mr. & Mrs. J. Hicks Lanier Mr. & Mrs. Theodore J. Lavallee, Sr. Isabel Lamy Lee Elizabeth J. Levine Peg & Jim Lowman $5,000+ Mr. & Mrs. Brian F. A Friend of McCarthy the Symphony (3) William & Gloria Allgood Mary Ruth McDonald Mr. & Mrs.** Peter Lisa & Joe Bankoff Moraitakis Jack & Helga Beam Franca G. Oreffice Patricia & William Buss Ms. Margaret Painter Cadillac Margaret H. Petersen Robert Wenger & The Hellen Ingram Susan Carney Plummer Charitable Ruth & Mark Coan Foundation, Inc. William & Patricia Cook Mr. Leonard B. Reed* Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan J. Mr. & Mrs. Joel F. Reeves Davies Mrs. Vicki J. Riedel Carol Comstock & Mrs. Robin Rodbell Jim Davis* Mr. Joseph A. Roseborough Ms. Diane Durgin Ellen & Howard Feinsand John T. Ruff Mr. & Mrs. William A. Flinn The Selig Foundation Hamilton & Mason Smith Mary & Charles Ginden Mrs. C. Preston Stephens Mr. & Mrs. Richard John & Yee-Wan Stevens Goodsell Mr. & Mrs. Joshua Harbour Mr. & Mrs. Edward W. Stroetz, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Charles B. Burton Trimble Harrison Lisa & Russ Butner Deedee & Marc Hamburger* Mr. Randolph J. Koporc The Piedmont National Family Foundation Betsy & Lee Robinson Mr. Jeffrey C. Samuels & Ms. Amy Levine-Samuels Beverly & Milton Shlapak

Margo Brinton & Eldon Park Mrs. Kay Adams* & Mr. Ralph Paulk In memory of Dr. Frank S. Pittman III S.A. Robinson M. & Ann Shearer Suzanne Shull Stephen & Sonia Swartz George & Amy Taylor Dale L. Thompson $3,500+ Drs. Jonne & Paul Walter Dr. Evelyn R. Babey Jacqueline A. & Joseph E. David & Martha West Mr. & Mrs. M. Beattie Brown, Jr. Wood Mr. & Mrs. Dennis M. Camille W. Yow Chorba Sally & Larry Davis $2,000+ Mr. Richard Dowdeswell A Friend of the Symphony (5) Greg & Debra Durden Dr. & Mrs. Carl D. Fackler Mr. & Mrs. Jan Abernathy Drs. John & Gloria Gaston Ms. Amy Gerome-Acuff & Mr. Daniel Acuff Carol G. & Larry L. Kent & Diane Alexander Gellerstedt III James & Bridget Horgan Mr. & Mrs. Stephen D. Ambo Dr. Michael D. Horowitz Mr. James L. Anderson Donald S. Orr & Marcia K. Knight The Hisham & Nawal Araim Foundation Lillian Balentine Law Scott & Chris Arnold Deborah & William Liss Belinda & Gino Massafra Ms. Susan Ascheuer-Funke Mr. Joel Babbit Mr. Bert Mobley Richard K. & Diane Babush Mr. Lonnie Johnson & Mrs. Linda A. Moore Xavier Duralde & Mary Barrett Judge Jane Morrison Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Battle Michael & Carol Murphy Ms. Sheila Tschinkel Alan & Marcia Watt Dr. & Mrs. James O. Wells, Jr. Thomas E. Whitesides, Jr. M.D. Hubert H. Whitlow, Jr. Suzanne B. Wilner Mr. Baxter P. Jones & Dr. Jiong Yan Mr. & Mrs. Comer Yates

