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Four Fearless Movements by Shostakovich

In 1936, Dmitri Shostakovich veered perilously close to losing his life. Labeled an "enemy of the people," the composer needed to somehow placate the monster Stalin and gave it his best shot with his Symphony No. 5.

In 1936, Dmitri Shostakovich veered perilously close to losing his life. Labeled an "enemy of the people," the composer needed to somehow placate the monster Stalin and gave it his best shot with his Symphony No. 5. Crafting a muscular thrill ride with a politically expedient dose of heroism, Shostakovich redeemed himself in the eyes of the tyrant and gave the world one of the greatest symphonies of the 20th century.

The rising star American conductor Karina Canellakis brings out the soulful virtuoso Itamar Zorman to play Berg's haunting and poetic Violin Concerto and kicks off the program with a nod to Beethoven in his 250th year.

Saturday Evening Post-Concert Talk With Conductor Karina Canellakis
Ticket holders are invited to attend a conversation with conductor Karina Canellakis in Center Space immediately following the concert on Saturday, February 1.

Pre-Concert Talks
Join host Ken Meltzer, ASO Program Annotator and Music Consultant, 1 hour before each evening and matinee Delta Classical concert in Symphony Hall (unless otherwise noted) for FREE Pre-Concert Talks by composers, conductors, educators, and musical experts. Pre-Concert Talks are free and open to all concert tickets holders.

ASO Young Professionals
BRAVO, the ASO's young professionals group, meets up for cocktails and networking before the concert. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and drinks while you mix and mingle with members and ASO musicians. Interested in joining? Click here to learn more.

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Thu. 01/30/20 8:00 PM

Sat. 02/01/20 8:00 PM

Robert Spano Conducts Vaughan Williams

During the tumultuous decades of a world at war, Ralph Vaughan Williams applied rigorous scholarship to the preservation of hundreds of folksongs and hymn tunes.

During the tumultuous decades of a world at war, Ralph Vaughan Williams applied rigorous scholarship – and some sturdy walking shoes – to the preservation of hundreds of folksongs and hymn tunes. His field work anchored the English people in a shared musical heritage. And it seeped into his compositions.

"RVW's" 1943 Symphony No. 5 fuses original material with two Anglican Easter hymns – one of which, he composed himself – for his pastoral-sounding Symphony No. 5. Robert Spano leads the internationally renowned Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in music by Vaughan Williams and J.S. Bach. Rising star soprano and Marietta native Maria Valdes makes her ASO debut.

Pre-Concert Talks
Join host Ken Meltzer, ASO Program Annotator and Music Consultant, 1 hour before each evening and matinee Delta Classical concert in Symphony Hall (unless otherwise noted) for FREE Pre-Concert Talks by composers, conductors, educators, and musical experts. Pre-Concert Talks are free and open to all concert tickets holders. Speakers and locations are subject to change.

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Thu. 02/06/20 8:00 PM

Sat. 02/08/20 8:00 PM

Northern Lights Part 1: The Sibelius Violin Concerto

At one time, Russian censors banned Finlandia. But they were hopelessly ineffective at preventing people from playing it.

At one time, Russian censors banned Finlandia. But they were hopelessly ineffective at preventing people from playing it. This catchy little anthem became a rallying cry for patriots, galvanizing the Finns' struggle for independence.

Experience the bracing sonorities of Jean Sibelius when Thomas Søndergård returns to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to explore this bewitching symphonic legacy. Rising star violinist Blake Pouliot makes his ASO debut.

Thursday Evening Post-Concert Talk With Conductor Thomas Søndergård
Ticket holders are invited to attend a conversation with conductor Thomas Søndergård in Center Space immediately following the concert on Thursday, February 20.

Pre-Concert Talks
Join host Ken Meltzer, ASO Program Annotator and Music Consultant, 1 hour before each evening and matinee Delta Classical concert in Symphony Hall (unless otherwise noted) for FREE Pre-Concert Talks by composers, conductors, educators, and musical experts. Pre-Concert Talks are free and open to all concert tickets holders. Speakers and locations are subject to change.

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Thu. 02/20/20 8:00 PM

Sat. 02/22/20 8:00 PM

Northern Lights Part 2: The Grieg Piano Concerto

The beguiling Danish maestro Thomas Søndergård leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in a program of Nordic treasures.

