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contents March 2011
18 Taking You Where Few Orchestras Can
23 The concert’s program and notes
Inspiring and daring, the Orchestra’s programming for next season features tempting performances, stellar guests and world premieres.
44 Record of Achievement
The Orchestra has a new recording label and a new CD with two more scheduled for release later this year.
departments 10 President’s Letter 12 Orchestra Leadership 14 Robert Spano 16 Musicians 33 Contributors 50 Calendar 52 Administration 54 General Info 56 Ticket Info 58 Gallery ASO
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Welcome to March! It’s so easy to look at the impressive list of hometown corporations and foundations that provide financial support for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra — a list that includes AirTran, Coca-Cola, Delta, The Home Depot, and UPS; the Atlanta Community Foundation, and the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation — and conclude that our Orchestra (your Orchestra) has all the financial support it needs. Nothing could be further from the truth. The lion’s share of support for America’s arts organizations comes not from corporations and foundations, and not from government, but from individuals — people like you and me. Financial support from individuals is even more essential in today’s climate, as government, foundations, and corporations focus their charitable resources on meeting the most basic human needs: nutritious food, adequate shelter, and quality education. This month the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra launches a campaign in which I hope I can persuade you to participate. Through this campaign we want to engage a large number of people — at least 50,000 Atlantans — to work with us to bring lifechanging music to our community. We want to persuade each of those 50,000 people (and, yes, that includes you!) to support your Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and our vital music education programs with a contribution of just $5. We’re not asking any one person to assume a large financial commitment; we’re encouraging lots and lots of people to play a small but meaningful part. We’re inviting you to say, with a very small donation, “The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is my Orchestra!” We’re going to make this fun: You’ll see Classical Flash Mobs at MARTA stations, QR codes in unexpected places (yes, there’s a App for that), whimsical videos through social media, spots on local television stations, and humorous teasers on area radio, posters and cards that will make you smile. The campaign will be fun, but our purpose is serious: the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra — your Atlanta Symphony Orchestra — needs the expressed support of this community. Wishing you all the best,
Stanley E. Romanstein, Ph.D. President P.S. I’ve made my contribution: a $5 bill for me, along with one for my wife and each of our children. Now it’s your turn. Thank you!
leadership Atlanta Symphony Orchestra League 2010-2011 Board of Directors Officers Ben F. Johnson, III Chair Vice Chairs Clayton F. Jackson Finance Chair/ Treasurer
Meghan H. Magruder Jeff Mango Belinda Massafra * ASA President Penny McPhee
Stanley E. Romanstein, Ph.D. * Chilton Davis Varner Joni Winston Secretary
Directors Jim R. Abrahamson Pinney L. Allen Joseph R. Bankoff * Jason A. Bernstein Paul Blackney Janine Brown Donald P. Carson Ann W. Cramer Cari K. Dawson Richard A. Dorfman David Edmiston Gary P. Fayard Dr. Robert Franklin Paul Garcia Carol Green Gellerstedt Jim Henry
Tad Hutcheson Mrs. Roya Irvani Clayton F. Jackson D. Kirk Jamieson Ben F. Johnson, III Steve Koonin Carrie Kurlander Mike Lang Donna Lee Lucy Lee Karole F. Lloyd Meghan H. Magruder Jeff Mango Belinda Massafra * Darrell J. Mays Penny McPhee
Galen Oelkers Victoria Palefsky Leslie Z. Petter Suzanne Tucker Plybon Patricia Reid Martin Richenhagen John D. Rogers Stanley E. Romanstein, Ph.D.* Dennis Sadlowski Ms. Lynn Schinazi William Schultz Tom Sherwood John Sibley Hamilton Smith Thurmond Smithgall
Gail R. Starr Mary Rose Taylor Joseph M. Thompson Liz Troy Chilton Davis Varner Rick Walker Thomas Wardell Mark Wasserman John B. White, Jr. Richard S. (Dick) White, Jr. Joni Winston Patrice Wright-Lewis Camille Yow
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usic Director Robert Spano, beginning his 10th 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.
The Orchestra and audiences together explore a creative programming mix, recordings and visual enhancements, such as Theater of a Concert — the Orchestra’s continuing exploration of different formats, settings, and enhancements for the musical performance experience — and the first concert-staged performances of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic, in November 2008. The Atlanta School of Composers reflects Mr. Spano and the Orchestra’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 and Michael Gandolfi. Since the beginning of his tenure, Mr. Spano and the Orchestra have performed over 100 concerts featuring contemporary works (composed since 1950), including 13 Atlanta Symphony-commissioned world premieres and three additional world premieres.
