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November 4, 2019
Conductor Robert Spano Joins Kirshbaum Associates Management Roster

"Robert Spano has that great skill in a conductor of making every performance radiate joy. You would think, each time, that he has been waiting all his life to make this music happen, and that he is darned well going to make it happen to the utmost." 
– New York Times 

Kirshbaum Associates Inc. is delighted to announce the worldwide representation of conductor Robert Spano. Now in his 19th season as Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony, Spano has been Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival and School since 2011 and is the newly appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony, where he conducts two concert weekends per year in each of the 2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23 seasons. 

Highlights of Mr. Spano’s 2019-2020 season include a return to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, conducting the world premiere of George Tsontakis’s Violin Concerto No. 3 alongside Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony. He returns to the Indianapolis SymphonySingapore Symphony, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the world premiere of Dimitrios Skyllas’s Kyrie eleison, commissioned by the BBC. Conducting debuts include the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and NFM Wrocław Philharmonic​.

Spano's trip to Carnegie Hall with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Spring 2020 marks his 15th Carnegie Hall engagement in 16 years. Additionally, the orchestra's 75th season features 16 ASO premieres, including works by living American composers Krists Auznieks, Jessie Montgomery, Joby Talbot, and Jennifer Higdon, and a world premiere by Brian Nabors. 

With a discography of critically-acclaimed recordings for Telarc, Deutsche Grammophon, and ASO Media, Robert Spano has garnered six Grammy™ Awards with the Atlanta Symphony. Spano is on faculty at Oberlin Conservatory and has received honorary doctorates from Bowling Green State University, the Curtis Institute of Music, Emory University, and Oberlin. Maestro Spano is one of two classical musicians inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

2019-20 Performance Highlights:

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, 8:00 p.m.

An All-Star Cast Sings Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand”
Atlanta Symphony Hall

MAHLER Symphony No. 8, “Symphony of a Thousand”
Robert Spano, conductor
Evelina Dobračeva, soprano
Erin Wall, soprano*
Nicole Cabell, soprano
Michelle DeYoung, mezzo-sporano
Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano
Toby Spence, tenor*
Russell Braun, baritone
Morris Robinson, bass

Morehouse College Glee Club
Spelman College Glee Club
Gwinnett Young Singers
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, 8:00 p.m.

Emanuel Ax Plays Brahms
Atlanta Symphony Hall

BRIAN NABORS (Rapido! Winner) TBA (ASO Commission)
COPLAND Appalachian Spring
BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 1
Robert Spano, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, November 24, 2019, 3:00 p.m.
Emanuel Ax Plays Brahms at UGA
Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, University of Georgia – Athens, GA

COPLAND Appalachian Spring
BRAHMS 
Piano Concerto No. 1
Robert Spano, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

December 6, 2019
NFM Wrocław Philharmonic

January 29, 2020
BBC Symphony Orchestra

SKYLLAS (world premiere)
PÄRT Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten
RACHMANINOV Concerto for Piano No. 3 in D minor, Op.30      

February 29, 2020
Singapore Symphony Orchestra

KNUSSEN The Way to Castle Yonder
TAN DUN The Tears of Nature, Percussion Concerto (2012)
RACHMANINOV Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op.44       

March 5, 2020
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

HIGDON Cityscape, “River Sings a Song to Trees” (middle movement)
MOZART Concerto for Flute and Harp in C major, K. 299
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No. 2 in G major (“A London Symphony”)

April 29, 2020
NHK Symphony Orchestra

RODRIGO Concierto de Aranjuez
BERLIOZ Sinfonie Fantastique

May 4, 2020
NHK Symphony Orchestra
Music Tomorrow Series

NHK Commission  TBD
Otaka Prize winner TBD

JONATHAN LESHNOFF: Chamber Concerto for Violin
SALONEN: Nyx

Thursday, June 11, 2020, 8:00 p.m. Act I
Saturday, June 13, 2020, 8:00 p.m. Act II
Sunday, June 14, 2020, 3:00 p.m. Act III

Atlanta Symphony Hall

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (Atlanta Premiere)
Robert Spano, conductor
Tamara Wilson/Isolde*
Simon O’Neill/Tristan*
Jamie Barton/Brangäne
Ryan McKinny/Kurwenal*
Andrea Mastroni/King Marke
Ric Furman/Melot
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, June 11, 2020, 8:00 p.m.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus 
BACH Cantata No. 12, “Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen”
WAGNER Tristan und Isolde Act I

Saturday, June 13, 2020, 8:00 p.m.
SCHOENBERG Verklärte Nacht
WAGNER Tristan und Isolde Act II

Sunday, June 14, 2020, 3:00 p.m.
PURCELL Selections from Dido and Aeneas 
WAGNER Tristan und Isolde Act II

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