Music Director Robert Spano will lead the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in the June 20 opening concert of the orchestra’s second classical season at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in Alpharetta, Georgia. The concert—featuring soprano Georgia Jarman, tenor Nicholas Phan, baritone Matthew Worth, the Gwinnett Young Singers—will include excerpts from Rossini’s Barber of Seville and Orff’s Carmina Burana. It is the only one of the ASO’s seven Saturday concerts through August 15 to be led by Spano, who is in Seattle during the summer rehearsing and conducting the Ring cycle with the Seattle Opera. Guest conductors for the remaining concerts include Grant Llewellyn (all-Mozart evening); Bridget Reischl (Independence Day concert featuring U.S. Army Chorus); ASO Assistant Conductor and League of American Orchestras Fellow Mei-Ann Chen (Also Sprach Zarathustra, The Planets with NASA footage of the solar system); Hugh Wolff (all-Beethoven concert); Richard Kaufman (“Rodgers and Hammerstein at the Movies”); and sixteen-year-old conductor Ilyich Rivas (Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4, Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with Elena Urioste). As in last year’s outdoor concert series, the ASO will also show the concert on 15-by-20-foot screens at either side of the stage; the transmission will include a preconcert show and live intermission interviews of guest artists and orchestra musicians, which include an interactive component of text-message questions submitted by audience members. Details of the ASO’s free September concert at the Amphitheatre will be announced at a later date. 

Posted May 29, 2009