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A 2012-13 invitation to comfort food, spicy surprises and some home cookin’.

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The Orchestra’s International Man of (Musical) Mystery on “Bond & Beyond.”

50 An Educator’s Heart

Great things happen when student musicians have the opportunity to work with the world’s top artists.

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Welcome An oft-quoted Nigerian proverb suggests that “it takes a village to raise a child.” In a similar vein, it takes enough people to populate a small village to create the kinds of memorable concert experiences that you and I enjoy week after week with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Your concert experience rests, primarily, with Robert Spano, with our incredibly gifted musicians, and with the world-class guest soloists and conductors who join them on the Symphony Hall stage — people such as Andre Watts, Nicholas Phan, Wynton Marsalis, Heidi Grant Murphy, Kelly O’Connor, Thomas Cooley, Stephen Powell, Thomas Glenn, Dietrich Henschel, and Leonidas Kavakos. But others, less visible, perhaps, play vitally important roles in your experience, too: those who staff the box office, the parking garage attendants, food and beverage servers, and those wonderful volunteers who serve as ushers at each of our concerts. I recently received a letter about what a marked difference our ushers make in shaping your concert experience: “We had a wonderful ASO experience last Thursday, thanks in no small part to the kindness and consideration of one of the ASO ushers. We travel to ASO concerts by MARTA, and on that evening we arrived fifteen minutes late due to a delay at the MARTA Avondale Station. While we waited to be admitted to the concert, the usher overheard us mention we had caught MARTA at the Avondale Station. Without hesitation, the usher offered to drive us back to the Avondale Station after the concert since she, too, lives in that area. We were floored by her generosity, and we gratefully accepted her offer. We shared a very pleasant ride home together. She even gave us advice on where to park, should we decide to drive to the ASO. The music that evening was superb, but what made our ASO experience truly memorable was the usher’s kindness. We are now not only subscribers, we are ASO fans for life.” I’m grateful to our ushers for their dedication and commitment to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, to this community, and to creating memorable concert experiences each and every week. My thanks to you for supporting your Atlanta Symphony Orchestra! Wishing you all the best,

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leadership Atlanta Symphony Orchestra League 2011-2012 Board of Directors Officers Jim Abrahamson Meghan H. Magruder Joni Winston † Chair Vice Chair Secretary Karole F. Lloyd D. Kirk Jamieson Clayton F. Jackson Chair-Elect Vice Chair Treasurer Directors Jim Abrahamson Pinney L. Allen Joseph R. Bankoff* Neil H. Berman Paul Blackney Janine Brown C. Merrell Calhoun Donald P. Carson S. Wright Caughman, M.D. Ann W. Cramer † Carlos del Rio, M.D. Richard A. Dorfman Lynn Eden David Edmiston Gary P. Fayard Dr. Robert M. Franklin, Jr.

Paul R. Garcia Carol Green Gellerstedt Thomas Hooten Tad Hutcheson † Mrs. Roya Irvani † Clayton F. Jackson D. Kirk Jamieson Ben F. Johnson III Mark Kistulinec Steve Koonin Carrie Kurlander James H. Landon Michael Lang Donna Lee Lucy Lee Karole F. Lloyd Kelly L. Loeffler Meghan H. Magruder

Belinda Massafra* Penny McPhee Victoria Palefsky Leslie Z. Petter Suzanne Tucker Plybon Patricia H. Reid Margaret Conant Reiser Martin Richenhagen † John D. Rogers Stanley E. Romanstein, Ph.D.* Dennis Sadlowski William Schultz John Sibley H. Hamilton Smith Lucinda B. Smith Thurmond Smithgall Paul Snyder

Gail Ravin Starr Mary Rose Taylor Joseph M. Thompson Liz Troy Ray Uttenhove Chilton Davis Varner † S. Patrick Viguerie Rick Walker Thomas Wardell Mark D. Wasserman John B. White, Jr. † Richard S. White, Jr. † Joni Winston † Patrice Wright-Lewis Camille Yow

Board of counselors Mrs. Helen Aderhold Robert M. Balentine Elinor Breman Dr. John W. Cooledge John Donnell Jere Drummond Carla Fackler Arnoldo Fiedotin

Charles Ginden John T. Glover Frances B. Graves Dona Humphreys Aaron J. Johnson Herb Karp Jim Kelley George Lanier

Patricia Leake Mrs. William C. Lester Mrs. J. Erskine Love Carolyn C. McClatchey Joyce Schwob Mrs. Charles A. Smithgall, Jr.

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Life Directors Howell E. Adams, Jr. Bradley Currey, Jr.

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Arthur L. Montgomery * ex officio † 2011-2012 sabbatical

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usic Director Robert Spano, currently in his 11th season as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, is recognized internationally as one of the most imaginative conductors today. Since 2001, he has invigorated and expanded the Orchestra’s repertoire while elevating the ensemble to new levels of international prominence and acclaim.

Under Mr. Spano’s artistic leadership, the Orchestra and its audiences have together explored a creative mix of programming, including Theater of a Concert performances, which explore different formats, settings, and enhancements for the musical performance experience, such as the first concert-staged performances of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic in November 2008 and the production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in June 2011. The Atlanta School of Composers reflects Mr. Spano’s commitment to nurturing and championing music through multi-year partnerships defining a new generation of American composers, including Osvaldo Golijov, Jennifer Higdon, Christopher Theofanidis, Michael Gandolfi and Adam Schoenberg. Since the beginning of his tenure (to date), Mr. Spano and the Orchestra have performed more than 100 concerts containing contemporary works (composed since 1950).

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Mr. Spano has a discography with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra of 19 recordings, six of which have been honored with  Grammy® awards. He has led the Orchestra’s performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, as well as  the Ravinia,  Ojai, and Savannah Music  Festivals.  Mr. Spano has led the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics, San Francisco, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago and Philadelphia symphony orchestras, as well as Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, BBC Symphony and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In addition, he has conducted for Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and the 2005 and 2009 Seattle Opera Ring cycles. Mr. Spano was Musical America’s 2008 Conductor of the Year. 

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In March 2010, Mr. Spano began a three-year tenure as Emory University’s distinguished artist-in-residence, in which he leads intensive seminars, lectures, and presents programs on science, math, philosophy, literature and musicology. In March 2011, Mr. Spano was announced as the incoming music director of the Aspen Music Festival. He was in residence in Aspen for the 2011 summer season as music director-designate and will assume the full role of music director in 2012.


