Legendary classical conductor Robert Shaw skillfully developed Atlanta Symphony as a world class orchestra.
During the orchestra’s first auspicious appearance at the historical Carnegie Hall, New York City, March 1971, the orchestra has performed 23 classical concerts to date, 12 times with legendary conductor Robert Shaw, five with musical genius Yoel Levi, and six with the talented maestro Roberto Spano.
Currently, the musical baton has been graciously passed unto the gifted hands of Atlanta Symphony Conductor Spano, and a classical music precedent has been firmly established.
“At our very core, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra believes in the power of music, and in particular, the power of live performance,” exclaimed Atlanta Symphony Orchestra President Stanley Romanstein. “We are here to perform great music, present great artists, nurture young talent, and engage with our community.”
Music Director Spano and Atlanta Symphony conducted a brilliant and breathtaking performance at Carnegie Hall, November 2011, amidst countless standing ovations.
“The New York Times” profoundly wrote: “To judge from the large turnout and big ovations, he and the Atlanta players are always welcome at Carnegie Hall.”
Atlanta Symphony has achieved international recognition as a prestigious world class orchestra. In fact, Atlanta Symphony and its critically acclaimed classical recordings have won 27 Grammy Awards.
“When you hear a world premiere, and you’re in on something that’s unfolding live for the first time, it’s more than special,” said Atlanta radio personality Frank Ski. ‘Firebird’ was new once and what a scene that caused. And the cool thing is, there are premieres every season in Symphony Hall. How great is that?”
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has featured renowned jazz pianist Marcus Roberts, Pulitzer Prize-winning trumpeter, composer and bandleader Wynton Marsalis, and classical pianist extraordinaire Lang Lang.
Atlanta Symphony Conductor Spano will lead the Grammy Awards-winning classical orchestra in closing musical ceremonies at Savannah Music Festival, Saturday, April 6, 2013, featuring a new Piano Concerto by Marcus Robert Trio.
Although music is a universal language, Atlanta Symphony is vastly becoming a universal orchestra.