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his month we are happy to announce the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 72nd season. There is much to look forward to, including a special appearance by Joshua Bell in September, and an opening weekend celebration featuring pianist Garrick Ohlsson. Three of our own musicians will make solo appearances, including Concertmaster David Coucheron, Principal Flute Christina Smith and Principal Trumpet Stuart Stephenson. 2016-17 also marks the 16th season of the unique partnership between our esteemed Music Director Robert Spano and Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles. The Orchestra will spread holiday cheer with expanded concert offerings, including the return of Handel’s Messiah in a special one-night-only performance. Our Family Concert series returns with four delightful programs for families with young children, led by Assistant Conductor Joseph Young. We’ll also continue the incredibly popular POPS! series under the baton of Principal POPS Conductor Michael Krajewski. There is a little something for every music lover in the coming year, and we hope you enjoy creating a concert schedule that’s just right for you. April also marks the crescendo of our Robert Shaw celebration with a number of events celebrating his legacy. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus will honor Mr. Shaw with the first a cappella concert in Atlanta Symphony Hall on April 3, Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil (“Vespers”). The world premiere of Jonathan Leshnoff’s Zohar will take place April 14 and 16 on the same program as Brahms’ A German Requiem, followed by the premiere at Carnegie Hall on April 30, what would have been Mr. Shaw’s 100th birthday. And finally, on April 24, we’ll host the exclusive premiere of Robert Shaw — Man of Many Voices in Symphony Hall. The documentary film, narrated by David HydePierce, chronicles the life and legacy of Mr. Shaw and his impact on the city of Atlanta and the classical music world.
Jennifer Barlament Executive Director
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onductor, pianist, composer and pedagogue Robert Spano is known for his unique communicative abilities. In 14 seasons as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, this imaginative conductor has quietly been responsible for nurturing the careers of numerous classically trained composers and conductors. As music director of the Aspen Music Festival and School, he oversees the programming of more than 300 events and educational programs, including Aspen’s American Academy of Conducting. The Atlanta School of Composers reflects Spano’s commitment to American contemporary music. He has led ASO performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Ravinia, Ojai and Savannah music festivals. He’s had guest engagements with such orchestras such as the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics; San Francisco, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago and Philadelphia symphony orchestras; and, in Europe, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, BBC Symphony and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. His opera performances include Covent Garden, the Welsh National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera and the 2005 and 2009 Seattle Opera productions of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.
Mr. Spano has a discography of critically acclaimed recordings for Telarc, Deutsche Grammophon and ASO Media recorded over nine years, and has won six Grammy® awards with the Atlanta Symphony. He 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 is proud to live in Atlanta.
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Maestro Spano began the 2015-16 season conducting the Saito Kinen Orchestra in Japan as part of a gala performance celebrating Seiji Ozawa’s 80th birthday. With the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra he’s leading four world premieres, seven Atlanta premieres and celebrates the centennial of the legendary Robert Shaw’s birth with Brahms’ A German Requiem and Leshnoff’s Zohar, in both Atlanta and at Carnegie Hall. Additional guestconducting engagements include the Minnesota Orchestra; the Oregon, Utah and Kansas City symphonies; Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira; Orquestra Sinfonica Estado Sao Paulo; and the Melbourne Symphony in Australia. Maestro Spano also holds a conductor residency with the Colburn School Orchestra in Los Angeles. As a pianist, he joins Wu Han and Alessio Bax for a program of piano masterworks as part of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s residency at the University of Georgia in Athens.
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ASO | leadership 2015-2016 Board of Directors Officers D. Kirk Jamieson Chair
Meghan H. Magruder Vice Chair
Thomas Wardell Vice Chair
John B. White, Jr. Secretary
Suzanne Tucker Plybon Treasurer
Directors Keith Adams Neil H. Berman Paul Blackney Brett M. Blumencranz Frank H. Boykin Mary Rockett Brock Janine Brown† C. Merrell Calhoun Bill Carey S. Wright Caughman, M.D. Russell Currey Harry J. Cynkus
Carlos del Rio, M.D. Lynn Eden Shirley C. Franklin Paul R. Garcia Jason Guggenheim Virginia A. Hepner* Caroline Hofland Douglas R. Hooker Tad Hutcheson Mrs. Roya Irvani Clayton F. Jackson Camille Kesler* Carrie Kurlander
James H. Landon Donna Lee Hank Linginfelter Karole F. Lloyd Kelly L. Loeffler Belinda Massafra* Brian F. McCarthy Penny McPhee† Terence L. Neal Joseph M. O’Donnell Howard D. Palefsky Sunny K. Park E. Fay Pearce, Jr. Ronda Respess*
William Schultz John Sibley Paul Snyder John Sparrow Gail Ravin Starr Joseph M. Thompson Ray Uttenhove S. Patrick Viguerie Kathy N. Waller Mark D. Wasserman Richard S. White, Jr. Camille Yow
Board of Counselors Mrs. Helen Aderhold Elinor Breman Dr. John W. Cooledge John Donnell Jere Drummond Carla Fackler Charles Ginden
John T. Glover Dona Humphreys Aaron J. Johnson Ben F. Johnson III Herb Karp Jim Kelley George Lanier
Patricia Leake Lucy Lee Mrs. William C. Lester Mrs. J. Erskine Love Patricia H. Reid Joyce Schwob H. Hamilton Smith
W. Rhett Tanner G. Kimbrough Taylor Michael W. Trapp Chilton Varner Edus Warren Adair R. White Sue S. Williams
Life Directors Howell E. Adams, Jr. Mrs. Drew Fuller Bradley Currey, Jr. Mary D. Gellerstedt
Azira G. Hill Mrs. Charles A. Smithgall, Jr.
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AtlantaSymphonyOrchestra Robert Spano Music Director The Robert Reid ROBERT Topping Chair
David Coucheron Concertmaster The Mr. and Mrs. SPANO Howard R. Peevy Chair Donald Runnicles Principal Guest The Mabel Dorn Conductor Reeder Honorary Chair The Neil and Sue Williams Chair Associate Concertmaster Vacant Michael Krajewski The Charles Principal Pops McKenzie Taylor Conductor Chair DONALD Joseph Young Justin Bruns RUNNICLES Assistant Conductor; Assistant/ Acting Associate Music Director Concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Jun-Ching Lin Orchestra Assistant Concertmaster The Zeist Foundation Chair Anastasia Agapova Carolyn Toll Norman Mackenzie Hancock Director of Choruses John Meisner The Frannie and Christopher Pulgram MICHAEL KRAJEWSKI Bill Graves Chair Carol Ramirez Juan Ramirez Olga Shpitko Denise Berginson Smith Kenn Wagner Lisa Wiedman Yancich SECTION VIOLIN ‡
Judith Cox Raymond Leung Sanford Salzinger
Principal - Vacant The Atlanta Symphony Associates Chair Sou-Chun Su Associate/Acting Principal The Frances Cheney Boggs Chair Jay Christy Assistant/Acting Associate Principal Noriko Konno Clift Acting Assistant Principal Sharon Berenson David Braitberg David Dillard Eleanor Kosek Ruth Ann Little Thomas O’Donnell Ronda Respess Frank Walton VIOLA
Reid Harris Principal The Edus H. and Harriet H. Warren Chair Paul Murphy Associate Principal The Mary and Lawrence Gellerstedt Chair Catherine Lynn Assistant Principal Marian Kent Yang-Yoon Kim Yiyin Li Lachlan McBane Jessica Oudin Sarah Park Chastain†
Players in string sections are listed alphabetically
Christopher Rex Principal The Miriam and John Conant Chair Daniel Laufer Associate Principal The Livingston Foundation Chair Karen Freer Assistant Principal Dona Vellek Assistant Principal Emeritus Joel Dallow Larry LeMaster Brad Ritchie Paul Warner
Carl David Hall
Brice Andrus Principal The Betty Sands Fuller Chair Susan Welty Associate Principal Ernesto Tovar Torres • Jaclyn Rainey • Bruce Kenney
Mark Yancich Principal The Walter H. Bunzl Chair William Wilder Assistant Principal
Colin Corner • Principal The Marcia and John Donnell Chair Gloria Jones Associate Principal Lucy R. & Gary Lee Jr. Chair Jane Little Assistant Principal Emeritus Karl Fenner • Michael Kenady Michael Kurth Joseph McFadden Daniel Tosky • FLUTE
Christina Smith Principal The Jill Hertz Chair Robert Cronin Associate Principal C. Todd Skitch Carl David Hall
Elizabeth Koch Tiscione Principal The George M. and Corrie Hoyt Brown Chair Yvonne Powers Peterson Associate Principal The Kendeda Fund Chair Samuel Nemec Emily Brebach ENGLISH HORN
Emily Brebach CLARINET
Laura Ardan Principal The Robert Shaw Chair Ted Gurch Associate Principal 2nd Clarinet Vacant Alcides Rodriguez E-FLAT CLARINET
Ted Gurch BASS CLARINET
Alcides Rodriguez BASSOON
Andrew Brady • Principal Vacant Associate Principal Laura Najarian Juan de Gomar CONTRABASSOON
Juan de Gomar
Stuart Stephenson Principal The Madeline and Howell Adams Chair Associate Principal Vacant Michael Tiscione Acting Associate Principal/Second Michael Myers TROMBONE
Principal - Vacant The Terence L. Neal Chair, Honoring his Dedication and Service to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Nathan Zgonc Acting Principal Joshua Bynum † Brian Hecht BASS TROMBONE
Brian Hecht The Home Depot Veterans Chair TUBA
Michael Moore Principal ‡ rotate between sections * Leave of absence
Thomas Sherwood* Principal The Julie and Arthur Montgomery Chair Charles Settle Acting Principal The Connie and Merrell Calhoun Chair William Wilder Assistant Principal The William A. Schwartz Chair HARP
Elisabeth Remy Johnson Principal The Sally and Carl Gable Chair KEYBOARD
The Hugh and Jessie Hodgson Memorial Chair Peter Marshall † Beverly Gilbert † Sharon Berenson LIBRARY
Rebecca Beavers Principal Nicole Jordan Assistant Principal Librarian † Regularly engaged musician • New this season
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the Robert Shaw centenary
by Ken Meltzer
pril 30, 2016, marks the centenary of the birth of the legendary American conductor and choral director Robert Shaw (1916-1999). On that date, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and Music Director Robert Spano perform at Carnegie Hall. For more than half a century, Shaw, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s music director from 1967 to 1988, was a frequent, inspiring creative presence in New York’s legendary concert venue. Robert Shaw was 26 when, on Oct. 16, 1942, he made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut. The “Artists’ Front to Win the War Concert,” hosted by Orson Welles, featured Shaw’s Collegiate Chorale, as well as numerous speakers, including Charlie Chaplin and Lillian Hellman. Over the following decade, Robert Shaw, the Collegiate Chorale, and later, the Robert Shaw Chorale, appeared often at Carnegie Hall. In addition to several Christmas concerts, Shaw led programs that juxtaposed familiar masterworks with compositions by favored contempo-
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raries. A concert of May 19, 1947, placed the Mozart Mass in C minor alongside the New York premieres of Hindemith’s Apparebit repentina dies and Copland’s In the Beginning. World premieres at Carnegie Hall conducted by Shaw during this period included Charles Faulkner Bryan’s The Bell Witch (1947, Juilliard Chorus and Orchestra), Charles Ives’ Three Harvest Home Chorales (1948), Peter Mennin’s Symphony No. 4 (The Cycle, 1949), Jacob Avshalomov’s Tom O’Bedlam and Ernest Bacon’s Five Fables With Music (1953), as well as numerous first U.S. and New York performances. Shaw also prepared the Robert Shaw Chorale for Carnegie Hall concerts with the NBC Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957). The Toscanini-NBC programs at Carnegie Hall, broadcast nationwide and recorded by RCA, included the Verdi Te Deum and Requiem (1951), the Beethoven Ninth Symphony (1952) and Missa solemnis (1953), Verdi’s A Masked Ball (1954) and the Prologue from Arrigo Boito’s opera Mefistofele (1954). Shaw treasured the opportunity to collaborate and study with the legendary Italian maestro, a man who had met Verdi and discussed the interpretation of his music. For his part, Toscanini deemed Robert Shaw the finest choral director with whom he had ever worked. Shaw was captivated by Toscanini’s untiring, perfectionist commitment to the music, and the maestro’s humility when confronting the challenges of interpreting the greatest masterworks. In a conversation with music critic B.H. Haggin, Shaw recalled discussing the Beethoven Ninth with Toscanini, who told the young conductor: “You know, I have never had a good performance of this work. Sometimes the chorus is bad; 18 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra | aso.org
