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the music

12 This School is Never Out

19 The concert’s program and notes

Robert Spano’s Atlanta School of Composers’ Michael Gandolfi and Jennifer Higdon unveil world premieres.

38 ‘Growing up, the Atlanta Symphony was My Orchestra ...’

ASO President Stanley Romanstein’s journey from Charleston to the Orchestra.

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tlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano is recognized internationally as one of the most imaginative conductors of his generation. Since 2001, he has invigorated and expanded the ASO’s repertoire through a creative programming mix, recordings and visual enhancements, such as the Theater of a Concert — the continuing exploration of different formats, settings and enhancements for the musical performance experience. Mr. Spano also champions the Atlanta School of Composers, his commitment to nurturing and championing music through multi-year partnerships, defining a new generation of American composers. Mr. Spano has conducted the great orchestras of North America, including those in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco. Overseas, he has led the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Czech Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Sinfonie Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic and Tonhalle Orchester. He has conducted the Chicago, Houston, Santa Fe, Royal Opera at Covent Garden, and Welsh National operas. In August 2005, he conducted Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen at Seattle Opera and returned for the cycle in August 2009. With a discography of 12 critically acclaimed recordings for Telarc and Deutsche Grammophon made over six years, Robert Spano has garnered six Grammy Awards. Musical America’s 2008 Conductor of the Year, Mr. Spano was artistic director of the Ojai Festival in 2006, director of the Festival of Contemporary Music at the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Music Center in 2003 and 2004, and from 1996 to 2004 was music director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Head of the Conducting Fellowship Program at Tanglewood Music Center from 1998-2002, he has served on the faculties of Bowling Green State University, Curtis Institute and Oberlin Conservatory. Mr. Spano lives in Atlanta.

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Michael Gandolfi is fretting. His new work, Q.E.D.: Engaging Richard Feynman, commissioned by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, needs some final tinkering. He has composed dozens of symphonic and chamber works, but this is his first piece for chorus and orchestra. And, he says, “The thing I’m most terrified of is the chorus.”

Michael Gandolfi and Jennifer Higdon, prolific members of Robert Spano’s Atlanta School of Composers, unveil world premieres on June 3, 5 and 6

This School is Never Out by Margaret Shakespeare

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A decade ago ASO music director Robert Spano affirmed the Orchestra’s commitment to contemporary music by engaging several propitious composers in multi-year partnerships, a select group that became known as the Atlanta School of Composers. Two of them — Michael Gandolfi and Jennifer Higdon — took on commissions to celebrate this 10th anniversary. A few months ago, they talked with me about the process of creating music.

Jennifer Higdon — who was awarded a Pulitzer Prize last month for her Violin Concerto — had actually sent her work, On A Wire, a concerto for the ASO and the iconoclastic sextet, eighth blackbird, off to Atlanta the day before I reached her by telephone. Her tone of voice mixes relief and anxiousness. Aside from a few interruptions — recordings, orchestra residencies and winning a 2010 Grammy for her Percussion Concerto — she worked steadily on this piece since last July. “I have to be deliberate,” she says of her work style, “because I have commissions stacked up for years. I went from beginning to end in this piece, although usually I don’t

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do that. And I don’t usually [compose works] simultaneously — these works [for orchestra] are too big.” Michael Gandolfi, did complete another piece while working on his ASO commission, which is not unusual for him. “There were materials in one that could go off in another direction in the other, sort of taking a rib from one and growing something new,” he says by telephone. Starting out, though, he “had no idea” where things were going. Until, surfing the Web, he came across a video interview of physicist and fertile thinker Richard Feynman that resonated. “He’s always been one of my favorite writers, someone I turn my friends on to, if they don’t know him. His views on beauty, the way he, a scientist, described the beauty of a flower, gave me the concept of setting two viewpoints.” Then he plunged into a sea of research — reading literature and poetry, finding field recordings of birds and examining other choral compositions. “A bunch of time thinking” was involved. But actually writing music, which started this past fall, took only “about a week each for two movements. Once the draft ideas were done, I spent more time moving things around and expanding. Then comes, not invention, but crafting into a final object.” He now has a third movement in mind for what has become a large-scale sort of multi-media oratorio. Higdon, who calls composing “rewarding struggle and constant worry,” ponders how the music muse propels her. Inspiration? “Usually it’s the soloists, especially for a concerto. There is not really a routine. You have to follow the game plan your brain comes up with. It’s never predictable. And it’s totally mysterious.” One rule she tries to follow: Not Continued on page 46

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

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

BASS Ralph Jones

The Charles McKenzie Taylor Chair*

The Edus H. and Harriet H. Warren Chair*

Principal The Marcia and John Donnell Chair  *

Justin Bruns

Paul Murphy

Gloria Jones

Assistant Concertmaster The Mary and Cherry Emerson Chair

Associate Principal The Mary and Lawrence Gellerstedt Chair *

Jun-Ching Lin

Catherine Lynn

Carolyn Toll Hancock

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

Assistant Concertmaster The AGL Resources Chair

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

Assistant Principal

Paul Brittan

The Georgia Power Foundation Chair

Carl David Hall PICCOLO Carl David Hall OBOE Elizabeth Koch

Principal The George M. and Corrie Hoyt Brown Chair *

ENGLISH HORN Patrick McFarland

Associate Principal The Livingston Foundation Chair

Assistant Principal Emeritus

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

Joseph Conyers Michael Kenady Michael Kurth Douglas Sommer Thomas Thoreson

Associate Principal

Daniel Laufer

Principal The Miriam and John Conant Chair*

Sou-Chun Su

Assistant Principal

Assistant Principal Emeritus

Robert Cronin

Yvonne Powers Peterson Associate Principal Deborah Workman Patrick McFarland

Karen Freer

Jay Christy

Jane Little

Principal The Jill Hertz Chair *

CELLO Christopher Rex

Principal The Atlanta Symphony Associates Chair* Associate Principal The Frances Cheney Boggs Chair*

Associate Principal

FLUTE Christina Smith

Assistant Principal

Dona Vellek Klein Joel Dallow Jere Flint Larry LeMaster Brad Ritchie Paul Warner


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

CLARINET Laura Ardan

Principal The Robert Shaw Chair*

HORN Brice Andrus

Ted Gurch

Principal The Sandra and John Glover Chair

William Rappaport

Associate Principal

Associate Principal

Susan Welty

Alcides Rodriguez

Thomas Witte Richard Deane


Bruce Kenney

The Alcatel-Lucent Chair

BASS CLARINET Alcides Rodriguez BASSOON Carl Nitchie

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

Elizabeth Burkhardt

The UPS Community Service Chair

TRUMPET Thomas Hooten

Principal The Madeline and Howell Adams Chair*

Joseph Walthall

Juan de Gomar

Stephen Wilson


William Wilder

Assistant Principal

PERCUSSION Thomas Sherwood Principal The Julie and Arthur Montgomery Chair*

William Wilder Assistant Principal

William A. Schwartz Chair*

Charles Settle

Principal The Delta Air Lines Chair


The Hugh and Jessie Hodgson Memorial Chair*

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

Steven Sherrill Assistant

John Wildermuth

Michael Tiscione TROMBONE Colin Williams

The Pricewaterhouse ­Coopers Chair

Principal The Walter H. Bunzl Chair*

HARP Elisabeth Remy Johnson

The SunTrust Bank Chair

Laura Najarian

Associate Principal

TIMPANI Mark Yancich

Principal The Wachovia Chair Associate Principal The Patsy and Jere Drummond Chair

Bill Thomas George Curran BASS TROMBONE George Curran TUBA Michael Moore

Principal The Georgia-Pacific Chair

* Chair named in perpetuity †Regularly engaged musician Players in string sections are listed alphabetically.

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

Delta classical Series Concerts Thursday and Saturday, May 6 and 8, 2010, at 8 p.m.

donald runnicles, Conductor Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D Major, BWV 1069 I. Ouverture II. Bourrées I and II III. Gavotte IV. Minuets I and II V. Réjouissance INTERMISSION Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) Symphony No. 7 in E Major (1883) (ed. Haas) I. Allegro moderato II. Adagio. Sehr feierlich und sehr langsam III. Scherzo. Sehr schnell IV. Finale. Bewegt, doch nicht schnell “Inside the Music” preview of the concert, Thursday at 7 p.m., presented by Ken Meltzer, ASO Insider and Program Annotator. The use of cameras or recording devices during the concert is strictly prohibited.

