Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Currently in its 68th season, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra consistently affirms its
position as one of America's leading orchestras and serves as the cornerstone for artistic
development and music education in the Southeast.
During its 32-year history with Telarc, the orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony Chorus
recorded more than 100 albums, and their recordings have won 27 Grammy Awards. The
orchestra continues to record regularly on its new in-house label, ASO Media.
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs more than 200 concerts each year for a combined
audience of more than a half-million. A recognized leader and supporter of contemporary
American music, the orchestra received the 2007 award for Strongest Commitment to New
American Music from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. With the
opening of the 12,000-seat Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park (vzwamp.com) in May
2008, the orchestra became the first US ensemble to annually perform and present in its
concert hall and in two amphitheaters. In summer 2008, the orchestra celebrated 35 years at
legendary Chastain Park Amphitheater, the award-winning 6,500 seat venue in Atlanta, during
its annual Delta Classic Chastain concert series (deltaclassicchastain.com).
Recognized as one of the brightest and most imaginative conductors of his generation,
Robert Spano is currently in his 12th season as music director of the Atlanta Symphony
Orchestra and has elevated the ensemble to new levels of international prominence.
Under Mr. Spano's artistic leadership, the orchestra and its audiences have explored a
creative mix of programming, including Theater of a Concert performances, which utilize
different formats, settings, and enhancements for the musical performance experience. The
Atlanta School of Composers reflects Mr. Spano's and the orchestra's commitment to
nurturing and championing music through multi-year partnerships that define a new
generation of American composers. Since 2001, Mr. Spano and the orchestra have performed
more than 100 concerts containing contemporary works. By the end of the 2012-2013 season,
they will have performed 16 ASO-commissioned world premieres and 14 additional world
premieres, including 10 fanfares performed in the 2010-2011 season in honor of the 10th
anniversary of the artistic partnership between Mr. Spano and Donald Runnicles and 10 years
of the Atlanta School of Composers.
Mr. Spano's discography with the orchestra numbers 19 recordings, six of which have won
Grammy Awards. He has led the orchestra in performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center,
and at the Ravinia, Ojai, and Savannah music festivals.
As music director of the Aspen Music Festival and School, Mr. Spano oversees the
programming of more than 300 events and educational programs, including Aspen's American
Academy of Conducting. Dedicated to pedagogy and multidisciplinary studies, he has lectured
on "Community" for TEDx and recently completed a three-year residency at Emory University.
In its 165-year history, Emory has honored only seven other individuals with such expansive
residencies, including the Dalai Lama, President Jimmy Carter, and author Salman
Musical America's Conductor of the Year in 2008, Mr. Spano is on the faculty of
Oberlin Conservatory and has received honorary doctorates from Bowling Green State
University, the Curtis Institute of Music, Emory University, and Oberlin, as well as
Columbia University's Ditson Conductor's Award for the advancement of American music.
Mr. Spano's guest engagements include performances with the New York and Los Angeles
philharmonics, San Francisco Symphony, the Boston and Chicago symphony orchestras, and the
Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, as well as Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, BBC
Symphony, and Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He has conducted at the Royal
Opera, Covent Garden; Welsh National Opera; Lyric Opera of Chicago; and Houston Grand
Opera, as well as the 2005 and 2009 Ring cycles at Seattle Opera.