sometimes the orchestra is bad; many times the soloists are bad. And many times I am terrible.” Working with Toscanini did much to shape Shaw’s philosophy of musical collaboration. In a Sept. 19, 1991, letter to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (reprinted in Keith C. Burris’ 2013 biography, Deep River), Shaw described Toscanini in a manner that applied with equal force to his own approach: “Dictatorship? Phooey! Nonsense! Artists played with Toscanini, not for him.” In addition to appearances at Carnegie Hall with his own ensembles, Shaw conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. An April 13, 1992, performance with St. Luke’s of Handel’s Messiah commemorated the 250th anniversary of the oratorio’s premiere. The last of the Shaw-Cleveland Orchestra concerts at Carnegie Hall, on May 5, 1995, was a stunning performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand, with members of the Cincinnati May Festival Chorus, Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, Oberlin College Choir, American Boychoir, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus placed throughout the auditorium. During the early years of his tenure as music director of the Atlanta Symphony, Robert Shaw formed the all-volunteer Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus (and Chamber Chorus). Under his leadership, they gained national and international recognition through concert performances and recordings. On March 4, 1971, Shaw led the Atlanta Symphony in the Orchestra’s Carnegie Hall debut. In all, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and Shaw, performed a dozen concerts at Carnegie Hall. The programming embodied Shaw’s philosophy during his Atlanta years. Choral works
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by Beethoven, Verdi, Berlioz and Brahms, and the traditional European orchestral repertoire were cornerstones. But works by American composers William Schuman, Charles Ives, Karel Husa, Ned Rorem and John Harbison were prominent as well. The April 30, 2016, Shaw Centennial Concert, with its New York premiere of Jonathan Leshnoff’s Zohar and the Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem, recalls the ShawAtlanta program of April 5, 1980, at Carnegie Hall, also featuring the Brahms, and Philip Rhodes’ The Lament of Michal (a New York premiere). Robert Shaw’s last Carnegie Hall concert with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra was on May 25, 1988. Two years later, Shaw embarked on a new venture, the brainchild of Judith Arron, Carnegie Hall’s executive and artistic director from 1986 to 1998. The Robert Shaw Choral Workshops, intense weeklong exploration and rehearsals of masterworks, culminated in a concert performance at Carnegie Hall. The choral workshops and concerts focused on works by Haydn, Beethoven, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Verdi, Brahms, Hindemith and Britten. After the first Robert Shaw Workshop Concert on Nov. 18, 1990 (a performance of Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem), Bernard Holland wrote in The New York Times that the performance was “proof of what a gathering of choral directors, orchestra conductors, music administrators, and singers had learned under Robert Shaw during five days of seminars and rehearsals.” Holland continued: “The afternoon was much more: indeed, one of the more powerful communications between musician and listener that this reviewer has experienced in the past 10 years.” This 20 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra | aso.org
was a sentiment echoed by all who had the privilege of attending the Shaw Choral Workshops and Concerts. Failing health prevented Shaw from leading the 1999 choral workshop and Jan. 17 concert, which explored settings of the Stabat mater by Verdi, Szymanowski and Poulenc. On Jan. 25, 1999, Robert Shaw died at the age of 82. His final concert at Carnegie Hall had taken place the previous April 3. The
sole work on the program was one central to Shaw’s life and career, Bach’s Mass in B minor. On this occasion, Shaw collaborated with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus, treasured colleagues during the latter part of his career. Shaw once commented: “If there is a heaven — and a God — the Mass in B minor would surely be God’s favorite music.” And with this sublime music, two American icons — Carnegie Hall and Robert Shaw — bid farewell. Ken Meltzer is the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s program annotator. This article will also appear in the playbill for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus’ April 30, 2016, concert at Carnegie Hall.
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ASO | 4.3 | program AtlantaSymphonyOrchestra Robert Spano, Music Director Donald Runnicles, Principal Guest Conductor Concert of Sunday, April 3, 2016, at 3pm.
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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus Norman Mackenzie, Conductor and Director of Choruses Richard Clement, tenor Charles Settle, carillonneur SERGEI RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Vespers (All-Night Vigil), Opus 37 (1915) I.
Come, Let Us Worship
Bless the Lord, O My Soul
III. Blessed Be the Man
IV. O Serene Light
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Now Let Thy Servant Depart
VI. Rejoice, O Virgin
VII. Glory to God in the Highest
VIII. Praise the Name of the Lord
IX. Blessed Art Thou, O Lord
XI. My Soul Magnifies the Lord
XII. Glory to God in the Highest
XIII. Troparia of the Day of Salvation
XIV. Christ Is Risen From the Grave â€” Troparia of the Resurrection
XV. Thanksgiving to the Mother of God
Having Seen the Resurrection of the Lord
Performed in Russian. Thanks to Nick Jones for graciously allowing the use of his English translations for the surtitles.
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A Note on this Performance
ith today’s April 3, 2016, performance of the Rachmaninov Vespers, yet another milestone is marked in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s historic 2015-16 season: Not only do we celebrate the centennial of Robert Shaw’s birth but also the centennial of the composition of one of the 20th century’s most noted a cappella choral works —– one closely associated with Shaw, and now Norman Mackenzie. Of all of Shaw’s storied recordings — from the Robert Shaw Chorale to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its Choruses, it is perhaps his 1990 Rachmaninov Vespers disc — recorded in France with a chorus of American singers chosen by Shaw for his annual summer choral workshops — that resonates the deepest with listeners, with its beauty and profundity of unadorned choral singing. Norman Mackenzie, Shaw’s trusted musical assistant, was close by his side for this recording and its associated live performances in France. Those concerts, like today’s, included an added part for suspended handbells based on the melodies of the original Russian liturgical
chants heard in the Vespers (Shaw commissioned Mackenzie to compose — and play —the part). The ringing bells effected an ecclesiastical atmosphere in the concert setting and, more practically, gave the singers the correct starting pitch for each movement. Norman’s association with the work continued with performances of the Vespers that Shaw led here in Atlanta (at Spivey Hall) with members of the ASO Chamber Chorus. They took the piece to New York in 1996, under the auspices of Carnegie Hall, to perform it at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on the occasion of Shaw’s 80th birthday. The maestro fell ill, and Norman had to lay down the bell-mallets and take up the baton to lead what became a critically acclaimed performance (this also marked Norman’s official Carnegie Hall conducting debut). Today’s performance marks another historic milestone: It is the first-ever presentation of one of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Choruses in a fully a cappella concert in Symphony Hall.
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from Jeffrey Baxter, ASO Choral Administrator
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rammy-winning American tenor Richard Clement has performed with most of America’s major orchestras and music directors, bringing tonal beauty and superb musicality to repertoire from the baroque to the contemporary. He recently earned acclaim for the title role of Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with the North Carolina Symphony and Sacramento Choral Arts Society and Orchestra. In addition he premiered and recorded Theofanidis’ The Here and Now with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, including performances in Atlanta and at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Among the most in-demand tenors for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, invitations include the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; New Jersey, Milwaukee, San Antonio, Oregon, Memphis, San Diego, Baltimore, Nashville, Phoenix, Colorado and Toledo symphonies. He sang Elijah with the Memphis and Charlotte symphonies; the Verdi Requiem with the Santa Rosa and New Jersey symphonies and Chautauqua Music Festival Orchestra; Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and National Arts Centre Orchestra; and Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with the Colorado and Puerto Rico symphonies. In addition Mr. Clement has performed Belmonte in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony; Rachmaninov’s The Bells with Jeffrey Kahane and the Colorado Symphony; Orff’s Carmina burana with Neeme Järvi and the Detroit Symphony, and two Mozart 26 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra | aso.org
programs with Boston’s Händel & Haydn Society under Grant Llewellyn. He also sang Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht and Second Symphony with Kurt Masur and the Israel Philharmonic; Toch’s Cantata of the Bitter Herbs with the Czech Philharmonic; the Mozart Requiem with the Saint Louis and Delaware symphonies; Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex with Charles Dutoit and the Montreal Symphony; Kernis’ Millennium Symphony with the Minnesota Orchestra; Tippett’s A Child of Our Time with Jeffrey Kahane and the Santa Rosa Symphony; The Bells with Leon Botstein and the American Symphony in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall; and Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ and Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. CHARLES SETTLE, carillonneur
harles Settle joined the percussion section of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at the beginning of the 200405 season. Before accepting the position in Atlanta, he was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach (200004). During this time, he also performed as an extra percussionist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. During the 2008-09 season, Mr. Settle took a leave of absence from the Atlanta Symphony and joined the New York Philharmonic as a percussionist and assistant timpanist, where he toured, participated in recording projects and performed with the Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra during its residency at Carnegie Hall. He also performs as a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony Orchestra in Sun Valley, Idaho, and has performed
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master classes at the University of Miami in Florida, DePaul University in Chicago, Manhattan School of Music and The Curtis Institute of Music. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Georgia State University, teaches privately out of his home in Atlanta, is a faculty member of the Atlanta Symphony Talent Development Program and coaches the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Mr. Settle graduated high school from the Interlochen Arts Academy and received his bachelor of music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Michael Bookspan and Don Liuzzi. He also serves as an artist and Ccinician for Zildjian Cymbals and Freer Percussion products.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus Norman Mackenzie, Director of Choruses The Frannie and Bill Graves Chair SOPRANO Michelle Griffin Kathleen Kelly-George Victoria Kolterman Arietha Lockhart ** Alexis Lundy Mindy Margolis * Erin McPherson Rachel O’Dell Joneen Padgett * Callaway Powlus Anne-Marie Spalinger * Brianne Turgeon * Katie Woolf Wanda Yang Temko *
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EDVARD GRIEG (1843-1907) Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor, Opus 16 (1868) 31MIN I. Allegro molto moderato II. Adagio III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato Louis Lortie, piano INTERMISSION 20MIN
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Notes on the Program by Ken Meltzer ALVIN SINGLETON was born in Brooklyn on Dec. 28, 1940. The first performance of Different River took place at Symphony Hall in Atlanta on May 10, 2012, with Robert Spano conducting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Different River is scored for piccolo, two flutes, two oboes, English horn, E-flat clarinet, two clarinets, two bassoons, contrabassoon, four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, tuba, timpani, two bongos (hi, low), snare drum, marimba, xylophone, timables (hi, low), cowbell (medium), vibraphone, three tom toms (high, medium, low), harp, and strings. First Classical Subscription Performances: May 10, 11 and 12, 2012, Robert Spano, Conductor.
he distinguished American composer Alvin Singleton was a student in Paris when he first met Robert Shaw, then music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. This meeting ultimately led to Mr. Singleton’s appointment as composerin-residence for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (1985-88).