Mr. Spano has a discography with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra of nine 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. He 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 threeyear tenure as Emory University’s Distinguished Artist in Residence, for which he spends three weeks each year leading intensive seminars, lecturing, and presenting programs on science, math, philosophy, literature and musicology throughout the University’s campus.
Robert Spano, Music Director, The Robert Reid Topping Chair * Donald Runnicles, Principal Guest Conductor, The Neil and Sue Williams Chair * FIRST VIOLIN
David Coucheron Concertmaster The Mr. and Mrs. Howard R. Peevy Chair*
William Pu Associate Concertmaster The Charles McKenzie Taylor Chair*
Justin Bruns Assistant Concertmaster The Mary and Cherry Emerson Chair
Jun-Ching Lin Assistant Concertmaster
Carolyn Toll Hancock The AGL Resources Chair
John Meisner Alice Anderson Oglesby Lorentz Ottzen Christopher Pulgram Carol Ramirez Juan Ramirez Olga Shpitko Denise Berginson Smith Kenn Wagner Lisa Wiedman Yancich
Sharon Berenson David Braitberg Noriko Konno Clift Judith Cox David Dillard Eleanor Kosek Raymond Leung Ruth Ann Little Thomas Oâ€™Donnell Ronda Respess Sanford Salzinger Frank Walton VIOLA
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
David Arenz Principal The Atlanta Symphony Associates Chair*
Sou-Chun Su Associate Principal The Frances Cheney Boggs Chair*
Jay Christy Assistant Principal
Lachlan McBane Jessica Oudin Ardath Weck
Principal The Marcia and John Donnell Chairâ€‚ *
Principal The Miriam and John Conant Chair*
Daniel Laufer Associate Principal The Livingston Foundation Chair
Jane Little Assistant Principal Emeritus
Michael Kenady Michael Kurth Douglas Sommer Thomas Thoreson
Assistant Principal Emeritus
Joel Dallow Jere Flint Jennifer Humphreys Larry LeMaster Brad Ritchie Paul Warner
Christina Smith Principal The Jill Hertz Chair*
Robert Cronin Associate Principal
Paul Brittan The Georgia Power Foundation Chair
Carl David Hall
michael Krajewski, Principal Pops Conductor Jere Flint, Staff Conductor; Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra The Zeist Foundation Chair * Norman Mackenzie, Director of Choruses, The Frannie and Bill Graves Chair PICCOLO
Carl David Hall
Principal The Madeline and Howell Adams Chair*
Principal The Julie and Arthur Montgomery Chair*
Assistant Principal William A. Schwartz Chair*
rincipal P The George M. and Corrie Hoyt Brown Chair *
Yvonne Powers Peterson Associate Principal Ann Lillya † Patrick McFarland
Carl Nitchie Principal The Walter L. “Buz” Carr, III Chair
Elizabeth Burkhardt Associate Principal
Michael Myers Joseph Walthall TROMBONE
Colin Williams Principal The Wachovia Chair
The Pricewaterhouse Coopers Chair
Juan de Gomar
Associate Principal The Patsy and Jere Drummond Chair
George Curran Edmon Nicholson
Laura Ardan Principal The Robert Shaw Chair*
Juan de Gomar
Principal The Sandra and John Glover Chair
The Alcatel-Lucent Chair
Susan Welty Associate Principal
Thomas Witte Richard Deane
Michael Moore Principal The Georgia-Pacific Chair
The UPS Community Service Chair
Principal The Walter H. Bunzl 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 Principal Librarian
John Wildermuth Assistant Librarian *C hair named in perpetuity †Regularly engaged musician Players in string sections are listed alphabetically.
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Taking you where few orchestras can
by Karl Schnittke
Inspiring and daring, the Orchestra’s programming for next season features tempting performances, stellar guests and world premieres
Ever looking forward, the artistic leadership of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra deals audiences a full house of household-name soloists, beloved orchestral pieces and modern marvels in its new season. Music Director Robert Spano opens the 2011-12 season with orchestral thunderclaps from two masters: Beethoven’s immortal Ninth Symphony and excerpts from Wagner’s spectacular Ring cycle, with the Chorus and leading soprano Christine Brewer.