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Robert Spano

Donald Runnicles

Michael Krajewski

Music Director The Robert Reid Topping Chair *

Principal Guest Conductor The Neil and Sue Williams Chair *

Principal Pops Conductor

FIRST VIOLIN

SECOND VIOLIN

VIOLA

CELLO

David Coucheron Concertmaster William Pu Associate Concertmaster The Charles McKenzie Taylor Chair* Justin Bruns Assistant Concertmaster Jun-Ching Lin Assistant Concertmaster Carolyn Toll Hancock John Meisner Alice Anderson Oglesby Lorentz Ottzen Christopher Pulgram Carol Ramirez Juan Ramirez Olga Shpitko Denise Berginson Smith Kenn Wagner Lisa Wiedman Yancich

David Arenz Principal The Atlanta Symphony Associates Chair* Sou-Chun Su Associate Principal The Frances Cheney Boggs Chair* Jay Christy Assistant Principal Sharon Berenson David Braitberg Noriko Konno Clift David Dillard Eleanor Kosek Ruth Ann Little Thomas O’Donnell Ronda Respess Frank Walton

Reid Harris Principal The Edus H. and Harriet H. Warren Chair* Paul Murphy Associate Principal The Mary and Lawrence Gellerstedt Chair * Catherine Lynn Assistant Principal Wesley Collins Marian Kent Yang-Yoon Kim Yiyin Li Lachlan McBane Jessica Oudin Ardath Weck

Christopher Rex Principal The Miriam and John Conant Chair* Daniel Laufer Associate Principal The Livingston Foundation Chair* Karen Freer Assistant Principal Dona Vellek Assistant Principal Emeritus Joel Dallow Jere Flint Jennifer Humphreys Larry LeMaster Brad Ritchie Paul Warner

SECTION VIOLIN ‡

Judith Cox Raymond Leung Sanford Salzinger

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Ralph Jones Principal The Marcia and John Donnell Chair  * Gloria Jones Associate Principal Jane Little Assistant Principal Emeritus Michael Kenady Michael Kurth Joseph McFadden Douglas Sommer Thomas Thoreson


Jere Flint

Norman Mackenzie

Staff Conductor; Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra The Zeist Foundation Chair*

Director of Choruses The Frannie and Bill Graves Chair

FLUTE

BASS CLARINET

TROMBONE

HARP

Christina Smith Principal The Jill Hertz Chair* Robert Cronin Associate Principal Paul Brittan Carl David Hall

Alcides Rodriguez

Colin Williams Principal Stephen Wilson Associate Principal Nathan Zgonc George Curran

Elisabeth RemyJohnson Principal The Delta Air Lines Chair

PICCOLO

Carl David Hall OBOE

Elizabeth Koch Principal The George M. and Corrie Hoyt Brown Chair * Yvonne Powers Peterson Associate Principal Ann Lillya † CLARINET

Laura Ardan Principal The Robert Shaw Chair* Ted Gurch Associate Principal William Rappaport Alcides Rodriguez E-FLAT CLARINET

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BASSOON

Carl Nitchie Principal Elizabeth Burkhardt Associate Principal Laura Najarian Juan de Gomar

BASS TROMBONE

George Curran

CONTRA-BASSOON

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Juan de Gomar

Michael Moore Principal

HORN

Brice Andrus Principal Susan Welty Associate Principal Thomas Witte Richard Deane Bruce Kenney

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TRUMPET

PERCUSSION

Thomas Hooten Principal The Madeline and Howell Adams Chair* The Mabel Dorn Reeder Honorary Chair* Karin Bliznik Associate Principal Michael Tiscione Joseph Walthall

Mark Yancich Principal The Walter H. Bunzl Chair* William Wilder Assistant Principal

Thomas Sherwood Principal The Julie and Arthur Montgomery Chair* William Wilder Assistant Principal The William A. Schwartz Chair* Charles Settle

KEYBOARD

The Hugh and Jessie Hodgson Memorial Chair* Peter Marshall † Beverly Gilbert † Sharon Berenson LIBRARY

Rebecca Beavers Principal Nicole Jordan Assistant Principal Librarian John Wildermuth Assistant Librarian

‡ rotate between sections * Chair named in perpetuity † Regularly engaged musician Players in string sections are listed alphabetically

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The is set

A 2012-13 invitation to comfort food, spicy surprises, and some home cookin’.

Creating a season is like planning a wonderful dinner party. The key is to balance things that are familiar with those that are completely unknown, in order to please and delight your guests,” says Stanley Romanstein, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s President. He points to the 2012–13 season and the likes of Midori, Perlman, Lang Lang, and Ax alongside tantalizing “must-tries” with unfamiliar names such as Milos, Frang, Gluzman, and Sudbin.

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By Madeline Rogers

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Itzhak Perlman

Midori

Romanstein and Vice President for Artistic Planning Evans Mirageas boast that serving up a great season is the work of many hands: Many orchestras, both men explain, tend to take a music directorcentric approach to programming: “In contrast, in Atlanta the process is richly collaborative,” says Mirageas. Music Director Robert Spano and Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles, musicians, and representatives from every administrative department gather together to shape the season, “and when we leave, Mirageas says, “everyone has ownership of the program.” “We are always at pains to make sure that the people of Atlanta get to see the greatest stars in classical music, but it’s equally important to bring in new faces,” he adds. This season opens with one of the brightest lights in the classical firmament playing a beloved work: Midori and the Beethoven Violin Concerto in D Major (Oct. 4, 6 and 7). Other starry names include the pianists Lang Lang, who will appear for one night only, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 (Nov. 17); and longtime audience favorite Emanuel Ax playing Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 (Nov. 29-Dec. 1). Alisa Weilerstein, who 22 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra/aso.org

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made headlines recently for winning a coveted MacArthur Fellowship, returns with one of the most challenging works in the repertoire, Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 (April 11-13). When Itzhak Perlman takes the stage (April 25, 27 and 28), it will be to show off both his fiddling and his conducting prowess. He opens the program, violin in hand, for two movements of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and then takes up the baton to conduct a Mahler symphony — a first for this master musician. While it’s thrilling to be in the presence of such established greatness, there will also be plenty of novelty. “A combination of superstars and newcomers gives our audiences what we call bragging rights,” says Mirageas. “They don’t have to go to New York; they can turn to each other and say, ‘I saw Frang in Atlanta first.’” The Frang in question is the Norwegian violin virtuoso Vilde Frang. She makes her Atlanta debut with Korngold’s Violin Concerto (Jan. 31 and Feb. 2). Joining her is conductor Gilbert Varga, who will also lead Grieg’s Two Elegaic Melodies and Schumann’s beloved “Rhenish” Symphony. Continued on page 44


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program Robert Spano, Music Director Donald Runnicles, Principal Guest Conductor

Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra crescendo Sunday, March 25, 2011, at 2 p.m.

Jere Flint, Conductor Robert Spano, Narrator and Conductor Rolan Duvvury (b. 1987) A Time of Hope (2008) Morton Gould (1913-1996) American Salute (1943) Aaron Copland (1900-1990) Lincoln Portrait (1942)

Robert Spano, Narrator INTERMISSION Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Opus 39 (1899) I. Andante, ma non troppo; Allegro energico II. Andante (ma non troppo lento) III. Scherzo; Allegro IV. Finale (Quasi una Fantasia); Andante; Allegro molto Robert Spano, Conductor

Scholarships for ASYO tuition are made possible through the Elinor Rosenberg Breman ASYO Fellowship and the Ben F. Johnson, III Scholarship. The use of cameras or recording devices during the concert is strictly prohibited.

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program Notes on the Program By Ken Meltzer Rolan Duvvury was born in Houston, Texas, on July 29, 1987. Rolan Duvvury received a B.S. in Architecture, a B.S. in Civil Engineering (both with honor), and an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta. He was also awarded a Certificate of Fine Arts-Music from the School of Music at Georgia Tech. In addition to his studies, Rolan has been composing award-winning orchestral and chamber works since 2005. He is a seven-time winner of the Texas Music Teachers Association (TMTA) Original Composition Contest, and a three-time finalist of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Original Composition Contest. His first composition, Triumphant Hero, was premiered by the Plano Senior High School Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in 2005. The piece was used to showcase the school’s music department for an award of excellence presented by the Grammy® Foundation. Between 2007 and 2011, the Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra (GTSO) performed multiple works by Rolan, including the second and third movements (2007 and 2009, respectively) from his Symphony No. 1, A Time of Hope (2010), and Exhilaration (2011). Rolan has also written the scores for multiple award-winning short films. “Fanya Kaplan” won the 2007 National Best Picture Award for Campus MovieFest, and was screened at the Hudson Theatre in Broadway, and at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. “All That is Human” won the 2008 National Best Drama Award for Campus MovieFest. Rolan was a pianist, violinist, and percussionist with the GTSO from 2005 to 2011. He was also a classical music DJ with WREK Radio, the college radio station at Georgia Tech, from 2007 to 2011. He is currently a structural design engineer at Architectural Wall Systems, Inc. in Dallas, TX.