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has continued to enjoy a long and rewarding association with Mr. Singleton. On the weekend of March 5, 2009, Music Director Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performed Mr. Singleton’s PraiseMaker, which they also recorded for Telarc Records (Telarc CD-32630). On the weekend of Feb. 3, 2011, Robert Spano and the ASO performed Mr. Singleton’s fanfare Miaka Kumi (2010), written in celebration of Maestro Spano’s 10th anniversary as music director. On the weekend of June 2, 2011, Maestro Spano and the ASO performed Mr. Singleton’s After
Fallen Crumbs, originally composed for the Atlanta Symphony in 1988 (and recorded on Elektra/Nonesuch 9 79231-2). Mr. Spano and the Atlanta Symphony commissioned Alvin Singleton’s orchestral work Different River. They performed its world premiere at Symphony Hall on May 10, 2012. Different River For over a century or more, the trend for so many composers of creative music has been to put the emphasis of their work on self-expression with ever-less regard for listeners, even sophisticated ones. Certain composers have even boasted that they don’t want their works understood; or as one said, he writes for his colleagues. Alvin Singleton, on the other hand, has typically achieved the distinct accomplishment of writing music that is both attractive to hear and intellectually challenging in a way that invites listeners to join him in some sonic and/ or structural guessing game. DIFFERENT RIVER is certainly a case in point. Scored for full orchestra with extra percussion, this one-movement work lasts about 25 minutes. Of the title the composer writes: It is “about an everchanging perspective on a river that is always moving. ... Each time you step in you’re at a different place.” Are we in this river or observing it? And of what is it made (composed)? Strange objects float by. Intensely themselves, they may be the mystical-though-annunciatory percussion utterance that opens DIFFERENT RIVER. Or the galloping
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ASO | 4.7/8 | program 16th notes from mallet instruments that follows, or the contrasting long, long tones of strings and woodwinds, or a brass fanfare, the sweet mumblings of solo harp, and then a stretch of silence. Unlike in many of his works, Singleton here seems not to favor any of these as the “theme” that wins out in the end. Each element that enters and passes is bright, clear and strong. There are moments when elements gather, crash together and suggest “climax.” But the true theme of DIFFERENT RIVER is the listener’s experiencing the rolling by of disparate musical passages. Riverlike, each impresses (intrigues?) us, and like the river of life, all passes on.
happy period in the Norwegian composer’s life. In 1867, Grieg and his wife, Nina, were married. The following April, their daughter, Alexandra, was born. That summer, Edvard, Nina and Alexandra Grieg traveled to Søllerød, near Copenhagen. The family vacationed in a rented cottage. There, Edvard Grieg composed the A-minor Piano Concerto. The premiere of the Concerto, which took place in Copenhagen on April 3, 1869, was generally well-received by the Norwegian press. One critic viewed the work, which incorporated Norwegian folk idioms, as presenting “all Norway in its infinite variety and unity,” and compared the slow movement to “a lonely mountain-girt tarn that lies dreaming of infinity.”
— Notes by Carman Moore In early 1870 in Rome, Grieg met the great Hungarian pianist and composer Franz Concerto for Piano and Orchestra Liszt. During one visit, Grieg presented the in A minor, Opus 16 (1868) score of the A-minor Concerto to Liszt, who EDVARD GRIEG was born in Bergen, played through the work, often shouting his Norway, on June 15, 1843, and died there approval. As Grieg related: “Finally, [Liszt] on Sept. 4, 1907. The first performance of said in a strange, emotional way: ‘Keep the Piano Concerto in A minor took place on, I tell you. You have what is needed, in Copenhagen, Denmark, on April 3, 1869. and don’t let them frighten you.’” Liszt did In addition to the solo piano, the Concerto suggest some changes to the score, finally is scored for piccolo, two flutes, two oboes, published in 1872. Grieg was never totally two clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, satisfied with the Concerto, and continued two trumpets, three trombones, timpani, to pen revisions until his death. Despite the and strings. composer’s misgivings, the Grieg A-minor First Classical Subscription Performance: remains one of the most popular of piano Jan. 30, 1949, Margarethe Parrott, Piano, concertos. Henry Sopkin, Conductor.
The Concerto is in three movements. The first (Allegro moderato) features one of concert music’s most famous and dramatic openings. The second movement (Adagio) opens with an extended introduction spotRobert Shaw Performances: March 17, 18 lighting the muted strings. This precedes and 19, 1977, Leonard Pennario, Piano. dvard Grieg’s beloved Piano Concerto the entrance of the soloist, whose preswas the product of a particularly ence dominates the remainder of this brief and affecting slow movement. The finale Most Recent Classical Subscription Performances: Nov. 6 and 8, 2014, Javier Perianes, Piano, Marc Piollet, Conductor
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Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Opus 43 (1902) JEAN SIBELIUS was born in Tavastehus, Finland, on Dec. 8, 1865, and died in Järvenpää, Finland, on Sept. 20, 1957. The first performance of the Second Symphony took place in Helsinki, Finland, on March 8, 1902, with the composer conducting. The Second Symphony is scored for two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, tuba, timpani, and strings.
Sibelius began work on his Symphony No. 2. In May, Sibelius and his family returned to Finland and he continued to work on his Second Symphony. In November 1901, Sibelius informed his friend Baron Axel Carpelan that he had almost completed the Symphony. But he continued to revise it, necessitating the postponement until March of the planned January 1902 premiere. Sibelius conducted the premiere of his Second Symphony in Helsinki on March 8, 1902. It was a rousing success, and Sibelius repeated the program on March 10, 14 and 16, each time to a capacity audience. This was a particularly tumultuous period, a time when Finland was under Russian domination. Patriotic emotions were at a fever pitch. Sibelius had previously composed overtly nationalistic pieces, such as Finlandia (1899), and the Finnish people were anxious to find a similar message in the new Symphony.
Throughout his life, Sibelius was consistent in his emphaticdenial that the Second First Classical Subscription Performance: Symphony was based upon any such programs. Feb. 3, 1951, Henry Sopkin, Conductor Most Recent Classical Subscription Still, it is not at all surprising that the Performances: Oct. 10 and 12, 2013, Finnish people continued to find a personal message of hope in this fiercely dramatic Susanna Mälkki, Conductor (and in the end, triumphant) work by their he Second Symphony of Jean Sibelius greatest composer. More than a century is considered by many to be one of after its premiere, the Symphony No. 2 the Finnish composer’s great patriotic remains a source of inspiration and pride musical statements. It is therefore perhaps for the Finnish people as well as a mainstay more than a bit ironic that Sibelius began of the international symphonic repertoire. composing the work not while residing in his beloved homeland, butduring a stay in The Second Symphony is in four movements. The first (Allegretto) opens with a Italy. repeated ascending figure in the strings, In the fall of 1900, Sibelius and his family based upon a three-pitch motif that will departed Finland for Italy, stopping first form the nucleus for several themes in Berlin. In February 1901, they finally throughout the Symphony. The slow second reached their destination — the village of movement (Tempo, Andante, ma rubato) Rapallo, located just south of Venice. There,
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(Allegro moderato molto e marcato) begins with a short introduction that anticipates the soloist’s presentation of the main theme — a jaunty rhythmic passage based on a Norwegian folk dance known as the halling. The flute initiates a lovely contrasting interlude, but the spirited halling motif soon returns. The closing pages present the orchestra’s majestic transformation of the interlude, accompanied by the soloist’s grand flourishes.
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rench-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie has performed complete Beethoven Sonata cycles at London’s Wigmore Hall, Berlin’s Philharmonie and the Sala Grande del Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan. As both pianist and conductor with the Montreal Symphony, he has performed all five Beethoven Concertos and all of the Mozart Concertos.
Highlights from last season include performing Gershwin in Sao Paulo with Tortelier, Liszt with NHK Tokyo and Dutoit, Chopin with the Cleveland Orchestra and Van Zweden, Schubert and Liszt with Krivine in Utrecht, Mozart with the Royal Philharmonic and Dutoit; tours with the La Scala Orchestra playing Brahms 2 and with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn playing Beethoven 4 and 5. Mr. Lortie has performed with the world’s leading conductors, including Riccardo Chailly, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa, Charles Dutoit, Kurt Sanderling, Neeme Järvi, Sir Andrew Davis, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Sir Mark Elder and Osmo Vänskä. Mr. Lortie studied in Montreal with Yvonne Hubert (a pupil of the legendary Alfred Cortot), in Vienna with Beethoven specialist Dieter Weber and subsequently with 34 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra | aso.org
Schnabel disciple Leon Fleisher. He made his debut with the Montreal Symphony at the age of 13; three years later, his first appearance with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra led to a historic tour of Japan and the People’s Republic of China. In 1984, he won first prize in the Busoni Competition and was also prize-winner at the Leeds Competition. In 1992, he was named Officer of the Order of Canada and received both the Order of Quebec and an honorary doctorate from Université Laval.
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KEN MELTZER, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Program Annotator Ken’s in-depth program notes, detailed musical analysis and listening samples can be found online: aso.org/encore. Podcasts of Ken’s pre-concert lectures are at: aso.org and kenmeltzer.com To contact Ken, please email Ken.Meltzer@ woodruffcenter.org. English surtitles by Ken Meltzer
Robert Spano, Music Director Donald Runnicles, Principal Guest Conductor
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Robert Spano, Conductor Jessica Rivera, soprano Nmon Ford, baritenor Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus Norman Mackenzie, Director of Choruses JONATHAN LESHNOFF (b. 1973) Zohar (2015) 25MIN I. “Zohar” II. “What is man?” Jessica Rivera, soprano III. “Twenty-two letters” Tiferes, “Shepherd Boy” IV. Nmon Ford, baritone V. “Zohar” VI. “Higher than High” Jessica Rivera, soprano
World Premiere, Commissioned by Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, the Deborah A. Kahn and Harris N. Miller Charitable Fund and Mr. Judah Gudelsky. INTERMISSION 20MIN JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897) Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), Opus 45 (1868) 68MIN I. Selig sind, die da Leid tragen II. Denn alles Fleisch es ist wie Gras III. Herr, lehre doch mich Nmon Ford, baritone IV. Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen V. Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit Jessica Rivera, soprano VI. Denn wir haben keine bleibende Statt Nmon Ford, baritone VII. Selig sind die Toten
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Notes on the Program by Ken Meltzer and Orchestra. In April, the Philadelphia JONATHAN LESHNOFF was born in New Orchestra premiered his Clarinet Concerto, Brunswick, N.J., on Sept. 8, 1973. Zohar which it commissioned, under the baton is scored for soprano and baritone solo, of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. And in May, mixed chorus, three flutes, flute 3 doubles Leshnoff’s Symphony No. 3, commissioned on piccolo, two oboes, two clarinets, by the Kansas City Symphony, will receive clarinet 2 doubles on bass clarinet, its first performances under the direction of three bassoons, bassoon 3 doubles on Michael Stern. Zohar (2015)
These are the world premiere performances.
Zohar, receiving its world premiere at these concerts, is a commission by Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, the Deborah A. Kahn and Harris N. Miller Charitable Fund and Mr. Judah Gudelsky.
The composer writes about Zohar:
amed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as one of the Top 10 living composers most performed in 2015-16, Jonathan Leshnoff is a leader of contemporary American lyricism. Commissioned by Carnegie Hall as well as the Philadelphia, Atlanta, Baltimore, Nashville and Kansas City symphony orchestras, his compositions have been performed by more than 50 orchestras worldwide. He has written for Gil Shaham, Manuel Barrueco and Ricardo Morales. His catalog includes three symphonies, 10 concerti, four string quartets, three oratorios and more than 50 works. Leshnoff, who was born in 1973, Leshnoff lives in Baltimore, where he is a professor of music at Towson University. Leshnoff’s 2015-16 season is his busiest yet. On Nov. 5, 2015, at Atlanta Symphony Hall, Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performed the world premiere of Leshnoff’s Symphony No. 2 (Innerspace). February saw Gil Shaham and the Knights Orchestra premiere Leshnoff’s Chamber Concerto for Violin
The Zohar is one of the pillars of Jewish mysticism and a commentary upon the mystical aspects of the Five Books of Moses (Pentateuch). In order to properly study the Zohar, a student must first undergo years of preparation, and then be guided by a qualified, experienced teacher who possesses the tradition. The Zohar is extremely profound, dealing with the most basic and deepest issues of Judaism and life. I barely understand its surface level, but even that surface level inspires me to the core of my being. My composition, Zohar, straddles the ecstatic mystical experiences that I glean from the Zohar itself, and balances such heightened moments against the human “down to earth” elements of existence. Thus, movements I, III, and V of Zohar use texts taken directly from the Zohar and Sefer Yetzirah, an ancient companion text. These texts, which delve headlong into mystical, esoteric concepts, are presented by the full choir, mostly in large sound masses.