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Major funding for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council. Solo pianos used by the ASO are gifts of the Atlanta Steinway Society and in memory of David Goldwasser. The Hamburg Steinway piano is a gift received by the ASO in honor of Rosi Fiedotin. The Yamaha custom six-quarter tuba is a gift received by the ASO in honor of Principal Tuba player Michael Moore from The Antinori Foundation. This performance is being recorded for broadcast at a later time. ASO concert broadcasts are heard each week on Atlanta’s WABE FM-90.1 and Georgia Public Broadcasting’s statewide network. The ASO records for Telarc. Other ASO recordings are available on the Argo, Deutsche Grammophon, New World, Nonesuch, Philips and Sony Classical labels. Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta is the preferred hotel of the ASO. Trucks provided by Ryder Truck Rental Inc. Media sponsors: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB 750 AM.


ASOprogram Notes on the Program By Ken Meltzer Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D Major, BWV 1069 Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany, on March 21, 1685, and died in Leipzig, Germany, on July 28, 1750. The Orchestral Suite No. 4 is scored for three oboes, bassoon, three trumpets, timpani, harpsichord and strings. Approximate performance time is twenty minutes. First ASO Classical Subscription Performances: May 20, 21 and 22, 1976, Robert Shaw, Conductor. Most Recent ASO Classical Subscription Performances: February 24, 25 and 26, 2005, Bernard Labadie, Conductor.

Bach in Cöthen


n 1717, Johann Sebastian Bach began his seven-year tenure as Kapellmeister to Prince Leopold in the German town of Cöthen, located some sixty miles north of Weimar. Prince Leopold was a talented musician (Bach described him as “a gracious prince, a lover and connoisseur of music”). The Prince hoped to duplicate in Cöthen the superb court music establishments he encountered during his studies throughout Europe. Thanks to the patronage of Prince Leopold, Bach was able to compose for several of Europe’s finest instrumentalists.

Prince Leopold’s court was Calvinist. And so, Bach’s duties did not include the composition of liturgical music. Instead, Bach’s Cöthen years resulted in an extraordinary outpouring of instrumental creations. Among the solo compositions during this remarkable Cöthen period are the Orgelbüchlein, the first book of the Well-Tempered Clavier, the Two and Three-Part Inventions, and the English and French Suites for harpsichord. Bach’s Cöthen instrumental works further include the Six Suites for Solo Cello and Six Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, both considered among the towering works for their respective instruments. During his Cöthen years, Bach also composed stunning ensemble works, including the Six Brandenburg Concertos. The original manuscripts of Bach’s Four Orchestral Suites have disappeared, so the exact time of their composition is not certain. It is clear that they were not composed as an integral series. Some of the Suites may have been a product of Bach’s time in Cöthen, while others may date from the early years of the composer’s subsequent tenure in Leipzig. The orchestral suite, an extremely popular form of instrumental ensemble music in the 17th and 18th centuries, consists of an Overture, followed by several dance movements. Because of the preeminence of the introductory movement, the entire works were known as Overtures (French: Ouverture). 19th-century scholars later applied the term Suite to this multi-movement work. Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 21

The earliest version of the Orchestral Suite No. 4 was scored for woodwinds and strings. Later, Bach added trumpets and timpani, but omitted the flutes included in the original version. I. Ouverture — The Overture begins with a stately slow introduction in 4/4 meter. This leads to a vigorous, contrapuntal episode in 9/8. The movement concludes with a reprise of the slow introduction (tempo primo). II. Bourrées I and II — This movement alternates a sequence of two Bourrées, a lively French dance in duple meter. The first bourrée is in D Major, the second, in the relative B minor. III. Gavotte — The Gavotte is a French folk-dance that gained favor in courtly settings. IV. Minuets I and II — The fourth movement features a series of two Minuets. For this courtly dance in triple meter, Bach omits the trumpets and drums included in the other movements. V. Réjouissance — The Bach Orchestral Suite No. 4 concludes with a festive Réjouissance (the French word for “rejoicing” or “celebration”).

Symphony No. 7 in E Major (1883) (ed. Haas) Anton Bruckner was born in Ansfelden, Austria, on September 4, 1824, and died in Vienna, Austria, on October 11, 1896. The first performance of the Symphony No. 7 took place at the Stadtheater in Leipzig, Germany, on December 30, 1884, with Arthur Nikisch conducting. The Symphony No. 7 is scored for two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, four Wagner tubas, tuba, timpani, cymbals, triangle and strings. Approximate performance time is sixty-seven minutes. First ASO Classical Subscription Performances: April 18, 19 and 21, 1974, Walter Susskind, Conductor. Most Recent ASO Classical Subscription Performances: March 27, 28 and 29, 2003, Donald Runnicles, Conductor.

“And then I wept, oh, how I wept” Anton Bruckner completed his Symphony No. 6 by the start of September in 1881. Three weeks later, Bruckner commenced work on his Seventh, a Symphony that would occupy the Austrian composer for the next two years. In the summer of 1882, Bruckner journeyed to Bayreuth, Germany, for the premiere of Richard Wagner’s final opera, Parsifal. Bruckner had long revered Wagner and his music. This visit to Bayreuth proved to be the final time that Bruckner and Wagner would see each other. Later that year, Bruckner began work on the Seventh Symphony’s second-movement Adagio. As Bruckner confided to his pupil, Felix Mottl: “One day I came home and felt very sad. It is impossible, I thought, that the Master should live much longer. And then the C-sharp minor Adagio came to me.”


ASOprogram By February of 1883, Bruckner had finished the Symphony’s opening and third movements. He had also composed the Adagio, up to the moment of the great C-Major climax. Then, Bruckner learned that Wagner had died in Venice, on February 13. This devastating news provided Bruckner with the inspiration to pen the slow movement’s beautiful closing measures: “… and then I wept, oh, how I wept — and it was not until then that I wrote the music to mourn the maestro.”

The premiere of the Bruckner Seventh Bruckner completed the score of his Symphony No. 7 on September 5, 1883. The premiere took place in Leipzig on December 30, 1884, under the direction of the eminent conductor, Arthur Nikisch. In a letter to Nikisch written earlier that year, Bruckner inquired: May I ask again, is the concert to take place? … And if so, when are the last two rehearsals, which I should so much like to attend? Otherwise I may perhaps hear the work only once, for I can do no good in Vienna; that is why I am so eager to hear it, unless you think I ought not to come. If you would like me to be there, I shall have to ask for leave of absence from my various superiors, so do please let me hear soon! It would give me boundless pleasure to know that my youngest child was being brought into the world by the foremost German conductor! I am very much excited already … For many years, Bruckner had lived in Vienna, where he was highly regarded as a virtuoso organist and distinguished professor of music at both the Vienna Conservatory and University. However, acceptance of Bruckner’s compositions by the Viennese critics was quite another matter. Bruckner’s allegiance to Richard Wagner placed him in a highly unfavorable light with those who disdained the German opera composer and his revolutionary works. For those critics, Bruckner’s epic Symphonies were bombastic and incoherent Wagnerian monstrosities. The following review by Max Kalbeck in the Wiener Allgemeine Zeitung (published on February 13, 1883, the date of Wagner’s death) typifies the scorn heaped upon Anton Bruckner by Viennese critics: The puzzles that Bruckner presents to us are dim … The tonal ghosts are altogether too mad: it is as though a pack of wolves met on Walpurgis Night, such stamping and roaring, raging and screaming goes wildly on. If the future can relish such a chaotic piece of music, with sounds echoing from a hundred cliffs, we wish that future to be far away from us. But the Leipzig premiere of the Seventh proved to be a vindication for Bruckner, and one of the greatest moments in the composer’s life. The audience responded ecstatically, repeatedly calling for Bruckner to appear on stage, where he received two laurel wreaths. The 60-year-old Bruckner was greatly moved by this reception. As one Leipzig critic reported:

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One could see from the trembling of his lips and the sparkling moisture in his eyes how difficult it was for the old gentleman to suppress the deep emotion that he felt. His homely, honest countenance beamed with a warm inner happiness such as can appear only on the face of one who is too good-hearted to give way to bitterness even under the weight of the most crushing circumstances. Having heard his music, and now seeing him in person, we asked ourselves in amazement, “How is it possible that he could remain so long unknown to us?” Three months later, the Bruckner Seventh was performed again, this time in Munich, with Hermann Levi conducting. It was yet another success for Bruckner, who deemed it “the greatest I have ever had.”

