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October 27, 2011

Robert Spano is known worldwide for the depth and intensity of his artistry, as well as his unique communicative abilities.  This season he gives four New York performances; highlighting his distinguished abilities as a conductor, educator and pianist. 

This fall, he conducts the U.S. premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Nyx in both Atlanta (Oct 27, 29) and at New York’s Carnegie Hall (Nov 5).  The November 5 performance marks Spano’s sixth Carnegie Hall appearance with the Orchestra.  He joins Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall (Dec 15) for a program of Messiaen and Bach, which includes Messiaen’s Six Petites Liturgies de la Presence Divine and Bach’s Magnificat featuring Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Chorus.  Respected as a collaborative pianist and composer, Spano joins bass-baritone Eric Owens in recital at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall (Feb 21). As an educator who finds inspiration through his work with young musicians, Maestro Spano will lead the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall (May 3) with a program of Vivier, Bartók and Sibelius.   

In ten seasons as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra he has enriched and expanded its repertoire and elevated the ensemble to international prominence and acclaim. Mr. Spano conducts three world premieres in Atlanta during the 2011-2012 season; an ASO commission by Atlanta School of Composers member Adam Schoenberg and works by Alvin Singleton and Marcus Roberts.  He also oversees two Theater of a Concert performances: Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and John Adams’ A Flowering Tree 

In February 2011, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra partnered with Naxos to create the ASO Media label. The unanimously praised premiere recording introduced new works by Atlanta School of Composers members Jennifer Higdon and Michael Gandolfi conducted by Robert Spano.  June 2011’s release featured Mr. Spano leading the Orchestra in Atlanta School of Composers member Christopher Theofanidis’s Symphony No. 1 and the late Peter Lieberson’s Neruda Songs with mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor.  This fall, the Orchestra and Spano released its third recording for ASO Media featuring Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances and Piano Concerto No. 3 with Garrick Ohlsson.

Spring 2011 marks the third, and final, year of Spano’s three-year residency at Emory University, a testament to Spano’s communicative abilities and passion for education. In its 165-year history, Emory University has honored only seven other individuals with such expansive residencies, including the Dalai Lama, President Jimmy Carter and author Salman Rushdie. In September 2011, Robert Spano became Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival and School and was named a Fellow of the prestigious Aspen Institute as part of the Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence Program. 

Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 7pm
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Carnegie Hall
with Garrick Ohlsson, piano   

SALONEN: Nyx (New York Premiere)
SCRIABIN: Poem of Ecstasy Op. 54
RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 3   

Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 8pm
Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Carnegie Hall
with ASO Chamber Chorus
BACH: Sinfonia to Cantata  No. 29
BACH: Cantata No. 50
MESSIAEN: Six Petites Liturgies de la Présence Divine
BACH: Magnificat  

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 7:30pm
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
with Eric Owens, Bass Baritone
Program includes works from Wolf, Schumann, Schubert, Debussy, Duparc, Ravel and Wagner.

Thursday, May 3, 2012 Juilliard Orchestra
VIVIER Orion for large orchestra
BARTOK Miraculous Mandarin 
VIVIER Lonely Child for soprano and chamber orchestra
SIBELIUS Symphony 7

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