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Mr. & Mrs. Billy Bauman Dr. & Mrs. Joel E. Berenson Shirley Blaine Leon & Joy Borchers Mr. & Mrs. Andrew J. Bower Martha S. Brewer Ms. Harriet Evans Brock Dr. & Mrs. Anton J. Bueschen Mrs. Judith D. Bullock Karen & Rod Bunn Dr. Aubrey Bush & Dr. Carol Bush Mr. & Mrs. Ronald E. Canakaris Mr. & Mrs. Walter K. Canipe Susan & Carl Cofer Ralph & Rita Connell Jean & Jerry Cooper Jonathan & Rebekah Cramer Susan & Ed Croft Mr. & Mrs. Erik Curns Mr. & Ms. Jay M. Davis Mr. & Mrs. Donald Defoe Mr. Philip A. Delanty Mary & Mahlon Delong Mr. & Mrs. James Durgin Mr. & Mrs. Robert G. Edge Mr. & Mrs. David H. Eidson Dieter Elsner George T. & Alecia H. Ethridge Mr. & Mrs. Craig Fleming Mr. & Mrs. Bruce W. Flower Anthony Barbagallo & Kristen Fowks Viki & Paul Freeman Raj & Jyoti Gandhi Family Foundation Representative Pat Gardner & Mr. Jerry Gardner

Mr. & Mrs. Edward T.M. Garland Mary D. Gellerstedt Sally & Walter George Caroline M Gilham Marty & John Gillin* Spencer Godfrey Mrs. Janet D. Goldstein Dr. & Mrs. Carl Grafton Mrs. Louise Grant Lauren & Jim Grien Mr. & Mrs. George Gunderson Barbara & Jay Halpern Phil & Lisa Hartley John & Martha Head Mr. & Mrs. John Hellriegel Kenneth R. Hey Thomas High Sarah & Harvey Hill Mr. Ron Hilley & Mrs. Mia Frieder Hilley Mr. & Mrs. Thomas M. Holder Laurie House Hopkins & John D. Hopkins Mrs. Sally Horntvedt Dr. Michael D. Horowitz Drs. Patricia & Roger J. Hudgins Dona & Bill Humphreys Mrs. James M. Hund JoAnn Hall Hunsinger The Hyman Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Phil S. Jacobs Mary & Wayne James Cynthia Jeness Aaron & Joyce Johnson Bucky & Janet Johnson Robert N. Johnson, Esq. - Shareholder, Baker Donelson Law Firm Mr. W. F. & Dr. Janice Johnston William L. & Sally S. Jorden Mr. Terence M. Colleran & Ms. Lim J. Kiaw

Ann T. Kimsey Mrs. Jo W. Koch David & Jill Krischer Wolfgang & Mariana Laufer Mr. & Mrs. Van R. Lear Olivia A. M. Leon Eddie & Debbie Levin Mr. & Mrs. Bertram L. Levy Mr. & Mrs. J. David Lifsey Joanne Lincoln** Mr. & Mrs. Frederick C. Mabry Mr. Gary Madaris Kay & John T. Marshall Charles Bjorklund & Sted Mays Martha & Reynolds McClatchey Albert S. McGhee Dr. Larry V. McIntire Birgit & David McQueen Virginia K. McTague Mr. & Mrs. Ed Mendel , Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Tom Merkling* Anna & Hays Mershon Judy Zaban-Miller & Lester Miller Dr. Mary G. George & Mr. Kenneth Molinelli Charles & Sally Morn Ms. Susan R. Bell & Mr. Patrick M. Morris Janice & Tom Munsterman Ann A. Nable Melanie & Allan Nelkin Gary R. Noble Barbara & Sanford Orkin Mr. & Mrs. E. Fay Pearce, Jr.* Ms. Susan Perdew Elise T. Phillips Doris Pidgeon in Memory of Rezin E. Pidgeon, Jr. Ms. Kathy Powell Mr. Walter Pryor Ms. Cathleen Quigley Ms. Eliza Quigley

