Atlanta Symphony Orchestra announces its 2020/21 Season celebrating Robert Spano’s final year as Music Director

Music Director Robert Spano and Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles today announced the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s (ASO) 2020/21 season, which will celebrate Robert Spano’s 20th and final season as Music Director and the 50th anniversary of the world-renowned Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus (ASOC).

The Grammy® Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 2020/21 season will feature an array of programming from the 24-week Delta Classical Series, Coca-Cola Holiday Concerts, Family Concert Series, Special Concerts, Movies in Concert Series and Atlanta Symphony Hall LIVE presented by Delta Air Lines.

 “In my final season, I am looking forward to every performance. Some of the highlights will surely be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the ASO Chorus, with performances of Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Opening Weekend with Gil Shaham, an evening of music by Franz Liszt with our dear friend Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and returning to our stage such great artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Yefim Bronfman, Pedja Mužijević and Garrick Ohlsson,” said Robert Spano, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director. “We’ll close the season with Mahler’s Third Symphony. With its profound expression of love, I can think of no more fitting work with which to say ‘thank you’ for 20 blessed years with the ASO.”

Robert Spano will lead the Orchestra for 10 Delta Classical subscription programs during his 20th and final season as Music Director, beginning with Opening Weekend on Sept. 24 and 26 with Grammy® Award-winning violinist Gil Shaham performing Korngold’s Violin Concerto. On Nov. 19 and 21, he conducts Mendelssohn’s Elijah, celebrating 50 years of the incomparable Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus.

Spano returns to the podium on Jan. 14 and 16 to lead an all-Liszt program featuring longtime collaborator Jean-Yves Thibaudet performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2; and the following week on Jan. 21, 23 and 24, he will conduct Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Pedja Mužijević.

On Feb. 18 and 20, he will lead the world premiere of Adam Schoenberg’s Concerto for Orchestra followed by Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 featuring Yefim Bronfman. The following week (Feb. 25 and 27) Spano leads another world premiere, Michael Gandolfi’s Piano Concerto performed by Marc-André Hamelin. The program will also include two pieces by Copland, Fanfare for the Common Man and Symphony No. 3.


In April 2021, Spano will conduct two Delta Classical subscription concerts beginning on April 15 and 17 with Brahms’ Violin Concerto featuring Robert McDuffie, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. On April 22 and 24, he will lead Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and a world premiere from Jonathan Leshnoff, The Sacrifice of Isaac.

On June 3, 5 and 6, Spano and the Orchestra will welcome Garrick Ohlsson to Symphony Hall for Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The program opens with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 76th season will end on June 10 and 12 as Robert Spano leads the Orchestra and Chorus in Mahler’s colossal Symphony No. 3, featuring mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor.

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