Thursday, September 02, 2010

Music Director Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to Open 2010-11 Season Sep 23

10 Fanfares to be Premiered Throughout Season to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Atlanta School of Composers; Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus to Celebrate 40th Anniversary

Opening Weekend To Feature World-Premiere Fanfare by Christopher Theofanidis Plus Works By Mozart and BerliozWith Pianist André Watts As Soloist

Music Director Robert Spano will lead the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in the 2010–2011 Season opening performances on Thursday, September 23, and Saturday, September 25, 2010, at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, September 26, 2010, at 3:00 p.m. The concerts will feature the world premiere of a fanfare, Une Certaine Joie de Vivre, by Atlanta School of Composers member Christopher Theofanidis. Pianist André Watts will play Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9, “Jeunehomme.” Also on the program is Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique.

The opening weekend will kick off Mr. Spano’s and Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles’s 10th season together in artistic partnership, as well as mark the 10th anniversary of the Atlanta School of Composers — Mr. Spano’s and the Orchestra’s commitment to nurturing and championing music through multi-year partnerships defining a new generation of American composers. The season will also mark the 40th anniversary of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, comprised entirely of volunteers, and an important part of the Orchestra's programming since its founding by the late Robert Shaw in 1970.

To celebrate Mr. Spano’s and Mr. Runnicles’s 10-year artistic partnership, and 10 years of the Atlanta School of Composers, 10 fanfares by 10 composers will be premiered throughout the season. The first fanfare, composed by Mr. Theofanidis, will receive its world premiere on opening weekend, September 23, 25, and 26, 2010. Other contributors will include Atlanta School of Composers members Jennifer Higdon, Michael Gandolfi, and Adam Schoenberg, as well as Robert Spano and Norman Mackenzie, and friends of the Orchestra, such as Alvin Singleton. Details will be announced.

Mr. Spano has said: “I can think of no better artistic partner and friend to have shared these 10 years with than Donald. This season will celebrate the tremendous musicians of the Orchestra and the initiatives of the last decade. Working with this Orchestra is my greatest joy, and I look forward to all that is ahead.”

“It's hard to believe 10 years of collaborating with Robert and this Orchestra have gone by so quickly,” Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles has said. “The challenges and achievements over the years have been considerable, and yet there is still so much ahead of us, and so much to which I still look forward. What a joy and privilege to belong to the Atlanta family.”

The new season will also offer two world premieres and 13 Atlanta premieres, including the new Atlanta Symphony commission from Alvin Singleton, and the world premiere of James Oliverio’s Double Timpani Concerto. Mr. Spano and the Orchestra have been invited to return to Carnegie Hall October 30, 2010, to perform the great Janáček masterwork, Glagolitic Mass. In January 2011, Mr. Runnicles will lead the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis featuring soprano Christine Brewer, plus Mozart’s Piano Concert No 20 in D minor with Mr. Spano as soloist. Mr. Spano will close the season in June 2011 by leading the Orchestra and Chorus in a Theater of a Concert presentation of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.
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Single tickets for these performances are $25 to $77. All single tickets for the 2010–2011 are on sale now, and available online at, or by calling (404) 733-5000. Tickets may also be purchased at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office, located in the Woodruff Arts Center at 15th and Peachtree Streets. Box office hours are Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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