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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Turner Voices is Turner Broadcasting’s philanthropic initiative that focuses on building the next generation of storytellers in the arts and high school education arenas.
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    Sun Sep 04, 2016 | 7:30 PM

    Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano and glo founding artist Lauri Stallings expand their catalog of collaborations of new music and dance as material for exquisite persistence, experimentation, and deep engagement.

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    Wed Sep 07, 2016 | 8:30 PM

    Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano and glo founding artist Lauri Stallings expand their catalog of collaborations of new music and dance as material for exquisite persistence, experimentation, and deep engagement.

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    Thu Sep 08, 2016 | 8:30 PM

    Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano and glo founding artist Lauri Stallings expand their catalog of collaborations of new music and dance as material for exquisite persistence, experimentation, and deep engagement.

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    cloth {field} - scenes from the still world and hereafter

    Fri Sep 09, 2016 | 8:30 PM

    Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano and glo founding artist Lauri Stallings expand their catalog of collaborations of new music and dance as material for exquisite persistence, experimentation, and deep engagement.

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    Star Wars and More: The Music of John Williams

    Sat Sep 10, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    Join us as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra celebrates Star Wars and More: The Music of John Williams.

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    cloth {field} - scenes from the still world and hereafter

    Sat Sep 10, 2016 | 8:30 PM

    Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano and glo founding artist Lauri Stallings expand their catalog of collaborations of new music and dance as material for exquisite persistence, experimentation, and deep engagement.

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    cloth {field} - scenes from the still world and hereafter

    Sun Sep 11, 2016 | 8:30 PM

    Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano and glo founding artist Lauri Stallings expand their catalog of collaborations of new music and dance as material for exquisite persistence, experimentation, and deep engagement.

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    Sold Out - Season Opening Concert with Special Guest Joshua Bell

    Thu Sep 15, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    We'll begin the 2016/17 season with a special One Night Only performance featuring the most celebrated violinist of his era, Joshua Bell.

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    Atlanta Symphony Ball: Season Celebration Party

    Sat Sep 17, 2016 | 6:00 PM

    A special evening of music and celebration supporting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

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    Garrick Ohlsson Plays Rachmaninov

    Thu Sep 22, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    Music Director Robert Spano leads the opening weekend of the Delta Classical Series with special guest, pianist Garrick Ohlsson performing Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto, always an audience favorite.

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    Garrick Ohlsson Plays Rachmaninov

    Sat Sep 24, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    Music Director Robert Spano leads the opening weekend of the Delta Classical Series with special guest, pianist Garrick Ohlsson performing Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto, always an audience favorite.

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    Sun Sep 25, 2016 | 3:00 PM

    Music Director Robert Spano leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with special guest, pianist Garrick Ohlsson performing Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto, always an audience favorite.

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    UK Rocks!

    Fri Sep 30, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    Since the 1960’s British Invasion, we've loved the way the UK Rocks! From legendary bands like Queen, The Who, and The Rolling Stones, to today's imports like Coldplay and Adele, there's something special about British rock.

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