Review: ASO, Shaham perform Bartók and “Carmina Burana” in best concert of the season (so far) November 16, 2013 - See more at: http://www.artsatl.com/2013/11/review-aso-gil-shaham-hit-note-carmina-burana-bartok-concert-season-so-far/#sthash.XiKE7Gm5.dpuf
Remembering our beginnings.
Looking to the future.
The Story of how Robert Shaw came to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and a brief overview of his history with the orchestra along with interviews with members of the orchestra speaking about the maestro.
Our new CD is now available!! The 4th recording on our new label, ASO Media, this all-Sibelius release features our Music Director Robert Spano leading the Orchestra in Symphonies 6 and 7, as well as "Tapiola." You can download the digital album today, or preorder a CD, which will be available beginning Tuesday, November 19 on Amazon!
Looking for a great deal? Take advantage of this Groupon offer for a flex package to see your ASO! There is no substitute for live music so take the time to check out this great opportunity. We'll make it worth your time!
Where were your ATL Symphony Musicians this summer? Violinist Jay Christy spent 6 weeks at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina playing principal 2nd violin in the Festival Orchestra, teaching private violin lessons to students as well as coaching student chamber music groups and sectionals. Outreach doesn't stop at home. Many of us are out in communities when we travel enriching the lives of future musicians as well as nurturing the next generation of music-lovers and concert-goers! Enjoy this photo of Jay with his violin students from Brevard.
What have your ATL Symphony Musicians been doing this summer? Our musicians have played in your communities, seen here at an outreach concert at Buckhead Atria Senior Assisted Living, July 2013. ASO violinist Sandy Salzinger, ASO cellist Larry LeMaster and pianist Ann Rollins. Great community service from your ASO musicians! — with Sandy Salzinger and Larry LeMaster.
The moment you've all been waiting for: tickets for our upcoming season are now on sale! Visit www.aso.org to view the full concert schedule and select your favorite seats. We can't wait to perform for you again! Which concerts are you looking forward to?
Classical music is alive in Bellingham, WA, population 81,862! We performed 5 sold-out concerts in three weeks in the Bellingham Music Festival with Michael Palmer as music director. Guest artists include Joshua Roman, Pepe Romero, and Garrick Ohlsson. This entire festival is staffed by volunteers. We are grateful to be a part of such a wonderful and successful organization! — with Brice Andrus, Michael Tiscione, Elizabeth Koch Tiscione, Mark Yancich, Susan Welty, Christina Smith, Todd Skitch and Laura Ardan.
Stuart Stephenson joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) as Principal Trumpet at the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
Mr. Stephenson has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, and Tanglewood Music Center. An active educator, he maintains a private trumpet studio and is a brass coach for the Midwest Young Artists.
A Fairfax Station, VA, native, Mr. Stephenson began playing the trumpet at age 10 and also plays the piano. He holds a bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School and a master’s degree from Northwestern University. Mr. Stephenson’s notable teachers include Barbara Butler, Charlie Geyer, Chris Martin, Tom Rolfs, Tom Cupples, Adel Sanchez, Raymond Mase, and Mark Gould.
Brian Hecht, a native of Dallas, TX, joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) as Bass Trombone in September 2013. Prior to joining the Atlanta Symphony, Mr. Hecht held the bass trombone position with the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC.
Throughout his career, Mr. Hecht has performed with several major ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra (under the baton of Simon Rattle), National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera, Lyric Opera of Baltimore, and the Kennedy Center Ballet. He has also been a featured soloist with the Navy Band on multiple occasions and can be heard on several of their CDs and DVDs.
Mr. Hecht has been the recipient of numerous performance awards, including first prize at the Zellmer-Minnesota Orchestra Trombone Competition, Edwards Big 12 Bass Trombone Solo Competition, and the Eastern Trombone Workshop’s Trombone Quartet Competition. In addition, he was a finalist in three international competitions including the International Trombone Association’s Edward Kleinhammer Competition, Donald Yaxley Competition, and International Trombone Quartet Competition.
Mr. Hecht received his Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, where he studied with Michael Mulcahy, Charles Vernon, and Peter Ellefson. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Nathaniel Brickens. Other influential teachers include Jon Bohls of the Dallas Metroplex area and Charles Villarrubia at UT-Austin.
Introducing the ASO's new 2nd Flute, Todd Skitch. We can't say it any better than Todd did, in his own words!
"I grew up in Peterborough, Ontario, a small college town east of Toronto. After studying at the University of Toronto and McGill University in Montreal I moved to Memphis, TN to join the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. During summers in college, I attended Tanglewood, Blossom, Spoleto (both US and Italy), National Repertory Orchestra, Banff and Sarasota.
In Memphis I taught flute out of my home and at Rhodes College and I also devoted the last two years of my life as chair of the board of directors and acting orchestra manager of the Memphis Youth Symphony Program. (www.mysp-music.org) It was a huge job and a rewarding life experience.
The ASO has been one of my favourites for a very long time. I've been collecting ASO recordings since 1991 when I learned that a young super star Christina Smith became lead flute of the orchestra. I was at McGill doing a post grad at the time. 'Stina and Timothy Hutchins are my greatest flute influences, certainly. I'm thrilled to be here, in a stellar flute section and woodwind section; 'Stina, Rob and Carl are amazing players and colleagues.
I live with my two old cats, Buddy and Holly."
ATL Symphony Musicians