Atlanta Symphony’s 2016-17 season: Theofanidis, Elements Festival, Gluck’s “Orfeo”

Posted on: April 7, 2016

“Creativity courses through every woodwind, stringed instrument and conductor’s baton used by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,” writes Jill Vejnoska in Wednesday’s (4/6) Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In the orchestra’s Wednesday season announcement, Evans Mirageas, the ASO’s vice president of artistic planning, said, “At the heart of the season is a very important revival of a work we commissioned, Christopher Theofanidis’ Creation/Creator.” November’s Elements Festival “will celebrate the creativity of composers who illustrate the beauty of nature in music with programs devoted to the elements of earth, air, fire and water…. The program featuring Elgar’s ‘Sea Pictures’ and Vaughan Williams’ ‘A Sea Symphony’ [will] be led by ASO Music Director Robert Spano on Nov. 3 and 5.” Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles will lead Mahler’s The Song of Earth, and Spano will conduct Oliver Knussen’s Flourish With Fireworks. In March, “The ASO and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus will present ‘Creation/Creator’ here, followed by another performance … at the prestigious 2017 SHIFT Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C…. May 11 and 13, 2017, brings the ASO’s premiere of Gluck’s ‘Orfeo ed Euridice.’ ” Also planned are “a ‘Modern Masters’ series and programs honoring composer John Adams’ birthday [and] three world premieres.”

Posted April 7, 2016