Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to Open 2014-15 Season in September
Music Director Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) will open the 2014-15 season on September 25, 2014, at 8:00 p.m. Additional performances will take place September 27, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. and September 28, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. These concerts will mark the beginning of the Orchestra's 70th season and the 14th year of artistic partnership between Mr. Spano and Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles.
The program will include Mozart's Symphony No. 35, "Haffner," and Strauss' Don Juan and Till Eulenspiegel. Pianist Jeremy Denk will join the Orchestra for Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20. Additional concert details are available at aso.org.
Throughout the 2014-15 season, the Atlanta Symphony will perform three world premieres, including two new works by Atlanta School of Composers members Christopher Theofanidis and Michael Gandolfi. The third world premiere will be by Jonathan Leshnoff.
Jonathan Leshnoff's new work, Symphony No. 2, "Innerspace," is an ASO commission and will be premiered November 13 and 15, 2014. Christopher Theofanidis' new work, Creation/Creator, will be premiered April 23 and 25, 2015. The world premiere of Mr. Theofanidis' piece will mark the culmination of a unique partnership between the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Emory University and the Georgia Humanities Council. Interweaving text and ideas from philosophy, science, religion, poetry and literature, Mr. Theofandis says the work will provide a "profoundly deeper understanding of the relationship between these two subjects and will remove a limiting sense of a passive relationship between 'God' and humanity." Michael Gandolfi's new work, Sinfonia Concertante, will be premiered April 30 and May 2, 2015, and has been commissioned to honor Robert Spano's parents. The work will feature four ASO musicians: Principal Oboe Elizabeth Koch Tiscione, Principal Bassoon Keith Buncke, Principal Clarinet Laura Ardan and Principal Horn Brice Andrus.