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Movements II and IV, on the other hand, explore the “human” side of life. They are more personal and quiet as they express feelings of awe, wonder and hope, but in simple, direct words. I chose to set these quiet movements for the solo soprano and baritone in aria format, a fitting medium to express such human sentiments. Movement IV of Zohar is associated with the sixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, “vav,” which refers to the attribute of Tiferes in Jewish mystical thought. Tiferes denotes a perfect balance between giver and recipient. It is an appropriate association with this very personal movement where the protagonist expresses his discomfort with prayer, but eventually finds his own voice, in his very own words. At the close of the work, the chorus repeats, in timeless fashion, the word “You,” representing our attempt to understand the mysteries of an eternal G-d, who is fundamentally unknowable. I view the subject matter of Zohar and the Brahms A German Requiem as complementary. A German Requiem offers comfort to those grieving over the loss of a beloved. Zohar, on the other hand, is an ecstatic, mystical embrace of life and the living.
two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, contrabassoon, four horns, two trumpets, three trombones, tuba, timpani, harp, organ, and strings. First Classical Subscription Performances: March 17 and 18, 1960, Henry Sopkin, Conductor. Most Recent Classical Subscription Performances: Oct. 29 and 30, 2009, Donald Runnicles, Conductor. Robert Shaw Performances (Classical Subscription, unless otherwise noted): March 8, 9 and 10, 1972; March 12, 1972 (Special); Oct. 20, 21 and 22, 1977; Feb. 14, 15 and 16, 1980; March 28, 1980 (Tour, Boston); April 5, 1980 (Tour, New York); Nov. 3, 4 and 5, 1983; Nov. 12, 13 and 14, 1992; March 20, 21 and 22, 1997. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Recordings: Arleen Augér, soprano, Richard Stilwell, baritone, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Robert Shaw, Conductor (Telarc CD-80092) Twyla Robinson, soprano, Mariusz Kwiecien, baritone, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Robert Spano, Conductor (Telarc CD-80701)
n Sept. 30, 1853, a shy, 20-yearold Johannes Brahms appeared at the Düsseldorf home of Robert and Clara Schumann. Brahms, who greatly admired Ein deutsches Requiem, Opus 45 (1868) Robert Schumann, hoped that the senior and influential composer could assist his JOHANNES BRAHMS was born in own budding musical career. Brahms played Hamburg, Germany, on May 7, 1833, and some of his piano compositions for Robert died in Vienna on April 3, 1897. The first and Clara, who were immediately impressed performance of Ein deutsches Requiem by the young man’s extraordinary talent. took place at the Bremen Cathedral in Bremen, Germany, on April 10, 1868, with the composer conducting. Ein deutsches Requiem is scored for soprano and baritone solo, mixed chorus, piccolo,
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During the following month, Brahms visited the Schumanns on an almost daily basis. Then, on Oct. 28, the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik published an article by Robert
In later years, Brahms acknowledged that Schumann’s death was a major inspiration for the composition of A German I thought ... someone would and must appear, fated to give us the ideal expres- Requiem. In January 1865, Brahms suffered another devastating blow when his mothsion of the times, one who would not er, Christiane, died at the age of 76. The gain his mastery by gradual stages, Austrian cellist, Josef Gansbacher, recalled but rather would spring fully armed that when he visited Brahms shortly after like Minerva from the head of KroChristiane’s passing, he found the composnion. And he has come, a young blood er seated at the keyboard, playing Johann at whose cradle graces and heroes Sebastian Bach’s music. Upon his friend’s mounted guard. His name is Johannes arrival, Brahms continued to play. But as Brahms, from Hamburg, where he has he did, Brahms spoke to Gansbacher of his been creating in obscure silence ... grief, with tears streaming down his face. When he waves his magic wand and the A few months later, Brahms wrote to Clara power of great orchestral and choral Schumann, enclosing two movements for forces will aid him, then we shall be shown still more the wonderful glimps- chorus and orchestra that he described as: “probably the weakest part of a German es into the secrets of the spirit-world. Requiem.” In time, the German Requiem Four months later — on Feb. 27, 1854 expanded into a work in six movements. —Schumann, plagued by hallucinations, On Dec. 1, 1867, Johann von Herbeck plunged himself into the Rhine. After this conducted the first three movements as part unsuccessful attempt at suicide, he was of a Vienna Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde admitted to an asylum in Endenich, where concert. However, the music was poorly he remained until his death at age 46 on executed. The generally lukewarm reception July 29, 1856. from the audience even included hissing. Shortly after Schumann’s suicide attempt, Matters greatly improved when A German Brahms sought to fulfill his mentor’s grand Requiem received its official premiere at the expectations. In March 1854, Brahms Bremen Cathedral on Good Friday in 1868. began to compose a large-scale Sonata for Brahms conducted the performance, attendtwo pianos. Later, Brahms orchestrated the ed by more than 2,000 people, including Sonata’s opening movement for a projected such music luminaries as Clara Schumann, symphony. But he was dissatisfied with the Joseph Joachim and Max Bruch. results and abandoned the project. The Bremen premiere was a stunning triNevertheless, the young composer’s efforts umph. According to German composer were not entirely in vain. Brahms reworked Albert Hermann Dietrich: “The effect … music from the first movement of his prowas simply overwhelming, and it at once posed symphony into the opening Maestoso became clear to the audience that the of his Piano Concerto No. 1, Opus 15 Deutsches Requiem ranked among the loft(1861). The third movement of the Piano iest music ever given to the world. Sonata reappeared as the basis of the second-movement funeral march of Brahms’ Later, Brahms added what is now the Ein deutsches Requiem.
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Schumann, titled “Neue Bahnen” (“New Paths”), in which the author wrote:
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for soprano solo, chorus and orchestra. Perhaps the death of Christiane Brahms inspired the quotation in this movement of Isaiah 66:13 (“As one whom his mother comforteth, so I will comfort you”). The now-familiar seven-movement version of Brahms’s A German Requiem premiered at the Leipzig Gewandhaus on Feb. 18, 1869. The work soon received performances throughout Europe. A German Requiem quickly and firmly established Johannes Brahms as a leading composer of his generation. Almost 16 years after the “New Paths” article, Brahms had fulfilled Robert Schumann’s prophecy. JESSICA RIVERA, soprano
escribed by the San Francisco Chronicle as possessing a “stunning blend of tonal warmth, emotional depth and precision,” soprano Jessica Rivera combines versatility, intelligence and spirituality with a soulful, luminous sound that continues to earn her a place on the world’s most prominent stages.
Ms. Rivera cherishes a longstanding collaboration spanning more than a decade with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Many of her greatest artistic moments have been accomplished with the ASO, including a Grammy® Award for Golijov’s Ainadamar in 2007 and her Carnegie Hall debut in Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol in 2009. Her work with Mr. Spano extends to other venues as well, including her debut performance with Chicago Lyric Opera as Kitty Oppenheimer in Doctor Atomic and 42 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra | aso.org
a U.S. recital tour culminating in a performance at Carnegie Hall. She includes among her most treasured performances Górecki’s Symphony No. 3 with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, John Adams’ El Niño with David Robertson and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Poulenc’s Gloria with Bernard Haitink and the Chicago Symphony, and numerous performances of Adams’ A Flowering Tree, most notably with the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, the Cincinnati Opera under Joana Carneiro, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestra under John Adams, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Robert Spano. Ms. Rivera has also appeared with the Los Angeles Opera, Santa Fe Opera, De Nederlandse Opera, Finnish National Opera, BBC Scottish Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Symphony, and has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Telarc, ASO Media, Nonesuch and Urtext. NMON FORD, baritenor
featured soloist on the four-time 2006 Grammy® Award-winning album (including “Best Classical Recording”) Songs of Innocence and of Experience (Naxos) and the Grammy® Awardwinning album Transmigrations (Telarc), Panamanian-American Nmon Ford enjoyed many successful debuts over the past season, among them the role of Jochanaan (Salome) with Opéra National de Bordeaux and the title role in Ernest Bloch’s Macbeth at Chicago Opera Theater. Nmon recently performed Brahms’ A German Requiem with the Milwaukee
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Nmon’s recordings include Vai DaCapo — Songs of Delight (Universal/Decca; Billboard Top 20, classical and classical crossover), Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music (Concord) with Robert Spano and the ASO and Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody (In-Akustik).
accompanist for the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers, the Robert Shaw Institute Summer Choral Festivals in France and the United States, and the famed Shaw/Carnegie Hall Choral Workshops. He was choral clinician for the first three workshops after Shaw’s passing and partnered with Robert
s Director of Choruses for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 2000 and holder of its endowed Frannie and Bill Graves Chair, Norman Mackenzie was chosen to help carry forward the creative vision of legendary founding conductor Robert Shaw to a new generation of music lovers. At the Orchestra, he prepares the Choruses for all concerts and recordings, works closely with Robert Spano on the commissioning and realization of new choral-orchestral works and conducts holiday concerts annually. During his tenure, the chorus has made numerous tours, garnered several Grammy awards for best classical album and best choral performance and made an acclaimed Nmon appeared at debut with the Berlin Philharmonic. Mr. Teatro Comunale di Mackenzie also serves as organist and Bologna in the title role director of music and fine arts at Atlanta’s of Pier Luigi Pizzi’s pro- Trinity Presbyterian Church and pursues an duction of Don Giovanni, followed by the active recital and guest conducting schedule. role of Escamillo (Carmen) at the Szeged The New York Times describes Mr. Open-Air Festival in Hungary. In recent Mackenzie as Robert Shaw’s “designated seasons he sang his first engagements at successor.” In his 14-year the Sferisterio Festival in Macerata, Italy, in association with Mr. the title role of a new production of Attila Shaw, Mr. Mackenzie and as Holofernes in a new production was keyboardist for of Juditha Triumphans, preceded by Don the Atlanta Symphony Giovanni and the title role in The Emperor Orchestra, principal Jones at Teatro delle Muse di Ancona accompanist for the (Italy), Scarpia and the title role in Billy Atlanta Symphony Budd at Hamburg State Opera, Escamillo Orchestra Choruses, at Palm Beach Opera and Conte di Luna (Il and, ultimately, assistant choral conductor. trovatore) at Virginia Opera. In addition, he was musical assistant and
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Symphony, Carmina burana with the Atlanta and St. Louis symphonies, Scarpia (Tosca) with Madison Opera and Zurga (Les pêcheurs de perles) at Michigan Opera Theater. After singing Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire (ONPL), he was re-engaged by the ONPL for Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and Fauré’s Requiem. Additional engagements include Shostakovich’s 13th Symphony with the Chicago Symphony at Ravinia and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Disney Concert Hall, Carmina burana with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and Escamillo (Carmen) at Palm Beach Opera.
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he Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus was founded in 1970 by former music director Robert Shaw and comprises 200 auditioned voices. The Chorus is an all-volunteer organization that performs on a regular basis with the Orchestra and is featured on many of its recordings.
commissioned choral 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, D.C., for President-elect Jimmy Carter’s Inaugural Concert in 1977. The Chorus has traveled to Germany three times as a special guest of the Berlin Philharmonic — in December 2003 for performances of Britten’s War Requiem, in May 2008 for the Berlioz Requiem and in December 2009 for a week of Brahms Requiem performances — all with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles.
