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10 Creating the Experience

19 The concert’s program and notes

Nick Jones previews the new sights designed to complement the well-loved sounds of Haydn’s Creation.

38 Passionate Pairing

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Mei-Ann Chen collaborate on emotionally charged treasures by Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky.

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t’s that time of year when we anticipate a turn of season and new beginnings … and the Atlanta Symphony is right in step! This month, maestro Robert Spano leads the orchestra, chorus and illustrious guest artists in one of our signature “Theatre of a Concert” presentations of Haydn’s The Creation, a vibrant musical celebration of the world’s beginning. We welcome back set designer Anne Patterson, whose onstage creativity enhanced the ASO’s St. John Passion last season. In the meantime, Donald Runnicles continues his unique collaboration with soprano Christine Brewer as they record the second all-Strauss program with the ASO live in Symphony Hall. Also, our own Mei-Ann Chen, ASO Assistant Conductor and League of American Orchestras Conducting Fellow, makes her classical season debut. (See article on page 38.) In another “new beginning,” the Atlanta Symphony’s 65th anniversary and 2009-10 season was recently unveiled to a crowd of media and supporters, as well as online viewers nationwide via live Web cast — a technological first for the ASO, generously made possible by Turner Inc. Next season, the Atlanta Symphony’s artistic evolution and identity are evidenced by five world premieres (three are ASO commissions), return invitations to Carnegie Hall and Berlin, two “Theater of a Concert” presentations and a host of world-class guest artists. The season culminates with the ASO hosting the 2010 national conferences of the League of American Orchestras and Chorus America that will include the launch of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Atlanta School of Composers. We are honored to be invited to host these two conferences, and are already hard at work planning ways to share our artistic achievement in Atlanta with our orchestra and chorus colleagues from across the country. Revisit the season announcement via recorded Web cast on the ASO Web site at atlantasymphony.org. The Web cast features Music Director Robert Spano, Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles, Chairman Ben Johnson and special guests Composer Michael Gandolfi; League of American Orchestras President and CEO Jesse Rosen; Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Managing Director Babs Mollere; Carnegie Hall Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson (video); and Berlin Philharmonic Administrative Director Pamela Rosenberg (video). Season tickets for the 2009-10 season are available online or at the Box Office. Seize the moment and make plans now to join us for a spectacular season! Yours in Music,

Allison Vulgamore President and Chief Executive Officer Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

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ASOleadership atlanta Symphony Orchestra League 2008-2009 Board of Directors Officers Ben F. Johnson, III Chairman Clayton F. Jackson

Jeff Mango John D. Rogers Treasurer

Chilton Davis Varner Allison Vulgamore*

Kathleen (Suzy) Wasserman ASA President* Joni Winston Secretary

Jim Henry Edward S. Heys, Jr. Tycho Howle Tad Hutcheson Mrs. Roya Irvani Clayton F. Jackson Ben F. Johnson, III Marsha Sampson Johnson Mark Kistulinec Michael Lang Patricia Leake Lucy Lee Jeff Mango Darrell J. Mays

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Hamilton Smith Thurmond Smithgall Gail R. Starr Mary Rose Taylor Liz Troy Ray Uttenhove Chilton Davis Varner Allison Vulgamore* Rick Walker Mark Wasserman Kathleen (Suzy) Wasserman* John B. White, Jr. Richard S. (Dick) White, Jr. Joni Winston Camille Yow

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tlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano is recognized internationally as one of the most imaginative conductors of his generation. Since 2001, he has invigorated and expanded the ASO’s repertoire through a creative programming mix, recordings and visual enhancements, such as the Theater of a Concert, a continuing exploration of different formats, settings, and enhancements for the musical performance experience. Mr. Spano also champions the Atlanta School of Composers, his commitment to nurturing and championing music through multi-year partnerships defining a new generation of American composers. Mr. Spano has conducted the great orchestras of North America, including those in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco. Overseas, he has led the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Czech Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Sinfonie Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic and Tonhalle Orchester. He has conducted the Chicago, Houston, Santa Fe, Royal Opera at Covent Garden, and Welsh National Operas. In August 2005, he conducted Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen at Seattle Opera, and returns for the cycle in 2009. With a discography of nine critically acclaimed recordings for Telarc and Deutsche Grammophon made over six years, Robert Spano has garnered six Grammy Awards. Musical America’s 2008 Conductor of the Year, Mr. Spano was Artistic Director of the Ojai Festival in 2006, Director of the Festival of Contemporary Music at the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Music Center in 2003 and 2004, and from 1996 to 2004 was Music Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Head of the Conducting Fellowship Program at Tanglewood Music Center from 1998-2002, he has served on the faculties of Bowling Green State University, Curtis Institute and Oberlin Conservatory. Mr. Spano lives in Atlanta. Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 


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Patterson’s designs for The Creation include special placement for the orchestra, chorus, and conductor, ramps for the soloists and images projected on fragments arrayed at the back.

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admission, were fairly new in Vienna, though they had been common in London since at least the heyday of Handel. This work’s success with the ticket-buying audience helped pave the way for the big public concerts by which Beethoven enhanced his Viennese reputation a few years later. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performed and recorded The Creation under Robert Shaw’s baton in 1992, with Shaw’s own English translation sung by the full ASO Chorus and soloists, including Dawn Upshaw. For our concerts at the end of February, the first ASO performances of the work since then, Robert Spano will use the elite ASO Chamber Chorus, singing in German, and a cast of soloists headed by the luminous soprano voice of Janice Chandler Eteme, who has previously appeared here in Carmen and the Brahms German Requiem.

