Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Presents AIDA Led by Music Director Robert Spano, Now thru 6/8

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Presents AIDA Led by Music Director Robert Spano, Now thru 6/8

Music Director Robert Spano will lead the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and Chorus in a concert staging of Verdi's Aida today, June 5, 2014, at 8:00 p.m., June 7, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., and June 8, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. in Atlanta Symphony Hall at the Woodruff Arts Center. This will be the ASO premiere of Aida, and these performances will mark the end of the Orchestra's 2013-14 season.

The Orchestra and Chorus will be joined by a talented cast of guest soloists, including soprano Latonia Moore as Aida, soprano Kearstin Piper Brown as the priestess, mezzo- soprano Michelle DeYoung as Amneris, tenor Stuart Neill as Radame?s, tenor Grant Knox as the messenger, baritone Gordon Hawkins as Amonasro, bass Burak Bilgili as Ramfis, and bass Evan Boyer as the King of Egypt. Ms. Moore, Ms. Brown, and Mr. Boyer will all make their ASO debuts at these performances.

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

About the Repertoire
VERDI Aida

During the period Giuseppe Verdi referred to as his "years in the galleys" (1839-1859), he composed 23 operas. From 1860 until his death in 1901, Verdi wrote only five more. During this period, Verdi suggested many times that he would stop composing altogether. While Verdi never followed through on that threat, he chose only those projects that interested him from an artistic and financial point of view. One of those was Aida... (more)

About the Artists
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)

Soprano Latonia Moore made her debut at The Metropolitan Opera in March 2012 replacing Violeta Urmana as Aida... (more)

Mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung has appeared with many of the world's leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Met Orchestra (in Carnegie Hall), Vienna Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and many others... (more)

Tenor Stuart Neill has appeared at The Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Teatro La Fenice, Vienna Staatsoper, The Royal Opera Covent Garden, Teatro Colon, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Dallas Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago... (more)

Baritone Gordon Hawkins began his career singing the bel canto roles of Italian opera... (more)

Bass Burak Bilgili made his professional operatic debut at the Teatro alla Scala in 2002 as Don Alfonso in Lucrezia Borgia... (more)

Bass Evan Boyer is a third-year artist with the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago... (more)

Soprano Kearstin Piper Brown recently made her role debut as Violetta with Lyric Opera Utah... (more)

Tenor Grant Knox is enjoying a varied career in opera, musical theater, concert and recital... (more)

About the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus (ASOC) was founded in 1970 by ASO Music Director Robert Shaw. Comprised of 200 auditioned voices, the Chorus is an all volunteer organization that performs on a regular basis with the ASO, and is featured on many of the Orchestra's recordings

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

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.

This concert is presented by Delta Air Lines, GE Asset Management, Porsche Cars North America, and Jim Ellis Porsche.

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.

*** ROBERT SPANO LEADS VERDI'S AIDA

Delta Classical Series

Atlanta Symphony Hall, Memorial Arts Building, Woodruff Arts Center

Thursday, June 5, 2014, 8:00 p.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 8, 2014, 2:00 p.m.

Robert Spano, conductor
Latonia Moore, soprano (Aida) *
Kearstin Piper Brown, soprano (the priestess) * Michelle DeYoung, mezzo-soprano (Amneris) Stuart Neill, tenor (Radame?s)
Grant Knox, tenor (the messenger)
Gordon Hawkins, baritone (Amonasro)
Burak Bilgili, bass (Ramfis)
Evan Boyer, bass (King of Egypt) *
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus

VERDI Aida ‡ * denotes Atlanta Symphony Orchestra debut

‡ denotes Atlanta Symphony Orchestra premiere