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The Orchestra’s annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. reaches a milestone, underscoring his words through “the power of music to express … something larger than I am as an individual”

the music 25 This week’s concert and program notes

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Welcome In December, perhaps more than in any other month of the year, our lives are guided by tradition — and the closer we come to the holidays, the more important our individual and collective traditions become. The clothes we wear, the foods we eat, the places we shop, the music to which we listen are often guided by traditions established in the past. When one of my beloved aunts was just a teenager, she and my mother joined the Columbia (S.C.) Choral Society. It was as members of that choir that they first learned and performed Handel’s Messiah. Now in their 80s, attending a performance of Messiah remains a cherished, not-to-be-missed tradition. What’s the music that makes your December? What about your own traditions? The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra — your Atlanta Symphony Orchestra — has many beloved traditions, some obvious and some not. Obvious traditions include stunning performances of Messiah by our own Orchestra and Chorus under the leadership of Norman Mackenzie; Gospel Christmas; and this 45th anniversary season of our beloved Christmas with the ASO, joined by the Morehouse Glee Club. Without exception, these are concerts that will put a smile on your face and a song in your heart. Other traditions permeate the life of this institution throughout the year: We are justly proud of our long-standing commitment to nurture the talents of Atlanta’s young artists, and of our extensive network of partnerships — such as with the Atlanta Music Project, Emory University’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, and the Georgia Humanities Council — which enable us to bring the power us music to bear on the lives of hundreds of thousands of people throughout the greater Atlanta metropolitan region. There is, however, an unfortunate tradition in our state seriously limiting our ability to perform great music, to educate Atlanta’s children, and to engage in meaningful partnerships: collectively, you and I provide little if any financial support for the arts in our community. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s annual concert audiences number almost 400,000 yet the number of people who make any financial contribution to support the Orchestra’s work is only 9,600 (about 2.4 percent). Let me encourage you to establish a new tradition this December: Make a year-end contribution — of any size — to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the organization which brings music into your life all year long. We’ll use your dollars wisely, and we’ll be deeply grateful for your support. Happy holidays! Wishing you all the best,

Stanley E. Romanstein, Ph.D. President

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leadership Atlanta Symphony Orchestra League 2011-2012 Board of Directors Officers Jim Abrahamson Meghan H. Magruder Joni Winston † Chair Vice Chair Secretary Karole F. Lloyd D. Kirk Jamieson Clayton F. Jackson Chair-Elect Vice Chair Treasurer Directors Jim Abrahamson Pinney L. Allen Joseph R. Bankoff* Neil H. Berman Paul Blackney Janine Brown C. Merrell Calhoun Donald P. Carson S. Wright Caughman, M.D. Ann W. Cramer † Richard A. Dorfman David Edmiston Gary P. Fayard Dr. Robert M. Franklin, Jr. Paul R. Garcia

Carol Green Gellerstedt Thomas Hooten Tad Hutcheson † Mrs. Roya Irvani † Clayton F. Jackson D. Kirk Jamieson Ben F. Johnson III Mark Kistulinec Steve Koonin Carrie Kurlander James H. Landon Michael Lang Donna Lee Lucy Lee Karole F. Lloyd Kelly L. Loeffler Meghan H. Magruder

Belinda Massafra* Penny McPhee Victoria Palefsky Leslie Z. Petter Suzanne Tucker Plybon Patricia H. Reid Margaret Conant Reiser Martin Richenhagen † John D. Rogers Stanley E. Romanstein, Ph.D.* Dennis Sadlowski Lynn Schinazi William Schultz John Sibley H. Hamilton Smith Lucinda B. Smith

Thurmond Smithgall Paul Snyder Gail Ravin Starr Mary Rose Taylor Joseph M. Thompson Liz Troy Ray Uttenhove Chilton Davis Varner † S. Patrick Viguerie Rick Walker Thomas Wardell Mark D. Wasserman John B. White, Jr. † Richard S. White, Jr. † Joni Winston † Patrice Wright-Lewis Camille Yow

Board of counselors Mrs. Helen Aderhold Robert M. Balentine Elinor Breman Dr. John W. Cooledge John Donnell Jere Drummond Carla Fackler Arnoldo Fiedotin

Charles Ginden John T. Glover Frances B. Graves Dona Humphreys Aaron J. Johnson Herb Karp Jim Kelley George Lanier

Patricia Leake Mrs. William C. Lester Mrs. J. Erskine Love Carolyn C. McClatchey Joyce Schwob Mrs. Charles A. Smithgall, Jr.

W. Rhett Tanner G. Kimbrough Taylor Michael W. Trapp Edus Warren Adair R. White Neil Williams

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

Mrs. Drew Fuller Mary D. Gellerstedt

Azira G. Hill Dr. James M. Hund

Arthur L. Montgomery * ex officio † 2011-2012 sabbatical

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Robert Spano music Director


usic Director Robert Spano, currently in his 11th season as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, is recognized internationally as one of the most imaginative conductors today. Since 2001, he has invigorated and expanded the Orchestra’s repertoire while elevating the ensemble to new levels of international prominence and acclaim.

Under Mr. Spano’s artistic leadership, the Orchestra and its audiences have together explored a creative mix of programming, including Theater of a Concert performances, which explore different formats, settings, and enhancements for the musical performance experience, such as the first concert-staged performances of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic in November 2008 and the production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in June 2011. The Atlanta School of Composers reflects Mr. Spano’s commitment to nurturing and championing music through multi-year partnerships defining a new generation of American composers, including Osvaldo Golijov, Jennifer Higdon, Christopher Theofanidis, Michael Gandolfi, and Adam Schoenberg. Since the beginning of his tenure (to date), Mr. Spano and the Orchestra have performed more than 100 concerts containing contemporary works (composed since 1950).

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Mr. Spano has a discography with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra of 19 recordings, six of which have been honored with  Grammy® awards. He has led the Orchestra’s performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, as well as  the Ravinia,  Ojai, and Savannah Music  Festivals.  Mr. Spano has led the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics, San Francisco, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago and Philadelphia symphony orchestras, as well as Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, BBC Symphony and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In addition, he has conducted for Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and the 2005 and 2009 Seattle Opera Ring cycles. Mr. Spano was Musical America’s 2008 Conductor of the Year. 


In March 2010, Mr. Spano began a three-year tenure as Emory University’s distinguished artist-in-residence, in which he leads intensive seminars, lectures, and presents programs on science, math, philosophy, literature and musicology. In March 2011, Mr. Spano was announced as the incoming music director of the Aspen Music Festival. He was in residence in Aspen for the 2011 summer season as music director-designate and will assume the full role of music director in 2012.

Robert Spano

Donald Runnicles

Michael Krajewski

Music Director The Robert Reid Topping Chair *

Principal Guest Conductor The Neil and Sue Williams Chair *

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David Coucheron Concertmaster William Pu Associate Concertmaster The Charles McKenzie Taylor Chair* Justin Bruns Assistant Concertmaster Jun-Ching Lin Assistant Concertmaster Carolyn Toll Hancock John Meisner Alice Anderson Oglesby Lorentz Ottzen Christopher Pulgram Carol Ramirez Juan Ramirez Olga Shpitko Denise Berginson Smith Kenn Wagner Lisa Wiedman Yancich

David Arenz Principal The Atlanta Symphony Associates Chair* Sou-Chun Su Associate Principal The Frances Cheney Boggs Chair* Jay Christy Assistant Principal Sharon Berenson David Braitberg Noriko Konno Clift David Dillard Eleanor Kosek Ruth Ann Little Thomas O’Donnell Ronda Respess Frank Walton

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 Wesley Collins Marian Kent Yang-Yoon Kim Yiyin Li Lachlan McBane Jessica Oudin Ardath Weck

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 Jere Flint Jennifer Humphreys Larry LeMaster Brad Ritchie Paul Warner


Judith Cox Raymond Leung Sanford Salzinger

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Ralph Jones Principal The Marcia and John Donnell Chair  * Gloria Jones Associate Principal Jane Little Assistant Principal Emeritus Michael Kenady Michael Kurth Joseph McFadden Douglas Sommer Thomas Thoreson

Jere Flint

Norman Mackenzie

Staff Conductor; Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra The Zeist Foundation Chair*

Director of Choruses The Frannie and Bill Graves Chair





Christina Smith Principal The Jill Hertz Chair* Robert Cronin Associate Principal Paul Brittan Carl David Hall

Alcides Rodriguez

Colin Williams Principal Stephen Wilson Associate Principal George Curran

Elisabeth RemyJohnson Principal The Delta Air Lines Chair


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Elizabeth Koch Principal The George M. and Corrie Hoyt Brown Chair * Yvonne Powers Peterson Associate Principal Ann Lillya † CLARINET

Laura Ardan Principal The Robert Shaw Chair* Ted Gurch Associate Principal William Rappaport Alcides Rodriguez E-FLAT CLARINET

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Carl Nitchie Principal Elizabeth Burkhardt Associate Principal Laura Najarian Juan de Gomar


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Brice Andrus Principal Susan Welty Associate Principal Thomas Witte Richard Deane Bruce Kenney

Mark Yancich Principal The Walter H. Bunzl Chair* William Wilder Assistant Principal


Thomas Sherwood Principal The Julie and Arthur Montgomery Chair* William Wilder Assistant Principal The William A. Schwartz Chair* Charles Settle


Thomas Hooten Principal The Madeline and Howell Adams Chair* The Mabel Dorn Reeder Honorary Chair* Karin Bliznik Associate Principal Michael Tiscione Joseph Walthall



The Hugh and Jessie Hodgson Memorial Chair* Peter Marshall † Beverly Gilbert † Sharon Berenson LIBRARY

Rebecca Beavers Principal Nicole Jordan Assistant Principal Librarian John Wildermuth Assistant Librarian

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The Orchestra’s annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. reaches a milestone, underscoring his words through “the power of music to express … something larger than I am as an individual”


By Margaret Shakespeare

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usic has the power to express the otherwise inexpressible,” says Dr. Stanley E. Romanstein, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra president, thinking about the annual concert that honors the memory of Civil Rights champion Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “It unites people and gives them common ground on which to stand. [Experiencing music] is unique to each person but shared with all. Which is what Dr. King’s legacy is all about — something larger than I am as an individual.”

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Next month marks the 20th anniversary of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s A King Celebration concerts, when the Orchestra performs at Atlanta Symphony Hall with the Morehouse College Glee Club, the Spelman College Glee Club and cellist YoYo Ma, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012.

“It is actually now the oldest King celebration in the U.S.,” says Dr. Romanstein. “And the most widely broadcast in the U.S.” American Public Media now produces and distributes the broadcasts throughout the country on its Classical Live series. Repertory is chosen with that — and more — in mind.

Music Director Robert Spano will conduct a compelling program that includes Elijah Rock (traditional), Beethoven’s Fidelio Overture, Brahms’s “How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place” (German Requiem, 4th movement), Joseph Schwantner’s New Morning for the World and the Dvoˇrák Cello Concerto in B minor.

