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contents september 2010
14 Robert Spano’s Decade of Triumphs
19 The concert’s program and notes
The new season celebrates 10 years of the Spano- Runnicles Partnership.
48 ‘I can’t imagine a day without music’
N ew Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski reflects on his career and the state of music today.
departments 8 President’s Letter 10 Orchestra Leadership 12 Robert Spano 16 Musicians 28 Contributors 52 Calendar 54 Administration 56 General Info 58 Ticket Info 60 Gallery ASO
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Welcome to the new season! It is an honor to greet you at the beginning of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s season-long celebration of the milestone 10th anniversary of Music Director Robert Spano and Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles! With so many riches ahead of us, I am incredibly proud to be a part of this esteemed institution at this time and grateful to all the open hearts here and throughout the community who have made my family and me feel at home. The generous outpouring of support is truly humbling. My friend Robert Spano is among America’s most daring and innovative music directors, and unsurpassed as a nurturer of rising star-composers of the 21st century – the bold few who are shaping the future of music. Premiere works by luminaries including Osvaldo Golijov, Jennifer Higdon, Christopher Theofanidis and Michael Gandolfi happened in Atlanta first, thanks to Robert, and gave rise to the nationally recognized Atlanta School of Composers. This season, members of the school salute Robert with a series of brief fanfares prior to selected concerts, and treasured friends André Watts and Emanuel Ax join him in our opening concerts. You will hear about more “Spano specials” as we go along. I urge you to read the article on Robert on page 14 and a profile of SuperPOPS! fixture and newly appointed Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski (page 48) who makes his debut in October. Take a look as well at our new art gallery, featuring the Orchestra’s four music directors and archival treasures, by long-time contributor Joe deCasseres, located in Fanfare restaurant on the balcony level. In my six months here, I have listened and I have learned from conversations with patrons, concertgoers, kindred spirits, and people from all walks of life. What stands out to me is the uniform pride, love and passion they expressed for this Orchestra. What a powerful foundation to build on! And we will, by growing our presence as Atlanta’s cultural touchstone and keep reaching ever higher to create exceptional experiences for our audiences. Please join me at Symphony Hall during these celebratory times. I’m eager to meet you.
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usic Director Robert Spano, beginning his 10th season as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, is recognized internationally as one of the most imaginative conductors today. Since 2001 he has invigorated and expanded the Orchestra’s repertoire while elevating the ensemble to new levels of international prominence and acclaim.
The Orchestra and audiences together explore a creative programming mix, recordings, and visual enhancements, such as Theater of a Concert — the Orchestra’s continuing exploration of different formats, settings, and enhancements for the musical performance experience — and the first concert-staged performances of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic, in November 2008. The Atlanta School of Composers reflects Mr. Spano’s and the Orchestra’s commitment to nurturing and championing music through multi-year partnerships, defining a new generation of American composers, including Osvaldo Golijov, Jennifer Higdon, Christopher Theofanidis and Michael Gandolfi. Since the beginning of his tenure, Mr. Spano and the Orchestra have performed over 100 concerts featuring contemporary works (composed since 1950), including 13 Atlanta Symphony-commissioned world premieres and three additional world premieres.
Mr. Spano has a discography with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra of nine recordings — six of which have been honored with Grammy® awards. He has led the Orchestra’s performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, as well as the Ravinia, Ojai and Savannah Music Festivals. He has led the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, San Francisco, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, and Philadelphia Symphony Orchestras, as well as Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, BBC Symphony and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In addition, he has conducted for Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and the 2005 and 2009 Seattle Opera Ring cycles. Mr. Spano was Musical America’s 2008 Conductor of the Year. In March 2010, Mr. Spano began a three-year tenure as Emory University’s Distinguished Artist in Residence, in which he spends three weeks each year leading intensive seminars, lecturing and presenting programs on science, math, philosophy, literature and musicology throughout the University’s campus.