This week, the beguiling Danish maestro Thomas Søndergård leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in a program of Nordic treasures. One of the most recognizable pieces in all classical music, Grieg's Piano Concerto graces movies, comedy routines and video games, alike. It's also an unrepentant thriller, bringing power, melody and poetry together in one dazzling piece. The Orchestra welcomes Norwegian pianist Håvard Gimse. Also on the program, Thomas Søndergård conducts the poignant "Sinfonia Espansiva" by fellow Dane Carl Nielsen.

Thursday evening includes a pre-concert chamber music recital at 6:45 p.m. in Atlanta Symphony Hall. Free for all ticket holders of the Feb. 27 and 29, 2020 concerts.

Saturday Pre-Concert Talk
Join host Ken Meltzer, ASO Program Annotator and Music Consultant, 1 hour before each evening and matinee Delta Classical concert in Symphony Hall (unless otherwise noted) for FREE Pre-Concert Talks by composers, conductors, educators, and musical experts. Pre-Concert Talks are free and open to all concert tickets holders. Speakers and locations are subject to change.

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Thu. 02/27/20 8:00 PM

Sat. 02/29/20 8:00 PM

The In-Laws: Wagner and Liszt

One of the busiest conductors alive, Emmanuel Villaume returns to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for an evening of lavish Romanticism, opening with an uncharacteristically tender piece from the lion of German music Richard Wagner.

One of the busiest conductors alive, Emmanuel Villaume returns to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for an evening of lavish Romanticism, opening with an uncharacteristically tender piece from the lion of German music Richard Wagner. Siegfried Idyll is a nursery song, written as a Christmas present for the composer's wife, Cosima, and their infant son. The next piece on the program was written by her father, Franz Liszt. A superstar pianist who was famous for sending women into fainting spells, Liszt completed his Piano Concerto No. 1 in 1849. The thundering virtuoso Andrew von Oeyen steps into Liszt’s shoes to perform the Concerto with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Also on the program, the ASO plays a perennial favorite: the "Organ" Symphony by Camille Saint-Saëns.

Saturday Evening Post-Concert Talk With Conductor Emmanuel Villaume
Ticket holders are invited to attend a conversation with conductor Emmanuel Villaume in Center Space immediately following the concert on Saturday, March 7.

Pre-Concert Talks
Join host Ken Meltzer, ASO Program Annotator and Music Consultant, 1 hour before each evening and matinee Delta Classical concert in Symphony Hall (unless otherwise noted) for FREE Pre-Concert Talks by composers, conductors, educators, and musical experts. Pre-Concert Talks are free and open to all concert tickets holders. Speakers and locations are subject to change.

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Thu. 03/05/20 8:00 PM

Sat. 03/07/20 8:00 PM

André Watts Plays Ravel's Concerto for the Left Hand

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra welcomes piano legend André Watts for Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7.

Pianist Andre Watts is recovering from a nerve injury to his left hand and will not be able to perform Beethoven's "Emperor" Piano Concerto when he appears with the Atlanta Symphony on March 19 and 21, 2020. However, we are pleased to announce that Mr. Watts will be performing the Ravel Concerto for Left Hand, which he has reworked to perform with his right hand. Mr. Watts would like to thank Music Director Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony for agreeing to this necessary program change.

2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven, a composer who shattered norms, setting the bar for musicians of the future while composing some of the most extraordinary work ever committed to paper.

This week, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra welcomes piano legend André Watts for Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, a piece commissioned by a concert pianist who had lost his right arm in the First World War. Robert Spano keeps the evening on a high with one of the great revelations of symphonic music: Beethoven's Seventh Symphony.

Pre-Concert Talks
Join host Ken Meltzer, ASO Program Annotator and Music Consultant, 1 hour before each evening and matinee Delta Classical concert in Symphony Hall (unless otherwise noted) for FREE Pre-Concert Talks by composers, conductors, educators, and musical experts. Pre-Concert Talks are free and open to all concert tickets holders. Speakers and locations are subject to change.

André Watts recordings available on the SONY Classical, Philips, Angel/EMI and Telarc labels. André Watts appears by arrangement with CM Artists.

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Thu. 03/19/20 8:00 PM

Sat. 03/21/20 8:00 PM

Beethoven at 250: Missa solemnis

The ASO presents one of the most profound works in the choral literature: Beethoven's Missa solemnis.

Since its founding in 1945, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has grown into an international force in music-making, providing an endless source of inspiration to Atlantans while exporting our city's uniqueness to communities around the globe. During the 2019-20 season, there is much to celebrate: it is the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven, and it is our 75th anniversary season.

