The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Nathalie Stutzmann in performance.

“The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s new season, the second under the baton of music director Nathalie Stutzmann, offers stellar soloists, new sounds and a strong series of 19th century Romantics, with two weekends celebrating the 200th birthday of … Anton Bruckner,” writes Bo Emerson in Wednesday’s (3/15) Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription required). “Stutzmann … will focus on literature from the Romantic composers, including an all-Strauss program featuring eminent soprano Renée Fleming … Stutzmann is a world-class contralto who began her career as a vocalist. She will conduct the ASO Chorus in evenings of Brahms and Rachmaninov … and Verdi’s ‘Requiem’ … Grammy-winning composer Carlos Simon curates concerts in February to celebrate Black History Month, featuring the glee clubs of Morehouse College and Spelman College, as well as poet and spoken-word performer Marc Bamuthi Joseph…. Robert Spano, who directed the symphony for two decades, will return … to conduct Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3, with … Garrick Ohlsson … Spano also conducts Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring’ … alongside the world premiere of Jonathan Leshnoff’s ‘Sacrifice of Isaac.’… The ASO is focused on broadening its musical sources and this fall will offer performances featuring the sarod, a stringed instrument from the Indian subcontinent … ‘Samaagam,’ a concerto for orchestra and sarod by Amjad Ali Khan, will be performed by the composer.”