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Since the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performed his fanfare “May Cause Dizziness” in 2011, the group has commissioned and premiered five more of Kurth's melodic, polyphonic, and intensely rhythmic works. “Robert Spano has opened doors and trusted me and championed me,” Kurth said.
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.
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.