In recognition of this major milestone in the life of the Orchestra, the ASO presents one of the most profound works in the choral literature: Beethoven's Missa solemnis. Robert Spano brings stellar voices from the opera world together with the internationally acclaimed Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus for an unforgettable performance of the Beethoven masterpiece. These concerts will be performed in Atlanta prior to a tour to New York's Carnegie Hall.

Pre-Concert Talks
Join host Ken Meltzer, ASO Program Annotator and Music Consultant, 1 hour before each evening and matinee Delta Classical concert in Symphony Hall (unless otherwise noted) for FREE Pre-Concert Talks by composers, conductors, educators, and musical experts. Pre-Concert Talks are free and open to all concert tickets holders. Speakers and locations are subject to change.

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Thu. 03/26/20 8:00 PM

Fri. 03/27/20 8:00 PM

Midori and Bartók

Rising-star Australian conductor Nicholas Carter makes his Atlanta Symphony Orchestra debut with Midori in a concerto peppered by the sounds of Hungarian folksongs.

Whether it's Prince, Beyoncé or Midori, there's a certain mystique to single-name artists; they stand out for having unique abilities – and the Japanese-American violinist Midori is no exception. As an 11-year-old, she dazzled New York critics with the profound maturity of her musicianship before growing into one of the world's most celebrated violinists.

This week, the rising-star Australian conductor Nicholas Carter makes his Atlanta Symphony Orchestra debut with Midori in a concerto peppered by the sounds of Hungarian folksongs. The concert concludes with a wartime piece written in 1944 as Russian troops turned the tables on the German army: Prokofiev's massive and exhilarating Symphony No. 5.

Thursday evening includes a pre-concert chamber music recital at 6:45 p.m. in Atlanta Symphony Hall. Free for all ticket holders of the Apr. 16 and 18, 2020 concerts.

Thursday Evening Post-Concert Talk With Conductor Nicholas Carter
Ticket holders are invited to attend a conversation with conductor Nicholas Carter in Center Space immediately following the concert on Thursday, April 16.

Saturday Pre-Concert Talk
Join host Ken Meltzer, ASO Program Annotator and Music Consultant, 1 hour before each evening and matinee Delta Classical concert in Symphony Hall (unless otherwise noted) for FREE Pre-Concert Talks by composers, conductors, educators, and musical experts. Pre-Concert Talks are free and open to all concert tickets holders. Speakers and locations are subject to change.

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Thu. 04/16/20 8:00 PM

Sat. 04/18/20 8:00 PM

Donald Runnicles Conducts Carmina burana

One of the most beguiling works in the choral literature, Carmina burana is a lusty powerhouse based on a set of poems by Medieval monks.

One of the most beguiling works in the choral literature, Carmina burana is a lusty powerhouse based on a set of poems by Medieval monks. Discovered by the composer in a second-hand bookshop, these bawdy poems inspired a raucous and spellbinding hymn to fertility, springtime, and the inevitability of death.

Atlanta Symphony Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles returns to lead Orchestra and Chorus in Carmina burana. Soloists include the alluring Puerto Rican soprano Meechot Marrero, and the “suave and sonorous” [Opera News] baritone Stephen Powell.

Pre-Concert Talks
Join host Ken Meltzer, ASO Program Annotator and Music Consultant, 1 hour before each evening and matinee Delta Classical concert in Symphony Hall (unless otherwise noted) for FREE Pre-Concert Talks by composers, conductors, educators, and musical experts. Pre-Concert Talks are free and open to all concert tickets holders. Speakers and locations are subject to change.

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Thu. 04/23/20 8:00 PM

Fri. 04/24/20 8:00 PM

Sat. 04/25/20 8:00 PM

Sun. 04/26/20 3:00 PM

Stephen Mulligan Conducts The Rite of Spring

Assistant Conductor Stephen Mulligan brings out Stravinsky's earth-shattering ballet score The Rite of Spring, a piece so bracing, so unexpected, a riot broke out at its first performance in 1913.

All season long, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its Diamond Anniversary with a marvelous showcase of the men and women who’ve put the Orchestra on the map – our world-class musicians. This week's program highlights their exceptional artistry as Assistant Conductor Stephen Mulligan brings out Stravinsky's earth-shattering ballet score The Rite of Spring, a piece so bracing, so unexpected, a riot broke out at its first performance in 1913.

