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contents march 2009 48

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features

the music

12 From China to Berlin (and Beyond!)

23 The concert’s program and notes

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has set the stage for a marvelous 2009-10 season.

44 Points of View

Principal Second Violin David Arenz and Principal Librarian Rebecca Beavers give theirs.

48 Our Man Flint

Talking shop with the ASO’s Man of Many Hats, Jere Flint.

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s March unfolds, we revel in creating and performing great art that lifts the spirits and inspires our audiences. This month, Maestro Robert Spano, who continues to champion composers of our time, joins us in welcoming back two of Atlanta’s own. Jennifer Higdon — the most performed living American composer and a prized member of our Atlanta School of Composers — gives her Atlanta premiere of The Singing Rooms, an ASO co-commission that will be recorded by Telarc. The work, inspired by the poetry of Jeanne Minahan, will feature violinist Jennifer Koh, whom the NY Times has called “a fearless soloist.” Famed composer and former ASO composer-in-residence Alvin Singleton’s work PraiseMaker features original text by Susan Kouguell. To this day, it remains just as poignant and relevant as it was at its premiere more than a decade ago. We congratulate ASO Talent Development Program and Youth Orchestra student cellist Khari Joyner—the first TDP student to win the Junior Division of the prestigious national Sphinx Competition. (See Gallery ASO on page 60.) Established in 1996 by Aaron Dworkin, The Sphinx Organization aspires to increase black and Latino participation in music schools and as professional musicians, as classical music audiences, and to reach underserved communities through music education. Khari was awarded scholarships and prizes, including opportunities for solo appearances with major orchestras and a performance on NPR’s “From the Top.”  We are truly inspired by his potential as the future of the American orchestra! In late March, the ASO is proud to take part in the nationwide effort Orchestras Feeding America (americanorchestras.org). Inspired by the upcoming film The Soloist, the League of American Orchestras, Feeding America (the nation’s largest hunger relief organization), and Participant Media have joined forces to organize this large-scale national food drive. More than 160 orchestras in 45 states will participate in this unprecedented coordinated effort by collecting and donating food for local food assistance agencies. Based on a true story, The Soloist is a testament to the redemptive power of music to lift spirits and change lives. This collective effort is a way to make an even greater difference in our communities—to feed both body and soul. We remain inspired by you—our audiences and supporters—for your steadfast support and shared heritage of passion for the music. Appreciatively,

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

JoAnn McClinton Penelope McPhee Giorgio Medici Charles Moseley Galen Oelkers Victoria Palefsky Leslie Z. Petter Patricia Reid Margaret Conant Reiser Martin Richenhagen John D. Rogers Dennis Sadlowski William Schultz Tom Sherwood John Sibley

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

George Lanier Mrs. William C. Lester Mrs. J. Erskine Love Carolyn C. McClatchey John W. McIntyre Bertil D. Nordin Dell P. Rearden Joyce Schwob

Mrs. Charles A. Smithgall, Jr. W. Rhett Tanner G. Kimbrough Taylor Michael W. Trapp Edus Warren Adair R. White Neil Williams

Directors Robert M. Balentine Joseph R. Bankoff * Jan Bennett Jason A. Bernstein Paul Blackney C. Merrell Calhoun Donald P. Carson Philip Cave Ann W. Cramer Christopher Crommett Cari K. Dawson Carla Fackler Gary P. Fayard Dr. Robert Franklin Willem-Jan O. Hattink

Board of counselors Howell E. Adams, Jr. Mrs. John Aderhold Milton Brannon Elinor Breman Dr. John W. Cooledge Bradley Currey, Jr. John Donnell Jere Drummond

Ruth Gershon Charles Ginden John T. Glover Frances B. Graves Dona Humphreys John S. Hunsinger Aaron J. Johnson Herb Karp Jim Kelley

Life Directors Mrs. Drew Fuller Mary D. Gellerstedt

Azira Hill Dr. James M. Hund

Arthur L. Montgomery Mrs. M.G. Woodward

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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.

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Acclaimed pianist Dejan Lazic, who in the tradition of J. S. Bach, Beethoven and others, transforms Brahms’s familiar (and as some have claimed, pianistic) Violin Concerto into a new Piano Concerto. EXCITEMENT at the helm “One of my greatest joys in life is working with the ASO,” said Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano. “It is especially thrilling to be performing five new works this season: two from our good friends Jennifer Higdon and Michael Gandolfi, and three from new voices to be heard at Symphony Hall — Wynton Marsalis’s first purely orchestral work, Angel Lam’s new concerto for Yo-Yo Ma and Dejan Lazic’s fresh, personal perspective on Brahms’s Violin Concerto. Our engagement with these dynamic creative musical minds is a great inspiration.”

NAMES ALONG THE WAY Some of the notable guest artists to grace the Symphony Hall stage in 2009/10 include: • Pianists Lang Lang, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Jon Kimura Parker, Garrick Ohlsson, Olli Mustonen and Robert Levin. • Violinists Midori, Leila Josefowicz and Vadim Repin • Vocalists Sopranos Angela Brown, Jessica Rivera and Celena Shafer; Mezzo-Sopranos Kelley O’Connor and Ruxandra Denose; Tenor Thomas Glenn; Baritone Matthew Worth; and Bass Denis Sedov. • Conductors Roberto Abbado, Oliver Knussen, Kristjan Järvi, and more. Continues on page 18 Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 15


atlanta Symphony Orchestra Robert Spano, Music Director, The Robert Reid Topping Chair * Donald Runnicles, Principal Guest Conductor, The Neil and Sue Williams Chair *

FIRST VIOLIN VIOLA William Pu Reid Harris Associate/Acting Concertmaster Principal

BASS Ralph Jones

The Charles McKenzie Taylor Chair*

The Edus H. and Harriet H. Warren Chair*

Principal The Marcia and John Donnell Chair  *

Justin Bruns

Paul Murphy

Gloria Jones

Assistant Concertmaster The Mary and Cherry Emerson Chair

Associate Principal The Mary and Lawrence Gellerstedt Chair *

Jun-Ching Lin

Amy Leventhal

Carolyn Toll Hancock

Wesley Collins Robert Jones Marian Kent Yang-Yoon Kim Catherine Lynn Lachlan McBane Heidi Nitchie Ardath Weck

Assistant Concertmaster The AGL Resources Chair

Martha Reaves Head John Meisner Alice Anderson Oglesby Lorentz Ottzen Christopher Pulgram Carol Ramirez Juan Ramirez Olga Shpitko Denise Berginson Smith Kenn Wagner Lisa Wiedman Yancich SECOND VIOLIN David Arenz

Principal The Atlanta Symphony Associates Chair*

Sou-Chun Su

Associate Principal The Frances Cheney Boggs Chair*

Jay Christy

Assistant Principal

Eleanor Arenz Sharon Berenson David Braitberg Noriko Konno Clift Judith Cox David Dillard Raymond Leung Ruth Ann Little Thomas O’Donnell Ronda Respess Sanford Salzinger Frank Walton

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Assistant Principal

CELLO Christopher Rex

Principal The Miriam and John Conant Chair*

Daniel Laufer

Associate Principal The Livingston Foundation Chair

Karen Freer

Assistant Principal

Dona Vellek Klein

Assistant Principal Emeritus

Joel Dallow Jere Flint Larry LeMaster Brad Ritchie Davin Rubicz• Paul Warner

Associate Principal

Jane Little

Assistant Principal Emeritus

Joseph Conyers Michael Kenady Michael Kurth Douglas Sommer Thomas Thoreson

FLUTE Christina Smith

Principal The Jill Hertz Chair *

Robert Cronin

Associate Principal

Paul Brittan

The Georgia Power Foundation Chair

Carl David Hall PICCOLO Carl David Hall OBOE Elizabeth Koch

Principal The George M. and Corrie Hoyt Brown Chair *

Yvonne Powers Peterson Associate Principal Deborah Workman Patrick McFarland ENGLISH HORN Patrick McFarland


Jere Flint, S  taff Conductor; Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra The Zeist Foundation Chair *

Norman Mackenzie, Director of Choruses, The Frannie and Bill Graves Chair Mei-Ann Chen, Assistant Conductor, League of American Orchestras Conducting Fellow CLARINET Laura Ardan

Principal The Robert Shaw Chair*

HORN Brice Andrus

Ted Gurch

Principal The Sandra and John Glover Chair

William Rappaport

Associate Principal

Associate Principal

Susan Welty

Alcides Rodriguez

Thomas Witte Richard Deane

E-FLAT CLARINET Ted Gurch

Bruce Kenney

The Lucent Technologies Chair

BASS CLARINET Alcides Rodriguez BASSOON Carl Nitchie

The UPS Community Service Chair

TRUMPET Thomas Hooten

Principal The Madeline and Howell Adams Chair*

Principal The Walter L. “Buz” Carr, III Chair

Kevin Lyons

Elizabeth Burkhardt

The SunTrust Bank Chair

Associate Principal

Laura Najarian

The Pricewaterhouse ­Coopers Chair

Juan de Gomar CONTRABASSOON Juan de Gomar

TIMPANI Mark Yancich

Principal The Walter H. Bunzl Chair*

William Wilder

Assistant Principal

PERCUSSION Thomas Sherwood Principal The Julie and Arthur Montgomery Chair*

William Wilder Assistant Principal Charles Settle**

HARP Elisabeth Remy Johnson Principal The Delta Air Lines Chair

KEYBOARD

The Hugh and Jessie Hodgson Memorial Chair*

Peter Marshall † Beverly Gilbert † Sharon Berenson LIBRARY Rebecca Beavers Principal

Steven Sherrill Assistant

John Wildermuth

Associate Principal

Joseph Walthall

Michael Tiscione TROMBONE Colin Williams

Principal The First Union Chair

Stephen Wilson

Associate Principal The Patsy and Jere Drummond Chair

George Curran Bill Thomas BASS TROMBONE George Curran TUBA Michael Moore

Principal The Georgia-Pacific Chair * Chair named in perpetuity •New this season **Leave of absence †Regularly engaged musician Players in string sections are listed alphabetically.