A Time of Hope (2008) A Time of Hope is scored for piccolo, two flutes, two oboes, English horn, two clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, tuba, timpani, snare drum, bass drum, crash cymbals, suspended cymbal, tam-tam, triangle, glockenspiel, tubular bells, harp, and strings. Approximate performance time is four minutes.

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his piece was initially written during Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008. In 2007, when I was a sophomore at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, I attended a speech that President Obama gave on campus about the prospect of hope and change in the country. I was so inspired by his speech that I decided to write a symphonic work that would reflect his historic campaign.

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The piece begins with the trumpet introducing the main, hopeful theme, accompanied by a constant snare drum motif. There is a general buildup throughout the entire composition with multiple iterations of the theme, and this eventually crescendos into a majestic finale. — Rolan Duvvury

Morton Gould was born in Queens, New York, on December 10, 1913, and died in Orlando, Florida, on February 21, 1996. Born to Viennese and Russian immigrant parents in Queens, New York, Morton Gould demonstrated remarkable musical abilities before his fifth year. Gould attended the Institute of Musical Arts (now The Juilliard School) where he studied piano and composition. G. Schirmer issued Gould’s first published opus, Three Conservative Sketches, when the composer was only fifteen. With the onset of the Great Depression, Morton Gould left high school in order to help his family. He worked in Vaudeville as a pianist, arranger and accompanist. In 1934, at the age of 21, Morton Gould became music director of a weekly radio program of light orchestral music broadcast by WOR and the Mutual Network. This exposure served to launch his influential career as a composer, conductor, arranger and teacher. Morton Gould’s compositions embrace a wide variety of media, including television, cinema, the concert hall and ballet.

American Salute (1943) American Salute is scored for piccolo, three flutes, two oboes, English horn, three clarinets, bass clarinet, two bassoons, contrabassoon, four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, tuba, timpani, snare drums, chimes, bass drum, cymbals, bells, harp and strings. Approximate performance time is five minutes.

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is American Salute reflects Gould’s lifelong interest in adapting familiar American melodies for concert music. American Salute begins with a rousing fanfare, an introduction to the well-known Civil War tune, “When Johnny Comes Marching Home,” attributed to the Boston Irish-born bandmaster, Patrick Gilmore. American Salute proceeds as a brilliant orchestral fantasia on the melody, demonstrating throughout Gould’s unerring sense of orchestral colors and infectious rhythmic vitality. A joyous outburst concludes this brief tour-de-force.

Aaron Copland was born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 14, 1900, and died in North Tarrytown, New York, on December 2, 1990.

Lincoln Portrait (1942) The first performance of Lincoln Portrait took place in Cincinnati, Ohio, on May 14, 1942, with William Adams, narrator, and Andre Kostelanetz conducting the Cincinnati 28 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra/aso.org


program Symphony Orchestra. Lincoln Portrait is scored for narrator, two piccolos, two flutes, two oboes, English horn, two clarinets, bass clarinet, two bassoons, contrabassoon, four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, tuba, timpani, harp, celeste, orchestra bells, sleigh bells, bass drum, suspended cymbal, side drum, xylophone, cymbals, tamtam and strings. Approximate performance time is fourteen minutes.

“A portrait gallery of great Americans”

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n December of 1941, the bombing of Pearl Harbor thrust America into the conflict that would become known as World War II. Aaron Copland, anxious to serve his country, wrote to Archibald MacLeish, Chief Librarian of Congress and Assistant Director of War Information. MacLeish referred Copland’s inquiry to Harold Spivacke, Chairman of Music for the Army and Navy. Spivacke informed Copland: “I really cannot advise you about the possibility of getting into the army at the present moment.”

Shortly thereafter, Copland received a letter from his friend, the conductor Andre Kostelanetz. Kostelanetz planned to conduct several concerts during the summer of 1942. The first half of the concert programs would feature standard fare. The second half would consist of three new works by American composers, designed to “represent a portrait gallery of great Americans…In addition to approaching you on this matter I am writing to Virgil Thomson and Jerome Kern.” Copland originally intended to compose a musical tribute to the poet, Walt Whitman. However, when Kern selected Mark Twain for his subject, Kostelanetz requested Copland to choose a statesman, “rather than another literary figure.” At that point, Copland recalled, “(Abraham) Lincoln seemed inevitable.” Once Copland decided upon his subject, the composer began to grapple with the hurdles presented by his choice: I was skeptical about expressing patriotism in music — it is difficult to achieve without becoming maudlin or bombastic, or both. I was hoping to avoid these pitfalls by using Lincoln’s own words. After reading through his speeches and writings, I was able to choose a few excerpts that were particularly apposite to America’s situation in 1942. I avoided the temptation to quote only well-known passages, permitting myself the luxury of only one from a world-famous speech (i.e., The Gettysburg Address). The order and arrangement of selections are my own. Aaron Copland completed his Lincoln Portrait in the spring of 1942. The work received its premiere in Cincinnati on May 14, 1942. William Adams narrated, and Andre Kostelanetz led the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Copland intended his Lincoln Portrait for “a large audience and special occasions…I never expected it to be performed frequently.” However the universality — both of Lincoln’s words and Copland’s music — made it one of the composer’s most beloved and frequently encoreatlanta.com/Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 29


performed works. Copland proudly acknowledged that by the mid-1960s, the United States Information Agency had distributed the Lincoln Portrait, translated into the following languages; “Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Greek, Hindu, Hungarian, Indonesian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish, Ukranian, Urdu, and Vietnamese.”

Copland Describes his Lincoln Portrait Lincoln Portrait is a thirteen-minute work for speaker and full orchestra, divided roughly into three sections. In the opening, I hoped to suggest something of the mysterious sense of fatality that surrounds Lincoln’s personality, and near the end of the first section, something of his gentleness and simplicity of spirit…The first section opens with a somber sound of violins and violas playing a dotted figure that turns into a melodic phrase by the eighth bar; the second subject is a transformed version of (the 19th-century ballad) “Springfield Mountain.” The section ends with a trumpet solo, leading without pause into an unexpected allegro for full orchestra. The second section is an attempt to sketch in the background of the colorful times in which Lincoln lived. Sleigh bells suggest a horse and carriage of nineteenth-century New England, and the lively tune that sounds like a folk song is derived in part from (Stephen Foster’s) “Camptown Races.” In the conclusion, my purpose was to draw a simple but impressive frame around the words of Lincoln himself…The background music in the final section, while thematically related to the orchestral introduction, is more modest and unobtrusive, so as not to intrude on the narration. But after Lincoln’s final “…shall not perish from this earth,” the orchestra blazes out in a triple forte with a strong and positive C-major statement of the first theme. — Aaron Copland

Jean Sibelius was born in Tavastehus, Finland, on December 8, 1865, and died in Järvenpää, Finland, on September 20, 1957.

Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Opus 39 (1899) The first performance of the Symphony No. 1 took place in Helsinki, Finland, on April 26, 1899, with the composer conducting the Helsinki Philharmonic. The Symphony No. 1 is scored for two piccolos, two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, tuba, timpani, harp, bass drum, cymbals, triangle and strings. Approximate performance time is thirty-nine minutes.