Led by Director of Choruses Norman Mackenzie, the Chorus is known for its precision and expressive singing quality. Its recordings with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra have won multiple Grammy awards, including best choral performance, best classical recording and best opera Within the Chorus, there is an auditioned recording. Those include Vaughan Williams’ group of 60 musicians called the Atlanta A Sea Symphony and the Berlioz Requiem. Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus. The Chamber Chorus, which formed before The Chorus performs large choralthe larger Chorus in 1967, performs music symphonic works with the full Orchestra of the Baroque and Classical eras, as well as under the batons of Music Director Robert works by modern masters. Spano and Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles. In addition, the Chorus has been involved in the creation and shaping of numerous world-premiere
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SOPRANO 1 Ariel Barnes Kathryn Bishop Sarah Clements Hanan Davis Sakinah Davis Liz Dean Laura Foster Natalie Gough Meg Granum Michelle Griffin Jayme HoganYarbro Jacquelyn Holloway Erin Jones Victoria Kolterman Arietha Lockhart** Alexis Lundy Mindy Margolis* Erin McPherson Joneen Padgett* Callaway Powlus Lisa Rader* Catherine Steen Lykins Stacey Tanner Brianne Turgeon* Wanda Yang Temko*
Rachel O’Dell Vickie Orme Lindsay Patten Chantae Pittman Donna Ross* Sydney Sewell Sydney SmithRikard Paula Snelling* Anne-Marie Spalinger* Camilla Springfield** Tommie Storer Emily Tallant Cheryl Thrash** Donna Weeks* Katie Woolf
Jeffrey Baxter, Choral Administrator The Florence Kopleff Chair Laura Soltis Meesook Sonu Rachel Stewart** Diana Strommen Nancy York*
ALTO 2 Nancy Adams* Michelle Austin Ana Baida Stephanie Bizardi Meaghan Curry Cynthia Goeltz DeBold** Michèle Diament PeggyDee Fleck Sally Kann Nicole Khoury* Katherine ALTO 1 MacKenzie Deborah Boland** Lynda Martin Rachel Bowman Brenda Pruitt* Donna CarterLaura Rappold Wood* Andrea Schmidt Amy Chastain Sharon Simons Laurie Cronin Alexandra Tanico Patricia DinkinsVirginia Matthews* Thompson* Pamela Cheryl Vanture Drummond* Sarah Ward Beth Freeman June Webb Pamela Griffin* SOPRANO 2 Ryan Whicker Noelle Hooge June Abbott** Alexandra Beverly Hueter Willingham Sloan Atwood* Janet Johnson* Kiki Wilson** Jessica Barber Susan Jones Diane Woodard** Anne Beloncik Virginia Little* Schantz Staria Lovelady Barbara Brown TENOR 1 Kelly Campobasso Paige Mathis* Jeffrey Baxter** Holly McCarren* David Blalock** Martha Craft Frances Ellen Dukes** John Brandt* McDowell** Katherine Folds Jack Caldwell* Anna Miller Mary Goodwin Daniel Cameron* Amanda Hoffman Linda Morgan** Justin Cornelius Katherine Murray* Kathleen KellyJoseph Cortes Dominique PetiteGeorge Clifford Edge** Chabukswar Eda Mathews** Steven Farrow** Kathleen Poe Ross Shannon Nesbit Leif Gilbert-Hansen
Peter Marshall, Accompanist
James Jarrell Keith Langston Jeffrey LeCraw Sean Mayer* Clinton Miller Matthew Neylon Christopher Patton Stephen Reed # Nathan Schreer Mark Warden* TENOR 2 Randall Barker** Mark Barnes Curtis Bisges Charles Cottingham # Evan Crowther Phillip Crumbly* Joseph Few* Hamilton Fong Keith Jeffords* Steven Johnstone* David Lamb Jonathan Marvel Michael Parker Marshall Peterson* Brent Runnels Clifton Russell Wesley Shearer Scott Stephens* Wesley Stoner Caleb Waters Robert Wilkinson BASS 1 Dock Anderson Richard Brock* Russell Cason* Trey Clegg Steven Darst* Michael Dennison Jon Gunnemann* David Hansen** Nick Jones # Jameson Linville Peter MacKenzie
Jason Maynard John Newsome Monte Nichols Andrew Riechel Mark Russell Kendric Smith # Owen Talley Ike Van Meter Aaron Villalobos Edgie Wallace* Edward Watkins** BASS 2 Philip Barreca Clarence Bell Charles Boone Brian Brown* Joseph Champion John Cooledge # Rick Copeland* Joel Craft** Paul Fletcher Andrew Gee* Timothy Gunter* Philip Jones Eric Litsey** Evan Mauk Stephen Ozcomert* Eckhart Richter* John Ruff* Jonathan Smith Timothy Solomon** Benjamin Temko David Webster** Seth Whitecotton Gregory Whitmire* Keith Wyatt*
* 20+ years of service ** 30+ years of service # Charter member (1970)
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Norman Mackenzie, Director of Choruses The Frannie and Bill Graves Chair
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Donald Runnicles, Conductor GUSTAV MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No. 9 in D Major (1909) 90MIN I. Andante comodo II. Im Tempo eines gemächlichen Ländlers; Etwas täppisch und sehr derb (In the tempo of a leisurely country dance. Somewhat clumsy and very rough) III. Rondo-Burleske; Allegro assai; Sehr trotzig (Very defiant) IV. Molto Adagio; Sehr langsam und noch zurückhaltend (Very slowly and even cautious) THIS CONCERT IS PERFORMED WITHOUT INTERMISSION.
Symphony No. 9 in D Major (1909) 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.
KEN MELTZER, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Program Annotator Ken’s in-depth program notes, detailed musical analysis and listening samples can be found online: aso.org/encore. Podcasts of Ken’s pre-concert lectures are at: aso.org and kenmeltzer.com To contact Ken, please email Ken.Meltzer@ woodruffcenter.org.
GUSTAV MAHLER was born in Kaliště, Bohemia, on July 7, 1860, and died in Vienna on May 18, 1911. The first performance of the Symphony No. 9 took place in Vienna on June 26, 1912, with Bruno Walter conducting the Vienna Philharmonic. The Symphony No. 9 is scored for piccolo, four flutes, four oboes, English horn, three clarinets, E-flat clarinet, bass clarinet, four bassoons, contrabassoon, four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, tuba, timpani, cymbals, suspended cymbal, orchestra bells, low bell, tam-tam, triangle, snare drum, bass drum, two harps and strings. First Classical Subscription Performances: Oct. 21, 22 and 23, 1976, Eduardo Mata, Conductor. Most Recent Classical Subscription Performances: Oct. 28, 29 and 30, 2004, Yoel Levi, Conductor. Robert Shaw Performances: May 13, 14, 15, 1982.
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Notes on the Program by Ken Meltzer n the summer of 1907, Gustav and Alma Mahler and their two young daughters made the annual trip to Maiernigg, a small village on the banks of the Wörthersee in southern Austria. On July 12, the older daughter, Maria Anna (“Putzi”), died, four months shy of her 5th birthday, from scarlet fever. Shortly afterward, Gustav Mahler received the initial diagnosis of the heart disease that would claim him within four years’ time.
The dear Earth blooms in the spring and grows green anew! Everywhere and forever the blue light in the distance! Forever … forever …”
By the time that Mahler completed Das Lied von der Erde in 1909, he had composed eight symphonies. He was acutely aware that several composers, including Beethoven, Schubert and Bruckner, were unable to advance beyond their ninth Mahler soon became a shadow of his symphonies. Mahler had previously former, vibrant self. According to Alma, her written several symphonies that included husband repeatedly stopped during walks vocal parts. Nevertheless, the superstitious to monitor his pulse. Alma recalled: Mahler opted for the title of Das Lied von I had often implored him to give up der Erde, rather than “Symphony No. 9.” his long bicycle rides, his climbing and While composing his next symphony, which also swimming under water, to which he did call the Ninth, Mahler informed he was so passionately attached. There Alma: “Actually, of course, it’s the Tenth, was nothing of that sort now. On the because Das Lied von der Erde was really contrary, he had a pedometer in his the Ninth.” In the summer of 1910, when pocket. His steps and pulse-beats were he began work on his Tenth Symphony, he numbered and his life a torment. announced to Alma, “Now the danger is This summer was the saddest we had past.” ever spent or were to spend together. Despite physicians’ warnings after Every excursion, every attempt at the diagnosis of his heart condition, distraction was a failure. Grief and Mahler continued an exhausting work anxiety pursued us wherever we went. schedule. After resigning his position as Work was his one resource. He slaved Kappellmeister in Vienna, Mahler traveled at Das Lied von der Erde and the first to New York, where, beginning in 1908, drafts of the Ninth (Symphony). he served as conductor of the Metropolitan It is not surprising that both of these Opera. The following year, he became compositions reflect Mahler’s preoccupation conductor of the New York Philharmonic. with mortality. Das Lied von der Erde (The The strain proved too much. In February Song of the Earth) is a cycle of six poems 1911, Mahler conducted his final concerts for two solo voices and a large orchestra. in New York and returned to Vienna. He The finale of Das Lied von der Erde — Der died May 18, 1911, at the age of 50. The Abschied (The Farewell) — is an extended Tenth Symphony remained incomplete. slow movement. The final measures of Der Mahler disciple Bruno Walter conducted Abschied juxtapose the temporality of man’s the world premiere of the Ninth Symphony existence with nature’s constant renewal: in Vienna on June 26, 1912. As previously “My heart is still and awaits its hour! noted, Mahler concluded his Das Lied von encoreatlanta.com | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 49
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der Erde with a song titled “The Farewell.” But for Walter, “The Farewell” could well have been the title of the Ninth Symphony, whose first movement is “a tragic, strangely moving, noble paraphrase of farewell emotions. An unparalleled hovering between the sadness of leave-taking and the vision of heavenly light (not floating fantasy, rather immediate emotions) lifts the movement into an atmosphere of utmost transfiguration.”
Another climax leads to an ominous passage, featuring echoes of the fanfare. A nostalgic recollection of the opening theme ultimately yields to an agitated episode capped by potent brass outbursts. With plodding figures in the lower strings and trumpet fanfares, the music takes on the character of “a labored funeral procession.”
The tolling of bells signals the end of the development section, as the second violins reprise the opening theme. But now the For composer Alban Berg, the Mahler melody assumes a more anguished character. A misterioso episode spotlights the solo Ninth was: flute. The return of the second theme leads the expression of the remarkable love to the coda, in which wistful reminiscences for this Earth, the longing to live upon of the opening theme finally yield to silence. it in peace, to enjoy nature to the II. Im Tempo eines gemächlichen Ländlers; greatest depths before death enters. Because death does come, inexorably … Etwas täppisch und sehr derb (In the tempo of a leisurely country dance. Somewhat for the last time, Mahler turns toward Earth — not to battles and deeds, which clumsy and very rough) — The second movement comprises three principal sections he brushes off … but rather totally that return throughout in varied guises. The and only to nature. He wants to enjoy whatever treasures Earth still offers him first is an awkward version of a countrydance, the ländler. The strings introduce the for as long as he can. I. Andante comodo — The Symphony begins vibrant second episode. A slower ländler with a lengthy, slow-tempo movement, features a melody closely related to the opening with a delicate, mysterious first movement’s opening theme. A final introduction scored for lower strings, harp subdued reprise of the opening ländler is and horns. The initial theme, sung by the capped by a lighthearted duet for piccolo second violins, seems to rise from the mists. and contrabassoon. III. Rondo-Burleske; Allegro assai; Sehr trotzig (Very defiant) — In contrast to its predecessor, the third movement is notable for its sardonic character. The trumpets launch the agitated sequence that serves as the principal section of this Rondo. A serene The extended development section begins central episode features an undulating foursoftly and, with ambiguous tonality, note motif that will play a central role in the suggests a state of disorientation. A more finale. A vehement reprise of the principal lyrical section builds to a violent climax that Rondo sequence shatters that brief moment finally resolves to a descending, orchestral of tranquility. passage evoking the sense of collapse. IV. Molto Adagio; Sehr langsam und noch The far more agitated minor-key second theme culminates in a trumpet fanfare. This leads to an extroverted reprise of the opening theme. The exposition closes with a fierce episode that features a synthesis of the preceding material.
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An elegiac mood pervades the reappearance of the themes. After a final climax, the music subsides to the faintest whisper. Toward the close, the first violins play a melody that recalls a portion of the fourth song from Mahler’s 1904 song cycle Kindertotenlieder (Songs on the Death of Children). A parent tries to convince himself that his children have not died but are instead out enjoying a long walk. The violin melody in the Ninth Symphony corresponds to the following text from Kindertotenlieder: “(I)m Sonnenschein! Der Tag ist schön auf jenen Höh’n!” “(I)n the Sunshine! The day is beautiful on yonder heights!” Only the strings remain in the symphony’s whispered final measures, which Mahler directs be played ersterbend (“dying”). DONALD RUNNICLES, Conductor
onald Runnicles is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He is concurrently the general music director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, chief conductor the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson, Wyo. Mr. Runnicles enjoys close and enduring relationships with several of the most significant opera companies and orchestras and is
His 2014-15 season highlights included a new production of Berlioz’s Les Troyens at San Francisco Opera; new productions at the DOB of Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette, along with eight revival titles and guest-conducting engagements with the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle-Orchestre Zürich and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Prior posts include San Francisco Opera, where he was music director from 1992 to 2008 and, during his tenure, led world premieres of John Adams’ Doctor Atomic, Conrad Susa’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses and the U.S. premiere of Messiaen’s Saint François d’Assise; chief conductor of New York’s Orchestra of St. Luke’s; and general music director of the Freiburg theater and orchestra from 1989 to 1993. Mr. Runnicles’ most recent recording of Wagner arias with Jonas Kaufmann and the DOB orchestra won the 2013 Gramophone prize for best vocal recording. His extensive discography contains complete recordings of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, Mozart’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina burana, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Britten’s Billy Budd, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi. Maestro Runnicles was awarded the OBE in 2004 and holds honorary degrees from the University of Edinburgh, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
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especially celebrated for his interpretations of Romantic and post-Romantic symphonic and opera repertoire, which are core to his musical identity.