“Indescribable jubilation” That same year of 1885, the Vienna Philharmonic informed Bruckner that they intended to perform his Symphony No. 7. Bruckner was understandably quite leery of subjecting himself once again to the scrutiny of the hostile Viennese press. He wrote to the Concert Committee: I beg to request with all submission that the esteemed Committee will cancel for this year the plan — by which I am honoured and delighted — to perform my E major Symphony. This request is prompted solely by the melancholy local situation with respect to the leading representatives of the press which could only be detrimental to the success I am now beginning to enjoy in Germany … Nevertheless, on March 21, 1886, the Philharmonic and conductor Hans Richter offered the Vienna premiere of the Bruckner Seventh. The ecstatic response of the Vienna audience overwhelmed Bruckner: “As a result of the indescribable jubilation—after the first movement I was called on to the stage five or six times by tumultuous applause. At the end unending enthusiasm and curtain calls; laurel wreath from the Wagner Society and a banquet…” Still, Bruckner anticipated that the critics, led by the notorious Wagner nemesis, Eduard Hanslick, would seek to destroy his Vienna triumph: “…But the five hostile journals will make sure, at Hanslick’s request, that this success is annihilated by the time it reaches the distant public!” And indeed, this review by Gustav Dömpke appeared in the Wiener Allgemeine Zeitung the day after the Vienna premiere: We recoil in horror before this rotting odor which rushes into our nostrils from the disharmonies of this putrefactive counterpoint. His imagination is so incurably sick and warped that anything like regularity in chord progressions and period structure simply do not exist for him. Bruckner composes like a drunkard!


ASOprogram It is certain, then, that Bruckner took great comfort in the audience response, as well as from a telegram, sent to the composer after the Vienna premiere: “Am deeply shaken — it was one of the greatest experiences I have ever had.” The author of the telegram was a fellow composer and resident of Vienna — Johann Strauss.

Musical Analysis I. Allegro moderato — The Symphony opens with one of Bruckner’s trademarks, as tremolo strings provide the foundation for the first of three principal themes. The broad opening melody, launched by the horn and cellos, begins with an ascending phrase that will return in many guises throughout the Symphony. A shimmering repetition of the melody by the orchestra leads to the second theme, initially played by the oboes and clarinets. The music builds to a climax that quickly resolves to a descending motif in the winds, accompanied by a repeating string figure. Another crescendo finally yields to repose, as the initial presentation of the themes concludes. The clarinets softly intone an inversion of the opening theme. This marks the beginning of an expansive central episode, by turns reflective, pastoral and agitated, and based upon the principal themes. The horn and cellos inaugurate the varied recapitulation. Slowly and inexorably, the movement builds to its triumphant closing measures, a grand statement of the opening theme. II. Adagio. Sehr feierlich und sehr langsam (Very solemnly and slowly) — This is the movement inspired by Bruckner’s premonition of Richard Wagner’s demise and, ultimately, the news of his passing in February of 1883. The Adagio begins with a somber theme, related to the Symphony’s opening melody. The theme is introduced by the violas and Wagner tubas (Wagner created these tubas for use in his Ring cycle. The instruments produce a mellow sonority that sounds like a cross between a horn and trombone). The strings respond with an ascending, three-note motif that will play a crucial role in the climax of this Adagio. After a lovely intervening episode, the violins introduce a beautiful, flowing melody, set in 3/4 time (Moderato). The principal themes return in varied form throughout the Adagio. Toward the close, the music builds to a stirring fff climax. After the mood calms, Bruckner offers his memorial tribute to Wagner, in the form of a solemn passage for Wagner tubas, tuba and horns. It is a stunning moment, and one that held the greatest meaning for Bruckner. As he informed a friend: On November 11th 1885 I attended a performance of (Wagner’s opera) “Die Walküre” in Munich with some friends from Vienna … And after the audience had left, H. Levi played at my request three times the funeral dirge from the 2nd movement of the 7th symphony with tubas and horns in memory of the blessed, passionately loved, immortal master composer, and the tears flowed freely. I cannot describe the situation in the darkened court theatre. Requiescat in pace!!! The opening theme returns in the Adagio’s tranquil final measures.

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III. Scherzo. Sehr schnell (Very quickly) — After two epic movements, Bruckner concludes the Symphony with a far briefer Scherzo and Finale. The Scherzo is in the spirit of the ländler, a rustic peasant dance. The movement opens with a repeated, lumbering string figure that bears a kinship to the accompaniment of the opening movement’s third principal theme. A solo trumpet plays a dotted-note motif that is reprised throughout the orchestra. The Scherzo builds to a series of climaxes before yielding to a moment of silence. The timpani’s hushed repetitions of the trumpet motif’s dotted-rhythm frame the beautiful central Trio section (Etwas langsamer) (Somewhat slower). The movement concludes with a repetition of the opening Scherzo. IV. Finale. Bewegt, doch nicht schnell (Animated, but not fast) — Tremolo strings accompany a theme, introduced by the first violins. The theme is clearly based upon the melody played at the very outset of the Symphony. But now, the mood is far more animated. The theme journeys throughout the orchestra before yielding to a broad melody, played by the first violins over pizzicato lower strings. This tranquil episode is shattered by a tutti restatement of the opening theme, both in its original melodic contour and inverted form. The two principal themes return, with the first predominating. A final reprise of the initial theme yields to a grand transformation of the Symphony’s opening measures, as the Bruckner Seventh reaches its majestic conclusion.


ASOprogram donald runnicles, Conductor


rincipal guest conductor Donald Runnicles is currently in his ninth year of artistic partnership with Music Director Robert Spano in leading the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. One of today’s most consistently acclaimed conductors of both opera and symphonic repertoire, in 2009 he became general music director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and chief conductor of the BBC Scottish Orchestra, based in Glasgow. He continues as music director of the Grand Donald Runnicles Teton Music Festival, a summer orchestral festival in Jackson, Wyo., which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2011. Mr. Runnicles was music director and principal conductor of the San Francisco Opera from the 1992-93 season until the 2008-09 season. In his tenure, he conducted nearly 60 different titles, including the world premiere of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic, and the U.S. premiere of St. Francoise d’Assise. Mr. Runnicles’s acclaimed recordings with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra include a concert disc with soprano Christine Brewer singing Strauss and Wagner, and a new Strauss disc recorded live in Atlanta Symphony Hall. With the ASO, Mr. Runnicles has also recorded the Mozart Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and a Brittania album. In December 2003, Mr. Runnicles and the ASO Chorus made their debut with the Berlin Philharmonic in Britten’s War Requiem. Following the performance, Der Tagesspiegel wrote: “The world has really turned a bit topsy-turvy when our fabulous Berliner Philharmoniker turn around in their orchestra seats to applaud an American amateur chorus.” Mr. Runnicles and the ASO Chorus performed the Berlioz Requiem with the German orchestra in May 2008, and most recently, in December 2009, Mr. Runnicles and the Chorus performed Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem. Mr. Runnicles has ongoing musical relationships with today’s finest orchestras and opera companies. Among the more than 60 productions he has conducted at San Francisco Opera was the 2005 world premiere of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic.

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ASOsupport Ray Uttenhove, Appassionato Chair

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


Mrs. Anne Cox Chambers

Ms. Joni Winston


Robert Spano

Susan & Thomas Wardell

$25,000+ Madeline & Howell E. Adams, Jr. Stephanie & Arthur Blank Mr. & Mrs. Bradley Currey, Jr. Marcia & John Donnell Catherine Warren Dukehart

Lucy R. & Gary Lee, Jr. Terence L. & Jeanne P. Neal* Victoria & Howard Palefsky Mrs. Charles A. Smithgall, Jr. Ray & John Uttenhove Morgan & Chilton Varner

Mark & Rebekah Wasserman Adair & Dick White Mr. & Mrs. John B. White, Jr.* Sue & Neil Williams*

Mr. & Mrs. Paul R. Garcia Charles & Mary Ginden* Jim & Pam Henry Clay & Jane Jackson Ann A. & Ben F. Johnson III Mr. & Mrs. James C. Kennedy Michael & Cindi Lang Donna Lee & Howard C. Ehni Karole & John Lloyd Meghan & Clarke Magruder Mr. Jeff Mango

Lynn & Galen Oelkers Patty & Doug Reid Margaret & Bob Reiser John & Kyle Rogers Dr. & Mrs. Raymond F. Schinazi Mr. Thurmond Smithgall Marsha Johnson – Southern Company Mr. & Mrs. Edus H. Warren, Jr. Camille W. Yow

Mr. James F. Fraser Mary D. Gellerstedt Nancy D. Gould Mr. & Mrs. Robert D. Grathwohl The Graves Foundation Robert Hall Gunn, Jr. Fund Mr. Jennings M. Hertz, Jr. * * Tom & Jan Hough Mr. Tad Hutcheson Roya & Bahman Irvani Anne Morgan & Jim Kelley* Philip I. Kent Mr. & Mrs. Donald R. Keough Amy & Mark Kistulinec Family of Thomas B. Koch Larry L. Lanier Mr. & Mrs. John M. Law John & Patrice Lewis Printpack Inc. & The Gay & Erskine Love Foundation

