The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will open its 2010-11 season on September 23 with Music Director Robert Spano leading a concert featuring the world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’s Une Certaine Joie de Vivre, the first of ten fanfares celebrating the tenth year of the orchestra’s Atlanta School of Composers program. The opening concert will also include Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9, with soloist André Watts. Other world-premiere fanfares commissioned by the ASO to be performed throughout the season include those by Atlanta School Composers members Jennifer Higdon, Michael Gandolfi, and Adam Schoenberg, as well as by Robert Spano, Norman Mackenzie, and Alvin Singleton. Among other highlights of the ASO season are an October 30 performance of Janácek’s Glagolitic Mass at Carnegie Hall, led by Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles, with soprano Christine Brewer and the Atlanta Symphony Chorus, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year; at the same concert Spano will perform as soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20.

Posted September 8, 2010

Photo of Robert Spano by Andrew Eccles