“Finland awakes!”

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innish composer Jean Sibelius completed his First Symphony in early 1899. The premiere of the Symphony No. 1 took place in Helsinki on April 26, 1899, with Sibelius leading the Helsinki Philharmonic.

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program The premiere coincided with a particularly tumultuous period in Finland’s history. Despite its acquisition as a Grand Duchy under the Russian Czar in 1809, Finland enjoyed relative autonomy for the better part of the 19th century. During that period, Finland maintained its own government, army, currency, and postal service. Finnish and Swedish served as official languages, and the Lutheran religion was maintained. However, in February of 1899, a Russian imperial decree ordered that, the Russian State Council would now be responsible for all laws affecting Finland. Russia incorporated the formerly autonomous Finnish postal system. The Finnish army was disbanded, and citizens became liable for conscription into the Russian military. The threat of Russian censorship of the Finnish press inspired the “Press Pension Fund Pageant” in November of 1899. As part of the pageant, the director of the Helsinki Finnish Theater arranged a series of six tableaux depicting important moments in Finnish history. Texts accompanied the presentation of each of the tableaux. Sibelius composed “subdued (musical) accompaniment” to the texts, as well as overtures for the presentation of the tableaux. For the final tableaux, entitled “Finland Awakes,” Sibelius composed rousing music that later became known as his tone poem, Finlandia. The text that inspired Sibelius’s Finlandia begins: “The powers of darkness menacing Finland have not succeeded in their terrible threats. Finland awakes!” Unlike Sibelius’s tone poem, Finlandia, the First Symphony does not contain a specific program. Still, the work did serve Finland’s patriotic cause. In 1900, Finnish conductor Robert Kajanus and the Helsinki Philharmonic began their first European tour. It encompassed several major cities, including Paris, where the World Exhibition was in progress. The artists hoped that by showcasing Finland’s rich artistic heritage, they would rally support for their struggle with Russia. The Helsinki Philharmonic concerts featured several works by Sibelius, including Finlandia (called “La Patrie,” in order to avoid the wrath of Russian censorship), and the Symphony No. 1. Sibelius accompanied the performers on the tour and even, on occasion, conducted the orchestra. Although a relatively early work, the First Symphony’s brooding melancholy, explosive drama and stark orchestration already reflect the unique voice of Finland’s greatest composer. Six years after the Symphony’s premiere, the eminent British music critic Ernest Newman was moved to comment: “I have never listened to any music that took me away so completely from our usual Western life, and transported me into a quite new civilization. Every page of (the First Symphony) breathes another manner of thought, another way of living, even another landscape and seascape than ours.”

Musical Analysis I. Andante, ma non troppo; Allegro energico — Over the hushed, ominous roll of the timpani, a solo clarinet plays a haunting, espressivo, melody (Andante, ma non troppo). Finally, the timpani is silent, and the clarinet becomes a solitary voice. Suddenly, over a repeated string figure, the first violins, playing in octaves, introduce the vibrant principal theme (Allegro energico), soon played in heroic fashion by the orchestra. The strings and harp encoreatlanta.com/Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 31


accompany the flutes as they introduce a more playful motif. The woodwinds echo a third, tranquillo theme. After a vibrant development, the orchestra launches the recapitulation with a glorious fortissimo statement of the principal Allegro theme. Imposing brass fanfares and two pizzicato chords cap the energetic coda. II. Andante (ma non troppo lento) — Muted first violins and cellos, accompanied by the harp, French horns and double basses, introduce the flowing principal melody. This melody develops with increasing passion, but a repetition by the solo cello returns to the subdued mood of the opening. A central, pastoral episode opens with a passage for horns, undulating strings, and harp. Suddenly, the opening theme returns, now in a more ominous guise. A forceful, scherzo-like episode leads to a final reprise of the opening melody. III. Scherzo; Allegro — The Scherzo opens with a repeated pizzicato figure in the violas and cellos. This accompanies the Scherzo’s principal motif, an insistent, seven-note figure, first played by the timpani. The figure journeys throughout the orchestra, as the Scherzo generates impressive momentum. A Lento interlude provides brief repose, but a descending figure heralds the vigorous reprise of the Scherzo and the movement’s abrupt conclusion. IV. Finale (Quasi una Fantasia); Andante; Allegro molto — The strings (save the doublebasses), reinforced by the horns and trombones, offer a broad, passionate restatement of the clarinet solo that launched the Symphony. The echo of this melody by the winds leads to the introduction of the agitated Allegro molto episode. The Finale’s second major episode is a gorgeous violin melody, paced at a slower Andante assai, and marked cantabile ed espressivo. A varied reprise of the two central episodes builds to resplendent statement of the cantabile ed espressivo melody. The Symphony concludes with a stirring coda and (as in the first movement) two pizzicato chords.

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program jere flint, Conductor The Zeist Foundation Youth Orchestra Conductor Chair

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n addition to being a cellist in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for three decades, Jere Flint has served as Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO) since 1979. In this capacity, Mr. Flint directs weekly ASYO rehearsals and the Youth Orchestra’s three major concerts each season. Mr. Flint is also a Staff Jere Flint Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, leading concerts such as the popular Symphony Street concerts for youngsters, Family Concerts, as well as Delta Classic Chastain concerts at Chastain Park Amphitheater and the Orchestra’s summer home, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park. Mr. Flint has a Bachelor of Music degree from Wittenberg University in Ohio, where he also served as assistant director of its noted choir. While still a student, he arranged and conducted two Christmas recordings by the choir for Columbia Records. Mr. Flint received his Master of Arts degree in Music from the University of Washington in Seattle, while also serving as manager of the University Festival Opera Company, and Music Director for the School of Drama. He later studied conducting under Otto-Werner Mueller.Mr. Flint has also led performances at Brevard Music Center, Sewanee Summer Music Center, Atlanta-Emory Orchestra and the Southeastern Music Center.

atlanta symphony youth orchestra

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he Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO) is an integral member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra family and a vigorous part of the cultural fabric of its community. The ASYO strives for national preeminence among youth orchestras, while cultivating the artistic growth and excellence of its members through enriching orchestral experiences and the mentoring of Atlanta Symphony musicians.

Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra

Established in 1974, the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra provides Atlanta’s most talented and dedicated students with an outlet to perform masterworks. Each year, more than 300 instrumentalists ages 13-18 audition for one of approximately 120 seats in the orchestra. Led by Youth Orchestra Music Director Jere Flint, the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra presents three concert series each year, and members have exclusive invitations to participate in readings and master classes with the top artists in the instrumental music industry.

