Ken Meltzer is the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Program Annotator and “Insider.” He

is the author of the Atlanta Symphony’s program notes, and is a visible and active

presence throughout the community as a public voice for the Atlanta Symphony. He hosts

the Orchestra’s “Inside the Music” pre-concert lectures and the weekly radio show,

“Meet the Classics,” on Atlanta’s AM-1690.

Ken began working for the ASO in 2005, when he and his wife Carolyn (the Chair of the

Department of Radiology at Emory Hospital) moved to Atlanta from Pittsburgh. From

1994-2005, Ken was the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Program Annotator. Ken also

appeared with the Pittsburgh Symphony as narrator in Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the

Wolf,” Igor Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale, ” and Benjamin Britten’s “The Young

Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.” With the Atlanta Symphony, Ken has narrated the

“The Young Person’s Guide” and Vincent Persichetti’s “A Lincoln Address.”

Ken’s program notes have been featured in recordings on the ASO Media, EMI, Boston

Records, Four Winds, and Curtain Call labels. He serves a consultant to such performing

arts organizations as the Kansas City, Charlotte and Knoxville Symphonies, and the

Savannah Music Festival. Ken also reviews classical music recordings for Fanfare


In his spare time, Ken enjoys volunteering for animal rescue efforts, and chasing little

white balls around local golf courses.


  1. Ken, Greetings. Can you tell me where to go for the first of your Music Appreciation classes, September 30th from 6:30pm to 8pm? Many thanks.

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