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16 A ‘tree’ grows in Atlanta
21 This week’s concert and program notes
Madeline Rogers takes you inside the latest Theater of a Concert production of A Flowering Tree, inspired by an ancient Indian folk tale.
50 Community Corner
Meet Dantes Rameau, co-founder and executive director of the Atlanta Music Project.
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Welcome Having fulfilled, as he likes to say, “six years of my five-year contract,” my colleague Joe Bankoff has stepped down as the Woodruff Arts Center’s CEO. He will be sorely missed. Long before Joe assumed responsibility for the overall health and welfare of the Arts Center, he was an enthusiastic supporter of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He volunteered his valuable time and considerable expertise, served ably on the Symphony’s board, and participated actively as a member of the search committee that brought Robert Spano to Atlanta as our Music Director. Joe understood, long before most, that for Robert and the ASO’s musicians to be able to soar and, more importantly, for the ASO to fulfill its expanding role in nurturing the talents of Atlanta’s young aspiring artists, we would have to have a new home. Joe played an integral role in advancing the campaign for a new Atlanta Symphony Center. The economic downturn played havoc with the ASO’s finances and with our plan, but Joe continued to lead a campaign of quiet diplomacy at the Georgia state Capitol, arguing persuasively that public support for the arts is a sound investment in economic growth, in education, and in our state’s future. It’s that emphasis on the future — and on quality arts education as a path to a successful future — that will define Joe’s legacy as the Woodruff’s CEO. He led the effort to make arts education a cornerstone of the Arts Center’s strategic plan, and he moved forward with single-minded determination to make that vision a reality. Great leaders don’t just spout ideas: They show up. Attend an ASO concert, and it’s highly likely that you’ll see Joe. Talent Development Program recital? Joe will be there. Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra concert? Absolutely. ASO Gala? Front and center. Joe, we’ll miss you — but we still expect to see you. My thanks to Joe, and to you, for supporting your Atlanta Symphony Orchestra! Wishing you all the best,
Stanley E. Romanstein, Ph.D. President
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leadership Atlanta Symphony Orchestra League 2012-2013 Board of Directors Officers Jim Abrahamson D. Kirk Jamieson Chair Vice Chair Karole F. Lloyd Meghan H. Magruder Chair-Elect Vice Chair
Joni Winston Secretary Mark D. Wasserman Treasurer
Directors Pinney L. Allen Neil H. Berman Paul Blackney Janine Brown C. Merrell Calhoun Donald P. Carson S. Wright Caughman, M.D. Ronald M. Cofield Sylvia Davidson* Carlos del Rio, M.D. Lynn Eden 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 Ben F. Johnson III Mark Kistulinec Steve Koonin Carrie Kurlander James H. Landon Michael Lang Donna Lee Kelly L. Loeffler Belinda Massafra*
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 John B. White, Jr. Richard S. White, Jr. Patrice Wright-Lewis Camille Yow
Penny McPhee Howard D. 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 William Schultz † John Sibley H. Hamilton Smith Lucinda B. Smith Thurmond Smithgall †
Board of counselors Mrs. Helen Aderhold 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 Lucy Lee Mrs. William C. Lester Mrs. J. Erskine Love Carolyn C. McClatchey Joyce Schwob
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 Mrs. Charles A. Smithgall, Jr. * ex officio † 2012-2013 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.
a ‘tree’ grows in Atlanta
The lighter side of composer John Adams reveals itself in his Mozartinspired opera, A Flowering Tree. Madeline Rogers takes you inside the latest Theater of a Concert production, a work based on an ancient Indian folk tale.
springtime, and Atlanta’s streets, parks, and gardens are blooming. And so is Atlanta Symphony Hall, where the hauntingly beautiful A Flowering Tree — performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, vocal soloists Jessica Rivera, Eric Owens and Russell Thomas, all led by Music Director Robert Spano, with stage direction by James Alexander — will transform the stage, on June 7 & 9, into a fantastical world in which a beautiful young woman discovers she has the power to turn herself into blossom-laden tree. The opera, based on an Indian folk tale, is the latest in the Orchestra’s popular Theater of a Concert series, and was penned by a composer who is well-known to Atlanta audiences: John Adams. 16 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra/aso.org
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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 Nathan Zgonc 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
Juan de Gomar
Michael Moore Principal
Brice Andrus Principal Susan Welty Associate Principal Thomas Witte Richard Deane Bruce Kenney
Thomas Hooten Principal The Madeline and Howell Adams Chair* The Mabel Dorn Reeder Honorary Chair* Karin Bliznik Associate Principal Michael Tiscione Joseph Walthall
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
The Hugh and Jessie Hodgson Memorial Chair* Peter Marshall † Beverly Gilbert † Sharon Berenson LIBRARY
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‡ rotate between sections * Chair named in perpetuity † Regularly engaged musician Players in string sections are listed alphabetically
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program Robert Spano, Music Director Donald Runnicles, Principal Guest Conductor
Delta Classical Series Concerts Thursday, June 7, and Saturday, June 9, 2012, at 8:00 p.m.
Robert Spano, Conductor James Alexander, Stage Director Cast (In Order of Vocal Appearance) Storyteller: Eric Owens, Bass-Baritone Kumudha: Jessica Rivera, Soprano The Prince: Russell Thomas, Tenor Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Norman Mackenzie, Director of Choruses John Adams (b. 1947) A Flowering Tree (2006) Libretto by John Adams and Peter Sellars adapted from the ancient Indian folktale and poetry in translations by A. K. Ramanujan. Act I Act I, Scene 1 One morning… Kumudha’s Prayer Scene 2: Flores Chorus Kumudha and her sister… Scene 3: Audience with the King Mamá Mamá, ¿Por qué nos pegas? Scene 4: The Wedding They brought her to me Bride and Groom The bride sunk her face… intermission Act II Act II, Scene 1: Orchestral Prelude “You are cruel.” “Kumudha once more…” “Days passed…” Scene 3: Before I laughed with him nightly Scene 4: Kumudha and the Beggar Minstrels Scene 5: We had all but forgotten you, Prince The Prince recognizes Kumudha Kumudha’s Final Transformation By arrangement with Hendon Music, Inc., a Boosey & Hawkes company, publisher and copyright owner. For SymphonyV.0: James Alexander, Artistic Director; Brian Pirkle, Director of Production; Ryan Richards, Technical Director; Jeff Sandstrom, Dir. Of Creative Services; Dorian Usherwood, Dir. Business Development; Brad Sitton, Content Developer “Inside the Music” preview of the concert, Thursday at 7 p.m., presented by Ken Meltzer, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Insider and Program Annotator. The use of cameras or recording devices during the concert is strictly prohibited.
is the Presenting Sponsor of the Atlanta School of Composers. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s special artistic initiatives surrounding The Atlanta School of Composers is generously funded in part by Turner Voices. Turner Voices is Turner Broadcasting’s philanthropic initiative that focuses on building the next generation of storytellers in the arts and high school education arenas.
is proud to sponsor the Delta Classical Series of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Delta is proud to be celebrating our 70th anniversary as Atlanta’s hometown airline. Delta’s community spirit worldwide continues to be a cornerstone of our organization. As a force for global good, our mission is to continuously create value through an inclusive culture by leveraging partnerships and serving communities where we live and work. It includes not only valuing individual differences of race, religion, gender, nationality and lifestyle, but also managing and valuing the diversity of work teams, intracompany teams and business partnerships. Delta is an active, giving corporate citizen in the communities it serves. Delta’s community engagement efforts are driven by our desire to build long-term partnerships in a way that enables nonprofits to utilize many aspects of Delta’s currency — our employees time and talent, our free and discounted air travel, as well as our surplus donations. Together, we believe we can take our worldwide communities to new heights! The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s concert on November 5, 2011 at Carnegie Hall was made possible through the generous support of Delta Air Lines, Thurmond Smithgall and the Massey Charitable Trust. 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.
