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contents December 2011
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12 President’s Letter 14 Orchestra Leadership 16 Robert Spano 18 Musicians 35 Contributors 52 Calendar 54 Administration 56 General Info 58 Ticket Info 60 Gallery ASO
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).
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.
Music Director The Robert Reid Topping Chair *
Principal Guest Conductor The Neil and Sue Williams Chair *
Principal Pops Conductor
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
SECTION VIOLIN ‡
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
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
Colin Williams Principal Stephen Wilson Associate Principal George Curran
Elisabeth RemyJohnson Principal The Delta Air Lines Chair
Carl David Hall OBOE
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
Carl Nitchie Principal Elizabeth Burkhardt Associate Principal Laura Najarian Juan de Gomar
George Curran TUBA
Juan de Gomar
Michael Moore Principal
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
‡ rotate between sections * Chair named in perpetuity † Regularly engaged musician Players in string sections are listed alphabetically
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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”
LARGER THAN LIFE “M
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
ASO Kid’s Christmas Concert Sunday, December 4 and 11, 2011, at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
Jere Flint, Conductor Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde, Paige F. Mathis, Music Director Stephen Ozcomert, Baritone Lee Harper and Dancers, Lee Harper, Choreographer Mendelsson, Guaraldi/arr. Naughtin: “Christmas Time is Here” Arr. Hershy Kay: “Deck the Halls” Tchaikovsky: “Dance of the “Mirlitons” from The Nutcracker Vaughan Williams: “Wassail Song” from Folk Songs of the Four Seasons Tchaikovsky: “Chinese Dance” from The Nutcracker John Gardner: “Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day” Tchaikovsky: “Trepak” from The Nutcracker Arr. Betty Bertaux: “S’Vivon” (“Spinning Top”) Bach: Andante from Concerto for Two Violins Arr. Hershey Kay: “Pat-a-Pan” Victor Herbert: “March of the Toys” from Babes in Toyland
JOHN Head: Christmas Carol Sing-Along “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” “Rudolf, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” “Jingle Bells” “Silent Night” “O Come, All Ye Faithful” Robert Kapilow: Chris van Allsburg’s Polar Express Arr. Arthur Harris: “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” Arr. Emerson: “Jingle Bell Rock” GE Energy and WellsFargo are proud sponsors of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. Scholarships for ASYO tuition are made possible through the Elinor Rosenberg Breman ASYO Fellowship and the Ben F. Johnson, III Scholarship.
The use of cameras or recording devices during the concert is strictly prohibited. encoreatlanta.com/Atlanta’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 www.thecoca-colacompany.com”
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 Adaptistration.com, 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 atlantasymphony.org. 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 jere flint, Conductor The Zeist Foundation Youth Orchestra Conductor Chair
n addition to being a cellist in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for three decades, Jere Flint has served as Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO) since 1979. In this capacity, Mr. Flint directs weekly ASYO rehearsals and the Youth Orchestra’s three major concerts each season. Mr. Flint is also a Staff Jere Flint Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, leading concerts such as the popular Symphony Street concerts for youngsters, Family Concerts, as well as Delta Classic Chastain concerts at Chastain Park Amphitheater and the Orchestra’s summer home, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park. Mr. Flint has a Bachelor of Music degree from Wittenberg University in Ohio, where he also served as assistant director of its noted choir. While still a student, he arranged and conducted two Christmas recordings by the choir for Columbia Records. Mr. Flint received his Master of Arts degree in Music from the University of Washington in Seattle, while also serving as manager of the University Festival Opera Company, and Music Director for the School of Drama. He later studied conducting under Otto-Werner Mueller.Mr. Flint has also led performances at Brevard Music Center, Sewanee Summer Music Center, Atlanta-Emory Orchestra and the Southeastern Music Center.
atlanta symphony youth orchestra
he Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO) is an integral member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra family and a vigorous part of the cultural fabric of its community. The ASYO strives for national preeminence among youth orchestras, while cultivating the artistic growth and excellence of its members through enriching orchestral experiences and the mentoring of Atlanta Symphony musicians.
Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra
Established in 1974, the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra provides Atlanta’s most talented and dedicated students with an outlet to perform masterworks. Each year, more than 300 instrumentalists ages 13-18 audition for one of approximately 120 seats in the orchestra. Led by Youth Orchestra Music Director Jere Flint, the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra presents three concert series each year, and members have exclusive invitations to participate in readings and master classes with the top artists in the instrumental music industry.
