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ASO with Violinist Joshua Bell Performs BRAHMS VIOLIN CONCERTO This Weekend

ASO with Violinist Joshua Bell Performs BRAHMS VIOLIN CONCERTO This Weekend



Renowned violinist Joshua Bell will join Music Director Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) to perform the Brahms Violin Concerto tonight, May 29, May 30, 2014, at 8:00 p.m., and May 31, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in Atlanta Symphony Hall at the Woodruff Arts Center. Mr. Bell's most recent performance with the ASO took place in fall 2011.



The program will also include the world premiere of Asimov at Star's End by Charles Zoll, winner of the third Rapido! Composition Contest. Mr. Zoll, a native of Tuscon, AZ, is a recent graduate of the University of Arizona and is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.



Rapido!, which was founded in 2008 by the Atlanta Chamber Players and the Antinori Foundation, promotes the creation of new works for chamber ensembles and symphony orchestras by composers of varying experience.



The national finals of the Rapido! contest were judged by Mr. Spano and Atlanta School of Composers members Jennifer Higdon and Michael Gandolfi. Upon winning the contest, Mr. Zoll received a $7,500 commission to write a full orchestral composition for the ASO. Additionally, he expanded his winning chamber piece into a 15-minute work that was premiered last fall by five chamber ensembles: the Atlanta Chamber Players, Boston Musica Viva, Fifth House Ensemble of Chicago, Voices of Change of Dallas, and Left Coast Chamber Ensemble of San Francisco. He also participated in a two-week residency at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts in Georgia.



Single tickets for this performance are $24-$75. Additional details are available at aso.org



About the Repertoire

CHARLES ZOLL Asimov at Star's End



Charles Zoll, a graduate of the University of Arizona, and currently a graduate student at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, was the winner of the third annual Rapido! Composition Contest... (more)



HINDEMITH Mathis der Maler Symphony



In January of 1933, Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. German composer Paul Hindemith, whose wife and several close associates were of Jewish ancestry, became increasingly troubled by Nazi policies... (more)



BRAHMS Violin Concerto



During the years 1877 to 1879, Johannes Brahms enjoyed summer vacations in Pörtschach, a tiny Austrian village on Lake Wörth... (more)







About the Artists

Often referred to as the "poet of the violin," Joshua Bell's stunning virtuosity, beautiful tone and charismatic stage presence have brought him universal acclaim... (more)



Music Director Robert Spano, currently in his 13th season as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, is recognized internationally as one of the most imaginative conductors today... (more)



Composer Charles Zoll, a graduate of the University of Arizona, and currently a graduate student at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, was the winner of the third annual Rapido! Composition Contest... (more)







About the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), currently in its 69th season, is one of America's leading orchestras. It performs great music, presents leading artists, educates and engages music lovers. The ASO serves as the cornerstone for artistic development and music education in the southeast. It performs more than 200 concerts each year for a combined audience of more than a half million in a full schedule of performances. It also reaches more than 87,000 students and underserved members of the community through its education and community outreach programs... (more)







Concert Previews

Audiences have the opportunity to learn more about the music they will be hearing at concerts with free Concert Previews given by composers, conductors, educators, and musical experts, all hosted by ASO Insider and Program Annotator Ken Meltzer. Thursday evenings, 7:00-7:30 p.m. in Atlanta Symphony Hall (unless otherwise noted). Concerts previews are free and open to all concert ticketholders. Speakers and locations are subject to change.



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This concert series is made possible through a gift from John and Marcia Donnell. 3



This concert is presented by Delta Air Lines and Turner Broadcasting System.



Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.





Single tickets for this performance are $24-$75. All single tickets for the 2013-2014 season are on sale now, and available online at atlantasymphony.org or by calling 404.733.5000. Tickets may also be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, and the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office, located in the Woodruff Arts Center at 15th and Peachtree Streets. Box office hours are Monday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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