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The next week offers Siderius, from frequent Spano collaborator Osvaldo Golijov (Ainadamar, St. Mark Passion), in a concert that also features Joshua Bell in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and the Brahms Fourth Symphony. Not to be missed are back-to-back concerts in January with Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles. He leads kindred titans: the Mahler “Resurrection” Symphony No. 2 and the Beethoven’s Third, the “Eroica.” The extraordinary Yo-Yo Ma performs the Dvoˇrák Cello Concerto at the landmark 20th anniversary of the institution’s annual remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Atlanta Symphony Hall in January. March is distinguished by a world premiere by Adam Schoenberg, the newest member of Mr. Spano’s Atlanta School of Composers. And in May, Atlanta resident and former Orchestra composerin-residence Alvin Singleton unveils a world premiere alongside a world-premiere piano concerto by renowned jazz artist Marcus Roberts.
Flowering Tree, a recent work by America’s most popular modern composer, John Adams (his Dr. Atomic and El Niño were previous Theater of a Concert performances) and Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion. Returning to the Orchestra are violinists Gil Shaham and Leila Josefowicz, and pianists André Watts, Horacio Gutiérrez and Dejan Lazic. The Orchestra also welcomes rising stars making their Atlanta debuts such as Venezuelan-American pianist Gabriela Montero, a brilliant improviser, and the Chinese pianist Yuja Wang, by all accounts a dazzling technician. German cellist Johannes Moser is another virtuosic talent well worth a look. Three of the Orchestra’s redoubtable principals step out as well. New Concertmaster David Coucheron, who has made an indelible mark this season, performs the Brahms Double Concerto with Principal Cello Christopher Rex. Mr. Coucheron also takes on a personal favorite, Continued on page 42
The Orchestra’s signature Theater of a Concert heightens the drama of The
program Robert Spano, Music Director Donald Runnicles, Principal Guest Conductor
Delta Classical Series Concerts Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 3, 4 and 5, 2011, at 8 p.m.
Gilbert Varga, Conductor Pedja Muzijevic, Piano Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Overture in C minor, D.8 (1811) (arr. Ernst Hess) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Concerto No. 17 in G Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 453 (1784) I. Allegro
II. Andante III. Allegretto Pedja Muzijevic, Piano INTERMISSION Johann Strauss, Jr. (1825-1899) Kaiser-Walzer (Emperor Waltzes), Opus 437 (1889) Richard Strauss (1864-1949) Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks), Opus 28 (1895)
“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. Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 23
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program Notes on the Program By Ken Meltzer Overture in C minor, D.8 (1811) (arr. Ernst Hess) Franz Schubert was born in Vienna, Austria, on January 31, 1797, and died there on November 19, 1828. The Overture in C minor is scored for first and second violins, violas, cellos and double-basses. Approximate performance time is eight minutes. These are the first ASO Classical Subscription Performances.
ranz Schubert composed his Overture in C minor in the summer of 1811. Schubert was fourteen years old, and in the midst of his five years of study at Vienna’s I & R Stadtkonvikt (Imperial and Royal Seminary). While attending the Seminary, Schubert took part in both general and music studies — the latter including composition with Vienna’s Court Music Director, Antonio Salieri (1750-1825). Schubert sang in the Court Chapel Choir and played violin in the Stadtkonvikt orchestra. That ensemble, comprising students attending the Seminary, was under the direction of Wenzel Ruzicka, a violist in the prestigious Vienna Burgtheater Orchestra. The young musicians of the Stadtkonvikt ensemble were capable enough to perform the orchestral music of such masters as Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.
Schubert originally composed his Overture in C minor for string quintet (two violins, two violas and cello). A few months afterwards, Schubert arranged the work for string quartet (two violins, viola and cello). In later years, Schubert acknowledged that this Overture was a manifestation of “his desire to thus prepare himself for the composition of a major symphony.” In that spirit, the arrangement by Ernst Hess, featured at these concerts, allows audiences to hear this early and impressive chamber work performed by string orchestra. The Overture in C minor opens with an extended and solemn introduction (Largo). The opening replicates its counterpart in a song Schubert composed three months earlier, Hagars Klage (Hagar’s Lament), D.5 (throughout his career, Schubert often incorporated his songs into his instrumental works). After a brief pause, the first violins launch the ensuing Allegro, and the agitated first principal theme. The music builds to an intense, fortissimo proclamation by the ensemble. The serene, major-key theme, marked dolce, provides striking contrast. A spirited development of these themes finally resolves to a ppp conclusion. After another brief pause, the first violins launch the recapitulation. A bracing coda brings the Overture to an emphatic close.