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auditions | august 12-13, 2012 This season’s Chorus highlights include an October Carnegie Hall performance with Robert Spano and the ASO, and the works of Bach, Bernstein, Duruflé, Handel, Verdi and Walton conducted by Music Director, Robert Spano, Principal Guest Conductor, Donald Runnicles and ASO Director of Choruses, Norman Mackenzie. FOR INFORMATION VISIT asochorus.org or CALL 404.733.4876.
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program Notes on the Program By Ken Meltzer A Flowering Tree (2006) John Adams was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, on February 15, 1947. The first performance of A Flowering Tree took place at the MuseumsQuartier, in Vienna, Austria, on November 14, 2006. The cast included Eric Owens (Storyteller), Jessica Rivera (Kumudha), and Russell Thomas (The Prince). The composer conducted the Orquesta Joven Camerata de Venezuela and the Schola Cantorum Caracas. A Flowering Tree is scored for lyric soprano, tenor and baritone, mixed chorus, piccolo, two flutes, two oboes, English horn, soprano recorder, alto recorder, three clarinets, bass clarinet, two bassoons, contrabassoon, four horns, piccolo trumpet, two trumpets, timpani, Percussion 1 (glockenspiel, woodblock, claves, pedal bass drum, snare drum, two suspended cymbals, two tuned bongos, tom tom, shaker, three temple blocks, cowbell, bongo, maracas, bass drum, two Japanese bowl gongs Chinese cymbal, two triangles, slapstick), Percussion 2 (chimes, triangle, tambourine, woodblock, suspended cymbal, rainmaker, bass drum, castanet, bongo, snare drum), Percussion 3 (maracas, tambourine, rainmaker, high triangle, low pitch tubular wind chimes), Percussion 4 (shaker, rainmaker), harp, celesta and strings. Approximate performance time is two hours, fifteen minutes. These are the first Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performances.
ohn Adams’s opera, A Flowering Tree, was a co-commission by New Crowned Hope Festival, the Berlin Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Barbican Center and Lincoln Center. Peter Sellars, Director of the New Crowned Hope Festival, invited various artists to create works inspired by the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), in commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the Austrian composer’s birth.
John Adams chose one of Mozart’s final operas, Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620 (1791), as the inspiration for A Flowering Tree. For John Adams, Mozart’s late works were “of almost totemic significance for me as an adolescent … I would not be the same person today had not these pieces existed.” The libretto of A Flowering Tree, authored by Mr. Adams and Mr. Sellars (long-time collaborators), is adapted from the ancient Indian folktale and poetry in translations by A. K. Ramanujan (1929-1993). In both The Magic Flute and A Flowering Tree, the hero and heroine undergo severe trials, surviving them through the redemptive powers of music and love. A Flowering Tree features three vocal soloists; the Storyteller (baritone), Kumudha (lyric soprano) and the Prince (tenor). Here, it should be noted that the voice types for the hero and heroine of A Flowering Tree are identical to their counterparts in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Pamina and Tamino. The chorus assumes various roles throughout A Flowering Tree. While the text for the three principals is in English, the chorus sings in Spanish. John Adams explains: encoreatlanta.com/Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 23
I did this in part because I knew that for our first Vienna performances I would have the luxury of Maria Guinand’s famous Schola Cantorum de Venezuela chorus … I also felt that Spanish had become my second language, that its sonorities and particular rhythmic profile had become expressive of my daily life in California. A Flowering Tree premiered on November 14, 2006, at the MuseumsQuartier, in Vienna. The composer conducted the Orquesta Joven Camerata de Venezuela and the Schola Cantorum Caracas. The vocal soloists — Eric Owens (Storyteller), Jessica Rivera (Kumudha) and Russell Thomas (The Prince) — all reprise their creator roles in these concerts. The first performance of A Flowering Tree took place a year after the premiere of John Adams’s previous opera, Dr. Atomic (2005). Dr. Atomic, another John Adams-Peter Sellars collaboration, concerns the events surrounding the creation of the first nuclear weapons in Los Alamos, New Mexico (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performances of November 21 and 23, 2008). The contrast between the stark and often violent sound world of Dr. Atomic and the sublime lyricism of A Flowering Tree is stunning. But in that sense, John Adams is following in the footsteps of other great opera composers. In 1865, German composer Richard Wagner shocked the music world with Tristan und Isolde, an opera in which aching chromatics mirror the principals’ frustrated love. Wagner’s next opera, the comedy The Mastersingers of Nuremberg (1868), radiates sunshine from start to finish. Italian composer Pietro Mascagni’s violent, one-act Cavalleria rusticana (Rustic Chivalry) (1890) is credited with introducing verismo to the opera world. The following year, Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz premiered. The contrast between Cavalleria and the ensuing lyrical, romantic comedy could not be more profound. Giuseppe Verdi’s penultimate opera, Otello (1887), is the immortal Italian composer’s musical setting of Shakespeare’s great tragedy, Othello. For his final opera, Verdi once again turned to Shakespeare, but this time to the story of the rotund knight, Sir John Falstaff. Verdi admitted that in his comic masterpiece, Falstaff (1893), “certain passages are so droll that the music has often made me laugh while writing it.” In each of these cases, Wagner, Mascagni, Verdi and John Adams chose not to adhere to any convention or formula, no matter how successful. Instead, they created the ideal music for the specific drama. In the case of A Flowering Tree (and Mozart’s The Magic Flute), it is music of life-affirming beauty, eloquence and poignancy.
Synopsis Act I The Storyteller (baritone) sets the stage. In the south of India, a poor field laborer lives with her two daughters. The younger daughter, Kumudha (soprano), desperately wants to help her mother. With the aid of her sister, Kavinila, Kumudha transforms herself into a flowering tree. Kavinila picks the beautiful flowers from Kumudha’s branches. After restoring Kumudha to human form, the sisters sell the flowers in front of the King’s Palace. The sisters repeat this ritual, week after week.
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program One day, the Prince (tenor) follows the sisters to their home. While hiding in a tree, the Prince witnesses Kumudha’s magical transformation. The Prince is greatly troubled, and relates what he saw to his father, the King. The King summons Kumudha’s mother, and orders her to bring her younger daughter to the palace. The mother, confused by this turn of events, returns home and beats her daughters. When the mother learns the truth, she begs for their forgiveness. The Prince and Kumudha are married. For several nights after the wedding, the Prince is distant and sullen. Finally, the Prince demands that Kumudha transform herself for him. Kumudha assents, and the two make love. Act II One of the Prince’s sisters hides in the royal chamber. She witnesses Kumudha’s amazing transformation. One day, the Prince goes off to hunt. The Prince’s sister orders Kumudha to perform the transformation. Kumudha reluctantly agrees to the demand. But the Princess and her friends abandon Kumudha without returning her to human form. A rainstorm causes Kumudha to become part tree, and part human. Minstrels come upon the horribly misshapen Kumudha, and take her with them. The Prince does not understand why his wife has disappeared. He becomes a beggar, wandering aimlessly throughout the countryside. Beggars carry Kumudha from town to town. Despite her horrible appearance, Kumudha is still able to move people through the beauty of her singing. The Prince wanders through the desert, and arrives at a distant town. The Prince’s sister, who betrayed Kumudha, is now the town’s Queen. The Queen recognizes her brother, but is unable to cure his despair. The Queen’s maids go into town, where they hear Kumudha’s beautiful song. They bring Kumudha to the Palace. The maids bathe and clothe Kumudha, and anoint her with oil. They bring Kumudha into the Prince’s room, and place her on the bed next to him. The Prince and Kumudha recognize each other. The Prince restores Kumudha to human form.
