Atlanta Symphony and city’s arts groups anticipate gradual return of in-person performances in 2021

Posted on: December 23, 2020

“It has been a difficult year … for the arts,” write Rosalind Bentley, Bo Emerson, Melissa Ruggieri, Rodney Ho in Monday’s (12/21) Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Will 2021 be a better year for the arts? … With a vaccine for the coronavirus in very limited distribution and a larger rollout planned for the coming months … Atlanta’s arts community is betting on a brighter future…. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra continues ‘Behind the Curtains,’ a virtual program of concerts featuring smaller ensembles taped live in an empty Symphony Hall and streamed, through spring of 2021…. Highlights include … Tyshawn Sorey’s ‘For Roscoe Mitchell’ … with … cellist Seth Parker Woods and guest conductor Maxim Emelyanychev [and] guest conductor Nathalie Stutzmann [leading Missy Mazzoli’s] ‘Sinfonia (For Orbiting Spheres),’ [and] Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3. Stutzmann is among the young conductors in the running to replace music director Robert Spano, who is set to retire at the end of the season…. The Atlanta Opera will bring back its ‘Big Tent’ for performances in April [with] times, places and prices … to be announced. This month the opera company also rolled out its … digital subscription service.” Also covered are Atlanta-area music, film, visual art, theater, and dance events planned for 2021.