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The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) is an American orchestra based in Atlanta, Georgia. Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Orchestra at City Hall (Edmonton). ... This article is about the state capital of Georgia. ...


The orchestra was founded in 1945, and played its first concert as the Atlanta Youth Symphony. Henry Sopkin was brought in as music director (he remained with the orchestra for twenty years). The organization changed to its current name in 1947. It soon managed to attract well known soloists to play with it such as Isaac Stern and Glenn Gould. 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... A concert is a live performance, usually of music, before an audience. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Isaac Stern (July 21, 1920 – September 22, 2001) is widely considered one of the finest violin virtuosi of the twentieth century. ... Glenn Gould in rehearsal, Toronto, 1974 Glenn Herbert Gould (September 25, 1932–October 4, 1982) was a celebrated Canadian pianist, noted especially for his recordings of Johann Sebastian Bach. ...


In 1967, with the departure of Sopkin, Robert Shaw (founder of the Robert Shaw Chorale) was brought in as conductor, and a year later the orchestra turned full- time. In 1970, Shaw founded a choir specially for the orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus. In 2003 the ASOC visited Berlin, where it gave three performances of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under ASO Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles. 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Robert Shaw (April 30, 1916, Red Bluff, California – January 25, 1999, New Haven, Connecticut) was a conductor most famous for his work with his namesake Chorale and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... A choir or chorus is a musical ensemble of singers. ... 2003 (MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten of Aldeburgh, OM (November 22, 1913 – December 4, 1976) was a British composer, conductor and pianist. ... The War Requiem is a requiem composed by Benjamin Britten for the reconsecration of Coventry Cathedral on May 30, 1962 following its destruction during World War II. A mourning song for the victims of war, Britten’s War Requiem is considered one of the great heartrending choral-orchestral works of...


In 1978, the ASO became the first American orchestra to make a commercial digital recording, when it played Igor Stravinsky's Firebird suite and excerpts from Alexander Borodin's opera, Prince Igor for the Telarc label. In 2004 the orchestra initiated an agreement with the Deutsche Grammophon label to record several works by composer Osvaldo Golijov, while continuing its ongoing relationship with Telarc which has resulted in numerous Grammy awards. 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... In digital recording, the analog signal of a motion-picture/sound is converted into a stream of discrete numbers, representing the changes in air pressure (chroma and luminace values in case of video) through time; thus making an abstract template for the original sound. ... Igor Fyodorovitch Stravinsky (Russian: ) (June 17, 1882 – April 6, 1971) was a Russian-French-American composer of modern classical music. ... Borodins tomb bust at Tikhvin Cemetery Alexander Porfyrevich Borodin (Алекса́ндр Порфи́рьевич Бороди́н, Aleksandr Porfirevič Borodin) (November 12, 1833 – February 27, 1887) was a Russian composer who made his living as a chemist. ... The foyer of Charles Garniers Opéra, Paris, opened 1875 Opera refers to a dramatic art form, originating in Europe, in which the emotional content is conveyed to the audience as much through music, both vocal and instrumental as it is through the lyrics. ... Prince Igor (Князь Игорь in Russian, Knyaz Igor in transliteration) is an opera in a prologue and four acts by Alexander Borodin to a Russian libretto by the composer, based on the East Slavic epic The Tale of Igors Campaign. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music...


In 1988, Yoel Levi became Music Director and principal conductor. Under him, the orchestra played at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Centennial 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Levi became Music Director Emeritus in 2000, and was succeeded as Music Director by Robert Spano. Yoel Levi (1950—) is a musician and conductor. ... A centennial is a 100-year anniversary of an event, or the celebrations pertaining thereto. ... The 1996 Summer Olympics, formally known as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad and informally known as the Centennial Olympics, were held in 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. ... Emeritus is a title given to a retired professor, bishop or other professional. ... This article is about the year 2000. ...


The ASO's main venue is Atlanta Symphony Hall in the Woodruff Arts Center. It plays an extensive outdoor summer Pops concert series at Chastain Park, and at other parks in the area. In February 2005 the orchestra unveiled plans for the new Atlanta Symphony Center concert hall designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, to be built subject to raising construction funds of approximately $300 million. The Woodruff Arts Center is an arts center in the Midtown district of Atlanta, Georgia. ... External link Atlanta Symphony Center official site ... A Concert hall is a cultural building, which serves as performance venue, chiefly for classical instrumental music. ... Architect at his drawing board, 1893 An architect, also known as a building designer, is a person involved in the planning, designing and oversight of a buildings construction, whose role is to guide decisions affecting those building aspects that are of aesthetic, cultural or social concern. ... Calatrava is known for his organically inspired designs, such as LUmbracle at his Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències in Valencia. ...


The orchestra toured Europe under Yoel Levi in 1991; and with its chorus, under Robert Shaw, in 1988. A satellite composite image of Europe Europe is the worlds second-smallest continent in terms of area, with an area of 10,600,000 km² (4,140,625 square miles), making it larger than Australia only. ...


The Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra is a prestigious youth ensemble that attracts the premiere students ages 13-18 in Georgia.


External link

  • ASO official site
  • Atlanta Symphony Center official site

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New Georgia Encyclopedia: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (1162 words)
Symphony Orchestra (ASO) is the most widely recognized orchestra and largest arts organization in the southeastern United States.
Shaw also led the ASO in meaningful engagement with the African American community, hiring the orchestra's first fl players, prompting the election of the first fl members of its board, bringing in many African Americans as guest conductors and performers, and forging relationships with the predominantly fl colleges of the Atlanta University Center.
Mindful of the need to train young instrumentalists for excellence in future musical careers, the ASO sponsors the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO), an ensemble of 120 players of high school age who are chosen by competitive audition, rehearse under ASO conductors and coaches, and give three or more public concerts each year.
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