Massey Charitable Trust John F. & Marilyn M. McMullan Mr. Kenneth & Dr. Carolyn Meltzer Mr. & Mrs. Harmon B. Miller III Morgens West Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Solon P. Patterson* Dennis & JoAnne Sadlowski Bill & Rachel Schultz Joyce & Henry Schwob Mr. John A. Sibley III John Sparrow Loren & Gail Starr Irene & Howard Stein Mary Rose Taylor Carol & Ramon Tome The Michael W. Trapp Family Mike & Liz Troy Turner Foundation, Inc. Neal & Virginia Williams

$15,000+ AGCO Corporation, Martin Richenhagen Pinney L. Allen & Charles C. Miller III Mr. & Mrs. Paul J. Blackney Mr. & Mrs. C. Merrell Calhoun Christopher S. & Ana P. Crommett Mary Helen & Jim Dalton Lynne & Richard Dorfman Gary & Nancy Fayard* Mr. Donald F. Fox $10,000+ Anonymous (2) Ron & Susan Antinori Betty & Robert Balentine The Balloun Family* Lisa & Joe Bankoff Barnes & Thornburg LLP Ms. Diana J. Blank The John & Rosemary Brown Family Foundation Dr. Robert L. & Lucinda W. Bunnen The Walter & Frances Bunzl Foundation Cynthia & Donald Carson Shannon & Philip Cave Dr. John W. Cooledge Cari Katrice Dawson Eleanor & Charles Edmondson In memory of Polly Ellis by Admiral James O. Ellis, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Carl D. Fackler

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

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ASOsupport Judy Hellriegel, Chair

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

$5,000+ John & Helen Aderhold* Aadu & Kristi Allpere Mr. & Mrs. Richard Anderson Anonymous (3) Mr. & Mrs. William Atkins Jan & Gus Bennett Kelley O. & Neil H. Berman Mr. David Boatwright Ms. Suzanne Dansby Bollman Breman Foundation Ann and Jeff Cramer* Triska Drake & G. Kimbrough Taylor, Jr. Jere & Patsy Drummond Rosi & Arnoldo Fiedotin Mr. David L. Forbes

Betty Sands Fuller Sally & Carl Gable Ruth Gershon & Sandy Cohn Dick & Ann Goodsell John E. Graham Dr. & Mrs. Alexander Gross Joe Guthridge & David Ritter Sharon & Michael Hodgson C. Tycho & Marie Howle Foundation John Hunsinger James H. Landon George H. Lanier* Pat & Nolan Leake John & Linda Matthews Mr. & Mrs. Darrell J. Mays

Penelope & Raymond McPhee* Brenda & Charles Moseley Margaret H. Petersen Mr. George E. Peterson Hamilton & Mason Smith* Lynne & Steven Steindel* Charlie Wade & M.J. Conboy Gertrude & William C. Wardlaw Fund, Inc. Russell Williamson & Shawn Pagliarini Suzanne Bunzl Wilner T & H Yamashita*

Mr. & Mrs. William C. Lester* Deborah & William Liss* Dr. & Mrs. James T. Lowman Gino & Belinda Massafra Dr. & Mrs. William McClatchey Walter W. Mitchell Dr. & Mrs. Mark P. Pentecost, Jr. Elise T. Phillips

Mr. & Mrs. Rezin Pidgeon, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Joel F. Reeves Edward G. Scruggs** Morton & Angela Sherzer Sydney Simons Amy & Paul Snyder Mrs. C. Preston Stephens

Mrs. Hugh Chapman Honor C. Cobbs Lucy & John Cook Robert Cronin & Christina Smith Mr. Michael E. Dickens Mr. & Mrs. Christopher S. Edmonds George T. & Alecia H. Ethridge Mr. & Mrs. Todd Evans Mr. & Mrs. Howard Feinsand Mr. & Mrs. Edward T. M. Garland Ms. Alma Garrette Dr. Mary G. George & Mr. Kenneth Molinelli Mr. & Mrs. John T. Glover Ben & Lynda Greer Mr. & Mrs. Bradley Hale Mr. Steven & Mrs. Caroline Harless Sally W. Hawkins Mr. & Mrs. John E. Hellriegel

Mr. Haywood (Robin) Hendrix Deedi Henson In Memory of Carolyn B. Hochman Mr. & Mrs. Daniel H. Hollums Mr. & Mrs. Harry C. Howard Ms. Joy G. Howard Linda & Richard Hubert Dr. William M. Hudson Mr. & Mrs. William C. Humphreys, Jr. JoAnn Hall Hunsinger Aaron & Joyce Johnson Mr. & Mrs. W. F. Johnston Dr. Maurice J. Jurkiewicz Paul & Rosthema Kastin Mr. & Mrs. John H. Kauffman Mr. & Mrs. L. Michael Kelly Mr. & Mrs. Daniel J. King Mr. & Mrs. J. David Lifsey

$3,500+ Lavon & Dennis Chorba Ms. Carol F. Comstock & Mr. James L. Davis Sally & Larry Davis Dr. & Mrs. C.R. Harper Ms. Cynthia Jeness Hazel & Herb Karp Dr. & Mrs. James T. Laney* $2,250+ Mr. & Mrs. Phillip E. Alvelda* Mr. Albert S. Anderson Marian & Paul Anderson Anonymous Dr. David & Julie Bakken Jack & Helga Beam Neale M. Bearden Penelope B. Berk Shirley & Sol** Blaine Rita & Herschel Bloom Mr. & Mrs. Merritt S. Bond* Margo Brinton & Eldon Park Jacqueline A. & Joseph E. Brown, Jr. Maj. Gen. & Mrs. Robert Bunker Dr. Aubrey M. Bush & Dr. Carol T. Bush Mr. & Mrs. Walter K. Canipe Mrs. Thalia Carlos Mr. & Mrs. Beauchamp Carr John & Adrienne Carr


ASOsupport $2,250+ (continued) Mr. & Mrs. Sean Lynch Mr. & Mrs. Frederick C. Mabry Ruth & Paul Marston Birgit & David McQueen Ms. Molly Minnear & Mr. Craig H. Seibert Ms. Lilot S. Moorman & Mr. Jeffrey B. Bradley Richard S. & Winifred B. Myrick Dr. & Mrs. R. Daniel Nable Mr. & Mrs. J. Vernon O’Neal, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Albert N. Parker Mr. & Mrs. Andreas Penninger

Dr. John B. Pugh Realan Foundation, Inc. In memory of Nora A. Richardson S. A. Robinson Mr. & Mrs. Richard L. Rodgers Mrs. William A. Schwartz Dr. Paul Seguin Elizabeth S. Sharp Dr. Kay R. Shirley Beverly & Milton Shlapak Helga Hazelrig Siegel Lewis Silverboard Mr. & Mrs. Baker A. Smith

Peter James Stelling John & Yee-Wan Stevens Mr. & Mrs. George B. Taylor, Jr. Burton Trimble Mr. William C. Voss Mr. Thomas P. Walbert Mr. & Mrs. Thomas W. Walker Dr. & Mrs. James O. Wells, Jr. Ms. Mary Lou Wolff Jan & Beattie Wood Mr. & Mrs. John C. Yates

Dorothy Jackson Mary & Wayne James Veronique & Baxter Jones Lana M. Jordan Mr. Thomas J. Jung Dick & Georgia Kimball* Dr. Rose Mary Kolpatzki Mr. & Mrs. David E. Krischer Mr. Thomas C. Lawson Dr. Leslie Leigh Dr. Fulton D. Lewis III & Mr. Stephen Neal Rhoney Mr. & Mrs. Paul A. Lutz* Barbara & Jim MacGinnitie Mr. & Mrs. James H. Matthews, Jr. Martha & Reynolds McClatchey Captain & Mrs. Charles M. McCleskey Mr. & Mrs. Albert S. McGhee Angela & Jimmy Mitchell* Judy & Gregory Moore Carter & Hampton Morris Mrs. Gene Morse Mr. & Mrs. Vernon J. Nagel Mr. & Mrs. Victor A. Nilson Sanford & Barbara Orkin Keith & Dana Osborn Dr. & Mrs. Bernard H. Palay Mr. & Mrs. Emory H. Palmer Mr. & Mrs. William A. Parker, Jr. Ms. Susan B. Perdew Mr. & Mrs. William John Petter Dr. & Mrs. Frank S. Pittman III Provaré Technology

Ms. Mary Roemer & Ms. Susan Robinson The Gary W. & Ruth M. Rollins Foundation John T. Ruff Dr. & Mrs. Rein Saral Nancy & Henry Shuford Alida & Stuart Silverman Sandy & Paul Smith* Mr. & Mrs. Raymond F. Stainback, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Michael D. Stargel Mr. & Mrs. Gabriel Steagall Kay & Alex Summers Elvira Tate Mr. & Mrs. Mark Taylor Mr. & Mrs. William M. Tipping Robert F. Tuve Frank Vinicor, M.D. Mr. J.H. Walker III Jonne & Paul Walter Mr. & Mrs. Terry R. Weiss Drs. Julius & Nanette Wenger David & Martha West Mrs. Thomas R. Williams Mark & Ruthelen Williamson Dorothy & Charlie Yates Family Fund Mike & Marguerite York Chuck & Pat Young The Zaban Foundation, Inc. Grace & Herbert Zwerner