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Much in the manner of our St. John Passion concerts a couple of years back, Haydn’s Creation will be presented with scenic elements, special lighting, and projections, part of the ASO’s innovative Theater of a Concert initiative. The orchestra players will be grouped in the center and to the left, as seen from the audience, while the chorus will be offset to the center and right. Soloists — three angels acting as narrators in Parts I and II, with the characters of Adam and Eve replacing two of the angels in Part III — will enter and sing on raised ramps that jut from the wings and bring them toward the center through the midst of the orchestral and choral forces. The angels will remain elevated on their respective ramps, and, like the chorus, they will be dressed simply in black or black and white. In front of the rear wall, forming the focal center of the stage picture, will be a suspended group


of jagged shapes on whose white surfaces Last month I spoke by phone with Anne various images will be projected. These will Patterson, who designed the visual aspects be abstract compositions suggesting the for these concerts, as well as those for the St. initial chaos and the various stages of the John Passion and a number of other staged world’s creation in Part I of the oratorio, giving ASO presentations going back to the “Music way to more concrete images of animals, and …” summer festival concerts in 2001. fish, and birds in Part II, as the singers enumerate “ he Creation testifies to the breadth of Haydn’s the achievements of inner world. … The diversity inherent in this succeeding days, following the Bible’s account as set spiritual landscape may account for the strong forth in Genesis. In Part echo that the work, since its first performance, III, which is largely based has evoked in the hearts of listeners.” on John Milton’s poetic —Hayden biographer Karl Geiringer conception in Paradise Lost, Adam and Eve appear and are guided by the angel Uriel as She spoke of her pleasure in working with they wonderingly explore the world’s bounty Maestro Spano and the ASO: “Robert and I and express their love for God and each other, have a true collaboration — often by the end which offers additional opportunities for of the day, we don’t know whose idea was evocative imagery. whose.  I feel he definitely brings out the best

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Two of the many thumbnail swatches through which Anne Patterson developed the colors and shapes she used in her Creation designs. in me as an artist.” She also noted the good fortune that Atlanta Symphony Hall has a complete theatrical stagehouse (unusual in a concert hall), allowing scenery to be hung, lighted and even moved if desired, all with considerable flexibility. When asked about the aggregation of jagged fragments hanging at the back of the stage for the Creation production, Patterson replied that her conception was of broken pieces coming together and reforming, perhaps following the Big Bang of creation. It occurred to me that, although the concept of the Big Bang had not yet been proposed in the 18th century, it is a creation image that resonates with modern audiences, and there is evidence Haydn was aware of ideas about the formation of the cosmos held by astronomers of his day. Patterson’s purpose in projecting colorful images on those fragments is not to illustrate the actions of the text in too literal a fashion, but to take the words as “guideposts” in expressing “the essence of the music.” For producing these images, she gives credit to Adam Larsen, saying, “Together we created the projected images for Górecki’s Third and Brahms’s Third [Symphonies] last spring.  He is a integral member of the design — I couldn’t do this

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without him.” She also praises her associate stage designer, Andrew Lu, who turned her sketches into precise technical drawings on the computer, and Atlanta’s D.B. Balliet, who designed the lighting for the production. Patterson has worked closely with Robert Spano and the ASO production team in preparing this production. She was in Atlanta for planning meetings last September and again in December, and there has been much conferring by telephone and e-mail as well. Produced in Atlanta, the scenic elements will be “loaded in” to Symphony Hall in midFebruary along with the lights, to be tested and adjusted during two weeks of technical and musical rehearsals. Onstage sight lines, standing and sitting cues, entrances and exits, and lighting changes have been carefully planned in advance, but everything has to be fine-tuned when the production leaves the page and becomes a physical reality. The goal of course is that everything will flow smoothly at the concerts, and with this unusual visual addition, Haydn’s immortal music will take on renewed and intensified meaning for performers and listeners alike. A member of the large ASO Chorus, Nick Jones formerly served as the orchestra’s program annotator for 25 years.


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Delta classical Series Concerts Thursday, February 5 and Saturday, February 7, 2009, at 8 p.m.

donald runnicles, Conductor christine brewer, Soprano ERIC OWENS, Bass Richard Strauss (1864-1949) Sextet from Capriccio, Opus 85 (1942) “Nun den, allein!” (“Recognition Scene”) from Elektra, Opus 58 (1909) christine brewer, Soprano Eric Owens, Bass INTERMISSION “Schweigt doch: Ich hab es nicht getan!” from Die Frau ohne Schatten, Opus 65 (1919) christine brewer, Soprano Eric Owens, Bass

“Moonlight Interlude” from Capriccio, Opus 85 (1942)

“Dance of the Seven Veils” and Final Scene from Salome, Opus 54 (1905) christine brewer, Soprano

English Surtitles by Ken Meltzer

“Inside the Music” preview of the concert, Thursday at 7 p.m., presented by Ken Meltzer, ASO Insider and Program Annotator. The use of cameras or recording devices during the concert is strictly prohibited. Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 19


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Solo pianos used by the ASO are gifts of the Atlanta Steinway Society and in memory of David Goldwasser. The Hamburg Steinway piano is a gift received by the ASO in honor of Rosi Fiedotin. This performance is being recorded for broadcast at a later time. ASO concert broadcasts are heard each week on Atlanta’s WABE FM-90.1 and Georgia Public Broaccasting’s statewide network. The ASO records for Telarc. Other ASO recordings are available on the Argo, Deutsche Grammophon, New World, Nonesuch, Philips and Sony Classical labels. Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta is the preferred hotel of the ASO. Trucks provided by Ryder Truck Rental Inc. Media sponsors: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB 750 AM.

