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hat a pleasure it has been getting to know the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra family since my arrival at the beginning of January. While we are well into the 2015-16 season, there are still many exciting highlights yet to come.

We begin February with a new work titled A Thousand Words, by our own bassist, Michael Kurth, and we will end the month with the world premiere of Mark Grey’s Frankenstein Symphony. This spring the Robert Shaw celebration continues with the Shaw Choral Celebration in March, followed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performing at Carnegie Hall on April 30, which would have been Robert Shaw’s 100th birthday. We will also have two additional concerts with the incredibly talented Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, and we will continue our very popular Delta POPS! series with the music of Carole King, Michael Cavanaugh performing the music of Elton John and the Golden Age of Broadway, with the first performance by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus in a POPS! concert. Thanks to your incredible generosity, we have raised $17 million for the Musicians’ Endowment Campaign, putting us within reach of our $25 million goal. We are happy to welcome two new orchestra members who joined us in January: principal bassoon Andrew Brady and bassist Daniel Tosky. Both are featured in the Gallery section of this issue. We are thrilled with this progress, and completing our goal remains our top priority. Thank you to everyone who has warmly welcomed me home to Atlanta. I look forward to an exciting year ahead and to sharing incredible music together.

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ASO | conductor Robert Spano

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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. Guest engagements have included orchestras such as the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics; San Francisco, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago and Philadelphia symphony orchestras; and with Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, the 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. 

Spano has a discography of critically acclaimed recordings on the Telarc, Deutsche Grammophon and ASO Media labels, all 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 Oberlin, Bowling Green State University, the Curtis Institute of Music and Emory University. 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 leads 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 Atlanta and at Carnegie Hall. Guest-conducting 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.


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

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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. Ronald M. Cofield Russell Currey

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James H. Landon Donna Lee Hank Linginfelter Karole 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* Patricia Leake Lucy Lee Mrs. William C. Lester Mrs. J. Erskine Love Patricia H. Reid Joyce Schwob H. Hamilton Smith

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AtlantaSymphonyOrchestra Robert Spano Music Director The Robert Reid ROBERT Topping Chair

FIRST VIOLIN

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 ‡

JOSEPH YOUNG

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Judith Cox Raymond Leung Sanford Salzinger

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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†

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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

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

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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

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Michael Tiscione & Elizabeth Koch Tiscione

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hat’s the way Shakespeare had it, and a glimpse at our own Orchestra as Valentine’s Day approaches confirms that the connection between music and love runs deep. From longtime subscribers to visiting musicians, from administrators to members of the Orchestra, for all the couples associated with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, it seems music is indeed the food of love.

William & Lucia Pulgram

“It may sound trite, but music touches the soul, and it touches the heart,” says Atlanta Symphony trumpet Michael Tiscione. “Music is so personal that it’s impossible to explain. And the same thing applies with love: Like music, it’s just impossible to put into words.” It may be hard to describe, but it’s a connection Tiscione knows well. He remembers first meeting his wife, principal oboe Elizabeth Koch Tiscione, in 2006 on her first day with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. When the Orchestra took a break from playing Beethoven, he introduced himself. It was “crush at first sight” for both of them, though they remained friends and colleagues for about four years before they started dating. Mike jokes that Elizabeth ignored him; she insists it took him four years to work up the nerve to ask her out. Eventually they began dating, marrying in 2012. Now they perform together, drive to work together, teach and even practice at home together.

John Sparrow & Cari Dawson

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and triumphs,” says Elizabeth. “It’s nice to be with somebody who understands everything you go through because they go through it, too.” Their positions onstage don’t allow Elizabeth to see Michael during performances — a good thing, she says; if she could, she’d probably miss all her entrances — but Michael says Elizabeth sits directly in front of him by about 12 feet. “I love being able to hear Liz play,” he says. “I’m always proud of her when she does something great. It’s fantastic to be able to share those experiences.”

“It’s nice to share our whole lives, all these experiences, all our friends at work, all our trials and triumphs…” Elizabeth Koch Tiscione Sharing experiences together onstage as a couple is something that singer-guitarist John Pizzarelli and singer Jessica Molaskey know well, too. The pair, married since 1998, will perform a selection of romantic favorites from their shows at the prestigious Cafe Carlyle in New York for a Valentine’s Day concert with the Atlanta Symphony on Feb. 12, 13 and 14. “They’re all songs that mean a lot to us in one way or another,” Pizzarelli says of the evening’s program. It will include everything from Stephen Sondheim to Paul McCartney and back again. “It’s 20 years of work together and life together that’s provided this musical foundation that’s just so stunning to me.” 22 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra | aso.org

“I would rather work with John than anyone,” Molaskey says about their long-term partnership. “There’s no more consummate artist. We sort of finish each other’s sentences from a musical standpoint. There’s something almost magical about working together. I feel like the more we work together, the closer we become.” The couple says that romantic songs can be like snapshots in your wallet, bringing listeners back to special times in a vivid way. “For instance,” Molaskey says, “John and I met doing a Broadway show called Dream. I coerced him into playing for me on the song ‘Skylark.’ So, for 20 years, if I’m in the house listening to one of John’s concerts, he’ll sneak a quote from ‘Skylark’ into one of his improvised solos. It’s his way of saying hello to me.” Pizzarelli hints that a ‘Skylark’ lick from could very well end up in the Atlanta concert. Music isn’t just romantic for those onstage, of course. The power of music can have an effect on those behind the scenes. “We came to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra through very different roles, but in some ways it brought us together,” says John Sparrow of his wife, Cari Dawson. “Love for the symphony is something we continue to share.” The two met when they were introduced at an Atlanta Symphony Ball. Dawson, an Atlanta-based partner at Alston & Bird, had been on the Orchestra’s board for about two years, and Sparrow was the Orchestra’s new vice president and general manager. It wasn’t love at first sight, they say, but by working together they developed a friendship based on their love for classical music and the Atlanta Symphony. “It took a good four years after our first meeting for us to start dating,” Sparrow says. “As a


guy, of course, it takes us years to think about what we want to do.” “As they say it’s like magic,” Dawson says. “All of a sudden you look at somebody you’ve been talking to and working with for years, and you see them in a different light. It was wonderful that our romance was grounded in a deep respect and admiration that came about by working together for the good of the symphony.” The two married in 2007. Dawson remained on the board for a total of 14 years, and John was on staff for 12. He’s since taken a different role as a board member himself, and the couple says that they enjoy the symphony even more now that it doesn’t come with as many work responsibilities for John. “He can actually sit with me through an entire concert now,” Dawson says. “We’ve stayed very close to the symphony, and it’s always been a bond we’ve shared.” The symphony can remain a bond that couples share for a lifetime. Music lovers William and Lucia Pulgram have been subscribers and Atlanta Symphony supporters for as long as the organization has existed. “I guess it dates back to the late ’50s,” William says about their attendance. William grew up in Vienna, where he stood in line for hours at the opera as a teenager so he could race upstairs for a prime standing-room spot in the balcony. Lucia, a native Atlantan, likewise grew up passionate about music. Her mother was a pianist and a teacher, her brother played bassoon with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra in its early days, and Lucia’s twin sister composed chamber music.

Tech. William was a graduate student, and Lucia’s father was a friend of the dean. Lucia and William soon realized they had much in common, including a love of music. Throughout their married life, the couple always maintained a symphony subscription, even when money was tight. Their four children developed a similar love of music: two played violin, one viola, one cello. “Our four children had a string quartet at home,” says Lucia. “They’re all musical and enjoyed the symphony as they grew up.” Chris, the Pulgram’s youngest son, eventually played violin with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, and he began to take the idea of a career in music seriously when he was appointed concertmaster. He studied at the University of Michigan and in Europe and joined the Atlanta Symphony as a first violin in 1992. “We liked it even better then!” Lucia says. “We were very proud.” William recalls how especially thrilled he was when the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra went on a European tour, and his son played onstage at the Konzerthaus in his hometown of Vienna. William and Lucia say that they still love attending the symphony together, especially when the whole family comes home for Christmas. Among their most treasured memories of a lifetime of concert-going are the concerts of Viennese music the Orchestra would often perform on New Year’s Eve. The family would go together and listen to the waltzes in celebration of William’s Jan. 1 birthday. “Those were wonderful times,” says Lucia.

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Delta is proud to celebrate over 71 years as Atlanta’s hometown airline. Delta’s community spirit worldwide continues to be a cornerstone of our organization. As a force for global good, our mission is to continuously create value through an inclusive culture by leveraging partnerships and serving communities where we live and work. It includes not only valuing individual differences of race, religion, gender, nationality and lifestyle, but also managing and valuing the diversity of work teams, intracompany teams and business partnerships. Solo pianos used by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra are gifts of the Atlanta Steinway Society and in memory of David Goldwasser. The Hamburg Steinway piano is a gift received by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in honor of Rosi Fiedotin. The Yamaha custom six-quarter tuba is a gift received by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in honor of Principal Tuba player Michael Moore from The Antinori Foundation. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra records for ASO Media. Other recordings of the Orchestra are available on the Argo, Deutsche Grammophon, New World, Nonesuch, Philips, Telarc and Sony Classical labels. Media sponsors: WABE, WSB AM, and AJC. Trucks provided by Ryder Truck Rental Inc.

