• Tuesday, Sep 21, 2010

    Robert Spano Leads Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Works by Ligeti, Bartók, & Janáček, October 30


    ON OCTOBER 30 AT 8:00 PM

    Program Includes Landmark Twentieth Century Works by
    Eastern European Composers Ligeti, Bartók, and Janácek


    On Saturday, October 30 at 8:00 p.m., Carnegie Hall presents the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director Robert Spano, in a program of monumental twentieth century compositions by Eastern European masters: Ligeti’s Atmosphères, Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin Suite, and Janácek’s Glagolitic Mass. The performance of Janácek’s Mass features soprano Twyla Robinson, mezzo-soprano Monica Groop, tenor John Mac Master, bass Burak Bilgili, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, which is under the direction of Norman Mackenzie.

    Composed in 1961 and written for large orchestra, Ligeti’s Atmosphères explores the textures that can be created with sound. Ligeti opens the work with a large cluster chord that uses every note of the chromatic scale over a range of five octaves—all played at once— with the score evolving from there. The Miraculous Mandarin Suite is based on a pantomime ballet that Bartók composed between 1918 and 1931, which tells a sordid story of prostitution, robbery, and murder. And Janácek’s Glagolitic Mass, completed in 1926, refers to the Glagolitic alphabet, one of the earliest alphabets of the Slavic culture, a culture that greatly inspired the composer’s music. Of Janácek’s large body of choral compositions, this mass is considered by many to be his greatest work in the genre.

    Robert Spano returns to Carnegie Hall in February to lead the Carnegie Hall Festival Anniversary Chorus (with choral preparation by Norman Mackenzie), which was inaugurated and initially led by Robert Shaw, the late, longtime music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and founder and leader of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, which is currently in its 40th season. This year’s workshop, presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, brings together hundreds of choral singers from around the world to study and rehearse Berlioz’s Requiem, with a culminating performance on Sunday, February 13 at 3:00 p.m. with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s led by Mr. Spano in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage.

    About the Artists
    Soprano Twyla Robinson has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Staatskapelle, The Cleveland Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic, singing under such conductors as Bernard Haitink, Pierre Boulez, Franz Welser-Möst, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Michael Tilson Thomas. Highlights from recent seasons include performances of Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony with the Rotterdam Philharmonic conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, a gala performance with The Cleveland Orchestra of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and performances with Arizona Opera as Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte.

    Finnish mezzo-soprano Monica Groop began her professional singing career as a soloist in baroque music and oratorios. After singing in the Finnish Radio Chamber Choir under Harald Andersèn she went on to study at the Sibelius Academy. Ms. Groop is in demand as a concert soloist, and she has appeared with many orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra; San Francisco Symphony; Boston, Chicago, London, and Toronto symphony orchestras, and the Los Angeles and New York philharmonics; and the Dresden Staatskapelle, among others.

    Since his acclaimed portrayal of Canio in Pagliacci at Glimmerglass Opera, John Mac Master has been in demand as a dramatic tenor. Recent performances and recording projects include Florestan in Fidelio with Sir Colin Davis in London, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Sir Bernard Haitink, and his debut at Dresden’s Semper Oper as Calaf in Turandot, conducted by Fabio Luisi. Mr. Mac Master made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Canio in Pagliacci in performances that included the Saturday afternoon Live from the Met radio broadcast. Recent performance highlights include Verdi’s Requiem at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Aegisth in Elektra for the Canadian Opera Company, and performances with Vancouver Opera.

    Turkey-born bass Burak Bilgili has performed the roles of Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Zaccaria in Verdi’s Nabucco, and Ferrando in San Francisco Opera's season opening of Verdi’s Il Travatore (which he has also performed at the Metropolitan Opera). He made his professional operatic debut at the Teatro alla Scala during the 2002–03 season as Don Alfonso in Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia and since has enjoyed a busy international schedule of engagements including performances at New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, Virginia Opera, Florida Grand Opera, and the Canadian Opera Company, among others. In the 2010–2011 season, he will make his Bayerische Staatsoper debut as Don Basilio in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.

    Music Director Robert Spano, currently in his tenth 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. It is also the tenth anniversary of the Atlanta School of Composers, which 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 contemporary works, including 16 ASO commissioned world premieres, and five 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 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. 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.

    Currently in its 66th season, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is one of America’s leading orchestras, known for the excellence of its live performances, presentations, renowned choruses, and Grammy Award-winning recordings. The orchestra is a leading cultural organization in the southeast United States and the cornerstone for artistic development and music education in the region. Now in his tenth season with the orchestra, Mr. Spano and the ASO have performed nearly 100 contemporary works, including 16 ASO-commissioned world premieres, and five additional world premieres. During its 32-year history with Telarc, the orchestra has recorded more than 100 albums, 27 of which have earned Grammy Awards in categories including Best Classical Album, Best Orchestral Performance, Best Choral Performance and Best Opera Performance. The Atlanta Symphony Chorus has earned nine Grammy Awards for Best Choral Performance, most recently for Berlioz’s Requiem in 2005.

    Program Information
    Saturday, October 30 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Robert Spano, Music Director and Conductor
    Twyla Robinson, Soprano
    Monica Groop, Mezzo-Soprano
    John Mac Master, Tenor
    Burak Bilgili, Bass
    Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus
    Norman Mackenzie, Director

    GYÖRGY LIGETI Atmosphères
    BÉLA BARTÓK The Miraculous Mandarin Suite
    LEOŠ JANÁCEK Glagolitic Mass

    The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of James Thurmond Smithgall in support of the 2010-2011 season.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall. 

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