Concerto No. 17 in G Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 453 (1784) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria, on January 27, 1756, and died in Vienna, Austria, on December 5, 1791. The first performance of the Piano Concerto No. 17 took place in Döbling, Austria, on June 13, 1784, with Barbara Ployer as Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 25
soloist. In addition to the solo piano, the Concerto No. 17 is scored for flute, two oboes, two bassoons, two horns and strings. Approximate performance time is thirty minutes. First ASO Classical Subscription Performance: January 31, 1953, Lillian Kallir, Piano, Henry Sopkin, Conductor. Most Recent ASO Classical Subscription Performances: April 12, 13 and 14, 2007, Garrick Ohlsson, Piano, Robert Spano, Conductor.
“Haven’t I enough to do?”
n February of 1784, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart began a chronological list of his musical compositions. This catalogue, which Mozart maintained and updated until his final days, listed his works and completion dates. The first six entries in Mozart’s catalogue (including the Piano Concerto No. 17, K. 453) document an extraordinary period of creativity:
1. Piano Concerto in E flat (K. 449)
2. Piano Concerto in B flat (K. 450)
3. Piano Concerto in D (K. 451)
4. Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat (K. 452)
5. Piano Concerto in G (K. 453)
6. Sonata for Piano and Violin in B flat (K. 454)
It was during the mid-1780s that Mozart’s career in Vienna reached its apex. Mozart was in constant demand as a composer, pianist and teacher. One of his most lucrative ventures was a series of “academies” — Lenten subscription concerts sponsored by the composer that featured Mozart performing his own music. In a letter of March 3, 1784, Mozart proudly informed his father, Leopold: You must forgive me if I don’t write very much, but it is impossible to find time to do so, as I am giving three subscription concerts in Trattner’s room on the last three Wednesdays of Lent, beginning on March 17th...Well, as you can imagine, I must play some new works — and therefore I must compose. The whole morning is taken up with pupils and almost every evening I have to play…Well, haven’t I enough to do? I don’t think that in this way I can possibly get out of practice. Between the years 1784 and 1786, Mozart composed twelve piano concertos. He wrote most of these for his own performance at the subscription concerts. But Mozart composed his Piano Concertos No. 14 in E-flat Major, K. 449, and 17 in G Major, K. 453, for his pupil, Barbara Ployer, daughter of the agent of the Salzburg court in Vienna. Barbara Ployer gave the first performance of the Concerto No. 17 on June 13, 1784, as part of a concert hosted by her father in Döbling, northwest of Vienna. The concert also
program included Mozart’s Quintet for Piano and Winds, K. 452, with the composer as pianist, and the Grand Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K. 448. The latter work featured the duo of Mozart and Barbara Ployer. Attending the concert was the Italian composer Giovanni Paisiello, whose 1782 operatic adaptation of Beaumarchais’s The Barber of Seville was then immensely popular in Vienna. In a letter of June 12, Mozart informed Leopold: “I am fetching Paisiello in my carriage, as I want him to hear both my pupil and my compositions.” On May 27, six weeks after completing the G-Major Piano Concerto, Mozart purchased a pet starling. In his account book, Mozart noted the purchase price (34 kreuzer), and that the starling was able to sing the principal theme of the Concerto’s finale almost note-fornote. Mozart transcribed the starling’s rendition of the Concerto melody, adding: “Das war schön!” (“That was lovely!”).
Musical Analysis I. Allegro — The first movement opens with the traditional orchestral exposition of the Allegro’s principal themes. The first violins immediately introduce the first theme, in the spirit of a lively march. The first violins also present the broader, second principal theme. A brisk orchestral tutti leads to the entrance of the soloist and his elaborate versions of the principal themes. The soloist remains center stage during the ensuing development. The first violins inaugurate the recapitulation of the principal themes. The soloist’s cadenza precedes the Allegro’s energetic final bars. II. Andante — The Concerto’s slow movement, in ¾ time and in C Major, opens with the first violins singing the Andante’s principal theme. This melody, closely related to the opening Allegro’s second principal theme, returns throughout the Andante as a unifying force. After the orchestral introduction, the soloist enters, as the Andante begins to explore a wide variety of moods. A solo cadenza leads to a final statement of the principal theme, and the delicate closing bars. III. Allegretto — The flute and first violins introduce the finale’s sprightly theme (the one so ably sung by Mozart’s pet starling). The piano enters with the first of five variations on the theme. The closing section (Finale. Presto) is a joyous dash to the finish, with brilliant passagework for the soloist.