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Robert Spanoâ€™s decade of triumphs
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
by Arthur Bucklaw
In the late 1990s, when Robert Spano was in charge of the adventure-prone Brooklyn Philharmonic, he often was touted as the next big catch for a major orchestra â€“ a smart young maestro with a disciplined baton and bristling energy. He clearly adored the classic repertoire, from Mozart to Bernstein. He was an ace interpreter of the latest modern scores. When the Atlanta Symphony named him music director and Donald Runnicles principal guest conductor, starting officially in the 2001-02 season, the partnership became one of the most watched in the country. Jump ahead 10 years. People are still paying attention. Continued on page 38
Congratulations! to Robert Spano on 10 years as Music Director of The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Robert Spano, Music Director, The Robert Reid Topping Chair * Donald Runnicles, Principal Guest Conductor, The Neil and Sue Williams Chair * FIRST VIOLIN
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Robert Spano, Conductor André Watts, Piano John Stafford Smith (1750-1836) (arr. Walter Damrosch) The Star-Spangled Banner Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat Major, K. 271 (“Jeunehomme”) (1777) I. Allegro II. Andantino III. Rondeau: Presto INTERMISSION Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) Symphonie fantastique, Opus 14 (1830) I. Reveries, Passions (Largo; Allegro agitato e appassionato assai) II. A Ball (Valse: Allegro non troppo) III. Scene in the Country (Adagio) IV. March to the Execution (Allegretto non troppo) V. Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath (Larghetto; Allegro)
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program Notes on the Program By Ken Meltzer Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat Major, K. 271 (“Jeunehomme”) (1777) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria, on January 27, 1756, and died in Vienna, Austria, on December 5, 1791. In addition to the solo piano, the “Jeunehomme” Concerto is scored for two oboes, two horns and strings. Approximate performance time is thirty-four minutes. First ASO Classical Subscription Performances: January 16, 17 and 18, 1986, Philippe Entremont, Piano and Conductor. Most Recent ASO Classical Subscription Performances: January 29 and 31, and February 1, 2009, Shai Wosner, Piano, Donald Runnicles, Conductor.
n his book The Great Pianists (Simon and Schuster, NY, 1963), Harold C. Schonberg, Music Critic Emeritus of The New York Times, offers this description of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s early years: At the age of three he was picking at the harpsichord — not aimlessly, as most babies would, but carefully selecting thirds and other consonances. This amused him for hours at a time. At four he was studying little minuets. At five he was composing them. His ear was so accurate that it was bothered by quarter tones, and so delicate that the close-up sound of a trumpet made him faint dead away. At six he was taken from Salzburg by his father, an eminent violinist, teacher, theoretician and all-around musician, on his first tour. Then tour followed tour. So was spent the childhood of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
During those many tours throughout Europe, the young Mozart dazzled audiences with his own compositions, including several Concertos for piano and orchestra. Mozart composed the first of these works in April of 1767, when he was 11 years old. Ten years and seven more Concertos would follow before the creation of the E-Flat, K. 271. Mozart, then Konzertmeister at the Court of the Prince Archbishop of Salzburg, composed the work in January of 1777. Mozart wrote the Concerto for the visiting French virtuoso, Mlle. Jeunehomme. Little is known of the dedicatee of this Concerto, but given the challenging nature of the solo writing, one must assume Mlle. Jeunehomme was indeed a fine pianist. It should be added that Mozart, too, often played his E-flat Concerto, and to great acclaim.
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Scholars characterize the “Jeunehomme” as Mozart’s first “mature” Piano Concerto. The work’s operatic slow movement, wealth of melodic inspiration and inventive departures from convention all point the way to the glories of Mozart’s later Concertos. For these reasons, the “Jeunehomme” is the earliest of Mozart’s 27 Piano Concertos to maintain an important presence in the concert repertoire.
