Mark Gresham | 30 JAN 2019 @ 2:30pm
Breaking news: The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra announced today that it will return to New York’s Carnegie Hall on April 4, 2020, to perform Beethoven’s magnificent Missa solemnis. Music director Robert Spano will lead the Grammy® Award-winning orchestra and chorus in the enduring choral-orchestral masterpiece. A highlight of the ASO’s as-yet-unannounced plans for 2019/20, the Carnegie concert celebrates both the orchestra’s 75th season and 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven.
“Missa solemnis is one of the most profound works in the choral literature,” says Spano. “I can’t think of a more appropriate celebration of this major milestone in the life of the Orchestra than a return to Carnegie Hall with our beloved Chorus.”
Four stellar soloists from the operatic world will join Spano and the ASO forces for this must-hear concert: soprano Susanna Phillips, soprano Sasha Cooke, tenor Benjamin Bliss and bass Matthew Rose.
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus’ most recent Carnegie appearance was in 2016, with Spano at the helm, in a “glowing, spacious performance” of Brahms’ A German Requiem [New York Times] along with Jonathan Leshnoff’s Zohar in its New York premiere. (View an excerpt from that concert in the video below.)
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra made its Carnegie Hall debut in 1971 under the baton of Robert Shaw. Spano has led nearly a dozen performances there, a number of them with the ASSO.
Carnegie Hall subscription packages are available for purchase beginning today, Jan. 30. Single tickets for the April 4, 2020 concert will go on sale this Aug. 21. More information is available online at www.carnegiehall.org. ■