$1,750+ Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. William B. Astrop Mr. & Mrs. Ron H. Bell Ms. Laura J. Bjorkholm & Mr. John C. Reece II Leon & Linda Borchers Mr.** & Mrs. Eric L. Brooker Dr. & Mrs. Anton J. Bueschen Mr. & Mrs. Russell E. Butner* Dr. & Mrs. Grady S. Clinkscales, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. R. Barksdale Collins* Mrs. H. Frances Davis Brant & Kathy Davis Elizabeth & John Donnelly Mr. Bruce E. Dunlap Gregory & Debra Durden Ms. Diane Durgin Dr. Francine D. Dykes & Mr. Richard Delay Mary Frances Early Drs. Bryan & Norma Edwards Heike & Dieter Elsner Judge & Mrs. Jack Etheridge Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Fullilove* Representative Pat Gardner & Mr. Jerry Gardner Bill & Susan Gibson Joseph W. & Beth M. Gibson* Carol & Henry Grady Duncan & Judy Gray Thomas J. High Mr. Thomas Hooten Dr. & Mrs. James M. Hund

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

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Corporate sponsors $100,000+

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

Holiday Title Sponsor Muhtar Kent President and Chief Operating Officer

Richard Anderson Chief Executive Officer 1180 Peachtree * Perimeter Summit * Riverwood

Delta Classic Chastain Presenting Sponsor jerome j. byers, II Atlanta Regional President

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

Atlanta School of Composers Presenting Sponsor Philip I. Kent Chief Executive Officer

$35,000+ Georgia Natural Gas Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC Porsche Cars North America Publix Super Markets Charities

Owned by an affiliate of the General Electric Pension Trust – advised by GE Asset Management

Delta Classic Chastain Presenting Sponsor

Supporter of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus

Ralph de la Vega President & CEO of Mobility and Consumer Markets


Jerry Karr Managing Director GE Asset Management


Ryder System, Inc. Sutherland, LLP Target Corporation

AlixPartners, LLP Soiree Catering The Boston Consulting and Events Group Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta

foundation and government support $250,000+ The Goizueta Foundation The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation The Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation The Zeist Foundation, Inc.

$25,000+ Anne and Gordon Getty Foundation The Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation League of American Orchestras The Charles Loridans Foundation, Inc. MetLife Foundation

$100,000+ The Halle Foundation William Randolph Hearst Foundation The Vasser Woolley Foundation, Inc

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



Special Gifts

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

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

$5,000+ Atlanta Federation of Musicians Fraser-Parker Foundation Robert S. Elster Foundation The Sartain Lanier Family Foundation Office of Cultural Affairs: Major support is provided by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs.

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

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

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

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

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


THE LEARNING COMMUNITY Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, Talent Development Program, Azira G. Hill Scholarship Endowment Fund, Concerts for Young People, Family Concerts, Conversations of Note


The Honorable Judge Glenda A. Hatchett Ms. Joy G. Howard $10,000+ Aaron & Joyce Johnson AGL Resources Mr. & Mrs. William Lamar, Jr. Edith H. & James E. Bostic, Jr. Ms. Malinda C. Logan Family Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Howatt E. Mallinson $50,000+ Marcia & John Donnell Dr. Emily A. Massey GE Energy Dr. Joanne R. Nurss John H. & Wilhelmina D. Harland Cree & Frazer Durrett $2,500+ The Green Foundation Dr. & Mrs. Travis Paige Charitable Foundation, Inc. Elinor Rosenberg Breman* Livingston Foundation, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Howard Palefsky The Abraham J. Lincoln Financial Foundation The Sartain Lanier Family & Phyllis Katz Foundation Links Inc., Azalea City Chapter Ms. Margaret H. Petersen Foundation, Inc. Ms. Elise T. Phillips $25,000+ The Pittulloch Foundation Alison & Mike Rand Bank of America John C. Portman, Jr. Erich & Suzette Randolph $1,000+ The Coca-Cola Company Primerica Mr. Herman J. Russell, Sr. Anonymous William Randolph Hearst Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Yellowlees Madeline & Howell E. Michael & Lovette Russell Foundation Stephanie & H. Jerome Russell Adams, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Jesse Hill, Jr. $5,000+ Mr. & Mrs. Johnathan H. Short Claire & Hubie Brown MetLife Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Henry Aaron Suzanne & Willard Shull Dr. Eric & Nancy Brown Monica & John Pearson EZ Agape Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Thomas L. Sullivan Dr. Sheri D. Campbell Hellen Ingram Plummer Dr. Margo A. Brinton Sharon, Lindsay & Gordon Fisher Mr. & Mrs. Michael A. Troy Charitable Foundation & Mr. Eldon Park Mr. & Mrs. Raul F. Trujillo Dr. John O. Gaston Publix Super Markets & Publix Cynthia & Donald Carson Mr. & Mrs. Mark D. Wasserman & Dr. Gloria S. Gaston Super Markets Charities, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Charles B. Ginden Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Greer Mr. Mack Wilbourn The Goizueta Foundation The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation The Zeist Foundation, Inc.

Margaret & Bob Reiser Jay & Arthur Richardson

Mr. & Mrs. David Gould Mrs. Mary C. Gramling Kraft Foods, Inc. Isaiah & Hellena Huntley Tidwell The Frances Wood Wilson Foundation Ms. Joni Winston

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

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ASOsupport The volunteer organization of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 2010-2011 Board Belinda Massafra President Suzy Wasserman, Leslie Petter & Camille Yow Advisors Leslie Petter Parliamentarian Elba McCue Secretary

Janis Eckert Sheila Richards Treasurer ASA Night at the Ellie Kohler Symphony Historian Liz Troy Alison Mimms ASA Night at VWA VP Adminstration (Verizon) Corrie Johnson Camille Kesler Nominating Chair Newsletter Editor Sylvia Davidson Pat King ASA Spring Luncheon Directory Editor

Suzy Smith VP Public Relations Fay Popper VP Youth Education Glee Lamb VP Membership Nancy Levitt Ambassador’s Desk Judy Schmidt VP Annual Fund

Dr. Mary Francis Early VP Outreach Ann Levin & Gail Spurlock Ensemble Co-Chairs

Events 2009 Decorators’ Show House & Gardens Diamond Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Platinum Bovis Lend Lease St. Regis Atlanta Ticket Sponsor Springer Mountain Farms

Gold Boxwoods Comcast Encore Atlanta Magazine Jackson Spalding Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead Silver Phipps Plaza

Bronze Closets & More Conceirge Services of Atlanta Designer Previews Flora by John Grady Burns Laubmann Rector, Inc. Landscape Architecture & Land Planning

Olde Savannah Flooring, Inc Preprint Rabun Rasche Rector & Reece Architects Swoozie’s

2009 Atlanta Symphony Ball corporate Sponsors

Silver table hosts Amanda & Greg Gregory

Phoenix AirTran Airways

Bronze Global Payments, Inc. Genuine Parts

Platinum The Coca-Cola Company wine sponsors Invesco Savi Urban Market Capasaldo Silver Rosenblum Vineyards AGL Resources Sterling Vineyards Alston & Bird CISCO National Distributing Company King and Spalding Parties to Die For Media sponsor Printpack, Inc. & The Atlantan the Gay & Erskine Love Foundation Siemens Energy & Automation Southern Company St. Regis Atlanta Verizon Wireless

special contributors Table Hosts Mr. & Mrs. William M. Graves Patty & Doug Reid patrons Mr. & Mrs. Carleton Allen Mr. & Mrs. Charles Allen Ron & Susan Antinori Yetty & Charlie Arp Lyn & Rick Asbill Kimberly & Joel Babbit Mr. & Mrs. Smith Baker Joe & Lisa Bankoff Mr. & Mrs. Paul J. Blackney Stephanie & Arthur Blank Dr. Yamma Brown & Mr. Brandon Culpepper Mr. & Mrs. C. Merrell Calhoun Mr. & Mrs. Philip P. Cave

Dr. & Mrs. Stephen A. Dawkins Richard & Lynne Dorfman Eilleen & Bo Dubose Carla & Carl Fackler Bill & Frannie Graves Harald R. Hansen Merrel & Willem Hattink Jim & Pam Henry Gerry & Patricia Hull Baxter & Veronique Jones Mark S. Lange Mr. & Mrs. Larry Lanier Pat & Nolan Leake Elizabeth Levine Belinda & Gino Massafra Mr. & Mrs. Harmon B. Miller, III Lawrence E. Mock, Jr. Ann Morgan & Jim Kelly Victoria & Howard Palefsky Leslie & Skip Petter Patty & Doug Reid