Musical Analysis I. Allegro — The “Jeunehomme” begins with the first of many surprises. Concertos of Mozart’s time traditionally opened with a purely orchestral exposition of movement’s principal themes. Here, the soloist immediately presents the vigorous opening theme in dialogue with the orchestra. The pianist then defers as the orchestra introduces several engaging melodies. The soloist returns with an extended trill immediately before the close of the orchestral exposition, and then assumes center stage with his own elaboration of the principal thematic material. The brief development interjects a degree of melancholy into this otherwise cheerful movement. The recapitulation begins with another “dialogue” presentation of the opening theme, this time with the roles of the orchestra and soloist reversed. A repetition of the opening theme leads to a cadenza and some brilliant passagework by the soloist to conclude the opening movement. II. Andantino — The slow movement, in the key of C minor, opens with throbbing muted strings providing a somber introduction to the entrance of the pianist. The highly vocal writing for the soloist, coupled with dramatic interjections by the orchestra, recalls the tragic Italian opera seria of Mozart’s time. The mood brightens somewhat with a sudden modulation to E-flat Major, but pathos soon returns with a reprise of the opening section. The strings remove their mutes for the Andantino’s closing measures, intensifying the final outburst by soloist and orchestra. III. Rondeau: Presto—The soloist introduces the scurrying principal theme of the Rondo finale. The orchestra immediately follows suit and in typical rondo form, the principal theme alternates with several contrasting sections. Highly atypical among the contrasting episodes is an extended graceful and subdued Minuet (Menuetto: Cantabile) that offers a striking departure from the Rondo’s general exuberance. After the soloist’s cadenza, the Rondo theme returns. A decrescendo, juxtaposed with a forte exclamation by soloist and orchestra, cap the playful mood of the finale’s closing measures.
Symphonie fantastique, Opus 14 (1830) Hector Berlioz was born in La Côte-Saint-André, Isère, France, on December 11, 1803, and died in Paris, France, on March 8, 1869. The first performance of the Symphonie fantastique took place at the Paris Conservatoire on December 5, 1830, with François-Antoine Habeneck conducting the Orchestra of the Société des
program Concerts du Conservatoire. The Symphonie fantastique is scored for piccolo, two flutes, two oboes, English horn, E-flat clarinet, two clarinets, four bassoons, four horns, two trumpets, two cornets, three trombones, two tubas, timpani (two players), bass drum, cymbals, suspended cymbals, snare drum, low bell, two harps and strings. Approximate performance time is fifty-two minutes. First ASO classical subscription performances: February 12 and 13, 1958, Henry Sopkin, Conductor. Most recent ASO classical subscription performances: January 10, 11 and 12, 2008, Donald Runnicles, Conductor.
“I shall marry that woman”
n September 1827, Hector Berlioz, then a 23-year-old student at the Paris Conservatory, attended productions by an English touring company of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet. In those performances, Harriet Smithson, a beautiful and young Irish actress, portrayed the tragic heroines, Ophelia and Juliet.
The combination of Shakespeare’s incomparable poetry and Smithson’s riveting stage presence was more than the impressionable Berlioz could bear. The composer recalled that, during the September 11 performance of Hamlet, “A feeling of intense, overpowering sadness overwhelmed me and I fell into a nervous condition, like a sickness of which only a great writer on physiology could give any adequate idea.” Still, the infatuated Berlioz returned on September 15 for Smithson’s performance in Romeo and Juliet: “It was too much. By the third Act, hardly able to breathe — as though an iron hand gripped me by the heart — I knew that I was lost.” Legend has it that after the performance of Romeo, Berlioz proclaimed, “I shall marry that woman and on that drama I will write my greatest Symphony.” In later years, Berlioz emphatically denied that he ever uttered those words. Still, Berlioz, always known for his dry wit, acknowledged, “I did both.” Berlioz was determined that Smithson would take notice of his own artistic talents. At tremendous personal expense, he arranged for a concert at the Conservatory, featuring a program consisting entirely of his own compositions. Smithson neither attended the concert nor, apparently, even knew it had taken place. Not to be deterred, Berlioz then forwarded several letters to Smithson, who finally ordered her maid to refuse any more correspondence from the young composer. When Smithson left Paris in 1829, she and Berlioz still had not met.
