Atlanta Symphony’s 75th-anniversary season: “Tristan und Isolde,” Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis,” commissions by Prior, Nabors

Posted on: March 14, 2019

“Robert Spano was the definition of an Atlanta transplant in September 2000 when, as the new leader of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, he opened his first season with Concerto for Orchestra by Witold Lutoslawski,” writes Jon Ross in Wednesday’s (3/13) Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Lutoslawski “will be performed anew during the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 75th season, which begins Sept. 20…. For the closing 75th anniversary concerts in June 2020, Spano will lead Wagner’s ‘Tristan und Isolde’ across three nights…. In addition to the world premiere of Richard Prior’s Symphony No. 4, an ASO commission, and a new work by Rapido Composition Contest winner Brain Nabors in November,” featured composers will include Krists Auznieks, Jessie Montgomery, and Joby Talbot. The orchestra will mark Beethoven’s 250th birthday “with a series of Beethoven works leading up to a performance of the composer’s ‘Missa Solemnis’ with the ASO Chorus… An orchestra’s 75th birthday is an occasion worth celebrating…. The ASO is currently in the midst of a strategic planning process.” Says Executive Director Jennifer Barlament, “How can we look at everything in a fresh way to serve the community that exists today?”

Posted March 14, 2019

Robert Spano photo by Angela Morris