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2011-2012 Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra Jere Flint, Music Director and Conductor The Zeist Foundation Youth Orchestra Conductor Chair A Division of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Robert Spano, Music Director Donald Runnicles, Principal Guest Conductor Stanley Romanstein, Ph. D., President First Violin Do Young Kim Concertmaster Brookwood HS Catherine Chen Northview HS Eileen Cheng Chattahoochee HS Claudia Cheung Pope HS Kevin Fan Chamblee HS Emily Fan Walton HS Cassidy Goldblatt Home School Sheehan Hanrahan Alpharetta HS Miki Hayashi Northview HS Brandon Hou Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology Grace Johnston Home School Joseph Jung Johns Creek HS Angela Kim Johns Creek HS Tatsuya Kudo Walton HS Taishi Namura Pope HS James Pinder Home School Debbie Shim The Westminster Schools Kevin Sun Johns Creek HS George Tang Centennial HS Micah Wallen Home School Second Violin Keanu Mitanga Principal Atlanta International School Eugene Ahn South Forsyth MS Vivian Cheng Autrey Mill MS David Chyan Northview HS Helena DeGrazia Kings Ridge Christian School Olivia Holladay Walton HS
Hansung Kang Parkview HS Joon Kang North Gwinnett HS Andrew Koonce Woodward Academy Eri Kudo Walton HS Justin Lee Northview HS Huijeong Lee Duluth HS Jenny Li Peachtree Ridge HS Hana Oberst Walton HS Joseph Pang River Trail MS Yejin Shin Lambert HS Timothy Shu The Westminster Schools Joshua Shue Northview HS Justin Welch Sandy Creek HS Andrew Zou Northview HS Viola Erin Pitts Principal Chamblee MS William Anderson New Creation Christian Academy Monica Caldwell Shiloh HS Katherine Hur The Westminster Schools Haerin Im Walton HS Anna Jackson Collins Hill HS Leigh Johnson Peachtree Ridge HS Richard Lee Peachtree Ridge HS Larissa Mapua North Cobb HS Jerry Nonaka Pope HS Matthew O’Shaughnessy Milton HS Patrick Wu Northview HS Victor Wu Duluth HS Nicholas Wynn South Cobb HS
Cello Myrtil Mitanga Principal Atlanta International School Ahanu Banerjee Druid Hills HS Anna Bing Paideia School Jeewon Chon Northview HS Andrew Cleveland Grady HS Joseph Fan Chamblee HS Bailey Holbrook Walton HS Ivan Liu Milton HS Mitzi Okou Druid Hills HS Andrew Short Druid Hills HS Wick Simmons Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School Brian Song Lakeside HS Bass Jared Houseman Co-Principal Dacula HS Nick Scholefield Co-Principal Allatoona HS Maren Eden North Atlanta HS Kathyrn Jane Evans Lassiter HS Dennis Frank Marist School Geoffrey Solomon Druid Hills HS Andrew Sommer Walton HS Nicholas Twarog Brookwood HS Ryan Whitfield Brookwood HS Flute Hally Davidson Home School Kaegan Gregory Rockdale County HS Lauren Rosenblatt Parkview HS Alexandra Smith The Westminster Schools
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Oboe Rachel Corbitt South Forsyth HS Lauren Firestone Riverwood International Cassie Pilgrim Wesleyan School Erin Shyr Lakeside HS Clarinet Barret Ham First Presbyterian Day School Justin Kim Northview HS Tyler Moore Allatoona HS John Simpson Milton HS Bassoon Shelby Jones East Coweta HS Will Lawson Pickens HS Madeline Miller Home School Haley Strauss Starr’s Mill HS Horn Tanner Forbes Brookwood HS Christopher Leitten Samford HS Brooke Martin Habersham HS Chelsea McFarland Decatur HS Amy Melton Whitewater HS Markus Minton Walton HS Stephen Newberry Creekview HS Stefan Williams Morgan County HS Trumpet Trey Christopher Auburn HS Jason Grooms Lassiter HS Jon Klausman Kell HS Elisabeth Lusche Auburn HS Cara McDermott Milton HS
Trombone Luke Anders McIntosh HS Kenton Campbell Grayson HS Jahleel Smith Tri Cities HS Zachary Whitney Davidson Fine Arts Tuba Colin Benton McIntosh HS David Nelson A.C Reynolds HS Percussion Jordan Carter B.E. Mays HS Ryan Cash Lassiter HS Savanna Lawing Galloway School Nicholas Stevens Lassiter HS Harp Tinsley Stokes North Atlanta HS Keyboard Catherine Xie Johns Creek HS Librarians William Anderson New Creation Christian Academy Anna Bing Paideia School
Players in each section are listed alphabetically Brass & woodwinds have rotating sections. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the music educators who have trained, mentored, and encouraged these talented young people.
Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde Paige F. Mathis, Music Director Virginia M. Thompson, Executive Director Michelle Spruell, Office Coordinator Brianne Turgeon, Assistant Music Director William F. Nittler, Education Director William E. Krape, Accompanist Greg Hucks, Meaghan Curry & Caroline Goldstein, Instructors
Atlanta Young Singers tlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde (AYS) of Callanwolde is Atlanta’s premier choir for children and youth. Founded in 1975, AYS is bringing music to life for youth in metro Atlanta and audiences worldwide. Under Music Director Paige F. Mathis (also an AYS alumna) and Executive Director Virginia M. Thompson, the AYS provides a diverse and challenging learning environment that inspires intelligent thought, artistic creativity and personal growth. Over 200 talented children ages 7-18 serve the community through performances, outreach concerts and volunteerism; grow and develop life skills such as cooperation, dedication, self-confidence, discipline, pride in performance and mentoring; learn music skills through rehearsals, music theory instruction, camps and regional and international tours; and sing with other children to create music of highest artistic quality. The Choir has traveled extensively, singing in all the cultural capitals of North America and Europe and winning invitations to the most prestigious choral festivals in the world. This coming summer, the Treble Tour Choir will compete in the World Choir Games in Cincinnati. As we celebrate the next 35 years, AYS remains dedicated to music literacy, commissions of new American choral works, support of local musicians, presentation of cutting-edge, innovative concert formats and outreach to underserved children. www.aysc.org
Selected members of the Youth Chorale and Training and Treble Concert Choirs Mary Adam Sydney Albritton Gabriela Alzaga Sadie Bard Audrey Blanchard Eliza Boyanton Morgan Brady Palmer Brawley Sophie Camara Miho Carey Grace Chapel Lyric Christian Ariya Conkright Sara Cox Emma Davis Cameron Day Giuliana Debbaudt Eleni Demos Rachel Drury Kinsey Farmer Christian Ferguson Ben Fisk Julia Fleischer Diya Flenaugh Sarah Geary Gabby Goselin Lane Guedry
Jenny Guzdial Lauren Hann Randell Hicks Ashley Hook Florence Hook James Hook Jeremy Hook Ella Hopkins Henry Howell Elise Isakov Merideth Johnson Asha Jones Rachel Jordan Chloe Kahn Wynter Kelly Asha Klang Collin LaFon Isabel Lane Alexandra Langlais Caroline LeDuc Rachel Lee Ellie Leidenfrost Josh Lindsey Zore-e- Litzenberg Lindsay Lizars Talia Locarnini Anya Lomsadze
Sarah London Mary Marudas Lanie Mathis Veronica McClennen Hannah McGarity Ilana Mermelstein Nell Mermin-Bunnell Indira Napper Aaron Nielsen Lily Nittler Maggie O’Connell Taylor PasqualettiCampbell Aubrey Peat Kyra Pegues Bryan Penn Evan Penn Laura Pencea Lila Perkins Jessica Peterson Olivia Phillips-Waldorf Jacy Pippin Lydia Podowitz Sydney Poole Hannah PrausnitzWeinbaum Janae Profit
Morgan Ratway Mirabelle Resenson Anna Ridgeway Katie Rizik Javanna Rogers Raeba Roy Eliza Schuh Mara Schwendinger Srija Sengupta Sophia Seufert Reece Shelton Taylor Slotkin Joey Smith Ana Soriano Joey Steele India Stevenson Zoey Stewart-Pelt Zoe Swaray Angel Tate Lucy Tschetter-Gaus Alexis Washington Jourdan Wells Jordan Williams Tyress Williams Ben Wise
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Stephen ozcomert, Baritone
tephen Ozcomert is a regular performer in Atlanta area concert halls. He has performed frequently as a soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra including the role of Figaro in a performance of the Act II Finale in 2004 from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro under Robert Spano’s direction and was the soloist for a 2006 master season performance of Bach’s Magnificat also under Maestro Spano.
