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December 2013

Where talent’s developed

Concert fetes 20 years of pioneering program in which minority players make music

On Jan. 4, the Talent Development Program celebrates 20 years with an Alumni Legacy Concert. This free concert will be a full immersion into one of Atlanta’s most meaningful arts education programs, one that has seen its students go on to prestigious schools of music, major orchestras and solo careers.

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ASO greets new season with 5 world premieres, Shaw gala

April 5, 2013

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 2013-14 season will feature five world premieres, six Atlanta premieres, a return trip to New York’s Carnegie Hall and a tribute to the late maestro Robert Shaw.

For ASO, decade brings new maestro and a focus on new works

October 5, 2012

Any serious look at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s past decade must begin with Robert Spano, who became music director with the 2001-02 season.

‘It’s passionate work’

January 18, 2012

It’s a cliché to talk about couples who finish each other’s sentences. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s principal bass player, Ralph Jones, and associate principal bass Gloria Jones, who will have been married for 28 years this May, finish each other’s musical phrasing.
“We have the same concept of how long or short something should be,” [...]

'It's passionate work'

January 18, 2012

It’s a cliché to talk about couples who finish each other’s sentences. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s principal bass player, Ralph Jones, and associate principal bass Gloria Jones, who will have been married for 28 years this May, finish each other’s musical phrasing.
“We have the same concept of how long or short something should be,” says [...]

ASO's community corner: a moment with Monica Caldwell

December 29, 2011

Meet Monica Caldwell, a sophomore at Shiloh High School. The 15-year-old violist is in her third year as a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Talent Development Program and her second season with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. Monica attributes her success as a musician to what she has gained through these student musician training programs.
When [...]

ASO’s community corner: a moment with Monica Caldwell

December 29, 2011

Meet Monica Caldwell, a sophomore at Shiloh High School. The 15-year-old violist is in her third year as a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Talent Development Program and her second season with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. Monica attributes her success as a musician to what she has gained through these student musician training programs.
When [...]

Coming home

December 26, 2011

Timing is everything in music, and Donald Runnicles’s decision 12 years ago to become Principal Guest Conductor-designate of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and join Music Director-designate Robert Spano in a novel creative partnership has been serendipitous for all parties.
“I’m delighted and grateful to be part of what I consider to be a vital and groundbreaking [...]

In concert with the community

November 15, 2011

It feels like the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 2011-12 season has barely begun, yet the Orchestra’s Education and Community Engagement department is in full swing and already has added a number of new initiatives to its repertoire — and the continuous thread between all of these is the immeasurable impact these outreach efforts have in and [...]

Hooray for the holidays!

November 7, 2011

Few things in this world convey the spirit of the holidays as clearly and concisely as a well-sung (or played) song. From the rousing opening notes of Handel’s “Hallelujah” chorus to the jubilant closing notes of “Jingle Bell Rock,” there seems to be something almost magical about the music of the season. Whether your tastes [...]


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