Mrs. Susan H. Reinach Dr. Fulton D. Lewis III & S. Neal Rhoney Jay & Arthur Richardson Susan Robinson & Mary Roemer Jan Lyons Robison Mr. & Mrs. Richard L. Rodgers Mr. & Mrs. Mark Rosenberg Jane & Rein Saral Emily Scheible Dr. Andrew Muir & Dr. Bess Schoen Mrs. William A. Schwartz Mr. & Mrs. Martin Shapiro Nick & Annie Shreiber Helga Hazelrig Siegel Gerald & Nancy Silverboard Diana Silverman Mark & Linda Silberman Mr. K. Douglas Smith Baker & Debby Smith Johannah Smith Ms. Martha Solano Dr. Daniel Blumenthal & Dr. Marjorie Speers Dr. Odessa K. Spraggins Mr. & Mrs. Raymond F. Stainback, Jr. Lou & Dick Stormont Mr. Phillip Street Kay & Alex Summers Judith & Mark K. Taylor Vogel Family Foundation Carol Brantley & David Webster Dr. Nanette K. Wenger David & Martha West Sally Stephens Westmoreland Ron & Susan Whitaker Russell F. Winch Herbert & Grace Zwerner Mrs. Frank L. Wilson, Jr.

*We are grateful to these donors for taking the extra time to acquire matching gifts from their employers. **Deceased | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 65


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

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

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

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

To learn more about creating your ASO legacy, please contact Elizabeth Arnett, Director of Development at 404.733.5048 or Elizabeth.Arnett@

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



$500,000+ A Friend of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (2) Bank of America Chick-fil-A Foundation | Rhonda and Dan Cathy The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta Mr. and Mrs.* Bradley Currey, Jr. Douglas J. Hertz Family Foundation Ms. Lynn Eden Forward Arts Foundation Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. The Home Depot Foundation

The Marcus Foundation, Inc. Sarah and Jim Kennedy SunTrust Teammates SunTrust Foundation SunTrust Trusteed Foundations: Walter H. and Marjory M. Rich Memorial Fund Thomas Guy Woolford Charitable Trust The Zeist Foundation

$400,000+ Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation

PwC, Partners & Employees

$300,000+ EY, Partners & Employees King & Spalding, Partners & Employees KPMG LLP, Partners & Employees Lucy R. and Gary Lee, Jr. The Rich Foundation

The Sara Giles Moore Foundation Spray Foundation, Inc. UPS Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Wood

$250,000+ Invesco Ltd. Victoria and Howard Palefsky Pussycat Foundation

Louise S. Sams and Jerome Grilhot Turner

Contributions Made: June 1, 2017 – May 31, 2018 Beauchamp C. Carr Challenge Fund Donors *Deceased | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 69


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

Contributions Made: June 1, 2017 – May 31, 2018 | Beauchamp C. Carr Challenge Fund Donors | * Deceased

$200,000+ The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Deloitte, its Partners & Employees Beth and Tommy Holder Mr. and Mrs. Solon P. Patterson Patty and Doug Reid The Sartain Lanier Family Foundation The Shubert Foundation

$150,000+ Madeline and Howell E. Adams, Jr. Alston & Bird Amy W. Norman Charitable Foundation Sandra and Dan Baldwin Dan and Merrie Boone Foundation / Dan W. Boone III The David, Helen & Marian Woodward Fund George M. Brown Trust Fund Georgia Natural Gas PNC Garnet and Dan Reardon Mr. and Mrs. Fred Richman Susan and Tom Wardell Wells Fargo

$100,000+ 1180 Peachtree Lauren Amos The Antinori Foundation / Ron and Susan Antinori Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Atlantic Station Kathy and Ken Bernhardt Carol and Ramon Tomé Family Fund Barbara and Steve Chaddick Ann and Tom Cousins Crawford & Company First Data Corporation Sally and Carl Gable Georgia-Pacific Nena C. Griffith John H. & Wilhelmina D. Harland Foundation Jones Day Foundation & Employees Kaiser Permanente Kilpatrick Townsend Merrill Lynch National Endowment for the Arts Neiman Marcus Beth and David Park Revlon, Inc. Mr. Jim Richman Judith and Mark Taylor WestRock Company The Woodruff Arts Center Employees