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2011-12 Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra

Jere Flint, Music Director and Conductor The Zeist Foundation Youth Orchestra Conductor Chair A Division of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Robert Spano, Music Director Donald Runnicles, Principal Guest Conductor Stanley Romanstein, Ph. D., President First Violin Micah Wallen Concertmaster Home School Catherine Chen Northview HS Eileen Cheng Chattahoochee HS Claudia Cheung Pope HS Kevin Fan Chamblee HS Emily Fan Walton HS Cassidy Goldblatt Home School Sheehan Hanrahan Alpharetta HS Miki Hayashi Northview HS Brandon Hou Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology Grace Johnston Home School Joseph Jung Johns Creek HS Angela Kim Johns Creek HS Do Young Kim Brookwood HS Tatsuya Kudo Walton HS Taishi Namura Pope HS James Pinder Home School Debbie Shim The Westminster Schools Kevin Sun Johns Creek HS George Tang Centennial HS Second Violin Keanu Mitanga, Principal Atlanta International School Eugene Ahn South Forsyth MS Vivian Cheng Autrey Mill MS David Chyan Northview HS Helena DeGrazia Kings Ridge Christian School Olivia Holladay Walton HS

Hansung Kang Parkview HS Joon Kang North Gwinnett HS Andrew Koonce Woodward Academy Eri Kudo Walton HS Justin Lee Northview HS Huijeong Lee Duluth HS Jenny Li Peachtree Ridge HS Hana Oberst Walton HS Joseph Pang River Trail MS Yejin Shin Lambert HS Timothy Shu The Westminster Schools Joshua Shue Northview HS Justin Welch Sandy Creek HS Andrew Zou Northview HS Viola Erin Pitts, Principal Chamblee MS William Anderson New Creation Christian Academy Monica Caldwell Shiloh HS Katherine Hur The Westminster Schools Haerin Im Walton HS Anna Jackson Collins Hill HS Leigh Johnson Peachtree Ridge HS Richard Lee Peachtree Ridge HS Larissa Mapua North Cobb HS Jerry Nonaka Pope HS Matthew O’Shaughnessy Milton HS Patrick Wu Northview HS Victor Wu Duluth HS Nicholas Wynn South Cobb HS

Cello Myrtil Mitanga, Principal Atlanta International School Ahanu Banerjee Druid Hills HS Anna Bing Paideia School Jeewon Chon Northview HS Andrew Cleveland Grady HS Joseph Fan Chamblee HS Bailey Holbrook Walton HS Ivan Liu Milton HS Mitzi Okou Druid Hills HS Andrew Short Druid Hills HS Wick Simmons Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School Brian Song Lakeside HS Bass Jared Houseman, Co-Principal Dacula HS Nick Scholefield, Co-Principal Allatoona HS Maren Eden North Atlanta HS Kathyrn Jane Evans Lassiter HS Dennis Frank Marist School Geoffrey Solomon Druid Hills HS Andrew Sommer Walton HS Nicholas Twarog Brookwood HS Ryan Whitfield Brookwood HS Flute Hally Davidson Home School Kaegan Gregory Rockdale County HS Lauren Rosenblatt Parkview HS Alexandra Smith The Westminster Schools

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Oboe Rachel Corbitt South Forsyth HS Lauren Firestone Riverwood International Cassie Pilgrim Wesleyan School Erin Shyr Lakeside HS Clarinet Barret Ham First Presbyterian Day School Justin Kim Northview HS Tyler Moore Allatoona HS John Simpson Milton HS Bassoon Shelby Jones East Coweta HS Will Lawson Pickens HS Madeline Miller Home School Haley Strauss Starr’s Mill HS Horn Jack Bryant Winder Barrow HS Christopher Leitten Samford HS Brooke Martin Habersham HS Chelsea McFarland Decatur HS Amy Melton Whitewater HS Markus Minton Walton HS Stephen Newberry Creekview HS Stefan Williams Morgan County HS Trumpet Trey Christopher Auburn HS Jason Grooms Lassiter HS Jon Klausman Kell HS Elisabeth Lusche Auburn HS Cara McDermott Milton HS

Trombone Luke Anders McIntosh HS Kenton Campbell Grayson HS Jahleel Smith Tri Cities HS Zachary Whitney Davidson Fine Arts Tuba Colin Benton McIntosh HS David Nelson A.C Reynolds HS Percussion Jordan Carter B.E. Mays HS Chris Rickard Savanna Lawing Galloway School Nicholas Stevens Lassiter HS Harp Tinsley Stokes North Atlanta HS Keyboard Catherine Xie Johns Creek HS Librarians William Anderson New Creation Christian Academy Anna Bing Paideia School

Players in each section are listed alphabetically Brass & woodwinds have rotating sections. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the music educators who have trained, mentored, and encouraged these talented young people.


support The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the generous gifts of individuals, corporations, foundations, government and other entities whose contributions help the Orchestra fulfill its mission to be a vigorous part of the cultural fabric of our community. The following list represents the cumulative total of philanthropy of $1,750 and above to the Orchestra’s fundraising campaigns, events and special initiatives from 2011 and 2012. (Please note that donor benefits are based solely on contributions to the annual fund.) $500,000+

Mrs. Thalia N. Carlos** The Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation Delta Air Lines The Zeist Foundation, Inc. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation $250,000+

Madeline & Howell Adams, Jr. Mrs. Anne Cox Chambers

The Coca-Cola Company Mrs. William A. Schwartz

$100,000+

Lynn Eden GE Asset Management Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Charles H. McTier

Turner Broadcasting System The Vasser Woolley Foundation, Inc. Woodruff Arts Center

$75,000+

Thalia & Michael C. Carlos Foundation

Fulton County Arts Council National Endowment for the Arts

UPS

$50,000+

Anonymous AT&T Real Yellow Pages GE Energy The Graves Foundation InterContinental Hotels Group

The Charles Loridans Foundation, Inc. The Reiman Foundation Mr. Thurmond Smithgall Robert Spano Susan & Thomas Wardell

SunTrust Bank SunTrust Foundation SunTrust Bank Trusteed Foundation – Walter H. and Marjory M. Rich Memorial Fund

$35,000+

Georgia Natural Gas Massey Charitable Trust

Porsche Cars North America Publix Super Markets Charities

Patty & Doug Reid Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

John H. & Wilhelmina D. Harland Charitable Foundation, Inc. King & Spalding Lucy R. & Gary Lee, Jr. MetLife Foundation The Sara Giles Moore Foundation Terence L. & Jeanne P. Neal*

Victoria & Howard Palefsky Mr. & Mrs. Solon P. Patterson* Printpack Inc. & The Gay & Erskine Love Foundation Ryder System, Inc. Mrs. Charles A. Smithgall, Jr. Adair & Dick White Ann Marie & John B. White, Jr.* Sue & Neil Williams

$25,000+

Jim & Adele Abrahamson Susan & Richard Anderson Stephanie & Arthur Blank Mr. & Mrs. C. Merrell Calhoun Mr. & Mrs. Bradley Currey, Jr. Marcia & John Donnell Catherine Warren Dukehart Georgia Council for the Arts Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation

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

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$17,500+

Anonymous (2) The Arnold Foundation, Inc. Kelley O. & Neil H. Berman Mr. & Mrs. Paul J. Blackney

Janine Brown & Alex J. Simmons, Jr. City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Gary & Nancy Fayard Mr. & Mrs. Paul R. Garcia Jane & Clay Jackson

Amy & Mark Kistulinec Karole & John Lloyd Kelly Loeffler & Jeffrey C. Sprecher Mr. Kenneth & Dr. Carolyn Meltzer Loren & Gail Starr

Alison M. & Joseph M. Thompson Chilton & Morgan Varner Patrick & Susie Viguerie Camille Yow

Admiral James O. Ellis, Jr. in memory of Polly Ellis Mr. Donald F. Fox Charles & Mary Ginden D. Kirk Jamieson, Verizon Wireless Ann A. & Ben F. Johnson III* Sarah & Jim Kennedy

Steve & Eydie Koonin Carrie & Brian Kurlander Michael & Cindi Lang Donna Lee & Howard C. Ehni Meghan & Clarke Magruder Nordstrom, Inc. Suzanne & Bill Plybon

Dr. Stanley & Shannon Romanstein Joyce & Henry Schwob Irene & Howard Stein Mary Rose Taylor Mike & Liz Troy Ray & John Uttenhove Mr. & Mrs. Edus H. Warren, Jr.

