The ASO on GPB

GPB STATEWIDE, THURSDAY 8-10PM AND SUNDAY 10PM-MIDNIGHT

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 at 8 p.m. 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

BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Each concert airs Thursday at 8 p.m. 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.

March 3 & 6, 2016; September 1 & 4, 2016: Mahler Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection.” With the ASO and ASO Chorus, soprano Laura Tatulescu, mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor and music director Robert Spano. Interview: Robert Spano.

March 10 & 13, 2016; September 8 & 11, 2016: Avner Dorman Double Percussion Concerto Spices, Perfumes, Toxins!, Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5. With the ASO, percussionists Thomas Sherwood and Charles Settle and music director Robert Spano. Interviews: soloists, composer, conductor.

March 17 & 20, 2016; September 15 & 18, 2016: Higdon Concerto for Orchestra, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5. With the ASO, pianist Jonathan Biss and music director Robert Spano. Interview: Robert Spano.

March 24 & 27, 2016; September 22 & 25, 2016: Schubert/Webern Six German Dances, Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp, Debussy Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun, Beethoven Symphony No. 8. With the ASO, principal flutist Christina Smith, principal harpist Elisabeth Remy Johnson and principal guest conductor Donald Runnicles. Interview: Donald Runnicles.

March 31 & April 2 and September 29 & October 2, 2016: Olli Mustonen The Old Church at Petajavesi, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3, Prokofiev Symphony No. 5. With the ASO and guest conductor/pianist Olli Mustonen. Interview: Olli Mustonen.

April 7 & 10, 2016; October 6 & 9, 2016: Jonathan Leshnoff Symphony No. 2 “Innerspace” (world premiere), Beethoven Symphony No. 7. With the ASO and music director Robert Spano. Interviews: Jonathan Leshnoff, Robert Spano.

April 14 & 17, 2016; October 13 & 16, 2016: Verdi Requiem. With the ASO and ASO Chorus, soloists Latonia Moore, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Anthony Dean Griffey and Nathan Stark and music director Robert Spano. Interviews: Robert Spano, program annotator Ken Meltzer.

April 21 & 24, 2016; October 20 & 23, 2016: Suppé Poet and Peasant Overture, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1, Brahms/Schoenberg Piano Quartet in G Minor. With the ASO, pianist Yevgeny Sudbin and guest conductor Carlos Kalmar.

April 28 & May 1, 2016; October 27 & 30, 2016: J. Strauss Die Fledermaus Overture and Vienna Blood, Korngold Straussiana, Brahms Hungarian Dances. With the ASO and guest conductor Ludovic Morlot.

May 5 & 8, 2016; November 3 & 6, 2016: Shostakovich Symphony No. 14, Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2. With the ASO, soprano Tatiana Monogarova, bass Morris Robinson, pianist Simon Trpceski and music director Robert Spano. Interviews: Morris Robinson, Robert Spano.

May 12 & 15, 2016; November 10 & 13, 2016: Beethoven Missa Solemnis. With the ASO and ASO Chorus, soloists Kim-Lillian Strebel, Stephanie Lauricella, Shawn Mathey and Brian Mulligan and principal guest conductor Donald Runnicles.

May 19 & 22, 2016; November 17 & 20, 2016: Jimmy Lopez Peru Negro, Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3, Dvorak Symphony No. 7. With the ASO, pianist Vadym Kholodenko and guest conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Interview: Miguel Harth-Bedoya.

May 26 & 29, 2016; November 24 & 27, 2016: Brahms Violin Concerto, Michael Kurth A Thousand Words (world premiere), R. Strauss Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks. With the ASO, concertmaster David Coucheron and music director Robert Spano. Interviews: Michael Kurth, bassist Jane Little.

June 2 & 5, 2016; December 1 & 4, 2016: Stravinsky Petrushka, Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, Balakirev Islamey. With the ASO, violinist Karen Gomyo and guest conductor Cristian Macelaru.

June 9 & 12, 2016; December 8 & 11, 2016: Mark Grey Frankenstein Symphony (world premiere), Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1. With the ASO, pianist Jorge Federico Osorio and music director Robert Spano. Interview: Mark Grey.

June 16 & 19, 2016; December 15 & 18, 2016: Boris Blacher Orchestral Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Sibelius Violin Concerto, Brahms Symphony No. 4. With the ASO, violinist Augustin Hadelich and guest conductor Marc Piollet.

June 23 & 26, 2016; December 22 & 25, 2016: A Shaw Choral Celebration: Mozart, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Verdi, Poulenc, Duruflé, Bach and Mendelssohn. With the ASO and ASO Chorus under director of choruses Norman McKenzie. Interview: Norman McKenzie.

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.