Robert Spano to step down as Atlanta Symphony music director in 2021

Posted on: January 24, 2018

“Robert Spano announced Tuesday that he will conclude his tenure as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra after the 2020-2021 season,” writes Bo Emerson in Tuesday’s (1/23) Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “At that point, Spano will have led the orchestra for two decades…. He will stay on as ‘conductor laureate,’ and continue to lead the orchestra on a regular basis, but his main energies will be redirected to something new. What that new venture will be, he hasn’t determined, he said Monday…. ‘It’s exciting to think of all the possibilities and not know what’s going to happen yet,’ [he said]. ‘But I’ve got three years to figure it out.’ … Spano has led the orchestra during a period of growth, with nine performances at Carnegie Hall over the past 17 years and six Grammy awards among the ASO’s 20 recordings under his baton. One of the director’s signal achievements is the championing of new music … from his Atlanta School of Composers…. Spano comes close to the longevity of the ASO’s Robert Shaw, who directed the orchestra from 1967 to 1988…. He was 40 when he arrived in Atlanta and will be 60 when he leaves the role of music director.”

Posted January 23, 2018

Pictured: Music Director Robert Spano conducts the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Jeff Roffman