For Atlanta Symphony, 2015-16 to be season of recovery

Posted on: September 16, 2015

“As the ASO prepares to open its 71st season on Thursday, with music director Robert Spano conducting Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony, all signs point to, well, a resurrection,” writes Howard Pousner in Tuesday’s (9/15) Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The start of the 2014-15 season was delayed two months during contract negotiations between musicians and management. “The ASO ended up finishing last season with its first surplus in 11 years, administrators for the orchestra and its parent nonprofit, the Woodruff Arts Center, trumpeted this summer. Management announced at the same time that it is more than halfway to its $25 million goal to endow musician positions that would rebuild the ASO’s full-time ranks back to 88. And just last week, the orchestra announced the appointment of the Cleveland Orchestra’s Jennifer Barlament as its executive director…. ‘Many of us sense renewed energy, passion and dedication toward our orchestra from our ASO board, the Woodruff Arts Center leadership and the Atlanta community,’ [said] Daniel Laufer, president of the ASO Players Association…. ‘I am very pleased with the outcome,’ Spano said. ‘Jennifer and her track record are very impressive, and I believe she will be a tremendous leader for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.’ ”

Posted September 16, 2015

Photo of Robert Spano and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra courtesy ASO