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Robert Spano, Music Director Donald Runnicles, Principal Guest Conductor

Delta Classical Concert Concerts of Thursday, Feb. 4, at 8pm; Friday, Feb. 5, at 6:30pm; and Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at 8pm

Robert Spano, Conductor David Coucheron, Violin JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897) Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, Opus 77 (1878) 40MIN I. Allegro non troppo II. Adagio III. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace David Coucheron, violin INTERMISSION 20MIN

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.

MICHAEL KURTH (b. 1971) 27MIN A Thousand Words (2015) I. Above: Radiance II. Beneath: My Sinister Groove Machine III. Within IV. Beyond: We Will Puncture the Canopy of Night World Premiere, Commissioned by Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra RICHARD STRAUSS (1864-1949) 16MIN Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks), Opus 28 (1895) The concert of Friday, Feb. 5, is performed without intermission. It features the Brahms Violin Concerto and Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks.

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Notes on the Program by Ken Meltzer

JOHANNES BRAHMS was born in Hamburg, Germany, on May 7, 1833, and died in Vienna on April 3, 1897. The first performance of the Violin Concerto took place at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany, on Jan. 1, 1879, with Joseph Joachim as soloist and the composer conducting. In addition to the solo violin, the concerto is scored for two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, two trumpets, timpani and strings. First Classical Subscription Performance: March 10, 1952, Robert Harrison, Violin, Henry Sopkin, Conductor. Most Recent Classical Subscription Performances: May 29, 30 and 31, 2014, Joshua Bell, Violin, Roberto Spano, Conductor. Robert Shaw Performances: (Classical Subscription, unless otherwise noted) April 8 and 9, 1972 (Other Series), Sergiu Luca, Violin; March 13, 14 and 15, 1980, Henryk Szeryng, Violin; Oct. 30 and 31 and Nov. 1, 1986, William Preucil, Violin.

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Despite the minimal amount of remaining preparation time, Joachim agreed to give the premiere as scheduled. He also composed the first-movement cadenza that, to this day, remains the preferred version among soloists. The world premiere of the D-Major Violin Concerto took place at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig on New Year’s Day, 1879. Joachim, to whom Brahms dedicated the work, was the soloist. The premiere, conducted by Brahms, was far from an unqualified triumph. Perhaps the audience was confused by the unusual prominence of the orchestra, which traditionally played a decidedly subservient role in violin concertos. Brahms’ unconventional approach prompted Joseph Hellmesberger to dub the work a concerto “not for, but against the violin.” Violinist Bronisław Huberman took a somewhat different view, stating that the Brahms Concerto was “for violin against orchestra — and the violin wins!” Brahms and Joachim continued to work on revisions to the score, which was finally published in October 1879. And in time (thanks in great part to Joachim’s sterling advocacy), the Brahms D-Major secured its place as one of the greatest violin concertos, a veritable Mount Everest of technical and interpretive challenges. As with many of Brahms’ finest works, it is also a brilliant and immensely satisfying synthesis of Classical form and Romantic passion.

rahms created the Violin Concerto for his dear friend, the Austro-Hungarian virtuoso violinist, composer and conductor, Joseph Joachim (1831-1907). Brahms, who frequently sought his friend’s counsel and advice, forwarded the solo violin part of the concerto’s first movement to Joachim on Aug. 22, 1878. Correspondence between The Concerto is in three movements. the two continued throughout the year. The first (Allegro non troppo) begins in On Dec. 12, just a few weeks before traditional fashion, with a purely orchestral the anticipated New Year’s Day premiere, exposition of the movement’s principal Brahms wrote to Joachim: “I send you the themes. The soloist makes a fiery, dramatic part herewith and agree to your alterations. entrance. The remainder of the movement The orchestral parts will be ready for Jan. features a wide range of moods and 1st in case you play it in Leipzig. If so, I will technical hurdles for the soloist. The oboe meet you in Berlin a few days before ...” introduces the unforgettable central melody encoreatlanta.com | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 27

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ASO | 2.4/5/6 | program of the concerto’s beautiful slow movement (Adagio). Many have viewed the vigorous rondo finale (Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace) as a tribute by Brahms to Joachim’s Hungarian origins.

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A Thousand Words (2015) MICHAEL KURTH was born in Falls Church, Va., on Nov. 22, 1971. These are the world premiere performances of his piece. A Thousand Words is scored for piccolo, two flutes, two oboes, English horn, E-flat clarinet, two B-flat clarinets, B-flat bass clarinet, two bassoons, contrabassoon, four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, tuba, timpani, glockenspiel, marimba, vibraphone, tambourine, ratchet, triangle, tam-tam, kick drum, snare drum, hihat, toms, splash cymbal, suspended cymbal, cowbell, gong, bass drum, congas, brake drum, shaker, salsa bell, claves, chimes, cabasa, optional Berlioz bells, harp, piano, celeste and strings. A Thousand Words is a commission by Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Michael Kurth Discusses A Thousand Words

This work is more difficult to write about than my previous Atlanta Symphony Orchestra commissions. Parts of it are slightly programmatic, but mostly it’s just music from inside my head spread all over the orchestra for half an hour. One of my favorite authors, Richard Powers, in his novel Orfeo, says: “Music doesn’t mean things. It is things.” I hope that this music will be things to listeners; it is things to me. Why A Thousand Words? The title alludes to the inherent difficulty in expressing verbally the images or 28 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra | aso.org

memories that occupy our minds. When we remember visits to meaningful places, the images we recall are often accompanied by sensory memories and sentiments difficult to capture with words. I could share pictures of places I’ve visited or events I’ve experienced, I could try to describe them, or I could relate these things to you musically. In the absence of images or words, the music conveys the meaning, but more. The music becomes its own experience, independent of its source, like a tide pool, or a feral animal. A Thousand Words is symphonic in form, and has four movements: I. Above: Radiance — The first movement was inspired by a sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean on a January morning at Tybee Island, Ga. The movement lasts just about as long as it takes the sun to fully crest the horizon. II. Beneath: My Sinister Groove Machine — Parts of the second movement were inspired by the basalt cliffs at Reynisfjara, on the southern coast of Iceland; parts were inspired by the Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Ala. Both places are eerily beautiful, and you should visit them. The music grooves in a mechanically sinister way, hence the subtitle. III. Within—The third movement at first appears fragile, but as it develops, it reveals its strength. IV. Beyond: We Will Puncture the Canopy of Night — Parts of the fourth movement were inspired by birds in flight, and also by seeing millions of stars in places where that’s still possible. It ends with a joyful Carnival parade.


began to sketch a libretto in June of 1893. However, the lack of success of Strauss’ first operatic effort, Guntrum (1894), may have Richard Strauss was born in Munich on encouraged the composer to present his June 11, 1864, and died in Garmisch- musical vision of Till in purely orchestral Partenkirchen, Germany, on Sept. 8, 1949. fashion. The first performance of Till Eulenspiegels Strauss completed the miraculous score, lustige Streiche took place in Cologne, described by the great 20th-century German Germany, on Nov. 5, 1895, with Franz conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler as “a Wüllner conducting the Gürzenich stroke of genius, worthy of Beethoven,” on Orchestra. May 6, 1895. The premiere took place on Till Eulenspiegel is scored for piccolo, Nov. 5 of that year in Cologne, with Franz three flutes, three oboes, English horn, two Wüllner leading the Gürzenich Orchestra. clarinets, E-flat clarinet, bass clarinet, three bassoons, contrabassoon, four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, tuba, timpani, large ratchet, snare drum, cymbals, field drum, triangle, bass drum and strings. First ASO Classical Subscription Performance: March 31, 1951, Henry Sopkin, Conductor. Most Recent ASO Classical Subscription Performances: March 3, 4 and 5, 2011, Gilbert Varga, Conductor.

Till Eulenspiegel is based upon two central themes, introduced at the outset of the work. The first, a somewhat plaintive theme, is played by the violins. The second, one of the most famous horn passages in all of symphonic music, is a puckish sevenmeasure staccato figure that twice hesitates, before bursting forth in its mischievous totality.

