The ASO on GPB


The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in concert at the Woodruff Arts Center
Credit Jeff Roffman

Welcome to concerts from the Atlanta Symphony’s 2015–2016 season! Twice a week we whisk you off to the Woodruff Arts Center for performances by the Grammy-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and guest artists. Join host Sarah Zaslaw for The ASO on GPB each Thursday and Sunday at 10 p.m.

Robert Shaw Centennial: This season the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus honor the legacy of their legendary former music director Robert Shaw, born 100 years ago in 1916, by breaking out masterpieces he championed. It’s studded with choral blockbusters: Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony, the requiems of Verdi and Brahms, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and more.

Other highlights: Listen for symphonic masterpieces by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Sibelius, Berlioz and Higdon; world premieres by Jonathan Leshnoff, Mark Grey and the ASO’s own Michael Kurth; and concertos galore.

Performers: Soloists include pianists Jonathan Biss and Andre Watts, violinists Robert McDuffie and Karen Gomyo, ASO artist-in-residence bass Morris Robinson and five musicians from within the symphony’s own ranks. Conducting will be ASO music director Robert Spano, principal guest conductor Donald Runnicles, assistant conductor Joseph Young and guests such as Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Peter Oundjian and Olli Mustonen.

Interviews: Sarah Zaslaw takes you behind the scenes for casual, real-people conversations with the music makers, from soloists to conductors to composers. We’ll also meet bassist Jane Little as she sets a world record with 71 seasons in the Atlanta Symphony


Each concert airs Thursday and Sunday at 10 p.m., twice in the fall or winter and twice again in the spring or summer. The information below is as accurate as possible as of March 2016.

June 30 & July 3, 2016; December 29, 2016 & January 1, 2017: Berlioz Le Corsaire Overture, Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand and Rapsodie Espagnole, Debussy La Mer. With the ASO, pianist Alexandre Tharaud and guest conductor Thomas Sondergard.

July 7 & 10, 2016; January 5 & 8, 2017: Alvin Singleton Different River, Grieg Piano Concerto, Sibelius Symphony No. 2. With the ASO, pianist Louis Lortie and music director Robert Spano. Interview: Robert Spano.

July 14 & 17, 2016; January 12 & 15, 2017: Jonathan Leshnoff Zohar (world premiere), Brahms A German Requiem. With the ASO and ASO Chorus, soprano Jessica Rivera, baritone Nmon Ford and music director Robert Spano. Interviews: Jonathan Leshnoff, Robert Spano.

July 21 & 24, 2016; January 19 & 22, 2017: Mahler Symphony No. 9. With the ASO and principal guest conductor Donald Runnicles. Interview: Donald Runnicles.

July 28 & 31, 2016; January 26 & 29, 2017: Mendelssohn Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Schumann Piano Concerto, Brahms Symphony No. 1. With the ASO, pianist Javier Perianes and guest conductor Lothar Zagrosek.

August 4 & 7, 2016; February 2 & 5, 2017: Haydn Symphony No. 46, Mozart Concerto for Two Pianos, Prokofiev Suite from Romeo and Juliet. With the ASO, piano duo Christina and Michelle Naughton and ASO assistant conductor Joseph Young. Interview: Joseph Young.

August 11 & 14, 2016; February 9 & 12, 2017: Philip Glass The American Four Seasons, Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique. With the ASO, violinist Robert McDuffie and guest conductor Peter Oundjian.

August 18 & 21, 2016; February 16 & 19, 2017: All-Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 and Symphony No. 2. With the ASO, pianist André Watts and music director Robert Spano. Interview: Robert Spano.

August 25 & 28, 2016; February 23 & 26, 2017: Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. Highlights from its second season under music director Joseph Young. Interview: Joseph Young.