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ASOprogram Notes on the Program By Ken Meltzer Richard Strauss was born in Munich, Germany, on June 11, 1864, and died in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on September 8,1949. All of the works on this program are receiving their ASO Classical Subscription Premieres.

Sextet from Capriccio, Opus 85 (1942) The first performance of Capriccio took place in Munich, Germany, at the Munich National Theater on October 28, 1942, with Clemens Krauss, conducting. The Sextet is scored for two violins, two violas, and two cellos. Approximate performance time is ten minutes.

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he final decade of Richard Strauss’s long and productive life was, in many ways, the most difficult. Along with the kinds of challenges typically encountered in later years, Strauss witnessed the destruction of his native Germany, as World War II reached its devastating conclusion. Ultimately, Strauss and his wife, Pauline, left their home in Garmisch, seeking refuge in Switzerland. Nevertheless, Strauss’s last decade proved to be a remarkably creative period, one affectionately referred to as the composer’s “Indian Summer.” During the 1940s, Strauss produced several marvelous works notable for their haunting lyricism, magical instrumental colors and economy of expression. These works include the Second Horn Concerto (1942), Metamorphosen (subtitled “A Study for 23 Solo Strings”) (1945), the Oboe Concerto (1945) and the Four Last Songs (1948). Strauss’s final opera, Capriccio (1942), is another worthy member of the “Indian Summer” family. The idea for the work originated in 1933. Author Stefan Zweig (1881-1942), the librettist for Strauss’s opera Die Schweigsame Frau (The Silent Woman) (1935), was visiting the British Library. There, he found a libretto by the 18th-century Italian writer Giovanni Battista di Casti, Prima la musica, e poi le parole (First the Music, and then the Words). Composer Antonio Salieri (1750-1825) set Casti’s text to music, and the opera was staged in Vienna in February of 1786, along with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor (The Impresario). Zweig thought the subject of the libretto — the relative importance of words and music in opera — would appeal to Strauss. Zweig was correct, and Strauss urged the author to collaborate with him on the project. Zweig, who was Jewish, had no interest in returning to Nazi Germany. Zweig met in Switzerland with librettist Joseph Gregor, and the two developed a scenario to serve as the basis for Strauss’s opera. However, Strauss found his collaboration with Gregor unsatisfactory. In 1939, conductor Clemens Krauss (1893-1954) met with Strauss and agreed to assist in the project. Over time, Krauss usurped Gregor’s involvement with the opera. The final libretto for the opera, Capriccio, was fashioned by Krauss, with contributions from Strauss as well. Capriccio received its premiere at the Munich National Theater on October 28, 1942. Clemens Krauss conducted and his wife, soprano Viorica Ursuleac, sang the role of the Countess Madeleine. Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 21


Strauss described Capriccio as “A Conversation Piece for Music in one act”. The “conversation,” as previously noted, focuses on the eternal debate of whether words or music should take precedence in opera. The story takes place in a chateau on the outskirts of Paris in May of 1777. The Countess Madeleine is pursued by two lovers — the musician, Flamand, and the poet, Olivier. As the opera opens, musicians are performing the slow movement of a String Sextet Flamand composed for the Countess. This beautiful Sextet (Andante con moto) also serves as Capriccio’s Overture.

“Nun den, allein!” (“Recognition Scene”) from Elektra, Opus 58 (1909) The premiere of Elektra took place in Dresden, Germany, at the Königliches Opernhaus on January 25, 1909, with Ernst von Schuch, conducting. The Recognition Scene is scored for soprano and bass solo, piccolo, three flutes, two oboes, English horn, heckelphone, E-flat clarinet, four clarinets, bass clarinet, basset clarinet, three bassoons, contrabassoon, eight horns, four Wagner tubas, three trumpets, four trombones, bass trumpet, tuba, timpani (two players), percussion and strings. Approximate performance time is twenty-two minutes.

Strauss and Hofmannsthal

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lektra was the first collaboration between Richard Strauss and the brilliant Austrian poet and dramatist, Hugo von Hofmannsthal (1874-1929). It was the beginning of one of the greatest partnerships in operatic history. In addition to Elektra, Strauss and Hofmannsthal created Der Rosenkavalier (1911), Ariadne auf Naxos (1912, rev. 1916), Die Frau ohne Schatten (1919), The Egyptian Helen (1928), and Arabella (1933). While at work on Salome in 1905, Strauss attended a performance of Hofmannsthal’s adaptation of Electra, by the Greek dramatist, Sophocles. Strauss approached Hofmannsthal, and the two agreed to create an operatic adaptation of the Sophocles play. But then, Strauss then had second thoughts. There were obvious and striking similarities between Elektra and Salome. Both are one-act operas. Both tell the story of an obsessed daughter, an evil mother and a licentious stepfather. The implacable natures of Elektra’s Orestes and Salome’s John the Baptist provided another parallel. But Hofmannsthal found crucial differences between the two works: “…in Salome there is so to speak purple and violet, the atmosphere is torrid, in Elektra, on the other hand, it is a mixture of night and light, of black and bright.”

“Well, I liked it!” Strauss and Hofmannsthal decided to proceed with the project. The opera Elektra received its premiere in Dresden on January 25, 1909. Prior to the premiere, Strauss invited a group of professional musicians to attend the dress rehearsal. The power and audacity of the music was so overwhelming that at the opera’s conclusion, the audience sat in stone-cold silence.