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ASOprogram Atlanta Symphony Orchestra A founding member of the Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center Robert Spano, Music Director Donald Runnicles, Principal Guest Conductor

Delta classical Series Concerts

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 5, 6 and 7, 2009, at 8 p.m.

ROBERT SPANO, Conductor JENNIFER KOH, Violin ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CHORUS NORMAN MACKENZIE, Director of Choruses

Richard Wagner (1813-1883) Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde (1865) Jennifer Higdon (b. 1962) The Singing Rooms (2007) I. Three Windows: Two Versions of the Day II. Things Aren’t Always III. The Interpretation of Dreams IV. Confession V. History Lesson VI. A Word with God VII. Three Windows: Two Versions of the Day Jennifer Koh, Violin Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus INTERMISSION Alvin Singleton (b. 1940) PraiseMaker (1998) Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915) Le Poème de l’extase (The Poem of Ecstasy, Symphony No. 4), Opus 54 (1908) “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 23


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is proud to sponsor the Delta Classical Series of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Delta’s commitment to the communities we serve began the day our first flight took off. After almost 80 years, 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! Major funding for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council. 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. The Yamaha custom six-quarter tuba is a gift received by the ASO in honor of Principal Tuba player Michael Moore from The Antinori Foundation. 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 Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde (1865) Richard Wagner was born in Leipzig, Germany, on May 22, 1813, and died in Venice, Italy, on February 13, 1883. The first performance of Tristan und Isolde took place at the Hoftheater in Munich, Germany, on June 10, 1865, with Hans von Bülow conducting. The Prelude and Liebestod are scored for piccolo, three flutes, two oboes, English horn, two clarinets, bass clarinet, three bassoons, four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, tuba, timpani, harp and strings. Approximate performance time is twenty minutes. First ASO Classical Subscription Performance: January 31, 1954, Henry Sopkin, Conductor. Most Recent ASO Classical Subscription Performances: March 30 and 31, and April 1, 2006, Donald Runnicles, Conductor.

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n 1852, Richard Wagner met the wealthy merchant, Otto Wesendonck, and his wife, Mathilde. Otto Wesendonck was a keen admirer of Wagner and in 1856, he invited Richard and his wife, Minna, to stay in the guest home adjoining his Zurich villa. In April of the following year, Wagner and his wife moved to what the composer called his “Refuge on the Green Hill.” It was not long before an intensely personal relationship developed between Wagner and Mathilde Wesendonck, a beautiful and extremely literate woman who openly professed her adulation for the composer’s genius. It was a relationship doomed from the outset, as Mathilde would never break her marriage vows. Indeed, it appears that Mathilde kept her husband fully informed of Wagner’s infatuation (Wagner felt no similar obligation toward Minna). While most historians do not believe Wagner and Mathilde Wesendonck ever consummated their relationship, there is no question of the profound feelings they harbored for each other. It was in the summer of 1857, while Wagner was under the spell of his attraction to Mathilde Wesendonck, that he began to work in earnest on his opera Tristan and Isolde, based loosely upon the 13th-century epic by Gottfried von Strassburg. In the fall, Wagner presented the completed text to Mathilde. Wagner recalled that incident in a letter to her the following year: “You showed me to a chair, threw your arms around me, and said ‘Now I have no wishes left!’ On that day, at that hour, I was born again.” Minna Wagner finally discovered her husband’s relationship with Mathilde Wesendonck. In a few months, the Wagners left Zurich. Minna journeyed to Dresden to recover from her emotional trauma. Wagner, devastated by his separation from Mathilde, traveled to Venice. There, Wagner wrote to Mathilde, “I am now going back to Tristan, so that the profound art of sonorous silence can speak for me to you through him.” In March of 1859, Wagner returned to Switzerland and completed the opera that August while residing in Lucerne.

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Wagner’s attempts to stage Tristan met with frustration for several years. Finally, thanks to the support of Wagner’s patron King Ludwig of Bavaria, the premiere of Tristan und Isolde took place at the Hoftheater in Munich on June 10, 1865. Wagner begged Mathilde Wesendonck to attend the premiere of Tristan, but she refused. It may well be that Mathilde feared that the experience of seeing her relationship with the composer depicted on the operatic stage would be too much to bear. The parallels between the story of Tristan and Isolde and Wagner’s love affair with Mathilde Wesendonck are clear enough. The Irish princess Isolde and Cornwall knight Tristan are mortal enemies. After unwittingly drinking a love potion supplied by Isolde’s attendant, Brangäne, they finally admit their true feelings for each other. This revelation occurs just as Isolde is about to marry Tristan’s uncle, King Marke. Unable to resist their love for each other, Tristan and Isolde carry on a torrid affair after her marriage to the King. In the opera’s second act, Tristan and Isolde secretly meet in the gardens of King Marke’s castle. They are discovered by King Marke and Melot, Tristan’s supposed friend. When Melot challenges Tristan to a duel, the knight offers no defense and is mortally wounded. In the final act, Tristan and Isolde are briefly reunited before their deaths. King Marke blesses the lovers, as the opera concludes. The music that begins and concludes the epic Tristan und Isolde has enjoyed an independent life in the orchestral concert hall. The Prelude, begun softly by the cellos, soon proceeds to the winds’ statement of the aching, hypnotic “Tristan Chord. ” The ensuing music of the Prelude depicts, according to the composer, the lovers’ “anxious sighs, hopes and fears, laments and desires, bliss and torment…” The Prelude closes with two pizzicato notes in the cellos and basses. This leads directly to the ecstatic Liebestod (“Love-Death”), in which Isolde celebrates death as the consummation of her love for Tristan. Again, according to Wagner: “As the music rises higher and higher and floods on to its magnificent climax, Isolde is swept away on the crest of the song, past the sorrowing onlookers, to join Tristan in the vast wave of the breath of the world…Night and Death and Love are one.”

The Singing Rooms (2007) Jennifer Higdon was born in Brooklyn, New York, on December 31, 1962. The first performance of The Singing Rooms took place at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on January 17, 2008, with violinist Jennifer Koh, the Philadelphia Singers Chorale and the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach. The Singing Rooms is scored for solo violin, mixed chorus, two flutes, two oboes, English horn, two clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, three trumpets, piccolo trumpet, two trombones, bass trombone, tuba, harp, timpani, chimes, mark tree, sizzle cymbal, rute, bass drum, tambourine, five temple blocks, bongos, cowbell, claves, sleigh bells, crotales, vibraphone, marimba, suspended cymbal, Chinese suspended cymbal, tam-tam, two triangles, brake drum, two woodblocks, snare drum and strings. Approximate performance time is thirty-three minutes.