“Because is it a radio show, it’s not always feasible to do long major works,” Morrow points out. “We always do some European music appropriate for the theme.” Such as choral music of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, and spiritual settings by Sir Michael Tippett that have been on past programs. “And we try to include some African-American composers, William Grant Still, Duke Ellington and Billy Childs, among many others.” Dr. Romanstein says they also make programming choices for this concert that stands importantly at season midpoint by asking themselves: “Is it a fitting tribute to Dr. King and the legacy of the Civil Rights movement?”

Dr. David Morrow, professor of music at Morehouse College and director of the Morehouse Glee Club, has been a leader in planning and producing these concerts from the beginning. “We are very fortunate to have an ongoing relationship with the Atlanta Symphony,” he says. “We have sung every year in their Christmas concerts, since 1968. And when they did [George Gershwin’s] Porgy and Bess one year. And, of course, for the premiere of Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha with TJ Anderson’s orchestrations,” he says, hitting only a few of the high notes of the enduring collaboration. “Then the Orchestra wanted to have a tribute concert — and there was a desire to have a partnership with Morehouse — around the MLK holiday [which has been federally observed since 1986]. Spelman came along with us. And then NPR [National Public Radio] joined in. We did plan for it to be annual. The first one was at Atlanta Symphony Hall; most recently we’ve been at the King Chapel on the Morehouse campus.”


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program Robert Spano, Music Director Donald Runnicles, Principal Guest Conductor

Holiday Concert Series Thursday and Saturday, December 1 and 3, 2011, at 8 p.m.

Norman Mackenzie, Conductor Stephanie Washington, Soprano Magdalena Wór, Mezzo-soprano Richard Clement, Tenor Gerard Sundberg, Bass Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus Norman Mackenzie, Director of Choruses

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750) Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243 (1723) INTERMISSION GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685-1759) Christmas Portion and “Hallelujah!” Chorus from Messiah (1742)

The use of cameras or recording devices during the concert is strictly prohibited.’s Performing Arts Publication 25


This holiday season, The Coca-Cola Company will help refresh patrons of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with its Coca-Cola Santa, created by artist Haddon Sundblom in the 1930s. Sunblom’s depiction of Santa is given credit for both standardizing and humanizing the character of “Father Christmas.” Before Sundblom created the popular, modern-day image of a jolly, friendly Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas was portrayed differently within various regions and cultures. Coca-Cola decided to link Santa Claus and Christmas to its flagship soft drink, Coca-Cola, because people during the 1930s era commonly regarded Coca-Cola as a beverage for hot, summer days. Sundblom created more than 40 Coca-Cola Santa paintings between 1931 and 1964 that appeared in print ads, billboards, and beverage cartons — some of which are on display in the Woodruff Arts Center this season. The Coca-Cola Company is the world’s largest beverage company, offering consumers more than 450 sparkling and still brands. Along with Coca-Cola, the Company’s portfolio includes 12 other major brands, including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid and Georgia Coffee. The Company supports a wide range of philanthropic projects in Georgia and around the globe, including initiatives that help protect the environment, conserve resources, preserve the arts, and enhance the economic development of the communities in which it operates. For more information about The Coca-Cola Company or the Coca-Cola Santa, please visit”

Holiday concerts in December are made possible through an endowment from the Livingston Foundation in memory of Leslie Livingston Kellar. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s concert on November 5, 2011 at Carnegie Hall is made possible through the generous support of Delta Air Lines, Thurmond Smithgall and the Massey Charitable Trust. Orchestra Scores Online Win: The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s website was ranked the best in the business in the recent 2011 Orchestra Website Review by, which examined 71 orchestras around the country. Rankings were based on patron usability, including how well orchestra websites present concert schedules, sell tickets, facilitate online donations, provide organizational information, utilize dynamic content (eg. videos, photos) and on overall content and functionality for both desktop and mobile platforms. Visit our new site at 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. This performance is being recorded for broadcast at a later time. Atlanta Symphony concert broadcasts are heard each week on Atlanta’s WABE FM-90.1 and Georgia Public Broadcasting’s statewide network. The Atlanta Symphony 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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program Notes on the Program By Ken Meltzer Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243 (1723) Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany, on March 21, 1685, and died in Leipzig, Germany, on July 28, 1750. The Magnificat is scored for two soprano, alto, tenor and bass solos, mixed chorus, two flutes, two oboes, two oboe d’amore, bassoon, three trumpets, timpani, continuo and strings. Approximate time is thirty minutes. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Recording: Robert Shaw, Conductor (Telarc CD-80194)

Bach, Prince Leopold, and Cöthen


rom 1717-1723, German composer Johann Sebastian Bach served as Kappellmeister to Prince Leopold, whose court was located in Cöthen, approximately sixty miles north of Weimar. Prince Leopold was an avid and talented musician who, according to Bach: “loved music, he was well acquainted with it, he understood it.” The Prince both sang and played several instruments. In addition, Prince Leopold hired some of Europe’s greatest instrumentalists to serve as his court musicians.

As Prince Leopold’s court was Calvinist, Bach’s duties did not include the composition of liturgical music. Bach instead responded with an extraordinary outpouring of instrumental creations. Bach’s Cöthen works include such masterpieces as the first book of the WellTempered Clavier, the Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin and the Suites for Solo Cello, and the Brandenburg Concertos.

Bach in Leipzig In December of 1721, Prince Leopold wed his cousin, Friederica Henrietta of Anhalt-Bernburg. The Princess shared none of her husband’s passion for the arts. Over time, the Prince’s support for musical activities in Cöthen declined, thereby placing a strain on his relationship with Bach. In 1723, Bach left Prince Leopold’s Court to begin his service as Music Director of Leipzig’s St. Thomas Church and School. During his initial five or six years in Leipzig, Bach created an incredible body of sacred vocal works, including five Cantata cycles for every Sunday and feast day. The magnificent St. John (1724) and St. Matthew (1727) Passions also date from this early Leipzig period. One might reasonably be tempted to suspect that such a demanding schedule would generate a kind of routine, and music of lesser quality. Instead, Bach responded with an outpouring of sacred vocal music that remains without equal not only for its prolific numbers, but also for its variety, invention and eloquence.

The Magnificat Another masterpiece from Bach’s early years in Leipzig is the Magnificat (1723), scored for vocal soloists, chorus and orchestra. Bach first composed the Magnificat for Christmas’s Performing Arts Publication 27

Day, 1723. The original version of the Magnificat is in E-flat Major and includes recorders. In addition to the work’s twelve principal sections, the first version of the Magnificat incorporates three choruses and a soprano-bass duet, all relating to Christmas. In 1728-31, Bach created a revised version of the Magnificat. Now set in D-Major, the revised Magnificat substitutes flutes for the original version’s recorders. In addition, Bach removed the four Christmas sections. It is this version that is most often performed. The text for the Magnificat, from Luke 1:46-55, is Mary’s praise to God, inspired by her impending motherhood. One of the many notable aspects of the Magnificat is Bach’s ingenious and creative employment of “word-painting” — crafting music to reflect and illuminate the text. There are many striking examples. In sections III and IV, Mary exults: “behold, henceforth I shall be called blessed by…all generations.” At the words “all generations,” the solo soprano voice yields to the chorus’s numerous, intertwining vocal lines. In section VIII, the solo tenor’s vocal line falls and rises in accordance with the text: “He has deposed the mighty from their seats, and exalted the humble.” And in the Magnificat’s final section, at the words, “As it was in the beginning,” Bach quotes from the work’s opening. None of these details will distract the listener from the overall grandeur and eloquence of the Magnificat. As with virtually all creations by this master, the Magnificat reflects sentiments expressed by the organist Helmut Walcha: “Bach opens a vista to the universe. After experiencing him, people feel there is meaning to life after all.”

Texts and Translations I. Magnificat (Chorus) Magnificat anima mea Dominum,

My soul magnifies the Lord,

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

And my spirit rejoices in God my salvation.

III. Quia respexit (Soprano Solo) Quia respexit humilitatem ancillae suae; ecce enim ex hoc beatam me dicent…

For He has considered the humbleness of his handservant: behold, henceforth I shall be called blessed by…

IV. Omnes generationes (Chorus) Omnes generations.

All generations.

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

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

VI. Et misericordia (Alto and Tenor Solos) Et misericordia a progenie in progenies And He is merciful to those who, timentibus eum. from generation to generation, fear Him.

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program VII. Fecit potentiam (Chorus) Fecit potentiam in brachio suo: dispersit superbos mente cordis sui. VIII. Deposuit potentes (Tenor Solo) Deposuit potentes de sede et exaltavit humiles.

He has shown strength in His arm: He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He has deposed the mighty from their seats, and exalted the humble.

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

As He spoke to our forefathers, Abraham, and his seed forever. Glory to the Father, glory to the Son, glory to the Holy Spirit! As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, and for ever and ever. Amen.

Christmas Portion and “Hallelujah!” Chorus from Messiah (1742) George Frideric Handel was born in Halle, Germany, on February 23, 1685, and died in London, England, on April 14, 1759. The first performance of Messiah took place at the New Music Hall in Fishamble Street, Dublin, Ireland, on April 13, 1742. Messiah is scored for soprano, alto, tenor and bass solos, mixed chorus, two oboes, two bassoons, two trumpets, timpani, organ, continuo and strings. Approximate performance of the Christmas portion of Messiah is 1 hour. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Recording: Robert Shaw, Conductor (Telarc CD-80093, 2 discs)


he creation of George Frideric Handel’s most beloved work, Messiah, took place during a challenging period in the composer’s life. The steady decline in London of the popularity of Italian opera had caused Handel tremendous financial hardship. In addition, Handel’s rigorous work schedule had taken a profound toll on the composer’s health. By the summer of 1741, a period of lethargy had set in.

