ASO at KSU October 13, 2017

Signature Series:
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Robert Spano, conductor
Dejan Lazić, piano

Friday, October 13, 2017, 8 p.m.
Morgan Concert Hall

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The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Robert Spano return to KSU for a sonic journey of chic, inspired, eclectic, and fun works representing the cutting edge of classical music. First, revel in the luscious and fantastical soundscapes of Atlanta favorite Michael Gandolfi. The world premiere of his Four New Gardens of Cosmic Speculation is the 2.0 of the ASO's GRAMMY®-nominated recording. And then be dazzled by the composer/pianist Dejan Lazić in his own Piano Concerto "In Istrian Style." Tickets for this performance are $25-55.

  • MICHAEL GANDOLFI
    Four New Gardens of Cosmic Speculation
     
    DEJAN LAZIĆ
    Piano Concerto "In Istrian Style"
     
    SERGEI RACHMANINOV
    Symphony No. 3
  • Robert Spano, Music Director

    Conductor, pianist, composer and pedagogue Robert Spano is known worldwide for the intensity of his artistry and his distinctive communicative abilities, creating a sense of inclusion and warmth among musicians and audiences that is unique among American orchestras.  Celebrating his 16th season as Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, this imaginative conductor has been responsible for nurturing the careers of numerous celebrated composers, conductors and performers, and enjoys collaborations with composers and musicians of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. As Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival and School, he oversees the programming of more than 300 events and educational programs, including the Aspen Conducting Academy

    The Atlanta School of Composers reflects Spano’s commitment to American contemporary music. He has led ASO performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Ravinia, Ojai and Savannah Music Festivals.  Guest engagements have included orchestras such as the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, San Francisco, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago and Philadelphia Symphony Orchestras, along with Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, BBC Symphony and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.  His opera performances include Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera and the 2005 and 2009 Seattle Opera productions of Wagner’s Ring cycles.  

    Mr. Spano begins the 2016-17 season with “cloth field: an art place of life,” a conceptual collaboration between Spano and choreographer Lauri Stallings, involving dancers and sculptural elements with an original score composed by Mr. Spano in 2014 for the Atlanta-based dance troupe, glo. In addition to his leadership of the ASO, Spano has recently returned to his early love of composing. His most recent works include Sonata: Four Elements for piano, premiered by Spano in August at the Aspen Music Festival, as well as a new song cycle, both to be recorded for release on the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s ASO Media label. An avid interpreter of opera and oratorio, Mr. Spano conducts John Adams’s Nixon in China at Houston Grand Opera, Christopher Theofanidis’s  Creation/Creator at the Kennedy Center’s 2017 Shift Festival, featuring the ASO and ASO Chorus, and conducts and records Orfeo with the ASO and ASO Chamber Chorus.

    Recent highlights include Britten’s War Requiem in Carnegie Hall and Verdi’s Aida in Atlanta, the world premiere of Steven Stucky’s The Classical Style in Ojai and its New York premiere at Carnegie Hall in December 2014. An Aspen highlight was the August 2014 premiere of Spano’s Hölderlin Songs with soprano Susanna Phillips and, in September, Spano joined Atlanta-based dance company glo for four performances of his new solo piano work Tanz III. Last season, Maestro Spano conducted two world premieres with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra – Christopher Theofanidis’ Creation/Creator and Michael Gandolfi’s Imaginary Numbers – and joined both the Houston Grand Opera for Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Houston Symphony for a Higdon/Chopin program. Guest conducting engagements brought him to Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Copenhagen, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, in addition to a U.S. tour with the Curtis Institute of Music (featuring a Jennifer Higdon world premiere viola concerto) and an engagement with the New England Conservatory Philharmonic.

    With a discography of critically acclaimed recordings for Telarc, Deutsche Grammophon and ASO Media, Robert Spano has won six Grammy Awards with the Atlanta Symphony. Spano is on faculty at Oberlin Conservatory and has received honorary doctorates from Bowling Green State University, the Curtis Institute of Music, Emory University and Oberlin. Maestro Spano is one of two classical musicians inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, and lives in Atlanta.

    Dejan Lazić, composer and pianist

    Dejan Lazić’s fresh interpretations of the repertoire have established him as one of the most unique and unusual soloists of his generation. He appears with such orchestras as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, Netherlands Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Swedish Radio, Danish National, Chicago Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, and the Australian, Netherlands, and Basel Chamber Orchestras. Lazić enjoys a significant following in the Far East appearing with NHK Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon, Sapporo Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic and Hong Kong Philharmonic, amongst others. He has built close collaborations with some of today’s most sought after conductors including Giovanni Antonini, Lionel Bringuier, Iván Fischer, Andris Nelsons, Vasily Petrenko, Robert Spano, John Storgårds, Krzysztof Urbanski and Osmo Vänskä.

    The 2016/17 season begins with Lazić’s debut with Boston Symphony at Tanglewood Festival, under Andris Nelsons. Return engagements include with Trondheim Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Helsingborgs Symphoniorkester, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, and a European tour with Budapest Festival Orchestra under Ivan Fischer. The collaboration with BFO will also take him to the Far East where he gives four concerts in China.