Dr. John W. Cooledge Trisha & Doug Craft Cari Katrice Dawson Eleanor & Charles Edmondson Rosi & Arnoldo Fiedotin Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence L. Gellerstedt III Mary D. Gellerstedt GMT Capital Corporation Nancy D. Gould Joe Guthridge & David Ritter* Jan & Tom Hough Mr. Tad Hutcheson

Roya & Bahman Irvani Robert J. Jones Anne Morgan & Jim Kelley Mr. & Mrs. Donald R. Keough James H. Landon Mr. & Mrs. John M. Law Pat & Nolan Leake The Livingston Foundation, Inc. Mike’s Hard Lemonade Morgens West Foundation Primerica Margaret & Bob Reiser Bill & Rachel Schultz*

Mr. John A. Sibley III Siemens Industry, Inc. John Sparrow Carol & Ramon Tome Family Fund* Trapp Family Turner Foundation, Inc. Charlie Wade & M.J. Conboy Mark & Rebekah Wasserman Neal & Virginia Williams Suzanne Bunzl Wilner

Atlanta Federation of Musicians Jeff & Ann Cramer*

Jere & Patsy Drummond Mr. & Mrs. Jesse Hill, Jr. JBS Foundation

The Hellen Plummer Charitable Foundation, Inc.

Richard A. & Lynne N. Dorfman Christopher & Sonnet Edmonds Dr. & Mrs. Carl D. Fackler David L. Forbes James F. Fraser The Fraser-Parker Foundation, Inc. Betty Sands Fuller Sally & Carl Gable Dick & Anne Goodsell Mr. & Mrs. David Gould The Robert Hall Gunn, Jr. Fund

The Jamieson Family Paul & Rosthema Kastin Philip I. Kent George H. Lanier The Sartain Lanier Family Foundation, Inc. Links Inc., Azalea City Chapter Belinda & Gino Massafra Linda & John Matthews John F. & Marilyn M. McMullan Penelope & Raymond McPhee*

Dr. & Mrs. Mark P. Pentecost, Jr. Margaret H. Petersen Hamilton & Mason Smith* Sandy & Paul Smith Peter James Stelling Mrs. C. Preston Stephens Triska Drake & G. Kimbrough Taylor, Jr. Ms. Kimberly Tribble & Mr. Mark S. Lange Russell Williamson & Shawn Pagliarini

Ellen & Howard Feinsand Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta Herbert & Marian Haley Foundation

Steven & Caroline Harless Sally W. Hawkins Mr. & Mrs. John E. Hellriegel

Mr. & Mrs. Daniel H. Hollums JoAnn Hall Hunsinger Dr. & Mrs. James T. Laney*

$15,000+

Pinney L. Allen & Charles C. Miller III The Antinori Foundation Lisa & Joe Bankoff The Boston Consulting Group Mr. & Mrs. David Edmiston $10,000+ Anonymous AGCO Corporation, Lucinda B. Smith Mark & Christine Armour The Balloun Family Mr. David Boatwright The Breman Foundation, Inc. The John & Rosemary Brown Family Foundation The Walter & Frances Bunzl Foundation Cynthia & Donald Carson Dr. & Mrs. S. Wright Caughman $7,500+ The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc.

$5,000+ Anonymous (2) Aadu & Kristi Allpere* Ms. Julie M. Altenbach Arnall Golden Gregory LLP The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund Mrs. Suzanne Dansby Bollman Bubba Brands, Inc. Dr. Robert L. & Lucinda W. Bunnen Charles Campbell & Ann Grovenstein-Campbell Mary Helen & Jim Dalton

$3,500+ Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Chorba Mr. James L. Davis & Ms. Carol Comstock*

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support

$3,500+ continued Mr. & Mrs. William C. Lester* Mr. & Mrs. Harmon B. Miller III Deborah & William Liss Dr. & Mrs. James T. Lowman Walter W. Mitchell Leslie & Skip Petter Ruth & Paul Marston

Mr. & Mrs. Joel F. Reeves S.A. Robinson Nancy & Henry Shuford In memory of Willard Shull

Elliott Sopkin Burton Trimble H. & T. Yamashita*

Sally & Larry Davis Drs. Carlos del Rio & Jeannette Guarner Gregory & Debra Durden Ms. Diane Durgin Francine D. Dykes & Richard H. Delay The Robert S. Elster Foundation John & Michelle Fuller Mr. & Mrs. Edward T. Garland Dr. Mary G. George & Mr. Kenneth Molinelli Ben & Lynda Greer Dr. & Mrs. Alexander Gross Paul B., Paul H., & M. Harrison Hackett Darlene K. Henson Mr. Thomas Hooten & Ms. Jennifer Marotta Mr. & Mrs. Harry C. Howard Richard & Linda Hubert Dr. William M. Hudson Dr. & Mrs. James M. Hund Dorothy Jackson** Ms. Cynthia Jeness Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Johnson Mr. W. F. & Dr. Janice Johnston Dr. Maurice J. Jurkiewicz** Hazel & Herb Karp

Mr. & Mrs. John H. Kauffman Mr. & Mrs. L. Michael Kelly Dick & Georgia Kimball* Mr. & Mrs. Daniel J. King Dr. & Mrs. Scott I. Lampert Dr. Fulton D. Lewis III & Mr. Neal Rhoney Mr. & Mrs. Paul A. Lutz* Mr. & Mrs. Frederick C. Mabry Barbara & Jim MacGinnitie The Devereaux F. & Dorothy McClatchey Foundation, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Albert S. McGhee Birgit & David McQueen Gregory & Judy Moore Ms. Lilot S. Moorman & Mr. Jeffrey B. Bradley Dr. & Mrs. R. Daniel Nable Mr. & Mrs. Robert Olive Ms. Rebecca Oppenheimer Mr. & Mrs. Andreas Penninger Susan Perdew Elise T. Phillips Mr. & Mrs. Rezin Pidgeon, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. W. Harrison Reeves, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Richard L. Rodgers Mr. & Mrs. George P. Rodrigue

John & Kyle Rogers Dr. Paul J. Seguin Elizabeth S. Sharp Angela & Morton Sherzer Kay R. Shirley Beverly & Milton Shlapak Helga Hazelrig Siegel Lewis Silverboard Sydney Simons Baker & Debby Smith Amy & Paul Snyder Mr. & Mrs. Raymond F. Stainback, Jr. Lynne & Steven Steindel* John & Yee-Wan Stevens Mr. & Mrs. George B. Taylor, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Mark Taylor Annie-York Trujillo & Raul F. Trujillo Mr. William C. Voss Mr. & Mrs. Randolph O. Watson Dr. & Mrs. Roger P. Webb Dr. & Mrs. James O. Wells, Jr. David & Martha West Mr. & Mrs. Peter L. Whitcup Mary Lou Wolff Jan & Beattie Wood Mr. & Mrs. John C. Yates

George T. & Alecia H. Ethridge Bill & Susan Gibson Carol & Henry Grady Mary C. Gramling Mr. Lewis H. Hamner III Thomas High In memory of Carolyn B. Hochman Stephanie & Henry Howell Mr. & Mrs. William C. Humphreys, Jr. Mary B. & Wayne James Aaron & Joyce Johnson Baxter P. Jones Lana M. Jordan Mr. Thomas J. Jung Dr. Rose Mary Kolpatzki Mr. & Mrs. David Krischer Thomas C. Lawson Mr. & Mrs. Craig P. MacKenzie