It was at this point that Handel received a libretto for a new work, an oratorio based upon the birth, life, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The author of the libretto was Charles Jennens, who collaborated with Handel on several oratorios.’s Performing Arts Publication 29

In July of 1741, Charles Jennens wrote to a friend: Handel says he will do nothing next Winter, but I hope I shall persuade him to set another Scripture Collection I have made for him, & perform it for his own Benefit in Passion Week. I hope he will lay out his whole Genius & Skill upon it, that the Composition may excel all his former Compositions, as the Subject excels every other subject. The Subject is Messiah. Handel began composition of Messiah on August 22, 1741. There seems to be no question that the libretto, based upon the Old and New Testaments, proved to be a source of majestic inspiration. Handel, working at a lightning pace, completed Messiah in just 24 days. Once Handel completed Messiah, he focused his attention upon Samson, another oratorio inspired by the Bible. It was during this period that Handel accepted an invitation to travel to Dublin for a series of concerts in aid of charity. In November, Handel set sail for Dublin, bringing with him several works for performance at the charity concerts. Among those works was Messiah. The premiere of Messiah took place at Dublin’s New Music Hall in Fishamble Street on April 13, 1742. Three days prior to the performance, the Dublin Journal printed the following admonition: Many Ladies and Gentlemen who are well-wishers to this Noble and Grand Charity for which this Oratorio was composed, request it as a Favour, that the Ladies who honour this Performance with their Presence would be pleased to come without Hoops, as it will greatly increase the Charity, by making room for more company. Gentlemen were also requested to refrain from bringing their swords to the performance, again for the purpose of increasing the audience capacity. The performance was a tremendous success. As the Dublin Journal reported: (T)he best Judges allowed (Messiah) to be the most finished piece of music. Words are wanting to express the exquisite Delight it afforded to the admiring crowded audience. The Sublime, the Grand, and the Tender, adapted to the most elevated, majestic and moving Words, conspired to transport and charm the ravished Heart and Ear. It is but justice to Mr. Handel, that the World should know, he generously gave the Money arising from this Grand Performance, to be equally shared by the Society for relieving Prisoners, the Charitable Infirmary, the Mercer’s Hospital, for which they will ever gratefully remember his Name… The London premiere of Messiah, which took place at Covent Garden on March 23, 1743, was more problematic. It appears that the London public accorded Handel’s Messiah a mixed reception. However, at least according to one observer, those in attendance — including a very prominent member of the audience — were particularly moved by a portion of the oratorio. This resulted in the birth of a tradition that continues to this day: “When the chorus struck up ‘for the Lord God Omnipotent’ (in the ‘Hallelujah’ Chorus), they were so

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program transported that they all together, with the King (who happened to be present), started up and remained standing till the chorus ended.” In May of 1750, Handel agreed to present Messiah as a benefit for London’s Foundling Hospital. The performance venue of the Hospital’s Chapel, coupled with the worthy cause, removed any possible objections. Charity concerts of Messiah became a yearly tradition at the Foundling Hospital. On April 6, 1759, Handel made his final public appearance, conducting a London performance of Messiah. Eight days later, Handel was dead at the age of 74. The funeral, held in Westminster Abbey, attracted an estimated 3,000 mourners. Three years later, the great church unveiled a monument to Handel, created by the French sculptor, Louis François Roubiliac. The monument depicts Handel, holding the score of Messiah. Overhead, an angel plays a lyre. The score is opened to the soprano solo that serves to begin the oratorio’s Third Part: “I know that my redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.” This concert features Part I, the Christmas Portion, of Messiah, as well as the “Hallelujah!” Chorus from Part II. Messiah Music by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) Texts selected from Holy Scripture by Charles Jennens (1700-1773) Part I Sinfonia Tenor Comfort ye my people, saith your God; speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned. The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill made low: the crooked straight and the rough places plain. [Isaiah 40:1-4] Chorus And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. [Isaiah 40:5]

Bass Thus saith the Lord of Hosts: Yet once a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea and the dry land, and I will shake all nations, and the desire of nations shall come. The Lord whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in, behold, He shall come, saith the Lord of Hosts. [Haggai 2:6-7; Malachi 3:1] Alto But who may abide the day of His coming? And who shall stand when He appeareth? For He is like a refiner’s fire. [Malachi 3:2]’s Performing Arts Publication 31

Chorus And He shall purify the sons of Levi, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. [Malachi 3:3] Alto Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel, God with us. [Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23] Alto and Chorus O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion, get thee up into the high mountain; O thou that tellest good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah: Behold your God! Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. [Isaiah 40:9; 60:1] Bass For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. [Isaiah 60:2-3] Bass The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: and they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. [Isaiah 9:2 (Matthew 3:16)] Chorus For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given,

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and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. [Isaia’h 9:6] Pastoral Symphony Soprano There were shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them: Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people: for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying: [Luke 2:8-11,13] Chorus Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth, good will towards men. [Luke 2:14] Soprano Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion, shout, O daughter of Jerusalem, behold, thy King cometh unto thee. He is the righteous Saviour, and He shall speak peace unto the heathen. [Zechariah 9:9-10] Alto Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing. [Isaiah 35:5-6]

program Alto and Soprano He shall feed his flock like a shepherd, and He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those that are with young. Come unto Him, all ye that labour, and are heavy laden, and He will give you rest. Take His yoke upon you, and learn of Him, for he is meek and lowly of heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls. [Isaiah 40:11; Matthew 11:28-29] Chorus His yoke is easy, and His burthen is light. [Matthew 11:30] Chorus Hallelujah! for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. The kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever. King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. [Revelation 19:6; 11:15; 19:16]’s Performing Arts Publication 33

norman mackenzie, Conductor Director of Choruses


orman Mackenzie’s abilities as musical collaborator, conductor and concert organist have brought him international recognition. As Director of Choruses for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 2000 and holder of its endowed Frannie and Bill Graves Chair, he was chosen to help carry forward the creative vision of legendary founding conductor Robert Shaw to a new generation of music Norman Mackenzie lovers. At the ASO he prepares the Choruses for all concerts and recordings, conducts holiday concerts annually and works closely with ASO Music Director Robert Spano and commissioned-composers in the creation and premiere of new works. His leadership was rewarded in 2003 with Grammy awards for Best Classical Album and Best Choral Performance for the ASO and Chorus recording of A Sea Symphony by Vaughan Williams, in 2005 with another Best Choral Performance Grammy for the Berlioz Requiem and in 2007 for Best Opera Recording with Golijov’s Ainadamar. Mackenzie also serves as Director of Music and Fine Arts for Atlanta’s Trinity Presbyterian Church, and pursues an active recital and guest conducting schedule. Mr. Mackenzie has been hailed by The New York Times as Robert Shaw’s “designated successor.” In his 14-year association with Shaw (1985-1999), he was keyboardist for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, principal accompanist for the ASO Choruses, and ultimately assistant choral conductor. In addition, he was musical assistant and accompanist for the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers, the Robert Shaw Institute Summer Choral Festivals in France and the United States, and the famed Shaw/Carnegie Hall Choral Workshops. In 1996 Mr. Mackenzie made his New York conducting debut in a concert sponsored by Carnegie Hall, leading the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers in a critically acclaimed performance at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, substituting for Shaw on short notice. In 1999 he was chosen by Shaw to prepare the Carnegie Hall Festival Chorus for Charles Dutoit, and he was choral clinician for the first three annual workshops after Shaw’s passing. In 2011 he partnered with Robert Spano for the workshop featuring the Berlioz Requiem. A native of suburban Philadelphia, Mr. Mackenzie made his debut as a pianist with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 12, and as an organist at age 20. He made his New York recital debut at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. He holds degrees from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and Westminster Choir College. He has prepared choruses for performance under Robert Spano, Donald Runnicles, John Adams, Roberto Abbado, Charles Dutoit, Bernard Labadie, Nicholas McGegan, John Nelson, Alan Gilbert, Yoel Levi, Robert King, James Conlon and Sir Neville Marriner. Mackenzie’s acclaimed Telarc recording of a cappella sacred music (featuring the Vaughan Williams Mass in G-Minor) represents the ASO Chamber Chorus’ first recording apart from the orchestra. Mackenzie also prepared the ASO Chorus for its acclaimed 2003 debut and successive 2008 and 2009 performances in Berlin with the Berlin Philharmonic (in Britten’s War Requiem, Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts and Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, respectively), conducted by ASO Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles.

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program Stephanie Washington, Soprano


native of Tulsa, Okla., soprano Stephanie Washington continues to establish herself as a promising artist of today. She was a 2010 national semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions and semifinalist in Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor Mccollum Competition. Stephanie has trained around the country. She received her bachelor of music degree in vocal performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Stephanie Washington associate professor of singing Lorraine Manz. She went on to complete her studies with acclaimed soprano Carol Vaness at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. There she performed the title role in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette and appeared in the collegiate premiere of William Bolcom’s A Wedding as wedding “directrix” Rita Billingsley. Stephanie received the Barbara and David Jacobs Fellowship at Indiana University and served as an associate instructor of voice. She spent the past two summers as an apprentice with the Santa Fe Opera, her assignments included major covers of Olympia, Antonia (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Emmie (Albert Herring) and Musetta (La bohème). Stephanie has performed with Cincinnati Opera’s outreach and education program in La bohème (Musetta) and The Magic Flute (Pamina). In summer 2009, she apprenticed with Central City Opera in Colorado, where she received the E. Atwil Gilman Award. She performed the role of Una Sirena (Rinaldo) and covered the roles of Armida (Rinaldo), and Mrs. Nordstrom (A Little Night Music). Other training programs include the Charlie Creek Vocal Workshop under IU professors Timothy Noble and Mary Ann Hart, Music Academy of the West under mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne and the “Oberlin in Italy” training program in Urbania, Italy.

Magdalena Wór, Mezzo-Soprano


ezzo-soprano Magdalena Wór is a first-place winner of the Marcella Sembrich and Heinz Rehfuss Vocal competitions, a finalist of the Marcello Giordani and Moniuszko International vocal competitions, a Metropolitan Opera Competition national finalist and an alumna of the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Summer Opera Program, Chautauqua Music Institution’s Marlena Malas Voice Program, St. Louis Opera Theatre’s Gerdine Young Artist Magdalena Wór Program and the Washington National Opera’s DomingoCafritz Young Artist Program. Performances during the 2011-12 season include title role in Bizet’s Carmen with Lyric Opera Virginia, Beach’s Grand Mass in E-flat Major and Bach’s Magnificat with the National Philharmonic, Handel’s Messiah with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Janácˇek’s Glagolitic Mass with Cathedral Choral Society.’s Performing Arts Publication 34B

Richard Clement, Tenor


ichard Clement is a Grammy-winning tenor acclaimed for his tonal beauty and superb musicality in repertoire from the Baroque to the contemporary. Highlights from recent seasons include performances with the Israel Philharmonic under Kurt Masur, the Czech Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra. He has Richard Clement collaborated with such conductors as Bobby McFerrin, Christopher Hogwood, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Seiji Ozawa, Charles Dutoit, Neeme Järvi, Robert Shaw, Michael Tilson Thomas and Hugh Wolff. His considerable operatic credits include engagements with Vancouver Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Boston Baroque, Atlanta Opera and Boston Lyric Opera, as well as the New York Philharmonic and Colorado Symphony. An Atlanta native and former member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Mr. Clement studied voice at Georgia State University and at the Cincinnati Conservatory.

