Atlanta Symphony announces 2011-12 season, last with Runnicles

Posted on: March 4, 2011

In Thursday’s (3/3) Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Howard Pousner writes, “During an ambitious 2011-12 season, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will present three world premieres and one U.S. premiere, take the American premiere to New York’s Carnegie Hall and mark the end of Donald Runnicles’ tenure as principal guest conductor. The world premiere performances will present works by Atlanta composer Alvin Singleton, jazz pianist Marcus Roberts and composer Adam Schoenberg. … Runnicles, who has moved his base from the U.S. to Europe, where he now leads Berlin’s Deutsche Oper as well as Glasgow’s BBC Scottish Orchestra, will conclude an 11-year partnership with music director Robert Spano, the ASO and the ASO Chorus. He will get quite a sendoff. On Jan. 19-22, Runnicles will lead the ASO in Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ Symphony and will be joined by violinist James Ehnes for Britten’s Violin Concerto. The next week he will complete his tenure (though he’s expected to return as a guest conductor) by leading the orchestra and chorus in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, ‘Resurrection.’ ” The orchestra also announced programming for its Alpharetta summer home of four years, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park. For the season announcement, the orchestra produced a 40-minute video preview, which may be watched at www.aso.org/1112.

Photo: Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with Music Director Robert Spano at the piano.
Credit: Jeff Roffman

Posted March 4, 2011