In Thursday’s (3/4) Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Pierre Ruhe writes, “A decade ago, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra formed an innovative ‘creative partnership’ with conductors Robert Spano and Donald Runnicles. The two midcareer maestros—Spano is music director, Runnicles is principal guest conductor—brought different sensibilities and artistic strengths to the orchestra, which, under their command, has flourished in almost every direction. Wednesday afternoon, in a live Webcast, the ASO announced its 2010-11 season—the orchestra’s 66th—and the 10th anniversary of the Spano-Runnicles dynamic duo. The ASO also announced its 2010 summertime concerts at Chastain Park and Verizon Wireless amphitheaters. … The two conductors’ artistic collaboration will be celebrated in January, when Runnicles leads Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor with Spano as solo pianist. … Next season there are just two world premieres, both on the same concert in June 2011: a 20-minute work by Atlanta composer Alvin Singleton, who served as the ASO’s composer-in-residence under Robert Shaw; and James Oliverio’s Double Timpani Concerto for the Brothers Yancich. Mark Yancich is ASO principal timpanist, and Paul is principal of the Cleveland Orchestra.” To see related video clips, go to

Posted March 4, 2010