JAMES ALEXANDER, Stage Director
Flowering Tree represents James Alexander’s sixth collaboration with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Previous stagings with the Orchestra include Madama Butterfly, La bohème, Stravinsky’s The Nightingale, Bernstein on Broadway and Dr. Atomic. Mr. Alexander has had an extensive career in the performing arts, where, amongst other things, he founded a music theatre company in his native Scotland, managed the Boston Pops on James Alexander international tours, and directed both plays and musicals in London’s West End. He has also been on the A&R team at the Decca Record Company, managed classical soloists and encoreatlanta.com/Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 25
conductors, and produced television and staged operas on three continents with a large number of prestigious companies, orchestras and conductors. In Europe his productions and engagements range from staging The Flying Dutchman with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, to various productions with Scottish Opera, Opera North, The Gabrieli Consort & Players, (Venice & London), to the Olivier Awardwinning production of Carmen Jones at London’s Old Vic Theatre. In the United States, Mr. Alexander has been a longtime collaborator with Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony, where he helped create stagings of Elektra, Salome, Pique Dame, Idomeneo and the 50th anniversary production of Peter Grimes at Tanglewood. More recently, he collaborated with conductor Sir Roger Norrington on a highly acclaimed production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro for the Cincinnati Opera, where the staging was hailed by Opera News as “a perfect combination of tastefulness and humor.” This summer will see Mr. Alexander stage a four-concert Stokowski Celebration with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and stage a production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Aspen Music Festival, for which he has written new dialogue. Mr. Alexander recently founded Symphony V.0, a production company realizing revolutionary presentations with symphony orchestras. As artistic director of Symphony V.0 he is thrilled that A Flowering Tree with the ASO is his company’s inaugural production.
JESSICA RIVERA, Soprano
ossessing a voice praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for its “effortless precision and tonal luster,” Jessica Rivera is one of the most creatively inspired vocal artists before the public today. The intelligence, dimension, and spirituality with which she infuses her performances on the great international concert and opera stages, has garnered her unique artistic collaborations with many of today’s most celebrated composers, including John Adams, Osvaldo Jessica Rivera Golijov, and Nico Muhly, and has brought her together in collaboration with such esteemed conductors as Bernard Haitink, Sir Simon Rattle, EsaPekka Salonen, Robert Spano and Michael Tilson Thomas. Ms. Rivera was heralded in the world premiere of John Adams’s newest opera, A Flowering Tree, singing the role of Kumudha, in a production directed by Peter Sellars as part of the New Crowned Hope Festival in Vienna. Since then, she has performed A Flowering Tree for her debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker, with Sir Simon Rattle, and under the composer’s baton, with the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center, and London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre. The artist made her European operatic debut as Kitty Oppenheimer in Peter Sellars’s acclaimed production of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic with the Netherlands Opera, a role that was also her debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She joined the Metropolitan Opera for its production of Doctor Atomic under the direction of Alan Gilbert. She also gave concert performances of Doctor Atomic with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
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program Russell Thomas, Tenor
native of Miami, tenor Russell Thomas is quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting vocal and dramatic talents on the international opera and concert scene, most recently as the first-prize winner of the prestigious Viñas Competition in Barcelona (First Prize, Audience Favorite and Best Tenor) and at the Competizione dell’Opera in Dresden. This season includes performances of Das Lied Von Der Erde with the Houston Ballet; Duke of Russell Thomas Mantua in Rigoletto with the Orlando Philharmonic; A Child of Our Time with the Collegiate Chorale at Carnegie Hall; and a debut with the Canadian Opera Company in the title role of Les Contes D’Hoffmann. In concert, Mr. Thomas will participate in the world premiere of John Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel; A Flowering Tree with the Atlanta Symphony, conducted by Robert Spano; and Don Ottavio in Act I of Don Giovanni with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Alan Gilbert. Future plans include debuts with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Deutsche Oper, Berlin, and the Seattle Opera, all in leading roles. Further engagements included Tamino in The Magic Flute for Welsh National Opera and Malcolm in Macbeth for the Metropolitan Opera, as well as appearances at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, where he reprised his role of the Sultan in Zaide, and A Flowering Tree at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, among other concert and recital engagements. He holds a bachelor’s degree of music in performance from the New World School of the Arts.
Eric Owens, Bass-Baritone
cclaimed for his commanding stage presence and inventive artistry, Grammy Award-winning bass-baritone Eric Owens has carved a special place in the contemporary opera world as both an esteemed interpreter of classic works and a champion of new music. Equally at home in concert, recital and opera performances, Owens continues to bring his powerful poise, expansive voice and instinctive acting faculties to stages around the world.
Eric Owens During the 2011-12 season, Owens appears in recital with Robert Spano at Zankel Hall, the centerpiece of a coast-to-coast recital tour that also features pianist Craig Rutenberg. He returns to Carnegie Hall twice more in the spring with the Boston Symphony in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, and as Jochanaan in a concert version of Salome with the Cleveland Orchestra, under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst. At the Metropolitan Opera, Owens returns as the vengeful Alberich in the final installments of Robert Lepage's new Ring Cycle, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, both of which will be broadcast live in high-definition to cinemas around the world. He also joins Pinchas encoreatlanta.com/Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 27
Zukerman and the National Arts Centre Orchestra for Verdi’s Requiem, and reprises his role as the Storyteller in A Flowering Tree with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony. During the summer, Owens will serve as artist-in-residence at the Glimmerglass Festival, where he appears in Aïda, Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars, and in a solo evening of cabaret and popular song. Owens has created an uncommon niche for himself in the ever-growing body of contemporary opera works through his determined tackling of new and challenging roles. He received great critical acclaim for portraying the title role in the world premiere of Elliot Goldenthal’s Grendel with the Los Angeles Opera, and again at the Lincoln Center Festival, in a production directed and designed by Julie Taymor. Owens also enjoys a close association with John Adams, for whom he created the role of General Leslie Groves in the world premiere of Doctor Atomic at the San Francisco Opera, and of the Storyteller in the world premiere of A Flowering Tree at Peter Sellars’s New Crowned Hope Festival in Vienna and later with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Owens made his Boston Symphony Orchestra debut under the baton of David Robertson in Adams’s Nativity oratorio El Niño.