Jay & Arthur Richardson D. Jack Sawyer & William Torres Selig Foundation Thurmond Smithgall Susan & Stuart Snyder Gail & Loren Starr Mr. & Mrs. Howard Stein Steven & Lynne Steindel Mary Rose Taylor Annie-York Trujillo & Raul F. Trujillo Kryst & James Voyles Suzy & Steve Wasserman Adair & Dick White Sue & Neil Williams Joni & David Winston Camille Yow

Hole Sponsor: Asurion ATC Associates, Inc. Cosentini Associates Credit Suisse Cushman & Wakefield Dennis Taylor & Co., Inc. Gwinnett Chamber Hirtle, Callaghan & Co. Morgan Stanley Nordmark Consulting Group

North Fulton Chamber of Commerce Pathbuilders, Inc. Sasaki Associates, Inc. The Shumacher Group Troutman Sanders LLP Wilmington Trust

2009 AIRTRAN ASO Golf Classic Tournament title Sponsor AirTran Airways Reception Sponsors Blackberry Verizon Wireless Four-person Team & Hole Sponsor Atlanta Braves Radio Network Atlanta Falcons The Coca-Cola Company

Four-person Team Sponsor Auburn ISP Sports Network Beck EMC Corporation HKS Architects Signal Point System Turner Construction Two-person Team & Hole Sponsor: ZWJ Investment Counsel


Two-person Team Sponsor Alston & Bird Argus Benefits Brasfield & Gorrie Jones Day Nokia SunTrust Bank Sutherland Parsons Brinckerhoff

Patron Circle of Stars

By investing $15,000 or more in the Woodruff Arts Center and its four divisions – Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Alliance Theatre, High Museum of Art and Young Audiences – these outstanding annual corporate campaign donors helped us raise more than $8.6 million in 2008–09. Thank you! Chairman’s Council ★★★★★★★★★★★★★ $500,000+ The Coca-Cola Company ★★★★★★★★★★★ $450,000+ Georgia Power Foundation, Inc.

SunTrust Employees & Directed Funds Florence C. & Harry L. English Memorial Fund Harriet McDaniel Marshall Trust Woolford Charitable Trust Fund

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The Orchestra is proud to introduce Stanley E. Romanstein, Ph.D., as its new president. Previously the President and CEO of the Minnesota Humanities Center in St. Paul, Dr. Romanstein officially began his tenure on May 3. Dr. Romanstein is an accomplished non-profit executive with 22 years of leadership and management experience in education and the arts. At the Minnesota Humanities Center from 2001–2010, he focused the center’s mission around clear, measurable objectives, consistent with the agency’s history and mandate. He developed a strategic plan to fulfill that mission, and articulated the mission to audiences throughout Minnesota. Prior to that position, Dr. Romanstein was Director of Development at the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis (2000–2001); Executive Director of the Baltimore School for the Arts and Baltimore School for the Arts Foundation (1996–2000); and Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Music at St. Lawrence University (1987–1996). Dr. Romanstein recently discussed his career path with ASO Insider Ken Meltzer.

‘Growing up, the Atlanta Symphony was my orchestra …’ What aspects of the city of Atlanta and the Atlanta Symphony made you want to become the Orchestra’s President? As a kid growing up in Charleston, S.C., the Atlanta Symphony was my orchestra and its then music director, Robert Shaw, was my hero and my inspiration. That I would be invited to lead this orchestra into a new era of accomplishment is both humbling and incredibly exciting.


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One of the things that impresses me about Atlanta is its entrepreneurial spirit, its desire to be great. I remember reading that in 1895, Atlanta, then a city of about 75,000 and in the economic doldrums, had the vision to create a Cotton States Exposition that brought over 800,000 visitors from around the world to the city of Atlanta and repositioned this city forward economically. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is another of those entrepreneurial visions. The Orchestra was founded in 1945. As a country, we were trying to deal with the aftermath of World War II, but this city had the foresight to say, “If we want to be a regional and national leader, our city needs industry, a strong system of public and private education, and a vibrant community of individuals and organizations invested in the arts and humanities. Now is the time.” I think that’s quite astounding, but that strikes me as the spirit of Atlanta: dealing with the realities of the moment, while planning for and aspiring towards even greater things for tomorrow. I find Atlanta to be a very hopeful place. You come from a family with a strong commitment to music and education. Tell us a little about your background. I am a musician from a family of musicians. As a musician, I never underestimate the power of music to move, to transform, to provoke, to unite, to inspire. I think it’s critical that the leader of any arts organization remember that people come to us, connect with us, work with us, people give to us because of the innate power of music. It’s all too easy to get diverted into thinking that it’s about the budget or the business model. Those things are vitally important, but they are important only in their relationship to the power of the music.


You’ve had the opportunity to meet with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra board, as well as its music director Robert Spano, the musicians and administrators. What are your initial impressions of the organization and its people? I just adore Robert – and I connected with him the first time we met. He is the face and voice and spirit of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and we are so fortunate to have him. I find that Robert’s boundless enthusiasm is echoed by the musicians, the staff, the Board, our patrons, and by our wonderful corps of volunteers. There is a palpable sense of energy here, a keen interest in moving forward and doing great things that I find very, very exciting. There is a longstanding tradition among American orchestras to hire orchestra administrators to serve as their presidents. Your career has taken a somewhat different path. How do you feel your educational background, life and career experiences position you to address the challenges and responsibilities serving as president of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra?

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The Baltimore School for the Arts was created to offer inner city kids, largely African Americans, an opportunity to use their potential for a career in the arts to, quite literally, change their lives. As Director of the School I saw firsthand the raw power of music, theater, dance, and the visual arts to transform lives. The School for the Arts takes I am the beneficiary of classic conservatory an elemental approach: eight-hour days, five training from one of the best schools in the days a week. Half a day of immersion in country — the University of Cincinnati’s the arts, the other half in academic study. College-Conservatory No clubs, no sports of Music. I left the teams, no newspapers, Conservatory well“I am a musician from no student government. versed in sonata form, a family of musicians … Work – hard work. French Impressionism, I never underestimate And all that hard work the works of J.S. Bach, the power of music to pays off: 99 percent of the operas of Verdi and the school’s students move, to transform, Wagner. I began my graduate on time and career at St. Lawrence to provoke, to unite, go on to their choice University, a magnificent to inspire.” of our nation’s best school that offers a colleges, universities, traditional liberal arts and professional schools. education with an The Juilliard School accepts more graduates emphasis on international programs and of the Baltimore School for the Arts than from studies. A few of my faculty colleagues were any other school in the country. musicians, but many more were historians and mathematicians, and political scientists. My students were serious about studying music, but they knew that they wanted to make their careers as attorneys and bankers and educators and businesspeople. The challenge at St. Lawrence was to make outstanding music and to be able to talk about music — with administrators, with faculty colleagues, with a broad range of students – in ways that non-specialists would find engaging, compelling, and worthwhile. At the Conservatory, I learned how to communicate with people inside the world of classical music; at St. Lawrence, I learned how to communicate effectively about classical music to a much wider audience.


My job was to translate the passion and drive and success of the school’s students into a message that would inspire our board, that would move our funders, that would bolster support from the community, and that would keep a rather large faculty – 125 lively, quirky, incredible artists – moving together and moving forward. I don’t know that I’ve ever had more fun. From the Baltimore School for the Arts, I learned about the power of the arts to change lives, and I became passionate about telling that story to benefit the school and its students. Those are some of the more important skills and experiences that I bring to Atlanta.

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What are your short- and long-term goals for the Atlanta Symphony?

The physical space in which an orchestra plays is integral to that orchestra’s sound — and to the orchestra’s artistic development. Think of the concert hall like one would think of speakers in a car or home — or like choosing the right earphones for one’s iPod. It makes an incredible difference in the way we hear and experience the music. A new hall is certainly a part of our plan for the future.