The Fantastic Symphony Berlioz soon heard scandalous (and false) rumors that Smithson was carrying on an affair in London with her manager. This news seemed to provide Berlioz with the final impetus
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for a musical depiction of his obsession with the beautiful actress. In February of 1830, Berlioz wrote to his sister, “I am about to commence my grand symphony (Episode in the Life of An Artist), in which the development of my infernal passion will be depicted.” On April 16 of that same year, Berlioz announced that his Symphony was complete. The premiere of the Symphonie fantastique took place at the Paris Conservatory on December 5, 1830, with François-Antoine Habeneck conducting the Orchestra of the Société des Concerts du Conservatoire. In some ways, the premiere fell short of the composer’s expectations. Berlioz hoped for an orchestra of 220 players, but the actual ensemble at the premiere numbered 130. The performance itself, Berlioz recalled, “was by no means perfect—it could hardly be, with works of such difficulty and after only two rehearsals. But it was good enough to give a reasonable idea of the music.” Once again, Harriet Smithson was nowhere to be found. Nevertheless, the drama, innovation and sheer audacity of the young composer’s vision stunned the audience. By the time Harriet Smithson returned to Paris in 1832 and attended a performance of the Fantastic Symphony, it seemed the actress was the only person in the entire city who didn’t realize she was the inspiration for the music. When Smithson discovered the truth, she finally agreed to meet Berlioz. After a brief courtship, the two wed on October 3, 1833. Franz Liszt and Heinrich Heine served as witnesses. However, the marriage became an unhappy one, and in the early 1840s, Smithson and Berlioz separated. Even after the acrimonious conclusion of their marriage, Berlioz acknowledged his artistic kinship with Harriet Smithson, and the profound influence she exercised upon his development as an artist. Toward the end of her life, Smithson suffered paralysis, and died in 1854. After her death, Liszt wrote to Berlioz: “She inspired you, you loved her and sang your love, her mission was fulfilled.” There is no question that Harriet Smithson inspired one of the seminal works in concert music. Composed just three years after Beethoven’s death, the Symphonie fantastique suggested entirely new paths for aspiring composers. The work’s five (not the usual four) movements are unified by a central and repeated motif, known as the idée fixe. Whereas symphonies of the 18th and early 19th centuries are, in the main, abstract works, the Symphonie fantastique attempts to relate a specific (and patently autobiographical) tale. Berlioz portrays that tale on a canvas that radiates the most daring and brilliant orchestral colors. And while some pioneering works make for better study than listening, the Symphonie fantastique continues, almost two centuries after its premiere, to entertain and thrill audiences.
Musical Analysis Berlioz, a gifted and prolific writer, provided the following program notes for his Symphonie fantastique.
program A young musician of morbidly sensitive temperament and lively imagination poisons himself with opium in an attack of lovesick despair. The dose of the narcotic, too weak to kill him, plunges him into a deep slumber accompanied by the strangest visions, during which his feelings, his emotions, his memories are transformed in his sick mind into musical images. The Beloved herself becomes for him a melody, a cyclical theme (idée fixe) that he encounters and hears everywhere. (Annotator’s note: The idée fixe is introduced approximately five minutes into the opening movement by the flute and first violins.) I. Reveries, Passions (Largo; Allegro agitato e appassionato assai) — At first he recalls that sickness of the soul, those intimations of passion, the apparently groundless depression and intoxication he experienced before he met the woman he adores; then the volcanic love that she inspired in him, his delirious anguish, his furious jealousy, his return to tenderness, his religious consolation. II. A Ball (Valse: Allegro non troppo) — He meets his beloved again in the midst of the tumult of a glittering fête. III. Scene in the Country (Adagio) — On a summer evening in the country, he hears two shepherds piping back and forth a ranz des vaches (the traditional melody of Swiss shepherds for summoning their flocks); this pastoral duet, the peaceful landscape, the rustling of the trees gently rocked by the wind, some prospects of hope he recently found—all combine to soothe his heart with unusual tranquility and brighten his thoughts. But she reappears, he feels his heart tighten, he is smitten with sad foreboding: what if she were to prove false?