The two themes reappear in various forms throughout a rather free orchestral rondo, contrasting with material depicting Till’s The legendary prankster Till Eulenspiegel numerous pranks. The closing portion of (whose last name translates as “owl glass” the work depict Till’s arrest, trial, sentence or “owl’s mirror”) may have been an and execution. actual person. But others believe that Till Eulenspiegel, who delighted in revealing According to legend, Till Eulenspiegel the foibles of the rich and powerful, was a continued to torment his enemies even after purely mythical figure created to entertain his death. The work’s raucous conclusion the laborer and peasant as well as those suggests that the prankster’s spirit indeed members of the privileged class who enjoyed lives on. a laugh at their own expense. Till’s adventures were published in book form and circulated throughout Europe. Eulenspiegel was well known and adored by 19th-century German schoolchildren, including Richard Strauss. As an adult, Strauss first conceived of an operatic setting of Till’s misadventures, and encoreatlanta.com | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 29

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Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks), Opus 28 (1895)


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avid Coucheron joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as Concertmaster in September 2010. At the time, he was the youngest concertmaster of any major U.S. orchestra. Throughout his career, Mr. Coucheron has worked with conductors Robert Spano, Michael Tilson Thomas, Simon Rattle, Mstislav Rostropovich and Charles Dutoit, among others. He has performed as a soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (London), Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (New Jersey), Sendai Symphony Orchestra (Japan), Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra (Norway) and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra (Norway). Mr. Coucheron has given solo recitals at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall (London), the Kennedy Center and the Olympic Winter Games (Salt Lake City), as well as in Belgrade, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Serbia, Singapore and Shanghai (China). His chamber music performances have included appearances at Suntory Hall (Tokyo) as well as Wigmore Hall and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. Mr. Coucheron also is the artistic director of the Kon Tiki Chamber Music Festival in his hometown of Oslo. He is an active recording artist. Recordings with sister, pianist Julie Coucheron, include David and Julie (Naxos/Mudi) and Debut (Naxos). He is the featured soloist on the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s recording of Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, which was released on ASO Media in fall 2014. Mr. Coucheron began playing the violin at age 3. He earned his bachelor of music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, his master of music from The Juilliard 30 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra | aso.org

School and his master of musical performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with such teachers as Igor Ozim, Aaron Rosand, Lewis Kaplan and David Takeno. Mr. Coucheron plays a 1725 Stradivarius.


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ASO | 2.12/13/14 | program AtlantaSymphonyOrchestra Robert Spano, Music Director Donald Runnicles, Principal Guest Conductor Michael Krajewski, Principal Pops Conductor

Delta POPS! Concert

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Friday, Feb. 12, and Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 at 8pm Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016 at 7pm

Michael Krajewski, Conductor John Pizzarelli, Guitar & Vocals Jessica Molaskey, Vocals “Little Things You Do Together” — Sondheim “Waiting Around for the Girls Upstairs” — Sondheim ”All I Need Is the Girl” — Styne & Sondheim “I Got Rhythm” — George & Ira Gershwin “I Only Have Eyes for You” — Warren & Dubin “It Amazes Me” — Coleman & Leigh                         “Silly Love Songs” — McCartney  “My Love” — McCartney  “I Want to Be Happy”/“Sometimes I’m Happy” — Youmans & Caesar  THERE WILL BE A 20-MINUTE INTERMISSION “With Plenty of Money and You” Medley — Warren & Dubin “You Made Me Love You” — Monaco & McCarthy “It Had to Be You” — Jones & Kahn “With a Song in My Heart” — Rodgers & Hart “Right As the Rain” — Arlen & Harburg “Cloudburst” — Lambert, Hendricks & Ross “Getting Married Today” — Sondheim  “Children and Art”/“Children Will Listen” — Sondheim  “I Found a New Baby” — Palmer & Williams The use of cameras or recording devices during the concert is strictly prohibited. Please be kind to those around you and silence your mobile phone and other hand-held devices.

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JESSICA MOLASKEY, vocalist

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ohn Pizzarelli, the world-renowned jazz guitarist and singer, has been credited by The Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” Using performers like Nat “King” Cole, Frank Sinatra and Joao Gilberto, and the songs of such composers as Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin, James Taylor, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Lennon & McCartney as touchstones, Pizzarelli has established himself as a prime interpreter of the Great American Songbook and beyond, bringing to his work the cool jazz flavor of his guitar playing and his singing. Pizzarelli signed with Grammy-winning Telarc International in 1999, recording a string of successful CDs starting with Kisses in the Rain, a diverse set of standards and original tunes that showcases the spontaneity of his live performances in a studio setting. Other recordings include Let There Be Love, The Rare Delight of You, Dear Mr. Sinatra, the Grammy-nominated With a Song in My Heart and Rockin’ in Rhythm. Pizzarelli’s latest album, Double Exposure, focuses on two distinct styles to make a single fine recording. He has performed on many popular national TV shows and led a 40-member orchestra at Radio City Music Hall in Sinatra: His Voice, His World, His Way. He received the 2009 Ella Fitzgerald Award from the Montreal International Jazz Festival, joining a group of past winners that includes Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett and Harry Connick Jr. He continues to tour the United States, Europe, South America and Japan, performing classic pop, jazz and swing, while setting the standard for stylish modern jazz.

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essica Molaskey has performed in a dozen Broadway shows: A Man of No Importance at Lincoln Center, written by Terrance McNally, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty; Parade, directed by Hal Prince; Dream Tommy; Crazy for You; Les Misérables; City of Angels; Chess; Cats; and Oklahoma! She also has performed off-Broadway and regionally in dozens of productions. Molasky has premiered music written by Ricky Ian Gordon, Adam Guettel, Jason Robert Brown, Michael John LaChiusa, Stephen Sondheim and John Bucchino. She has written songs for almost a dozen recordings, including Greed, part of a commission for Audra McDonald’s Seven Deadly Sins at Carnegie Hall and Cradle and All, which will be part of. McDonald’s newest CD. Along with her husband, John Pizzarelli, Molasky hosts a weekly national radio program called “Radio Deluxe.” Her recordings include Fine and Dandy, Myths and Hymns, Parade, Songs for a New World, Weird Romance, Chess, Oklahoma!, Windflowers: The Music of Jerome Moross, Fred Hersch’s CD Two Hands, Ten Voices and It’s Only Life, as well as the songs of John Bucchino and the upcoming cast album of Dream True by Tina Landau and Ricky Ian Gordon. Molaskey grew up in Wolcott, Conn. She is married to jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli, and they have a daughter, Madeline.


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ASO | 2.18/20 | program AtlantaSymphonyOrchestra The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Classical Series is presented by Delta Air Lines.

Robert Spano, Music Director Donald Runnicles, Principal Guest Conductor

Delta Classical Concert Concerts of Thursday, Feb. 18, and Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at 8pm

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Cristian Macelaru, Conductor Karen Gomyo, Violin IGOR STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Pétrouchka (1947 version) First Part: The Shrovetide Fair Second Part: Pétrouchka Third Part: The Moor Fourth Part: The Shrovetide Fair INTERMISSION

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KEN MELTZER, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Program Annotator

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PETER ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, Opus 35 (1878) 36MIN I. Allegro moderato II. Canzonetta. Andante III. Finale. Allegro vivacissimo Karen Gomyo, violin MILY BALAKIREV (1837-1910) Islamey (1869) Pétrouchka (1947 version)

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Notes on the Program by Ken Meltzer The Story and the Music I. The Shrovetide Fair — The action of Pétrouchka takes place in the 1830s in Admiralty Square, St. Petersburg, during Shrovetide rejoicing. Stravinsky’s stunning orchestration and rapidly shifting rhythms magically depict the hustle and bustle of the fair. An organ grinder and dancing girl entertain the crowd. Drummers announce the appearance of the Old Wizard, who charms the captivated audience. The Old Wizard uses a flute to cast a magic spell. The curtain rises on a tiny theater, revealing three puppets — Pétrouchka, the Ballerina and the Moor. The puppets perform a vigorous Russian dance (Danse Russe).

II. Pétrouchka’s Cell — Pétrouchka lands in his cell with a resounding crash. Although Pétrouchka is a puppet, he feels human Most Recent Classical Subscription emotions, including bitterness toward the Performances: November 2 and 3, 2013, Old Wizard for his imprisonment, as well as James Gaffigan, Conductor. love for the beautiful Ballerina. Pétrouchka étrouchka, along with The Firebird tries unsuccessfully to escape his cell. The (1910) and The Rite of Spring (1913), Ballerina enters. Pétrouchka attempts to forms the remarkable trilogy of ballets profess his love, but the Ballerina rejects his that Igor Stravinsky composed for Sergei pathetic advances. Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. The premiere III. The Moor’s Cell — The scene changes of Stravinsky’s Pétrouchka took place at to the Moor’s lavishly decorated cell. The the Paris Théâtre du Chatelet on June 13, Ballerina, who is attracted by the Moor’s 1911. Legendary dancer Vaslav Nijinsky handsome appearance, enters his room. interpreted the title role. After witnessing The two begin their lovemaking (Valse), Nijinsky’s performance, Sarah Bernhardt interrupted by the entrance of Pétrouchka. exclaimed: “I am afraid, I am afraid — The angry Moor chases Pétrouchka away. because I have just seen the greatest actor IV. The Fair — The scene returns to the in the world!” fairground toward evening, where a series First Classical Subscription Performance: Jan. 31, 1955, Igor Stravinsky, Conductor.