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ASOprogram After looking around for a few moments, Strauss finally announced: “Well, I liked it!” The critics and audiences didn’t quite know what to make of a score that was both powerful and shocking. One wrote: “Though Strauss did not Elektra-fy the audience, he did Elektra-cute it.” Another said: (Strauss) has a constitutional aversion to what sounds beautiful … If the reader who has not heard Elektra desires to witness something that looks as its orchestral score sounds, let him, next summer, poke a stick into an ant hill and watch the black insects darting, angry and bewildered, biting and clawing, in a thousand directions at once. It’s amusing for ten minutes, but not for two hours. To be fair to those early critics, it must be acknowledged that many contemporary opera-goers still find Elektra to be a daunting work. However, no one can deny the brilliance of Strauss’s orchestral and vocal writing, or for that matter, the extreme challenges they present for the musicians. It should also be noted that the “Recognition Scene”, presented in these concerts, offers by far the most extended lyrical moment in the opera.

The Story of Elektra The story of Elektra takes place in the courtyard of the palace of the Atridae in Mycenae. Electra, the disgraced daughter of King Agamemnon, is disheveled and near insanity. Electra recalls how Agamemnon, was killed by her mother, Clytaemnestra, and her lover, Aegisthus. Electra invokes the spirit of her dead father to come to her aid. Electra’s sister, Chrysothemis, does not seek revenge. Instead, Chrysothemis hopes for marriage and motherhood, so that she can escape her unhappy life in the palace. Chrysothemis reveals that Aegisthus and Clytaemnestra plan to imprison Electra. Soon, Clytaemnestra’s procession approaches. Clytaemnestra has been haunted by recurring nightmares, in which Orestes avenges his father’s death. Clytaemnestra is going to pray to the gods to restore her peace of mind. Clytaemnestra asks Electra how she can rid herself of her nightmares. Electra responds that Clytaemnestra must sacrifice herself to the gods. A confidante tells Clytaemnestra that two messengers have arrived bearing news of the death of Orestes. Clytaemnestra celebrates this news, and then departs. Electra now realizes that she alone must avenge her father’s death. She asks Chrysothemis for her help, but the terrified woman rushes away. In the “Recognition Scene”, Electra encounters one of the messengers, who confirms the death of Orestes. But when the messenger realizes that he is speaking with Electra, he reveals himself to be her brother. Orestes prepares to avenge his father’s death and enters the palace. Two horrible screams from within reveal that Orestes has murdered Clytaemnestra. The commotion brings Aegisthus out of the palace. Electra pretends to help her stepfather by lighting his path — which of course leads to his death at Orestes’s hands. Electra dances in triumph, and falls lifeless to the ground. Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 23


“Schweigt doch: Ich hab es nicht getan!” from Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman without a Shadow), Opus 65 (1919) The premiere of Die Frau ohne Schatten took place in Vienna, Austria, at the Vienna Staatsoper on October 10, 1919, with Franz Schalk, conducting. “Schweigt doch: Ich hab es nicht getan” is scored for soprano and bass solo, three flutes, two oboes, English horn, E-flat clarinet, two clarinets, bass clarinet, basset clarinet, three bassoons, contrabassoon, eight horns, four Wagner tubas, three trumpets, four trombones, tuba, timpani, bass drum, two harps, Sergeiceleste, Prokofiev organ and strings. Approximate performance time is eleven minutes.

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fter the success Elektra (1909), Strauss informed Hugo von Hofmannsthal that he wished to compose “a Mozart opera.” Early in 1909, the two agreed on the plot that was to become the basis of Der Rosenkavalier (The Knight of the Rose). Hofmannsthal described the story in the following manner: “(A) pompous, fat, and elderly suitor favored by the father has his nose put out of joint by a dashing lover—could anything be plainer?” Der Rosenkavalier was an immediate and resounding success. Within a year of the Dresden premiere on January 26, 1911, the Königliches Opernhaus presented fifty sold-out performances. Special “Rosenkavalier trains” transported eager opera lovers from Berlin and neighboring towns to Dresden. Strauss was anxious to embark immediately on a new operatic project with Hofmannsthal. The author suggested two possibilities, one of which became their next collaboration, Ariadne auf Naxos (1912, rev. 1916). The other subject Hofmannsthal proposed was “a magic fairy tale” of two couples. Over time, this “magic fairy tale” developed into the epic three-act opera, Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman without a Shadow). Progress on Die Frau ohne Schatten proved to be slow. Strauss worked on the project for more than three years. By contrast, Strauss wrote Der Rosenkavalier (a work of comparable length) in seventeen months. Certainly the outbreak of the First World War had a great deal to do with this (Hofmannsthal served in the military during the conflict). Also, Strauss spent considerable time on his revision of Ariadne auf Naxos, as well as the huge orchestral work, An Alpine Symphony (1915). Strauss finally completed Die Frau’s final act in September of 1916. Both Strauss and Hofmannsthal agreed that the premiere of Die Frau ohne Schatten should await the conclusion of the War. The first performance took place at the Vienna State Opera on October 10, 1919. The epic and complex work tells the story of an enchanted Empress who lacks a shadow, the symbol of both fertility and compassion. The Empress learns that unless she acquires a shadow in three days’ time, she will be forced to leave her husband, the Emperor, who will be turned into stone. In search of a shadow, the Empress meets the wife of the poor dyer, Barak. The Empress and the Dyer’s Wife reach an agreement for the latter’s shadow. In the end, the Empress’s refusal to take the shadow of the Dyer’s Wife, even at the potential cost of the Emperor’s death, leads to everyone’s salvation. At the beginning of Act III (“Schweigt doch: Ich hab es nicht getan!”), Barak and his Wife are in an underground vault, separated by a wall. The Dyer’s Wife is haunted by the voices of unborn

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“Moonlight Interlude” from Capriccio, Opus 85 (1942) The “Moonlight Interlude” is scored for piccolo, two flutes, two oboes, English horn, three clarinets, basset clarinet, bass clarinet, three bassoons, four horns, two trumpets, two harps and strings. Approximate performance time is five minutes.