atlanta symphony orchestra chorus Norman Mackenzie, Director of Choruses The Frannie and Bill Graves Chair Jeffrey Baxter, Choral Administrator Todd Skrabanek, Accompanist
his season’s chorus highlights include nine concert programs including Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Rachmaninov’s The Bells and Theater of a Concert Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus performances of the John Adams opera A Flowering Tree. Acclaimed for the beauty, precision and expressive qualities of its singing, the ASO Chorus has been an important part of the Orchestra’s programming since its founding by Robert Shaw on Sept. 24, 1970. It is composed entirely of volunteers who meet weekly for rehearsals and perform with the Orchestra several times each season. The 200-voice Chorus and 60-voice Chamber Chorus are featured on most ASO recordings, having earned 14 Grammy Awards (nine for Best Choral Performance, four for Best Classical Recording and one for Best Opera Recording). The Choruses made their Carnegie Hall debut in 1976 and have returned to perform there on several subsequent occasions, most recently in October 2010 with the ASO and Robert Spano for a performance of Janácˇek’s Glagolitic Mass. The Choruses have twice been a special guest at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. They opened the festival in June 2003 with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, with a critically acclaimed performance of John Adams’ El Niño, followed in 2006 by a Chamber Chorus visit for Golijov’s opera Ainadamar. The Chorus has traveled to Germany three times as a special guest of the Berlin Philharmonic at its home, the Berlin
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program Philharmonie. In December 2003, the Chorus did three triumphant performances of Britten’s War Requiem. In May 2008, it performed three Berlioz Requiem concerts, and in December 2009, three Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem performances — all trips with Donald Runnicles, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Principal Guest Conductor. Soprano 1 JoAnn Alexander Kelly Eggers Michelle Griffin Kristen Gwaltney Arietha Lockhart * Mindy Margolis Patricia Nealon Blair Oakley Joneen Padgett Olivia Rutkowski Celia Shore Catherine Steen Brianne Turgeon Allegra Whitney Lori Beth Wiseman Kara Mia Wray Natalie York Soprano 2 Sloan Atwood Barbara Brown Suzannah Carrington Ellen Dukes ** Mary Goodwin Abigail Halon Kathleen Kelly-George Natalie Lee Marie Little Eda Mathews * Rachel O'Dell Vickie Orme Lindsay Patten Chantae Pittman Linda Searles Sydney Smith-Rikard Paula Snelling Anne-Marie Spalinger Cheryl Thrash * Donna Weeks *
alto 1 Ana Baida Laurie Cronin Pamela Drummond Beth Freeman Pamela Griffin Beverly Hueter Shani Jefferson Virginia Little Staria Lovelady Allison Lowe Paige Mathis Holly McCarren Frances McDowell * Linda Morgan ** Dominique PetiteChabukswar Norma Raybon * Andrea Seeney Cheri Snyder Anne Stillwagon Sharon Vrieland * Nancy York alto 2 Nancy Adams Sally Rose Bates Marcia Chandler Meaghan Curry Cynthia Goeltz DeBold * Michèle Diament Sally Kann Nicole Khoury Brenda Pruitt ** Andrea Schmidt Sharon Simons Virginia Thompson Sarah Ward Kiki Wilson ** Diane Woodard *
tenor 1 Jeffrey Baxter * Christian Bigliani John Brandt * Daniel Cameron Clifford Edge * Steven Farrow ** Wayne Gammon Leif Hansen Thomas LaBarge Clinton Miller Christopher Patton Stephen Reed ‡ Carson Zajdel tenor 2 Curtis Bisges Justin Cornelius Charles Cottingham Phillip Crumbly Joseph Few * Hamilton Fong John Goodson Keith Jeffords Steven Johnstone Michael Parker Marshall Peterson * Richard Prouty Brent Runnels Clifton Russell Caleb Waters Robert Wilkinson
* 20+ years of service ** 30+ years of service
bass 1 Dock Anderson Mark Blankenship Robert Bolyard Richard Brock * Russell Cason * Trey Clegg Steven Darst * Leroy Fetters David Forbes Jon Gunnemann * David Hansen ** Jonathan Havel Nick Jones ‡ Adam Kissel Jason Maynard Charles McClellan * John Newsome Mark Russell Kendric Smith ‡ John Stallings Ike Van Meter Edgie Wallace bass 2 Shaun Amos Charles Boone Brian Brown John Cooledge ‡ Rick Copeland * Joel Craft ** Andrew Gee Philip Jones Eric Litsey ** Sam Marley Evan Mauk Eckhart Richter * John Ruff Jonathan Smith Timothy Solomon * Benjamin Temko David Webster ** Gregory Whitmire * Keith Wyatt ‡
Charter member (1970)
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norman mackenzie, Conductor Director of Choruses
orman Mackenzie’s abilities as musical collaborator, conductor and concert organist have brought him international recognition. As Director of Choruses for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 2000 and holder of its endowed Frannie and Bill Graves Chair, he was chosen to help carry forward the creative vision of legendary founding conductor Robert Shaw to a new generation of music Norman Mackenzie lovers. At the ASO he prepares the Choruses for all concerts and recordings, conducts holiday concerts annually and works closely with ASO Music Director Robert Spano and commissioned-composers in the creation and premiere of new works. His leadership was rewarded in 2003 with Grammy awards for Best Classical Album and Best Choral Performance for the ASO and Chorus recording of A Sea Symphony by Vaughan Williams, in 2005 with another Best Choral Performance Grammy for the Berlioz Requiem and in 2007 for Best Opera Recording with Golijov’s Ainadamar. Mackenzie also serves as Director of Music and Fine Arts for Atlanta’s Trinity Presbyterian Church, and pursues an active recital and guest conducting schedule. Mr. Mackenzie has been hailed by The New York Times as Robert Shaw’s “designated successor.” In his 14-year association with Shaw (1985-1999), he was keyboardist for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, principal accompanist for the ASO Choruses, and ultimately assistant choral conductor. In addition, he was musical assistant and accompanist for the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers, the Robert Shaw Institute Summer Choral Festivals in France and the United States, and the famed Shaw/Carnegie Hall Choral Workshops. In 1996 Mr. Mackenzie made his New York conducting debut in a concert sponsored by Carnegie Hall, leading the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers in a critically acclaimed performance at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, substituting for Shaw on short notice. In 1999 he was chosen by Shaw to prepare the Carnegie Hall Festival Chorus for Charles Dutoit, and he was choral clinician for the first three annual workshops after Shaw’s passing. In 2011 he partnered with Robert Spano for the workshop featuring the Berlioz Requiem. A native of suburban Philadelphia, Mr. Mackenzie made his debut as a pianist with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 12, and as an organist at age 20. He made his New York recital debut at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. He holds degrees from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and Westminster Choir College. He has prepared choruses for performance under Robert Spano, Donald Runnicles, John Adams, Roberto Abbado, Charles Dutoit, Bernard Labadie, Nicholas McGegan, John Nelson, Alan Gilbert, Yoel Levi, Robert King, James Conlon and Sir Neville Marriner. Mackenzie’s acclaimed Telarc recording of a cappella sacred music (featuring the Vaughan Williams Mass in G-Minor) represents the ASO Chamber Chorus’ first recording apart from the orchestra. Mackenzie also prepared the ASO Chorus for its acclaimed 2003 debut and successive 2008 and 2009 performances in Berlin with the Berlin Philharmonic (in Britten’s War Requiem, Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts and Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, respectively), conducted by ASO Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles.
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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 2011 and 2012. (Please note that donor benefits are based solely on contributions to the annual fund.) $500,000+
Mrs. Thalia N. Carlos** The Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation Delta Air Lines The Zeist Foundation, Inc. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation $250,000+
Madeline & Howell Adams, Jr. Mrs. Anne Cox Chambers
The Coca-Cola Company Mrs. William A. Schwartz
The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta Lynn Eden GE Asset Management
Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation Turner Broadcasting System The Vasser Woolley Foundation, Inc. Woodruff Arts Center
Thalia & Michael C. Carlos Foundation
Fulton County Arts Council National Endowment for the Arts
Anonymous AT&T Real Yellow Pages GE Energy The Graves Foundation InterContinental Hotels Group Invesco
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 Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
Georgia Natural Gas Massey Charitable Trust
Porsche Cars North America Publix Super Markets Charities
Patty & Doug Reid
John H. & Wilhelmina D. Harland Charitable Foundation, Inc. King & Spalding Lucy R. & Gary Lee, Jr. MetLife Foundation The Sara Giles Moore Foundation 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. 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 Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation
*We are grateful to these donors for taking the extra time to acquire matching gifts from their employers. **Deceased.
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$17,500+ Anonymous (2) Pinney L. Allen & Charles C. Miller III Alston & Bird LLP 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 Amy & Mark Kistulinec
Karole & John Lloyd Kelly Loeffler & Jeffrey C. Sprecher Mr. Kenneth & Dr. Carolyn Meltzer Merlin Wealth Management Group at MorganStanley SmithBarney
Loren & Gail Starr Alison M. & Joseph M. Thompson Chilton & Morgan Varner Patrick & Susie Viguerie Camille Yow
Charles & Mary Ginden Global Payments, Inc. 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 Nordstrom, Inc. Suzanne & Bill Plybon Dr. Stanley & Shannon Romanstein
Joyce & Henry Schwob Irene & Howard Stein Mary Rose Taylor Mike & Liz Troy Ray & John Uttenhove Mr. & Mrs. Edus H. Warren, Jr.