$75,000+ Susan and Richard Anderson Arnall Golden Gregory LLP The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Melinda and Brian Corbett Equifax Inc. Fulton County Board of Commissioners Google Mr. Kenneth Haines The Imlay Foundation Legendary Events Mr. and Mrs. Al Longman Massey Charitable Trust Merry McCleary and Ann Pasky Novelis, Inc. Publix Super Markets Charities

Margaret and Bob Reiser The Selig Foundation: Linda & Steve Selig and Cathy & Steve Kuranoff Mr. and Mrs. Marc Skalla Sara and Paul Steinfeld Margaret and Terry Stent Mr. Les Stumpff and Ms. Sandy Moon Mr.* and Mrs. Edus H. Warren, Jr. Dr. Stephen Wells and Mr. Wil Hackman Rod Westmoreland


A Friend of the Alliance Theatre & Woodruff Arts Center ABM The Allstate Foundation Arby’s Foundation Spring and Tom Asher Assurant Atlanta Beverage Company Atlanta Marriott Marquis Farideh and Al Azadi The Balloun Family Barbara and Ron Balser Lisa and Joe Bankoff Anna and Ed Bastian BB&T Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bert Jane and Dameron Black Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Blackney Nancy and Kenny Blank Stephanie Blank-Jomaky BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia BNY Mellon Wealth Management The Boston Consulting Group Lee Ann and Terry Broscher Janine Brown and Alex J. Simmons, Jr. Lucinda W. Bunnen Frances B. Bunzl/The Walter & Frances Bunzl Foundation Mr. and Mrs. C. Merrell Calhoun Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Catalfano The Charles Loridans Foundation, Inc. Colliers International Cousins Properties Ann and Jeff Cramer Erica and David Cummings Mr. and Mrs. Tye G. Darland Marcia and John Donnell Mrs. Sarah A. Eby-Ebersole and Mr. W. Daniel Ebersole Abby and Matt Echols Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Eden Ms. Angela L. Evans Ellen and Howard Feinsand Flavors Magazine Betty Sands Fuller Peggy Foreman Frances Wood Wilson Foundation Doris and Matthew Geller

A Friend of the High Museum of Art A Friend of The Woodruff Arts Center Mr. and Mrs. Henry Aaron Aarati and Peter Alexander AT&T Bloomberg Philanthropies Mr. and Mrs. James A. Carlos Carter’s Charitable Foundation Carolynn Cooper and Pratap Mukharji Sherri and Jesse Crawford DS Services Ed and Claude Fortson Charitable Trust Eversheds, Partners & Employees Katie and Reade Fahs Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta The Fraser-Parker Foundation Mr. Martin Gatins General Electric Company Genuine Parts Company Sara Goza The Graves Foundation The Partners & Employees of GreenSky, LLC/David Zalik, CEO & Chairman/Gerry Benjamin, Vice Chairman Allison and Ben Hill Holder Construction Company The Howell Fund, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Hilton H. Howell, Jr. Karen and Jeb Hughes Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. JLL Mr. and Mrs. Michael L. Keough Mr. Joel S. Knox and Ms. Joan Marmo Ms. Nina Lesavoy The MAGNUM Companies Morris Manning & Martin LLP The Naserian Foundation Norfolk Southern Foundation Northwestern Mutual Goodwin, Wright/ Northwestern Benefit/ Bert and Cathy Clark Mr. and Mrs. Michael Plant The Primerica Foundation R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation Regions Bank


