The Atlanta Symphony announced its 2009-10 season at a press conference webcast live on January 27 from Atlanta. The season, which will be the 65th for the orchestra, will include world premieres by Jennifer Higdon, Michael Gandolfi, Wynton Marsalis, and Angel Lam, as well as Dejan Lazic’s new piano arrangement of Brahms’s Violin Concerto. The orchestra will perform with Music Director Robert Spano at Carnegie Hall in November, and in December the ASO Chorus and Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles will perform in Germany with the Berlin Philharmonic. The ASO’s classical season at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park will begin on June 20 with excerpts from The Barber of Seville and Carmina Burana. In June 2010, the ASO will host the National Conference of the League of American Orchestras. The January press conference was webcast live over the Internet—a first for the ASO—and was hosted by Spano, Runnicles, Chairman Ben Johnson, and President and CEO Allison Vulgamore. Special guests included composer Michael Gandolfi, League of American Orchestras President and CEO Jesse Rosen, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Managing Director Babs Mollere, Carnegie Hall Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson (video), and Berlin Philharmonic Administrative Director Pamela Rosenberg (video).