Kaiser-Walzer (Emperor Waltzes), Opus 437 (1889) Johann Strauss was born in Vienna, Austria, on October 25, 1825, and died there on June 3, 1899. The premiere of Emperor Waltzes took place at the Königsbau Concert Hall in Berlin, Germany, on October 21, 1889, with the composer conducting. Emperor Waltzes is scored for two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, two trumpets, three trombones, timpani, snare drum, bass drum, harp and strings. Approximate performance time is eleven minutes. These are the first ASO Classical Subscription Performances. Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 27
ohann Strauss, known affectionately as the “Waltz King,” was the most famous member of the eminent Viennese family of musicians that included father Johann Strauss, Sr. (1804-1849), and brothers Josef (1827-70) and Eduard (1835-1916).
Johann Strauss’s several hundred works consist primarily of waltzes, quadrilles, polkas, marches and operettas — pieces that are often referred to as “light” music. For those who feel that, somehow, such music is by definition of lesser quality or importance, it is instructive to note that Johann Strauss’s contemporaries, composers of “serious” fare, were unrestrained in their praise of his genius. In response to a request by Strauss’s stepdaughter to autograph her fan, Johannes Brahms sketched the opening bars of The Blue Danube and wrote below them, “Unfortunately, not by Johannes Brahms.” Critic Eduard Hanslick, the bane of many composers, lamented shortly after Strauss’s death in 1899: “Vienna has lost its most original musical talent. Who could enumerate even the most charming of Strauss’s pieces?” It is, of course, true that Johann Strauss did not invent the waltz, either as a dance or type of concert music. Indeed, the basic format for Strauss’s waltz compositions was that employed by his father — a slow introduction preceding a series of independent waltzes, followed by a coda. What Strauss did accomplish was to bring the waltz to new heights of beauty and eloquence. Strauss sought to create a more organic waltz form by linking material between the various sections. This structural ingenuity, coupled with Strauss’s unfailing melodic inspiration and sense of orchestral refinement, produced compositions that made him the toast of Vienna, indeed, of the world.
Emperor Waltzes Johann Strauss composed one of his richest and most beautiful compositions, the Emperor Waltzes, in 1889. Strauss originally entitled the work Hand in Hand, in commemoration of a toast made in August of that year by the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I, extending “the hand of friendship” to German Kaiser Wilhelm II. It was at the suggestion of his Berlin publisher Simrock that Strauss changed the name of the piece to Kaiser-Walzer, in honor of both the Austrian and German monarchs. Strauss conducted the world premiere of the Emperor Waltzes in the Berlin Königsbau Concert Hall on October 21, 1889. The Emperor Waltzes opens with an extended Introduction, in slow march tempo and meter, offering tantalizing hints of the ensuing Waltzes. A beautiful cello solo connects the end of the introduction to the first in a series of four Waltzes. The Coda offers reminiscences of the Waltzes — particularly striking is hushed exchange between the solo cello and horns toward the close. A final crescendo leads to the ensemble’s majestic final statement.
Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks), Opus 28 (1895) Richard Strauss was born in Munich, Germany, on June 11, 1864, and died in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on September 8, 1949. The first performance of Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche took place in Cologne, Germany, on November 5, 1895, with Franz Wüllner conducting the Gürzenich Orchestra. Till Eulenspiegel 28 EncoreAtlanta.com
program is scored for piccolo, three flutes, three oboes, English horn, two clarinets, E-flat clarinet, bass clarinet, three bassoons, contrabassoon, four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, tuba, timpani, large ratchet, snare drum, cymbals, field drum, triangle, bass drum and strings. Approximate performance time is sixteen minutes. First ASO Classical Subscription Performance: March 31, 1951, Henry Sopkin, Conductor. Most Recent ASO Classical Subscription Performances: November 8, 9 and 10, 2007, Donald Runnicles, Conductor.
