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 September 17 and 19, at 8:00p at Atlanta Symphony Hall, Music Director Robert Spano, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and vocal soloists, open the 2015-16 classical subscription season with Gustav Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 2, the “Resurrection.”