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Jennifer Higdon

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ith more than 200 performances of her works each year, Jennifer Higdon has established herself as one of the most prominent composers of her generation. Ms. Higdon’s music — with its brilliant and varied canvass of instrumental colors, pulsating rhythms, and compelling synthesis of captivating lyricism and irrepressible energy — has resonated with musicians and audiences throughout the world. Jennifer Higdon’s extensive list of commissions include works for the Atlanta Symphony, Philadelphia, Indianapolis Symphony, National Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Minnesota, Dallas Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Chicago Symphony, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestras, pianist Gary Graffman, the Tokyo String Quartet, the Ying Quartet, the Cypress Quartet, and eighth blackbird. Upcoming commissions include a concerto for pianist Yuja Wang, a concerto for violinist Hilary Hahn, a concerto for eighth blackbird, a choral work for the Mendelssohn Club, as well as band works for the President’s Own Marine Band and the University of Michigan Symphonic Band. Jennifer Higdon has received awards and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy of Arts & Letters, the Pew Fellowship in the Arts, Meet-the-Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts, and ASCAP. She has served as Composer-in-Residence for the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Green Bay Symphony Orchestra. This season, Jennifer Higdon is the featured composer with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, and next year, will be spotlighted in a similar capacity with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. In the summer of 2003, Jennifer Higdon was the first woman composer to be named a featured composer at the Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival. Her piano work, Secret & Glass Gardens, won the 2005 Van Cliburn Piano Competition’s American Composers Invitational and was performed by several of the semi-finalists. Jennifer Higdon received a Ph.D. and a M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in composition, a B.M. in flute performance from Bowling Green State University, and an Artist Diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Her teachers have included George Crumb and Ned Rorem (composition), Judith Bentley (flute), and Robert Spano (conducting). Ms. Higdon is also profoundly involved in music education. In 2006-07, she served as the Karel Husa Visiting Professor at Ithaca College. She is currently on the composition faculty of The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where she holds the Rock Chair in Composition. The Atlanta Symphony and Music Director Robert Spano have enjoyed a long and rewarding association with Jennifer Higdon, a member of the Orchestra’s “Atlanta School of Composers.” Maestro Spano and the ASO have performed and recorded (for Telarc) Ms. Higdon’s blue cathedral, City Scape, Concerto for Orchestra, and Dooryard Bloom. The latter work, based upon Walt Whitman’s poem, “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d,” was part of the ASO’s opening concerts for the 2006-07 season. Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 27


The Singing Rooms Jennifer Higdon’s The Singing Rooms is a co-commission by the Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra. The commission and performances are funded in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund. The Singing Rooms received its premiere at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on January 17, 2008. The performers included violinist Jennifer Koh, the Philadelphia Singers Chorale and the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach. The composer provided the following program notes on The Singing Rooms: When I was asked by the Philadelphia Orchestra to write a concerto for violin that would include a choral part, I immediately started searching through all sorts of poetry. I looked for several things, the most obvious of which is, the poetry would need to “speak” to me in order for me to be able to set it to music. Also, the words would need to “invite” setting (in other words, easy to sing comprehensibly…can you imagine what it would be like to try to set the word “onomatopoeia?”…not very singer-friendly). To create the best form for the piece, I needed a group of poems that would not be too long (because I wanted to create different moods within this large work), and that would fit together somehow thematically. I looked for a long time, through poetry from various countries and time periods. But I discovered that sometimes the answer is in your own backyard: walking through the faculty lounge at Curtis one day, I asked Jeanne Minahan McGinn (annotator’s note: biography of Dr. McGinn may be found on page 32H), the head of the Liberal Arts Department (who happens to be a poet) if she had anything that I could read. When I got some books of her poetry in my hands, I knew I had found what I was looking for…a series of poems, that resonated with me, and would provide different emotional settings, as if they were lessons in life arranged like different rooms within a house. The Singing Rooms This is a house where the violin sings, the choir sings, and the orchestra sings. Every room is its own sound world. Not an ordinary house, this is the house that we all inhabit: that of life. The beauty of poetry and music is that each person brings their own experience to these art forms, and each reader takes away the message of the poet, mixed with their own story…but we all share these stories… Three Windows: Two Versions of the Day Set twice within this piece (at the beginning and at the end), the first musical setting is the emergence of the day, at its very early crescent of light…a more spare entry into this house of “The Singing Rooms”. It is the image and sound of “…cool and sweet, a blue cascade of watered light…”. Things Aren’t Always Always shifting, moving…not all things are what they seem.

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ASOprogram The Interpretation of Dreams As life sometimes moves in dreamlike fashion, I decided to set this with a gentle sort of “boat rocking” sensation (the poet refers to a dream on a boat). I also decided that I would set this poem three times, because of its brevity, and because of its position as the third poem in this set. Confession The fragility of handing over a confession to another is sometimes anxiety producing. This anxiety is mirrored in the opening of this movement, but calms at the moment that the choir unfolds with the opening stanza referring to the dream of sleeping within a flower (which I pictured as opening and expanding). An interesting note, Pleiades is mentioned in the 3rd stanza…its meaning: an open star cluster in the constellation Taurus, which consists of several hundred stars, with only 6 visible to the human eye. I found this particular tidbit fascinating mostly because, before reading the definition, I had written a 6-note figure for the violin that occurs repeatedly within this movement, in different guises. I confess that sometimes I don’t know where the music comes from, but I’m often startled by its appropriateness to the moment of putting note to page. History Lesson Falling gestures…rising gestures….the difference between (as the poet says) the “…brief pause between despair and comfort…”. Of all the movements, this is the shortest…a mere 3 minutes. Why? It was an intentional decision to reflect on how we seem to remember the lessons of history for such short amounts of time. A Word with God For a composer, it is intimidating to think of how one sets into music such a thing as speaking to God. Certainly many other composers have done so throughout history. But I loved the idea of starting it as an intimate conversation, so I wrote a duet between the English Horn and the Solo Violin, which eventually evolves into a series of emotions and conversations, adding voices and varying degrees of urgency. Jeanne Minahan opens this poem opens with an Irish Proverb: “Your feet will bring you to where your heart is”. I chose to place this wonderful proverb at the end of this movement, because after the poem, “A Word with God”, I wanted to carry the listener back to the original room of three windows, now with a new view of the day…at its end….and inevitably, your feet will bring you to where your heart is. Three Windows: Two Versions of the Day The 2nd setting of this poem presents the second version of the day: a view at the close in the day of life…a return to the original room, but with wisdom gained and all seen in a new light. — Jennifer Higdon Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 29


Poetry by Jeanne Minahan Three Windows: Two Versions of the Day Three windows offer two versions of the day, the first: cool and sweet, a blue cascade of watered light, the second: bright heat barely held back by the venetian blind. Inside, the blue falls across the small kitchen (a breeze at your back), and angles into the living room where the table and two chairs swim. The couch, the desk, bookshelves, the bed, they submit each morning to the thin cloths of light that drape, linger and slide across them; its shape their shape. Both are here, though you cannot be: that heat, that long shade of blue. Things Aren’t Always Not every newborn cries in hunger, not every dog barks in alarm. Musicians, on a whim, break our hearts, lovers take the blame. The Interpretation of Dreams If I told you my dream (the one on a boat); if I told you how I read your dream with a cello: a new laugh an old hush. Confession Once I slept all night without dreaming in the body of a small summer flower: buttercup, yellow and damp, circling me with warmth.

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And I’ve taken tears from an earthen bowl, clay pressed in a curve of bone: a basin borne of rib and hip. I drank and sang in sweet drunkenness. Once I dressed in luminous dust and set myself spinning in the Pleiades just to be unseen among the seen. I admit I’ve listened to the whistling of God, kissed lips that were not mine or yours. If I tell you these things now, you must hold them in your palms as I have seen you hold water: cupped and uncontained. give me such forgiveness as that: liquid, poured out, uncondemned for being so clear. History Lesson How brief the pause between despair and comfort.

How eternal.

How small the space between window and frame. How cold the wind. [Teach me which of the stars have shifted. Tell me where error crept in. Show me the overlooked weed, infection, accounting mistake. Adjust my glasses, hearing, fingertips. Point me to the abandoned faith.] When the day dims light the largest fire, cliff high. And when they tell the story of these sad times

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ASOprogram We lit that fire to spare the other ships these treacherous rocks. A Word with God And, finally, we ask ourselves, where did we spend our days, whose voice turned our heads, hushed, thrilled, entered, lingered, left us? (Standing on a far shore, uncertain of the hour or day in a quiet not quiet.) I walk towards you, I walk away; my feet pull me back. Wild One, your magnetic love draws me (polar eclipse and warm),

you are the paradox towards which I tend, you are the ache, I don’t need to speak, you are the name of all names. “Your feet will bring you to where your heart is” (Irish Proverb) Three Windows: Two Versions of the Day (reprise) Poems Copyright © by Jeanne Minahan. “Three Windows: Two Versions of the Day”, 2005; “Things Aren’t Always”, 2003; “The Interpretation of Dreams”, 2005; “Confession”, 1994; “History Lesson”, 2006; “A Word with God”, 2006.

PraiseMaker (1998) Alvin Singleton was born in Brooklyn, New York, on December 28, 1940. The first performance of PraiseMaker took place at Music Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio, on May 22, 1998, with the May Festival Chorus and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James Conlon. PraiseMaker is scored for mixed chorus, two flutes, two oboes, English horn, two clarinets, bass clarinet, two bassoons, contrabassoon, four horns, two trumpets, three trombones, tuba, crotales, tubular bells, vibraphone, harp and strings. Approximate performance time is twenty minutes. First ASO Classical Subscription Performances: May 23, 24 and 25, 2002, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Robert Spano, Conductor.

