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Robert Spano makes MET debut

by Mark Gresham | 16 OCT 2018

Robert Spano (credit: Angels Morris)

Robert Spano
(credit: Angels Morris)

Conductor Robert Spano makes his Metropolitan Opera debut this Friday, October 19, leading the company in a total of seven performances Nico Muhly’s Marnie in October and November.

The opera is based on the Winston Graham novel which also inspired a film by Alfred Hitchcock. Marnie is the second opera commissioned from Muhly by the Metropolitan Opera and is co-produced by the MET and English National Opera.

Earlier this month, NYC based artist management firm HarrisonParrot announced that following nearly two years of successful work for Robert Spano in Europe and Asia, that they and Spano have extended their agreement globally.

Spano is currently in his 18th season as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He is also Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival and School, including the Aspen Conducting Academy.

He will return to Atlanta following the final performance of Marnie on November 10 to lead the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in concerts of music by Theofanidis and Tchaikovsky on November 15 and 17. ■

Breaking News: Atlanta Chamber Players Seeks New Executive Director

by Mark Gresham | 29 MAR 2017

Atlanta Chamber players at Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern, October 7, 2014. (credit: Mark Gresham)

Atlanta Chamber players in concert at the Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern, October 7, 2014. (credit: Mark Gresham)

On Tuesday, the Atlanta Chamber Players announced it is seeking a new executive director. Current executive director Rachel Ciprotti is relocating to Seattle, Washington. A search for her replacement will begin immediately, with a goal for the position to be filled by May 1, 2017. A complete job description can be found online here.

One of the city’s premiere chamber music ensembles, Atlanta Chamber Players was founded in 1976 by pianist Paula Peace and has continuously brought high-caliber performances and innovative programming to Atlanta audiences for over 40 years. ACP is currently under the artistic leadership of pianist Elizabeth Pridgen, performing mixed-ensemble chamber repertoire ranging from traditional masterworks and virtuosic salon works, to world premieres by American composers. The group founded and directs the national Rapido! Composition Contest to foster the creation of new chamber music. •

Musical America names William Ransom one of 30 Innovators for 2016

by Mark Gresham | 6 DEC 2016

Will Ransom

Will Ransom

Congratulations to William Ransom, pianist and artistic director of the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta, who has been named by Musical America as one of its “30 Professionals of the Year: The Innovators ” for 2016.

Musical America published profiles of each of its 30 Innovators in its December Special Reports section. The article about Ransom, by John Fleming, was published online this morning (December 6). The entire Special Report is also downloadable in PDF form.

Last year, Musical America’s 30 Professionals recognized “The Influencers” (PDF) which included WABE-FM programming director and radio personality Lois Reitzes, and the 2014 list, “Profiles in Courage” (PDF) included Atlanta Symphony Orchestra music director Robert Spano. The inclusion of Ransom in this year’s MA 30 list results in Atlanta’s classical music scene being represented three years in a row. •