• Thursday, Sep 29, 2011

    Robert Spano Leads Atlanta Symphony 11/5; First of Three Concerts by Spano at Carnegie This Season   

    November 5 Program Includes the New York Premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen's Nyx; Garrick Ohlsson Featured in Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 Spano Returns to Carnegie Hall on December 15 to Conduct the Orchestra of St. Luke's, and Collaborates from the Keyboard inRecital with Bass-Baritone Eric Owens on February 21
    Carnegie Hall presents conductor and pianist Robert Spano in three performances this season. On Saturday, November 5, at 7:30 p.m., Mr. Spano leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, as music director, in a program that includes the New York premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s most recent orchestral composition, Nyx, a Carnegie Hall co-commission. Mr. Salonen conducted the world premiere of Nyx in February 2011 and is currently recording the work with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, to be released in 2012. Mr. Spano and the Atlanta Symphony will perform the U.S. premiere of Nyx in October 2011 in Atlanta. At Carnegie Hall, pianist Garrick Ohlsson is featured as soloist performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, a work he also performs on the Atlanta Symphony’s upcoming ASO Media recording. Scriabin’s The Poem of Ecstasy, which the composer commonly referred to as his “fourth symphony,” completes the Carnegie Hall program.

    Later this season, on December 15, Maestro Spano leads the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in a program that includes two landmark works by Bach: the “Brandenburg” Concerto No. 3 and the Magnificat, a large-scale choral work. Messiaen’s Trois petites liturgies de la Présence Divine rounds out this performance. In his final appearance at Carnegie Hall this season, Mr. Spano switches his musical role to pianist, collaborating in recital with bass-baritone Eric Owens on February 21 in Zankel Hall. Their program includes Wolf’s Drei Gedichten von Michelangelo, Ravel’s Don Quichotte à Dulcinée, Wagner’s "Les deux grenadiers," as well as songs by Schumann, Schubert, Debussy, and Duparc. Complete program information is listed below.

    About the Artists
    Robert Spano, currently in his eleventh season as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, is recognized internationally as one of the most imaginative conductors today. Since 2001, he has expanded the orchestra’s repertoire and elevated the ensemble to new levels of international prominence and acclaim. 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, Michael Gandolfi, and Adam Schoenberg. Since the beginning of his tenure, Mr. Spano and the orchestra have performed over 100 contemporary works, and, by the end of the 2011–12 season, will have performed 15 ASO-commissioned world premieres. Mr. Spano has a discography with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra of 19 recordings, six of which have been honored with Grammy Awards. He has led the orchestra at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, as well as the Ravinia, Ojai, and Savannah Music Festivals. Mr. Spano has also conducted the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics; the 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 the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. In addition, he has conducted for Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and Seattle Opera for its 2005 and 2009 Ring cycles. Mr. Spano was Musical America's 2008 Conductor of the Year, and, in March 2011, he was appointed as the incoming Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival.

    The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, currently in its 67th season, consistently affirms its position as one of America’s leading orchestras by performing great music, presenting great artists, educating, and engaging. The leading cultural organization in the Southeast, the Atlanta Symphony serves as the cornerstone for artistic development and music education in the region. Under the leadership of music director Robert Spano, the Orchestra has performed over 100 concerts containing contemporary works (composed since 1950), including 15 ASO-commissioned world premieres. During its 32-year history with Telarc, the Orchestra and chorus has recorded more than 100 albums and its recordings have won 27 Grammy Awards in categories including Best Classical Album, Best Orchestral Performance, Best Choral Performance, and Best Opera Performance. The Orchestra continues to record regularly on its new in-house label, ASO Media—the third recording will be released in October 2011.

    Program Information
    Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
    ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

    Robert Spano, Music Director and Conductor
    Garrick Ohlsson, Piano

    ESA-PEKKA SALONEN Nyx (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Radio France, Barbican Centre and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra)
    ALEXANDER SCRIABIN The Poem of Ecstasy, Op. 54
    SERGEI RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30

    This concert is made possible, in part, through the generous support of The Frederick S. and Dorothy S. Coleman Foundation.

    Tickets: $31–$91
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    Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
    ORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE’S

    Robert Spano, Conductor
    Susanna Phillips, Soprano
    Sasha Cooke, Mezzo-Soprano
    Nicholas Phan, Tenor
    Joshua Hopkins, Baritone
    Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus
    Norman Mackenzie, Director

    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH "Brandenburg" Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048
    OLIVIER MESSIAEN Trois petites liturgies de la Présence Divine
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Magnificat, BWV 243

    Tickets: $29–$83
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    Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall

    ERIC OWENS, Bass-Baritone
    ROBERT SPANO, Piano

    HUGO WOLF Drei Gedichten von Michelangelo
    •• Wohl denk ich oft
    •• Alles endet, was entstehet
    •• Fühlt meine Seele
    ROBERT SCHUMANN "Aus den hebräischen Gesängen," Op. 25, No. 15
    ROBERT SCHUMANN "Muttertraum," Op. 40, No. 2
    ROBERT SCHUMANN "Der Schatzgräber," Op. 45, No. 1
    ROBERT SCHUMANN "Melancholie," Op. 74, No. 6
    FRANZ SCHUBERT "Prometheus," D. 674
    FRANZ SCHUBERT "Fahrt zum Hades," D.526
    FRANZ SCHUBERT "Gruppe aus dem Tartarus," D.583
    FRANZ SCHUBERT "Amphiaraos," D.166
    CLAUDE DEBUSSY "Beau soir"
    CLAUDE DEBUSSY "Fleur des blés"
    CLAUDE DEBUSSY "L'Âme évaporée" from Deux romances
    CLAUDE DEBUSSY "Nuits d'étoiles"
    HENRI DUPARC "L’invitation au voyage"
    HENRI DUPARC "Le manoir de Rosemonde"
    HENRI DUPARC "Elégie"
    HENRI DUPARC "La vague et la cloche"
    MAURICE RAVEL Don Quichotte à Dulcinée
    ••Chanson romanesque
    ••Chanson épique
    ••Chanson à boire
    RICHARD WAGNER "Les deux grenadiers"

    This concert and the Pure Voice series are sponsored by the Jean & Jula Goldwurm Memorial Foundation in memory of Jula Goldwurm.

    Tickets: $43, $52
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