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Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence L. Gellerstedt III Geographics, Inc. Georgia Council for the Arts Shearon and Taylor Glover GMT Capital Corporation Goldman Sachs Carolyn and David Gould Nancy and Holcombe Green Susan and James B. Hannan The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust Nancy and Charles Harrison Virginia Hepner and Malcolm Barnes Mr. Wayne S. Hyatt IHG Jane and Clayton Jackson The Jim Cox, Jr. Foundation The John W. and Rosemary K. Brown Family Foundation Andrea and Boland Jones Anne and Mark Kaiser John C. Keller Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Klump Hank Linginfelter Livingston Foundation, Inc. Lockheed Martin Kelly Loeffler and Jeffrey Sprecher MAP Fund The Mark and Evelyn Trammell Foundation MaxMedia Margot and Danny McCaul Mr. and Mrs. Forrest McClain Sally and Allen McDaniel McKenney’s Inc. Mr. and Mrs. John F. McMullan MetLife The Michael and Andrea Leven Family Foundation Judy Zaban Miller and Lester Miller Mrs. Nancy Montgomery Starr Moore and the James Starr Moore Memorial Foundation Moore Stephens Tiller Mr. and Mrs. James H. Morgens Moxie Ms. Janice Murphy* NCR Foundation Nelson Mullins Northern Trust Northside Hospital O. Wayne Rollins Foundation Lynn and Galen Oelkers Oxford Industries Martha M. Pentecost Susan and David Peterson Porsche Cars North America Alessandra and Elton Potts Printpack Mr. and Mrs. David M. Ratcliffe The Ray M. and Mary Elizabeth Lee Foundation, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Reeves Mr. and Mrs. Gregory K. Rogers

$25,000 + CONTINUED The Roy and Janet Dorsey Foundation Mary and Jim Rubright Ryder Truck Rental, Inc. Saks Fifth Avenue The Sally & Peter Parsonson Foundation SCANA Energy Rachel and Bill Schultz Joyce and Henry Schwob Bijal Shah and Doug Shipman Mr. and Mrs. Ross Singletary II Skanska Smith & Howard, PC Mrs. Lessie B. Smithgall Southwire Company Mr. G. Kimbrough Taylor and Ms. Triska Drake Lisa Cannon Taylor and Chuck Taylor Tents Unlimited Troutman Sanders U.S. Trust United Distributors, Inc. Mr. Brandon Verner Susie and Patrick Viguerie Kathy N. Waller Rebekah and Mark Wasserman Mr. and Mrs. Brad L. Watkins Ann Marie and John B. White, Jr. Elizabeth and Chris Willett Mrs. Sue S. Williams Wilmington Trust Suzanne B. Wilner Jan and Greg Winchester Ellen and John Yates

$15,000+ A Friend of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra A Friend of the High Museum of Art A Friend of The Woodruff Arts Center (2) AAA Parking Kristie and Charles Abney Acuity Brands, Inc. Keith Adams and Kerry Heyward Robin Aiken and Bill Bolen Akris Mr. and Mrs. John M. Allan Allied Universal Altria Client Services, Inc. American Express Mr. James L. Anderson Yum and Ross Arnold Wendy and Neal Aronson Ms. Evelyn Ashley and Mr. Alan McKeon Juanita and Gregory Baranco Jennifer Barlament and Kenneth Potsic Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Best III Nancy and Phil Binkow Laura and Stan Blackburn The Blanche Lipscomb Foundation Mrs. Stephanie Blomeyer Rita and Herschel Bloom Mr. David Boatwright Susan V. Booth and Max Leventhal Lisa and Jim Boswell The Breman Foundation, Inc.

Ron and Lisa Brill Brown & Brown Insurance, Inc. Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Ms. Mary Cahill and Mr. Rory Murphy Camp-Younts Foundation The Capital Charities Group Companies Charitable Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey S. Cashdan Wright and Alison Caughman CBH International, Inc. Center Family Foundation The Chatham Valley Foundation, Inc. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Choate Construction Chubb CIBC Private Wealth Management Susan and Carl Cofer Ann and Steve Collins Costco Wholesale Charlene Crusoe-Ingram and Earnest Ingram Rebecca and Chris Cummiskey Russell Currey and Amy Durrell Cheryl Davis and Kurt Kuehn Cari Dawson and John Sparrow Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey A. DeHart Dennis Dean Catering Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Denny, Jr. Dewberry Capital Mr. and Mrs. William W. Dixon Suzanne and Randal Donaldson Margaret and Scott Dozier DPR Construction Diane Durgin Eagle Rock Distributing Company Mr. and Mrs. Roderick Edmond Mr. Fredric M. Ehlers and Mr. David Lile Virginia and Brent Eiland Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Ely-Kelso Fifth Third Bank Jennifer and Marty Flanagan Gertrude and William C. Wardlaw Fund Marsha and Richard Goerss Mr. and Mrs. Richard Goodsell Graphic Packaging International, Inc. Jeannette Guarner, MD and Carlos del Rio, MD Jason and Carey Guggenheim/ Boston Consulting Group Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Mr. Patrick J. Gunning Joe Hamilton Mr. and Mrs. Tom Harbin Bonnie and Jay Harris Mr. and Mrs. Greg Henry Mr. and Mrs. Jack K. Holland Jocelyn J. Hunter Mr. and Mrs. Bahman M. Irvani Mr. and Mrs. E. Neville Isdell