Alvin Singleton

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lvin Singleton’s unique musical voice is the product of his richly diverse educational and cultural background. Mr. Singleton studied at New York University, Yale University, and, as a Fulbright Scholar, with Goffredo Petrassi at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Mr. Singleton also readily acknowledges the influence of numerous and varied styles of popular music in his concert works. While growing up in Brooklyn, Mr. Singleton was fascinated by such artists as the Beatles, John Coltrane, James Brown and Mahalia Jackson. Mr. Singleton was also profoundly influenced by the gospels and spirituals that resounded in his own family’s church. As Mr. Singleton has remarked, “(m)y musical ideal would be to combine the spirit of James Brown with the organizational skill of Lutoslawski.” After his studies in Rome, Alvin Singleton remained in Europe for fourteen years as a free-lance composer, where he received numerous awards and citations for his works. While in Paris, Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 31


Mr. Singleton met Robert Shaw, then the Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. This meeting ultimately led to Mr. Singleton’s appointment as Composer-in-Residence for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, a post he held from 1985-88. During that time, the Atlanta Symphony performed several of Mr. Singleton’s works and recorded a disc of his compositions for Nonesuch Records. Mr. Singleton, a resident of Atlanta, also became the first Composerin-Residence in the history of Spelman College (1988-1991). Alvin Singleton has served as UNISYS Composer-in-Residence with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (1996-97), and was the 2002–03 Composer-in-Residence with the Ritz Chamber Players of Jacksonville, Florida. In addition, he has served as Visiting Professor of Composition at the Yale University School of Music. In the spring of 2004, Mr. Singleton joined the American Composers Orchestra as “Music Alive” Composer-in-Residence and Artistic Advisor for the IMPROVISE! Festival. In October, 2008, Singleton served as Composer-in-Residence in Tirana, Albania. He was invited by the cultural organization Eurynome Corp., who presented the Albanian premieres of selected works performed by the Orchestra of Albanian Radio and Television conducted by Oleg Arapi. Mr. Singleton also conducted a masterclass at the Fine Arts Academy in Tirana. Alvin Singleton’s compositions have been performed by the world’s leading symphony orchestras and ensembles. Major international festivals have also programmed Singleton’s music. This year, Alvin Singleton received commissions from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University and the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University. Pursuant to the Barlow commission, Mr. Singleton will compose a new work for the Orchestra of the League of Composers, to be premiered during the 2009-10 season. For the Fromm commission, Mr. Singleton will write a new work for chamber ensemble. Alvin Singleton’s music is published by Schott Music Corporation, and is recorded on the Albany Records, Elektra/Nonesuch, Tzadik, and Innova labels. Singleton’s latest CD, “Sing to the Sun,” was released in February 2007 on Albany Records and is the fourth all-Singleton disc. His most recent work, Through It All, was commissioned by The ASCAP Foundation and Spivey Hall, and was premiered by the Grammy-nominated ensemble Imani Winds in February 2008.

PraiseMaker The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra premiere of PraiseMaker took place at Symphony Hall on May 23, 2002, with Robert Spano conducting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus. The following is an excerpt from the program notes for that performance, written by Nick Jones, the Orchestra’s Program Annotator for 25 years (Nick is also performing in these concerts as a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus): PraiseMaker was commissioned by the Cincinnati May Festival in celebration of its 125th anniversary. Because choral music has always been an important part of this festival, the composer decided to write for chorus and orchestra and requested an original text from Susan Kouguell, with whom he previously collaborated on The World is Here with Me for Spelman College. The two met

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ASOprogram when both were fellows at the MacDowell artists’ colony in New Hampshire. Ms. Kouguell is a screenwriter, script doctor, film maker, and teacher whose book The Savvy Screenwriter was published in 2000. She explains, “The objective for the text of PraiseMaker was to write a piece that was universal, secular, and celebratory. Most universal in celebrating an event is memory.” It’s important for our communal memory, she says, “to rejoice in accomplishments, to learn from our mistakes, to listen to those around us who have wisdom, and to learn from those words.” PraiseMaker is a single-movement piece lasting about 20 minutes. Though written years before the horrific events of last September 11th, the work seems eerily relevant to the national soul-searching brought on by those events and our determination not to forget the victims. PraiseMaker To begin again and again beginning with slow resisting with wisdom of past and present souls whispering words of grace and inheritance how it was when it was in a world in our world where forgiveness is often a possibility

hindsight remembered of living and loving and dreaming and believing alive the time in the murmur of these whispers

who we were when we were who we are to be

we who swirl and sing with each dawn hear the souls calling out their loving and living and believing and dreaming how it was when it was who we were when we are who we are to be

counting minutes and living the next

— Susan Kouguell (October, 1997)

Le Poème de l’extase (The Poem of Ecstasy, Symphony No. 4), Opus 54 (1908) Alexander Scriabin was born in Moscow, Russia, on January 6, 1872, and died there on April 27, 1915. The first performance of Le Poème de l’extase took place in New York on December 10, 1908, with Modest Altschuler conducting the Russian Symphony Society. Le Poème de l’extase is scored for piccolo, three flutes, three oboes, English horn, three clarinets, bass clarinet, three bassoons, contrabassoon, eight horns, five trumpets, three trombones, Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 32B


tuba, timpani, bass drum, cymbals, tam-tam, triangle, small bells, large bell, two harps, celesta, pipe organ and strings. Approximate performance time is twenty-two minutes. First ASO Classical Subscription Performances: January 22, 23 and 24, 1970, Gunther Schuller, Conductor. Most Recent ASO Classical Subscription Performances: December 6, 7 and 8, 1984, Louis Lane, Conductor.

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he year 1903 marked a stunning turning point in the life of pianist and composer Alexander Scriabin. A classmate of Sergei Rachmaninov at the Moscow Conservatory, Scriabin became a professor of piano at that institution commencing in 1898. However, in 1903 Scriabin left the Conservatory to focus on his musical compositions and a series of concert tours. That same year, Scriabin abandoned his wife and family to live in Western Europe with a young admirer named Tatyana Schloezer. Schloezer, a devotee of cult philosophy, encouraged Scriabin in his messianic sense of creative omnipotence, based first upon his interpretations of the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche and later, the theosophy of Helena Blavatsky. The Poem of Ecstasy is the second work of a projected orchestral tetralogy depicting Scriabin’s mystical philosophy. Scriabin described the first composition in the series, The Divine Poem (1904), as portraying: the struggle between Man enslaved to a personal God and Man, who is himself God but lacking the will to proclaim his divinity. Thus frustrated, he immerses himself in the pleasures of sense, depicted in the second section of the work. But internal divine powers assist him toward liberation, and in the third and last section of the tone poem he gives himself up to the joys of “untrammeled existence”. Scriabin intended the final two portions of the tetralogy, Prometheus, The Poem of Fire (1910) and The Mystery to offer an unprecedented fusion of the arts and senses. Prometheus features a large orchestra, piano, organ, wordless chorus and a keyboard that projects colors onto a screen. Scriabin envisioned the even more ambitious The Mystery as the tetralogy’s apocalyptic culmination, a grand religious event to be held in India in which both the chorus and audience would be clothed in white. Scriabin was unable to complete The Mystery before his death in 1915. In June of 1905, while living with Schloezer in Bogliasco, near Genoa, Scriabin began work on an intended multi-movement symphony entitled Poème Orgiaque. However, Scriabin encountered great difficulty with this original conception. In the spring of 1907, Scriabin announced he had completed his “finest composition,” the single-movement The Poem of Ecstasy. In the summer of 1907, conductor Modest Altschuler, a champion of contemporary Russian music, assisted Scriabin with revisions to the orchestration. Altschuler observed:

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ASOprogram Scriabin is neither an atheist nor a theosophist, yet his creed includes ideas somewhat related to each of these schools of thought. There are three divisions in his poem: (1) His soul in the orgy of love; (2) The realization of a fantastical dream; (3) The glory of his own art. Scriabin himself authored an accompanying and lengthy explanatory poem, the opening lines of which read: The spirit, Pinioned on its thirst for life, Soars in flight To heights of negation. There in the rays of its fantasy Is born a magic world Of wondrous images and feelings The playing spirit, The suffering spirit, The spirit that creates sorrow in doubt, Gives itself to the torment of love. The premiere, originally scheduled for February 16, 1908 in St. Petersburg, was delayed due to a lack of sufficient rehearsal time. The first performance of Scriabin’s The Poem of Ecstasy finally took place in New York on December 10, 1908, with Modest Altschuler conducting the Russian Symphony Society. Scriabin’s The Poem of Ecstasy is set in a single uninterrupted movement comprising numerous diverse episodes. There are several themes that reappear throughout the work. During the slow opening section (Andante. Languido), the flute introduces a wide-ranging motif based on triplets. A solo clarinet plays a melody over undulating string accompaniment. During a more agitated passage (Allegro non troppo), two trumpets play the work’s central theme, a rising fanfare juxtaposed with a chromatic descending passage. The themes appear in various forms, couched in a wide variety of orchestral textures and colors. The presentation of conflicting moods throughout The Poem of Ecstasy finally resolves to a glorious C-Major apotheosis.