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zurückhaltend (Very slowly and even cautious) — The symphony concludes as it began, with an extended slow movement. The violins herald the tender opening theme, introduced by the strings. The music proceeds to a fortissimo climax that immediately subsides to a whisper, as the first violins play the plaintive second theme. The four-note motif introduced in the preceding movement plays a central role during this sequence — indeed, throughout the finale.
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he Orchestra donor list includes all donations made since June 1, 2014. This list represents those among us who have been transformed by music, whether during one evening or over the course of a lifetime. Those among us who understand the Orchestra’s role in providing music education across our schools, enhancing our quality of life and being a beacon of Atlanta’s cultural sophistication for the entire world. On behalf of your Atlanta Symphony Orchestra – musicians, volunteers, and staff – we thank you for playing such an important part in the music we work so passionately to create and share. Bravo!
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ASO | support Amy & Paul Synder Drs. Jonne & Paul Walter Alan & Marcia Watt* Joan N. Whitcomb Thomas E. Whitesides, Jr. M.D. Russell Williamson & Shawn Pagliarini Suzanne Bunzl Wilner Jan & Beattie Wood In Memory of Bill Lester and In Honor of Ronda Respess
Margo Brinton & Eldon Park Susan Perdew Hellen Ingram Plummer Charitable Foundation, Inc. Mary Kay & Gene Poland* S.A. Robinson John T. Ruff Barry & Gail Spurlock Mrs. C. Preston Stephens John & Yee-Wan Stevens Mr. & Mrs. Richard M. Stormont A Friend of the Orchestra Mr. & Mrs. (3) Edward Stroetz, Jr. Natalie & Matthew Stephen & Sonia Swartz Bernstein Mrs. William J. Ronald & Gayle Thompson Breakstone Burton Trimble Alison & Chuck Carlin Dr. & Mrs. Mr. & Mrs. James O. Wells, Jr. Dennis M. Chorba H. & T. Yamashita* Carol Comstock & Herbert & Grace Jim Davis* Zwerner Thomas G. Cousins Peter & Vivian de Kok Betty W Dykes A Friend of the Orchestra David & Patty Emerson Mr. & Mrs. John Allan Dr. & Mrs. Ms. Mary Allen Carl D. Fackler Dr. Evelyn R. Babey Frontgate Asad Bashey Peg Simms Gary Mr. & Mrs. Sally W. Hawkins R. Edwin Bennett James & Bridget Dr. & Mrs. Horgan* Joel E. Berenson Henry Howell Shirley Blaine Dr.** & Mrs. Leon Borchers James M. Hund Mrs. Harriett Evans Mark B. Kent & Brock Kevin A. Daft Dr. & Mrs. Dick and Georgia Anton J. Bueschen Kimball* Dr. Aubrey M. Bush & J. Bancroft Lesesne & Dr. Carol T. Bush Randolph Henning California Closets Deborah & William Liss* Henry & Claudia Colvin Dr. & Mrs. Ralph & Rita Connell James T. Lowman Jean & Jerry Cooper Lubo Fund Mrs. Lavona Currie Mr. & Mrs. Mr. Philip A. Delanty Frederick C. Mabry Mary & Mahlon Delong Barbara & Jim Xavier Duralde & MacGinnitie Mary Barrett Janice & Tom Ms. Diane Durgin Munsterman Dr. Francine D. Dykes &
Members of the Patron Partnership ($2,000-$9,999) enjoy a host of benefits that include event invitations to Insidersâ€™ Evenings and Symphony Nightcaps, access to the Robert Shaw Room, and opportunities to sit onstage during a rehearsal.Â For more information, visit www.atlantasymphony.org/giving or call Shawn Gardner at 404.733.4839. Mr. Richard H. Delay Mary Frances Early Ellen & Howard Feinsand Phyllis & Dr. Richard D. Franco John & Michelle Fuller Dr. Mary G. George & Mr. Kenneth Molinelli Sally & Walter George Caroline Gilham Mrs. Janet D. Goldstein Mrs. Louise Grant Joanne & Alex Gross Mr. & Mrs. Gary Guy Harald R. Hansen Virginia Hepner & Malcolm Barnes John & Martha Head Mr. & Mrs. John E. Hellriegel Kenneth R. Hey Thomas High Sarah & Harvey Hill Mrs. Sally Horntvedt Harry & Tatty Howard Richard & Linda Hubert Dr. W. Manchester Hudson JoAnn Hall Hunsinger The Hyman Foundation Mary & Wayne James Cynthia Jeness Aaron & Joyce Johnson Mr. W.F. & Dr. Janice Johnston Allyson M. Kirkpatrick Mr. & Mrs. Alan M. Knieter Mrs. Jo W. Koch Dr. & Mrs. James T. Laney*
essica Langlois Thomas C. Lawson Olivia A. M. Leon Dr. Fulton D. Lewis III & S. Neal Rhoney Mr. & Mrs. J. David Lifsey Joanne Lincoln Mr. & Mrs. Paul A. Lutz* Kay & John Marshall Elvira & Jay Mannelly Martha & Reynolds McClatchey Al & Betsy McGhee Mrs. Kathryn M. McGrew Mr. Justin R. McLain McMaster-Carr Supply Company Dr. Larry V. McIntire Birgit & David McQueen Virginia K. McTague Anna & Hays Mershon Midtown Bank & Trust Company Lilot S. Moorman & Jeffrey B. Bradley The Mortimer Family* Dr. & Mrs. R. Daniel Nable Melanie & Allan Nelkin Gary & Peggy Noble Peach State Freightliner Trucks Mr. Andreas Penninger Doris Pidgeon in Memory of Rezin E. Pidgeon, Jr. The Reverend Neal P. Ponder, Jr. Tom & Mary Quigley
*We are grateful to these donors for taking the extra time to acquire matching gifts from their employers. **Deceased.
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Dr. & Mrs. W. Harrison Reeves, Sr. Mrs. Susan H. Reinach Margaret & Bob Reiser Roger & Lynn Lieberman Ritvo Ms. Susan Robinson & Ms. Mary Roemer Mr. & Mrs. Richard L. Rodgers The Gary W. Rollins Foundation Patricia & Maurice Rosenbaum Jane & Rein Saral Helga Hazelrig Siegel Lewis Silverboard Baker & Debby Smith Johannah Smith Southern Company Dr. Odessa K. Spraggins Jonathan & Victoria Sprinzen Mr. & Mrs. Raymond F. Stainback, Jr. Kay & Alex Summers Poppy Tanner Mr. & Mrs. Edward M. Tate Mr. & Mrs. George B. Taylor, Jr. Judith & Mark K. Taylor Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Tice Sheila L. Tschinkel Vogel Family Foundation Mr. & Mrs. William C. Voss Dr. Nanette K. Wenger Robert Wenger David & Martha West Hubert H. Whitlow, Jr. Mrs. Frank L. Wilson, Jr. Mary Lou Wolff Mr. & Mrs. John C. Yates
Mr. Merritt S. Bond Dan & Merrie Boone Foundation Ms. Jennifer L. Cairns & Mr. John Schomaeker Jerome & Julie Chautin Mr. Brian Christjohn Dr. & Mrs. Grady S. Clinkscales, Jr. Mr. Brian Corley Mr. & Mrs. Erik Curns Mr. & Mrs. Robert G. Edge Drs. Bryan & Norma Edwards Judge & Mrs. Jack Etheridge Mr. & Mrs. Clayton H. Farnham Tom & Donna Fullilove Bill & Carolyn Gaik Anne Marie Gary Marty & John Gillin Mr. & Mrs. George N. Gundersen Harald R. Hansen* Phil & Lisa Hartley Mr. & Mrs. James David Hayes Mrs. Ann J. Herman Sarah & Harvey Hill Mr. Phillip S. Hodges Richard & Linda Hubert Cecile M. Jones The LMJ Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Theodore J. Lavallee, Sr. Elizabeth J. Levine Lubo Fund Nancy & Larry Mansfield Erin Marshall Luis Maza Clive McAllister Miss Joey A. McCraw Luine B. Miller Mr. & Mrs. A Friend of the Orchestra Michael J. Murphy Ann & Ed Abrams Mr. & Mrs. Dr. & Mrs. David Bakken Stephen L. Naman Mrs. Jean G. Bell Kent C. Nelson & Mr. Robert Buck Ann Starr Anthony Barbagallo & Mr. & Mrs. Tom Norris Kristen Fowks Mr. Leonard B. Reed Mr. Julian Bene & Ms. Kristin S. Rinne Dr. Amy Lederberg Ann Rollins & James Jose Susan & Jack Bertram
Mr. & Ms. Thomas Fraschillo Mrs. Alice Bell Fraser Edward & Virginia Gignoux Ms. Wendy Hackett Mr. & Mrs. David J. Hally Frances L. Harrold Mrs. Charlotte T. Harvey Mr. Walter B. Harvey Elice Haverty Richard L. Henneman & Janet L. Fath Ms. Susan V. Herrin Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth L. Herrmann Ms. Rachel Hundley Marguerite Ingram A Friend of the Orchestra Mr. & Mrs. (4) Ralph H. Jenkins, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Mr. Timothy A. Johnson Lyle G. Akens & Mrs. Margaret Wood Nadja & John Aquino Mrs. Kelli W. Jones Mr. & Mrs. John C. Bair Mr. William J. & Paul & Linnea Bert Mrs. Betty Lynn Kirwan Mr. & Mrs. Ms. Elise Knight Rafael L. Bras Dr. & Mrs. Dr. & Mrs. Paul A. Lavietes Jerome B. Blumenthal Mr. Van R. Lear Mr. & Mrs. Ms. Pumani Luangrath & Robert G. Bonstein, Jr. Ms. Cynthia Ng Mr. & Mrs. Mr. Marcus Marr Anthony G. Borra Ms. Shelley S. McGehee Molly Bass Brown Mrs. & Mrs. Thomas & Lucy Tom Merkling Browning Mr. Scott Miller Mr. & Mrs. Dr. & Mrs. Peter M. Chester Melvin R. Moore Mr. Terence M. Colleran Mr. & Mrs. & Ms. Lim J. Kiaw Edward H. Mortimer Mr. Nicolas Collins David & Teresa Murray Dr. & Mrs. Max Cooper Mr. Kalonji Nicholson Ned Cone & Ms. Susan C. Nussrallah Nadeen Green Mr. & Mrs. Mr. Kenneth Cornwall Charles O’Brien III Ms. Delia T. Crouch Adelisa Panlilio & Dr. Marian E. Dabney Andrew Eilers Dr. & Mrs. Cynthia & Roy Pearson F. Thomas Daly, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Mr. & Mrs. Alan L. Plummer Kevin S. Denney Barbara & Marty Pollock Dr. & Mrs. Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Lee Evatt Paul E. Pormen Ms. Jane E. Fahey & Mr. & Mrs. Mr. Emmet J. Bondurant II Laird D. Prussner Dr. & Mrs. Robert Schultz Mr. Morton S. Smith Mr. David Sowell Dr. & Mrs. Dennis Lee Spangler Mr. & Mrs. Scott G. Stephenson Carolyn & Tom Thorsen Mr. & Mrs. William M. Tipping Jeremy S. Uchitel Mr. & Mrs. William C. Voss Mrs. Ruthie Watts Russell F. Winch Chuck & Pat Young
