On Thursday, January 7, and Saturday, January 9, at 8:00p at Atlanta Symphony Hall, Guest Conductor Ludovic Morlot leads a program that opens with the Overture to Johann Strauss’s operetta, Die Fledermaus. Next is a work inspired by Strauss’s music, Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Straussiana. Our scheduled soloist, Christopher Rex is ill, and so the Korngold Cello Concerto will be replaced by three Hungarian Dances by Johannes Brahms. The first half concludes with Johann Strauss’s Vienna Blood Waltzes. The second half of the program features the Brahms Symphony No. 3. The concert of Friday, January 8, at 6:30p, performed without intermission, features the Brahms Third and Fledermaus Overture.
On Thursday, October 8 and Saturday, October 10, at 8:00p, and Sunday, October 11, at 3:00p at Atlanta Symphony Hall, Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles leads a program that opens with Anton Webern’s orchestration of Franz Schubert’s Six German Dances. Christina Smith and Elisabeth Remy Johnson are the soloists in Mozart’s Concerto for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra. The second half of the program begins with Claude Debussy’s Prelude to “The Afternoon of a Faun”. The concert ends with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8. The program will also be repeated at Kennesaw State University on Friday, October 10, at 8:00p.
On Thursday, October 1, and Saturday, October 3, at 8:00p, at Atlanta Symphony Hall, Music Director Robert Spano leads a program that opens with the Concerto for Orchestra, by “Atlanta School” composer Jennifer Higdon. Jonathan Biss is the soloist in the Piano Concerto No. 5, the “Emperor,” by Ludwig van Beethoven. The “Casual Fridays” concert of Friday, October 2, at 6:30p, performed without intermission, features the first movement of the Higdon Concerto for Orchestra, and the complete Beethoven “Emperor” Concerto.
The “Inside the Music” pre-concert talk, free to all concert ticketholders, takes place on the stage of Symphony Hall on Thursday, October 1, at 7:00p, one hour prior to the concert. Jennifer Higdon will be my special guest.
On Thursday, September 24 and Saturday, September 26, at 8:00p at Atlanta Symphony Hall, Music Director Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra perform concerts that open with the Atlanta Symphony premiere of Spices, Perfumes, Toxins!, by contemporary Israeli composer Avner Dorman. Percussionists Thomas Sherwood and Charles Settle are the soloists. The second half of the program features the great Symphony No. 5 by Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
On Thursday, June 4, at 8:00p, and Saturday, June 6, at 7:30p at Atlanta Symphony Hall, the ASO concludes its 2014-15 classical subscription season with complete performances of Camille Saint-Saëns’s biblical opera, Samson and Delilah. Music Director Robert Spano leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and a cast of international opera stars.
On Thursday, May 28, at 8:00p, and Saturday, May 30, at 7:30p at Atlanta Symphony Hall, Music Director Robert Spano leads a program that opens with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra premiere of Jean Sibelius’s brief tone poem, The Bard. Yefim Bronfman is the soloist in the Piano Concerto No. 4 by Ludwig van Beethoven. The program concludes with Scheherazade, by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
On Thursday, May 14, at 8:00p, and Saturday, May 16, at 7:30 at Atlanta Symphony Hall, guest conductor Roberto Abbado returns to conduct a program that opens with the Roman Carnival Overture, by Hector Berlioz. Sergei Krylov is the soloist in the Atlanta Symphony premiere of Nicolo Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 5. The second half of the program features Luciano Berio’s arrangement of Luigi Boccherini’s “Nighttime Retreat in Madrid.” The concert concludes with the Symphony No. 4, the “Italian” Symphony, by Felix Mendelssohn.
On Thursday, May 7, at 8:00p, and Saturday, May 9, at 7:30p at Atlanta Symphony Hall, composer John Adams is the guest conductor in a program that opens with The Enchanted Lake, by Anatoli Liadov. The first half concludes with The Pines of Rome, by Ottorino Respighi (pictured). On the second half of the concert, Leila Josefowicz is the soloist in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra premiere of Mr. Adams’s Scheherazade.2, Dramatic Symphony for Violin and Orchestra.
On Thursday, April 30, at 8:00p, and Saturday, May 2, at 7:30p at Atlanta Symphony Hall, Music Director Robert Spano leads a concert that opens with the world premiere of Imaginary Numbers, by Atlanta School Composer Michael Gandolfi. Soloists are Atlanta Symphony Principals Elisabeth Koch Tiscione, Laura Ardan, Keith Buncke, and Brice Andrus. The first half of the program ends with the Suite from Igor Stravinsky’s ballet, The Firebird. Jean-Yves Thibaudet is the soloist in Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G. The program concludes with George Gershwin’s An American in Paris. The First Fridays concert, performed without intermission, takes place on Friday, May 1, at 6:30p, and includes the Stravinsky, Ravel and Gershwin works.