Atlanta Symphony and Robert Spano begin live 2020-21 season with streamed program of Baroque works

Posted on: November 12, 2020

“When the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra gave its last performances in March, no one had any idea when normal life or live concerts would resume,” writes Summer Evans in Tuesday’s (11/10) WABE radio (Atlanta). “The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is performing together in person, though not to a live audience. The concerts are being streamed on the ASO virtual stage…. Since adapting to this new format, Music Director Robert Spano has had more time to write and compose music. ‘Here was all this time and so I became a full-time composer. I took full advantage of COVID,’ he said…. Spano will lead members of the orchestra in a concert of baroque classics Thursday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. ASO principal bassoonist Andrew Brady will make his solo debut [in Johann Wilhelm Hertel’s Bassoon Concerto in A minor]. The program includes 18th-century works from Handel’s Water Music Suite and Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D. The ASO 2020/21 season will be Spano’s 20th and final as music director.” Included is radio host Lois Reitzes’s audio interview with Spano about the ASO’s fall season and how he has been spending recent months.