The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, under the musical direction of Robert Spano, has a full winter season of concerts planned. The symphony is one of the leading orchestras in the South. They perform in the Woodruff Arts Center in midtown Atlanta. Single ticket prices range from -, depending on seating level. Here are some of the highlights of the 2013 winter season.
The symphony will start the New Year with a world premier work commissioned by the Atlanta Symphony. On January 10-12 Laura Ardan, principal clarinetist for the Atlanta Symphony, will perform composer Michael Gandolfi's The Nature of Light, a work for clarinet and string orchestra. Gandolfi's previous works have been performed by leading orchestras including the Boston Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. The program will also feature Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade and Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 5, with guest pianist Juho Pohjonen. A sought after performer all over the world, Pohjonen is one of the brightest young talents from Finland.
On January 24 and 26, the symphony will present Gluzman's Bruch and the Scottish. The evening will begin with the Overture from Euryanthe, a German romantic opera by Weber. Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman will be the featured soloist for Violin Concerto in G minor by Max Bruch. Gluzman regularly appears as a soloist with symphonies around the world, including the Chicago Symphony, the London Philharmonic, and the Munich Philharmonic. He plays a Stradivari violin on extended loan to him through the Stradivari Society of Chicago. The program will conclude with Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3, Scottish. Guest conductor will be Kazushi Ono, Music Director of La Monnaie, the Royal Opera House of Belgium.
Xian Zhang, Music Director of Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, will be the guest conductor on February 7, 8, and 10. The program will feature two works by Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet Overture Fantasy and Symphony No. 2. The symphony, known as Little Russian was inspired by three Ukrainian folk songs. Guest artist Milos Karadoglic, classical guitarist from Montenegro, will be featured in Rodrigo's Concerto de Aranjuez.
On February 21-23 the Atlanta Symphony will perform Overture to La Forza del Destino, Verdi's opera. Guest pianist Olli Mustonen will be featured in Respighi's Piano Concerto. The program will also include Symphony No. 2 by Brahms. Alexandra Arrieche will be the guest conductor.
The Woodruff Arts Center is located at 1280 Peachtree Street NE. Parking is available in the Woodruff Arts Center garage. The Arts Center MARTA Station is located adjacent to the Woodruff Arts Center.