    With Channel Classics he has released a dozen recordings, including his critically acclaimed Liaisons series; the latest of which couples C.P.E. Bach and Britten. His live recording of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 with London Philharmonic Orchestra/Kirill Petrenko received the prestigious German Echo Klassik Award. A recording of the Beethoven Triple Concerto was also released to critical acclaim, for Sony Music. Lazić’s next release will be a solo recital disc of works by Franz Liszt, for Onyx Classics, appearing in spring 2017. As a recital artist, Lazić appears at such venues as Wigmore Hall, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires and Melbourne Recital Centre. This season he will also give recitals at Gstaad Festival, in Germany and in the Far East.

    Dejan Lazić’s compositions are receiving increased recognition, and he was recently signed as a composer by Sikorski Music Publishing Group. His arrangement of Brahms’ Violin Concerto as a piano concerto was premiered with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 2009 and has enjoyed much ongoing success, at BBC Proms, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Hamburg Easter Festival, Chopin Festival Warsaw, in both Americas and in Japan. Lazić has performed his ‘Piano Concerto in Istrian Style’ several times since its premiere in 2014. He will have his first orchestral work, a tone poem entitled ‘Mozart and Salieri’, premiered by Indianapolis Symphony and Krzysztof Urbanski in spring 2017.

    Born into a musical family in Zagreb, Croatia, Lazić grew up in Salzburg, Austria, where he studied at the Mozarteum. He now lives in Amsterdam.

    Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

    The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, currently in its 72nd season, consistently affirms its position as one of America’s leading Orchestras by performing great music, presenting great artists, educating, and engaging.

    The Orchestra is known for the excellence of its live performances, presentations, renowned choruses, and its impressive list of GRAMMY® Award-winning recordings.  The leading cultural organization in the Southeast, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra serves as the cornerstone for artistic development and music education in the region.  Since September 2001, the Orchestra and audiences together explore a creative programming mix, recordings, and visual enhancements, such as the Theater of a Concert, the Orchestra’s continuing exploration of different formats, settings, and enhancements for the musical performance experience.  Another example is the Atlanta School of Composers, which reflects Mr. Spano, and the Orchestra’s commitment to nurturing and championing music through multi-year partnerships defining a new generation of American composers. Since the beginning of his tenure (to date), Mr. Spano and the Orchestra have performed over 100 concerts containing contemporary works (composed since 1950), including 15 ASO-commissioned world premieres.

    During its 32-year history with Telarc, the Orchestra and Chorus has recorded more than 100 albums and its recordings have won 27 GRAMMY® Awards in categories including Best Classical Album, Best Orchestral Performance, Best Choral Performance, and Best Opera Performance.

    The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs more than 200 concerts each year for a combined audience of more than a half million in a full schedule of performances which also features educational and community concerts.  A recognized leader and supporter of contemporary American music, the Orchestra recently received the 2007 award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.  In addition, Music Director Robert Spano was named Musical America 2008 Conductor of the Year.  With the opening of the 12,000-seat Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park (vzwamp.com) in May 2008, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra became the first U.S. orchestra to annually perform and present in its concert hall, and in two amphitheaters.  In Summer 2008, the Orchestra celebrated 35 years at legendary Chastain Park Amphitheater, the award-winning 6,500 seat venue in Atlanta, during the Orchestra’s annual Delta Classic Chastain concert series.

 

  

ASO at KSU April 27, 2018

Signature Series:
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Carlo Rizzi, conductor
Elizabeth Koch Tiscione, oboe

Friday, April 27, 2018, 8 p.m.
Morgan Concert Hall

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The spirit of 18th century composer Franz Joseph Haydn hovers over this concert with consuctor Carlo Rizzi leading the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. 20th century Russian Sergei Prokofiev paid homage to Haydn in his nimble and puckish "Classical" Symphony. 100 years before, Beethoven, a cantankerous student of Haydn, echoed the master in his sunny and explosively exuberant Second Symphony. Tickets for this performance are $25-55.

  • PROKOFIEV
    Symphony No. 1, "Classical"
     
    MOZART
    Oboe Concerto
     
    BEETHOVEN
    Symphony No. 2
  • Carlo Rizzi, conductor

    Carlo Rizzi ranks among today’s leading conductors. Equally at home in opera and the concert hall, his vast repertoire spans everything from the foundation works of the operatic and symphonic canon to rarities by Bellini, Cimarosa and Donizetti. He is in high demand as a guest artist at the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals, not least for the insight and integrity of his musicianship and the visceral energy and psychological depths of his interpretations.

    Opera is imprinted in Maestro Rizzi’s musical DNA. He discovered the art form during his formative years in Milan, attending productions at the Teatro alla Scala and, following his graduation from the city’s famous Conservatory, contributing to their development as a répétiteur with the company. Since launching his conducting career in 1982 with Donizetti’s L'ajo nell'imbarazzo, he has performed almost one hundred operas. The Rizzi repertoire list, rich in Italian works but also well stocked with the music of Wagner, Richard Strauss, Britten and Janáček, reflects the genuine breadth of his interests and the questing nature of his curiosity.

