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Mission & History

Our Mission

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its affiliated members are committed to build on our foundation of artistic excellence.

We unite in our desire to serve and to expand our audience through innovative programming, broader venues and increased educational opportunities while balancing artistic growth with financial soundness. We share a heritage of passion for the music. We embrace our responsibility to be a vigorous part of the cultural fabric of our community and to strive to reach national and international audiences.

Adopted by the Board of Directors September 14, 1998



Our Biography

Celebrating its 71st season, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra continues to affirm its position as one of America’s leading orchestras with excellent live performances, renowned guest artists and engaging education initiatives, all under Music Director Robert Spano and Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles.

As the cornerstone for artistic development in the Southeast, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs a full schedule of more than 200 concerts each year, including educational and community concerts, for a combined audience of more than half a million people.

The Orchestra and its audiences have together explored a creative mix of programming, including the Atlanta School of Composers, which reflects Mr. Spano and the Orchestra’s commitment to nurturing and championing music through multi-year partnerships defining a new generation of American composers.

In addition, the Orchestra’s Music Director since 2001, Robert Spano, was named Musical America 2008 Conductor of the Year.

During its 32-year history with Telarc, the Orchestra and Chorus have recorded more than 100 albums and its recordings have won 27 GRAMMY® Awards in categories including Best Classical Album, Best Orchestral Performance, Best Choral Performance, and Best Opera Performance. The Orchestra continues to record regularly on its new in-house label, ASO Media, which demonstrates the Orchestra’s commitment to celebrating classical masterworks while continuing to perform, commission, premiere, and record works by today's leading composers.

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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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    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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