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While the production was generally a success, more than a few observers were taken aback by music that was at times brittle, caustic and even grotesque. One critic approached Diaghilev after a dress rehearsal and exclaimed: “And it was to hear this that you invited us!” Diaghilev’s reply: “Exactly.”

of characters come and go (Wet-Nurses’ Dance, Peasant with Bear, Gypsies and a Rake Vendor, Dance of the Coachmen, and Masqueraders). At the height of the festivities, a cry is heard from the puppettheater. The Moor chases Pétrouchka into the crowd and kills him with his scimitar (Death of Pétrouchka).

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IGOR STRAVINSKY was born in Lomonosov, Russia, on June 17, 1882, and died in New York on April 6, 1971. The first performance of Pétrouchka took place at the Théâtre du Chatelet in Paris on June 13, 1911, with Pierre Monteux conducting. The 1947 version of Pétrouchka is scored for piccolo, three flutes, two oboes, English horn, three clarinets, bass clarinet, two bassoons, contrabassoon, four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, tuba, timpani, tambourine, snare drum, small snare drum, cymbals, bass drum, suspended cymbal, snare drum without snares, bass drum with attached cymbals, triangle, xylophone, tam-tam, piano, celeste and strings.


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The police question the Old Wizard, who reminds everyone that Pétrouchka is but a puppet with a wooden head and a body filled with sawdust. Night falls, and the crowd disperses. Alone, the Old Wizard is terrified to see the leering ghost of Pétrouchka on the roof of the little theater. Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, Opus 35 (1878) PETER ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY was born in Kamsko-Votkinsk, Russia, on May 7, 1840, and died in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Nov. 6, 1893. The first performance of the Violin Concerto took place in Vienna on Dec. 4, 1881, with Adolf Brodsky as soloist and Hans Richter conducting the Vienna Philharmonic. In addition to the solo violin, the D-Major Concerto is scored for two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, two trumpets, timpani and strings. First Classical Subscription Performance: Jan. 25, 1948, Robert Harrison, Violin, Henry Sopkin, Conductor. Most Recent Classical Subscription Performances: Nov. 21 and 23, 2013, Thomas Søndergård, Conductor, Baibe Skride, Violin. Robert Shaw Performance: March 4, 1973 (Family), Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Violin.

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chaikovsky composed his only Violin Concerto during the spring of 1878. The composer dedicated the concerto to Leopold Auer, the great Hungarian-born violinist, who was living and teaching in St. Petersburg. Auer, however, declined to play the concerto. Violinist Adolf Brodsky was the soloist for the premiere, which took place in Vienna on Dec. 4, 1881. Hans Richter conducted the Vienna Philharmonic. Tchaikovsky greatly appreciated the 40 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra | aso.org

courage displayed by Brodsky in premiering a work “before a Viennese audience with a concerto by an unknown composer, and a Russian one to boot.” The extent of Brodsky’s courage becomes even clearer when the circumstances of the premiere are examined. The reaction by the audience and critics was unfavorable, to say the least. The performance inspired prominent Viennese critic Eduard Hanslick to write one of the most infamous reviews in music history, capped by the following: “Friedrich Visser once observed, speaking of obscene pictures, that they stink to the eye. Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto gives us for the first time the hideous notion that there can be music that stinks to the ear.” Still, Brodsky persevered in his advocacy of the concerto, playing it throughout Europe. In time, the merits of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto became clear. Even Leopold Auer finally performed the work, as did such protégés as Mischa Elman and Jascha Heifetz. But it was Adolf Brodsky to whom Tchaikovsky dedicated this beloved masterpiece. The concerto is in three movements. The first (Allegro moderato) opens with an orchestral introduction, but it is not long before the soloist enters with a brief opening passage, yielding to the flowing, principal theme. The brief and extraordinarily beautiful second movement (Canzonetta. Andante) leads without pause to the concerto’s whirlwind Finale (Allegro vivacissimo). The writing for the soloist throughout the Finale is brilliant, perhaps nowhere more so than in the thrilling closing pages.


The title, Islamey, is derived from a melody that Balakirev heard during a journey to MILY BALAKIREV was born in Nizhny- the Caucasus. This melody is featured in Novgorod, Russia, on Jan. 2, 1837, and the work’s lively opening section (Allegro died in St. Petersburg, Russia, on May agitato). A lovely, slow-tempo lyric episode 29, 1910. The Lyapunov orchestration of (Andantino espressivo) features a song Islamey is scored for two piccolos, two Balakirev heard the Armenian baritone flutes, oboe, English horn, E-flat clarinet, Konstantin de Lazari sing at Tchaikovsky’s two B-flat clarinets, two bassoons, four home. A varied reprise of the opening horns, four trumpets, three trombones, section (Tempo I) brings Islamey to a timpani, snare drum, tambourine, triangle, rousing close. cymbals, suspended cymbal, bass drum, two harps and strings. These are the first Classical Subscription performances.

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n the 1860s, Mily Balakirev led the strongest unified movement toward Russian nationalistic expression. Balakirev formed a group of composers dubbed by critic Vladimir Stasov as “The Mighty Handful.” Also known as “The Five,” Balakirev’s circle included Alexander Borodin (1833-1887), César Cui (18351918), Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881) and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (18441908). At the time the group was formed, all except Balakirev were musical amateurs — Borodin was a chemist; Cui, an engineering officer; Mussorgsky, an officer of the Guards, and Rimsky-Korsakov, a naval officer. Balakirev exerted a profound influence on Russian musical expression, both through commentary on the works of other composers, and his own compositions. His 1869 “Oriental Fantasy,” Islamey, originated as a composition for solo piano. Nikolai Rubinstein, to whom Balakirev dedicated the work, premiered Islamey in St. Petersburg in 1869. Later, Russian composer Sergei Liapunov created an orchestral version of Balakirev’s composition. encoreatlanta.com | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 41

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Islamey, Oriental Fantasy (1869) (orch. Sergey Liapunov)


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onductor-in-residence of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cristian Macelaru has established himself as one of the fast-rising stars of the conducting world. In April 2013, he made an unexpected subscription debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Since then, he has conducted Philadelphia on four subscription programs and will lead a subscription program this season.

Carnegie Hall debut on a program with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Anne-Sophie Mutter. In June 2015, he made his Cincinnati Opera debut in highly acclaimed performances of Il trovatore. KAREN GOMYO, violin

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omyo, winner of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2008, has been praised as “a first-rate artist of real musical command, vitality, brilliance and intensity” by the Chicago Tribune and as The 2015-16 season sees Macelaru make “captivating, honest and soulful, fueled by his Lincoln Center debut at the Mostly abundant talent but not a vain display of Mozart Festival in August. He made his technique,” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. New York Philharmonic debut on an allGomyo has established herself in recent Rachmaninoff subscription program in years as a much-in-demand soloist November. He returns on subscription internationally, performing with such to the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic LA Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and the National Symphony Orchestra in Philadelphia Orchestra and Cleveland Washington, D.C. Orchestra. Outside of the United States, Internationally, he makes debuts with the she has appeared with the Danish National Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Symphony, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Scottish Rotterdam Philharmonic, City of Chamber Orchestra, City of Birmingham Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Scottish National Orchestra, RTE National and Sydney Symphony. Symphony Orchestra of Dublin and Tokyo In recital and chamber music, Gomyo Metropolitain Symphony Orchestra. In has performed in festivals throughout the North America, his debut appearances United States and Europe. Her chamber include the Atlanta Symphony, Cincinnati music partners have included Leif Ove Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, National Andsnes, Olli Mustonen, Kathryn Stott, Arts Centre Orchestra, Juho Pohjonen, Heinrich Schiff, Christian New World Symphony Poltéra, Alisa Weilerstein, Lynn Harrell, and San Diego Jörg Widmann, Isabelle Van Keulen and Symphony. Benjamin Schmid. Macelaru made his first Gomyo has worked with such conductors conducting appearance as Sir Andrew Davis, Leonard Slatkin, at Carnegie Hall in Neeme Järvi, David Robertson, David 2012, leading a work Zinman, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Louis on a program alongside Langrée, Thomas Dausgaard, James Valery Gergiev in a Georg Solti Centennial Gaffigan, Pinchas Zukerman, Heinrich Celebration, and in 2015, he made his full 42 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra | aso.org


Recently, the NHK-produced documentary film The Mysteries of the Supreme Violin, about Stradivarius, in which Gomyo was violinist, guide and narrator, was broadcast worldwide on NHK WORLD.

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Gomyo plays on the “Aurora, ex-Foulis” Stradivarius violin of 1703 that was bought for her exclusive use by a private sponsor.