Gerard Sundberg, Bass


erard Sundberg’s compelling baritone voice is celebrated internationally for its beauty and clarity. For the past eight seasons, he has captivated audiences with his performances of Handel’s Messiah with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Following another Messiah performance, a critic at The Republic in Columbus, Ind., said, “His recitatives and arias remained focused and filled with energy … he demonstrated excellent range, control Gerard Sundberg and diction. “He sings with passion and conviction, giving thoughtful and heartfelt expression to the text,” said Rodney Wynkoop of Duke University. Mr. Sundberg has distinguished himself as a concert artist with his mastery of bass/baritone repertoire. Recent performances include the St. John Passion conducted by John Nelson in Paris at the Notre Dame Cathedral. Maestro Nelson lauds Mr. Sundberg for his “command of diction and remarkable involvement in the text.” He has appeared as soloist with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers and with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Robert Shaw. He maintains an impressive presence in the Chicago area, frequently appearing as soloist with the West Suburban Choral Union, recently for a performance of Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony. He has sung extensively with the Oregon Bach Festival under the artistic leadership of Helmuth Rilling. Rilling praises Mr. Sundberg for his “exceptionally stunning high range” and “perfect command of the German language and high musicality.” Performances in recent seasons include Bruckner Mass in F Minor with the West Suburban Choral Union and the Wheaton Conservatory Choruses and Orchestra, all in Illinois;

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program Messiah with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Chorus; Telemann Lobet dem Herrn with Southwest Florida Symphony; Beethoven’s Mass in C with Elmhurst Choral Union; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Illinois Symphony; Hoiby’s I Have a Dream (for Baritone and Orchestra) and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Fox Valley Symphony; Mendelssohn’s St. Paul with College Church of Wheaton; Bach’s St. John Passion with Peoria Bach Festival; Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs with Kiev Symphony Orchestra (Ukraine); Duruflé’s Requiem in “Music for Remembrance Day,” Wellington, New Zealand; Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium (Part II) and Handel’s Messiah with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Chorus; Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Chicago Chorale; Richard Strauss op. 10 songs, and songs of Gustav Nordqvist, Wheaton Conservatory Faculty Recital; and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with Bel Canto of Milwaukee. Performances for the 2008-09 season included Messiah with Bel Canto Singers of Milwaukee and Atlanta Symphony; Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Southwest Florida Symphony; several Bach cantatas with Peoria Bach Festival; Finzi’s Requiem da Camera with Milwaukee Bel Canto; and Haydn’s Paukenmesse and Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem with Duke University at the International Haydn Festival in Vienna.’s Performing Arts Publication 34D

atlanta symphony orchestra chamber chorus Norman Mackenzie, Director of Choruses The Frannie and Bill Graves Chair Jeffrey Baxter, Choral Administrator Todd Skrabanek, Accompanist


cclaimed for the beauty, precision and expressive qualities of its singing, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus has been an important Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber part of the orchestra’s programming since its founding by the Chorus late Robert Shaw. The Chamber Chorus, which debuted on Dec. 14, 1967, is composed of 40-60 volunteers selected by audition from the ranks of the 200voice ASO Chorus. They meet for extra rehearsals and perform with the ASO each season. The Chamber Chorus performs music of the Baroque and Classical eras, as well as works by modern masters such as Golijov, Tavener, Pärt, Paulus, Theofanidis and Britten. Highlights of the ASO Chamber Chorus’s history include a residency with Robert Spano and the ASO for California’s Ojai Festival, participation with the ASO in recordings of masterworks by Bach, Golijov, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Vivaldi and a 2005 a cappella recording that features the Vaughan Williams Mass in G-Minor under Norman Mackenzie. Their Carnegie Hall appearances include performances of the B-Minor Mass, the Matthew and John Passions of Bach, the Rachmaninoff Vespers, Stravinsky’s Nightingale and the Mozart/Levin Requiem. This Chorus will return to Carnegie Hall on Dec. 15, 2011 to perform the Bach Magnificat (and Messiaen’s Trois petites liturgies) with Robert Spano and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Soprano June Abbott ** JoAnn Alexander Suzannah Carrington Claudia Corriere Amber Greer Kristen Gwaltney Kathleen KellyGeorge Marie Little Arietha Lockhart * Joneen Padgett Lisa Rader Celia Shore Anne-Marie Spalinger Catherine Steen Rachel Stewart ** Allegra Whitney Kara Mia Wray Wanda Yang Temko

Alto Ana Baida Donna Carter-Wood * Marcia Chandler Christa Joy Chase Laurie Cronin Patricia DinkinsMatthews Janet Johnson * Paige Mathis Holly McCarren Linda Morgan ** Katherine Murray Kathleen Poe Ross Brenda Pruitt * Laura Rappold Diana Strommen Sarah Ward

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Tenor Jeffrey Baxter * Christian Bigliani David Blalock ** John Brandt * Jack Caldwell * Phillip Crumbly Jeffrey Daniel Leif Hansen Thomas LaBarge Keith Langston Clinton Miller Christopher Patton Brent Runnels Wesley Stoner Timothy Swaim Mark Warden

Bass Shaun Amos Robert Bolyard Russell Cason * Joseph Champion Trey Clegg John Cooledge ** Steven Darst * Timothy Gunter Adam Kissel Jason Maynard Stephen Ozcomert * Kendric Smith ** Edgie Wallace Edward Watkins **

* 20+ years of service ** 30+ years of service

Symphony Gala! February 18 Sat: 8pm

Bernadette Peters Fresh from her triumphant starring role in “Follies� on Broadway, the luminous performer Bernadette Peters joins members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for a special concert at the second annual Symphony Gala in Atlanta Symphony Hall. Prime tickets, beginning at just $35, are available now! | 404.733.5000 Woodruff Arts Center Box Office @15th and Peachtree

restaurant Dining Guide Looking for a great night out? Try one of these local restaurants before or after the show. For Dinner and a Show packages, visit Neighborhood codes: A–Alpharetta, B–Buckhead, DK-Dekalb, D–Downtown, DW-Dunwoody, IP–Inman Park, M­—Midtown, OFW–Old Fourth Ward, P–Perimeter Mall area, SS–Sandy Springs, VH–Virginia-Highland, NA­—North Atlanta, V—Vinings, W–Westside

American Deckard’s Kitchen and Kegs a neighborhood American tavern with a New England twist. Serving simple craft cuisine, classic ingredients and an extensive, eclectic beer selection. 650 Ponce De Leon Ave., 404-941-3520, M Garrison’s A neighborhood destination known for high quality food, generous portions and a comfortable setting. Superb wine and specialty cocktails compliment the highest quality seafood, steaks and creative sandwiches. Vinings Jubilee Shopping Center, 4300 Paces Ferry Rd., 770-4360102, V Joe’s nostalgic charm sets the stage for a wholly unique tavern experience. With an accent on congenial good times, Joe’s sassy food servers keep patrons smiling, while the master mixologists whip up drinks known for their flavor and potency. Midtown: 1049 Juniper St. NE, 404-875-6344; College Park: 2144 Sullivan Rd., 404-844-5000, M, D Lenox Square Grill offers breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. DJ every Friday and Saturday night til 2am. Private meeting rooms accommodate up to 150. 3393 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404-841-2377, B 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

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Clark Gable, and the al fresco seating area, which is available in warm weather. 659 Peachtree St. NE, 404-897-5000, M Lobby The menu focuses on seasonal fare at this sophisticated American restaurant in the lobby of TWELVE Atlantic Station. 361 17th St., 404-9617370, M ONE.midtown kitchen Dine on fresh, seasonal American cuisine in a club-like atmosphere near Piedmont Park. 559 Dutch Valley Rd., 404-8924111, M The Melting Pot is the 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, including 754 Peachtree St. NE, 404-389-0099, M Murphy’s This restaurant has one of the city’s top brunch menus, but it’s known for great peoplewatching and its contemporary comfort food. 997 Virginia Ave., 404-872-0904, VH Taco Mac Atlanta’s favorite family friendly sports restaurant and bar since 1979. Consistently voted best wings and beer selection, Taco Mac has something for everyone. 25 metro Atlanta locations, including 933 Peachtree St. NE, blocks away from the Fox Theatre. 678-904-7211, M Two Urban Licks “Fiery” American cooking meets live music at this hip hangout. 820 Ralph McGill Blvd., 404-522-4622, M

American/steakhouse Chops Lobster Bar One of the top ten steakhouses in the country, featuring exquiste seafood flown in fresh daily and the very best USDA prime aged beef. 70 West Paces Ferry Rd., 404-262-2675, B Joey D’s Oakroom Near Perimeter Mall, this stylish steak house has a staggering selection of spirits and a hot after-dinner singles scene. 1015 Crown Pointe Pkwy., 770-512-7063, P New York Prime A Prime Time Top 10 USDA Prime Steakhouse known for its wine list, atmosphere and world class service. 3424 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404-846-0644, B Prime Enjoy steak, sushi and seafood in a festive atmosphere near Lenox Mall. 3393 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404-812-0555, B Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse A favorite local steak house with multiple locations near shopping and entertainment hotspots. Sides are generous, and the quality of the steaks and seafood is excellent. Three locations: Buckhead, 3285 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404365-0660; Sandy Springs, 5788 Roswell Rd., 404255-0035; Centennial Olympic Park, 267 Marietta St., 404-223-6500; B, SS, D The Tavern at Phipps This is one of Atlanta’s hottest after-work spots, and has been singled out for its happy hour and singles scene by Jezebel, InSite Magazine and the AOL City Guide. 3500 Peachtree Rd. NW, 404-814-9640, B

American/southern South City Kitchen With a stylish, Southerncontemporary menu, this DiRoNA restaurant helped make grits hip for the business crowd. Two locatons: Midtown: 1144 Crescent Ave., 404-8737358; Vinings: 1675 Cumberland Pkwy., 770-4350700, M, V Terrace celebrates American heirloom recipes through supporting local and regional farmers, fisherman and producers. It recaptures pure flavors and tastes of natural and organic ingredients while bursting with delicious flavors. 176 Peachtree St. NW, 678-651-2770, D

asian fusion Aja Restaurant & Bar Serving modern Asian cuisine, Aja has a 150-seat patio overlooking Buckhead and a huge lounge, where diners nosh

on dim sum and sip mai tais. 3500 Lenox Rd., Ste. 100, 404-231-0001, B Bluepointe Serving modern American cuisine with a splash of Asian flavor, it features inventive menu items from the kitchen and Atlanta’s freshest sushi. Home to a hip bar, creative cocktails and halfpriced happy hour on weekdays. 3455 Peachtree Rd., 404-237-9070, B

bakery Corner Café Enjoy the rich aroma of Pano’s Reserve blend coffee paired with baked-on-site pastries, bread, cookies and special desserts from the European-style bakery. The café serves a variety of breakfast, brunch and lunch selections with daily specials. 3070 Piedmont Rd., 404-2401978, B Sugar Shack From breakfast paninis, signature sandwiches for lunch and dinner, and amazing cakes, pies, cheescakes, cupcakes and coffee. There is something for everyone at every hour at the Sugar Shack. 4058 Peachtree Rd., 404-8166161, B

brew pub/goUrmet pub fare Engine 11 Firehouse Tavern has a great menu and always has something special that isn’t on their regular menu. They carry an extensive draft beer selection that focuses on American Craft beers. 30 North Ave., 404-873-FIRE. M 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. Two locations: Midtown: 848 Peachtree St. NE, 404-870-0805; Buckhead: 3242 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404-264-0253, 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., 404-347-2220, M

creole/cajun Parish New Orleans-inspired dishes served with a modern twist and a fully stocked raw bar; a Nawlins-inspired brunch is served on the weekends. Downstairs, a take-away market sells sandwiches, spices, pastries and beverages. 240 N. Highland Ave., 404-681-4434, IP’s Performing Arts Publication 34H

european fusion


Ecco Esquire Magazine named this casual, European-influenced bistro a “Best New Restaurant in America.” It’s also gotten raves for its killer wine list, wood-fired pizzas, and impressive meat and cheese menus. 40 Seventh St. NE, 404-347-9555, M Top Flr This romantic two-story restaurant and bar features delicious bistro dishes, a wine list that rocks and wonderfully affordable prices. Monday Night Prix-Fixe three-course meal for $15. Located three blocks from the Fox Theater at 674 Myrtle St., 404-685-3110. M