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he Countess has made dates with both of her lovers—the musician Flamand and poet Olivier — for the same time and place. She tries to choose between the two men. In the final scene of Capriccio, the Countess, wearing an elegant evening gown, steps out of her salon onto the moonlit terrace. In an exquisite monologue, the Countess struggles with her emotions. At the opera’s close, the Countess’s choice remains a mystery. The Final Scene opens with an orchestral introduction, the gorgeous “Moonlight Interlude” (Andante con moto). The Interlude begins with an extended horn solo, blossoming into the orchestra’s shimmering climax. In the final measures, the “Moonlight Interlude” resolves to an ascending pianissimo close.

“Dance of the Seven Veils” and Final Scene from Salome, Opus 54 (1905) The first performance of Salome took place on December 9, 1905, at the Königliches Opernhaus in Dresden, Germany, with Ernst von Schuch conducting. The “Dance of the Seven Veils” and Final Scene are scored for soprano solo, piccolo, three flutes, two oboes, English horn, heckelphone, E-flat clarinet, two clarinets in A, two clarinets in B-flat, bass clarinet, three bassoons, contrabassoon, six horns, four trumpets, four trombones, tuba, timpani (two players), gong, cymbals, bass drum, snare drum, tambourine, triangle, xylophone, castanets, glockenspiel, celesta, two harps and strings. Approximate performance time is twenty-seven minutes.

Wilde, Strauss and Salome Richard Strauss’s one-act opera, Salome, is based upon the biblical play by Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), written in 1891 and published two years later. Wilde originally intended Salome as a vehicle for the great actress, Sarah Bernhardt. However, Bernhardt, fearful that the play’s shocking story might cause a scandal, withdrew from the project. Wilde’s Salome finally had its premiere, in Paris, in 1896. Subsequently, Hedwig Lachmann authored a German translation of Wilde’s original French text. And when Richard Strauss attended a German performance of Salome featuring the Lachmann translation, the composer became convinced of the possibilities for an operatic adaptation. Strauss worked on Salome for two years, finally completing the opera on June 20, 1905. During the composition of Salome, Strauss played some of the score for his father, Franz Strauss. The elder Strauss, one of the greatest horn players of his generation, was never shy about offering Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 25


his opinion. Upon hearing Salome, Franz Strauss remarked: “Oh God, what nervous music! It sounds as if a swarm of ants were crawling in the seat of your trousers.” On the other hand, Gustav Mahler was quite taken with Strauss’s Salome. Mahler was concerned that the scandalous plot might preclude the opera from being staged in Catholic countries. But Mahler’s wife, Alma, recalled that when Strauss played the score for Mahler, her husband “was charmed … Mahler was won over. A man may dare all if he has the genius to make the incredible credible.”

Early Reactions to Salome The premiere of Salome, which took place in Dresden on December 9, 1905, was an extraordinary triumph. The audience roared its approval, calling the musicians and composer back to the stage for 38 curtain calls. Still, all was not smooth sailing. The North American premiere of Salome took place at New York’s Metropolitan Opera on January 22, 1907. Two days earlier, there was a dress rehearsal, presented for an invited audience. In what was probably not the wisest planning, Heinrich Conried, Manager of the Metropolitan Opera, scheduled the dress rehearsal for Sunday afternoon, shortly after many of the audience members had been to church. Included in the dress rehearsal audience was industrialist J. P. Morgan, who was deeply offended by what he saw. At the Metropolitan Opera premiere, the great Swedish-American soprano, Olive Fremstad, gave a stunning performance in the title role, capped by a voluptuous kiss on the lips of John the Baptist’s severed head. The Met’s board of directors was scandalized. Twenty-seven years would elapse before the Metropolitan Opera would again stage Salome. Today, Salome is one of the staples of the operatic repertoire. It remains, however, a piece that has the power to seduce and shock its audiences. It is also a work that presents extraordinary challenges, notably for the soprano performing the title role. In Wilde’s play and Strauss’s opera, Salome is a beautiful, teenage princess. But in the opera, Strauss often requires the soprano to project her voice over huge orchestral forces. As Strauss put it, the ideal Salome should have the figure of “a sixteen-year-old princess with the voice of an Isolde.” As you might imagine, the confluence of such attributes is rare. The first Salome, Marie Wittich, was a superb singer, but a quite ample woman as well. Strauss was not deterred: “Voice, Horatio, voice, and once again voice,” he wrote to a friend. But when the moment arrived for the performance of the “Dance of the Seven Veils,” a professional dancer substituted for Wittich. Later, Strauss asked the beautiful American soprano, Geraldine Farrar, to consider the role of Salome. Farrar replied that she felt her lyric soprano was not appropriate for this dramatic role. Strauss countered, “ You, Farrar, (who) have such dramatic possibilities, can act and dance half naked, so no one will care if you sing or not.” Farrar politely declined Strauss’s suggestion.