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jennifer koh, Violinist

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iolinist Jennifer Koh mesmerizes audiences with playing that combines intensity of temperament with a patrician poise and elegance, qualities that she brings to old and new music in equal measure. As a virtuoso whose natural flair is combined with a probing intellectual acuity, Ms. Koh is committed to exploring connections between the pieces she plays, searching for similarities of voice between different composers, as well as within the works of a single composer. Jennifer Koh Accordingly, her programs often present rare and revealing juxtapositions, offering works by composers as divergent as Mozart and Ligeti, Schubert and Saariaho. In addition to receiving a performance diploma in music from the Oberlin Conservatory, Ms. Koh also holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Oberlin, and maintains a continuing interest in writing and literature. Ms. Koh has performed with many of America’s most important orchestras and on leading recital series. When she appeared in recital at New York’s Metropolitan Museum, the seasoned critic Allan Kozinn wrote in The New York Times: “Ms. Koh offered a gripping solo performance of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s “Lachen Verlernt” (2002), a piece that begins with a songlike simplicity but gradually becomes a study in full-throttle virtuosity. She also played Ravel’s Sonata in G with a combination of Gallic sensuality and American flexibility. In the central Blues movement, Ms. Koh’s bent pitches and throaty tone color were exactly what the score needs: Stephane Grappelli couldn’t have made it sound more bluesy” (April 2005). Engagements for the 2008-09 season include solo appearances with the orchestras of Atlanta, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Houston and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C. She will be heard in recital in Vancouver, Los Angeles and Philadelphia; and in chamber music in New York at the 92nd Street Y. Besides performing various contemporary works such as Saariaho’s violin concerto Graal theater, Ms. Koh performs the Brahms, Mendelssohn, Sibelius and Mozart Concerto No. 4, as well as the Beethoven Triple Concerto. Ms. Koh has recorded music by Bach, Schubert, Szymanowski, Schoenberg and jazz great Ornette Coleman, a CD of the Szymanowski and Martin violin concertos entitled Portraits, and most recently she released String Poetic a Grammy-nominated recording with world premieres of works by Jennifer Higdon and Lou Harrison as well as music by John Adams and Carl Ruggles. Ms. Koh has been heard with leading orchestras and conductors around the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, the BBC London Symphony, the BBC Scottish Symphony and the Helsinki Philharmonic. A committed educator, Ms. Koh has also won high praise for her performances in classrooms throughout the U.S. under her innovative Music Messenger outreach program. Now, in its sixth year, the program continues to form an important part of her musical activities.

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ASOprogram ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CHORUS Norman Mackenzie, Director of Choruses, The Frannie and Bill Graves Chair Jeffrey Baxter, Choral Administrator Todd Skrabanek, Accompanist

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cclaimed for the beauty, precision and expressive qualities of their singing, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Choruses have been an important part of the Orchestra’s programming since their founding in 1970 by the late Robert Shaw. Both are composed entirely of volunteers, who meet weekly for rehearsals and perform with the ASO several times each season. They also are featured on the majority of the ASO’s recordings, having garnered 14 Grammy awards (nine for Best Choral Performance, four for Best Classical Recording and one for Best Opera Recording). The ASO Chorus, 200 voices strong, performs large choral-symphonic works with the full orchestra, under the batons of ASO Music Director Robert Spano and ASO Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles. The chorus also has sung for guest conductors such as Roberto Abbado, Charles Dutoit, Alan Gilbert, Bernard Labadie, John Nelson and William Fred Scott. The ASO Chamber Chorus performs music of the Baroque and Classical eras, as well as works by modern masters such as Golijov, Tavener, Pärt, Paulus, Poulenc and Britten. Highlights of its history include a residency with the ASO and Robert Spano for California’s Ojai Festival, participation with the ASO in Telarc Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus recordings of masterworks by Bach, Golijov, Handel, Vivaldi, Haydn and Schubert; a 2005 a cappella recording that features the Vaughan Williams Mass under Norman Mackenzie; an appearance on national television in 1987, performing Handel’s Messiah under Robert Shaw’s baton; and several Carnegie Hall appearances including performances of the B-minor Mass, the Matthew and John Passions of Bach, the Rachmaninov Vespers and the Mozart/Levin Requiem. The Chamber Chorus also has performed under the batons of Robert King and Nicholas McGegan. The ASO Chorus made its Carnegie Hall debut in 1976 with a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and has returned to perform there on a number of subsequent occasions, most recently on March 11, 2006, with the ASO and Robert Spano for an acclaimed performance of the Verdi Requiem. It performed in the Kennedy Center for President-elect Jimmy Carter’s Inaugural Concert in 1977. In 1988, it accompanied the orchestra on its first European tour, performing in New York, East Berlin, Zürich, Ludwigsburg, Paris, Bristol and London. Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 32F


Soprano 1 JoAnn Alexander Olivia Balcom Michelle Belle Isle Erin Bourg Amy Dowis Kelly Eggers Kristen Gwaltney Cristina Herrera Colleen Kingston Victoria Kolterman Arietha Lockhart * Mindy Margolis Patricia Nealon * Doris Rivers Courtney Stanley Brianne Turgeon Kathryn Webster Kara Mia Wray Wanda Yang Temko Soprano 2 Sloan Atwood Chantrice Barnes Pamela Barnette ** Deanna Campbell Martha Craft Ellen Dukes ** Kathleen Kelly-George Natalie Lee Eda Mathews * Rachel O’Dell Vickie Orme Lydia Peterson Sydney Smith-Rikard Paula Snelling Anne-Marie Spalinger Camilla Springfield * Tommie Storer Kelly Thomas Cheryl Thrash Donna Weeks

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Alto 1 Ana Baida Deborah Boland * Christa Joy Chase Laurie Cronin Patricia DinkinsMatthews Pamela Drummond Beth Freeman Pamela Griffin Janet Johnson * Cheri Lee Virginia Little Staria Lovelady Allison Lowe Paige Mathis Frances McDowell * Linda Morgan ** Dominique PetiteChabukswar Kathleen Poe Andrea Seeney Diana Strommen Sharon Vrieland * Nancy York Alto 2 Nancy Adams Marcia Chandler Meaghan Curry Michèle Diament Barbara Houze Janet Hubler ** Sally Kann Nicole Khoury Nancy Llamazales * Cynthia Martin * Lynda Martin Julie Northup Brenda Pruitt Debra Samuelson Sharon Simons Patricia Sinback Virginia Thompson Cheryl Vanture Kiki Wilson * Diane Woodard *

Tenor 1 Jeffrey Baxter * David Blalock * John Brandt Jack Caldwell * Daniel Cameron Clifford Edge * Steven Farrow * Wayne Gammon Kirt Greenburg Leif Hansen James Jarrell Thomas LaBarge Keith Langston Sean Mayer Jamie Mells Clinton Miller Christopher Patton Stephen Reed ‡ David Ritter Keith Smith Mark Warden

Bass 1 Robert Bolyard Richard Brock Russell Cason * Joshua Clark Trey Clegg Steven Darst * Jon Gunnemann David Hansen * Bradley Hood Gregory Hucks Nick Jones ‡ Peter MacKenzie Charles McClellan * Jason Perkins Mark Russell Kendric Smith ‡ John Stallings Ike Van Meter Edgie Wallace William Scott Walters Edward Watkins **

Tenor 2 Curtis Bisges Nicholas Cavaliere Charles Cottingham ‡ Phillip Crumbly Jeffrey Daniel Joseph Few Hamilton Fong Earl Goodrich * John Goodson Keith Jeffords Steven Johnstone John Kenemer Mark Lester * Nathan Osborne Marshall Peterson Phillip Rodefer Clifton Russell Scott Stephens * Robert Wilkinson

Bass 2 Brian Brown John Cooledge ‡ Rick Copeland * Joel Craft * Paul Fletcher Andrew Gee Christopher Hornsby Ben Howell Philip Jones Eric Litsey * Sam Marley Owen Mathews Eckhart Richter John Ruff Jonathan Smith Timothy Solomon * Benjamin Temko David Webster ** Keith Wyatt * 20+ years of service ** 30+ years of service ‡ Charter member (1970)


ASOprogram NORMAN MACKENZIE, Conductor/Director of Choruses

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orman Mackenzie’s abilities as musical collaborator, conductor and concert organist have brought him national recognition. As Director of Choruses for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, 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 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.

Norman Mackenzie

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, and in 2005 with another Best Choral Performance Grammy for the Berlioz Requiem. He also serves as Director of Music and Fine Arts for Atlanta’s Trinity Presbyterian Church. 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 his 14-year association with Shaw, he was keyboardist for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Principal Accompanist for the ASO Choruses and, ultimately, Assistant Choral Conductor.