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Schiff, Hannu Lintu, Vasily Petrenko, Pietari Inkinen, Joshua Weilerstein, Jakub Hrusa, Cristian Macelaru, 
Gilbert Varga and Mark Wigglesworth.

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ASO | 2.25/27 | program AtlantaSymphonyOrchestra The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Classical Series is presented by Delta Air Lines.

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Delta Classical Concert Concerts of Thursday, Feb. 25, and Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, at 8pm

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Robert Spano, Conductor Peter Serkin, Piano

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

MARK GREY (b. 1967) Frankenstein Symphony for Orchestra (2015) 35MIN I. Genesis II. The Letter (attaca) III. The Lab IV. The Trial V. The Body World premiere, commissioned by Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and Joana Carneiro and Berkeley Symphony INTERMISSION 20MIN JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897) Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in D minor, Opus 15 (1858) 55MIN I. Maestoso II. Adagio III. Rondo. Allegro non troppo Peter Serkin

Kenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in-depth program notes, detailed musical analysis and listening samples can be found online: aso.org/encore. Podcasts of Kenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pre-concert lectures are at: aso.org and kenmeltzer.com To contact Ken, please email Ken.Meltzer@ woodruffcenter.org. 46 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra | aso.org


Notes on the Program by Ken Meltzer

MARK GREY was born in Evanston, Ill., on Jan. 1, 1967. These are the world premiere performances of Frankenstein Symphony, which is scored for piccolo, flute, two oboes, English horn, clarinet in B-flat, bass clarinet, two bassoons, contrabassoon, four horns, trumpet in D, two trumpets in C, two trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, bass drum, vibraphone, claves, large tamtam, suspended cymbal, crash cymbals, triangle, glockenspiel, xylophone, high and medium woodblocks, small anvil, large floor tom, maracas, claves, large tamtam, snare drum, suspended cymbal, high woodblock, triangle, crash cymbals, castanets, celesta, harp and strings.

Frankenstein Symphony represent the continuation of a close artistic collaboration between Grey and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. On Jan. 27, 2011, principal guest conductor Donald Runnicles and the Atlanta Symphony performed the world premiere of Grey’s fanfare, Ahsha.

The fanfare was commissioned as part of the celebration of the 10th anniversaries of Robert Spano’s tenure as music director, the artistic partnership between maestros Spano and Runnicles and the Atlanta School of Composers. On March 20, 2014, maestro Spano, soprano Jessica Rivera, tenor Stuart Skelton and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performed the world premiere of the orchestral version of Ātash Sorushān (Fire Angels). Fire Angels, he music of American composer Mark originally composed to commemorate the th Grey has been performed in such 10 anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, features music by Grey and a venues as the Sydney Opera House Concert libretto by writer Niloufar Talebi. Hall, Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, Barbican Centre in London, Het Muziektheater in Mark Grey discusses Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall in New York, Frankenstein Symphony Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Philharmonie Frankenstein Symphony, written in five Hall in Warsaw, UNESCO Palacio de movements, is inspired by two works: Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Symphony Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein; Hall in Phoenix and Royce Hall in Los or, The Modern Prometheus, and my Angeles, as well as at the Ravinia, Cabrillo, grand opera Frankenstein, written for OtherMinds, Perth International and La Monnaie/De Munt, to premiere Spoleto festivals. at Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in

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As a sound designer, Grey has collaborated with such artists as John Adams, Steve Reich, Philip Glass and the Kronos Quartet, and made history as the first sound designer for the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall (On the Transmigration of Souls, 2002) and the Metropolitan Opera (Doctor Atomic, 2008; Nixon in China, 2011; Death of Klinghoffer, 2014; The Merry Widow, 2015; and Bluebeard’s Castle/Iolanta, 2015). These world premiere performances of

Brussels. The music for the symphony is drawn from five opera scenes: Genesis, The Letter, The Lab, The Trial and The Body. 2016 marks the 200-year anniversary of the novel’s conception when, during an unusually stormy summer in Geneva, the Shelleys, Byron and others created horror stories to help pass the time. The philosophy behind the Symphony

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ASO | 2.25/27 | program is built on the foundation of the Frankenstein story and its relevance to modern day life — the gap between inventive science and transformative science, the fracture between our ability to invent and our inability to understand that every invention requires from us a parallel moral or emotional response and developmental period. The divisions between creation and social transformation are nothing new. Often we invent but take no responsibility for the consequences of our inventions.

mate for the Creature, which he never finishes. Through constant rejection because of its hideous looks, the Creature begins a killing spree where William, the younger brother of Victor, is the first victim and au pair Justine is framed for the murder. During The Trial, Justine is found guilty and hanged. The Body is a classic operatic moment that finds Victor singing an aria over Elizabeth’s dead body — the Creature previously warned Victor that if he did not create a mate, he would kill his new wife on their wedding night.

Our stage adaptation navigates new twists through this old tale. We open the opera some 400 years later with Walton and scientists finding the “Creature” locked in a block of ice. It is thawed, reanimated and, regaining life, takes us back through the storyline, setting many similar scenes to those in the novel.

In the novel, Victor dies onboard Walton’s ship from exhaustion, and the Creature, who has been tailing him the whole time, declares defeat and heads farther north to create a funeral pyre, seemingly ending its wretched life.

Each of the symphonic movements represents a key moment in the opera and our adaptation from book to stage. Originally in Shelley’s novel, it opens (and closes) in the Arctic when a nearly dead Victor Frankenstein drifts up to Robert Walton’s ship locked in polar ice. As Victor is nursed back to consciousness, he tells an horrific tale of creating a beast, its demand for a mate, its rejection and rage turning to revenge, and Victor’s ultimate pursuit north to kill the monster. Genesis opens the opera with the reanimation and awakening of the Creature. In The Letter, Elizabeth, fiancée of Victor, in a lonely moment insists he return home so they can become husband and wife. But Victor is preoccupied in The Lab creating a 48 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra | aso.org

— Mark Grey Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in D minor, Opus 15 (1858) JOHANNES BRAHMS was born in Hamburg, Germany, on May 7, 1833 and died in Vienna on April 3, 1897. The first performance of the D-minor Piano Concerto took place Jan. 22, 1859, in Hanover, Germany, with the composer as soloist and Joseph Joachim conducting. In addition to the solo piano, the D-minor Concerto is scored for two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, two trumpets, timpani and strings. First Classical Subscription Performance: Oct. 28, 1952, Rudolf Firkusny, Piano, Henry Sopkin, Conductor. Most Recent Classical Subscription Performances: June 20 and 22, 2013, Lars Vogt, Piano, Donald Runnicles, Conductor. Robert Shaw Performances (Classical Subscription, unless otherwise noted):


became part of the 1868 German Requiem). Brahms reworked the symphony’s Maestoso opening movement and composed a new Adagio and Rondo finale. He completed the score of his First Piano Concerto in March n Sept. 30, 1853, a shy, 20-year- 1858, although he continued to revise the old Johannes Brahms appeared at work almost until the moment it premiered. the Düsseldorf home of Robert and Clara Brahms was the soloist, and Joseph Schumann. Brahms, who greatly admired Joachim the conductor, in the Jan. 22, Robert Schumann, hoped that the senior 1859, Hanover debut. The audience and influential composer would assist reception was rather cool, but that proved his own budding musical career. Brahms to be far preferable to the reaction five played some of his piano compositions days later at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig. for Robert and Clara, both of whom were Julius Rietz conducted and Brahms was immediately impressed by the young man’s again the soloist. The audience, confused by extraordinary talent. the concerto’s epic length and implacable, Brahms visited the Schumanns on an almost stormy character, voiced its disapproval. daily basis for the next month. Schumann Edward Bernsdorf, critic for the Signale, began encouraging Brahms to consider characterized the work as “a composition applying his gifts to orchestral composition, dragged to its grave ... for more than more specifically, a symphony. Brahms, three-quarters of an hour one must endure fearful of the inevitable comparisons with this rooting and rummaging, this straining Beethoven, did not complete his First and tugging, this tearing and patching of phrases and flourishes!” Symphony until 1876.

Feb. 19, 1972 (Runout), Lorin Hollander, Piano; Nov. 29 and 30 and Dec. 2, 1973, William Masselos, Piano; Sept. 13, 14 and 15, 1984, Andras Schiff, Piano; Sept. 12, 13 and 14, 1985, Peter Serkin, Piano.

On Feb. 27, 1854, Schumann, plagued by hallucinations, plunged into the Rhine. After his suicide attempt, he was admitted to an asylum in Endenich, where he remained until his death on July 29, 1856, at the age of 46. Shortly after Schumann’s attempted suicide, Brahms endeavored to fulfill his mentor’s grand expectations. In March 1854, Brahms began to compose a large-scale sonata for two pianos. He then attempted to convert this work into a symphony, orchestrating (with the aid of Joseph Joachim and Julius Grimm) the sonata’s opening movement. Brahms was dissatisfied with the results.

