Atlanta Symphony announces return of in-person concerts in Sept. 2021, with Spano remaining an extra year

Posted on: May 7, 2021

“Atlanta Symphony Orchestra conductor Robert Spano is staying around for another year to welcome audiences back to Symphony Hall,” writes Jon Ross in Thursday’s (5/6) Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA). “Instead of taking a sabbatical after stepping down as music director … he will help lead the ASO during its 77th season, which starts September 19. Donald Runnicles, principal guest conductor since 2001, and Spano will share artistic advising duties… The new season … begins with … Beethoven’s fifth symphony [and] closes with Spano leading the orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No. 3—a performance holdover from the season that never was—and three of the five world premieres slated for this coming year were scheduled to be performed last season…. ‘We wanted to give Robert a chance to conduct the great events we had planned for his final season as music director,’ said ASO executive director Jennifer Barlament…. The ASO is still finalizing audience capacity and protocols. Virtual broadcasts of ASO concerts will continue…. The ASO counts 23 compositions by female and traditionally underrepresented composers during the season, including … Sarah Gibson, Anna Clyne, Brian Nabors and James Lee III. World premieres include Xavier Foley’s Concerto for Double Bass and Conrad Tao’s violin concerto.”