Dr. John W. Cooledge Trisha & Doug Craft Cari Katrice Dawson Eleanor & Charles Edmondson Rosi & Arnoldo Fiedotin Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence L. Gellerstedt III Mary D. Gellerstedt GMT Capital Corporation Nancy D. Gould Joe Guthridge & David Ritter* Hennessy Lexus Jan & Tom Hough
Mr. Tad Hutcheson Roya & Bahman Irvani Robert J. Jones Anne Morgan & Jim Kelley Mr. & Mrs. Donald R. Keough James H. Landon Mr. & Mrs. John M. Law Pat & Nolan Leake The Livingston Foundation, Inc. Mikeâ€™s Hard Lemonade Morgens West Foundation Primerica Margaret & Bob Reiser
Bill & Rachel Schultz* Mr. John A. Sibley III Siemens Industry, Inc. John Sparrow Carol & Ramon Tome Family Fund* Trapp Family Turner Foundation, Inc. Charlie Wade & M.J. Conboy Mark & Rebekah Wasserman Neal & Virginia Williams Suzanne Bunzl Wilner
Atlanta Federation of Musicians Jeff & Ann Cramer*
Jere & Patsy Drummond Mr. & Mrs. Jesse Hill, Jr. JBS Foundation
The Hellen Plummer Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Mary Helen & Jim Dalton Richard A. & Lynne N. Dorfman 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 Mr. & Mrs. David Gould The Robert Hall Gunn, Jr. Fund The Jamieson Family
Paul & Rosthema Kastin Philip I. Kent Lanier Parking Solutions George H. Lanier The Sartain Lanier Family Foundation, Inc. Links Inc., Azalea City Chapter Belinda & Gino Massafra Linda & John Matthews John F. & Marilyn M. McMullan Penelope & Raymond McPhee* Walter W. Mitchell
Dr. & Mrs. Mark P. Pentecost, Jr. Margaret H. Petersen Mr. & Mrs. Joel F. Reeves Sea Island Co. Hamilton & Mason Smith* Sandy & Paul Smith The Southern Company Peter James Stelling Triska Drake & G. Kimbrough Taylor, Jr. Ms. Kimberly Tribble & Mr. Mark S. Lange Russell Williamson & Shawn Pagliarini
Ellen & Howard Feinsand Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta Herbert & Marian Haley Foundation
Steven & Caroline Harless Sally W. Hawkins Mr. & Mrs. John E. Hellriegel
Edna & Dan Hollums JoAnn Hall Hunsinger Dr. & Mrs. James T. Laney* Mr. & Mrs. William C. Lester*
$15,000+ The Antinori Foundation Lisa & Joe Bankoff The Boston Consulting Group Mr. & Mrs. David Edmiston Admiral James O. Ellis, Jr. in memory of Polly Ellis Mr. Donald F. Fox $10,000+ Anonymous AGCO Corporation, Lucinda B. Smith Mark & Christine Armour The Balloun Family Mr. David Boatwright Boxwoods Gardens & Gifts, Inc The Breman Foundation, Inc. The John & Rosemary Brown Family Foundation The Walter & Frances Bunzl Foundation Cynthia & Donald Carson Dr. & Mrs. S. Wright Caughman $7,500+ The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc.
$5,000+ Anonymous (2) Aadu & Kristi Allpere* Ms. Julie M. Altenbach Americasmart Atlanta In honor of Dominick Argento Arnall Golden Gregory LLP Private Wealth Group The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund Ms. Suzanne Dansby Bollman Bubba Brands, Inc. Dr. Robert L. & Lucinda W. Bunnen Charles Campbell & Ann Grovenstein-Campbell
$3,500+ Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Chorba Mr. James L. Davis & Ms. Carol Comstock*
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$3,500+ continued Linder Security Systems, Inc. Deborah & William Liss Dr. & Mrs. James T. Lowman Ruth & Paul Marston
Mr. & Mrs. Albert S. McGhee Mr. & Mrs. Harmon B. Miller III Leslie & Skip Petter
S.A. Robinson In memory of Willard Shull Elliott Sopkin Mrs. C. Preston Stephens
Burton Trimble H. & T. Yamashita*
Ms. Diane Durgin Francine D. Dykes & Richard H. Delay The Robert S. Elster Foundation John & Michelle Fuller Mr. & Mrs. Edward T. Garland Dr. Mary G. George & Mr. Kenneth Molinelli Carol & Henry Grady Ben & Lynda Greer Dr. & Mrs. Alexander Gross Paul B., Paul H., & M. Harrison Hackett Mr. & Mrs. Marc Hamburger Darlene K. Henson HG Robinson Silver Mr. Thomas Hooten & Ms. Jennifer Marotta Mr. & Mrs. Harry C. Howard Richard & Linda Hubert Dr. William M. Hudson 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** Mr. & Mrs. Gert Kampfer Hazel & Herb Karp Mr. & Mrs. John H. Kauffman Mr. & Mrs. L. Michael Kelly
Dick & Georgia Kimball* Mr. & Mrs. Daniel J. King Dr. & Mrs. Scott I. Lampert Mr. & Mrs. John Latham Thomas C. Lawson Dr. Fulton D. Lewis III & Mr. Neal Rhoney Mr. & Mrs. Paul A. Lutz* Mr. & Mrs. Frederick C. Mabry Barbara & Jim MacGinnitie The Devereaux F. & Dorothy McClatchey Foundation, Inc. Birgit & David McQueen Virginia K. McTague Gregory & Judy Moore Ms. Lilot S. Moorman & Mr. Jeffrey B. Bradley Dr. & Mrs. R. Daniel Nable Robert & Mary Ann Olive Ms. Rebecca Oppenheimer Barbara & Sanford Orkin Mr. & Mrs. Andreas Penninger Susan Perdew Mr. Robert Peterson Elise T. Phillips Mr. & Mrs. Rezin Pidgeon, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. W. Harrison Reeves, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Richard L. Rodgers Mr. & Mrs. George P. Rodrigue
John & Kyle Rogers Dr. Paul J. Seguin Elizabeth S. Sharp Angela & Morton Sherzer Kay R. Shirley Beverly & Milton Shlapak Helga Hazelrig Siegel Lewis Silverboard Sydney Simons 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 Mr. & Mrs. Randolph O. Watson Dr. & Mrs. Roger P. Webb 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
Ree & Ralph Edwards Billy Eiselstein & Andy Greene Heike & Dieter Elsner George T. & Alecia H. Ethridge Peg Simms Gary Bill & Susan Gibson Mary C. Gramling Mr. Lewis H. Hamner III Thomas High In memory of Carolyn B. Hochman Stephanie & Henry Howell Mr. & Mrs. William C. Humphreys, Jr. Mary B. & Wayne James Aaron & Joyce Johnson Baxter P. Jones Lana M. Jordan Mr. Thomas J. Jung JWG Retirement Plan Services, Inc. Dr. Rose Mary Kolpatzki Mr. & Mrs. David Krischer
Dr. J. Bancroft Lesesne Mr. & Mrs. Craig P. MacKenzie Kay & John Marshall Martha & Reynolds McClatchey Captain & Mrs. Charles M. McCleskey Angela & Jimmy Mitchell* Mrs. Gene Morse** Caroline di Donato & Joseph M. O'Donnell Keith & Dana Osborn Dr. & Mrs. Bernard H. Palay Mr. & Mrs. Emory H. Palmer Dr. & Mrs. Frank S. Pittman III The Reverend Neal P. Ponder, Jr. Provaré Technology, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. David M. Ratcliffe Ms. Susan Robinson & Ms. Mary Roemer The Gary Rollins Foundation John T. Ruff
Dr. & Mrs. Rein Saral W. Henry Shuford & Nancy Shuford Alida & Stuart Silverman Alex & Betty Smith Foundation, Inc. Johannah Smith Mr. & Mrs. Gabriel Steagall Dr. Elizabeth Glenn Stow Kay & Alex Summers Poppy Tanner Elvira Tate Mr. & Mrs. William M. Tipping Ms. Sheila L. Tschinkel Drs. Jonne & Paul Walter Alan & Marcia Watt Drs. Julius & Nanette Wenger William & Rebecca 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 John** & Helen Aderhold Mr. & Mrs. Phillip E. Alvelda* Mr. & Mrs. Stephen D. Ambo Paul & Marian Anderson Jack & Helga Beam Ms. Laura J. Bjorkholm & Mr. John C. Reece II Rita & Herschel Bloom Edith H. & James E. Bostic, Jr. Family Foundation 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 Drs. Carlos del Rio & Jeannette Guarner
$1,750+ Anonymous Mrs. Jean Allen 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 Mr. & Mrs. Chuck Carlin Susan & Carl Cofer Mr. & Mrs. R. Barksdale Collins* Dr. & Mrs. William T. Cook Jean & Jerry Cooper Mr. & Mrs. Brant Davis* Mrs. H. Frances Davis Deloitte Peter & Vivian de Kok Elizabeth & John Donnelly Xavier Duralde & Mary Barrett Gregory & Debra Durden Cree & Frazer Durrett Mary Frances Early
*We are grateful to these donors for taking the extra time to acquire matching gifts from their employers. **Deceased.
