October 2011: Rachmaninov & Scriabin at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

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Encore Atlanta is the official show program for The Fox Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (at Woodruff Arts Center and Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre), Alliance Theatre and The Atlanta Opera. In this issue: Delta Classical Series Concerts Thursday and Saturday, October 27 and 29, 2011, at 8 p.m. Robert Spano, Conductor; Tatiana Monogarova, Soprano; Sergey Romanovsky, Tenor; Denis Sedov, Bass; Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Norman Mackenzie, Director of Choruses. Esa -Pekka Salonen (b. 1958) Nyx (2011) Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Premiere. Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915) Le Poème de l’extase (The Poem of Ecstasy, Symphony No. 4), Opus 54 (1908). Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943) The Bells, for Chorus, Orchestra and Solo, Opus 35 (1913).

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    Welcometo theAtlanta Symphony Orchestras 2011-2012DeltaClassicalConcertSeason, our 68th! This season has been years in the making.We deliberated andplannedanddevelopedandtestedideaafteridea,allinanefforttofulfillthehopes,tomeettheneedsandexpectationsofouraudiences.Iamconfidentthatwevecreatedaseasonthatwilldelightyou,moveyou,andinspireyou.

    Overthecomingweeksyouwillseeandhearus:

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  • Music Director Robert Spano, currently in his 11th season as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, is recognized internationally as one of the most imaginative conductors today. Since 2001, he has invigorated and expanded the Orchestras repertoire while elevating the ensemble to new levels of international prominence and acclaim.

    Under Mr. Spanos artistic leadership, the Orchestra and its audiences have together explored a creative mix of programming, including Theater of a Concert performances, which explore different formats, settings, and enhancements for the musical performance experience, such as the first concert-staged performances of John Adamss Doctor Atomic in November 2008 and the production of Puccinis Madama Butterfly in June 2011. The Atlanta School of Composers reflects Mr. Spanos commitment to nurturing and championing music

    through multi-year partnerships defining a new generation of American composers, including Osvaldo Golijov, Jennifer Higdon, Christopher Theofanidis, Michael Gandolfi, and Adam Schoenberg. 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).

    Mr. Spano has a discography with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestraof 19 recordings, six of which have been honored withGrammy awards. He has

    led the Orchestras performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, as well asthe Ravinia,Ojai, and Savannah MusicFestivals.Mr. Spano has led the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, San Francisco, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago and Philadelphia Symphony Orchestras, as well as Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, BBC Symphony and Amsterdams Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In addition, he has conducted for Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and the 2005 and 2009 Seattle Opera Ring cycles. Mr. Spano was Musical Ameri