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Stravinsky and Mozart Press Release

Stravinsky and Mozart Press Release

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 5, 2009 Contacts: Melissa A.E. Sanders (404) 733-4846, melissa.sanders@woodruffcenter.org Laura D. Soldati (404) 733-4105, laura.soldati@woodruffcenter.org MUSIC DIRECTOR ROBERT SPANO TO CONDUCT FINAL DELTA CLASSICAL CONCERT OF 2008-2009 SEASON MAY 14-17, 2009 Music Director Robert Spano will lead the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus in the final concert of the 2008-2009 Delta Classical Season. The program will feature Stravinsky’s Sy
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 5, 2009 Contacts: Melissa A.E. Sanders (404) 733-4846, melissa.sanders@woodruffcenter.org Laura D. Soldati (404) 733-4105, laura.soldati@woodruffcenter.org MUSIC DIRECTOR ROBERT SPANO TO CONDUCT FINAL DELTA CLASSICAL CONCERT OF 2008-2009 SEASON MAY 14-17, 2009 Music Director Robert Spano will lead the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus in the final concert of the 2008-2009 Delta Classical Season. The program will feature Stravinsky’s Sy

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May 5, 2009Contacts: Melissa A.E. Sanders(404) 733-4846,
Laura D. Soldati(404) 733-4105,
Music Director Robert Spano
will lead the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the AtlantaSymphony Orchestra Chorus in the final concert of the 2008-2009 Delta Classical Season. The program will feature Stravinsky’s
Symphony of Psalms
and Mozart’s
The concert will beheld at Atlanta Symphony Hall on May 14-16, 2009 at 8:00 p.m., and May 17, 2009 at 3:00 p.m.In
Igor Stravinsky’s
spiritually moving
Symphony of Psalms,
the orchestra and chorus are beautifully and equally balanced throughout all 3 parts. The symphony follows the progression of asingle prayer to receiving and praising God. Stravinsky composed the entire symphony backwardsand dedicated it to the Boston Symphony Orchestra in honor of its 50
Anniversary.As one of the most well-known compositions around the world, it’s no surprise that
continues to intrigue and excite us. With death at his heels, Mozart stated, “It is for myself I am writing this,” although the piece was anonymously commissioned for someone else. Thedramatic and sadly beautiful
is a look into the final days of this prolific composer.
About the Artists
Music Director Robert Spano,
currently in his eighth season as music director of the Atlanta SymphonyOrchestra, is recognized internationally as one of the most imaginative conductors today. Since 2001 he hasinvigorated and expanded the Orchestra’s repertoire while elevating the ensemble to new levels of international prominence and acclaim.The Orchestra and audiences together explore a creative programming mix, recordings, and visualenhancements, such as Theater of a Concert, the Orchestra’s continuing exploration of different formats,settings, and enhancements for the musical performance experience, such as the first concert-staged performances of John Adams’s
 Doctor Atomic
in November 2008. The Atlanta School of Composersreflects Mr. Spano and the Orchestra’s commitment to nurturing and championing music through multi-year  partnerships defining a new generation of American composers, including Osvaldo Golijov, Jennifer Higdon, Christopher Theofanidis, and Michael Gandolfi. Since the beginning of his tenure, 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.Last season, Mr. Spano conducted and recorded the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Puccini’s
 La Bohème,
the first American recording of the opera since 1956. It was released by Telarc in conjunctionwith the semi-staged performance he led at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, the Orchestra’snew state-of-the-art 12,000 seat venue in Alpharetta, Ga., where he conducted all of the orchestral concertsin the inaugural season.Mr. Spano continues to expand the discography of the Atlanta Symphony to include the music of AtlantaSchool of Composers Christopher Theofanidis, Jennifer Higdon, and Michael Gandolfi, as well as JohnAdams, David Del Tredici, Sibelius’
, Brahms’s
, a recently-released live recording of 
 La Bohème
and the Grammy
Award-winning recordings of Vaughan Williams’s
 A Sea Symphony
. Mr. Spano and the ASO have also recently recorded two discs of the music by AtlantaSchool of Composers Osvaldo Golijov for Deutsche Grammophon: one including
Three Songs
,and the other including the chamber opera
which was awarded two Grammys. In 2008, RobertSpano was named
 Musical America
Conductor of the Year.Soprano
Nathalie Paulin
has established herself in the United States, Canada, Europe and the Far East as aninterpretive artist of the very first rank. Winner of the 2005 Dora Mavor Moore Award for OutstandingOpera Performance, she has collaborated with internationally renowned conductors including Jane Glover,Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Andrew Parrott, Jonathan Darlington, Hervé Niquet, David Agler, RichardBradshaw, Bernard Labadie, Mario Bernardi, Anthony Walker, Graeme Jenkins, Andrew Litton and YoavTalmi on both the concert platform and in opera. She won the Dvorak prize and has also received awardsand prizes from the George London Foundation in New York, the Young Mozart Singers’ Competition inToronto and the Canadian Music Competition.In 2008-09,
Stacey Rishoi
sings as soloist in
with Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Komponist in
 Ariadne auf Naxos
with Calgary Opera, Mozart’s Requiem with Jacksonville and Symphony Orchestra,Verdi’s Requiem with Choral Arts Society of Washington DC, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with BuffaloPhilharmonic, and an appearance with South Dakota Chamber Orchestra in a vocal showcase concertthrough Sounds of South Dakota. Recent highlights include her first performances of Dalila in
Samson et  Dalila