First, let’s celebrate this world-class, Grammy award-winning Orchestra. We don’t have to go to New York or London to hear great music; it’s available right here in Midtown. Second, the Orchestra has not been immune to the economic difficulties of the past few years. We must be certain that we are using all of our resources — our musicians, our staff, our What do you like to do when you have some volunteers, our dollars — as effectively and precious free time? efficiently as possible. And, finally, we need I’m an avid runner — and I like marathons. to demonstrate that we are passionate about A marathon is a perfect test of both the artists, the music, physical endurance and and the audiences mental discipline. I’m a “We don’t have to go of today and about voracious reader, with the artists, the music, to New York or London tastes that lean towards and the audiences to hear great music; biography and history. of tomorrow. Music And I’m doing my best to it’s available right here education programs complete a decade-long in Midtown.” in our schools are effort to finish a book being decimated at on the life and music of an alarming rate. The my favorite little-known research is overwhelming: arts education composer from the Italian Renaissance, strengthens academic achievement in every Orazio Vecchi. area — reading, math, the humanities and What are some of your favorite musical the sciences. Strong programs in music works, both classical and non-classical? education are essential for our children. We need to speak out before irreparable damage Not in any particular order: is done. Philip Glass – Knee Play Black Eyed Peas – Boom Boom Pow And what do you think are its Simon and Garfunkel – biggest challenges? Bridge Over Troubled Water Our aspirations are great – and worthy of Anything recorded by the Mills Brothers both this Orchestra and of the city of Atlanta. Lady Gaga’s current hit We need to ensure that our resources are Bach – Mass in B Minor sufficient to fulfill those aspirations. Beethoven – last movement of The construction of a new concert hall has Symphony No. 5 been a longtime priority for the ASO. How do Beethoven – Missa Solemnis you feel that project fits into the short and (the first piece I sang with the late long term plans for the Orchestra? Robert Shaw).



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Continued from page 14 listening to other composers. “You don’t want to be thinking about other people’s tunes. If I have to go to a concert — for a premiere or residency — I like to shut that out. It’s noises in my head.” A close look at scores, however, helps problem-solve — to an extent. Higdon says, “I knew one thing I wanted was a bowed piano. I had to look up how a group I’d heard in Colorado did this bizarre thing.” Gandolfi says, “I’m such an orchestral composer, and I wasn’t always comfortable with choral register [the range of each voice]. But looking at the literature, I think I am okay. One thing I’m learning is the difference that a half a step [from one tone to another] can make in the brightness of color.” What worried them most? Both composers told me, in a word: balance. Higdon, writing to feature more than one soloist, says, “I had to think of them as a unit and also six soloists. How to balance all of them — that was a challenge,” she says. “There weren’t other scores for this particular combination for me to look at. So we had constant dialogue: ‘Can you get this many notes


in this run? Can you switch instruments here? Should this be viola?’ And, instead of one crayon for a violin soloist, I had to use 200 crayons for all the possibilities with the orchestra.” Gandolfi’s concern was balancing the chorus against the orchestra. “Do you hear what I want you to hear?” he asks rhetorically. “The clarity of things is what I worried about.” “There aren’t any easy parts in composing: You can’t live with it, you can’t live without it,” Higdon admits, with a small sigh. “And my mood is affected by not composing. I miss it and feel anxious when I am away.” Gandolfi, for all his fretfulness as the ASO Chorus is about to begin learning his first choral piece, one that he clearly loves, thinks back to its genesis: “Saying yes is better than saying no. I knew I wouldn’t be challenged if I didn’t. I always tell my students ‘don’t say no to anything. You might find something you didn’t know you had.’” Margaret Shakespeare writes about music, wine, travel and more for publications such as Town & Country, Islands, Traveler Overseas and Forbes Life. She lives in New York City and the farmlands of Long Island.

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American Einstein’s The place that puts a smile on your face. Dining with an emphasis on service, Einstein’s offers innovative competitively-priced cuisine in a warm, accommodating environment. 1077 Juniper St., 404-876-7925, M Garrison’s A neighborhood destination known for high quality food, generous portions and a comfortable setting. Superb wine and specialty cocktails compliment the highest quality seafood, steaks and creative sandwiches. Vinings Jubilee Shopping Center, 4300 Paces Ferry Rd., 770-4360102, V Hudson Grille is the perfect place to catch a game, to meet friends for a great meal or to enjoy drinks. Four locations: Midtown, 942 Peachtree St. NE, 404-249-9468; Alpharetta, 865 North Main Street, 770-777-4127; Perimeter, 4400 AshfordDunwoody, 770-350-0134; Brookhaven, 4046 Peachtree Road, 404-233-0313, M,A,P,B Lenox Square Grill offers breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. DJ every Friday and Saturday night till 2am. Private meeting rooms accommodate up to 150. 3393 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404.841.2377, B Livingston Restaurant and Bar It’s hard to beat the location (across the street from the Fox Theatre in the Georgian Terrace), and diners get complimentary parking, but the main attraction is the glamour of the main dining room, which has hosted the likes of Clark Gable. 659 Peachtree St. NE, 404-897-5000, M Lobby The menu focuses on seasonal fare at this sophisticated American restaurant in the lobby of TWELVE Atlantic Station. 361 17 St., 404-9617370, M ONE.midtown kitchen Dine on fresh, seasonal American cuisine in a club-like atmosphere near Piedmont Park. 559 Dutch Valley Rd., 404-8924111, M

Two Urban Licks “Fiery” American cooking meets live music at this hip hangout. 820 Ralph McGill Blvd., 404-522-4622, M

American/steakhouse Cowtippers Home to traditional steak house fare served with creative twists; enjoy huge deserts, 25 types of margaritas, and the best burgers in town. 1600 Piedmont Ave., 404-874-3751, M Joey D’s Oakroom Near Perimeter Mall, this stylish steakhouse has a staggering selection of spirits and a hot after-dinner singles scene. 1015 Crown Pointe Pkwy., 770-512-7063, P New York Prime A Prime Time Top 10 USDA Prime Steakhouse known for its wine list, atmosphere and world class service. 3424 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404-8460644, B Prime Enjoy steak, sushi a nd seafood in a festive atmosphere near Lenox Mall. 3393 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404-812-0555, B Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse A favorite local steak house with multiple locations. Sides are generous, and the quality of the steaks and seafood is excellent. Three locations: Buckhead, 3285 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404-365-0660; Sandy Springs, 5788 Roswell Road, 404-255-0035; Centennial Olympic Park, 267 Marietta St., 404-223-6500; B, SS, D The Tavern at Phipps This is one of Atlanta’s hottest after-work spots, and has been singled out for its happy hour and singles scene by Jezebel, InSite Magazine and the AOL City Guide. 3500 Peachtree Rd. NW, 404-814-9640, B

American/southern South City Kitchen (two locations) With a stylish, Southern-contemporary menu, this DiRoNA restaurant helped make grits hip for the business crowd. Sundays are BBQ Nite. Midtown: 1144 Crescent Ave. 404-873-7358, Vinings: 1675 Cumberland Pkwy. 770-435-0700. M

Terrace celebrates American heirloom recipes through supporting local and regional farmers, fisherman and producers. 176 Peachtree St. NW, 678.651.2770, D

asian fusion Aja Restaurant & Bar Serving modern Asian cuisine, Aja has a 150-seat patio overlooking Buckhead and a huge lounge, where diners nosh on dim sum and sip mai tais. 3500 Lenox Rd., Ste. 100, 404-231-0001, B

brew pub/gormet pub fare Gordon Biersch Fresh-brewed beers are a tasty accent to this brewery-restaurant’s hearty pizzas, salads and sandwiches. Two locations: Midtown: 848 Peachtree St. NE, 404-870-0805; Buckhead: 3242 Peachtree Road NE, 404-2640253, M, B Tap A gastropub offering easy-to-share pub fare and an extensive beer selection. 1180 Peachtree St., 404-347-2220, M

creole/cajun Parish New Orleans-inspired dishes served with a modern twist and a fully stocked raw bar; a Nawlins-inspired brunch is served on the weekends. Downstairs, a take-away market sells sandwiches, spices, pastries and beverages. 240 N. Highland Ave., 404-681-4434, IP

european fusion Ecco Esquire Magazine named this casual, European-influenced bistro a “Best New Restaurant in America.” It’s also gotten raves for its killer wine list, wood-fired pizzas, and impressive meat and cheese menus. 40 Seventh St. NE, 404-347-9555, M

italian Il Mulino’s cuisine is characterized by its simplicity: a rustic and hearty blend of the freshest ingredients available, from fish and lamb and cured meats to homemade pecorino and ricotta. Peachtree Tower: 191 Peachtree St. LOB 03, 404524-5777, D La Tavola Serving classic Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner in the heart of Virginia-Highland. 992 Virginia Ave., 404-873-5430, VH

mediterranean ENO by Zaza Atlanta’s true European Mediterranean inspired restaurant and wine bar, or “enoteca,” has come to epitomize European-Mediterranean quality

of life in Atlanta. 800 Peachtree St., 404-685-3191, M

mediterranean/latin/asian fusion Shout A young crowd keeps Shout’s rooftop lounge hopping every night. The menu reflects a mix of Mediterranean, Far Eastern and South American influences. 1197 Peachtree St N.E., 404846-2000, M

