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53. Virginia Hepner

The president and CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center, along with an 18-member governing board, oversees facilities and budgets for the city’s three top-tier arts organizations: the High Museum of Art, Alliance Theatre, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
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4 songs we hope to hear at the ASO’s Music of the Mad Men Era

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.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra premieres Creation/Creator

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.

12 great ideas from the Atlanta Symphony Decorators’ Show House

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.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 70th season

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.

Chuck Leavell on Ray Charles, Gregg Allman and yes, Squidbillies!

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.”
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Maestro: With the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano redefines 21st century classical music

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.

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