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The ASO is flourishing thanks to the generous support of our members. With ticket sales covering only half of our operating expenses, Individual giving helps bridge the gap and enable the talented members of our Orchestra to reach even greater heights of artistic excellence. $1,000+ Anonymous (4) Mr. & Mrs. William Atkins Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's International Realty Anthony Barbagallo & Kristen Fowks Mrs. Katy Barksdale Mr. & Mrs. Thomas R. Barry Mr. & Mrs. Verney E. Bentley III Natalie & Matthew Bernstein Robert & Teresa Betkowski Shirley Blaine Mr. & Mrs. Merritt S. Bond Mr. & Mrs. Daniel W. Boone III Barbara & Steve Chaddick William Cook Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan J. Davies Gregory & Debra Durden Mr. & Mrs. Robert G. Edge Dr. & Mrs. Norman L. Elliott Mr. & Mrs. Clayton H. Farnham Rosi & Arnoldo Fiedotin Mach Flinn Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Foss
Tom & Donna Fullilove John W. Gamwell Mr. & Mrs. John T. Glover Goldsmith Family Foundation Ned Cone & Nadeen Green Mr. & Mrs. George N. Gundersen Mr. Lewis H. Hamner III Michael Hand Carol & Thomas J. Hanner Mr. Harald R. Hansen Phil & Lisa Hartley John & Martha Head Kenneth R. Hey Mr. & Mrs. David P. Higgins Stephanie & Henry Howell Jane Jerden Ms. Marylin S. Johnson William L. & Sally S. Jorden Dr. Naomi M. Kirkman-Bey Mr. & Mrs. Theodore J. Lavallee, Sr. Dr. & Mrs. John E. Lee Mrs. Jay Levine Mr. & Mrs. J. David Lifsey Mrs. Joan Lipson Mr. Carlos E. Lopez
Thomas & Marianne Mabry Mr. & Mrs. Will D. Magruder Mr. Charles S. Mann Nancy & Larry Mansfield Mr. & Mrs. James H. Matthews, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. William McClatchey Molly McDonald & Jonathan Gelber Mr. Larry McIntire Mrs. Elizabeth Meeder Mrs. Dorothy H. Miller Mr. & Mrs. Thomas B. Mimms, Jr. Frank M. Monger The Mortimer Family* Mr. & Mrs. Frank Murray Dr. Anthony Musarra Kent C. Nelson & Ann Starr Ms. Ann Pasky Mr. Christopher D. Rex & Dr. Martha Wilkins Mr. Tom B. Reynolds Ms. Paige Riley Mr. & Mrs. Clyde A. Rodbell Sidney & Phyllis Rodbell
Mr. William H. Runge III Ms. Pierrette Scanavino Mr. & Mrs. Samuel R. Shapiro Mr. Jerry L. Siegel & Dr. AnnRita L. Hader Mrs. J. Lucian Smith* Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas T. Spina, Jr. Dr. Odessa K. Spraggins Gail & Barry Spurlock Dr. & Mrs. Richard G. Stiles Mr. & Mrs. David L. Taylor Dr. Sherry & Mr. Warren E. Taylor Wayne & Lee Harper Vason Frank Vinicor, M.D. Bill & Judy Vogel Clay & Mary Jo Warner Rev. Dr. & Mrs. John Westerhoff Ms. Leslie Wheeler Russell F. Winch Ms. Patrice M. Wright- Lewis Holly & Marty York Chuck & Pat Young The Zaban Foundation, Inc.
Alma R. Garrette Mr. Charles E. Griffin Mrs. Anne Haltiwanger Betty L. Hammack & Charles Meredith M.D. Helen & Edward M. Hatch Ms. Linda Hines James E. Honkisz* Mr. Terri Lawson
Mr. & Mrs. Eugene F. Meany David & Teresa Murray Charles & Mollie Palmer Gene & Mary Kay Poland* John P. Pooler Ann Rollins & James Jose Dan & Carolyn Roper Mr. & Mrs. Richard Schweitzer Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Scullin
Pat & Jim Shoop Ms. Martha B. Stephens & Ms. Linda B. August Mr. & Mrs. George Sutherlin Thomas R. Webb Brooke & Winston Weinmann Dr. & Mrs. William Yang Nancy J. Young
Mr. & Mrs. Nathaniel Chafee Don & Bev Chapman Ms. Janet M. Chapman Dr. & Mrs. William Clarkson IV Dr. & Mrs. Malcolm H. Cole, Jr. Mr. Philip Delanty Douglas & Camille Duerr Drs. Bryan & Norma Edwards Mr. Theodore Erck & Mrs. Carole M. Brown Dr. & Mrs Bruce Lee Evatt Jim & Nancy Ewing R. Fenton-May Ms. Nancy Field & Mr. Michael Schulder Dr. Mary M. Finn
Representative Pat Gardner & Mr. Jerry Gardner Michael & Deborah Gerace Mr. & Mrs. Edward T. Gignoux, Jr.* Mr. & Mrs. Harry L. Gilham, Jr. David M. Gittelman Mr. Harold Gorvy Dr. & Mrs. Carl Grafton John E. Graham Dr. & Mrs. Timothy A. Grubb Dr. Jon P. Gunnemann & Dr. Karin V. Gunnemann Dr. & Mrs. C.R. Harper Samuel H. Harrison Mrs. Charlotte T. Harvey Mr. Walter B. Harvey
Dr. & Mrs. J. Rhodes Haverty Ms. Suellen Henderson Richard L. Henneman & Janet L. Fath Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth L. Herrmann Mr. Harvey & Dr. Sarah Hill Dr. James H. Hipkens & Mr. Robert Lamy Ms. Susan Hoy Lyman & Susan Hurd Barry Hyman Mr. & Mrs. Glen O. Jackson Dr. & Mrs. Robert R. Jacobson Mr. Timothy A. Johnson & Mrs. Margaret Wood Mr. & Mrs. Andrew T. Jones
$750+ Susan & Jack Bertram Mrs. Kyle R. Cade Ms. Delia T. Crouch Dr. & Mrs. F. Thomas Daly, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Kevin S. Denney Mr. & Mrs. Paul L. Dillingham Judge & Mrs. Jack Etheridge Mr. Peter Gans & Ms. Mary Madden
$500+ Anonymous (3) Accion Security Consulting Ms. Victoria Afshani Mr. & Mrs. John G. Alston Mr. & Mrs. Chris F. Bachelder Mr. & Mrs. Michael Barker Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Bass Dr. & Mrs. Jerome B. Blumenthal Mr. Robert Boulet Mr. & Mrs. Timothy D. Breer* Mr. & Mrs. Weyman V. Brown Dr. Barbara S. Bruner Mr. & Mrs. Rod D. Bunn Mr. Michael P. Burns Dr. David M. Cantrell Dr. & Mrs. W. J. Capps
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support $500+ continued Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey J. Keenan Mrs. Carol Kemker Jim & Karen Knorr Thomas B. Koch Miss Florence Kopleff Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth H. Kraft The Honorable & Mrs. John S. Langford, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Tom E. Lantz Ms. Katherine Larder Ms. Jane B. Lee & Ms. Ivey L. Hubert Dr. Burton L. Lesnick & Dr. Lisa Kobrynski Dr. & Mrs. Fred A. Levin Steven & Ellen Levy Jun-Ching Lin Joanne Lincoln Ms. Teresa A. Lind Mr. & Mrs. Allen H. Lipis Sheri & Rick Long* Richard H. Lowe Mr. & Mrs. Paul Lukasiewicz Mr. Noble Maleque Mr. & Mrs. Patrick J. Mannelly M. Jackson Marr Nancy & Bob Mason Ms. Margaret McConnell & Mr. Michael Kopp Miss Joey McCraw Bob & Elba McCue