The Story of Salome Salome takes place in Tiberius, in the palace of Herod, Tetrarch of Judea. The princess Salome, daughter of Herod’s wife, Herodias, becomes fascinated with imprisoned prophet, John the

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ASOprogram Baptist. When John the Baptist resists Salome’s advances, the young princess vows that she will kiss the prophet’s mouth. The lecherous Herod vows to give Salome anything she wishes if the princess will dance for him. After extracting this promise from Herod, Salome performs the seductive “Dance of the Seven Veils”, a stunning and voluptuous orchestral showpiece that has enjoyed an independent life in the concert repertoire. At the conclusion of the Dance, Salome throws herself at Herod’s feet and asks for her reward — the head of John the Baptist on a silver platter. Herod protests, but finally realizes he has no choice but to fulfill his promise. In the Final Scene, Salome grabs the platter, and, exulting in her triumph, kisses the mouth of the prophet’s severed head. Herod orders that his soldiers crush Salome beneath their shields.

donald runnicles, Conductor

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onald Runnicles, Music Director and Principal Conductor of the San Francisco Opera since 1992, is also Music Director of the Grand Teton Music Festival and Principal Guest Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, with which he has made a series of acclaimed recordings for Telarc. In 2009, he will become General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Orchestra. Symphonic work and chamber music are as close to the maeDonald Runnicles stro’s heart as opera. He conducts three weeks with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra this season, and also returns to Rome’s Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Berlin’s Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester, and the London Symphony Orchestra. He also conducts a pair of concerts with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in the season before becoming Chief Conductor. Mr. Runnicles began his musical career as a rehearsal pianist in Germany, and made his conducting debut 30 years ago in Mannheim, where he was the City’s General Music Director. In December, he returns there to celebrate the anniversary, conducting a pair of concerts and a performance of Strauss’s Elektra. Mr. Runnicles has ongoing musical relationships with some of the finest orchestras and opera companies in the U.S. and Europe. Among those in the U.S. are the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, San Francisco and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, and the New World Symphony. He is a frequent guest conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, North German Radio Orchestra Hamburg (NDR) and Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Munich. He appears annually in Great Britain at both the BBC London Proms and the Edinburgh Festival, and each year conducts the Vienna State Opera. He has also led productions in the opera houses of Amsterdam, Berlin, Cologne, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Milan, Munich, Paris and Zurich. Among Donald Runnicles’s awards are the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and an honorary degree from Edinburgh University. Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 27


ASOprogram christine brewer, Soprano

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rammy Award winning American soprano Christine Brewer’s appearances in opera, concert and recital are marked with her own unique timbre, at once warm and brilliant, combined with a vibrant personality and emotional honesty reminiscent of the great sopranos of the past. Her range, golden tone, boundless power, and control make her a favorite of the stage as well as a sought-after recording artist.

Christine Brewer

Highlights of Christine Brewer’s 2008-09 season are numerous and include her return to the Metropolitan Opera as Brünnhilde in the last showing of Otto Schenk’s landmark Ring production, heard around the world as part of the MET radio broadcasts; Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen, the New York Philharmonic and Lorin Maazel, and the Staatskapelle Berlin and Pierre Boulez at Carnegie Hall; Verdi’s Requiem with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and David Robertson as well as with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis, with whom she also collaborates as soloist in Strauss’s Four Last Songs with Donald Runnicles; concerts with the BBC Philharmonic at home in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and on tour to Spain with Wagner’s Wesendonck-lieder; and performances of Britten’s War Requiem in Dresden and at Royal Albert Hall. Typical of this versatile artist, she sings and records Strauss opera scenes with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Runnicles, performs Handel with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Wagner with the Malaysia Philharmonic, and closes the season in the title role of Gluck’s masterpiece, Alceste, at Santa Fe Opera.

eric owens, Bass

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cclaimed for his commanding stage presence and inventive artistry, American bass-baritone Eric Owens has carved a unique place in the contemporary opera world as both a troubadour of new music and a powerful interpreter of classic works. Called “consistently charismatic, theatrically and vocally” by New York Magazine and “absolutely remarkable” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Owens is equally at home in concert, recital and opera performances, bringing his powerful poise, expansive voice and instinctive acting faculties to stages around the globe.

Eric Owens

Recent dramatic roles include Owens’ debut with Lyric Opera of Chicago as General Leslie Groves – a role he originated – in John Adams’ Doctor Atomic, conducted by Robert Spano. Additionally, Owens returns to the San Francisco Opera as the King of Scotland in Handel’s Ariodante, conducted by Patrick Summers, and portrays Oroveso in Bellini’s Norma with the Opera Company of Philadelphia.

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$1,750+ Mr. Albert Anderson Marian & Paul Anderson Anonymous Mrs. Kathy Betty B. Sandford Birdsey III Martha S. Brewer Mr. & Mrs. Eric L. Brooker Tony & Norma Jean Bueschen Ian M. Burt Dr. Carol T. Bush & Dr. Aubrey M. Bush Evelyn J. & Richard A. Carroll Dr. Michele R. Chartier & Lt. Col. Kirk Chartier Dr. & Mrs. Grady S. Clinkscales, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. B. Woodfin Cobbs, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Barksdale Collins* Jean & Jerry Cooper Robert Cronin & Christina Smith Mr. & Mrs. Burton K. Davis Mrs. H. Frances Davis Cecil B. Day Family Elizabeth & John Donnelly Mr. Bruce E. Dunlap Ms. Diane Durgin Cree & Frazer Durrett Drs. Norma J. & Bryan P. Edwards

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

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The Woodruff Arts Center salutes the Patron Circle of Stars: Those who have given $15,000 or more to our Annual Corporate Campaign. You helped us reach a record $8.7 Million Goal for 2007-2008. Thank You!