…One of the shepherds resumes his simple tune; the other no longer responds. The sun sets…distant roll of thunder…solitude…silence. IV. March to the Execution (Allegretto non troppo) — He dreams he has murdered his Beloved, that he has been condemned to death and is being led to the scaffold. The procession advances to the sound of a march that is now somber and agitated, now brilliant and solemn, in which the muffled sound of heavy steps is suddenly juxtaposed with the noisiest clamor. At the end, the idée fixe returns for a moment like a final thought of love, suddenly interrupted by the death blow. V. Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath (Larghetto; Allegro) — He imagines himself at a Witches’ Sabbath, among a hideous throng of ghouls, sorcerers and monsters of every kind, assembled for his funeral. Ominous sounds, groans, bursts of laughter, distant cries that other Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 25
cries seem to answer. The Beloved’s melody reappears, but it has lost its noble and timid character; it has become a vulgar dance tune, unworthy, trite and grotesque: there she is, coming to join the Sabbath …A roar of joy greets her arrival…She takes part in the infernal orgy …The funeral knell, a burlesque parody of the Dies irae…the witches’ round…the dance and the Dies irae are heard together.
program andrÉ watts, Piano
ndré Watts burst upon the music world at the age of 16 when Leonard Bernstein chose him to make his debut with the New York Philharmonic in their Young People’s Concerts, broadcast nationwide on CBS-TV. Only two weeks later, Bernstein asked him to substitute at the last minute for the ailing Glenn Gould in performances of Liszt’s E-flat Concerto with the New York Philharmonic, thus launching his career in storybook fashion. More than André Watts 45 years later, André Watts remains one of today’s most celebrated and beloved superstars. A perennial favorite with orchestras throughout the U.S., Mr. Watts is also a regular guest at the major summer music festivals including Ravinia, the Hollywood Bowl, Saratoga, Tanglewood and the Mann Music Center. Recent and upcoming engagements include appearances with the Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, and the St. Louis, Atlanta, Detroit, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Seattle and National symphonies, among others. During the 2010-11 season, Mr. Watts plays all-Liszt recitals throughout the U.S. while recent international engagements include concerto and recital appearances in Japan, Germany and Spain. André Watts has had a long and frequent association with television, having appeared on numerous programs produced by PBS, the BBC and the Arts and Entertainment Network, performing with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center among others. His 1976 New York recital, which aired on the program “Live From Lincoln Center,” was the first full length recital broadcast in the history of television, and his performance at the 38th Casals Festival in Puerto Rico was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Individual Achievement in Cultural Programming. Mr. Watts’ most recent television appearances are with the Philadelphia Orchestra on the occasion of the orchestra’s 100th Anniversary Gala and a performance of the Brahms Concerto No.2 with the Seattle Symphony (Gerard Schwarz conducting) for PBS. Mr. Watts’ extensive discography includes recordings of works by Gershwin, Chopin, Liszt and Tchaikovsky for CBS Masterworks; recital CD’s of works by Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt and Chopin for Angel/EMI; and recordings featuring the concertos of Liszt, MacDowell, Tchaikovsky and Saint-Saens on the Telarc label. He is also included in the Great Pianists of the 20th Century series for Philips. A much-honored artist who has played before royalty in Europe and heads of government in nations all over the world, André Watts was selected to receive the Avery Fisher Prize in 1988. At age 26 he was the youngest person ever to receive an honorary doctorate from Yale University and he has since received numerous honors from highly respected schools, including the University of Pennsylvania, Brandeis University, The Juilliard School of Music
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and his Alma Mater, the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. In June 2006, he was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl of Fame to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his debut (with the Philadelphia Orchestra). Previously Artist-in-Residence at the University of Maryland, Mr. Watts was appointed to the newly created Jack I. and Dora B. Hamlin Endowed Chair in Music at Indiana University in May 2004. Recordings available on the SONY Classical, Philips, Angel/EMI and Telarc labels. AndrĂŠ Watts appears by arrangement with C/M Artists New York.