Mr. & Mrs. John McCutcheon Mr. & Mrs. Ken McGraw Mr. & Mrs. Paul M. McLarty, Jr. Luine B. Miller Mr. & Mrs. Guy W. Millner, Jr. Mr. Gene & Dr. Rhonda Milner Dr. & Mrs. Melvin R. Moore Mr. & Mrs. George T. Munsterman Richard S. & Winifred B. Myrick Lebby Neal John & Agnes Nelson Dr. & Ms. Michael O'Neill Wiley C. Owen Carol & Bob Paller Mr. Albert Palombo & Mrs. Linda Berggren Mr. & Mrs. Richard Panarese Paradigm Capital Management Cynthia & Roy Pearson Mr. Steve M. Peck Mrs. Clarence L. Peeler Barbara & Marty Pollock Mr. & Mrs. David Poroch Mr. & Mrs. Laird D. Prussner Judy & Buddy Reed Dr. Susan Reef Ms. Jane M. Remy
Ms. Joyce Resnick & Dr. Robert Schumacher Ms. Lee Anne Richardson & Mr. James Diedrick Mr. & Mrs. Maury Riff Colonel & Mrs. Doug J. Riffey Ms. Barbara Rivenbark Carolyn L. Robison Mark Rowles Mr. Leonard L. Roy, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Stefan H. Schmieta Mr. & Mrs. Charles R. Schreck Mr. Rudolf Sedlacek-Parker Charles T. Sharbaugh Douglas & Robin Shore Alida & Stuart Silverman Mr. Roger Simon & Ms. Mary Monsees Andrew J. Singletary Mr. William F. Snyder & Mr. Louis A. Peneguy Anne-Marie Sparrow Mr. & Mrs. Stanley M. Srochi Mr. & Mrs. Dale Stortz Dr. & Mrs. John P. Straetmans Ms. Geraldine D. Stutz Beth & Edward Sugarman Mr. James Sustman & Dr. Janet St. Clair Michael & Francoise Szikman
Mr. & Mrs. W. Rhett Tanner Mr. James G. Tausche & Mrs. Jane Kamenz Mr. Eric Taylor Dr. & Mrs. Richard Thio Jennings Jed Thompson, IV Ms. Allyson A. Till & Mr. Earl Robles Alfred & Sarah Tollison Jeremy S. Uchitel Dr. & Mrs. Roy W. Vandiver, M.D. Mr. Robert S. Vansant Mr. & Mrs. Wayne R. Vason Frank Vinicor, M.D. Mr. J. H. Walker III Richard & Adele Ward Dr. David C. Watts Melvin K. & Sally S. Westmoreland Mr. & Mrs. Marshall E. White II Dr. Thomas E. Whitesides, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Homer W. Whitman, Jr. Ms. Anne Williams Elliott & Susan Winton Mr. & Mrs. Harold D. Yudelson
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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 ambitious 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 Honoring the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s first Music Director, the Henry Sopkin Circle recognizes our friends who have planned bequests and other gifts to benefit the Orchestra’s future. We remain grateful to all Henry Sopkin Circle members – past and present – for their generosity, trust, and vision. Madeline & Howell E. Adams, Jr. Mr.* & Mrs. John E. Aderhold William & Marion Atkins Dr. & Mrs. William Bauer Neil H. Berman Mr.* & Mrs. Sol Blaine 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. Robert Boston Colgin Dr. John W. Cooledge John R. Donnell Catherine Warren Dukehart Ms. Diane Durgin Kenneth P. Dutter Arnold & Sylvia Eaves Elizabeth Etoll Rosi & Arnoldo Fiedotin Dr. Emile T. Fisher
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Do we mean the John Adams who brought Atlanta audiences to tears, in February 2008, with his searing tribute to the victims of 9/11, On the Transmigration of Souls, and challenged them later that year with his operatic retelling of the development of the atomic bomb, Doctor Atomic? Yes, that John Adams. It turns out the much-heralded American composer — best known for works inspired by today’s most upsetting headlines — does have a dreamier side, which is fully evident in A Flowering Tree. The work, which he calls “a departure” for him, was composed on the heels of Doctor Atomic. The latter work, as he recounted in his autobiography, Hallelujah Junction, “was an opera about technology and the end of ecology. A Flowering Tree is its antidote: a parable about youth, about hope, and about the ecology of the soul.”
transformation, claims her as his bride, but refuses to consummate their marriage until she performs her ritual. As she does so, the prince’s jealous sister spies on them, and then demands that Kumudha perform for her friends. When they lose interest partway through her performance, Kumudha is left half-woman, half-tree. In this hideous state, she flees, and is adopted by a band of traveling minstrels. When the prince discovers she is gone, he is stricken with guilt, and becomes a wandering beggar himself. Several years pass; the prince stumbles into a distant palace, where his sister, now a queen, recognizes
The two-act work, written between December 2005 and September 2006, was commissioned to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth, and took as its “guiding spirit,” Adams wrote, “the Mozart of the Magic Flute” and its themes of “the magic of transformation, both physical and spiritual.” The libretto, written by Adams himself, is based on a South Indian folk tale, in a translation by noted poet Attipat Krishnaswami Ramanujan, who also translated the erotic love poems that Adams has incorporated to deepen the characters. The opera tells the story of Kumudha, a beautiful peasant who discovers she has the ability to transform herself into a flowering tree whose blossoms she sells to help support her impoverished mother. A young prince, witnessing Kumudha’s 44 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra/aso.org
him and takes him in. Meanwhile, in the town marketplace, the queen’s maids see a minstrel troupe and hear the ravishing singing of a strange and misshapen torso. The queen, not knowing that this is Kumudha, the girl she had tormented and driven away, brings her to court. The prince and Kumudha recognize each other, he performs the old ceremony, and his bride resumes her lovely human form.