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ASO | support Mr. & Mrs. Robert Ratonyi Bill & Bamby Ray Reislaw LLC Ms. Shelley Roberts Sidney & Phyllis Rodbell Dan & Carolyn Roper Mr. & Mrs. John M. Salmon Mr. & Mrs. Larry R. Samuelson Drs. Lawrence & Rachel Schonberger Dr. & Mrs. George P. Sessions Hamilton & Mason Smith Anne-Marie Sparrow Mr. Brian Sullivan Dede & Bob Thompson Willard & Wanda Timm Ms. Linda Tzoref & Ms. Gretchen Lennon Ms. Mary A. Valdecanas Wayne & Lee Harper Vason Frank Vinicor, M.D. Ms. Alice Jane Wasdin Thomas R. Webb Ms. Pamela White Mr. A. Joseph Williams & Ms. Teresa F. Fleming Mr. Jack Winchester Elliott & Susan Winton Raymond Woller & Doris Kadish
Mrs. Ann Marie Baggett Ms. Lin Barker Mr. John Bartholdi & Ms. Marian Burge Everette Bass Mr. Herschel V. Beazley Mr. & Mrs. William H. Benton Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Betenia Ms. Page L. Bishop R. Dwain Blackston, MD Dr. and Mrs. Donald Block Mr. Roger Blythe Mr. Joey Boiser Mr. & Mrs. Paul W. Bonapfel Mr. Randall Bonser Mrs. Sidney W. Boozer Curtis R. Boren Douglas Borenstein Mr. & Mrs. Charles B. Boyd Mr. Jackson P. Braddy Dr. & Mrs. James N. Brawner III Mr. & Mrs. John Klenke Bredenberg Mr. & Mrs. Joel K. Brooks Mr. Walter Burnett Mr. Michael P. Burns Sissy & Joel Butler Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Carr Carole & George Carreker Mr. & Mrs. A Friend of the Orchestra George E. Case III (6) Marjorie Chanco Ms. Lattina Adams Frank & Mary Chew Mr. & Mrs. Peggy & Tony Clarke Thomas A. Adams Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Cole Judy & Dick Allison Mr. & Mrs. Leroy Collins Dr. William D. Amis Dr. & Mrs. Mr. Christopher Richard W. Compans Andserson Mr. & Mrs. Mr. Mark Andersen & Russell Compton Mr. William Anderson Mrs. Platon P. Aous Araim Constantinides Rev. and Mrs. Mr. Charles Cook Herbert S. Archer Jr. Mr. Charles Copeland Dr. Beverly J. Armento & Dr. & Mrs. Dr. Rebecca More Mark Crawshaw Mr. & Mrs. Mr. Andrew Crews Thomas C. Arthur
Mr. Christopher Crittenden Billy & Kay Crouch, K&J Title Works Gray and Marge Crouse Mr. Jimmy W. Crowe Mr. David Dâ€™Ambrosio Dr. Robert A. Daniel Joseph T. & Jane Davis Dr. & Mrs. S. Carter Davis Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Alex Day Mr. & Mrs. Geoffrey A. Dear Ms. Hildia Delaguardia Harold & Sandra Dickerson Dr. & Mrs. Morton B. Dimenstien Mr. & Ms. Paul H. Dimmick Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Doole Ms. Erin Donnelly Mrs. Carole Dortch Mr. Charlie Evans Mrs. Merrill B. Ellis in memory of Mr. R. Park Ellis Mr. Steven F. Ethridge Mr. & Mrs. Reade Fahs Ms. Mary A. Fair & Ms. Anne Lambert Mr. & Mrs. Paul G. Farnham Mr. & Mrs. Leroy Fass Mr. & Mrs. David Feldman Mr. & Mrs. Ira Ferguson Mr. Brian Findley Ms. Jonee Fine Mr. & Mrs. Frank P. Folmar Mr. Roy Foster & Mrs. Hope Caldwell-Foster Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth D. Franklin Dr. Marla J. Franks & Bishop Susan Zoller Homer S. French, Jr. Dr. Ulrie Gilkes & Dr. Lisa C. Perry-Gilkes Dr. & Mrs. John C. Garrett Mr. & Mrs. Rick A. George Mr. & Mrs. Lendon D. Gibbs
Mr. & Mrs. Jerome Gilbert David M. Gittelman Mr. & Mrs. Robert C. Glustrom Mr. Harold A. Gorvy Mr. Kenneth L. Gould Mr. David Goo & Mrs. Susan Doyle Dr. Benjamin Griessman Mr. & Mrs. John E. Grimm John B. Haberlen Stephen Hadler & Claudia Fedarko Ms. & Mr. Barbara Harden George & Lynn Hart Dr. & Mrs. Howard L. Hecht Ms. Suellen Henderson Mr. Mario Hernandez, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Ronald G. Hertlein Arthur Heyman & Shirley Michalove Mr. & Mrs. Charles Hicks Louise Hoff Mr. L. D. Holland Mr. & Mrs. Charles A. Hooks Gerald D. Horowitz Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Paul Houston Harold Hudson Mr. & Mrs. Gregory A. Hundt Mr. Christopher Ibikunle Mrs. Elizabeth B. Jamison Ms. Rebecca Jarvis Mr. & Mrs. Drury Jenkins Ms. Susan Johnston & Ms. Ashley Johnston Ms. & Mr. Andrea Juliao Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Kaplan Mr. & Mrs. Sidney I. Katz Mr. & Mrs. Michael L. Keough Carol Ann Kilburn Mrs. Donna Jane Kilgore Mr. & Mrs. Curtis Kimball
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Mr. & Mrs. Warren King Ms. Christie King Kinsaul Mr. George & Dr. Marjorie B. Kossoff Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth H. Kraft Mr. & Mrs. Terry Krugman Mr. & Mrs. Dennis H. Lacoss Ms. Linda C. LaManna Mr. & Mrs. Tom E. Lantz Ms. Katherine Larder Ione & John Lee Mr. Leo Lehre Diane & David Levy Mr. A. Warren Lippitt & Dr. Jean A. Muench Allan & Vaneesa Little Ms. Glennis Lofland Mr. David Lopata Mr. & Mrs. Charles R. Lord Mrs. Janet J. Love Mr. & Mrs. Paul Lukasiewicz Mr. Kevin & Dr. Jennifer Lyman Deirdre Lyons-Gary Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Maclachlan Maurice (Ted) & Gloria Maloof Dr. Harvey Mannes Mr. & Mrs. Graham Martin Arthur B. Mathews Mr. & Mrs. Kevin McClain Mr. & Mrs. William J. McCranie III Robert & Elba McCue Mr. & Mrs. Joseph McCullough Sally & Allen McDaniel Mr. & Mrs. Norman F. Miller Mary & Julian Mohr John S. & Catherine A. Mullins Mrs. Sherry Murphy Wayne & Nancy Musselwhite Mr. and Mrs. Michael L. Nagy
Mr. Don Nash Mr. & Mrs. Kennard Neal Carl & Heidi Nitchie Dr. Edward O. Nix Godfrey & Mary Ann Oakley Mr. & Mrs. Luke O’Brien Mr. John C. Owens Mr. Fred Pannek Mr. & Mrs. Charles Paparelli Mr. Steve M. Peck Mrs. Clarence L. Peeler Dr. Allan & Dr. Lori Peljovich Mr. & Mrs. Andreas Penninger Ms. Sophia B. Peterman Mrs. Catherine T. Porter Bob & Susan Powell Ms. Bonnie J. Pritts Mr. & Mrs. John Rains Dr. Jason Regis & Ms. Arlene Smith LeeAnne Richardson Ms. Joycia C. Ricks Mrs. Barbara Riff David F. & Maxine A. Rock Ms. Sarah Rosario Ms. Jane Royall & Mr. John Lantz Mr. Paul Ryan Ms. Sally Sangster Dr. and Mrs. David Satcher Mr. and Mrs. Milton Saul Dr. & Mrs. Sanford Schwartz Patrick & Donna Scullin Mr. Richard Shirey Mr. Khonie Shlevich Mr. & Mrs. Bill Shults Mr. & Mrs. Robert N. Sidewater Mr. Jerry L. Siegel & Dr. AnnRita L. Hader Alida & Stuart Silverman Mr. & Mrs. David L. Sjoquist Bill & Susan Small Mr. & Mrs. Robert Smith Mr. & Mrs. Aaron C. Stambler
Mr. & Mrs. James B. Steiner Mr. & Mrs. George M. Stephens Mr. & Mrs. A. Pinckney Straughn Mr. & Mrs. Frank B. Strickland Esther & Jim Stokes Ms. Debra M. Surbrook Mr. James Sustman & Dr. Janet St. Clair Mr. & Mrs. James A. Sykes Jeanne & Josh Taylor Dr. & Mrs. Martin V. Teem Mr. David Teske Dr. & Mrs. Richard Thio Mr. Dwight A. Thompson Mr. Russell Tippins Mr. Joe M. Timberlake Roger & Brenda Torri Ms. Elizabeth R. Trulock Ms. Shereen A. Van Houten Jorge F. Vilanova Mrs. Linda P. Vinal Mr. Reggie Wagner Mr. & Mrs. William D. Walker Mr. & Mrs. Donald A. Wallingford Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Walthour Ms. Susanne Watts Mrs. Patricia Webber Robert & Reina Welch Mr. & Mrs. Joseph G. Wernert Dr. & Mrs. John Westerhoff Joan N. Whitcomb Mr. & Mrs. James T. White Dr. & Mrs. C. M. Whitehead, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Wittenstein Dennis Wolkin Mrs. Julia R. Woodman Mr. K. Brent Woodruff Mr. & Mrs. Robert R. Woodson Ilona & Douglas Wozniak
Bright & Robert U. Wright Mrs. Margaret P. Wyatt Mr. & Mrs. John C. Yates Ms. Kristin Zeigler
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ASO | support patron partnership 2015-16 committee Belinda Massafra Chair Kristi Allpere Vice-Chair, Programs Helga Beam Vice-Chair, Annual Fund
June Scott Vice-Chair, Communications & Newsletter Editor Deedee Hamburger Programs Committee Member Judy Hellriegel Annual Fund Committee Member
Cindy Jeness Communications Committee Member Milt Shlapak Program Committee Member Peter Stelling Communications & Program Committee Member
Jonne Walter Annual Fund Committee Member Marcia Watt Communications Committee Member
The ROBERT SHAW ROOM, the VIP Donor Lounge and Dining Room, is open for cocktails and dinner prior to Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performances in Atlanta Symphony Hall, as well as for cocktails and complimentary coffee during intermission. For more information, visit atlantasymphony.org/giving or call Shawn Gardner at 404.733.4839.
Atlanta Symphony Associates The volunteer organization of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
2015-16 ASA Board of Directors Camille Kesler President Belinda Massafra Advisor Leslie Petter Advisor
Sabine Sugarman Secretary Glee Lamb Treasurer Sylvia Davidson Nominating Chair
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Bunny Davidson Membership VP Melissa Hudson Communications & Development VP Jonathan Brown & Josh Cochran Bravo Unit Chairs
Martha & John Head Concerto Unit Chairs Joan Abernathy Encore Unit Chair Corrie Johnson & Joanne Chesler Gross Ensemble Unit Chair
Henry Sopkin Circle Recognizing planned gifts that benefit the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
amed for the Orchestraâ€™s founding Music Director, the Henry Sopkin Circle recognizes individuals who have included the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in their will or estate plans. Members enjoy special events and benefits throughout the season, including the Annual Henry Sopkin Circle Luncheon. For more information, visit www.atlantasymphony.org/giving or call Shawn Gardner at 404.733.4839.
