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When the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra presents Music of the “Mad Men” Era, we hope the set list includes these tunes from the show’s seven-season run.
In 2012, music director Robert Spano commissioned Christopher Theofanidis to create a new work for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Yet the composer didn’t set down the first notes for the piece, "Creation/Creator," until last spring, after months spent researching creation stories from different cultures.
The 45th annual event is full of spectacular spaces that are sure to inspire. Here are a few take-home ideas from this morning's media preview.
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra celebrates its seventieth season by proving why it’s a city staple, with plenty of selections from the classical canon (Beethoven’s Ninth, October 2, 4, 5; Handel’s Messiah, December 4–5) as well as more provocative current pieces.
Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell began his music career as a tagalong kid brother on his older sister’s date to a Ray Charles gig in Tuscaloosa in 1965. “I was 13 and my parents had something else going on that night,” Leavell recalled to Atlanta magazine this week from his 2500-acre tree farm in Macon. “So they said, ‘Why don’t you take Chuck with you?’ She graciously said yes. I was already playing music, learning piano and guitar. I was very interested in music. But I had never seen anything that powerful. I mean, Ray Charles is Ray Charles but then he had [David] Fathead Newman on sax, the Raelettes were singing. The band was just so tight. I walked away that night knowing exactly what I wanted to do with my life. If I could be in a band that was anything near that good and that powerful and that moving, that’s what I wanted to do. It was life changing.”
A composer before he became a conductor, and a former director of Tanglewood's Festival of Contemporary Music, Robert Spano is at the center of a whirlwind in classical music that's blowing the dusty doors off the symphonic world.