Saturday, October 24, 2009

Robert Spano and ASO to Perform World Premiere of Wynton Marsalis's Blues Symphony Nov 19 - 22

Concert To Also Feature Pianist Olli Mustonen Performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto, Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue and Riffs, And Gershwin’s An American in Paris

Music Director Robert Spano will lead the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in the World Premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer-musician Wynton Marsalis’s new symphonic work, Blues Symphony. The new work celebrates the blues through the prism of different moments in American history, and will be the first work by Marsalis composed exclusively for symphony orchestra. Mr. Marsalis will not be playing on this piece. The evening’s performance will also include Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G with guest pianist Olli Mustonen, Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue and Riffs featuring the ASO’s Principal Clarinetist Laura Ardan, and Gershwin’s An American in Paris, on November 19 and 20, 2009, at 8:00 p.m. and November 22, 2009, at 3:00 p.m. at Atlanta Symphony Hall at the Woodruff Arts Center.

This concert is part of the Delta Classical Concert Series. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s special artistic initiatives surrounding The Atlanta School of Composers, "Theater of a Concert," recordings and commissions are generously funded in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation."

Single tickets for these performances are $25 to $80. All single tickets for the 2009-2010 season are now available online at or by calling (404) 733-5000. Tickets may also be purchased at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office located at 15th and Peachtree Streets. Box office hours are Monday through Friday 10am to 8pm, and Saturday and Sunday12pm to 8pm.

Ancillary Events

Conversations of Note

On November 18, 2009, at 7:00 p.m., Conversations of Note, hosted by ASO Insider and Program Annotator Ken Meltzer, will feature a discussion with ASO Music Director Robert Spano and Composer-Musician Wynton Marsalis. The evening’s conversation will focus on the marriage of jazz and classical music. Other highlights will include a live jazz band performance.
Admission is complimentary, but RSVPs are strongly encouraged. All Conversations of Note are held on- stage at Atlanta Symphony Hall unless otherwise noted. To RSVP for this event please call (404) 733-4850. For additional information, please contact Melanie Darby.

The November 18th Conversations of Note, with special guests Wynton Marsalis and Robert Spano, is generously sponsored by BNY Mellon Wealth Management.

Concert Preview Talks

Audiences will have the opportunity to learn more about the music they’ll be hearing at concerts with free Concert Preview Talks given by composers, conductors, educators, and musical experts, all hosted by ASO Insider and Program Annotator Ken Meltzer. All concert previews are free and open to all concert tickets holders. Speakers and locations are subject to change.


Delta Classical Series

Atlanta Symphony Hall, Memorial Arts Building, Woodruff Arts Center
Thursday, November 19, 2009, 8:00 p.m.
Friday, November 20, 2009, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 22, 2009, 3:00 p.m.
Robert Spano, conductor
Olli Mustonen, piano
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
BERNSTEIN Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
MARSALIS Blues Symphony
RAVEL Piano Concerto in G
GERSHWIN An American in Paris
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