The next day, Brahms wrote to Joachim: My Concerto has had here a brilliant and decisive — failure. ... At the conclusion three pairs of hands were brought together very slowly, whereupon a perfectly distinct hissing from all sides forbade any such demonstration. ... In spite of everything, the Concerto will meet with approval when I have improved its form and the next one will be quite different.

Brahms did, in fact, revise his First Piano Concerto, and the score was published in 1861. He received his vindication four years later, when he played the concerto After Schumann’s death, Brahms decided to at a triumphant Mannheim concert, led by convert the first movement of his proposed Hermann Levi. Since then, the eminence symphony into a piano concerto (other of this challenging, magnificent work has music from the uncompleted symphony later remained secure. encoreatlanta.com | Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 49

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ASO | 2.25/27 | artists The Cconcerto is in three movements. The first (Maestoso), by far the longest, opens with a stormy orchestral introduction that, according to Joachim, expresses Brahms’ despair upon learning of Schumann’s suicide attempt. The beautiful second-movement Adagio, A-B-A form, is an affectionate tribute both to Robert and Clara Schumann. The Rondo finale (Allegro non troppo) is based upon a vigorous theme, introduced at the outset by the soloist.

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ecognized as an artist of passion and integrity, the distinguished American pianist Peter Serkin has successfully conveyed the essence of five centuries of repertoire. His rich musical heritage extends back several generations: His grandfather was violinist and composer Adolf Busch and his father was pianist Rudolf Serkin. He has performed with the world’s major symphony orchestras with such eminent conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, Alexander Schneider, Daniel Barenboim, George Szell, Eugene Ormandy, Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle, James Levine, Herbert Blomstedt, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and George Cleve. A dedicated chamber musician, Serkin has collaborated with Alexander Schneider; Pamela Frank; Yo-Yo Ma; the Budapest, Guarneri, Orion and Shanghai string quartets; and TASHI, of which he was a founding member. He is also a Steinway Artist and has recorded for Arcana, Boston Records, Bridge, Decca, ECM, Koch Classics, New World Records, RCA/BMG, Telarc and Vanguard Classics. Serkin has been instrumental in bringing to life the music of Schoenberg, Webern, Berg, Stravinsky, Wolpe, Messiaen, Takemitsu, Henze, Berio, Wuorinen, Goehr, Knussen, Lieberson and others to audiences around

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the world. He has performed many important world premieres of works written specifically for him, in particular by Toru Takemitsu, Hans Werner Henze, Luciano Berio, Leon Kirchner, Alexander Goehr, Oliver Knussen, Charles Wuorinen and Peter Lieberson. Serkin has recently created several arrangements of four-hands music by Mozart, Schumann and his grandfather, Adolf Busch, for various chamber ensembles and for full orchestra. He has also arranged all of Brahms’ organ chorale-preludes, transcribed for one piano, four-hands. Orchestral highlights of recent seasons have included the Boston, Chicago and Saint Louis symphonies, the New York Philharmonic and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Recital tours have taken Serkin to Philadelphia, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Santa Monica, Princeton and New York’s 92nd Street Y.  Recent summer festival appearances have included BBC London Proms, Tanglewood, Aldeburgh, Chautauqua and Denmark’s Oremandsgaard Festival.   Serkin teaches at Bard College Conservatory of Music.


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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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James. H. Landon The Charles Loridans Foundation, Inc. Massey Charitable Trust Newell Rubbermaid Mr. & Mrs. E. Fay Pearce Jr.* Porsche Cars North America, Inc. Publix Super Market Charities, Inc. Ryder Truck Rental, Inc. WestRock Company Bill & Rachel Schultz* The Mark & Evelyn Trammell Foundation Joan N. Whitcomb The Vasser Woolley Foundation, Inc.

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The Arnold Foundation Capital Group Companies, Inc. Dr. John W. Cooledge Fulton County Arts & Culture Georgia Council for the Arts GMT Capital Corporation Ann A. & Ben F. Johnson III* Meredith Corporation (Traditional Home) Mr. & Mrs. Joseph M. O’Donnell Mark & Rebekah Wasserman

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Mr. & Mrs. Frank H. Boykin Janine Brown & Alex J. Simmons Jr. John W. & Rosemary K. Brown Kelley O. & Neil H. Berman Mr. & Mrs. Ronald M. Cofield*

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

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ASO | support Russell Currey & Amy Durrell Graphic Packaging International, Inc. Drs. Jeannette Guarner & Carlos del Rio Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Donna Lee & Howard Ehni Xia Liu Ken & Carolyn Meltzer The Sally & Peter Parsonson Foundation Dr.** & Mrs. Mark P. Pentecost Jr. Piedmont National Family Foundation Provare Technology The Reiman Foundation Jeffrey C. Sprecher & Kelly Loeffler Loren & Gail Starr Triska Drake & G. Kimbrough Taylor The Trapp Family John & Ray Uttenhove Chilton & Morgan Varner Patrick & Susie Viguerie Kathy N. Waller Mr. & Mrs. Edus H. Warren Jr. Camille Yow

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Janet Davenport in honor of Norman Mackenzie Cari K. Dawson & John M. Sparrow Eleanor & Charles Edmondson Ms. Nancy Field & Mr. Michael Schulder Nancy D. Gould Gene Haywood Roger & Lynn Hudgins Dona & Bill Humphreys JBS Foundation King & Spalding LLP Mr.** & Mrs. Donald R. Keough Pat & Nolan Leake John & Linda Matthews John F. & Marilyn M. McMullan Morgens West Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Solon P. Patterson* Suzanne & Bill Plybon* Joyce & Henry Schwob Mr. & Mrs. John W. Scott Mr. John A. Sibley III Hamilton & Mason Smith Alison M. & Joseph M. Thompson Carol & Ramon Tomé Family Fund* Turner Foundation Inc. Ticketmaster Neal** & Virginia Williams

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A ppAssionAto Donors who give at the Appassionato level ($10,000 $24,999) enjoy the benefits of the Patron Partnership, while also having opportunities to attend the annual Appassionato Soiree, receive VIP personal ticketing and reservation concierge, exclusive access to artists’ events, and recognition as a concert sponsor. For more information, visit www.atlantasymphony.org/giving or call Shawn Gardner at 404.733.4839.

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A Friend of the Orchestra (2) Ms. Kay Adams* & Mr. Ralph Paulk Lisa & Joe Bankoff Jack & Helga Beam Bell Family Foundation for Hope, Inc. Rita & Herschel Bloom Jacqueline A. & Joseph E. Brown, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Russell E. Butner Mr. & Mrs. Walter K. Canipe Susan & Carl Cofer Dr. & Mrs. William T. Cook Greg & Debra Durden The Robert S. Elster Foundation George T. & Alecia H. Ethridge Carol G. & Larry L. Gellerstedt III Mary D. Gellerstedt Mr. & Mrs. Richard Goodsell Georgia-Pacific Corporation Deedee & Marc Hamburger* Dr. Lewis H. Hamner III & Thomas J. Brendiar Dr. & Mrs. Geoffrey Henson Jan & Tom Hough Mr. Roger Hudguns Tad & Janin Hutcheson Roya & Bahman Irvani Mr. & Mrs. Baxter Jones Cecile M. Jones Paul & Rosthema Kastin The Philip I. Kent Foundation Kohler Co. The Sartain Lanier Family Foundation Wolfgang** & Mariana Laufer Lillian Balentine Law Isabel Lamy Lee Lenox Square Belinda & Gino Massafra Judy Zaban-Miller & Lester Miller Walter W. Mitchell Gregory & Judy Moore Robert & Mary Ann Olive Franca G. Oreffice Barbara & Sanford Orkin Margaret H. Petersen In Memory of Dr. Frank S. Pittman III Mr. Leonard B. Reed* Mr. & Mrs. Joel F. Reeves Vicki & Joe Riedel

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A Friend of the Orchestra Mr. & Mrs. John Allan Ms. Mary Allen Aadu & Kristi Allpere* Dr. Evelyn R. Babey Asad Bashey Mr. & Mrs. R. Edwin Bennett Dr. & Mrs. Joel E. Berenson Shirley Blaine Leon Borchers Dr. & Mrs. Anton J. Bueschen Dr. Aubrey M. Bush & Dr. Carol T. Bush California Closets Henry & Claudia Colvin

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Members of the Patron Partnership ($2,000-$9,999) enjoy a host of benefits that include event invitations to Insidersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Evenings and Symphony Nightcaps, access to the Robert Shaw Room, and opportunities to sit onstage during a rehearsal. For more information, visit www.atlantasymphony.org/giving or call Shawn Gardner at 404.733.4839. Ralph & Rita Connell Jean & Jerry Cooper Mrs. Lavona Currie Mr. Philip A. Delanty Mary & Mahlon Delong Xavier Duralde & Mary Barrett Ms. Diane Durgin Dr. Francine D. Dykes & 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

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Melanie & Allan Nelkin Gary & Peggy Noble Doris Pidgeon in Memory of Rezin E. Pidgeon, Jr. The Reverend Neal P. Ponder, Jr. Tom & Mary Quigley Dr. & Mrs. W. Harrison Reeves, Sr. Mrs. Susan H. Reinach Margaret & Bob Reiser Roger & Lynn Lieberman Ritvo

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patron partnership 2015-16 committee Belinda Massafra Chair Kristi Allpere Vice-Chair, Programs Helga Beam Vice-Chair, Annual Fund

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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.