Other ASO peformances include several July 4 holiday concerts under the direction of Jere Flint, an assisting soloist in 2007 under the direction of Donald Runnicles in excerpts from Strauss’ Rosenkavalier; the narrator in Copland’s Lincoln Portrait under Alexander Mickelthwate; soloist in The Lord of the Rings Symphony under Howard Shore; an assisting soloist (“Sergeant”) for 2007 performances; Telarc Digital recording of Puccini’s La Bohème under Robert Spano; and played the role of a Japanese Envoy in the 2009 ASO performances of Stravinsky’s Nightingale at Symphony Hall as well as at Carnegie Hall. Steve also was an assisting soloist under Robert Shaw for the 1996 performances of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion both in Atlanta and at Carnegie Hall and has served as soloist in performances of the ASO Chorus and Chamber Chorus on several other occasions under Norman Mackenzie, Yoel Levi, and others. Steve currently serves as a staff soloist at the Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church and frequently appears as soloist with the Meridian Chorale conducted by Steven Darsey and with the Emory University Orchestra and Chorus under Eric Nelson and Richard Prior. Steve also has performed as a soloist with the William Baker Festival Singers, Oglethorpe University Chorus, and many churches and civic organizations. Steve’s solo work has been featured several times in radio broadcasts by WABE. Steve has sung performances of a number of operas and operettas and has an extensive repertoire of more than 20 oratorios from Bach Cantatas, the Requiems of Mozart, Faure, Durufle, and Brahms, to Orff’s Carmina Burana. Steve is a student of Elizabeth Colson.
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lee harper & dancers
ery few American dance companies reach their 30th anniversary, and even fewer attain that remarkable milestone under the continued direction of their founders. In Atlanta, this distinction belongs to Lee Harper & Dancers, a premier Atlanta arts organization since 1980. Miss Harper founded her company to give talented local dancers an opportunity to perform. At the same time, she Lee Harper Adult Dancers opened her dance school, where many of her more gifted students continued on to become members of her dance company. The professional troupe of young adults has become a fixture of Atlanta’s arts scene, participating in arts festivals, special events, theatrical performances and much more. In 1996, Lee Harper & Dancers was invited to perform at both the opening and closing ceremonies of the Summer Olympic Games. The dancers are trained in a variety of dance techniques, giving them the ability to perform the works of many prominent choreographers including Gregg Lizerberry, Jack Yantis, Stanley Zompakos, Robin Williams, Nicole Livieratos, Celeste Miller and Lee Harper. The company is devoted to dance education and has performed in many Atlanta schools under the auspices of Young Audiences. It also participates in the educational programs and Family Concerts of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. As Lee Harper & Dancers has supported the community, so has the community supported the company. It has received grants from the Georgia Council for the Arts, the Fulton County Arts Council, the Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs and the Southern Arts Federation. The company collaborates with numerous performing arts groups including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Chamber Singers, Emory University Collegium Musicum and the Choral Guild of Atlanta. In 2007-08, Lee Harper & Dancers performed in the Atlanta Opera’s production of Turandot, which opened Atlanta’s newest performing arts venue, the Cobb Energy Centre. Alumni of Lee Harper & Dancers have gone on to perform with other companies, open their own dance studios, choreograph and teach dance. Miss Harper continues to teach, train, choreograph and perform, as she has done for over three decades. It is impossible to think of Atlanta’s arts community without appreciating the commitment and contributions of Lee Harper & Dancers. Choreography: Lee Harper Adult Dancers Dominique Fewell Jenny Gould Lee Harper Chelsea Kolff
Scott Palma Millie Rhodes Katy Roelle Laura Rossini
Elaine Wadsworth Jessica Womack
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LEE HARPER & DANCERS II: (a children’s dance company grades 4 through 12) Red Group Mia Chan Mei Mei Hawkins Julia Grace Jones Sophie Mannes Greer McCallum Elizabeth Portwood Lele Preuss Natalie Spangler Sally Walker Zoe Wood Mae Busko Elsie Fewell BLACK Group Carolyn Bresnahan Klair Davis Ashley Eleby Hannah Rae Faulk
Blue Group Carolyn Crane Maggie Leigh Faulk Julia Gray Elizabeth Lansing Emma Lin Emma Mixon Emma Morris Cate Simons Mackenzie Strong Nancy Kate Walker
Kathryn Grace Faulk Arden Frank Hailey Hebebrand Caroline Maguire
Lee Harper Dancers II
Susana Morphis Katie Morris Ellie Oglesby Charlotte Preuss
cast for Polar Express: Carolyn Bresnahan Klair Davis Ashley Eleby Hannah Rae Faulk Kathryn Grace Faulk Arden Frank
Hailey Hebebrand Caroline Maguire Susana Morphis Katie Morris Ellie Oglesby Charlotte Preuss
Maggie Leigh Faulk Elizabeth Lansing Emma Morris Nancy Kate Walker
Understudies for Polar Express: Julie Gray Emma Lin
Cate Simons Carolyn Crane
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Emma Mixon Mackenzie Strong
LEE HARPER, Choreographer
