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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    Perianes Returns To Play Schumann, Guest Conductor Zagrosek Conducts Brahms First Symphony

    Thu May 05, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    Mendelssohn’s Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage is a lovely Romantic orchestral work, inspired by two Goethe poems. Schumann’s Concerto requires a virtuoso pianist of the first rank and displays a remarkable sense of collaboration between soloist and orchestra.

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    Casual Fridays: Zagrosek Conducts Mendelssohn

    Fri May 06, 2016 | 6:30 PM

    Mendelssohn's Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage is a lovely Romantic orchestral work, inspired by two Goethe poems. We follow this with Brahms, a composer who spoke very much of Romantic lyricism, passion and grandeur. All tickets $25!

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    Perianes Returns To Play Schumann, Guest Conductor Zagrosek Conducts Brahms First Symphony

    Sat May 07, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    Mendelssohn’s Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage is a lovely Romantic orchestral work, inspired by two Goethe poems. Schumann’s Concerto requires a virtuoso pianist of the first rank and displays a remarkable sense of collaboration between soloist and orchestra.

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    ASYO Finale Concert

    Sun May 08, 2016 | 3:00 PM

    Meet the next generation of stars before they hit it big. Each year, the 120 dynamic and talented young artists of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO) energetically tackle masterworks of classical and modern music under the baton of Joseph Young.

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    Broadway's Golden Age

    Fri May 13, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    The large, lush arrangements for a Broadway Orchestra and chorus are no more, but the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its world famous Chorus keep the tradition alive with an evening of Broadway classics from its Golden Age.

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    Morris Robinson Community Recital

    Sat May 14, 2016 | 2:00 PM

    Bass Morris Robinson, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's 2015-16 Artist-in-Residence, presents a free recital of pieces that reflect on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    Broadway's Golden Age

    Sat May 14, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    The large, lush arrangements for a Broadway Orchestra and chorus are no more, but the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its world famous Chorus keep the tradition alive with an evening of Broadway classics from its Golden Age.

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    Broadway's Golden Age

    Sun May 15, 2016 | 3:00 PM

    The large, lush arrangements for a Broadway Orchestra and chorus are no more, but the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its world famous Chorus keep the tradition alive with an evening of Broadway classics from its Golden Age.

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    Chamber Recital

    Thu May 19, 2016 | 6:45 PM

    Join us for a complimentary Chamber recital featuring our talented Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians.

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    Joseph Young Conducts Naughton Twins in Night of Mozart and the Romeo and Juliet Suite

    Thu May 19, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    Mozart probably composed the Concerto for Two Pianos to perform with his sister, Nannerl.

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    Reinhardt University

    Fri May 20, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    A night of Mozart and the Romeo and Juliet Suite.

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    Joseph Young Conducts Naughton Twins in Night of Mozart and the Romeo and Juliet Suite

    Sat May 21, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    Mozart probably composed the Concerto for Two Pianos to perform with his sister, Nannerl.

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    Celebrating Jane Little

    Sun May 22, 2016 | 6:30 PM

    The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will pay tribute to Jane Little at this special Memorial Service this Sunday.

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    Side-By-Side Concert with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra

    Thu May 26, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    The 2016 Side-By-Side Concert repertoire will include the first movement from Violin Concerto No. 2 by Prokofiev performed by ASYO Concertmaster, Malhar Kute, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

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    Music of Elton John

    Fri May 27, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    Come close the Pops! season and say Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. This will be your last chance to Crocodile Rock with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on your 15/16 Pops! Season. Bring your friends Bennie and the Jets and sing Your Song along with Michael Cavanaugh, a Rocket Man of an entertainer.

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    Music of Elton John

    Sat May 28, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    Come close the Pops! season and say Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. This will be your last chance to Crocodile Rock with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on your 15/16 Pops! Season. Bring your friends Bennie and the Jets and sing Your Song along with Michael Cavanaugh, a Rocket Man of an entertainer.

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    Music of Elton John

    Sun May 29, 2016 | 3:00 PM

    Come close the Pops! season and say Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. This will be your last chance to Crocodile Rock with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on your 15/16 Pops! Season. Bring your friends Bennie and the Jets and sing Your Song along with Michael Cavanaugh, a Rocket Man of an entertainer.

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