Meghan H. Magruder, Appassionato Chair
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is privileged to receive annual contributions from individuals throughout the southeast. Appassionato was inaugurated in 2000 & welcomes annual givers of $10,000 & above. Appassionato members provide the Symphony with a continuous & strong financial base in support of our ambitionous aritistic & education initiatives.
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Judy Hellriegel, 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.
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Continued from page 14 As The Boston Globe recently observed after Boston Symphony concerts at the Tanglewood Music Festival, “Spano has gone on to become perhaps the most admired American conductor of his generation.”
Principal Cellist Christopher Rex. “Most importantly,
A decade into his music directorship, the Orchestra and the 49-year-old Spano are at that optimal moment in the relationship: The musicians and conductor know each other so well that they make music by instinct. Filling vacancies, he has hired many of the Orchestra’s key players. Yet the bloom of a growing partnership, and the challenging promise of difficult goals almost within reach, remains as fresh as ever.
And Spano has made Atlanta home on many levels, with a loft apartment on Peachtree Street and a secluded cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains of north Georgia, where he goes for recharging and deep study.
“Robert brings an incredible amount of enthusiasm and excitement to the podium ,which is contagious to the musicians and results in exciting music-making,” says
his ego is always subservient to the music.
I’ve found this to be true not only with the Orchestra, but when I’ve had the pleasure of playing chamber music with him.”
He’s made his intellectual home here, too. Last fall, Emory University named him artist-in-residence, a three-year appointment to lecture and perform. The topics cover Spano’s special interests, ranging from philosophy and science to literature, metaphysics and, of course, music. (The post had previously been held by acclaimed novelist Salmon Rushdie.)
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Members of the Atlanta School of Composers: (L-R) Michael Gandolfi, Adam Shoenberg, Music Director Robert Spano, Orchestra President Stanley Romanstein, Christopher Theofanidis and Jennifer Higdon.
When he’s not at home, he maintains a full calendar conducting around the U.S. or Europe. A career highlight from the past decade came at the Seattle Opera, where he was immersed (twice) in Richard Wagner’s four-opera epic “Ring” Cycle, adding a richness to his interpretations that hasn’t escaped the notice of critics. Likely the most memorable element of Spano’s Atlanta tenure has been among the most important activities for any arts organization: the creation and nurturing of new works. This is where the future of the art form will be decided; this is where a conductor builds his credentials as a thinker and an “activist” for the art. Spano has planted his flag with the “Atlanta School of Composers,” which, as the conductor explains favors tonal melodies, intense emotions and an underlying awareness of cinematic and world or pop music.
Yet for the listener, there’s no strict style to the Atlanta School. Osvaldo Golijov’s Latin dance rhythms and Yiddish sound-world (The St. Mark Passion, Ainadamar) has no apparent relation to the bold Americana of Jennifer Higdon (blue cathedral, On a Wire) – to name just two of the group. Cellist Rex calls this creative diversity “a great morale booster.” More than just playing premieres, the Atlanta School is about what Spano jokingly calls “watering your composers” — treating new works as a garden that needs tending. The latest addition is Adam Schoenberg, whose music satisfies on first listen, yet stands up to repeated performances. Schoenberg will write a brief fanfare to open the 201011 season, one of several Atlanta School fanfares celebrating Spano’s 10th season. Arthur Bucklaw writes about the arts in Atlanta and elsewhere.