El Taco An eco-friendly watering hole serving fresh Mexican food made with all-natural meats and killer margaritas. 1186 N. Highland Ave.NE, 404-873-4656,

mediterranean/latin/asian fusion

Atlanta Fish Market More than 100 varieties from the deep are flown in fresh and the menu is printed twice daily. With a comfortable, neighborhood atmosphere, it has something for everyone. 265 Pharr Rd. NE, 404-262-3165. B

Shout A young crowd keeps Shout’s rooftop lounge hopping every night. The menu reflects a mix of Mediterranean, Far Eastern and South American influences. 1197 Peachtree St. NE, 404846-2000, M

french Bistro Niko Voted as one of the Top 20 Restaurants by Esquire magazine, the modern French fare is authentic and simple, while being paired with an affordable priced wine list, exciting cocktails and extensive craft beer list. 3344 Peachtree Rd., 404261-6456, B

italian La Tavola Serving classic Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner in the heart of Virginia-Highland. 992 Virginia Ave., 404-873-5430, VH Pricci is fun, stylish dining at its best. The contemporary Italian restaurant features an innovative menu which combines classic cuisine with modern flair. Join us every week for Jazzy Thursdays when bottles of wine are half-priced and live music sets the mood. 500 Pharr Rd., 404237-2941,

spanish/tapas Cantina Tequila & Tapas Bar is located in the Terminus building on the corner of Peachtree and Piedmont roads. It features authentic Mexican cuisine and has become Buckhead’s newest watering hole. 3280 Peachtree Rd. NW, Terminus 100, Ste. 150, 404-892-9292, B Noche A Virginia-Highland favorite known for its Spanish-style tapas dishes and margaritas. 1000 Virginia Ave., 404-815-9155, VH

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Nava offers a Southwestern experience with flavorful cuisine, bold design and striking architecture. Don’t miss out every Wednesday for Party on the Patio with live music, $5 signature margaritas and appetizers. 3060 Peachtree Rd., 404-240-1984, B


Coast Seafood and Raw Bar serves Atlanta’s freshest seafood and island cocktails. The menu incorporates classics including crab and corn hush puppies, a signature seafood boil, and a variety of raw or steamed oysters, clams and mussels; along with signature fresh catch entrees. 111 W. Paces Ferry Rd. NW, 404-869-0777, B Goldfish This fun seafood/sushi restaurant has Happy Hour specials Mon-Fri and nightly entertainment in its lounge. 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Rd., 770-671-0100, P Kyma Fresh, healthy food, attentive Greek hospitality and festive atmosphere await you. Enjoy a contempoary seafood tavern that stays true to its Greek orginis while you gaze at the dazzling constellation displayed on the deep blue ceiling. 3085 Piedmont Rd., 404-262-0702, B

steak/sushi Room This elegant restaurant serves steak and sushi on the ground floor of the TWELVE Centennial Park hotel. 400 W. Peachtree St., 404418-1250, D Strip This sophisticated steak, seafood and sushi restaurant offers an in-house DJ and a rooftop deck. Atlantic Station at 18th St., 404-385-2005, M Twist This lively restaurant has a huge bar, satay station, tapas menu, sushi and seafood dishes; patio seating is first-come, first-served. 3500 Peachtree Rd. NW, 404-869-1191, B

support The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the generous gifts of individuals, corporations, foundations, government and other entities whose contributions help the Orchestra fulfill its mission to be a vigorous part of the cultural fabric of our community. The following list represents the cumulative total of philanthropy of $1,750 and above to the Orchestra’s fundraising campaigns, events and special initiatives from the fiscal year 2011: June 1, 2010 through May 31, 2011. (Please note that donor benefits are based solely on contributions to the annual fund.) $500,000+

Mrs. Thalia N. Carlos** Delta Air Lines

The Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation The Zeist Foundation, Inc.


Madeline & Howell Adams, Jr. Mrs. Anne Cox Chambers

The Coca-Cola Company Mrs. William A. Schwartz


GE Asset Management Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Charles H. McTier

Turner Broadcasting System The Vasser Woolley Foundation, Inc. Woodruff Arts Center


Fulton County Arts Council

National Endowment for the Arts



Anonymous AT&T Real Yellow Pages GE Energy The Graves Foundation InterContinental Hotels Group

The Charles Loridans Foundation, Inc. The Reiman Foundation Mr. Thurmond Smithgall Robert Spano Susan & Thomas Wardell

SunTrust Bank SunTrust Foundation SunTrust Bank Trusteed Foundation – Walter H. and Marjory M. Rich Memorial Fund


Massey Charitable Trust Porsche Cars North America

Publix Super Markets Charities Patty & Doug Reid

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation John H. & Wilhelmina D. Harland Charitable Foundation, Inc. Lucy R. & Gary Lee, Jr. MetLife Foundation The Sara Giles Moore Foundation Nalley Automotive Group Terence L. & Jeanne P. Neal* Victoria & Howard Palefsky

Mr. & Mrs. Solon P. Patterson* Printpack Inc. & The Gay & Erskine Love Foundation Ryder System, Inc. Mrs. Charles A. Smithgall, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. K. Morgan Varner, III Adair & Dick White Ann Marie & John B. White, Jr.* Sue & Neil Williams


Jim & Adele Abrahamson Susan & Richard Anderson Stephanie & Arthur Blank Mr. & Mrs. C. Merrell Calhoun Mr. & Mrs. Bradley Currey, Jr. Marcia & John Donnell Catherine Warren Dukehart Georgia Council for the Arts Georgia Natural Gas

*We are grateful to these donors for taking the extra time to acquire matching gifts from their employers. **Deceased.’s Performing Arts Publication 35


Anonymous (2) The Arnold Foundation, Inc. Kelley O. & Neil H. Berman Mr. & Mrs. Paul J. Blackney

Janine Brown & Alex J. Simmons, Jr. City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Gary & Nancy Fayard Mr. & Mrs. Paul R. Garcia

Jane & Clay Jackson Alison M. & Joseph M. Thompson Karole & John Lloyd Kelly Loeffler & Jeffrey Patrick & Susie Viguerie C. Sprecher Camille Yow Mr. Kenneth & Dr. Carolyn Meltzer Loren & Gail Starr

Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence L. Gellerstedt III Charles & Mary Ginden D. Kirk Jamieson, Verizon Wireless Ann A. & Ben F. Johnson III* Sarah & Jim Kennedy Steve & Eydie Koonin

Carrie & Brian Kurlander Michael & Cindi Lang Donna Lee & Howard C. Ehni Meghan & Clarke Magruder Suzanne & Bill Plybon Dr. Stanley & Shannon Romanstein

Lynn Schinazi Irene & Howard Stein Mary Rose Taylor Ray & John Uttenhove Mr. & Mrs. Edus H. Warren, Jr.

The Walter & Frances Bunzl Foundation Cynthia & Donald Carson Dr. John W. Cooledge Trisha & Doug Craft Cari Katrice Dawson Eleanor & Charles Edmondson Rosi & Arnoldo Fiedotin Mary D. Gellerstedt GMT Capital Corporation Nancy D. Gould The Robert Hall Gunn, Jr. Fund Joe Guthridge & David Ritter*

Jan & Tom Hough Mr. Tad Hutcheson Roya & Bahman Irvani Anne Morgan & Jim Kelley Mr. & Mrs. Donald R. Keough Amy & Mark Kistulinec James H. Landon Mr. & Mrs. John M. Law The Livingston Foundation, Inc. Mike’s Hard Lemonade Morgens West Foundation Lynn & Galen Oelkers Primerica

Margaret & Bob Reiser Bill & Rachel Schultz* Joyce & Henry Schwob Mr. John A. Sibley III Siemens Industry, Inc. John Sparrow Carol & Ramon Tome Family Fund* Trapp Family Mike & Liz Troy Turner Foundation, Inc. Mark & Rebekah Wasserman Neal & Virginia Williams Suzanne Bunzl Wilner

Edith H. & James E. Bostic, Jr. Family Foundation Jeff & Ann Cramer*

Mr. & Mrs. Jesse Hill, Jr. C. Tycho & Marie Howle Foundation

JBS Foundation The Hellen Plummer Charitable Foundation, Inc.

Christopher & Sonnet Edmonds Dr. & Mrs. Carl D. Fackler David L. Forbes James F. Fraser The Fraser-Parker Foundation, Inc. Betty Sands Fuller Sally & Carl Gable Dick & Anne Goodsell The Jamieson Family Philip I. Kent George H. Lanier

The Sartain Lanier Family Foundation, Inc. Pat & Nolan Leake Links Inc., Azalea City Chapter Belinda & Gino Massafra Linda & John Matthews John F. & Marilyn M. McMullan Penelope & Raymond McPhee* Dr. & Mrs. Mark P. Pentecost, Jr.

Margaret H. Petersen John & Kyle Rogers Hamilton & Mason Smith* Sandy & Paul Smith Peter James Stelling Mrs. C. Preston Stephens Triska Drake & G. Kimbrough Taylor, Jr. Charlie Wade & M.J. Conboy Russell Williamson & Shawn Pagliarini

Jere & Patsy Drummond Ellen & Howard Feinsand Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta

Herbert & Marian Haley Foundation Steven & Caroline Harless

Mr. & Mrs. John E. Hellriegel Mr. & Mrs. Daniel H. Hollums


Pinney L. Allen & Charles C. Miller III The Antinori Foundation Lisa & Joe Bankoff Mr. & Mrs. David Edmiston In memory of Polly Ellis by Admiral James O. Ellis, Jr. Mr. Donald F. Fox $10,000+ Anonymous AGCO Corporation, Lucinda B. Smith Mark & Christine Armour The Balloun Family The Breman Foundation, Inc. Mr. David Boatwright Mrs. Suzanne Dansby Bollman & Mr. Brooks Bollman The Boston Consulting Group The John & Rosemary Brown Family Foundation $7,500+ The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc. Atlanta Federation of Musicians

$5,000+ Anonymous (3) John** & Helen Aderhold* Aadu & Kristi Allpere* Ms. Julie M. Altenbach The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund Bubba Brands, Inc. Dr. Robert L. & Lucinda W. Bunnen Charles Campbell & Ann Grovenstein-Campbell Mary Helen & Jim Dalton Richard A. & Lynne N. Dorfman

$3,500+ Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Chorba Mr. James L. Davis & Ms. Carol Comstock*

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$3,500+ continued JoAnn Hall Hunsinger Paul & Rosthema Kastin Dr. & Mrs. James T. Laney* Mr. & Mrs. William C. Lester* Deborah & William Liss Dr. & Mrs. James T. Lowman

Ruth & Paul Marston Mr. & Mrs. Harmon B. Miller III Walter W. Mitchell Leslie & Skip Petter Mr. & Mrs. Rezin Pidgeon, Jr.

