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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

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra consistently affirms its position as one of America’s leading Orchestras by performing great music, presenting great artists, educating, and engaging.

The Orchestra is known for the excellence of its live performances, presentations, renowned choruses, and its impressive list of GRAMMY® Award-winning recordings. The leading cultural organization in the Southeast, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra serves as the cornerstone for artistic development and music education in the region. Since September 2001, the Orchestra and audiences together explore a creative programming mix, recordings, and visual enhancements, such as the Theater of a Concert, the Orchestra’s continuing exploration of different formats, settings, and enhancements for the musical performance experience. Another example is the Atlanta School of Composers, which reflects ASO Music Director Robert Spano and the Orchestra’s commitment to nurturing and championing music through multi-year partnerships defining a new generation of American composers. Since the beginning of his tenure (to date), Mr. Spano and the Orchestra have performed more than 100 concerts containing contemporary works (composed since 1950), including 15 ASO-commissioned world premieres.

During its 32-year history with Telarc, the Orchestra and Chorus has 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 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs more than 200 concerts each year for a combined audience of more than a half million in a full schedule of performances which also features educational and community concerts. A recognized leader and supporter of contemporary American music, the Orchestra recently received the 2007 award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. In addition, Music Director Robert Spano was named Musical America 2008 Conductor of the Year. With the opening of the 12,000-seat Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park (vzwamp.com) in May 2008, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra became the first U.S. orchestra to annually perform and present in its concert hall, and in two amphitheaters. In Summer 2008, the Orchestra celebrated 35 years at legendary Chastain Park Amphitheater, the award-winning 6,500 seat venue in Atlanta, during the Orchestra’s annual Delta Classic Chastain concert series (deltaclassicchastain.com).

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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 Molasky 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 Molasky 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 Molasky 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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    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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