Chairman’s Council ★★★★★★★★★★★★ $450,000+ The Coca-Cola Company

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★★★★★★★★★ $200,000+ AT&T The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Inc. SunTrust Foundations & Employees Florence C. & Harry L. English Memorial Fund Harriet McDaniel Marshall Trust Walter H. & Marjory M. Rich Memorial Fund ★★★★★★★★ $150,000+ Alston & Bird LLP Bank of America Ernst & Young, Partners & Employees Equifax Inc. & Employees Jones Day Foundation & Employees

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★★★★★★★ $100,000+ AirTran Airways R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation Holder Construction Company ING King & Spalding LLP The Marcus Foundation, Inc. The David, Helen & Marian Woodward Fund ★★★★★★ $75,000+ GE Energy Goldman Sachs & Co. The Home Depot Foundation Kimberly-Clark Corporation The Sartain Lanier Family Foundation, Inc. Macy’s Foundation Verizon ★★★★★ $50,000+ American International Group, Inc. Cisco Citi Foundation and Citi businesses of Primerica Citi Smith Barney CitiFinancial Corporate Investment Bank Coca-Cola Enterprises The Delta Airlines Foundation

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Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Macy's Systems & Technology Manhattan Associates Gail and Bob O'Leary Paces Properties & the Cochran Family Fund Piedmont Charitable Foundation, Inc. Post Properties, Inc. Price Gilbert, Jr. Charitable Fund Printpack Inc./The Gay & Erskine Love Foundation David M. Ratcliffe Betsy & Bert Rayle Raymond James Financial, Inc. Regal Entertainment Group Russell Reynolds Associates Schiff Hardin LLP The Sembler Company Alex and Betty Smith Foundation, Inc. Spencer Stuart Karen & John Spiegel Superior Essex Inc. U.S. Security Associates, Inc. VIPGift Waste Management Charitable Foundation Watson Wyatt Worldwide John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods The Betty A. & James B. Williams Foundation Sue & Neil Williams Winter Construction Company Leonard & Carla Wood WATL/WXIA/Gannett Foundation The Woodruff Arts Center gratefully acknowledges the generocity of the Fulton County Arts Council. *As of August 1, 2008

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Passionate Pairing

W

hen Mei-Ann Chen was music

director of the Portland Youth Philharmonic in Oregon, she used to play a little game with her car radio. “I would turn on the classical station and try to guess the performer,” she says. “I would always know when it was Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg because she is so specific ­­— she is telling a story to you every second she plays. And she is one of my favorite violinists in the world. But, I’ve never heard her play in person.”

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“The Mendelssohn… is a genius piece and every time out I find something new.” — Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg

Now, in her Atlanta Symphony Orchestra subscription debut, ASO Assistant Conductor Chen will lead the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with Salerno-Sonnenberg as soloist, followed by Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. Winning the 1981 Naumberg International Violin Competition, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg quickly established herself as an international artist known for electrifying performances with a searing technique and forceful personality. She has played the Mendelssohn “maybe a thousand times. But, it’s a genius piece and every time out I find something new,” she says. “It’s like pizza —­ you eat it all your life because it’s good.” Many, including Mei-Ann Chen, who is also a trained violinist, know about SalernoSonnenberg’s music-making and background 40 Encore Atlanta

from the Academy Award-nominated documentary Speaking in Strings, made about her by a New Jersey childhood friend in 2000. It explores the highs and lows of having great talent, starting out young, trying to find personal growth and coming back from grave adversity. “Everyone can relate to a bad time in life,” she says. “I learned the lessons I needed to learn.” Salerno-Sonnenberg, happy that “the film has a happy ending,” is not afraid of what others might say or of being outspoken. She has been called a lot of things: Jersey girl (she laughs); diva (“oh, please”); volatile (“hmmm ... not so much anymore”); highstrung, fiery (“yeah”); maverick (“absolutely ­— and proud of it”). Now add concertmaster. “Concertmaster? That would have been ludicrous, something I wouldn’t have taken


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five seconds to consider,” she says emphatically. Then, the conductor-less New Century Chamber Orchestra invited her to join them for concerts in San Francisco. “Ten days, I thought, I’ll be stuck, with my soul being sapped. But we clicked. I learned about myself as a musician. After I left, I found myself, maybe in the shower, thinking about them. It was like a virus I couldn’t shake [it] off.” Turns out, the NCCO musicians felt similarly and asked her to be their music director and concertmaster. “They are my passion now,” SalernoSonnenberg says. She plans to tour with them, and already they are recording on her NSS Music label, founded in 2005. “It is important to me that the classical music community knows who New Century is.” Salerno-Sonnenberg takes joy in playing both Bach and new works, such as a Clarice Assad concerto written for her and Brazilian guitarists Sergio and Odair Assad, long-time collaborators. She also gives duo recitals regularly with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott. “What we [musicians] do is more demanding

“The Fifth… helped me  discover my own voice.” – Mei-Ann Chen

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—­­ it takes more talent, more practice, more hard work — than any other entertainment. I hope that any audience leaves a concert feeling ‘there is nothing I would rather have done tonight.’ I want to communicate — live, when anything can happen — how great the piece of music is.” Mei-Ann Chen, who won the 2005 Nicolai Malko Competition for Conductors, which launched her young career, says, “That moment of making music and connecting with people makes you feel so alive.” She is particularly thrilled that Atlanta audiences will hear her lead Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, which she conducted in the final competition round, and hints at how to listen: “Music is a language that expresses [the] deepest humanity. The Fifth, so different than the Fourth or the Sixth symphonies, is the work where Tchaikovsky struggled with fate. And it is a piece that helped me discover my own voice.” Margaret Shakespeare, who lives in New York and the farmlands of Long Island, often writes about music and musicians.