Mr. & Mrs. Joel F. Reeves S.A. Robinson Nancy & Henry Shuford In memory of Willard Shull Elliott Sopkin

Ms. Kimberly Tribble & Mr. Mark S. Lange Burton Trimble H. & T. Yamashita*

Gregory & Debra Durden Ms. Diane Durgin Cree & Frazer Durrett The Robert S. Elster Foundation George T. & Alecia H. Ethridge John & Michelle Fuller Mr. & Mrs. Edward T. Garland Dr. Mary G. George & Mr. Kenneth Molinelli Ben & Lynda Greer Dr. & Mrs. Alexander Gross Paul B., Paul H., & M. Harrison Hackett Sally W. Hawkins Darlene K. Henson Mr. Thomas Hooten & Ms. Jennifer Marotta Mr. & Mrs. Harry C. Howard Richard & Linda Hubert Dr. William M. Hudson Mr. & Mrs. William C. Humphreys, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. James M. Hund Dorothy Jackson** Ms. Cynthia Jeness Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Johnson Mr. W. F. & Dr. Janice Johnston

Dr. Maurice J. Jurkiewicz** Hazel & Herb Karp Mr. & Mrs. John H. Kauffman Mr. & Mrs. L. Michael Kelly Dick & Georgia Kimball* Mr. & Mrs. Daniel J. King Dr. Fulton D. Lewis III & Mr. Stephen Neal Rhoney Mr. & Mrs. J. David Lifsey Mr. & Mrs. Paul A. Lutz* Mr. & Mrs. Frederick C. Mabry Barbara & Jim MacGinnitie The Devereaux F. & Dorothy McClatchey Foundation, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Albert S. McGhee Birgit & David McQueen Gregory & Judy Moore Ms. Lilot S. Moorman & Mr. Jeffrey B. Bradley Dr. & Mrs. R. Daniel Nable Mr. & Mrs. Robert Olive Ms. Rebecca Oppenheimer Mr. & Mrs. Andreas Penninger Susan Perdew Dr. & Mrs. W. Harrison Reeves, Sr.

Mr. & Mrs. Richard L. Rodgers Mr. & Mrs. George P. Rodrigue Dr. Paul J. Seguin Elizabeth S. Sharp Angela & Morton Sherzer Kay R. Shirley Beverly & Milton Shlapak Helga Hazelrig Siegel Lewis Silverboard Baker & Debby Smith Amy & Paul Snyder Mr. & Mrs. Raymond F. Stainback, Jr. Lynne & Steven Steindel* John & Yee-Wan Stevens Mr. & Mrs. George B. Taylor, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Mark Taylor Annie York-Trujillo & Raul F. Trujillo Mr. William C. Voss Dr. & Mrs. James O. Wells, Jr. David & Martha West Mr. & Mrs. Peter L. Whitcup Mary Lou Wolff Jan & Beattie Wood Mr. & Mrs. John C. Yates

Dr. Francine D. Dykes & Mr. Richard Delay Mary Frances Early Ree & Ralph Edwards George T. & Alecia H. Ethridge Bill & Susan Gibson Carol & Henry Grady Mr. Lewis H. Hamner III Thomas High In memory of Carolyn B. Hochman Stephanie & Henry Howell Mary B. & Wayne James Aaron & Joyce Johnson Veronique & Baxter Jones Lana M. Jordan Mr. Thomas J. Jung Dr. Rose Mary Kolpatzki Mr. & Mrs. David Krischer Thomas C. Lawson Mr. & Mrs. Craig P. MacKenzie Kay & John Marshall

Martha & Reynolds McClatchey Captain & Mrs. Charles M. McCleskey Virginia K. McTague Angela & Jimmy Mitchell Mrs. Gene Morse** Barbara & Sanford Orkin Dr. & Mrs. Keith D. Osborn Dr. & Mrs. Bernard H. Palay Mr. & Mrs. Emory H. Palmer Elise T. Phillips Dr. & Mrs. Frank S. Pittman III The Reverend Neal P. Ponder, Jr. Provaré Technology, Inc. Ms. Susan Robinson & Ms. Mary Roemer The Gary Rollins Foundation John T. Ruff

Dr. & Mrs. Rein Saral Alida & Stuart Silverman Sydney Simons Alex & Betty Smith Foundation, Inc. Johannah Smith Mr. & Mrs. Gabriel Steagall Kay & Alex Summers Elvira Tate Mr. & Mrs. William M. Tipping Drs. Jonne & Paul Walter Alan & Marcia Watt Drs. Julius & Nanette Wenger Mr. & Mrs. William White* Hubert H. Whitlow, Jr. Mrs. Frank L. Wilson, Jr. Charlie & Dorothy Yates Family Fund Herbert & Grace Zwerner

$2,250+ Anonymous (3) Mrs. Kay Adams* & Mr. Ralph Paulk Mr. & Mrs. Phillip E. Alvelda* Paul & Marian Anderson Jack & Helga Beam Ms. Laura J. Bjorkholm & Mr. John C. Reece II Rita & Herschel Bloom Margo Brinton & Eldon Park Jacqueline A. & Joseph E. Brown, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Anton J. Bueschen Major General & Mrs. Robert M. Bunker Dr. Aubrey M. Bush & Dr. Carol T. Bush The Buss Family Charitable Fund Ms. Marnite B. Calder Mr. & Mrs. Beauchamp C. Carr Ralph & Rita Connell Chip & Darlene Conrad Mr. & Mrs. Thomas G. Cousins Mr. Robert Cronin & Ms. Christina Smith Sally & Larry Davis Elizabeth & John Donnelly

$1,750+ Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Stephen D. Ambo Dr. David & Julie Bakken Mr. & Mrs. Ron Bell Dr. & Mrs. Joel E. Berenson Leon & Linda Borchers Mr.** & Mrs. Eric L. Brooker Mr. & Mrs. Russell E. Butner Mr. & Mrs. Walter K. Canipe Susan & Carl Cofer Mr. & Mrs. R. Barksdale Collins* Dr. & Mrs. William T. Cook Jean & Jerry Cooper Mr. & Mrs. Brant Davis* Mrs. H. Frances Davis Mr. & Mrs. Peter T. de Kok Drs. Carlos Del Rio & Jeannette Guarner Elizabeth & John Donnelly Xavier Duralde & Mary Barrett Cree & Frazer Durrett

*We are grateful to these donors for taking the extra time to acquire matching gifts from their employers. **Deceased.’s Performing Arts Publication 37

additional support Blonder Family Foundation

William McDaniel Charitable Foundation


William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund

Meghan Magruder, Appassionato Chair

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is privileged to receive annual contributions from individuals throughout the Southeast. Appassionato was inaugurated in 2000 and welcomes annual givers of $10,000 and above. Appassionato members provide the Symphony with a continuous and strong financial base in support of our ambitionous aritistic and education initiatives.

Patron Partnership

Thomas J. Jung, Chair

The Patron Partnership of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is the society of donors who have given $1,750 or more and comprise a vital extension of the Orchestra family through their institutional leadership and financial support.

Henry Sopkin Circle Recognizing planned gifts that benefit the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Madeline & Howell E. Adams, Jr. Mr.* & Mrs. John E. Aderhold William & Marion Atkins Dr. & Mrs. William Bauer Neil H. Berman Fred & Bettye Betts Mr.* & Mrs.* Karl A. Bevins Mr.* & Mrs. Sol Blaine Frances Cheney Boggs* W. Moses Bond Robert* & Sidney Boozer Elinor A. Breman William Breman* James C. Buggs, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Richard H. Burgin Hugh W. Burke Wilber W. Caldwell Mr. & Mrs. C. Merrell Calhoun Cynthia & Donald Carson Margie & Pierce Cline Dr. & Mrs. Grady Clinkscales, Jr. Miriam & John A. Conant* Dr. John W. Cooledge Mr.* & Mrs.* William R. Cummickel John R. Donnell Dixon W. Driggs* Catherine Warren Dukehart Ms. Diane Durgin Kenneth P. Dutter Arnold & Sylvia Eaves Elizabeth Etoll

John F. Evans Doyle Faler* Rosi & Arnoldo Fiedotin Dr. Emile T. Fisher A. D. Frazier, Jr. Betty & Drew* Fuller Carl & Sally Gable William H. Gaik Kay Gardner* Mr.* & Mrs. L. L. Gellerstedt, Jr. Ruth Gershon & Sandy Cohn Micheline & Bob Gerson Mr. & Mrs. John T. Glover Mrs. Irma G. Goldwasser* Robert Hall Gunn, Jr. Billie & Sig* Guthman Betty G. & Joseph* F. Haas James & Virginia Hale Miss Alice Ann Hamilton* John & Martha Head Ms. Jeannie Hearn Mr. Walter T. Heist* Jill* & Jennings Hertz Albert L. Hibbard, Jr.* Richard E. Hodges Mr. & Mrs. Charles K. Holmes, Jr. Mr.* & Mrs. Fred A. Hoyt, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. James M. Hund Mary B. James Calvert Johnson deForest F. Jurkiewicz* Herb & Hazel Karp Anne Morgan & Jim Kelley

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Bob Kinsey James W. & Mary Ellen* Kitchell Paul Kniepkamp, Jr. Miss Florence Kopleff Ouida Hayes Lanier Mr. & Mrs. William Lester Liz & Jay* Levine Jane Little Mrs. J. Erskine Love, Jr. Nell Galt & Will D. Magruder K Maier John W. Markham, III Ann Bernard Martin* Mr. Michael McDowell* Dr. Michael S. McGarry Mr. & Mrs. Richard McGinnis John & Clodagh Miller Vera A. Milner* Mr. & Mrs. Bertil D. Nordin Roger B. Orloff Dr. Bernard & Sandra Palay Bill Perkins Mr. & Mrs. Rezin E. Pidgeon, Jr. Janet M. Pierce Reverend Neal P. Ponder, Jr. William L. & Lucia Fairlie Pulgram The Reiman Foundation Carl J. Reith* Edith Goodman Rhodes* Vicki J. & Joe A. Riedel Dr. Shirley E. Rivers Mr. & Mrs. Martin H. Sauser

Mr. Paul S. Scharff & Ms. Polly G. Fraser Edward G. Scruggs* Dr. & Mrs. George P. Sessions W. Griggs Shaefer, Jr.* Mr.* & Mrs.* Robert Shaw Charles H. Siegel* Mr. & Mrs. H. Hamilton Smith Mrs. Lessie B. Smithgall Margo Sommers* Elliott Sopkin Elizabeth Morgan Spiegel Daniel D. Stanley* Peter James Stelling Barbara Dunbar Stewart* C. Mack* & Mary Rose Taylor Jennings Thompson IV Margaret* & Randolph Thrower Kenneth & Kathleen Tice Steven R. Tunnell Mary E. Van Valkenburgh Mrs. Anise C. Wallace* Mr. & Mrs. John B. White, Jr. Adair & Dick White Hubert H. Whitlow, Jr. Sue & Neil Williams Mrs. Frank L. Wilson, Jr. Elin M. Winn* Joni Winston George & Camille Wright Mr.* & Mrs. Charles R. Yates Anonymous (12) *Deceased

corporate & government support

Classical Title Sponsor Classic Chastain Title Sponsor Family and SuperPOPS Presenting Sponsor

Holiday Title Sponsor Muhtar Kent President and Chief Operating Officer

Richard Anderson Chief Executive Officer

Darryl Harmon Southeast Regional President

Major funding for this organization is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council.

