Symphony & Opera

Review: Tradition marks Christmas with the ASO, but spark is missing

Mark Gresham | 10 DEC 2019 Tradition is the passing along of that which is of value to the next generations. Nowhere is this more telling than in the traditions of Christmas as expressed in the various performing arts. […]

Pianist Emanuel Ax performs Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1 with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. (credit: Raftermen)

Review: Atlanta Symphony premieres Nabors’ Onward, Emanuel Ax thrills with Brahms

Mark Gresham | 22 NOV 2019 On Thursday evening the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performed a concert of music by Nabors, Copland and Brahms, led by music director Robert Spano and featuring renowned pianist Emanuel Ax. The program will be […]

Composer Brian Raphael Nabors. (courtesy of ASO)

Rapido!-winning composer Brian Raphael Nabors receives two world premieres in Atlanta this week

John Lemley and Mark Gresham | 18 NOV 2019 This is a big week in Atlanta for composer Brian Rafael Nabors: two world premieres in one week, one by the Atlanta Chamber Players and the other by the Atlanta […]

l-r: mezzo-sopranos Kelley O'Connor and Michelle DeYoung, sopranos Erin Wall and Evelina Dobračeva, conductor Robert Spano, tenor Toby Spence, baritone Russell Braun and bass Morris Robinson. (credit: Jeff Roffman)

Review: Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand” brings together massive forces in a rare musical experience

Mark Gresham | 15 NOV 2019 Live performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 is a once-in-a-generation event in a city that has the resources to credibly mount one. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has now presented the work three […]

Violinist James Ehnes performs Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with the ASO and principal guest conductor Donald Runnicles. (credit: Rand Lines)

Review: James Ehnes soars in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto

Mark Gresham | 08 NOV 2019 On Thursday evening at Symphony Hall, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, performed a concert of music by Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky, led by principal guest conductor Donald Runnicles and featuring Canadian violinist James Ehnes. The […]