Dr. Jeanne Minahan McGinn, Poet

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oet Jeanne Minahan was born in Pennsylvania and educated at Bucknell University. She attributes her passion for poetry to the unlikely combination of hearing the Sunday liturgy at Mass and her parents’ bedtime reading choices of A. A. Milne, Ernest Thayer’s Casey at the Bat, Robert Service’s The Cremation of Sam McGee and 1,000 Years of Irish Poetry. Perhaps those early literary encounters influenced her decision to abandon a career as a freelance writer and journalist and to return to the study of poetry. She went on as a Rotary Dr. Jeanne International Fellow to earn an M.A. with Firsts in Anglo-Irish Minahan McGinn Literature from the University College Cork, National University of Ireland and then her Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College. She has presented her scholarly work at academic conferences in Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Monaco and throughout the U.S. Minahan won the Cross Pens/University College Galway grand prize in literature. The former poetry editor for The Other Side magazine, her poems have appeared most recently in The Women’s Review of Books and Mars Hill Review. She has work forthcoming in Cimarron Review. Jeanne Minahan, the pen name of Jeanne M. McGinn, teaches creative writing and literature at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she is the Chair of the Liberal Arts Department. Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 32H


ASOsupport Ray Uttenhove, Appassionato Chair

Ap-pas’-si-o-na’-to – adv., Passionately, with strong emotion The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is privileged to receive annual contributions from individuals throughout the southeast. Appassionato was inaugurated in 2000 & welcomes annual givers of $10,000 & above. Appassionato members provide the Symphony with a continuous & strong financial base in support of our ambitionous aritistic & education initiatives.

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Mrs. Anne Cox Chambers

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Mr. & Mrs. Solon P. Patterson* Mr. Donald Runnicles Joyce & Henry Schwob Mr. John A. Sibley III John Sparrow Loren & Gail Starr Mary Rose Taylor Carol & Ramon Tome The Michael W. Trapp Family Mike & Liz Troy Turner Foundation, Inc. Roz & Rick Walker Gertrude & William C. Wardlaw Fund, Inc. Neal & Virginia Williams

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ASOsupport Judy Hellriegel, Chair

The Insiderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Experience for Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Members 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 ASO family through their institutional leadership and financial support.

$5,000+ Anonymous (3) Ron & Susan Antinori Mr. & Mrs. William Atkins Jan & Gus Bennett Kelley O. & Neil H. Berman Mr. & Mrs. Jason A. Bernstein Mr. David Boatwright Ms. Suzanne Dansby Bollman Dr. Robert L. & Lucinda W. Bunnen Ann and Jeff Cramer* Sally & Larry Davis

Triska Drake & G. Kimbrough Taylor, Jr. Admiral James O. Ellis, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Carl D. Fackler Rosi & Arnoldo Fiedotin Mr. David L. Forbes Betty Sands Fuller Sally & Carl Gable Ruth Gershon & Sandy Cohn Dick & Ann Goodsell John E. Graham Dr. & Mrs. Alexander Gross Joe Guthridge & David Ritter

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Mr. George E. Peterson Mr. & Mrs. Tunstall P. Rushton Mr. & Mrs. Baker A. Smith Hamilton & Mason Smith* Irene & Howard Stein Lynne & Steven Steindel* Russell Williamson & Shawn Pagliarini Suzanne Bunzl Wilner Mr. & Mrs. Gerald B. Wilson T & H Yamashita*

Deborah & William Liss* Dr. & Mrs. James T. Lowman Barbara & Jim MacGinnitie Gino & Belinda Massafra John & Linda Matthews Walter W. Mitchell Dr. & Mrs. Mark Pentecost, Jr.

Elise T. Phillips Mr. & Mrs. Rezin Pidgeon, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Frank S. Pittman III Mr. & Mrs. David M. Ratcliffe Mr. & Mrs. Joel F. Reeves Edward G. Scruggs Mr. & Mrs. Robert M. Seaman

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Representative Pat Gardner & Mr. Jerry Gardner Mr. & Mrs. Edward T. M. Garland Ms. Alma Garrette Mr. & Mrs. Andrew A. Geller Dr. Mary G. George Bill & Susan Gibson Mr. & Mrs. John T. Glover Mr. & Mrs. Henry W. Grady Ben & Lynda Greer Mr. & Mrs. Bradley Hale Dr. & Mrs. Earl Haltiwanger Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Hanner Sally W. Hawkins Mr. & Mrs. John E. Hellriegel Mr. Haywood (Robin) Hendrix Deedi Henson Mr. S. Bayne Hill In Memory of Carolyn B. Hochman Mr. & Mrs. Harry C. Howard Ms. Joy G. Howard

Linda & Richard Hubert Dr. William M. Hudson Mr. & Mrs. W. F. Johnston Mr. & Mrs. L. Michael Kelly Mr. & Mrs. Daniel J. King Mr. & Mrs. John King Mr. & Mrs. Richard A. Kruger Dr. Leslie Leigh Mr. & Mrs. J. David Lifsey Mr. & Mrs. Sean Lynch Mr. & Mrs. Frederick C. Mabry Ruth & Paul Marston Dr. & Mrs. William McClatchey Mr. & Mrs. David V. McQueen Mr. & Mrs. Keith E. Mitchell Ms. Lilot Moorman & Mr. Jeffrey B. Bradley Richard S. & Winifred B. Myrick Dr. & Mrs. R. Daniel Nable Mr. & Mrs. Albert N. Parker Mr. & Mrs. Andreas Penninger Janet M. Pierce

$3,500+ Julie M. Altenbach Mr. & Mrs. Todd Evans Mr. & Mrs. Marshall E. Franklin Mr. & Mrs. Henry D. Gregory Ms. Cynthia Jeness Dr. & Mrs. James T. Laney* Mr. & Mrs. T.J. Lavallee, Sr.

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ASOsupport $2,250+ (continued) Dr. John B. Pugh Realan Foundation, Inc. Dr. & Mrs. W. Harrison Reeves, Sr. In memory of Nora A. Richardson S. A. Robinson

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Joseph W. & Beth M. Gibson Duncan & Judy Gray Mr. Kenneth R. Hey Ed Heys Dr. & Mrs. Thomas J. High Mr. & Mrs. Daniel H. Hollums Dr. & Mrs. James M. Hund Dorothy Jackson Mary & Wayne James Lana M. Jordan Mr. Thomas J. Jung Dr. & Mrs. M. J. Jurkiewicz Betty Karp Paul & Rosthema Kastin Mr. & Mrs. John H. Kauffman Dick & Georgia Kimball* Veronique Krafft-Jones & Baxter Jones Mr. & Mrs. David Krischer Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth F. Leddick Paul & Winifred Lefstead * Dr. Fulton Lewis III & S. Neal Rhoney Mr. & Mrs. Paul A. Lutz* Mr. & Mrs. Paul E. Manners Mr. & Mrs. James H. Matthews, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Devereaux McClatchey Martha & Reynolds McClatchey

JoAnn Godfrey McClinton Mr. & Mrs. Albert S. McGhee John F. & Marilyn M. McMullan Angela & Jimmy Mitchell Judy & Gregory Moore Mrs. Gene Morse Mr. & Mrs. Vernon J. Nagel Lebby Neal Mr. & Mrs. J. Vernon O’Neal, Jr. Sanford & Barbara Orkin Keith & Dana Osborn Dr. & Mrs. Bernard H. Palay Mr. & Mrs. Emory H. Palmer Mr. & Mrs. William A. Parker, Jr. Ms. Susan B. Perdew Mr. & Mrs. William John Petter Brian & Sherry Ranck Mr. Christopher D. Rex & Dr. Martha Wilkins Mr. & Mrs. John E. Robertson Mr. & Mrs. Richard L. Rodgers The Gary W. & Ruth M. Rollins Foundation Dr. & Mrs. Rein Saral Dr. Paul Seguin Dr. & Mrs. James Sexson

Andrew J. Singletary Gary E. Snyder Mr. & Mrs. Raymond F. Stainback, Jr. Mrs. James R. Stow Kay & Alex Summers Elvira Tate Mr. & Mrs. George B. Taylor, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Mark Taylor Dede & Bob Thompson Mr. & Mrs. William M. Tipping Frank Vinicor, M.D. Drs. Mel & Nan Vulgamore Charlie Wade & M.J. Conboy Mr. J.H. Walker III Drs. Julius & Nanette Wenger David & Martha West Mrs. Thomas R. Williams Mark & Ruthelen Williamson Ned J. Winsor Jan & Beattie Wood Dorothy & Charlie Yates Family Fund Marguerite & Mike York Chuck & Pat Young Dr. & Mrs. James D. Young The Zaban Foundation, Inc. Grace & Herbert Zwerner

$1,750+ 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 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 Dr. Francine D. Dykes & Mr. Richard Delay Drs. Norma J. & Bryan P. Edwards Heike & Dieter Elsner

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

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ASOsupport

Corporate sponsors $100,000+

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

Holiday Title Sponsor

SuperPOPS! Title Sponsor

Muhtar Kent President and Chief Operating Officer

Darrell J. Mays Chief Executive Officer

“A King Celebration” Presenting Sponsor Robert L. Ulrich Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Richard Anderson Chief Executive Officer

1180 Peachtree * Perimeter Summit * Riverwood

Delta Classic Chastain Presenting Sponsor Kendall Alley Atlanta Regional President

$50,000+ AT&T The Real Yellow Pages GE Energy Oliver Wyman

Delta Classic Chastain Presenting Sponsor

Delta Classic Chastain Presenting Sponsor

Philip I. Kent Chief Executive Officer

David W. Scobey President & Chief Executive Officer - AT&T - Southeast

$35,000+

$20,000+

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC Porsche Cars North America Publix Super Markets Charities

Official Coffee of Delta Classic Chastain Free Parks Title Sponsor Lisa Compton Regional Vice President

Owned by affiliate of the General Electric Pension Trust – GE Asset Management, exclusive real estate advisor

Supporter of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus Jerry Karr Managing Director GE Asset Management

$10,000+

CNN en Español HoneyBaked Ham Company Reliance Trust The UPS Foundation

Evolution Home Theater Nordstrom Peachtree Hills Place Stanford Financial Services

The Boston Consulting Group Turner Construction Company Verizon Wireless Wilmington Trust WineStyles

foundation and government support $100,000+ The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation The Halle Foundation William Randolph Hearst Foundations The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation The Zeist Foundation

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

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$25,000+ American Symphony Orchestra League Anne and Gordon Getty Foundation MetLife Music for Life Initiative

$5,000+

$10,000+ The Aaron Copland Fund For Music, Inc. The Arnold Foundation The Green Foundation Hellen Ingram Plummer Charitable Foundation The Kendeda Fund

Atlanta Federation of Musicians Fraser-Parker Foundation Robert S. Elster Foundation The Sartain Lanier Family Foundation National Endowment for the Arts

Office of Cultural Affairs: Major support is provided by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs.