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American/steakhouse Cowtippers is known as an avid supporter of the community, whimsy and down right good old-fashioned fun. Home to traditional steak house fare served with creative twists; enjoy huge desserts, 25 types of margaritas, and the best burgers in town. 1600 Piedmont Ave., 404874-3751, cowtippersatlanta.com. M Joey D’s Oakroom Near Perimeter Mall, this stylish steak house has a staggering selection of spirits and a hot after-dinner singles scene. 1015 Crown Pointe Pkwy., 770-512-7063, centraarchy.com. 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, 404-846-0644, centraarchy.com. B Prime Enjoy steak, sushi and seafood in a festive atmosphere near Lenox Mall. 3393 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404-812-0555, h2sr.com. B Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse A favorite local steak house with multiple locations near shopping and entertainment hotspots. 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 Rd., 404-255-0035; Centennial Olympic Park, 267 Marietta St., 404-223-6500; ruthschris.com. 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, centraarchy.com. B
American/southern South City Kitchen With a stylish, Southerncontemporary menu, this DiRoNA restaurant helped make grits hip for the business crowd. Sundays are BBQ Nite. Two locatons: Midtown: 1144 Crescent Ave. 404-873-7358, Vinings: 1675 Cumberland Pkwy. 770-435-0700, southcitykitchen.com. M, V Terrace celebrates American heirloom recipes through supporting local and regional farmers, fisherman and producers. It recaptures the pure simple flavors and tastes of natural and organic ingredients while bursting with delicious flavors. 176 Peachtree St. NW, 678.651.2770, ellishotel.com/terrace. 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, h2sr.com. B Noodle continues its proven approach to Asian cuisine with a menu that offers fresh, madeto order dishes, house-made curries, and an upscale Pan Asian array of choices at a lower price than you’d typically find in similarly themed establishment. Decatur: 205 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, GA 30030, 404-378-8622; Midtown: 903 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309, 404-6853010; College Park: 3693 Main St., College Park, GA, 30337, (404) 767-5154, noodlehouse.net. M
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brew pub/gormet pub fare Gordon Biersch Fresh-brewed beers are a tasty accent to this brewery-restaurant’s hearty pizzas, salads and sandwiches. For a small additional fee, pre-show diners can leave cars in the lot while they’re at the Fox. Two locations: Midtown: 848 Peachtree St. NE, 404-870-0805; Buckhead: 3242 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404-2640253, gordonbiersch.com. M, B Tap A gastropub offering easy-to-share pub fare and an extensive beer selection. The patio is a great place to chill after work. 1180 Peachtree St., 404-347-2220, tapat1180.com. 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, parishatl.com. 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, 404347-9555, ecco-atlanta.com. M Nikolai’s Roof is an award-winning AAA Four Diamond restaurant and the epitome of fine dining at its best. Delight in the option of a four, six or eight-course tasting menu with wine pairings or an innovative a la carte menu. Enjoy intense flavors and tastes, fresh ingredients and an elegant ambiance with a view overlooking Atlanta’s starlit skyline. 255 Courtland St. NE, (404) 221-6362, nikolaisroof.com. D
italian La Tavola Serving classic Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner in the heart of Virginia-Highland. 992 Virginia Ave., 404-873-5430, latavolatrattoria.com. VH
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seafood/sushi Coast Seafood and Raw Bar serves Atlanta’s freshest seafood and island cocktails. The menu incorporates classics including crab and corn hush puppies, a signature seafood boil, and a variety of raw or steamed oysters, clams and mussels; along with signature fresh catch entrees. 111 W. Paces Ferry Rd. NW, 404-869-0777, h2sr.com. 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, h2sr.com. P
spanish/tapas Noche A Virginia-Highland favorite known for its Spanish-style tapas dishes and margaritas. 1000 Virginia Ave., 404-815-9155, h2sr.com. 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., 404-418-1250, roomattwelve.com. 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, h2sr.com. 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, h2sr.com. B
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On the eve of his season debut as the Orchestra’s first-ever Principal Pops Conductor, Michael Krajewski pauses to reflect on his career path and the state of music today
Widely recognized as a humorous and easygoing entertainer and the go-to conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s SuperPOPS! series, there is more to the life of the seemingly happygo-lucky conductor Michael Krajewski than meets the ears. In fact, Michael’s serious side is far more profound than his fans might expect, especially when discussing music. Growing up in Dearborn, Mich., Michael spent his summers listening to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s free outdoor concert series, “Symphony Under the Stars.” He enjoyed the familiar, lighter pops repertoire and set his sights on outdoor pops concerts as his conducing career took off.