Atlanta School of Composers Presenting Sponsor

Supporter of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus

Philip I. Kent Chief Executive Officer

Jerry Karr Managing Director

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

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra programs are supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Major support is provided by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs.’s Performing Arts Publication 39

Atlanta Symphony Associates The volunteer organization of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

2011-2012 board Belinda Massafra President Sylvia Davidson President Elect Suzy Wasserman, Leslie Petter, Camille Yow Advisors Ruth & Paul Marston Decorator’s Show House & Gardens Advisors Elba McCue Secretary

Sabine Sugarman Treasurer Camille Kesler VP Administration Dawn Mullican VP Public Relations Paula Ercolini VP Youth Education Ruth & Paul Marston VP Membership Gayle Lindsay Parliamentarian

Ann Levin & Gail Spurlock Historians Judy Schmidt Nominating Committee Chair Amy Mussara, Chair, Decorators’ Show House & Gardens Natalie Polk & Hillary Inglis Co-Chairs, Decorators’ Show House & Gardens

Janis Eckert & Gail Spurlock Chairs, ASA Fall Meeting Poppy Tanner Chair, ASA Night at the ASO Glee Lamb & Adele Abrahamson Chairs, ASA Spring Luncheon Pat King ASA Notes Newsletter Editor Jamie Moussa Chair, ASA Annual Directory

Nancy Levitt Ambassadors’ Desk Helen Marie Rutter Bravo Chair Elba McCue Concerto Chair Joan Abernathy Encore Chair Liz Cohn & Betty Jeter Ensemble Chairs Karen Bunn Intermezzo Chair

BRAVO! CRUISIN’ CASINO NIGHT. Members of Bravo!, the young professional volunteer group of the Orchestra, tried their luck at casino game tables while enjoying the smooth sounds of Yacht Rock DJ. From left to right, Ashley Jones, Andy Nickerson, Joe Fischer, and Jonathon Javetz. For more information on Bravo! and other events like these please contact Volunteer Project Manager, Sarah Levin at 404-733-4921

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Chairman’s Council ★★★★★★★★★★★★ $500,000+ The Coca-Cola Company Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. UPS

KPMG LLP, Partners & Employees The Rich Foundation, Inc. Wells Fargo

★★★★★★★ $100,000+ Alston & Bird LLP ★★★★★★★★★★★ Bank of America $450,000+ Kaiser Permanente Cox Interests Atlanta Journal-Constitution, King & Spalding Partners James M. Cox Foundation, & Employees Cox Radio Group Atlanta, The Klaus Family Foundation WSB-TV The Marcus Foundation, Inc. Hon. Anne Cox Chambers The Sara Giles Moore Foundation Novelis Inc. ★★★★★★★★★★ Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. $300,000+ The David, Helen & Marian Deloitte LLP, its Partners Woodward Fund & Employees ★★★★★★★★★ $200,000+ AT&T The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Inc. Ernst & Young, Partners & Employees The Home Depot Foundation Jones Day Foundation & Employees PwC Partners & Employees Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation SunTrust Bank Employees & Trusteed Foundations Florence C. & Harry L. English Memorial Fund Greene-Sawtell Foundation SunTrust Foundation Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. ★★★★★★★★ $150,000+ Delta Air Lines, Inc. Equifax Inc. & Employees

★★★★★★ $75,000+ AirTran Airways Holder Construction Company Kilpatrick Townsend The Sartain Lanier Family Foundation, Inc. Regions Financial Corporation ★★★★★ $50,000+ AGL Resources Inc. Lisa & Joe Bankoff Cisco Ann & Jay Davis Doosan Infracore International Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta Frank Jackson Sandy Springs Toyota and Scion Beth & Tommy Holder Newell Rubbermaid Primerica

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Devyne Stephens Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP The Zeist Foundation, Inc. ★★★★ $35,000+ Katharine & Russell Bellman Foundation Bryan Cave LLP Mr. & Mrs. Bradley Currey, Jr. GE Energy Georgia-Pacific The Imlay Foundation, Inc. Invesco PLC Norfolk Southern, Employees & Foundation Siemens Industry, Inc. Alex & Betty Smith Foundation, Inc. Harris A. Smith Frances Wood Wilson Foundation, Inc ★★★ $25,000+ Accenture & Accenture Employees Air Serv Corporation Atlanta Foundation Julie & Jim Balloun BB&T Corporation Laura & Stan Blackburn CIGNA Foundation Cousins Properties Incorporated Crawford & Company Ford & Harrison LLP Jack & Anne Glenn Foundation, Inc. GMT Capital Corporation Infor Global Solutions ING Sarah & Jim Kennedy Philip I. Kent Foundation The Ray M. & Mary Elizabeth Lee Foundation, Inc.

LexisNexis Risk Solutions The Blanche Lipscomb Foundation Macy’s Foundation Katherine John Murphy Foundation Patty & Doug Reid Family Foundation RockTenn SCANA Energy Southwire Company Sprint Foundation Towers Watson Troutman Sanders LLP Waffle House, Inc. Gertrude & William C. Wardlaw Fund ★★ $15,000+ A. E. M. Family Foundation ACE Charitable Foundation AlixPartners Alvarez & Marsal Arnall Golden Gregory LLP The Partners & Employees of Atlanta Equity Investors Atlanta Marriott Marquis Beaulieu Group, LLC Susan R. Bell & Patrick M. Morris The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation The Boston Consulting Group Catherine S. & J. Bradford Branch The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation Roxanne & Jeffrey Cashdan Center Family Foundation Mr. Charles Center Mr. & Mrs. Fred Halperin Ms. Charlene Berman

Chartis Chick-fil-A, Inc. CornerCap Investment Counsel Duke Realty Corporation Egon Zehnder International Eisner Family Foundation Feinberg Charitable Trust Fifth Third Bank First Data Corporation Gas South, LLC Genuine Parts Company Georgia Natural Gas Dolores & Javier C. Goizueta Grant Thornton LLP Harland Clarke HD Supply The Howell Fund, Inc. ICS Contract Services, LLC Mr. & Mrs. M. Douglas Ivester Jamestown Mr. & Mrs. Tom O. Jewell Weldon H. Johnson Family Foundation Ingrid Saunders Jones Jones Day Foundation, in honor of James H. Landon Mr. & Mrs. Muhtar Kent Kurt P. Kuehn & Cheryl Davis Lanier Parking Solutions The Latham Foundation Barbara W. & Bertram L. Levy Fund Livingston Foundation, Inc. Karole & John Lloyd Lockheed Martin Marsh-Mercer Mohawk Industries, Inc. & Frank H. Boykin Mueller Water Products, Inc. Gail & Bob O’Leary Vicki R. Palmer

Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP Piedmont Charitable Foundation, Inc. Printpack Inc./The Gay & Erskine Love Foundation Mary & Craig Ramsey Mr. & Mrs. David M. Ratcliffe Emily Winship Scott Foundation Skanska USA Building Inc. Spencer Stuart Karen & John Spiegel Superior Essex Inc. Sysco Atlanta United Distributors, Inc. WATL/WXIA/Gannett Foundation Sue & John Wieland Mr. & Mrs. James B. Williams Sue & Neil Williams Carla & Leonard Wood The Xerox Foundation Yancey Bros. Co. Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Yellowlees *Annual Campaign Donors from June 1, 2010 - May 31, 2011’s Performing Arts Publication 43

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Morehouse and Spelman College glee clubs

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“Is it appropriate for the Orchestra? And does this engage the community?” The Orchestra defines itself as serving three roles in its broad-based multicultural (and far-flung, if you consider the entire metropolitan area) community — inspiration, celebration and education. “There are certain things that are quintessentially Atlanta. Coke. Delta. Atlanta was home and heart of the Civil Rights movement,” Dr. Romanstein explains further. “And the Atlanta Symphony is an iconic arts organization. It’s an intersection of great arts and ideas, and therefore is the focal point for great celebration. Particularly to celebrate the triumph of the civil rights movement, Atlantans look to the Orchestra for a concert of quality and celebration.” “An orchestra should provide music of the highest artistic quality possible to its community,” agrees Principal Flute Christina Smith, who has played in every 44 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra/

King Celebration Concert. “Also, an orchestra should reach out to as many sectors of its community as possible. An orchestra should be a part of the life of the community, both in times of celebration and times of tragedy.” Going back to Dr. King’s assassination in April 1968, this Orchestra has responded to its community. The late Robert Shaw, then music director, changed the programming of a concert that week, following the tragedy, when grief overcame Robert Shaw words, to include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major (The “Eroica”) and Schubert’s Symphony

No. 8 in B minor (“Unfinished”). Shaw’s instincts and sensitivity as a musician and humanitarian set the tone. No wonder that for Romanstein and others, “The King Celebration is part of our DNA. It is integral to who we are.” King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, established the King Center in Atlanta, a living memorial dedicated to realizing King’s dream of a beloved community without poverty, discrimination, injustice or war. Barbara Harrison, director of external affairs for the center, says, “The intuitive and celebratory interpretations that have been presented by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra over the years have helped to strengthen our neighborhoods and continue to be greatly appreciated by the community. The King Center appreciates and values the its commitment to bring live music as a way to celebrate and honor one of Atlanta’s greatest and the world’s hero — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We thank the Orchestra for its continued dedication to bring quality programming to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, while perpetuating his legacy.” For Christina Smith the most memorable King concerts have been “...when we have performed Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, a work which to me epitomizes the message of Dr. King. Also I

Christina Smith


have loved when we have played works of Beethoven, who cherished human freedom. His music is universal.” David Morrow recalls, above all, the very first King tribute concert with Jessye Norman. The great Georgia-born dramatic soprano, who was a guest artist, blended her mighty voice with the two college glee clubs. Other guest artists, such as mezzo-soprano Denyse Graves, soprano Arietha Lockhart and pianist Terrance Wilson, would follow in subsequent years. And this year Yo-Yo Ma, whom audiences and musicians welcome back from previous guest appearances with the orchestra, will play. “Artists understand the significance of these concerts and cherish being part of it,” says Dr. Romanstein. “Yo-Yo Ma brings strong humanitarian ideals [along with impeccable musicianship]. He also brings many traditions together and different cultures together.” Ma is a leading proponent of world music, through his artistic directorship of the Silk Road Project which records, gives concerts and teaches in public school interdisciplinary programs; he has performed on “Sesame Street,” for eight U.S. presidents and with major international orchestras. Although college calendars make scheduling a bit awkward, Morrow expects Ma will also spend some time at Spelman College this January, in conjunction with the King concert. “Students aren’t quite back on campus for second semester,” he says. “But we try to involve music students and general students in some kind of symposium. Conducting students attend rehearsals and ask Robert Spano questions.” Ma has visited Morehouse previously and Morrow remembers, “He’s a very sharing [person].