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Martha & John Head Concerto Unit Chairs Joan Abernathy Encore Unit Chair Corrie Johnson & Joanne Chesler Gross Ensemble Unit Chair

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amed for the Orchestraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 Mr. & Mrs. C. Merrell Calhoun Cynthia & Donald Carson Lenore Cicchese* Margie & Pierce** Cline Dr. & Mrs. Grady S. Clinkscales, Jr. Robert Boston Colgin Dr. John W. Cooledge John R. Donnell Pamela Johnson Drummond Catherine Warren Dukehart Ms. Diane Durgin Kenneth P. Dutter Arnold & Sylvia Eaves Mr. & Mrs. Robert G. Edge Elizabeth R. Etoll Brien P. Faucett

Dr. Emile T. Fisher A. D. Frazier, Jr. Nola Frink Betty & Drew** Fuller Sally & Carl Gable William & Carolyn Gaik Mr.** & Mrs. L. L. Gellerstedt, Jr. Ruth Gershon & Sandy Cohn Micheline & Bob Gerson Mr. & Mrs. John T. Glover Robert Hall Gunn, Jr., Fund Billie & Sig** Guthman James & Virginia Hale Sally & Paul** Hawkins John & Martha Head Mary Virginia Hearn** Barbara & John** Henigbaum Richard E. Hodges, Jr. Pat & Chuck Holmes Mr.** & Mrs. Fred A. Hoyt, Jr. Jim & Barbara Hund Clayton F. Jackson Mary B. James Calvert Johnson Herb & Hazel Karp Anne Morgan & Jim Kelley Robert Kinsey James W. & Mary Ellen** Kitchell Paul Kniepkamp, Jr. Miss Florence Kopleff** James H. Landon Ouida Hayes Lanier Ione & John Lee Lucy Russell Lee & Gary Lee, Jr.

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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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amed for the Orchestraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 Mr. & Mrs. C. Merrell Calhoun Cynthia & Donald Carson Lenore Cicchese* Margie & Pierce** Cline Dr. & Mrs. Grady S. Clinkscales, Jr. Robert Boston Colgin Dr. John W. Cooledge John R. Donnell Pamela Johnson Drummond Catherine Warren Dukehart Ms. Diane Durgin Kenneth P. Dutter Arnold & Sylvia Eaves Mr. & Mrs. Robert G. Edge Elizabeth R. Etoll Brien P. Faucett

Dr. Emile T. Fisher A. D. Frazier, Jr. Nola Frink Betty & Drew** Fuller Sally & Carl Gable William & Carolyn Gaik Mr.** & Mrs. L. L. Gellerstedt, Jr. Ruth Gershon & Sandy Cohn Micheline & Bob Gerson Mr. & Mrs. John T. Glover Robert Hall Gunn, Jr., Fund Billie & Sig** Guthman James & Virginia Hale Sally & Paul** Hawkins John & Martha Head Mary Virginia Hearn** Barbara & John** Henigbaum Richard E. Hodges, Jr. Pat & Chuck Holmes Mr.** & Mrs. Fred A. Hoyt, Jr. Jim & Barbara Hund Clayton F. Jackson Mary B. James Calvert Johnson Herb & Hazel Karp Anne Morgan & Jim Kelley Robert Kinsey James W. & Mary Ellen** Kitchell Paul Kniepkamp, Jr. Miss Florence Kopleff** James H. Landon Ouida Hayes Lanier Ione & John Lee Lucy Russell Lee & Gary Lee, Jr.

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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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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.

$1 MILLION+

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

INDIVIDUAL PHILANTHROPISTS $200,000+ A Friend of the High Museum of Art Ms. Jeannie Hearn $150,000+ Victoria and Howard Palefsky $100,000+ Susan and Richard Anderson Mr. Joseph F. Best, III Thalia & Michael Carlos Fund Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Currey, Jr. Marcia and John Donnell The Douglas J. Hertz Family Mr. and Mrs. Charles K. Holmes, Jr. Mr. Jimmy Liautaud Carol and Ramon Tomé Family Fund Mrs. Sue Williams $75,000+ A Friend of the High Museum of Art Sandra and Dan Baldwin Mrs. Frances B. Bunzl Karole and John Lloyd Carla and Graham Roberts Susan and Thomas Wardell Ms. Joni Winston $50,000+ Nancy and Kenny Blank Barbara and Steve Chaddick Peggy and Rawson Foreman Sonya and Rick Garber Mrs. Charlotte Garson Robin and Hilton Howell Karen and Jeb Hughes Jane and Clay Jackson Lori and Bill Johnson Mr. Baxter P. Jones & Dr. Jiong Yan Terence L. and Jeanne P. Neal Beth and David Park Alyson and Gregory Rogers Ruthie Magness Rollins Linda and Steve Selig

Robert Spano Sara and Paul Steinfeld Joan N. Whitcomb Adair and Dick White Elizabeth and Chris Willett $25,000+ A Friend of the High Museum of Art Aarati and Peter Alexander Susan and Ron Antinori Spring and Tom Asher Julie and Jim Balloun Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Bankoff Paul and Linnea Bert Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Blackney John and Mary Brock John W. and Rosemary K. Brown Lucinda W. Bunnen Ms. Mary Cahill Connie and Merrell Calhoun Wright and Alison Caughman Susan and Carl Cofer Ann and Tom Cousins Ann and Jeff Cramer Mr. Larry Darrow Elaine and Erroll Davis Catherine Warren Dukehart Ms. Lynn Eden Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Evans Feinberg Charitable Trust Mr. and Mrs. Howard Feinsand Mr. John Foy Betty Sands Fuller Carol and Paul Garcia Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence L. Gellerestedt III Mr. and Mrs. Holcombe T. Green, Jr. Margaret and Scotty Greene Nena Griffith Ms. Maria Guarisco Newell and Tom Harbin Virginia A. Hepner and Malcolm Barnes Mr. Andrew Heyman

Allison and Ben Hill Jocelyn J. Hunter Mr. and Mrs. Bahman M. Irvani Katie and West Johnson Mary and Neil Johnson Jinny and Michael Keough The Klaus Family Foundation James H. Landon Mr. and Mrs. J. Hicks Lanier Mr. and Mrs. Gary Lee, Jr. John Paddock and Karen Schwartz Merry McCleary & Ann Pasky Sally and Allen McDaniel Mr. Alan B. McKeon & Ms. Evelyn Ashley The Deborah A. Kahn & Harris N. Miller Charitable Fund Jennifer and Brand Morgan Mr. and Mrs. C.V. Nalley, III Mr. and Mrs. William A. Parker, Jr. Sally & Pete Parsonson Foundation Mrs. Martha Pentecost Christina and Jim Price Laurie and Roland Pritchett Mr. and Mrs. Gordon P. Ramsey Mr. and Mrs. David M. Ratcliffe Mr. and Mrs. William C. Rawson Dan and Garnet Reardon Bill and Rachel Schultz Jeffrey C. Sprecher and Kelly Loeffler Les Stumpff and Sandy Moon Mary and Greg Thompson Rebekah and Mark Wasserman Ada and William Weiller Mr. and Mrs. John B. White, Jr. Ramona and Ben White Susan and John Wieland Ms. Regina Williamson Dina E. Woodruff Mr. and Mrs. John C. Yates Mary and Bob Yellowlees The Zaban 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 Development Elizabeth Bixby Manager of Individual Support Kyle Coffey Manager of Foundations & Government Relations 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 Group Promotions 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 Interim 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


THE ASO

DINING GUIDE

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A GREAT NIGHT OUT? Try one of these restaurants before or after the show. For dinner-and-show packages, visit encoreatlanta.com/offers.