This all-Russian concert opens with Prokofiev's irresistible showpiece Lieutenant Kijé and features the brilliant musicianship of Principal Trumpet Stuart Stephenson in a concerto by Alexander Arutiunian.

Pre-Concert Talks
Join host Ken Meltzer, ASO Program Annotator and Music Consultant, 1 hour before each evening and matinee Delta Classical concert in Symphony Hall (unless otherwise noted) for FREE Pre-Concert Talks by composers, conductors, educators, and musical experts. Pre-Concert Talks are free and open to all concert tickets holders. Speakers and locations are subject to change.

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Thu. 04/30/20 8:00 PM

Sat. 05/02/20 8:00 PM

Holst's The Planets & Miloš Karadaglić Returns

One the most exciting conductors of his generation, Jonathon Heyward makes his Atlanta Symphony Orchestra debut for a program featuring Gustav Holst's timeless orchestral suite, The Planets.

One the most exciting conductors of his generation, Jonathon Heyward makes his Atlanta Symphony Orchestra debut for a program featuring Gustav Holst's timeless orchestral suite, The Planets.

The Orchestra also welcomes the Montenegrin guitar sensation Miloš Karadaglić for a new work by the dynamic composer of film, television, opera, and dance Joby Talbot. A piece titled Ink Dark Moon, Talbot's concerto blends "the magical with the dangerously dark...with sparing hints of funk, folk and pop occasionally creeping in" [bachtrack.com].

Saturday Evening Post-Concert Talk With Conductor Jonathon Heyward
Ticket holders are invited to attend a conversation with conductor Jonathon Heyward in Center Space immediately following the concert on Saturday, May 9.

Pre-Concert Talks
Join host Ken Meltzer, ASO Program Annotator and Music Consultant, 1 hour before each evening and matinee Delta Classical concert in Symphony Hall (unless otherwise noted) for FREE Pre-Concert Talks by composers, conductors, educators, and musical experts. Pre-Concert Talks are free and open to all concert tickets holders. Speakers and locations are subject to change.

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Thu. 05/07/20 8:00 PM

Sat. 05/09/20 8:00 PM

Mahler's Symphony No. 4

The electrifying Italian maestro Nicola Luisotti returns to the ASO to conduct two treasures for soprano and orchestra: Mozart's exquisite motet "Exsultate, Jubilate," and Mahler's Symphony No. 4.

Sarah Shafer has "crystalline sound, perfectly true intonation, glowing warmth, and total presence" [Philadelphia Inquirer].

The electrifying Italian maestro Nicola Luisotti returns to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to conduct two treasures for soprano and orchestra: Mozart's exquisite motet "Exsultate, Jubilate," and Mahler's Symphony No. 4. Using "The Heavenly Life" from a vast collection of German folk poems, Mahler crafts a child's view of heaven for a tender finale to his bucolic Fourth Symphony. The fast-rising young soprano Sarah Shafer makes her Atlanta Symphony Orchestra debut. The concert opens with the American heavy: Barber's Adagio for Strings, famously featured at the funeral of J.F.K. It also played prominently in the films Platoon and The Elephant Man.

Thursday evening includes a pre-concert chamber music recital at 6:45 p.m. in Atlanta Symphony Hall. Free for all ticket holders of the May 14 and 16, 2020 concerts.

Thursday Evening Post-Concert Talk With Conductor Nicola Luisotti
Ticket holders are invited to attend a conversation with conductor Nicola Luisotti in Center Space immediately following the concert on Thursday, May 14.

Saturday Pre-Concert Talk
Join host Ken Meltzer, ASO Program Annotator and Music Consultant, 1 hour before each evening and matinee Delta Classical concert in Symphony Hall (unless otherwise noted) for FREE Pre-Concert Talks by composers, conductors, educators, and musical experts. Pre-Concert Talks are free and open to all concert tickets holders. Speakers and locations are subject to change.

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Thu. 05/14/20 8:00 PM

Sat. 05/16/20 8:00 PM

Tchaikovsky's Moving Final Symphony

Be enthralled when Nikolaj Znaider and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra stir up the passion in Tchaikovsky's heartrending "Pathétique" Symphony.

pa•thé•tique /pä tā tēk/ adj. 1 moving

Be enthralled when Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra stir up the passion in Tchaikovsky's heartrending "Pathétique" Symphony.