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was barely known when she took on this role, and it’s been wonderful watching her career skyrocket.” This production will feature the unveiling of a brand-new staging experience, Symphony V.0 — a collaboration between the Alpharetta-based company Clark, and James Alexander, the director who has designed and directed five Theater of a Concert productions, including Doctor Atomic, Madama Butterfly and La bohème. Alexander is already renowned for his ingenious use of projections, but he says that
Soprano Shu-Ying Li sings the role of Butterfly, with Robert Spano conducting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Chorus in a Theater of a Concert performance of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly; in June 2011.
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Atlanta audiences will be treated to a production featuring the soloists for whom Adams wrote the work, and who performed in its world premiere in Vienna in 2006: bass Eric Owens, as the Narrator; tenor Russell Thomas as the Prince; and Jessica Rivera as Kumudha. In an interview last year, Adams talked about the artists: “I knew Eric very well because I wrote the role of General Groves for him in Doctor Atomic. Russell Thomas came to an audition, and I was blown away. I’m always very grateful when I get him to sing, because now everybody wants him. Jessica
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As excited as he is about the technology, Alexander’s priority is always the music and the musicians. “In these concert operas, I immerse the singers in the experience. They are used to pit orchestras; suddenly they’re standing with the musicians. They all become colleagues as never before.” He also promises that the Atlanta Symphony Chorus — whose text Adams rendered in Spanish to make the work more universal — will be an important participant in the action, serving, Alexander says, “as a mask or screen on which to project images.” The Orchestra, as in previous Concert of a Theater productions, will be fully involved. “Why would I put this Rolls-Royce of an orchestra in a pit? I prefer to make them the focus of attention.”
The musicians of the Orchestra relish these opportunities, according to Principal Trombone Colin Williams, a 10-year Atlanta veteran, who has performed in all
Soprano Shu-Ying Li with James Alexander. Puccini’s Madama Butterfly; in June 2011.
Robert Spano and John Adams for his Doctor Atomic; in November 2008.
Symphony V.0 transforms what has been a somewhat one-dimensional technology into a multidimensional “immersive experience.” Alexander is already at work on several Symphony V.0 productions in other cities, but he wanted “Atlanta to have it first because they introduced me to the Clark guys.”
the Theater of a Concert productions. “For some music, like a Brahms symphony, it’s great for the Orchestra to be the focus of attention, but there’s other music that really benefits from the larger context. I enjoy being part of something that’s memorable and coo. I like being part of a process that engages the audience.” Alexander, who directs productions all over the world, has special praise for Atlanta audiences: “In big anonymous cities, when one steps outside, the audience ignores you. Here they say, ‘I need to tell you something.’ They ask interesting questions; they tell you what they saw. I always feel very welcome.” For Robert Spano, who has conducted 11 of Adams’ works with the Atlanta Symphony alone, A Flowering Tree represents another chance to involve himself in the work of a composer for whom he has a tremendous affinity: “It’s great to continue to explore Adams’s music. He’s one of the composers we have developed an ongoing relationship with. In many ways, we’re the ultimate Adams orchestra now.” Madeline Rogers, a freelance writer and editor, is the former director of publications at the New York Philharmonic.
community corner Dantes…
Meet Dantes Rameau, co-founder and executive director of the Atlanta Music Project. Through the Atlanta Music Project program, he has brought music education to at-risk children throughout Atlanta. What is the Atlanta Music Project (AMP)?
The Atlanta Music Project provides intense music education for at-risk children right in their own neighborhood. Our after-school youth orchestra and choir programs take place five days a week, and we provide every student with an instrument, classes, and world-class teaching artists and performance opportunities. By virtue of their ZIP code, most of the kids we serve face a mountain of challenges that impede their chances of success in life. The Atlanta Music Project seeks to arm our students with skills that will help them overcome these challenges. Since we launched two years ago, we have observed that when kids join the Atlanta Music Project, they immediately begin to develop a stronger sense of self and a feeling of belonging to a cause. Our music ensembles empower our students to make a difference for themselves and their neighborhood. Naturally, this leads to an increase in our students’ motivation, discipline, and academic engagement.
What was the inspiration for the Atlanta Music Project?
The Atlanta Music Project was inspired by El Sistema, Venezuela’s renowned system of youth and children’s orchestras. Founded in 1975, El Sistema serves more than 300,000 youths each year — the majority of whom come from impoverished backgrounds — and is widely recognized as one of the best music education programs in the world. The program’s most famous alumnus is Gustavo Dudamel, who was named music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the age of 26. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra boasts another famous El Sistema alumnus in bass clarinetist Alcides Rodriguez! In addition, both myself and Aisha Bowden, choir director for the Atlanta Music Project, have completed residencies with El Sistema through the New England Conservatory of Music’s Sistema Fellows Program. You require a real commitment from the students, including two hours of practice per day …
Yes. It’s partly because we want our students to be safe and off of the streets after school. But then again, our students could be doing any number of after-school programs. So why spend two hours doing music?
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Do you think there are other life skills students gain from the Atlanta Music Project, and music education in general, that transcend the musical world?
Being in a music ensemble is very similar to real life. As adults, we go to work every day to make a living and hopefully contribute our little piece to making the world a better place. For Atlanta Music Project students, they get up every day and practice their instrument individually in order to prepare their part to bring to the ensemble rehearsal. In rehearsal they develop the ability to work with their colleagues and teachers to put together the best performance possible. Through this process of music preparation,
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our students are living out what it means to be committed, responsible and productive citizens. I can’t wait to see where our students are seven or eight years from now. I wouldn’t bet against their future success! What led you to partner with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra?
In order for our program to succeed, our students need to be aware of and interact with the best musicians in the world, who can be found in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. It’s not just about our students being around a world-class orchestra, it’s about surrounding them with excellence. When young people are surrounded by excellence, they realize that they too have the tools and the capability to do big things, whether that is in music or in other fields. And being such a prominent institution, when the Orchestra puts a stamp on music education, people listen. That makes our jobs at the Atlanta Music Project much easier. And as they get older, hopefully our students will become Atlanta Symphony enthusiasts! Edited and condensed by Alex LaPierre.
Quite simply, the intensity is what enables our students to experience a sense of accomplishment. Doing something at a high level is fun, but getting to that point requires work. Our rigorous schedule allows us to quickly get our students to a point where music-making is fun. Most importantly, along the way they come to understand the correlation between hard work and success.
calendar This Summer @ May 31/June 1/2 Thu/Fri/Sat: 8pm Magnus Lindberg: Arena Sibelius: Violin concerto Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 Robert Spano, conductor David Coucheron, violin June 7/9
Thu/Sat: 8pm John Adams: A Flowering Tree Robert Spano, conductor James Alexander, staging Jessica Rivera, soprano Russell Thomas, tenor Eric Owens, bass Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus
June 3 Sun: 7:30pm Jackie Evancho with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
July 4, 2012 Wed: 8pm David Abell, conductor Debbie Gravitte, vocalist U.S. Army Chorus All-American Celebration July 21, 2012 Sat: 8pm Martin Herman, conductor Classical Mystery Tour All You Need Is Love A Celebration of the Beatles August 12 Sun: 8pm Il Divo with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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1 Road Trip! The Orchestra performed for the sixth year in a row at the Savannah Music Festival. The concert featured pianist Yefim Bronfman and the Orchestra was led by Miguel Harth-Bedoya.
2 A Class for Brass The esteemed Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet â€“ including former Atlanta Symphony Principal Trumpet and Youth Orchestra member Chris Martin â€“ led a master class with local student musicians.
3 Noteworthy Kids Springdale Park Elementary students participated in the first annual Composer Project Festival. Orchestra members Denise Smith, Paul Murphy and Olga Shpitko (center in the group photo below) were the presiding judges.