MEXICAN Cantina Tequila & Tapas Bar is located in the Terminus building on the corner of Peachtree and Piedmont road. It features authentic Mexican cuisine and has become Buckhead’s newest watering hole. 3280 Peachtree Rd. NW, Terminus 100 – Suite 150, 404-892-9292, B El Taco An eco-friendly watering hole serving fresh Mexican food made with all-natural meats and killer margaritas. 1186 N. Highland Ave. NE, 404-873-4656,

moroccan The Imperial Fez offers authentic Moroccan cuisine in an exotic dining environment. 2285 Peachtree Rd. NE, #102, 404-351-0870, B

seafood/sushi Coast Seafood and Raw Bar serves Atlanta’s freshest seafood and island cocktails. 111 w. paces ferry rd. nw, 404-869-0777, B Goldfish This fun seafood/sushi restaurant has Happy Hour specials Mon-Fri and nightly entertainment in its lounge. 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Rd., 770-671-0100, P

spanish/tapas Noche A Virginia-Highland favorite known for its Spanish-style tapas dishes and margaritas. 1000 Virginia Ave., 404-815-9155, VH

steak/sushi Room This elegant restaurant serves steak and sushi on the ground floor of the TWELVE Centennial Park hotel. 400 W. Peachtree St., 404418-1250, D Strip This sophisticated steak, seafood and sushi restaurant offers an in-house DJ and a rooftop deck. Atlantic Station at 18th St., 404-385-2005, M Twist This lively restaurant has a huge bar, satay station, tapas menu, sushi and seafood dishes; patio seating is first-come, first-served. 3500 Peachtree Rd. NW, 404-869-1191, B

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May 20/21/22,8pm DELTA CLASSICAL Beethoven:Symphony no. 5 oliveR KnuSSen:Whitman Settings SchuMann:Konzerstück for Four horns Oliver Knussen, conductor Lisa Saffer, soprano ASO Horns June 3/5, 8pm/6, 3pm DELTA CLASSICAL MozaRt:Symphony no. 39 Michael ganDolFi:choral work* JenniFeR higDon:concerto for eighth blackbird* Robert Spano, conductor eighth blackbird, ensemble Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus *Atlanta School of Composers sponsored by Turner Broadcasting – Turner Voices is Turner Broadcasting’s philanthropic initiative that focuses on building the next generation of storytellers in the arts and high school education arenas.

June 10/11/12, 8pm DELTA CLASSICAL MozaRt: Symphony no. 40 MozaRt: Symphony no. 41 peteR lieBeRSon: Neruda Songs Robert Spano, conductor Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano Woodruff arts center Box office @ 15TH & PEACHTREE 404.733.5000 •

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And more Great Music at the Orchestra’s summer home, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in Alpharetta July 1, 8pm all-american celebration Bridget Reischl, conductor US Army Field Band Chorus July 16, 8:30pm planet earth George Fenton, conductor July 23, 8pm Broadway Rocks Michael Krajewski, conductor auguSt 7, 8:30pm Disney in concert – Magical Music from the Movies Michael Krajewski, conductor auguSt 14, 8:30pm the Wizard of oz (complete film) with Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz Jere Flint, conductor Woodruff arts center Box office @ 15TH & PEACHTREE 404.733.5000 • ticketmaster all outlets including Publix Supermarkets 800.745.3000 •

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administrative staff Executive Stanley Romanstein President Evans Mirageas Director of Artistic Planning ADMINISTRATION John Sparrow Vice President for Orchestra Initiatives & General Manager Rachel Trignano Assistant to the VP for Orchestra Initiatives & General Manager Julianne Fish Orchestra Manager Nancy Crowder Operations/Rental Events Coordinator Carol Wyatt Executive Assistant to the Music Director & Principal Guest Conductor Jeffrey Baxter Choral Administrator Ken Meltzer ASO Insider & Program Annotator Russell Williamson Orchestra Personnel Manager Susanne Watts Assistant Orchestra Personnel Manager Paul Barrett Senior Production Stage Manager Richard Carvlin Stage Manager Lela Huff Assistant Stage Manager

FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION Donald F. Fox Executive Vice President for Business Operations & Chief Financial Officer Aysha Siddique Assistant to the EVP for Business Operations & CFO Susan Ambo Controller Kim Hielsberg Director of Financial Planning & Analysis April Satterfield Senior Accountant Peter Dickson Staff Accountant Michael Richardson Venues Analyst Stephen Jones Symphony Store Manager Galina Rotbakh Symphony Store Sales Associate ASO PRESENTS Clay Schell Vice President, Programming Trevor Ralph General Manager and Senior Director of Operations Holly Clausen Director of Marketing Keri Musgraves Promotions Manager Lisa Eng Graphic Artist Chastain Park Amphitheater Tanner Smith Program Director Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park Katie Daniel VIP Sales Manager Jenny Pollock Operations Manager Rebecca Gordon Box Office Manager


advancement & learning Tammie Taylor Assistant to the VP for Advancement & Learning Stephanie Malhotra Director of Advancement & Learning Services Rebecca Abernathy Donor Services Associate Major & Planned Giving Jessica Langlois Director of Leadership Gifts & Planned Giving Andrea Welna Major Gifts Officer Meredith Jackson Prospect Research Officer Annual, Institutional & Volunteer Services Sandy Smith Senior Director of Institutional Support & Partnerships Corey Cowart Corporate Relations Manager Toni Paz Director of Individual Giving Maya Robinson Patron Partnership Gifts Officer Celeste Pendarvis Director of Volunteer Services & Special Events Sarah Levin Volunteer Project Manager ASO Learning Community Melanie Darby Director of Education Programming Sandy Smith Director of Development Barbara Saunders Learning Community Gifts Officer Elizabeth Wilson Director of Student Musician Development Lindsay Fisher Learning Community Specialist; Ensembles Coordinator

MARKETING & CONCERT PROMOTIONS Charles Wade Vice President for Marketing & Symphony Pops Alesia Banks Director of Customer Service & Season Tickets Nellie Cummins Group & Corporate Sales Associate Rebecca Enright Subscription & Education Sales Assistant Janice Hay Senior Director of Marketing Meko Hector Office & Marketing Coordinator Jennifer Jefferson Director of e-Business & Interactive Media Melanie Kite Subscription Office Manager Shelby Moody Group & Corporate Sales Coordinator Seth Newcom Database Administrator Robert Phipps Publications Director Melissa A. E. Sanders Senior Director, Communications Karl Schnittke Publications Editor Robin Smith Group & Corporate Sales Assistant Laura Soldati Publicist Russell Wheeler Group & Corporate Sales Manager Christina Wood Marketing Manager

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

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




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Ticket Info CAN’T ATTEND A CONCERT? If you can’t use or exchange your tickets, please pass them on to friends or return them to the box office for resale. To donate tickets, please phone 404.733.5000 before the concert begins. A receipt will be mailed to you in January acknowledging the value of all tickets donated for resale during the year. SINGLE TICKETS Call 404.733.5000 Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sat.–Sun., Noon–8 p.m. Service charge applies. Phone orders are filled on a best-available basis. Order any time, any day! Service charge applies. Allow two to three weeks for delivery. For orders received less than two weeks

prior to the concert, tickets will be held at the box office. Woodruff Arts Center Box Office Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sat.–Sun., Noon– 8 p.m. The box office is open through intermission on concert dates. No service charge if tickets are purchased in person. Please note: All singleticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. All artists and programs subject to change. GROUP DISCOUNTS Groups of 10 or more save up to 15% on most ASO concerts, subject to ticket availability. Call 404.733.4848. GIFT CERTIFICATES Available in any amount for any series, through the box office. Call 404.733.5000.

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SHOW TIME The Atlanta Symphony Associates’ 40th annual Show House and Gardens officially opened April 17. Sharing in the traditional ribbon cutting were (l to r) Mollie Palmer (2010 DSH & G chair), Arthur Blank, Stephanie Blank, ASA President Suzy Wasserman, and the Orchestra’s new president, Stanley Romanstein. DEVELOPING TALENT The recent Talent Development Program Spring Recital featured many TDP students including cellist Mitzi Okou, accompanied on piano by Sharon Berenson, a member of the Orchestra’s violin section.



A POPULAR CHOICE Michael Krajewski was named the Orchestra’s first ever Principal Pops Conductor in March. He chats here with the Jamiesons — (L to R) board member Kirk, daughter Grace, and wife Kimberlee — at a post-concert reception of Pops patrons in Table 1280.




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2009-10 Season supported in part by: City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, Fulton County Arts Council, Georgia Council for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts

This show is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Encore Atlanta May 2010 ASO  

Encore Atlanta is the official show program for The Fox Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (at Woodruff Arts Center and Verizon Wireless Am...