Anonymous (21) Madeline & Howell E. Adams, Jr. Mr.** & Mrs. John E. Aderhold Mr. & Mrs. William Atkins Dr. & Mrs. William Bauer Neil H. Berman Mr.** & Mrs. Sol Blaine W. Moses Bond Mr.** & Mrs. Robert C. Boozer Elinor A. Breman James C. Buggs Mr. & Mrs.** Richard H. Burgin Hugh W. Burke Patricia & William Buss Wilber W. Caldwell Connie and Merrell Calhoun Cynthia & Donald Carson Lenore Cicchese* Margie & Pierce** Cline Dr. & Mrs. Grady S. Clinkscales, Jr. Robert Boston Colgin Dr. John W. Cooledge John R. Donnell Pamela Johnson Drummond Catherine Warren Dukehart Ms. Diane Durgin Kenneth P. Dutter Arnold & Sylvia Eaves Mr. & Mrs. Robert G. Edge Elizabeth R. Etoll Brien P. Faucett Dr. Emile T. Fisher
A. D. Frazier, Jr. Nola Frink Betty & Drew** Fuller Sally & Carl Gable William & Carolyn Gaik Mr.** & Mrs. L. L. Gellerstedt, Jr. Ruth Gershon & Sandy Cohn Micheline & Bob Gerson Mr. & Mrs. John T. Glover Robert Hall Gunn, Jr., Fund Billie & Sig** Guthman James & Virginia Hale Sally & Paul** Hawkins John & Martha Head Mary Virginia Hearn** Barbara & John** Henigbaum Richard E. Hodges, Jr. Pat & Chuck Holmes Mr.** & Mrs. Fred A. Hoyt, Jr. Jim & Barbara Hund Clayton F. Jackson Mary B. James Calvert Johnson Herb & Hazel Karp Anne Morgan & Jim Kelley Robert Kinsey James W. & Mary Ellen** Kitchell Paul Kniepkamp, Jr. Miss Florence Kopleff** James H. Landon Ouida Hayes Lanier Ione & John Lee Lucy Russell Lee & Gary Lee, Jr. Mr.** & Mrs. William C. Lester
Liz & Jay** Levine Robert M. Lewis, Jr. Joanne Lincoln Jane Little Mrs. J. Erskine Love, Jr. Nell Galt & Will D. Magruder K Maier John W. Markham Linda & John Matthews Dr. Michael S. McGarry Mr. & Mrs. Richard McGinnis John & Clodagh Miller Mr. & Mrs. Bertil D. Nordin Roger B. Orloff Dr. Bernard** & Sandra Palay Dan R. Payne Bill Perkins Mr.** & Mrs. Rezin E. Pidgeon, Jr. Reverend Neal P. Ponder, Jr. William L. & Lucia Fairlie Pulgram Vicki J. & Joe A. Riedel Helen & John Rieser Dr. Shirley E. Rivers** David F. & Maxine A. Rock Mr.** & Mrs. Martin H. Sauser Mr. Paul S. Scharff & Ms. Polly G. Fraser Dr. & Mrs. George P. Sessions Charles H. Siegel** Hamilton & Mason Smith Mrs. Lessie B. Smithgall Elliott Sopkin
Elizabeth Morgan Spiegel Gail & Loren Starr Peter James Stelling C. Mack** & Mary Rose Taylor Jennings Thompson IV Margaret** & Randolph** Thrower Kenneth & Kathleen Tice Mr. H. Burton Trimble, Jr. Steven R. Tunnell Mary E. Van Valkenburgh Adair & Dick White Mr. & Mrs. John B. White, Jr. Hubert H. Whitlow, Jr. Sue & Neil** Williams Mrs. Frank L. Wilson, Jr. Joni Winston George & Camille Wright Mr.** & Mrs. Charles R. Yates
You can leave a legacy of music. Call Jessica Langlois, Director of Development for more information. 404.733.4864
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When Robert Shaw took the stage there was a total transformation. He was totally in charge, totally magnetic, totally evocative. He expressed his inner feelings in a way that sometimes brought tears and sometimes brought cheers.
— President Jimmy Carter
This month the ASO, WABE 90.1 and ArtsATL invite you to celebrate the centennial of Atlanta icon, Robert Shaw. Explore his legacy, discover his impact and celebrate his work.
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corporate & government | support
Mayorâ€™s Office of Cultural Affairs
Major support is provided by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs.
Major funding is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.
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This program is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts
This program is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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 36 partners who lead our efforts to ensure the arts thrive in our community.
A FRIEND OF THE ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
$500,000+ A Friend of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chick-fil-A Foundation / Rhonda and Dan Cathy Sally and Carl Gable Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. The Home Depot
JOY & TONY GREENE
SunTrust Foundation SunTrust Bank Teammates and The SunTrust Trusteed Foundations: Florence C. and Harry L. English Memorial Fund Walter H. and Marjory M. Rich Memorial Fund
Wells Fargo wish Foundation, Inc.
$400,000+ The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Inc. Sarah and Jim Kennedy Mr. and Mrs. Donald Keough
PwC, Partners & Employees Louise Sams & Jerome Grilhot UPS
$300,000+ AT&T The Goizueta Foundation Invesco Ltd.
Margaret and Terry Stent Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Edus H. Warren, Jr.
$250,000+ Bank of America Deloitte, its Partners & Employees Equifax Inc. & Employees EY, Partners & Employees King & Spalding LLP, Partners & Employees
PNC Patty and Doug Reid Mrs. Charles A. Smithgall Jr. Woodruff Circle & Patron Circle donations made: June 1, 2014 – May 31, 2015 Beauchamp C. Carr Challenge Fund Donors
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THE PATRON CIRCLE The Patron Circle includes donors who generously made contributions to our FY15 annual funds and/or long-term special projects and endowment funds.
CORPORATE PARTNERS $200,000+ KPMG LLP, Partners & Employees $150,000+ Alston & Bird LLP Jones Day Foundation & Employees Porsche Cars North America $100,000+ AGL Resources Inc. First Data Corporation GE Asset Management Genuine Parts Company Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. Kaiser Permanente Kilpatrick Townsend LLP Northern Trust Company Target Stores $75,000+ General Electric Company Georgia-Pacific Corporation Newbridge Management WestRock Company $50,000+ BB&T Corporation Birch Communications Carter’s Charitable Foundation Crawford & Company GMT Capital Corporation Norfolk Southern Corporation North Highland Company Primerica, Inc. Printpack, Inc. Publix Super Market Charities, Inc. Regions Financial Corporation Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP U.S. Trust $25,000+ ACE Charitable Foundation AGSI Business Techology Americas Mart Real Estate, LLC
AT&T Mobility Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia BNY Mellon Wealth Management The Boston Consulting Group Cousins Properties Foundation Disney Publishing Worldwide Georgia Natural Gas Global Payments, Inc. Holder Construction Company JLL JP Morgan Private Bank Kia Motors America, Inc. Lanier Parking Solutions Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP Novelis, Inc. Post Properties, Inc. Quikrete Ryder Truck Rental, Inc. Sam’s Club & Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. SCANA Energy The Selig Foundation Southwest Airlines State Bank & Trust Company Steinway Piano Galleries Traditional Home United Distributors, Inc. Verizon Wireless Waffle House Wilmington Trust Woodruff Arts Center Employees Yancey Bros. Co. $15,000+ ABM Acuity Brands, Inc. Alvarez & Marsal Antique Piano Shop
Arby’s Foundation, Inc. Arnall Golden Gregory LLP Assurant Specialty Property Atlanta Tech Village Atlantic Trust Company AVYVE Bank of North Georgia/ Synovus Financial Corp Benjamin Moore Bluetube Interactive Bryan Cave Building Materials Holding Corporation Calico The Casey-Slade Group, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Christie’s Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. Fifth Third Bank Gas South, LLC Graphic Packaging International, Inc. Humphries and Company LLC Kimberly-Clark Corporation Macy’s NGI Investments Northside Hospital Performex Company Perkins & Will, Inc. Piedmont National Corporation PulteGroup, Inc. Recall Corporation Ricoh USA, Inc. Rooms to Go Children’s Fund Smith & Howard, PC Southwire Company Stonegate Designs Vertical Systems Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC
FOUNDATION SUPPORTERS $150,000+
A Friend of the High Museum of Art Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. National Endowment for the Arts The Rich Foundation, Inc. The Sara Giles Moore Foundation The Shubert Foundation, Inc. $100,000+ The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs
The Frances and Beverly DuBose Foundation, Inc. The Marcus Foundation, Inc. Morgens West Foundation The Sartain Lanier Family Foundation, Inc. $75,000+ Fulton County Arts Council Triad Foundation, Inc. $50,000+ The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
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The Charles Loridans Foundation, Inc. Frances Wood Wilson Foundation, Inc. The Fraser-Parker Foundation Georgia Council for the Arts The Graves Foundation Livingston Foundation, Inc. The Mark and Evelyn Trammell Foundation Massey Charitable Trust Samuel H. Kress Foundation Spray Foundation, Inc.
$25,000+ Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation Atlanta Foundation Gertrude and William C. Wardlaw Fund The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust The Howell Fund, Inc. Ida Alice Ryan Charitable Trust James Starr Moore Memorial Foundation Jane Smith Turner Foundation John & Mary Franklin Foundation, Inc. Margaret Gill Clements Napier Foundation
The Oscar G. and Elsa S. Mayer Family Foundation Piedmont Charitable Foundation, Inc. Price Gilbert, Jr. Charitable Fund The Ray M. and Mary Elizabeth Lee Foundation, Inc. The Vasser Woolley Foundation, Inc. Walter Clay Hill & Family Foundation $15,000+ The Blanche Lipscomb Foundation Camp-Younts Foundation Center Family Foundation
The Chatham Valley Foundation, Inc. Covenant Foundation, Inc. JBS Foundation Jim Cox, Jr. Fund John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Charitable Foundation The L&C Wood Family Foundation, Inc. Roderick S., Flossie R., and Helen M. Galloway Foundation Thalis & Michael C. Carlos Foundation Thomas H. Lanier Foundation Tull Charitable Foundation Weldon H. Johnson Family Foundation
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ASO | staff EXECUTIVE Jennifer Barlament Executive Director Alesia Mack Director of Executive Services Alvinetta CookseyWyche, Executive Services Office Assistant ARTISTIC Evans Mirageas Vice President for Artistic Planning & Operations Carol Wyatt Executive Assistant to the Music Director & Principal Guest Conductor Jeffrey Baxter Choral Administrator Alex Malone Managing Producer Symphony POPS! Ken Meltzer ASO Insider & Program Annotator Scott O’Toole Artistic Assistant Bob Scarr Archives Program Manager DEVELOPMENT Jessica Langlois Director of Major Gifts and Special Projects Elizabeth Bixby Manager of Individual Support Shawn Gardner Senior Development Coordinator Ashley Nixon Special Events Coordinator
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Kristen Delaney Vice President of Marketing & Communications KC Commander Marketing Coordinator Elizabeth Daniell Communications Coordinator Adam Fenton Director of Multimedia Technology Holly Hanchey Director of Marketing & Patron Experience Tammy Hawk Director of Communications Robert Phipps Publications Director SALES & REVENUE MANAGEMENT Russell Wheeler Senior Director of Sales & Revenue Management Dallas Greene Season Tickets Assistant Melanie Kite Director of Subscriptions & Patron Services Pamela Kruseck Manager of Group Sales & Tourism Gokul Parasuram Group & Corporate Sales Assistant Robin Smith Subscription & Education Sales Christopher Stephens Corporate Sales Manager Karen Tucker Season Tickets Associate
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EDUCATION & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Katherine Algarra Manager of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra & Community Music School Kaitlin Gress Manager of Community Programs Tiffany I. M. Jones Education Associate for Audience Development Ruthie Miltenberger Manager of Family Programs Adrienne Thompson Manager, Talent Development Program OPERATIONS Russell Williamson Senior Orchestra Manager Paul Barrett Senior Production Stage Manager Richard Carvlin Stage Manager Christopher McLaughlin Orchestra Operations Manager Jesse Pace Front of House Manager Kourtnea Stevenson Assistant Orchestra Personnel Manager Susanne Watts Orchestra Personnel Manager
FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION Susan Ambo Chief Financial Officer Peter Dickson Senior Accountant Nicole Epstein Venues Accountant Kimberly Hielsberg Senior Director of Financial Planning & Analysis Stephen Jones Symphony Store Shannon McCown Office Manager April Satterfield Controller
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ASO | ticket info CAN’T ATTEND A CONCERT? If you can’t use or exchange your tickets, please pass them on to friends or return them to the box office for resale. To donate tickets, please phone 404.733.5000 before the concert begins. A receipt will be mailed to you in January acknowledging the value of all tickets donated for resale during the year.
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ASO | general info LATE SEATING Patrons arriving later are seated at the discretion of house management. Reserved seats are not guaranteed after the performance starts. Late arrivers may be initially seated in the back out of courtesy to the musicians and other patrons. SPECIAL ASSISTANCE All programs of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra are accessible to people with disabilities. Please call the box office (404.733.5000) to make advance arrangements. SYMPHONY STORE The Symphony Store is now open in its new location directly adjacent to the Robert Shaw Room and Delta SKY360º Club. The store is open before, during and after most concerts.
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MAY 6 | CASUAL FRIDAY Fri: 6:30pm MENDELSSOHN: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 Lothar Zagrosek, conductor
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MAY 8 | ASYO Sun: 3pm FINALE CONCERT Joseph Young, conductor TCHAIKOVSKY: Romeo and Juliet GINASTERA: Estancia
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ASO | gallery 1 P lease join us in welcoming our newest musician, horn Jaclyn Rainey, who has been a regularly engaged musician with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since November 2014. “Although I already feel at home here, I am delighted to officially join the talented musicians of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and continue making music in Symphony Hall.”
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