June 29, 2017
Season Preview

Conductor, pianist, composer and mentor Robert Spano is known worldwide for the depth and intensity of his artistry as well as his unique communicative abilities. As Music Director of both the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Aspen Music Festival and School, Robert Spano’s dedication to American living composers, education and outreach spreads across the nation. Under Maestro Spano’s guidance, the ASO and audiences explore an exciting mix of programming. The Atlanta School of Composers reflects his commitment to American contemporary music, thus defining a new generation of American composers.

This coming season, Spano leads five world premiere performances.  On July 30, Spano is joined by soprano Renée Fleming and pianist Inon Barnaton in Aspen in a program which includes works by Christopher Theofanidis, Michael Tilson Thomas, Stravinsky, and a new Piano Concerto by composer and Aspen Music Festival President and CEO Alan Fletcher.  Shortly thereafter, the world premiere of Melodia, for Piano and Orchestra by Canadian composer Matthew Ricketts is played by Malaysian pianist, conductor, and composer Tengku Irfan (August 9).  With the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Spano leads a new piece by ASO’s own bassist Michael Kurth on March 22 and 24, 2018. 

In February, Spano returns to Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium as guest conductor to the renowned Orchestra of St. Luke’s with the versatile mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor, performing the world premiere of a new work by Bryce Dessner.  The performance also includes Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 and Beethoven’s “Emperor” Piano Concerto with pianist Jeremy Denk.

Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 8 PM
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
Orchestra of St. Luke's
Robert Spano, 
conductor
Kelley O'Connor, mezzo-soprano
Jeremy Denk, piano

MOZART Symphony No. 40
BRYCE DESSNER New Work for Mezzo-Soprano and Orchestra (World Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
BEETHOVEN 
Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor"

Prized as an articulate, sensitive conductor of classical voices in addition to instrumentalists, Robert Spano leads three beloved works of operatic and oratorio repertoire in the coming season.  In October, he presents the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra premiere of Verdi’s Otello with tenor Russell Thomas in the title role; Spano and the cast are joined by the Orchestra and unparalleled ASO Chorus.  As a part of the ASO’s two-year “LB/LB” Celebration which features and juxtaposes the masterpieces of Ludwig van Beethoven and Leonard Bernstein, Spano is joined by pianist Jorge Federico Osorio and acclaimed mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano in January in Bernstein’s “Jeremiah” Symphony and Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto.  For an impressive nine dates in May, Spano leads the ASO, ASO Chorus, and soloists in Bernstein’s classic Candide.  

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 8 PM
Friday, May 11, 2018 at 8 PM
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 8 PM
Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 3 PM
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 8 PM
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 8 PM
Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 8 PM
Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 8 PM
Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 3 PM
Robert Spano, 
conductor
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Soloists TBA

BERNSTEIN Candid

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