The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra announced that Music Director Robert Spano has been named Distinguished Artist in Residence at Emory University. During his residency, to take place for three weeks during the spring semesters of 2010, 2011, and 2012, Spano will co-teach seminars, lecture, and present programs that are not only musicological but also explore literature, philosophy, science, and musicology. From March 28 to April 18, 2010, Spano will co-teach a program with Emory music professor Steven Everett on metaphysics and the origins of music, called “Tonality and Sonata Form: Pythagorean Tuning, Numerology and Cosmology.” Details of programs for the second and third years will be announced at a later date, including a 2011 co-teaching residency with Richard Rambuss, chairman of Emory’s English Department. Emory has appointed seven other individuals to similar roles in recent years, including His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, former President Jimmy Carter, and writer Salman Rushdie.

Photo of Robert Spano by J.D. Scott

Posted October 6, 2009