cholars are in general agreement that Richard Strauss’s tone poem, Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, After an Old-Fashioned Roguish Manner — In Rondeau Form (to use its full title), is one of the greatest examples of comic expression in music. However, they differ as to the actual origin of the character for whom the piece is named. Some contend that the legendary prankster Till Eulenspiegel (whose last name translates literally as “Owl Glass” or “Owl’s Mirror”) was an actual person who was born in Kneitlingen, Brunswick, and died in 1350 at Mölln, Schleswig-Holstein. In the 16th century, a tombstone was discovered in Mölln bearing the following inscription: “This stone no one should lift up. Here is buried Eulenspiegel. Anno Domini MCCCL.” Others posit that Till Eulenspiegel, who so delighted in revealing the foibles of the rich and powerful, was a purely mythical figure created to entertain the laborer and peasant, as well as those members of the privileged class who enjoyed a laugh at their own expense. By the early 16th century, Till’s exploits were published in book form and circulated throughout Europe. Till continued to be a popular figure, and was well known and adored by 19th-century German schoolchildren, the young Richard Strauss included. As an adult, Strauss first conceived of an operatic setting of Till’s exploits, and began to sketch a libretto in June of 1893. However, the lack of success of Strauss’s first operatic effort, Guntrum (1894), may have encouraged the composer to present his musical vision of Till in purely symphonic fashion. The composition of the miraculous score, described by the great 20th century German conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler as “a stroke of genius, worthy of Beethoven,” was completed on May 6, 1895. The premiere took place that year in Cologne on November 5, with Franz Wüllner leading the Gürzenich Orchestra.
Strauss discusses Till Eulenspiegel Although Till Eulenspiegel is clearly programmatic in nature, Strauss was reluctant at first to provide any specific story line or synopsis. At the request of Wüllner, Strauss finally offered the following commentary for the audience attending the premiere: It is impossible for me to furnish a program for Eulenspiegel; were I to put into words the thoughts that its several incidents suggested to me, they would seldom suffice, and might even give rise to offense. Let me leave it, therefore, to my hearers to crack the hard nut that the rogue has Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 29
prepared for them. By way of helping them to a better understanding, it seems sufficient to point out the two Eulenspiegel motives, which, in the most manifold disguises, moods, and situations, pervade the whole up to the catastrophe, when, after he has been condemned to death, Till is strung up to the gibbet. For the rest, let the merry citizens of Cologne guess at the musical joke that a rogue has offered them. The above comments are interesting for many reasons, not the least of which is Strauss’s reference to the “rogue.” Is the “rogue” Eulenspiegel, Strauss, or both? We do know that Strauss was a bit of a practical joker and identified to some degree with Till.
Musical Analysis The “two Eulenspiegel motives” noted by Strauss appear at the very outset of the piece. The first — a somewhat plaintive theme — is played by the violins. The second, one of the most famous solo horn passages in all of symphonic music, is a puckish seven-measure staccato figure that playfully hesitates twice, prior to bursting forth in its mischievous totality. The two themes reappear in various forms throughout this rather free orchestral rondo, contrasting with material depicting Till’s numerous misadventures. Strauss’s brilliant orchestration and remarkable ability to create transparent textures (with even the greatest of instrumental forces) are apparent throughout. Strauss later provided the following inscriptions above various passages in a score of Till, owned by his friend Wilhelm Mauke. They offer a somewhat more detailed picture of the story as conceived by the composer for his orchestral tour-de-force: Once upon a time there was a Volksnarr; Named Till Eulenspiegel; That was an awful hobgoblin; Off for new pranks; Just wait, you hypocrites! Hop! On horseback into the midst of the market-women; with sevenleague boots he lights out; Hidden in a mouse-hole; Disguised as a pastor, he drips with unction and morals; yet out of his big toe peeps the rogue; But before he gets through he nevertheless has qualms because of his having mocked religion; Till as cavalier pays court to the girls; She has really made an impression on him; He courts her; A kind refusal is still a refusal; Till departs furious; He swears vengeance on all mankind; Philistine motive; After he has pronounced to the Philistines a few amazing theses he leaves them in astonishment to their fate; Great grimaces from afar; Till’s street tune; The court of justice; He still whistles to himself indifferently; Up the ladder; There he swings; he gasps for air; a last convulsion; The mortal part of Till is no more. To Strauss’s own commentary it need only be added that an epilogue follows the musical depiction of Till’s execution. According to legend, Till Eulenspiegel continued to torment his enemies even after his death. The work’s raucous conclusion gleefully hints that the prankster’s spirit indeed lives on.