Special Gifts The ASCAP Foundation Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Foundation Kathy Griffin Memorial Endowment Livingston Foundation Reiman Charitable Foundation William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund

This program is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The Council is a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.


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

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

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

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

*Deceased

Talent Development program supporters Funds included: ASO Training Programs Fund as part of the ASO Learning Community Fund, The Azira G. Hill Scholarship Endowment Fund, & TDP Endowment Campaign

$25,000+

Bank of America The Coca Cola Company John H. & Wilhelmina D. Harland Foundation* Mr. & Mrs. Jesse Hill , Jr.* Monica (Kaufman) Pearson & John E. Pearson, Sr.* Margaret & Bob Reiser* Jay & Arthur Richardson*

$10,000+

AGL Resources* Edith H. & James E. Bostic, Jr. Family Foundation* Marcia & John Donnell* Cree & Frazer Durrett* The Goizueta Foundation The Sartain Lanier Family Foundation, Inc.* The Pittulloch Foundation* John C. Portman, Jr.* Simmons Family Foundation* Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Yellowlees*

$2,500+

Mr. & Mrs. Henry Aaron* Elinor Rosenberg Breman** Cynthia & Donald Carson* Georgia-Pacific Corporation Mr. & Mrs. Charles B. Ginden* Mr. & Mrs. David Gould Mrs. Mary C. Gramling* Lincoln Financial Foundation Links Inc., Azalea City Chapter Mr. Kenneth & Dr. Carolyn Meltzer Margo Brinton & Eldon Park* Mr. & Mrs. Thomas L. Sullivan* Isaiah & Hellena Huntley Tidwell* The Frances Wood Wilson Foundation, Inc.* Ms. Joni Winston*

$1,000+

Madeline & Howell E. Adams, Jr.* Claire & Hubie Brown Dr. Eric & Nancy Brown*

Dr. Sheri D. Campbell* Sharon, Lindsay & Gordon Fisher Dr. John O. Gaston & Dr. Gloria S. Gaston* Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Greer* The Honorable Judge Glenda Hatchett* Ms. Joy G. Howard Aaron & Joyce Johnson* Mr. & Mrs. William Lamar, Jr.* Ms. Malinda C. Logan* Mr. & Mrs. Howatt E. Mallinson* Dr. Emily A. Massey* Dr. Joanne R. Nurss* Dr. & Mrs. Travis Paige* Mr. & Mrs. Howard Palefsky* Ms. Margaret H. Petersen Ms. Elise T. Phillips Erich & Suzette Randolph* Mr. Herman J. Russell, Sr. Michael & Lovette Russell Stephanie & H. Jerome Russell*

Suzanne & Willard Shull* Mr. & Mrs. Michael A. Troy Mr. & Mrs. Mark D. Wasserman* Mr. Mack Wilbourne*

Special gifts

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation GE Energy The Green Foundation William Randolph Hearst Foundations Kraft Foods, Inc. MetLife Music for Life Initiative Nordstrom The UPS Foundation Woodruff Arts Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Celebrate Diversity through the Arts The Zeist Foundation * Those that have contributed recently to the TDP Endowment Campaign

**Scholarships for Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra tuition are made possible through the Elinor Rosenberg Breman Fellowship.

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ASOsupport The volunteer organization of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 2008-2009 Board Kathleen (Suzy) Wasserman President Leslie Petter Advisor Judy Schmidt Parliamentarian Alison Mimms Secretary

Belinda Massafra Treasurer Joanne Lincoln Historian Gail Spurlock Nominating Chair Elba McCue VP Adminstration Honey Corbin VP Public Relations

Liz Troy VP Membership Martha Perrow Decorators’ Show House & Gardens Chair Sylvia Davidson VP Youth Education Yetty Arp & Deede Stephenson ASA Fall Meeting

Belinda Massafra Nominating Chair April Conaway & Annie York Trujillo ASA Night at the Symphony Janis Eckert ASA Spring Luncheon Camille Kesler Newsletter Editor

Ann Levin Directory Editor Nancy Levitt Ambassador’s Desk Camille Yow & Leslie Petter Annual Fund Mary Francis Early Outreach

Siemens Energy & Automation

Kaufmann Tire Parc at Buckhead Phipps Plaza Preprint Reece Tent Rental, LLC Swoozie’s We Rent Atlanta

Events 2008 Decorators’ Show House & Gardens Diamond Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine atlantahomesmag.com

Ticket Sponsor The Epicurean Springer Mountain Farms Jim Ellis Audi Atlanta

Gold Atlanta Metro Publishing Platinum Benjamin Moore & Co. Jackson Spalding Boxwoods Gardens Opening Night Party & Gifts Comcast Merrel Hattink with Dorsey Alston Realtors

Silver Arborguard Tree Specialists Bombardier Flexjet Effectivewebs.net Publix Super Markets Charities

Bronze Buckhead Coach Commercial Audio Systems Designer Previews Flora by John Grady Burns

2008 Atlanta Symphony Ball corporate Sponsors Phoenix Delta Air Lines Platinum Invesco Coca-Cola Company Diamond Mednikow Jewelers Gold Beacham & Company, Realtors A Legendary Event UPS Silver AGL Resources AirTran Airways Alston & Bird LLP AT&T Georgia Caren West PR Cayo Espanto Island Resort

special contributors

BenefactorS Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Antinori Lisa & Joe Bankoff GOLD Jan & Gus Bennett Stephanie & Arthur Blank Chris & Merry Carlos Cynthia & Donald Carson Silver Mr. & Mrs. Paul J. Blackney Shannon & Phillip Cave Michelle & David Crosland Monica & John S. Mr. & Mrs. Jere A. Pearson, Sr. Bronze Drummond Ms. Joni Winston Adorno & Yoss Mary D. Gellerstedt Buckingham Portraits Bronze Frannie & Bill Graves Flat Creek Lodge Jesse & Azira G. Hill Dr. & Mrs. Alexander Gross King & Spalding LLP Gail & Loren Starr Veronique Krafft-Jones Magick Lantern Patty & Doug Reid & Baxter Jones Printpack, Inc. & Mr. & Mrs. Manuel The Gay & Erskine Hosts Kaloyannides Love Foundation Victoria & Howard Jeff Mango The Ranches at Belt Creek Palefsky Lawrence E. Mock, Jr. William & Judith Vogel The Yachts of Seabourn Susan Bell & Patrick Morris Media sponsor The Atlantan Cisco Neiman Marcus Siemens Energy & Automation Southern Company Sutherland Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Moseley Lynn & Galen Oelkers Margo Brinton & Eldon Park Leslie & Skip Petter Patty & Doug Reid Margaret & Bob Reiser Jay & Arthur Richardson John & Kyle Rogers Mr. & Mrs. Baker A. Smith Annie York Trujillo & Raul F. Trujillo Adair & Dick White Mary & Felker Ward

2007 AIRTRAN ASO Golf Classic Tournament 2008 AIRTRAN ASO Golf Classic Tournament

Presenting Sponsor Four-person Team & Hole Sponsor AirTran Airways Coca-Cola Company Reception Sponsor EMC Corporation Siemens Energy & Jones Day Automation Luncheon & Hole Sponsor: Sun Trust Private Wealth Management

Four-person Team Sponsor Allconnect Deloitte Ernst & Young

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Hirtle, Callaghan, & Co. Jones Lang Lasalle Ovations Food Services John W. Rooker & Associates, Inc. Verizon Wireless Two-person Team & Hole Sponsor: Zeliff Wallace Jackson

Two-person Team Sponsor Alston & Bird Augus Benefits Credit Suisse Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management Solution Property Group Turner Construction

Hole Sponsor: AutoTrader.com King & Spalding, LLP Morgan Creek Capital Management, LLC Sutherland, Asbill, & Brennan, LLP Sea Island Properties


Patron Circle of Stars

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

Kaiser Permanente KPMG LLP, Partners & Employees The Sara Giles Moore Foundation ★★★★★★★★★★★ PricewaterhouseCoopers $400,000+ Partners & Employees Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. The Rich Foundation, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. The Wachovia Foundation, Inc.

