Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Announces 2009-10 Season

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Announces 2009-10 SeasonMusic director Robert Spano and principal guest conductor Donald Runnicles announce 2009-10 season of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

This season will mark Orchestra's 65th anniversary season, the Youth Orchestra's 35th anniversary season, and Mr. Spano and Mr. Runnicles's ninth season. Culminating the season, the League of American Orchestras will host the 65th National Conference in Atlanta, which will also kick off the 10th Anniversary of the Atlanta School of Composers by featuring new works by the composers.

Mr. Spano and The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will perform five world premieres during the 2009-10 65th Anniversary Season, three of which are ASO commissions. Atlanta School of Composers Jennifer Higdon and Michael Gandolfi; Wynton Marsalis's American Symphony; Angel Lam's New Cello Concerto with Soloist Yo-Yo Ma; and Dejan Lazic's New Piano Arrangement of Brahms's Violin Concerto.

The 2009/10 Season's guest artists and conductors to include: Yo-Yo Ma, Lang Lang, Midori, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Jon Kimura Parker, Leila Josefowicz, Garrick Ohlsson, Olli Mustonen, Robert Levin, Angela Brown. Kelley O'Connor, Vadim Repin, Ludovic Morlot, Roberto Abbado, Kristjan Jarvi, Hannu Lintu, Lathar Zagrosek, and many more.

NEW WORKS BY JENNIFER HIGDON AND MICHAEL GANDOLFI TO BE RECORDED

During the 2009-10 season, Music Director Robert Spano will lead the Orchestra in an ASO Theater of a Concert presentation of Stravinsky's opera The Nightingale, directed by James Alexander Thursday and Friday, October 15-16, 2009. The cast will feature Celena Shafer (Nightingale), Jessica Rivera (Cook), Thomas Glenn (Fisherman), Denis Sedov (Chamberlain), Dimitry Ivashchenko (Bonze), Kostas Smoriginas (Emperor), Irina Tchistyakova (Death), and the ASO Chorus.

MR. SPANO AND THE ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM AT Carnegie Hall, NOVEMBER 7, 2009
Program To Feature New York Premiere of Angel Lam's New Cello Concerto with Yo-Yo Ma And Stravinsky's The Nightingale During Carnegie Hall's China Festival

MR. RUNNICLES to lead ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA and chorus in BRAHMS'S A GERMAN REQUIEM 

Mr. Runnicles and ASO Chorus Invited To Return to Berlin Philharmonic In December 2009 For Third Visit

LEAGUE OF AMERICAN ORCHESTRAS AND CHORUS AMERICA
TO HOST NATIONAL CONFERENCES IN ATLANTA, JUNE 2010
LAO 65th National Conference To Launch 10th Anniversary of Atlanta School of Composers And Feature Mr. Spano Leading the Orchestra in Works By Jennifer Higdon, Michael Gandolfi, and Christopher Theofanidis

MUSIC DIRECTOR ROBERT SPANO AND ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
TO OPEN CLASSICAL SEASON AT VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE AT ENCORE PARK SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2009 WITH EXCERPTS FROM BARBER OF SEVILLE AND CARMINA BURANA
Summer Season To Include All-Mozart and All-Beethoven Concerts, Holst's The Planets With NASA Footage, 16-Year-Old Conductor Ilyich Rivas In U.S. Debut With First Major American Orchestra, July 4th "Yankee Doodle Dandy" Celebration, Rodgers and Hammerstein Evening Hosted By Turner Classic Movies' Robert Osborne, and Free Concert for the Community

Revisit today's live webcast of the Season Announcement Press Conference: https://atlantasymphony.org/webcast


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