He allowed one student to play his cello. I was nervous, shocked and pleased.” Ma’s instruments are a priceless 1733 Montagnana cello from Venice and the 1712 Davidoff Stradivarius.

who have

heard the [NPR] broadcast are so excited, relating to

he narrated it for us [on a King Celebration Concert] the first time,” says Morrow. “And one time I believe Mrs. King herself narrated.”

Morrow mentions that Dr. King, at least for a Audiences have heard New me how hearing short time, sang in the Morning for the World: something like Morehouse Glee Club. “Daybreak of Freedom,” “Long enough that we Joseph Schwantner’s popular Bernstein’s claim him,” he says. When tribute to Martin Luther King, Chichester the glee club took their more than once at these centennial tour around the Celebration Concerts. “It’s Psalms was U.S. in 2011, they were a favorite,” says Morrow. scheduled to perform at Schwantner composed the phenomenal— the opening of the Martin work in 1984 for orchestra Luther King Jr. National and narrator and has since African Americans Memorial on the National set it also for chamber singing in Mall in Washington D.C. orchestra and wind ensemble. The date, August 28, He assembled the text Yiddish! coincided with the 48th from Dr. King’s writings, — David Morrow anniversary of King’s addresses and speeches that indelible “I Have a Dream” spanned a decade of his speech, delivered in front of the Lincoln life. In composer’s notes Schwantner has Memorial on the National Mall. It also, remarked of the process: “I was excited by unfortunately, coincided with the arrival the opportunity to engage my work with of Hurricane Irene. The official ceremony the profound and deeply felt words of Dr. may have been postponed, but the glee club King, a man of great dignity and courage stood in the unwelcoming weather at the whom I had long admired. The words that edge of the Tidal Basin in front of the 30-ft I selected for the narration ... eloquently granite relief King likeness. “We sang our expressed by the thrust of his oratory, bear college hymn. The sculptor [Lei Yixin] was witness to the power and nobility of Dr. there and some Morehouse alumni who Martin Luther King Jr.’s ideas, principles joined in.” and beliefs. This work of celebration is humbly dedicated to his memory.” The weather tinkered with last year’s King Celebration Concert in Atlanta, too, The great Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer Dr. Romanstein recalls, “I had so looked Willie Stargell narrated its premiere. Other forward to it, but Atlanta was shut down narrators have included Vernon Jordan with an ice storm. We had no choice but to and King’s late daughter Yolanda King. cancel or postpone, and decided to move it “Avery Brooks was so theatrical when

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“We spread Dr. King’s legacy to thousands of people through our music,” concludes Christina Smith, “perhaps most importantly, the tradition of the broadcast of our performance. I have had many people in other cities over the years tell me how much our broadcast meant to them.” WABE (FM) in Atlanta will air this year’s concert, including interviews with Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Spano and David

Morrow. “Occasionally I will get a letter or e-mail from someone who has heard the broadcast. And they are so excited, relating to me how hearing something like Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms was phenomenal — African Americans singing in Yiddish,” says Morrow. “And it is a wonderful way to get the King message out — through music.”

Writer Margaret Shakespeare lives in New York City and the farmlands of Long Island.

Robert Spano, the Orchestra, and the Morehouse and Spelman glee clubs were captured in all their glory at the 2009 event.

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to April, when the concert coincided with the anniversary of his death. It was a program about death of great heroes — with music of Bach and Mahler and associated King words. And that was a stand-out in my first year with the Atlanta Symphony.”

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DEVELOPMENT Sandy Smith Vice President for Development Rebecca Abernathy Development Services Coordinator Zachary Brown Director of ADMINISTRATION Volunteer Services FINANCE & John Sparrow ADMINISTRATION Corey Cowart Vice President Director of Donald F. Fox for Orchestra Initiatives Corporate Relations Executive Vice President & General Manager for Business Operations Janina Edwards Mala Sharma & Chief Financial Officer Grants Consultant Assistant to the Shannon McCown Tegan Ketchie Vice President Assistant to the Development Coordinator for Orchestra Initiatives Executive Vice President Ashley Krausen & General Manager for Business Operations Special Events Coordinator Julianne Fish & Chief Financial Officer Jessica Langlois Orchestra Manager Susan Ambo Director of Leadership Gifts Nancy Crowder Vice President of Finance & Planned Giving Operations/Rental Kim Hielsberg Sarah Levin Events Coordinator Director of Financial Volunteer Project Manager Carol Wyatt Planning & Analysis Stephanie Malhotra Executive Assistant April Satterfield Director of Development to the Music Director Senior Accountant & Education Services & Principal Guest Peter Dickson Melissa Muntz Conductor Staff Accountant Development Coordinator Jeffrey Baxter Michael Richardson Toni Paz Choral Administrator Venues Analyst Director of Individual Giving Ken Meltzer Stephen Jones Barbara Saunders ASO Insider Symphony Store Manager Director of & Program Annotator Foundation Relations ASO Presents Russell Williamson Meredith Schnepp Orchestra Personnel Manager Clay Schell Vice President, Programming Prospect Research Officer Susanne Watts Tammie Taylor Trevor Ralph Assistant Orchestra General Manager and Senior Assistant to the Personnel Manager Director of Operations VP for Development Paul Barrett Holly Clausen Sarah Zabinski Senior Production Director of Marketing Individual Giving Manager Stage Manager Keri Musgraves Richard Carvlin Promotions Manager Stage Manager Lisa Eng Lela Huff Graphic Artist Assistant Stage Manager Chastain Park Amphitheater Education & Community Engagement Tanner Smith Program Director Mark B. Kent Senior Director of Education Verizon Wireless & Community Engagement Amphitheatre at Melanie Darby Encore Park Director of Education Katie Daniel Programming VIP Sales Manager Ahmad Mayes Jenny Pollock Community Programs Operations Manager Coordinator Rebecca Simmons Nicole Bird Box Office Manager Education Program Deborah Honan Coordinator Customer Service Manager & Venue Rental Coordinator

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MARKETING & CONCERT PROMOTIONS Charles Wade Vice President for Marketing & Symphony Pops Alesia Banks Director of Customer Service & Season Tickets Ted Caldwell Group & Corporate Sales Assistant Meko Hector Marketing Production Manager Jennifer Jefferson Director of e-Business & Interactive Media Melanie Kite Subscription Office Manager Shelby Moody Group & Corporate Sales Manager Seth Newcom Database Administrator Kimberly Nogi Publicist Robert Phipps Publications Director Melissa A. E. Sanders Senior Director, Communications Christine Saunders Group & Corporate Sales Associate Karl Schnittke Publications Editor Robin Smith Subscription & Education Sales Bill Tarulli Marketing Manager Rachel Trignano Manager of Broad Based Giving Russell Wheeler Director of Group & Corporate Sales Christina Wood Director of Marketing

general info LATE SEATING Latecomers are seated at the discretion of house management. Reserved seats are not guaranteed after the performance starts. Latecomers 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 ASO’s gift shop is located in the galleria and offers a wide variety of items, ranging from ASO recordings and music-related merchandise to T-shirts and mugs. Proceeds benefit the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

THE ROBERT SHAW ROOM The ASO invites donors who contribute at least $1,750 annually to become members of this private salon for cocktails and dining on concert evenings — private rentals available. Call 404.733.4860. IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS Concert Hotline 404.733.4949 (Recorded information) 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

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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. SINGLE TICKETS Call 404.733.5000 Mon.—Fri., 10 a.m.– 8 p.m.; Sat.–Sun., Noon–8 p.m. Service charge applies. Phone orders are filled on a best-available basis. Order any time, any day! Service charge applies. Allow two to three weeks for delivery. For orders received less than two weeks prior to the concert, tickets will be held at the box office. Woodruff Arts Center Box Office Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sat.– Sun., noon–8 p.m. The box office is open through intermission on concert dates. No service charge if tickets are purchased in person. Please note: All single-ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. All artists and programs subject to change. GROUP DISCOUNTS Groups of 10 or more save up to 15 percent on most ASO concerts, subject to ticket availability. Call 404.733.4848. GIFT CERTIFICATES Available in any amount for any series, through the box office. Call 404.733.5000.



4 Carnegie kudos: New York Times chief music critic Anthony Tommasini said of Robert Spano and the Orchestra’s Carnegie Hall concert on November 5: “The musical resonances came through vibrantly in three brilliant performances. To judge from the large turnout and big ovations, [Spano] and the Atlanta players are always welcome at Carnegie Hall.” Entire review at www. atlanta-symphony-at-carnegie-hallreview.html?_r=1


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Mark Tioxon

3 Winning hand: Everybody was a winner at the Atlanta Symphony Associates’ recent Casino Night. All proceeds supported the Orchestra’s Education & Community Engagement programs and initiatives, and all comers eagerly gambled on a good cause.

Edward Zeltser

2 Dallow lauded: Orchestra cellist Joel Dallow was honored for his arts advocacy in the Atlanta area with an award from the American String Teachers Association, presented by Georgia Chapter President Natalie Colbert.


Jennifer Taylor

1 Mrs. Hill’s moment: Mrs. Azira Hill, the founder of the Talent Development Program, has been a major influence on many people, and she was joined at the annual TDP Musicale by some of them; Left to right, Kimberlie Shields, Michelle Kendall, Peggy Martin, Mrs. Hill and Kelli Shields. The Shield twins are both TDP alumna, and Michelle Kendall is Mrs. Hill’s granddaughter.

Erik Dixon

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