    Two fruitful periods as Music Director of Welsh National Opera (1992-2001; 2004-08) and frequent guest conducting engagements at the Metropolitan Opera and The Royal Opera, London belong to the great bedrock of experience supporting Rizzi’s work. His artistic development has also drawn from the critically acclaimed success of concert performances with distinguished orchestras around the world and most recently completed a cycle of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies with the Orchestre du Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie as well as concerts with Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestra di Santa Cecilia, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Hong Kong Philharmonic. In 2015 Rizzi was honoured to take up the position of Conductor Laureate of Welsh National Opera.

    Carlo Rizzi’s extensive discography includes complete recordings of Gounod’s Faust, Janáček’s Kát’a Kabanová, Verdi’s Rigoletto and Un ballo in maschera with Welsh National Opera; a DVD and CD of Verdi’s La traviata recorded live by Deutsche Grammophon at the Salzburg Festival with the Vienna Philharmonic; numerous recital albums with renowned opera singers; and recordings of symphonic compositions by Bizet, Ravel, Respighi and Schubert.

    During recent seasons Carlo Rizzi conducted back-to-back new productions of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell and Mosè in Egitto at Welsh National Opera, followed by Verdi’s Luisa Miller at Opernhaus Zürich; La fanciulla del West for Deutsche Oper Berlin (2015), Un ballo in maschera at La Monnaie, Brussels (2015); a double bill of Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci and Tosca at Teatro alla Scala, Milan (2015) and Nabucco at Lyric Opera of Chicago (2016). Future engagements include return visits to Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Welsh National Opera, Metropolitan Opera, New York, Opéra de Paris and Dutch National Opera.

    Elizabeth Koch Tiscione, oboe

    Principal Oboe Elizabeth Koch Tiscione, joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) at the beginning of the 2007-2008 season. She currently holds the George M. and Corrie Hoyt Brown Chair.

    In addition to her responsibilities with the ASO, Ms. Tiscione plays Principal Oboe at the Grand Teton Music Festival and is a member of the Atlanta Chamber Players. She has performed as a guest musician with the orchestras of Philadelphia, St. Louis, St. Paul, Baltimore, Rochester, Buffalo, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Recent solo engagements include the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, and Dekalb Symphony Orchestra. She has been featured on NPR's "From the Top," and has also performed at many chamber music festivals throughout the country, including Tannery Pond, Cape Cod, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

    Ms. Tiscione has a love for teaching, and is currently a faculty member at Kennesaw State University. She also teaches internationally at Festicamara, in Medellin, Colombia, and has a studio in Atlanta.

    A native of Hamburg, NY, Ms. Tiscione began the oboe in the NY State public school systems at age nine, continued her studies at the Interlochen Arts Academy under Daniel Stolper, and went on to study with Richard Woodhams at the Curtis Institute of Music. Other teachers include Mark DuBois, J. Bud Roach, Pierre Roy, Robert Walters, and Eugene Izatov.

    Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

    The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, currently in its 72nd season, consistently affirms its position as one of America’s leading Orchestras by performing great music, presenting great artists, educating, and engaging.

    The Orchestra is known for the excellence of its live performances, presentations, renowned choruses, and its impressive list of GRAMMY® Award-winning recordings.  The leading cultural organization in the Southeast, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra serves as the cornerstone for artistic development and music education in the region.  Since September 2001, the Orchestra and audiences together explore a creative programming mix, recordings, and visual enhancements, such as the Theater of a Concert, the Orchestra’s continuing exploration of different formats, settings, and enhancements for the musical performance experience.  Another example is the Atlanta School of Composers, which reflects Mr. Spano, and the Orchestra’s commitment to nurturing and championing music through multi-year partnerships defining a new generation of American composers. Since the beginning of his tenure (to date), Mr. Spano and the Orchestra have performed over 100 concerts containing contemporary works (composed since 1950), including 15 ASO-commissioned world premieres.

    During its 32-year history with Telarc, the Orchestra and Chorus has recorded more than 100 albums and its recordings have won 27 GRAMMY® Awards in categories including Best Classical Album, Best Orchestral Performance, Best Choral Performance, and Best Opera Performance.

    The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs more than 200 concerts each year for a combined audience of more than a half million in a full schedule of performances which also features educational and community concerts.  A recognized leader and supporter of contemporary American music, the Orchestra recently received the 2007 award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.  In addition, Music Director Robert Spano was named Musical America 2008 Conductor of the Year.  With the opening of the 12,000-seat Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park (vzwamp.com) in May 2008, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra became the first U.S. orchestra to annually perform and present in its concert hall, and in two amphitheaters.  In Summer 2008, the Orchestra celebrated 35 years at legendary Chastain Park Amphitheater, the award-winning 6,500 seat venue in Atlanta, during the Orchestra’s annual Delta Classic Chastain concert series.

 

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