Phil and Jenny Jacobs D. Kirk and Kimberlee Jamieson Liza and Brad Jancik Lou Brown Jewell John and Mary Franklin Foundation Ann A. and Ben F. Johnson III Mary and Neil Johnson Sam Johnson Mr. Baxter P. Jones and Dr. Jiong Yan JP Morgan Private Bank Mr. James F. Kelley and Ms. Anne H. Morgan Philip I. Kent Kero-Jet Kimberly-Clark Malinda and David Krantz Carrie and Brian Kurlander Louise and E.T. Laird Dr. and Mrs. Scott I. Lampert James H. Landon Donna Lee and Howard Ehni Renee and Alan D. Levow Mr. Sukai Liu and Dr. Ginger J. Chen Ms. Jackie Lunan Lyft Macy’s Meghan and Clarke Magruder Dr. and Mrs. Steven Marcet Larry and Lisa Mark Ms. Barbara L. Matlock Mr. Kenneth H. and Dr. Carolyn C. Meltzer Anna and Hays Mershon Ms. Molly Minnear Hala and Steve Moddelmog Phil and Caroline Moïse Moore Colson, CPAs & Bert & Carmen Mills Morgan Stanley - Private Wealth Management Terence L. and Jeanne P. Neal Ms. Maripat Newington Noble Investment Group North Highland Caroline and Joe O’Donnell Gail O’Neill and Paul E. Viera Barbara and Sanford Orkin Vicki and John Palmer Karen and Richard Parker Perkins+Will Piedmont Charitable Foundation, Inc. The Piedmont National Family Foundation Suzanne and Bill Plybon Mr. Marc Pollack and Mrs. Robin Pollack Ponce City Market Porter Novelli Public Relations Portman Holdings Sandra and Larry Prince PulteGroup, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Peter Quinones Mr. and Mrs. Gordon P. Ramsey Mr. and Mrs. William C. Rawson Redline Property Partners, LP Mr. and Mrs. Jonas Reisinger The Robert Hall Gunn, Jr. Fund Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Rodbell Mr. and Mrs. William H. Rogers, Jr. Patricia and Maurice Rosenbaum

Dr. and Mrs. Arnold B. Rubenstein Jack Sawyer and Dr. Bill Torres Mr. and Mrs. Derek Schiller Marci Schmerler and Walter W. Mitchell June and John Scott Seefried Industrial Properties ServiceNow Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Shapiro Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sharbaugh Dean DuBose and Bronson Smith Mr. and Mrs. E. Kendrick Smith Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Lee Spangler Karen and John Spiegel Gail and Loren Starr Dr. Steven and Lynne Steindel Charlita Stephens-Walker and Delores Stephens Edward Stephenson and Mo Akbar Michelle and Stephen Sullivan Surya Synovus Mr. Hugh M. Tarbutton , Jr. Thalia & Michael C. Carlos Foundation Thomas H. Lanier Family Foundation Lizanne Thomas and David Black Rosemarie and David Thurston Tim and Lauren Schrager Family Foundation Total Wine & More The Trillist Companies, Inc. & Yoo on the Park UBS Financial Services Inc. John and Ray Uttenhove Mr. and Mrs. K. Morgan Varner III Vine Vault Mr. and Mrs. William F. Voyles Kim and Reggie Walker Weber Shandwick Dr. James Wells and Mrs. Susan Kengeter Wells Mrs. Melinda M. Wertheim and Dr. Steven B. Wertheim Sue and John Wieland James B. and Betty A. Williams Richard Williams and Janet Lavine Willis Towers Watson Ms. Joni Winston Diane Wisebram and Edward D. Jewell Adair and Dick White Worldpay US, Inc. Paul Wrights WXIA-TV, 11Alive J. Comer Yates Mary and Bob Yellowlees Amy and Todd Zeldin | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 71