“I can’t imagine a day without music”
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“I enjoyed putting together entertaining programs and talking to the audience, and I also discovered that I seemed to have a knack for conducting pops concerts,” he recalled. “People responded well to my programs and the way I put them across.” Michael relishes his new responsibilities. “I feel very honored that the Atlanta Symphony would choose to create a position around me, and I can’t wait to be ‘wicked,’” he joked, referring to his first concert, “Wicked Divas,” a vocal toast to the Broadway hit musical Wicked, which opens the SuperPOPS! season, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 8-9. The popular conductor leads five pops programs and the annual New Year’s
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Eve concert during the 2010-11 season. He is excited to collaborate with longtime friend Tony Kishman, who starred in Beatlemania and reprises his role as Paul McCartney in the SuperPOPS! valentine to the former Beatle, All You Need Is Love, Feb. 11-12. Michael also looks forward to performing with the Chieftains — the sixtime Grammy-winning Irish musical group — March 11-12. The effusive music-man “can’t imagine a day without music.” His exuberance for music is so contagious that it adds a distinct radiance to an already glimmering Orchestra. On stage, he “channels Tony Bennett, who has had the greatest influence on me as an entertainer. He makes the audience feel like there’s nowhere else he would rather be, which is exactly the way I feel.” Classical music is also a passion of Michael’s. “The Orchestra is part of an extraordinary competitive environment,” he conceded, “and now more than ever, we must remind our audience that a concert performance is a peak experience you can’t find anywhere else. “No matter how good your stereo equipment may be, you just can’t top being in an audience and hearing a big symphony orchestra playing live. We provide a uniquely satisfying environment.”
As a strong supporter of the Orchestra’s many programs in schools and at Symphony Hall, he is troubled by the current climate of budget-based priorities in schools. Sadly, music education is no longer a priority. Much to the dismay of music education advocates, it is unclear whether years from now, elementary-aged students will grow up appreciating Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and the rest of the classical icons many of us were introduced to at an early age. “We have really dropped the ball in this country in music and arts education in general,” he said. “I don’t think it should be considered extracurricular, but rather part of a student’s basic education.” “Proper music education in school holds the key to attracting a younger audience to the concert hall,” he explained. “If children hold some familiarity with music, they are more likely to want to attend a show. It’s human nature. If people don’t know anything about classical music and have never had any exposure, they simply won’t go.” And if he could only conduct only one piece for the rest of his life? “It would be Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony, the Resurrection. “There’s so much depth to it,” Michael said. “I don’t think it will ever get stale.” And neither will Michael.
Michael is equally committed to bringing musical joy to younger people, despite a laughing admission that “when I think about young people in a symphony audience, I’m thinking under 60, not 30and 20-somethings, teen and kids!”
Sophie Cox is a junior at the University of Georgia. She interviewed new Concertmaster David Coucheron for Atlanta Intown while a summer intern at the Orchestra.
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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 ASOâ€™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.
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gallery A Wiz-bang summer! The Wizard of Oz, on screen and in concert, capped the Orchestra’s summer season at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in Alpharetta. The annual collaboration with Turner Classic Movies was doubly entertaining with the three finalists from the Orchestra’s “Songster 2010” competition, who sang “Over the Rainbow” prior to the concert.
And the winner is … (Left to right) TCM host Ben Mankiewicz congratulates the finalists: Christina Lewis, Rebekah Dossou and Joseph Brewer. Ms. Dossou took home the prize as the first place winner.
On the yellow brick road with Dorothy and pals, and Jere While the Tin Man, Dorothy and the Scarecrow contemplated their journey, Jere Flint and the Orchestra heightened the excitement with the thrilling score.
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Rainbow sunset A gorgeous sunset relaxed the audience before the “Songster 2010” finalists, took the stage.
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