Kay & John Marshall Martha & Reynolds McClatchey Captain & Mrs. Charles M. McCleskey Virginia K. McTague Angela & Jimmy Mitchell Mrs. Gene Morse** Barbara & Sanford Orkin Dr. & Mrs. Keith D. Osborn Dr. & Mrs. Bernard H. Palay Mr. & Mrs. Emory H. Palmer Mr. Robert Peterson Dr. & Mrs. Frank S. Pittman III The Reverend Neal P. Ponder, Jr. Provaré Technology, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. David M. Ratcliffe Ms. Susan Robinson & Ms. Mary Roemer The Gary Rollins Foundation

John T. Ruff Dr. & Mrs. Rein Saral Alida & Stuart Silverman Alex & Betty Smith Foundation, Inc. Johannah Smith Mr. & Mrs. Gabriel Steagall Dr. Elizabeth Glenn Stow Kay & Alex Summers Poppy Tanner Elvira Tate Mr. & Mrs. William M. Tipping Drs. Jonne & Paul Walter Alan & Marcia Watt Drs. Julius & Nanette Wenger William & Rebecca White* Hubert H. Whitlow, Jr. Mrs. Frank L. Wilson, Jr. Charlie & Dorothy Yates Family Fund Herbert & Grace Zwerner

$2,250+ Anonymous (3) Mrs. Kay Adams* & Mr. Ralph Paulk John** & Helen Aderhold Mr. & Mrs. Phillip E. Alvelda* Mr. & Mrs. Stephen D. Ambo Paul & Marian Anderson Jack & Helga Beam Ms. Laura J. Bjorkholm & Mr. John C. Reece II Rita & Herschel Bloom Edith H. & James E. Bostic, Jr. Family Foundation Margo Brinton & Eldon Park Jacqueline A. & Joseph E. Brown, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Anton J. Bueschen Major General & Mrs. Robert M. Bunker Dr. Aubrey M. Bush & Dr. Carol T. Bush The Buss Family Charitable Fund Ms. Marnite B. Calder Mr. & Mrs. Beauchamp C. Carr Ralph & Rita Connell Chip & Darlene Conrad Mr. & Mrs. Thomas G. Cousins Mr. Robert Cronin & Ms. Christina Smith

$1,750+ Anonymous Dr. David & Julie Bakken Mr. & Mrs. Ron Bell Dr. & Mrs. Joel E. Berenson Leon & Linda Borchers Mr.** & Mrs. Eric L. Brooker Mr. & Mrs. Russell E. Butner Mr. & Mrs. Walter K. Canipe Susan & Carl Cofer Mr. & Mrs. R. Barksdale Collins* Dr. & Mrs. William T. Cook Jean & Jerry Cooper Mr. & Mrs. Brant Davis* Mrs. H. Frances Davis Peter & Vivian de Kok Elizabeth & John Donnelly Xavier Duralde & Mary Barrett Cree & Frazer Durrett Mary Frances Early Ree & Ralph 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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additional support Blonder Family Foundation

William McDaniel Charitable Foundation

Appassionato

William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund

Meghan Magruder, Appassionato Chair

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is privileged to receive annual contributions from individuals throughout the Southeast. Appassionato was inaugurated in 2000 and welcomes annual givers of $10,000 and above. Appassionato members provide the Symphony with a continuous and strong financial base in support of our ambitious aritistic and education initiatives.

Patron Partnership

Thomas J. Jung, Chair

The Patron Partnership of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is the society of donors who have given $1,750 or more and comprise a vital extension of the Orchestra family through their institutional leadership and financial support.

Henry Sopkin Circle Honoring the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s first Music Director, the Henry Sopkin Circle recognizes our friends who have planned bequests and other gifts to benefit the Orchestra’s future. We remain grateful to all Henry Sopkin Circle members – past and present – for their generosity, trust, and vision. Madeline & Howell E. Adams, Jr. Mr.* & Mrs. John E. Aderhold William & Marion Atkins Dr. & Mrs. William Bauer Neil H. Berman Mr.* & Mrs. Sol Blaine W. Moses Bond Robert* & Sidney Boozer Elinor A. Breman William Breman* James C. Buggs, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Richard H. Burgin Hugh W. Burke Wilber W. Caldwell Mr. & Mrs. C. Merrell Calhoun Cynthia & Donald Carson Margie & Pierce Cline Dr. & Mrs. Grady Clinkscales, Jr. Dr. John W. Cooledge John R. Donnell Catherine Warren Dukehart Ms. Diane Durgin Kenneth P. Dutter Arnold & Sylvia Eaves Elizabeth Etoll Rosi & Arnoldo Fiedotin Dr. Emile T. Fisher

A. D. Frazier, Jr. Nola Frink Betty & Drew* Fuller Carl & Sally Gable William H. Gaik Mr.* & Mrs. L. L. Gellerstedt, Jr. Ruth Gershon & Sandy Cohn Micheline & Bob Gerson Mr. & Mrs. John T. Glover Robert Hall Gunn, Jr. Billie & Sig* Guthman Betty G.* & Joseph F.* Haas James & Virginia Hale Miss Alice Ann Hamilton* Dr. Charles H. Hamilton* John & Martha Head Ms. Jeannie Hearn Richard E. Hodges Mr. & Mrs. Charles K. Holmes, Jr. Mr.* & Mrs. Fred A. Hoyt, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. James M. Hund Mary B. James Calvert Johnson Herb & Hazel Karp Anne Morgan & Jim Kelley Bob Kinsey James W. & Mary Ellen* Kitchell

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Paul Kniepkamp, Jr. Miss Florence Kopleff Ouida Hayes Lanier Mr. & Mrs. William Lester Liz & Jay* Levine Jane Little Mrs. J. Erskine Love, Jr. Nell Galt & Will D. Magruder K Maier John W. Markham, III Dr. Michael S. McGarry Mr. & Mrs. Richard McGinnis John & Clodagh Miller Mr. & Mrs. Bertil D. Nordin Roger B. Orloff Dr. Bernard & Sandra Palay Dan R. Payne Bill Perkins Mr. & Mrs. Rezin E. Pidgeon, Jr. Janet M. Pierce Reverend Neal P. Ponder, Jr. William L. & Lucia Fairlie Pulgram The Reiman Foundation 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 Mr. & Mrs. H. Hamilton Smith Mrs. Lessie B. Smithgall Elliott Sopkin Elizabeth Morgan Spiegel Peter James Stelling Barbara Dunbar Stewart* C. Mack* & Mary Rose Taylor Jennings Thompson IV Margaret* & Randolph Thrower Kenneth & Kathleen Tice Steven R. Tunnell Mary E. Van Valkenburgh Mr. & Mrs. John B. White, Jr. Adair & Dick White Hubert H. Whitlow, Jr. Sue & Neil Williams Mrs. Frank L. Wilson, Jr. Joni Winston George & Camille Wright Mr.* & Mrs. Charles R. Yates Anonymous (12)

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corporate & government support

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

Holiday Title Sponsor Muhtar Kent Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Richard Anderson Chief Executive Officer

Darryl Harmon Southeast Regional President

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

Atlanta School of Composers Presenting Sponsor

Supporter of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus

Philip I. Kent Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Jerry Karr Senior Managing Director

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tingling” routinely applied to Sudbin’s performances, audiences are in for some thrills. Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 6 precedes the concerto (March 28-30).

