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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra releases Leshnoff CD

NEWS | 19 NOV 2016

ATLANTA, Georgia — On Friday, Nov. 18, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra released its latest recording, entitled Jonathan Leshnoff: Zohar & Symphony No. 2 “Inner Space” — the orchestra’s eighth release on its in-house record label, ASO Media, distributed by Naxos of America.

The recording features the orchestra, chorus, music director Robert Spano, director of choruses Norman Mackenzie, soprano Jessica Rivera and baritone Nmon Ford.

In a press release from the ASO, Leshnoff’s music is described as drawing upon the composer’s “religious faith and belief about music’s unique ability to transport us to places that would otherwise be impossible to go. The authentic Jewish mystical schools outline in great length the spiritual architecture of the universe and its interaction with G-d and mankind. It is within those systems that Leshnoff draws his inspiration. These works are part of Leshnoff’s 10-piece multi-year meta-project which parallels the fundamental building blocks of Jewish spiritual thought.”

The digital release is now available for download on iTunes and the physical release may be ordered online via www.aso.org/asomedia or Amazon.

The ASO Media label is one of the many hallmarks of Robert Spano’s 16-year tenure with the Orchestra, and the production team includes longtime Atlanta Symphony Orchestra collaborators Elaine Martone and Michael Bishop.

To date, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its recordings have won 27 GRAMMY Awards. •

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Violinist Helen Kim with Sonic Generator at Terminal West. (Photo by Mark Gresham)

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Preview: ASO gala to raise money for film documentary on legendary conductor Robert Shaw [ArtsATL]

By Mark Gresham | 8 Nov 2013, ArtsATL

Robert Shaw.

Robert Shaw.

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Baker and Long perform at the Goat Farm Arts Center. (Photo by Kish Mir Bubelah Photography)

Baker and Long perform at the Goat Farm Arts Center. (Photo by Kish Mir Bubelah Photography)

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Klimchak performs on a host of instruments. (Photo by Chris Stack)

Klimchak performs on a host of instruments. (Photo by Chris Stack)

Atlanta’s unique, eclectic multi-instrumentalist Klimchak will release his new CD, “Klimchak Live! Nostalgia for the Future,” at a pair of concerts this Friday and Saturday at the Balzer Theater downtown. This will be the third summer that he has performed at Balzer, presented by Theatrical Outfit, … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

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By Mark Gresham | 12 Jul 2013, ArtsATL

Bob Scarr, the archives program manager, amid some of the 250 boxes in the ASO archives.

Bob Scarr, the archives program manager, amid some of the 250 boxes in the ASO archives.

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By Mark Gresham | 7 Jun 2013, ArtsATL

(Image ©2009, 2010 SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.  All Rights Reserved.  CHARACTER DESIGN: TETSUYA NOMURA)

(Image ©2009, 2010 SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. All Rights Reserved. CHARACTER DESIGN: TETSUYA NOMURA)

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By Mark Gresham | 27 May 2013, ArtsATL

A scene from Metropolis: Joh Fredersen meets the Maschinenmensch.

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