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ASO | STAFF EXECUTIVE Jennifer Barlament executive director

Stephanie Smith

executive assistant

Alvinetta CookseyWyche executive services


chief financial officer

Kim Hielsberg

financial planning analysis

atlanta symphony


marketing coordinator senior director

hall live

Natcha McLeod

of education

- aso & live Robert Phipps

Kaitlin Gress manager, atlanta

Lisa Eng

director of marketing

multimedia creative manager

office assistant

senior director of

ATLANTA SYMPHONY Adam Fenton HALL LIVE director of multimedia technology Nicole Epstein senior director of Caitlin Hutchinson

Christine Lawrence

publications director

box office manager

William Strawn

Joanne Lerner

associate marketing

event coordinator

Clay Schell

V.S. Jones

DEVELOPMENT Grace Sipusic development

Shannon McCown

Elizabeth Arnett

Brandi Reed


April Satterfield

manager of grants

office manager

staff accountant controller

ARTISTIC Evans Mirageas

vice president for artistic planning

Jeffrey Baxter

choral administrator

senior director of sales

vice president of

symphony store

director of

Nancy Field



William Keene manager of

individual giving

Gillian Kramer

manager of special initiatives



Ken Meltzer

of marketing

Carol Wyatt

executive assistant to the music director


principal guest


development operations


Tiffany I. M. Jones

managing producer of education concerts

Ruthie Miltenberger manager of family programs

Adrienne Thompson manager, talent

development program

Tyrone Webb

Pam Kruseck

& community Ryan Walks

experience tickets



Jesse Pace

patron services manager

Robin Smith

patron services


season tickets


Terra McVoy

symphony youth

Melanie Kite

director of patron

Christopher McLaughlin

program annotator


ticketing director

manager of

manager of artistic



Cynthia Harris artist liaison








community engagement

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OPERATIONS Sameed Afghani general manager

Paul Barrett

senior production stage manager

Christopher Stephens Tyler Benware group & corporate operations manager sales manager Megan Brook Caroline Tanner personnel assistant patron services Joseph Brooks assistant

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KC Commander

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Elizabeth Daniell communications manager

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Richard Carvlin stage manager

Bob Scarr

archives program manager


Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs

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

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

This program is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Be our guest for a Chick-fil-A Backstage Tour! You will be guided on a walking, storytelling experience to learn more about the restaurant you love, while being inspired by the life and vision of founder S. Truett Cathy. ABOUT THE TOURS • Original: An enlightening journey through the history of Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy, and the core values of the company. • The Deluxe: Visit S. Truett Cathy’s office, enjoy tastings in The Kitchen and experience The Nest, our training center. PLAN YOUR VISIT • Tours are held Monday – Friday for adults and children over six. • For schedule and pricing options visit: Contact info: 5200 Buffington Road • Atlanta, GA 30349

Let us FIX your meal on your next restaurant outing! Named top restaurant in Georgia in 2016 by YELP and USA TODAY Best of Atlanta Vegan Restaurant award from Atlanta Magazine in 2016

Check our website or Facebook for info on Jazz night!

Lunch • Sunday Brunch • Dinner • Carry-out • Catering 565-A Peachtree Street NE | Atlanta, Georgia 30308 | ph (404) 815-8787

Private event room available for birthdays, company events and holiday parties. PMS 7529

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Wishing you and your family health and wellness this holiday season.

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