ooking back over the past three decades, it’s strange to think how different Atlanta’s dance landscape might be today, if not for the inspiration, guidance and constancy of Lee Harper, founder of Lee Harper & Dancers. Through her dance school and performing company, along with partnerships with organizations like the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Opera, Miss Harper has Lee Harper taught dance to generations of Atlantans and delighted audiences for over 30 years with her innovative choreography and captivating live performances. It all began in Atlanta in 1975 when Miss Harper was invited by Maestro Robert Shaw to choreograph the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s first production of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass. The old adage says the direction of a life can turn on a dime. In this case, it turned on the point of a dance shoe as a single opportunity to choreograph grew into a life-long love affair between Miss Harper and the City of Atlanta. “Lee Harper and I have had some 30 years of collaboration, and I adore working with her each and every time,” said Jere Flint, staff conductor for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. “Whether it’s choreographing dance for audiences of young children or sophisticated adults, her imagination is golden.” Miss Harper is a native of Hickory, N.C. She attended the Juilliard School of Music and graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance. Before coming to Atlanta, she performed professionally with several companies, including the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. “It’s hard to comprehend the breadth of influence Lee has had on Atlanta’s cultural life,” said Gwenyth Dixon, former ballet mistress for the Atlanta Ballet and long-time performer and teacher with Lee Harper & Dancers. “In addition to her own endeavors, her reach extends throughout the city’s performing arts community through her various partnerships and collaborations. Even her endurance is remarkable, since she continues to teach, perform and inspire dancers and audiences with the same innovation she has shown throughout the years.” Lee Harper founded her school and dance company in 1980. A Lexus Leader of the Arts, she is the recipient of numerous honors including two Choreography Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is married to attorney Wayne Vason. They have two children, Katie and Fin. leeharperanddancers.com When Lee first arrived, I knew that Atlanta had attracted a very special talent,” said Flint. “She is truly one of Atlanta’s artistic and personal treasures.” — by Julie Herron Carson
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Symphony Gala! February 18 Sat: 8pm
Bernadette Peters Fresh from her triumphant starring role in â€œFolliesâ€? 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!
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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.
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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. Mikeâ€™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.
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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.
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.
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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! ON THE “BEACH” Members of Bravo!, the young professional volunteer group of the Orchestra, took in former Beach Boy Brian Wilson’s August show at Delta Classic Chastain. Shannon Smith, Helen Marie Rutter (Bravo! Unit Chair), and Wadette Bradford (left to right) soak up the “Good Vibrations.”
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Patron Circle of Stars By investing $15,000 or more in The Woodruff Arts Center and its divisions — the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art and Young Audiences — these outstanding Annual Corporate Campaign donors helped us raise more than $8.9 million last year. Thank you!
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 & Employees James M. Cox Foundation, 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
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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/aso.org
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
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.
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.”
January 5/6/7 Thu/Fri/Sat: 8pm Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor” Elgar: Symphony No. 1 Robert Spano, conductor Dejan Lazi´ c, piano A King CElebration Concert January 12 Thu: 8pm A King Celebration 20th Anniversary Robert Spano, conductor Yo-Yo Ma, cello Morehouse and Spelman College Glee Clubs
January 26/28 Thu/Sat: 8pm Mahler: Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection” Donald Runnicles, conductor Nicole Cabell, soprano Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus February 2/3/4 Thu/Fri/Sat: 8pm Ravel: Mother Goose Suite Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 Dvo˘rák: Symphony No. 8 Thomas Wilkins, conductor Gabriela Montero, piano
January 19/21/22 Thu/Sat: 8pm/Sun: 3pm Britten: Violin Concerto Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, “Eroica” Donald Runnicles, conductor James Ehnes, violin
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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. nytimes.com/2011/11/07/arts/music/ atlanta-symphony-at-carnegie-hallreview.html?_r=1
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.
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.
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.
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