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Woodruff Arts Center Box Office Mon. – Fri., 10 am – 8 pm; Sat. – Sun., Noon – 8 pm. 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.

SINGLE TICKETS Call 404.733.5000 Mon. – Fri., 10 am – 8 pm; Sat. – Sun., Noon – 8 pm. Service charge applies. Phone orders are filled on a best-available basis.

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

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ASOstaff

administrative staff Executive Allison Vulgamore President & Chief Executive Officer Evans Mirageas Director of Artistic Planning Rachel Roberts Director of Strategic Planning Engagement Tom Tomlinson Project Director Woodruff Arts Center Expansion Executive on loan from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Carla Peterson Project Coordinator Martha M. Van Nouhuys Executive Assistant to the ASO Executive Office ADMINISTRATION John Sparrow Vice President for Orchestra Initiatives & General Manager Julianne Fish Orchestra Manager Nancy Crowder Operations/Rental Events Coordinator Carol Wyatt Executive Assistant to the Music Director & Principal Guest Conductor Jeffrey Baxter Choral Administrator Ken Meltzer ASO Insider & Program Annotator Russell Williamson Orchestra Personnel Manager Susanne Watts Assistant Orchestra Personnel Manager Paul Barrett Senior Production Stage Manager Lela Huff Assistant Stage Manager Richard Carvlin Stage Manager Kevin Brown House Manager

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FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION Donald F. Fox Executive Vice President for Business Operations Aysha Siddique Administrative Assistant to the CFO Susan Ambo Controller April Satterfield Senior Accountant Kim Hielsberg Director of Financial Planning & Analysis Guy Wallace Staff Accountant Rachel Parton Reception/ Administration Support Stephen Jones Symphony Store Manager Peter Dickson Venue Accountant Popular Presentations Clay Schell General Manager Trevor Ralph Senior Operations & Venues Manager Holly Clausen Director of Marketing Keri Musgraves Promotions Manager Lisa Eng Graphic Artist Chastain Park Amphitheater Tanner Smith Program Director Jonathan Owens Operations Manager Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park Katie Daniel VIP Sales Manager Debra Honan Receptionist Stevan Simms Facility Operations & Maintenance Manager Jenny Iammarino Guest Services Manager & Operations Assistant Rebecca Gordon Box Office Manager

advancement & learning Paul W. Hogle Vice President for Institutional Advancement & Learning Tammie Taylor Assistant to the VP for Advancement & Learning Stephanie Malhotra Director of Advancement & Learning Services Rebecca Abernathy Donor Services Associate Renee Vary Director of Constituent Communications

Barbara Saunders Learning Community Gifts Officer Mariel Reynolds ASO Community Catalyst Elizabeth Wilson Director of Student Musician Development Lindsay Fisher Learning Community Specialist; Ensembles Coordinator

MARKETING & CONCERT PROMOTIONS Charles Wade Vice President for Marketing & Audience Engagement Major & Planned Giving Alesia Banks Jessica Langlois Director of Customer Director of Leadership Gifts Service & Season Tickets & Planned Giving Nellie Cummins Andrea Welna Group & Corporate Major Gifts Officer Sales Associate Meredith Jackson Rebecca Enright Prospect Research Officer Subscription & Education Sales Annual, Institutional Assistant & Volunteer Services Janice Hay Scott Giffen Senior Director Director of Institutional of Marketing Support & Partnerships Meko Hector Corey Cowart Office & Marketing Corporate Relations Coordinator Manager Jennifer Jefferson Cortni Witherspoon Interactive Partnership Creation Media Manager Consultant Melanie Kite Janina Edwards Subscription Grant Writer Office Manager Barbara Saunders Shelby Moody Learning Community Group & Corporate Gifts Officer Sales Coordinator Toni Paz Director of Individual Giving Seth Newcom Database Administrator Maya Robinson Robert Phipps Patron Partnership Publications Director Gifts Officer Melissa A. E. Sanders Celeste Pendarvis Director of Volunteer Services Director of Public & Media Relations & Special Events Karl Schnittke Christine Woods Publications Editor Volunteer Project Manager Robin Smith Catherine Bowman Group & Corporate Decoratorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Show House Sales Assistant Coordinator Laura Soldati Sarah Turner Publicist Special Events Coordinator Russell Wheeler ASO Learning Community Group & Corporate Melanie Darby Sales Manager Director of Education Christina Wood Programming Marketing Manager Scott Giffen Director of Development


ATLANTA CHAMBER PLAYERS present “Tour de Force”

Spivey Hall – Clayton State University Sunday afternoon, March 1, 2009 at 3 p.m. John Meisner, violin ● Elizabeth Koch, oboe Carl Nitchie, bassoon ● Paula Peace, piano and artistic director ● Christina Smith, flute ● Brad Ritchie, cello Catherine Lynn, viola ● Justin Bruns, violin www.atlantachamberplayers.com “Atlanta’s All-Stars” – Atlanta Journal-Constitution

BEETHOVEN Serenade in D Major, Opus 25 POULENC Trio (oboe, bassoon, piano) KORNGOLD Piano Quintet, Opus 15

Admission $25; students $12.50 with ID Tickets: Spivey Hall box office (678) 466-4200 or www.spiveyhall.org/concerts

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