program gilbert varga, Conductor
ilbert Varga, son of the celebrated Hungarian violinist Tibor Varga, studied under three very different and distinctive maestros: Franco Ferrara, Sergiu Celibidache and Charles Bruck. Renowned for his commanding and elegant baton technique, Varga has guest conducted and held positions with many orchestras throughout the world. In Europe, Varga’s recent and upcoming engagements include Berlin Radio Symphony, DSO Berlin, Berlin Konzerthaus Gilbert Varga Orchestra, Frankfurt Museumsgesellschaft, MDR Leipzig, Gürzenich, Oslo Philharmonic, Hungarian National Philharmonic, Spanish National and Orchestre National de Belgique. In the U.K., he returned to the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 2009-10, and in 2010-11 makes his debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Varga made his U.S. debut with the Minnesota Orchestra in 2002, where he has developed a flourishing and long standing relationship that sees his return there every season. In 2005, he made a highly successful debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He works regularly with orchestras in Atlanta, St Louis, Dallas, Milwaukee and Indianapolis. In 2009-10, he made his debut with the Seattle and Baltimore symphonies. Varga recently made his debuts with the Taipei Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic and NCPA Orchestra (Beijing), and this year he conducts the Adelaide Symphony in Australia. Earlier in his conducting career, Varga concentrated on work with chamber orchestras, particularly the Tibor Varga Chamber Orchestra, before developing a reputation as a symphonic conductor. He was chief conductor of the Hofer Symphoniker (1980-85), chief conductor of the Philharmonia Hungarica in Marl (1985-90), conducting its debut tour of Hungary with Yehudi Menuhin. From 1991-95, Varga was permanent guest conductor of the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. And, from 1997-2000, was principal guest of the Malmö Symphony. He led the Basque National Symphony Orchestraas music director for 10 seasons, during which it toured the U.K., Germany, Spain and South America. Varga’s discography includes recordings with ASV, Discover Records, Tring (The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Collection), Koch International (Munich Chamber Orchestra and Bamberg Symphony) and Claves Recordings (Basque National Symphony Orchestra). Varga’s most recent recording is with DSO Berlin and Anna Vinnitskaya for Naïve Records. It will be released sometime this season.
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pedja muzijevic, Piano
ianist Pedja Muzijevic has toured extensively as a soloist with orchestras and as a recitalist throughout eastern and western Europe, Britain, Canada, the U.S., South America, Australia and Asia. His artistic curiosity has led him to explore both the music of the 18th and 19th centuries on period instruments and the music of such contemporary composers as Knussen, Carter, Cage, Henze, Nancarrow, Crumb, Ades, and many others.
Mr. Muzijevic has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Residentie Orkest in The Hague, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Shinsei Nihon Orchestra in Tokyo, Orquesta Sinfonica in Montevideo, Zagreb Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, Greensboro Symphony, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Napa Valley Symphony and the Richmond Symphony, among others. He has played solo recitals at Alice Tully Hall in New York, Casals Hall and Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, Teatro Municipal in Santiago de Chile, Da Camera of Houston, the Frick Collection in New York, the National Gallery in Washington, Lincoln Center’s “What Makes It Great” Series in New York, for Arizona Friends of Chamber Music in Tucson, Lane Series at the University of Vermont, the Aldeburgh Festival in Britain and many others. His Carnegie Hall concerto debut playing Mozart Concerto K. 503 with the Oberlin Symphony and Robert Spano was recorded live and has been released on the Oberlin Music label. His many festival engagements include, among others, performances at Tanglewood, Spoleto USA, Mostly Mozart, Newport, OK Mozart, Bridgehampton, Bay Chamber Concerts, San Miguel de Allende, Aldeburgh, Lucerne, Holland, Melbourne, Aix-en-Provence, Dubrovnik, Merano and Bratislava Festivals.
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the Sibelius Violin Concerto, and Christina Smith performs Mozart’s eloquent Flute Concerto.
March has a special charm all its own. Michael Krajewski welcomes the preeminent Irish traditionalists, the Chieftains, March 11-12. The formidable American pianists Jonathan Biss and Peter Serkin perform Mozart and Bartók March 17-20 and March 31-April 1, respectively, and the splendid Dawn Upshaw gives voice to Osvaldo Golijov’s setting of Schubert songs, with Music Director Robert Spano on the podium, March 24 and 26.