Mendelssohn's 1829 visit to Fingal's Cave, a gigantic natural structure in the Scottish Hebrides, inspired one of the most enchanting and beloved works in the orchestral repertoire. Kirill Gerstein solos in Mozart's elegant Piano Concerto No. 17. Mozart was thrilled when his pet starling surprised the composer/pianist by singing the Concerto's finale! Tchaikovsky confessed that while composing his final Symphony, the tragic "Pathétique," "I frequently wept copiously." Nine days after conducting the Symphony's premiere, Tchaikovsky was dead, at the age of 53.

Pre-Concert Talks
Join host Ken Meltzer, ASO Program Annotator and Music Consultant, 1 hour before each evening and matinee Delta Classical concert in Symphony Hall (unless otherwise noted) for FREE Pre-Concert Talks by composers, conductors, educators, and musical experts. Pre-Concert Talks are free and open to all concert tickets holders. Speakers and locations are subject to change.

Saturday Evening Post-Concert Talk With Conductor Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider
Ticket holders are invited to attend a conversation with conductor Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider in Center Space immediately following the concert on Saturday, May 30.

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Thu. 05/28/20 8:00 PM

Sat. 05/30/20 8:00 PM

Wagner's Tristan und Isolde (Atlanta Premiere) - Act I

Robert Spano assembles a dream cast of Wagnerian singers along with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for a special presentation of Wagner's monument to unquenchable love, Tristan und Isolde.

Robert Spano assembles a dream cast of Wagnerian singers along with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for a special presentation of Wagner's monument to unquenchable love, Tristan und Isolde.

An Olympic feat for vocal performers, this production features Simon O'Neill with "typhoon-force top notes" [The Times] as the heartsick hero, and the incomparable Tamara Wilson, a recent winner of the Richard Tucker Award, as Isolde. The international opera star and Georgia native Jamie Barton (also a Richard Tucker recipient) sings the role of Brangaene.

Pre-Concert Talks
Join host Ken Meltzer, ASO Program Annotator and Music Consultant, 1 hour before each evening and matinee Delta Classical concert in Symphony Hall (unless otherwise noted) for FREE Pre-Concert Talks by composers, conductors, educators, and musical experts. Pre-Concert Talks are free and open to all concert tickets holders. Speakers and locations are subject to change.

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Thu. 06/11/20 8:00 PM

Wagner's Tristan und Isolde (Atlanta Premiere) - Act II

Robert Spano assembles a dream cast of Wagnerian singers along with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for a special presentation of Wagner's monument to unquenchable love, Tristan und Isolde.

Robert Spano assembles a dream cast of Wagnerian singers along with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for a special presentation of Wagner's monument to unquenchable love, Tristan und Isolde.

An Olympic feat for vocal performers, this production features Simon O'Neill with "typhoon-force top notes" [The Times] as the heartsick hero, and the incomparable Tamara Wilson, a recent winner of the Richard Tucker Award, as Isolde. The international opera star and Georgia native Jamie Barton (also a Richard Tucker recipient) sings the role of Brangaene.

Pre-Concert Talks
Join host Ken Meltzer, ASO Program Annotator and Music Consultant, 1 hour before each evening and matinee Delta Classical concert in Symphony Hall (unless otherwise noted) for FREE Pre-Concert Talks by composers, conductors, educators, and musical experts. Pre-Concert Talks are free and open to all concert tickets holders. Speakers and locations are subject to change.

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Sat. 06/13/20 8:00 PM

Wagner's Tristan und Isolde (Atlanta Premiere) - Act III

Robert Spano assembles a dream cast of Wagnerian singers along with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for a special presentation of Wagner's monument to unquenchable love, Tristan und Isolde.

Robert Spano assembles a dream cast of Wagnerian singers along with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for a special presentation of Wagner's monument to unquenchable love, Tristan und Isolde.

An Olympic feat for vocal performers, this production features Simon O'Neill with "typhoon-force top notes" [The Times] as the heartsick hero, and the incomparable Tamara Wilson, a recent winner of the Richard Tucker Award, as Isolde. The international opera star and Georgia native Jamie Barton (also a Richard Tucker recipient) sings the role of Brangaene.

Pre-Concert Talks
Join host Ken Meltzer, ASO Program Annotator and Music Consultant, 1 hour before each evening and matinee Delta Classical concert in Symphony Hall (unless otherwise noted) for FREE Pre-Concert Talks by composers, conductors, educators, and musical experts. Pre-Concert Talks are free and open to all concert tickets holders. Speakers and locations are subject to change.

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Sun. 06/14/20 3:00 PM

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