LIVINGSTON RESTAURANT AND BAR — It’s hard to beat the location (across from the Fox Theatre in the Georgian Terrace), and diners get complimentary parking, but the main attraction is the glamour of the main dining room, which has hosted the likes of Clark Gable, and the al fresco seating area. 659 Peachtree St. NE, 404.897.5000, livingstonatlanta.com. M LOBBY — The menu at this sophisticated American restaurant focuses on seasonal fare. In the lobby of TWELVE Atlantic Station. 361 17th St. N.E., 404.961.7370, lobbyattwelve.com, M THE MELTING POT — A premiere fondue restaurant where guests can enjoy a choice of fondue cooking styles and a variety of unique entrees, salads and indulgent desserts. Four Atlanta locations. 754 Peachtree St. N.E., 404.389.0099, meltingpot.com. M

MURPHY’S — This restaurant has one of the city’s top brunch menus, but it’s known for great people-watching and contemporary comfort food. 997 Virginia Ave N.E., 404.872.0904, murphysvh.com, VH ONE. MIDTOWN KITCHEN — Dine on fresh, seasonal American cuisine in a club-like atmosphere near Piedmont Park. 559 Dutch Valley Road, 404.892.4111, onemidtownkitchen.com. M

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DINING GUIDE AMERICAN PACES & VINE — The team behind intown Murphy’s expands to Vinings Jubilee with classic American comfort food crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Shared plates, fish, steaks. Wine-centric bar with craft cocktails. Weekday lunch, weekend brunch and dinner menus by celebrated Atlanta chef Ian Winslade (Murphy’s, W hotels, Bluepointe). 4300 Paces Ferry Rd, 404.205.8255, pacesandvine.com. V

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (above) is an eat-out kind of guy. You’ll often find him at Davio’s.

AMERICAN/STEAKHOUSE RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE — A favorite local steakhouse with multiple locations near shopping and entertainment hot spots. Sides are generous, and the quality of the steaks and seafood is excellent. Four locations: Alpharetta, 11655 Haynes Bridge Road, 770.777.1500; Buckhead, 3285 Peachtree Road N.E., 404.365.0660; Centennial Olympic Park, 267 Marietta St., 404.223.6500; Kennesaw, 620 Chastain Road N.W., 770.420.1985; ruthschris.com. A, B, D

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (above) is an eat-out kind of guy. You’ll often find him at Davio’s.

TWO URBAN LICKS — “Fiery” American cooking meets live music at this hip hangout. 820 Ralph McGill Blvd., 404.522.4622, twourbanlicks.com. M

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SOUTH CITY KITCHEN — With a stylish, Southern-contemporary menu, this DiRoNA restaurant helped make grits hip for the business crowd. Two locations: Midtown: 1144 Crescent Ave., 404.873.7358; Vinings: 1675 Cumberland Parkway, 770.435.0700, southcitykitchen.com. M, V

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SOHO — American style bistro offers fish and seafood, beef, game and poultry, with gluten-free lunch and dinner options, plus their specially-priced Cobb Energy Centre theater menu will get you in and out with plenty of time to make the performance; just show your tickets to your server. Different weekly “wine and tapas” flights debut each Wednesday night. Vinings Jubilee, 4300 Paces Ferry Rd., 770.801.0069, sohoatlanta.com. V


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DINING GUIDE GORDON BIERSCH — Fresh-brewed beers are a tasty accent to this brewery-restaurant’s hearty pizzas, salads and sandwiches. For a small additional fee, pre-show diners can leave cars in the lot while they’re at the Fox Theatre. Two locations: Midtown: 848 Peachtree St. N.E., 404.870.0805; Buckhead: 3242 Peachtree Road N.E., 404.264.0253, gordonbiersch.com. M, B TAP — A gastropub offering easy-to-share pub fare and an extensive beer selection. The patio is a great place to chill after work. 1180 Peachtree St. N.E., 404.347.2220, tapat1180.com. M

CREOLE/CAJUN COPELAND’S OF NEW ORLEANS — Bayou fare, plus steak, chicken, pasta and sandwiches. Fresh desserts and pastries from the Cheesecake Bakery. Live Jazz Sunday brunch buffet. A favorite gathering spot for Saints fans. Libations include the “Pontchartrain Beach” martini. Lunch, brunch, dinner. Take-out available. 3101 Cobb Parkway, 770.612.3311, copelandsatlanta.com. V PARISH — New Orleans-inspired dishes served with a modern twist and a fully stocked raw bar. A N’awlins-inspired brunch is served on weekends. Downstairs, a takeaway market sells sandwiches, spices, pastries and beverages. 240 North Highland Ave. N.E., 404.681.4434, parishatl.com. OFW

EUROPEAN FUSION ECCO — Esquire Magazine named this casual, European-influenced bistro a best new restaurant in America. It’s received raves for its wine list, wood-fired pizzas, and impressive meat and cheese menus. 40 7th St. N.E., 404.347.9555, ecco-atlanta.com. M

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ITALIAN DAVIO’S NORTHERN ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE — At Phipps Plaza in the heart of Buckhead. 3500 Peachtree Road N.E., 404.844.4810, davios.com/atl. B LA TAVOLA — Neighborhood hub for classic Italian comfort food has a cozy, exposed-brick interior & a back patio. 992 Virginia Avenue N.E., 404.873.5430, latavolatrattoria.com. M PRINCI | ITALIA — This chic Midtown eatery at the corner of 12th St. and Crescent Ave. serves seasonal Italian dishes, including homemade pastas, fresh vegetables, seafood and Napolitanostyle pizzas, in a warm, Tuscan farmhouse setting. Lunch: Mon. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; dinner Mon. – Thurs. 3 – 10 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 3 – 11 pm., Sun. 3 – 9 p.m.; Sunday brunch 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 77 12th St NE, Atlanta; 404.709.2058; princiitalia.com. M

MEXICAN ALMA — A refreshing approach to contemporary Mexican cuisine. Bright, fresh ingredients and traditional regional influences come together with other Latin American flavors in vibrant dishes that feel familiar and new all at once. 191 Peachtree St. N.E., 404.968.9662, alma-atlanta.com. D EL TACO — An eco-friendly watering hole serving fresh Mexican food made with all-natural meats and tasty margaritas. 1186 North Highland Ave. N.E., 404.873.4656, eltaco-atlanta.com.VH

SEAFOOD/SUSHI LURE — A modern interpretation of a classic fish house with a focus on seasonality and freshness. 1106 Crescent Ave., 404.817.3650. lure-atlanta.com. M

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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.

WOODRUFF ARTS CENTER BOX OFFICE Open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday; 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday – Friday; and noon – 8 p.m. Saturday; noon - 5 p.m. Sunday. Please note: All single-ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. All artists and programs are subject to change.

SINGLE TICKETS Call 404.733.5000 10 a.m.-8 p.m. MondayFriday; noon-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Service charge applies. Phone orders are filled on a best-available basis.

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

www.atlantasymphony.org Order any time, any day! Service charge applies. Allow two to three weeks for delivery. For orders received less than two weeks before the concert, tickets will be held at the box office.

GIFT CERTIFICATES Available in any amount for any series, through the box office. Call 404.733.5000. DONATE Tickets sales only cover a fraction of our costs. Please consider a donation to your ASO. Call 404.733.4262 or visit aso.org.

ASO | general info LATE SEATING 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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THE ROBERT SHAW ROOM The ASO invites donors who contribute at least $2,000 annually to become members of this private dining room for cocktails and dining on concert evenings — private rentals available. Call 404.733.4860. IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS Concert Hotline (Recorded info) 404.733.4949 Symphony Hall Box Office 404.733.5000 Ticket Donations/Exchanges 404.733.5000 Subscription Information/Sales 404.733.4800 Group Sales 404.733.4848 Atlanta Symphony Associates 404.733.4865 (Volunteers) Educational Programs 404.733.4870 Youth Orchestra 404.733.5038 Box Office TTD Number 404.733.4303 Services for People 404.733-5000 with Special Needs 404.733.4800 Lost and Found 404.733.4225 Symphony Store 404.733.4345 Donations & Development 404.733.4262


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ASO | calendar MAR 3/5 | DELTA CLASSICAL Thu/Sat: 8pm BLACHER: Orchestral Variations on a Theme by Paganini SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto BRAHMS: Symphony No. 4 Marc Piollet, conductor Augustin Hadelich, violin

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MAR 18/19| Delta POPS! Fri/Sat: 8pm TAPESTRY: The Carole King Songbook featuring Liz Callaway MAR 20 | Family Concert Sun: 3pm MUSICAL STORY TIME WITH THE ASO Joseph Young, conductor MAR 31/APR 2 Thu/Sat: 8pm BERLIOZ: Le Corsaire Overture RAVEL: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand RAVEL: Rapsodie espagnole DEBUSSY: La mer Thomas Søndergård, conductor Alexandre Tharaud, piano

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1 North Carolina native Daniel Tosky joins the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as section bass from the New World Symphony in Miami. Tosky joined the New World Symphony straight out of his master’s program at the Manhattan School of Music. He earned his undergraduate degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. “Music and the arts are an essential part of education,” says Tosky. “I’m eager to find ways to contribute to the Atlanta community in order to pay it forward.”

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2 Andrew Brady, originally from Johnson City, Tenn., joins the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as principal bassoon . He come from the Louisiana Philharmonic, where he held the principal bassoon position since 2013. He received his bachelor of music fegree from the Colburn School Conservatory of Music. “I’m thrilled to be joining yhe Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,” says Brady. “They have an extremely high level of musicianship that makes it easier to achieve great ensemble.”

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