with Nashville Opera; of Donna Elvira in
 Don Giovanni
with Orlando Opera Company;
 with Jacksonville Symphony; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with North Carolina Symphony Orchestra,under Grant Llewellyn. She returned to Washington National Opera as Waltraute in
 Die Walküre
; sangDvo
ák’s Stabat Mater, Beethoven’s
 Missa Solemnis
and Bach’s
St. Matthew Passion
with Choral ArtsSociety;
with San Diego Symphony; and de Falla’s
The Three Cornered Hat 
with the ColumbusSymphony.She has performed as soloist with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Mozart’s Requiem; in VaughanWilliams’s
Five Tudor Portraits
Serenade to Music
with Cathedral Choral Society; Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with National Symphony Orchestra, under Leonard Slatkin; Rossweisse in
 Die Walküre
withCanadian Opera Company; and Magdalena in
 Die Meistersinger 
with Cincinnati May Festival, under JamesConlon. Other concert highlights include the world premieres of Michael Torke’s
Four Seasons
and AaronKernis’
Garden of Light 
, both with New York Philharmonic conducted by Kurt Masur, and the world premiere of Thomas Ades’
 America: A Prophesy
. She has performed Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 withPittsburgh, Virginia, and Syracuse symphony orchestras, has appeared with National Symphony Orchestrain performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and has sung
with Oratorio Society of NewYork in Carnegie Hall. Ms. Rishoi performed Bach’s Magnificat with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra,Bach’s B Minor Mass with Bach Festival Society in Florida, and Vivaldi’s Gloria at Kennedy Center’s
Vivaldi Festival and with Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Rishoi can be heard on the world premiererecording of Liszt’s
St. Stanislaus,
conducted by James Conlon on the Telarc label.
Chad A. Johnson
is quickly making a name for himself in the world of opera. Born in Muskegon,Michigan, Chad began his musical studies in the vocal music department of Mona Shores High School. Hethen went on to Western Michigan University, The University of Kentucky and the American Institute of Musical Studies, Opera Studio in Graz, Austria. He is a student of renowned soprano, Virginia Zeani.In 2001, Chad joined the young artist program of the Chicago Opera Theater. Over the next two seasons he performed in the operas ensembles and covered the role of the
 Male Chorus
in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia. That May, Chad joined the Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Artist Program for Singers and was theninvited to join the Young Artist Ensemble at the Florida Grand Opera. During the 2002/03 and 2003/04seasons Chad sang many roles including the
Second Jew
in Salome,
in Roméo et Juliette,
 in La Traviata,
in the North American premier of Ede Donath’s Szulamit and
in Turandot. Thefollowing summer, Chad sang the role of 
, the miner in La fancuilla del West at Glimmerglass Opera,as a member of the Young American Artists Program.Future engagements include
in La Rondine with Lyric Opera San Diego, Ralph in H.M.S. Pinaforewith Nashville Opera, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte with Sarasota Opera and several concert appearancesaround the U.S.
Gustav Andreassen’s
2008-09 season currently includes the role of Leporello in Don Giovanni at ArizonaOpera, Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Opéra Atelier (Toronto), sings as soloist in Verdi’sRequiem with the Hartford Symphony Orchestraand in an appearance with the South Dakota Chamber Orchestra in a vocal showcase concert through Sounds of South Dakota. His recent busy summer includedappearing in concert as Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin with the National Symphony Orchestra, the rolesof Mercury and Ghost of Hector in Berlioz’s Les Troyens with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under James Levine at Tanglewood, and performances of Schonberg’s Gurre-Lieder at the Aspen Music Festival.Mr. Andreassen’s prolific opera career has included successes at leading opera houses throughout the world.He is a frequent presence at Utah Opera, having performed Daland in Der fliegende Holländer, Truffaldinoin Ariadne auf Naxos, and King in Aida; and has sung several roles at Arizona Opera, including Daland,Blitch in Susannah, and Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte. He has performed as Sourin in Pique Dame and asPrince Gremin with San Francisco Opera, Osmin with both Boston Lyric Opera and Glimmerglass Opera,Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Wolf Trap Opera, as well as Commendatore in Don Giovanni withBoston Baroque, Florida Grand Opera, and Cincinnati Opera, among others. Internationally Mr. Andreassenhas appeared with Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Hamburgishe Staatsoper, De Vlaamse Opera, and in Lucca,Italy in such roles as Ferrando in Il trovatore, Sparafucile in Rigoletto, and King Philip II in Don Carlos. Anavid concert artist, Mr. Andreassen’s extensive list of symphonic engagements include performances of Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Robert Spano, Shostakovich’sSymphony No. 13 with Seattle Symphony under Gerard Schwarz, Bach’s Magnificat with CincinnatiSymphony Orchestra, the world premiere of Liszt’s St. Stanislaus at the Cincinnati May Festival under James Conlon, and both Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. He has alsoappeared as soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the Chautauqua Institution, Beethoven’s Mass in Cand Choral Fantasy with Omaha Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with Alabama SymphonyOrchestra, Verdi’s Requiem with Black Hills Symphony, Schubert’s Mass in G with Arizona State Chorus,and Mozart’s Vesparae Solemnes with Masterworks Chorale of Tucson.

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