Jennifer Higdon, Christopher Theofanidis, Osvaldo Golijov, Michael Gandolfi, and Adam Schoenberg.

Atlanta School of Composers

The Atlanta School of Composers evolved from a continuing commitment by Robert Spano and the Orchestra to nurture, commission and record contemporary music through multi-year partnerships with a new generation of American composers, including Jennifer Higdon, Christopher Theofanidis, Osvaldo Golijov, Michael Gandolfi, and Adam Schoenberg with other prospective composers on the horizon.

Since his tenure with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra began in 2001, Mr. Spano and the ASO have performed nearly 100 contemporary works (composed since 1950), including seven ASO-commissioned world premieres, two additional world premieres, and one U.S. premiere.

Five of Mr. Spano’s recordings with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra have won a total of eight Grammy® Awards, including Jennifer Higdon’s City Scape, Golijov’s Ainadamar, and a disc that features Christoper Theofanidis’ The Here and Now. In 2007, Telarc released the world premiere recording of Michael Gandolfi’s Garden of Cosmic Speculation, featuring Robert Spano and the ASO.


L to R: Michael Gandolfi, Adam Schoenberg, Robert Spano, Christopher Theofanidis, and Jennifer Higdon

In 2007, the ASO was selected by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers to receive its highest award, the John S. Edwards Award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music— the sixth ASCAP award in the ASO’s history and second under Robert Spano. The annual award is given by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and the League of American Orchestras to honor programming that stimulates audiences, builds repertoire, and strengthens support for American composers in this country and abroad. The awards recognize orchestras whose programming in the most recent season demonstrates a strong commitment to contemporary music.

The ASO continues to be a trendsetter and in the forefront of American orchestras supporting, performing and recording the composers and music of our time.


Sponsors


$1 Million Grant – The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The Atlanta School of Composers was one of three Atlanta Symphony Orchestra initiatives awarded a $1 million three-year grant by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (NY). This grant also supports: Recordings and Theater of a Concert. Awarded in recognition of innovative artistic achievement and as an investment in the Orchestra’s ambitious artistic initiatives, this unprecedented level of support is the first Mellon Foundation grant to the ASO in more than 30 years, as well as the largest grant from a national foundation outside Atlanta earned by the ASO in its history.
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    Concertmaster David Coucheron Solos

    Thu Feb 04, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    ASO Concertmaster David Coucheron is featured in an Everest of the Violin Concerto repertoire – Brahms’ violin concerto.

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    Casual Friday: David Coucheron Plays Brahms

    Fri Feb 05, 2016 | 6:30 PM

    Featuring David Coucheron performing Brahms' Violin Concerto. All tickets $25

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    Concertmaster David Coucheron Solos

    Sat Feb 06, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    ASO Concertmaster David Coucheron is featured in an Everest of the Violin Concerto repertoire – Brahms’ violin concerto.

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    A Valentine’s Romance

    Fri Feb 12, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    Jazz guitarist and bandleader John Pizzarelli joins the ASO in an evening of love songs and duets. Special guest (and John’s wife!) Jessica Molaskey joins him to put you in the mood this Valentine’s weekend! This will be a romantic evening you won’t want to miss.

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    A Valentine’s Romance

    Sat Feb 13, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    Jazz guitarist and bandleader John Pizzarelli joins the ASO in an evening of love songs and duets. Special guest (and John’s wife!) Jessica Molaskey joins him to put you in the mood this Valentine’s weekend! This will be a romantic evening you won’t want to miss.

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    Sold Out: Be Mine - A Free Family Concert

    Sun Feb 14, 2016 | 3:00 PM

    Stories of young love abound during Valentine's Day. Celebrate some of the greatest young romances in classical music as told through whimsical and romantic selections from Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, Bizet's Carmen and Puccini's La bohème, among others.

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    A Valentine’s Romance

    Sun Feb 14, 2016 | 7:00 PM

    Jazz guitarist and bandleader John Pizzarelli joins the ASO in an evening of love songs and duets. Special guest (and John’s wife!) Jessica Molaskey joins him to put you in the mood this Valentine’s weekend! This will be a romantic evening you won’t want to miss.

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    Karen Gomyo Plays Tchaikovsky

    Thu Feb 18, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    Petrushka is the tale of a puppet who after being murdered by his rival, returns to haunt his master.

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    Travis Tritt

    Fri Feb 19, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    Travis Tritt will perform a rare & intimate solo acoustic act at Atlanta Symphony Hall on February 19, 2016.

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    Kennesaw State University

    Fri Feb 19, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    Conductor Cristian Măcelaru leads the ASO in an evening of works from Russian composers.

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    Karen Gomyo Plays Tchaikovsky

    Sat Feb 20, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    Petrushka is the tale of a puppet who after being murdered by his rival, returns to haunt his master.

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    ASO Premieres Frankenstein, Serkin Plays Brahms Piano Concerto

    Thu Feb 25, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    The Frankenstein Symphony features music from American composer Mark Grey’s full-length opera, based upon the novel by Mary Shelley. Brahms’ First Piano Concerto is based off of his first attempt at a symphony, at the behest of his mentor Robert Schumann.

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    Morris Robinson Community Recital

    Fri Feb 26, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    Bass Morris Robinson, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's 2015-16 Artist-in-Residence, presents a FREE recital of his favorite works in collaboration with the Morehouse Glee Club.

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    Music for the Very Young: Stories in Sound

    Sat Feb 27, 2016 | 9:30 AM

    This program introduces a variety of contrasting musical elements with storytelling which are brilliantly interwoven to create a unique, interactive musical journey.

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    Music for the Very Young: Stories in Sound

    Sat Feb 27, 2016 | 11:30 AM

    This program introduces a variety of contrasting musical elements with storytelling which are brilliantly interwoven to create a unique, interactive musical journey.

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    ASO Premieres Frankenstein, Serkin Plays Brahms Piano Concerto

    Sat Feb 27, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    The Frankenstein Symphony features music from American composer Mark Grey’s full-length opera, based upon the novel by Mary Shelley. Brahms’ First Piano Concerto is based off of his first attempt at a symphony, at the behest of his mentor Robert Schumann.

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    David Cross

    Sun Feb 28, 2016 | 7:30 PM

    David Cross is bringing his comedic act to Atlanta Symphony Hall on February 28, 2016.

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