Frank Jackson Sandy Springs Toyota and Scion Infor Global Solutions The Ray M. & Mary Elizabeth Lee Foundation, Inc. Sutherland Troutman Sanders LLP Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. The Zeist Foundation, Inc.

★★★★★★★★★★ $300,000+ UPS Cox Interests Cox Enterprises (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, WSB-TV, Cox Radio Group Atlanta, James M. Cox Foundation) The Honorable Anne Cox Chambers Deloitte Partners & Employees

★★★★ $35,000+ AGL Resources Inc. Atlanta Foundation Assurant Atlanta Companies Assurant Solutions Assurant Specialty Property Joe & Lisa Bankoff DuPont Genuine Parts Company Haworth, Inc. The Imlay Foundation, Inc. INVESCO PLC Kilpatrick Stockton LLP Katherine John Murphy Foundation Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP Rock-Tenn Company Siemens Harris A. Smith Tishman Speyer Properties Valvoline Waffle House, Inc. Frances Wood Wilson Foundation, Inc.

★★★★★★★★★ $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

★★★ $25,000+ Acuity Brands, Inc. Arcapita Balch & Bingham LLP BDO Seidman, LLP The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation


Woodruff Arts Center Alliance Theatre Company Atlanta Symphony Orchestra High Museum of Art Young Audiences Crawford & Company DLA Piper Duke Realty Corporation EARNEST Partners LLC General Motors Corporation Georgia Natural Gas Georgia-Pacific Corporation Harland Clarke C. Tycho & Marie Howle Foundation IBM Corporation IDI JPMorgan Private Bank Philip I. Kent Foundation LaFarge North America Thomas H. Lanier Foundation The Blanche Lipscomb Foundation McKinsey & Company, Inc. Morgan Stanley Norfolk Southern Foundation Powell Goldstein LLP Revenue Analytics, Inc. SCANA Energy Southwire Company Spectrum Brands Towers Perrin Gertrude & William C. Wardlaw Fund Yancey Bros. Co. ★★ $15,000+ Accenture ACE INA Foundation AFLAC Arnall Golden Gregory LLP Atlanta Life Financial Group Atlanta Marriott Marquis Julie & Jim Balloun Bank of North Georgia BB&T Corporation The Beaulieu Group, LLC Kenny Blank Boral Bricks Inc.

Bovis Lend Lease Bradford Branch The Brand Banking Company CB Richard Ellis Center Family Foundation Mrs. Bunny Center Mr. Charles Center Mr. & Mrs. Fred Halperin Ms. Charlene Berman Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Martin The Chatham Valley Foundation, Inc. Chubb Group of Insurance Companies Cleveland Electric Company Kimberly & David Hanna Charitable Fund Cousins Properties Incorporated Credit Suisse Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown Exposition Foundation, Inc. John & Mary Franklin Foundation, Inc. Ford & Harrison LLP Ford Motor Company Gas South, LLC Global Payments Inc. GMT Capital Corp. The Howell Fund, Inc. Hunton & Williams Initial Contract Services J. Mack Robinson Interests Atlantic American Corporation Delta Insurance Group Gray Television Jamestown Properties Mr. and Mrs. Tom O. Jewell Weldon H. Johnson Family Foundation Jones Lang LaSalle David & Jennifer Kahn Family Foundation Sarah & Jim Kennedy Livingston Foundation, Inc.

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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Points of View

By Ken Meltzer Personnel Manager of the ASO, Martin Sauser, came to the school to try and find violinists for the Orchestra. My teacher told him to contact me, and four months later I played in my first ASO rehearsal. What kinds of changes have you seen in your four decades with the ASO? I have played under three Music Directors: Robert Shaw, Yoel Levi and Robert Spano. The size of the Orchestra is somewhat greater than when I first joined, maybe by as many as 10 more players. This has helped contribute to the sound that we produce. Also, we have attracted some fantastic musicians through â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love this the years, which city and it has contributed deserves the to the proficienfinest in all cy of the ASO. walks of lifeâ&#x20AC;? The orchestra is playing at an incredibly high level in comparison to other major orchestras. There arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t many that are much better. Have there been any concerts, during your time with the Orchestra, that were particularly memorable? It would be hard for me to single out individual, memorable concerts. There have been many great performances under all three music directors.

Principal Second Violin The Atlanta Symphony Associates Chair

David Arenz

Congratulations on your 40th year with the ASO! How did you first come to the Orchestra? I was a student at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. The Concertmaster/

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What is your biggest hope for the future of this Orchestra? I hope the Orchestra can continue to make great music in Atlanta. I love this city, and it deserves the finest in all walks of life. I feel the arts play a major role in contributing to the culture that Atlanta provides for us. The ASO is truly a musical treasure.


Points of View

By Ken Meltzer

Principal Librarian

Rebecca beavers Tell us a bit about the path that brought you to the Atlanta Symphony. While I was in college (Ohio State and Northwestern), I played French horn with a regional orchestra in Naples, Fla. This orchestra was in the process of building the Philharmonic Center for the Arts, and in 1989 I moved to Naples to be the Naples Philharmonic’s first librarian and to play horn in the orchestra. as well. The Naples Philharmonic Chorus was founded in 1991, and I also was their librarian. In 1996, I became the Associate Principal Librarian with the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras. The horn took a back seat, as being a librarian with a major orchestra takes a great deal of time. I joined the ASO as Principal Librarian in October of 2007. Describe a typical day in the life of the ASO’s Principal Librarian.

Everyday is different and one always learns something new. We in the library (myself, an assistant and a part-time librarian) are responsible for all of the music the ASO performs—classical, pops, educational, run-outs (ASO concerts outside Atlanta Symphony Hall), tours, as well as summers at Verizon Wireless and Chastain. It can be very busy on days when there are rehearsals, with players coming in with “An orchesquestions about tra librarian the week’s conis a musician certs and future and we work repertoire. Our behind the duties vary, from scene to help providing updatthe players ed instrumentato perform at tions to the pertheir best.” sonnel manager and preparing new sets of music to fixing page turns, cataloguing, and bowing string parts. How many pieces of music does the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra have in its library? 2,200+, which includes sets the ASO owns and sets we have on permanent loan from publishers. For someone not familiar with all of your official responsibilities, what do you think might be the most unexpected or surprising aspect of your job ? An orchestra librarian is a musician, and we work behind the scene to help the players perform at their best. I have always said the library is the kitchen of an orchestral organization — the music we prepare is the “food” and the core. Musician interviews with ASO Insider and Program Annotator Ken Meltzer are a regular feature Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 45


Our Man Flint a man for all music By Laura Soldati

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am not afraid to make a fool of myself,” says Conductor Jere Flint.  “I enjoy it.” But even though Mr. Flint is known for his comedic flair — dressing like wizards and ghosts of dead composers at Haunted Halloween family concerts to “bustinga-move” illustrating syncopation to young children, bopping along to orchestrations of Beach Boys favorites and rocking out on his cello — by no means does he take his job lightly.

Photos: Jeff Roffman

Talking shop with the ASO’s man of many hats, Jere Flint: Resident Conductor; Cellist; Youth Orchestra Music Director; and Family Series and Delta Classic Chastain mainstay.

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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 Office Manager & Assistant Operations Manager 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

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General info LATE SEATING Latecomers are seated at the discretion of house management. Reserved seats are not guaranteed after the performance starts. Latecomers may be initially seated in the back out of courtesy to the musicians and other patrons. SPECIAL ASSISTANCE All programs of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra are accessible to people with disabilities. Please call the box office (404.733.5000) to make advance arrangements. SYMPHONY STORE The ASO’s gift shop is located in the galleria and offers a wide variety of items, ranging from ASO recordings and music-related merchandise to t-shirts and mugs. Proceeds benefit the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

THE ROBERT SHAW ROOM The ASO invites donors who contribute at least $1,750 annually to become members of this private salon for cocktails and dining on concert evenings — private rentals available. Call 404.733.4860. IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS Concert Hotline 404.733.4949 (Recorded information) Symphony Hall Box Office 404.733.5000 Ticket Donations/Exchanges 404.733.5000 Subscription Information/Sales 404.733.4800 Group Sales 404.733.4848 Atlanta Symphony Associates 404.733.4865 (Volunteers) Educational Programs 404.733.5038 Youth Orchestra 404.733.4870 Box Office TTD Number 404.733.4303 Services for People 404.733-5000 with Special Needs 404.733.4800 Lost and Found 404.733.4225 Symphony Store 404.733.4345

Ticket Info CAN’T ATTEND A CONCERT? If you can’t use or exchange your tickets, please pass them on to friends or return them to the box office for resale. To donate tickets, please phone 404.733.5000 before the concert begins. A receipt will be mailed to you in January acknowledging the value of all tickets donated for resale during the year.

Woodruff Arts Center Box Office 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.

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