The Orchestra’s SuperPOPS! series is in good hands with engaging Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski. A few highlights: the popular a cappella retrorockers Rockapella, composer-performer Marvin Hamlisch and trumpeter Chris Botti. Complete information on the 2011-12 season, including the Family and Holiday series and special presentations is available online at www.atlantasymphony.org. Or call 404.733.4800. Season brochures are available in the lobby.
Yo-Yo MA ˇ ák: Dvor Cello Concerto
Terrence Wilson Ravel: Piano Concerto in G
Gil Shaham Stravinsky: Violin Concerto
joshua Bell Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
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YuJa Wang Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1
The Orchestra has a new recording label and a new CD with two more scheduled for release later this year
By Karl Schnittke
The latest game-changer in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s quest to blaze a singular path to artistic growth was the creation in late 2010 of ASO Media, a new record label that ensures the continuation of the Orchestra’s legacy of recorded excellence. At a time when classical labels are struggling, if not folding, the Orchestra has been one of the country’s most prolific recording ensembles, thanks to its fourdecade partnership with classical imprint Telarc International, which has produced a number of Grammy Awards. Once Telarc was sold, however, the Orchestra sought to establish its own recording identity. “This is both an exciting and important initiative for us, which has been 44 EncoreAtlanta.com
several years in the making” explains John Sparrow, vice president of Orchestra Initiatives and general manager, who also oversees label operations. “The Orchestra is known nationally and internationally for its high quality recordings and we are thrilled that we can continue to contribute the larger world of music in this way.” ASO Media’s inaugural recording, released February 22, features Music Director Robert Spano conducting works by two members of his Atlanta School of Composers: On A Wire, a concerto by Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon, with the chamber ensemble eighth blackbird; and QED: Engaging Richard Feynman, a choral work by Michael Gandolfi, with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus.
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That ASO Media’s debut release showcases the Atlanta School is not unexpected. The school has produced “new orchestral music commissioned and performed with regularity; happy audiences, composers, and musicians,” said Susan Elliott of Musical America three years ago when the magazine named Mr. Spano Conductor of the Year.
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“No other orchestra in this country has commissioned and performed as much new work in a similar time frame as have Robert Spano and his players,” reported Elliott. Naxos of America came on board early on to distribute all ASO Media physical and digital producs, which are available at leading download sites such as iTunes. “We are proud to partner with an orchestra that clearly values not only beloved classical orchestral repertoire, but also that of living American composers,” says Naxos Chief Executive Officer Jim Selby. Orchestra President Stanley Romanstein is equally upbeat. “This is an exciting time in our history of performing great music and presenting great artists,” he says. “We are especially thrilled about our new venture with Naxos, [which] will ensure our recordings are available to music lovers around the globe.” Long-time Orchestra recording partners, producer Elaine Martone and recording 46 EncoreAtlanta.com
The debut ASO Media CD, On a Wire, is available in the Symphony Store.
engineer Michael Bishop, contributed to the Higdon-Gandolfi disc. Both were part of the Telarc Records-Orchestra relationship, a collaboration that helped pave the way for ASO Media, acknowledges Music Director Robert Spano. “We have a great recording history with Telarc,” Mr. Spano points out. “Our new relationship provides the opportunity to perpetuate this legacy and ensure our recording history remaining a vital and integral part of our future.” Two additional ASO Media recordings with Mr. Spano are scheduled to be released in the 2010-11 season: an early summer release of Atlanta School member Christopher Theofanidis’s Symphony – an Orchestra commission – and Peter Lieberson’s Neruda Songs, with mezzo-soprano Kelly O’Connor; and an all-Rachmaninov disc in the fall with Symphonic Dances and the superb Garrick Ohlsson playing the Piano Concerto No. 3.
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gallery Sounds of Celebration! 1 25 years and counting The annual Musicians Luncheon honored Paul Murphy, Associate Principal, Viola, on 25 years at the Orchestra. Congratulating him are (from left) Board member Carol Gellerstedt, Life Director Mary D. Gellerstedt and President Stanley Romanstein. 2 3
1 2 Trumpeting a good cause Chris Botti guest-starred at last monthâ€™s inaugural Symphony Gala at the Buckhead Intercontinental and was greeted by Adele and Jim Abrahamson, president of Americas Region for Intercontinental Hotel Group. 4
3 Horn aplenty The gala benefitted Orchestra education and outreach initiatives. 4 10th-anniversary highlight Donald Runnicles and Robert Spano collaborated onstage in Mozartâ€™s Piano Concerto No. 20 in late January.
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