The week before (Jan. 24 and 26), audiences will get a first look at another rising star, Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman. His rendition of the Bruch Violin Concerto in G minor — which he will perform here with Kazushi Ono on the podium — was delivered, wrote one reviewer, “with more light and heat than I’ve ever heard.” Audiences are sure to line up in droves in early February for the U.S. debut of guitarist, Milos Karadaglic. With more than 8,000 followers on Facebook, the smoldering good looks of a movie idol, and an intriguing back story that begins in the war-torn Balkans, it’s easy to overlook the fact that this 25-year-old has talent to burn. It will be fully on display in Rodrigo’s fiery Concierto de Aranjuez, on a program led by Xian Zhang that ncludes two works by Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture and Symphony No. 2, “Little Russian” (Feb. 7, 8, 10). The following month, the young Russian pianist Yevgeny Sudbin joins guest conductor Michael Morgan for Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. With adjectives like “blistering,” “angst-fuelled,” and “spine44 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra/aso.org

While the Orchestra prides itself on being a place where international stars love to strut their stuff, it also revels in showcasing its own formidable talent. Principal Clarinet Laura Ardan performs the world premiere of Michael Gandolfi’s Concerto for Clarinet and Strings (Jan. 10-12); Concertmaster David Coucheron plays the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto (March 7, 9 and 10); Principal Viola Reid Harris is featured in Schnittke’s Viola Concerto; and David Coucheron, Principal Cello Christopher Rex, and Robert Spano on piano join forces for Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, with Donald Runnicles conducting (May 9-11). The world-renowned Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus will be in its glory for the holiday season (Christmas with the ASO, Dec. 6-8; Messiah, Part I, Dec. 13 and 15); and the Duruflé Requiem (May 16 and 18). In between, the Chamber Chorus, joined by a bevy of top-notch soloists, will perform a pinnacle of the choral literature: J. S. Bach’s Mass in B minor (Feb. 28 and March 1), led by Robert Spano.


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Which brings us to another Atlanta signature: a deep commitment to nurturing the talents of today’s composers. “We are an orchestra that not only brilliantly plays the core repertoire, but has actually made the work of living composers a hot ticket,” says Mirageas. In addition to the Gandolfi world premiere, new works will include Mathias Pintscher’s towards Osiris, conducted by the composer (Nov. 8-10); jazz great Marcus Roberts with the world premiere of his own Piano Concerto, teamed with a piece by the Orchestra’s bassist Michael Kurth and Christopher Theofanidis’s Rainbow Body, both conducted by Robert Spano (April 4-5); and Piano Concerto No. 3 by the much-heralded Scottish composer James MacMillan, with the brilliant French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet at the keyboard (May 30, June 1-2). As he looks ahead to the new season, Evans Mirageas returns to the idea that the secret of the Orchestra’s success starts with inclusive, collaborative decisionmaking: “We do our work behind the scenes so that our players, audience, press, industry, all look to us and say, ‘I need to be in that theater.’ ” 46 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra/aso.org

Romanstein’s vision extends beyond the concert hall, to what the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra means to the city that has embraced it since 1945: “As our world becomes more virtual, and we spend more time interacting with screens, we have a growing thirst for the real, for the connective, for the human. There is nothing more connective or more human than having a live-music experience,” he declares. “Every once in a while an audience member leaves the hall angry. Does that bother me? No! It means the music caused the person to feel something. There’s nothing worse than having an audience member leave a hall feeling nothing. I hope when people come to us they leave feeling something.” Madeline Rogers, a freelance writer and editor, is the former Director of Publications at the New York Philharmonic.


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The Orchestra’s International Man of (Musical) Mystery on 'Bond & Beyond' By Bret Love

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hen Marvin Hamlisch canceled his March 16 and 17 SuperPOPS! concerts due to illness, the Orchestra called in the perfect agent for the mission of filling the void: Michael Krajewski. The Principal Pops Conductor had the perfect secret weapon up his sleeve — an evening of spy-themed music — so we rang him up for a covert chat. What is it about the music of the James Bond films that you love? The James Bond phenomenon is iconic. It’s been around for 50 years now, and we’re all familiar with the movies, the characters, and the music. It’s an extra treat to hear the music played live by a symphony. Who is your favorite 007?

What will (vocalist) Debbie Gravitte bring to the program? She’s a Broadway veteran, and I’ve worked with her quite a bit over the years. When I was conceiving this program, I immediately thought of her because she has a real fancy way on the stage and a big voice. She’s not trying to imitate Shirley Bassey, but certainly these songs have that brash kind of delivery. You’re known for a playful sense of humor. Might we see you as the next James Bond onstage?

What are your favorite Bond songs?

(Laughs) That isn’t going to happen! But there are moments of levity here and there, including a James Bond quiz that I administer from the stage. We have fun with that, and there will be a few other fun surprises as well.

We’ll be starting the concert with the “James Bond Theme,” which is the one that sticks with you the most. But I think the most famous title song is “Goldfinger,” and I like “Live and Let Die.”

Atlanta-based freelancer Bret Love is the Music Editor of Georgia Music Magazine, National Managing Editor for INsite Magazine, and founder of Green Global Travel, a website devoted to ecotourism and global culture.

Sean Connery is my favorite because I was around when those movies came out. None of the subsequent ones have ever matched him.

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an educator’s heart By Ahmad Mayes

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reat things happen when student musicians have the opportunity to work with the world’s top artists. This season the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra has engaged in master classes, rehearsals, and reading sessions with violinists Gil Shaham and Leila Josefowicz (and Gil Shaham in April), and conductors Mei-Ann Chen and James Gaffigan, to name just a few. Now, Music Director Robert Spano leads Sibelius’s Symphony No. 1 and narrates Copland’s Lincoln Portrait with the Youth Orchestra, Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m. in Atlanta Symphony Hall. “Each student is having his or her own personal experience,” confides Youth Orchestra Music Director Jere Flint, “some of which they probably couldn’t articulate at this point. With different conductors, the students always end up at the same point, realizing the discipline it takes to play and contribute in making a great orchestra. Most will gain even more insight [in the Sibelius] as they explore some different interpretations from Robert.”   Concertmaster Micah Wallen is already sold. “Robert Spano’s level of musicianship and the  intricacies that he notices in the music, even in rehearsal, inspire me to reach that level myself. I think our audience will see us playing things better than they thought we were capable of.” Spano has worked with the Youth Orchestra before, but “this is the first time that he will be conducting our musicians exclusively in a major symphonic work,” notes Flint. “Robert has led a couple of reading rehearsals in the past years, and three ‘side-by-sides’ with the Orchestra — the 9/11 memorial concert, the 60- and 3050 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra/aso.org

year anniversary celebration concert of the Orchestra and Youth Orchestra, and the grand opening of Verizon [Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta]. Spano is a born mentor, at home in learning environments around the country, from Brooklyn and Tanglewood to Aspen and Ojai, and continues to thrive at Emory University, where he will wind up a threeyear residency this year.

“Robert is a genius in working with young students,” says Flint. “His great personality and charisma permeates the rehearsals, and he is nothing short of being very encouraging with each small progress. He demands excellence, and the students always rise to the occasion.” The Youth Orchestra has risen to international prominence under the guidance of Jere Flint, recording with Atlanta rockers Collective Soul, performing a home and away concert series with its Berlin counterpart, and sending graduates to leading schools of music. “We have always strived to the greatest performance level possible, and the standard of performance and commitment for Robert will be no different,” Flint emphasizes. “What distinguishes the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra is the power and excitement that comes from the stage as these student artists play from the heart.” Ahmad Mayes is Community Programs Coordinator at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and a Youth Orchestra alumnus.


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Touching Schumann April 19/20/21 Delta Classical Thu/Fri/Sat: 8pm Kabalevsky: The Comedians Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3 Roberto Abbado, conductor Yuja Wang, piano

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