Music director Nathalie Stutzmann conducts the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in its 2023/24 season opening concert. (credit: Raftermen)

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra unveils 80th Anniversary season featuring Beethoven Project

EarRelevant Staff | 14 MAR 2024

Atlanta, GA— The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) has announced its 2024-25 Delta Classical concert season lineup, marking its 80th Anniversary.

For her third consecutive season, music director Nathalie Stutzmann will lead 11 of the ASO’s 26 classical series programs listed below. Highlighted among them is an ambitious “Beethoven Project,” featuring performances of the composer’s first eight symphonies, Triple Concerto, and Missa solemnis. (The iconic Symphony No. 9 will be performed in the subsequent season, in the Fall of 2025, concluding the Beethoven symphony cycle.)


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The season opens on September 19, 2024, with Stutzmann leading Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, “Titan,” and cellist Edgar Moreau performing Schumann’s Cello Concerto. Other highlights include performances by renowned guest artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, who will play Haydn’s Cello Concerto, and Anna Geniushene, performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. In January, ASO Concertmaster David Coucheron will solo and lead in what has become an annual favorite and a sold-out event the last two seasons: Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, this time paired with Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings.

Pianist Marc-André Hamelin returns in the spring to play Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3 when conductor Marzena Diakun makes her ASO debut. The 2024-25 season wraps up on June 5 and 7 with two guest artists familiar to the Symphony Hall stage, conductor Peter Oundijian and pianist Inon Barnatan, showcasing Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Oundijian concludes the season’s grand finale with Mahler’s Symphony No. 7.

Additionally, music director laureate Robert Spano returns in March, conducting the ASO in selections by Copland, Higdon, Vaughn Williams, Sibelius, Scriabin, and Rimsky-Korsakov.


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Twelve guest conductors will each lead a single week of concerts in the new season, four of whom will be making their ASO podium debuts: Jader Bignamini, Nicholas Carter, Roderick Cox, Stéphane Denève, Marzena Diakun, Matthew Halls, Eric Jacobsen, Earl Lee, Andrew Manze, Peter Oundjian, Vasily Petrenko, and Aziz Shokhakimov.

Guest instrumental artists will include pianists Behzod Abduraimov, Inon Barnatan, Julie Coucheron, Anna Geniushene, Kirill Gerstein, Marc-André Hamelin, and Jae Hong Park; violinists Giuseppe Gibboni, Clara-Jumi Kang, and Geneva Lewis; and cellists Sterling Elliott, Yo-Yo Ma, and Edgar Moreau. Three are making their debuts with the ASO. Also, five soloists drawn from ASO principal musicians will be featured: concertmaster/violinist David Coucheron, principal flutist Christina Smith, principal oboist Elizabeth Koch Tiscione, principal cellist Daniel Laufer, and principal harpist Elisabeth Remy Johnson.

Scheduled guest vocal soloists include sopranos Julia Grüter, Julia Lezhneva, and Olga Kulchynska; mezzo-soprano Fleur Barron; tenors Lunga Eric Hallam and Miles Mykkanen; baritones Lawson Anderson and Samuel Hasselhorn; and basses Harold Wilson and Nathan Berg.

And in addition to their ever-popular Holiday concerts, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, directed by Norman Mackenzie, will perform with the orchestra in three choral-orchestral masterworks during the 2024/25 season: Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, and Beethoven’s Missa solemnis.

Here is a chronological list of the ASO’s Classical Series concerts (*denotes an artist’s ASO debut):

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 2024/25 Delta Classical Series

All concerts in this series take place at Atlanta Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center.

  • September 19 & 21, 2024:
    Nathalie Stutzmann, conductor; Edgar Moreau, cello
    SCHUMANN: Cello Concerto
    MAHLER: Symphony No. 1, “Titan”
  • September 26 & 27, 2024:
    Nathalie Stutzmann, conductor; Fleur Barron, mezzo-soprano; Samuel Hasselhorn, baritone.
    MAHLER: Des Knaben Wunderhorn
    SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 6
  • October 17 & 19, 2024:
    Earl Lee, conductor*; Elizabeth Koch Tiscione, oboe.
    HAYDN: Symphony No. 104, “London”
    FRANÇAIX: L’horloge de flore
    MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 4, “Italian”
  • October 24 & 26, 2024:
    Roderick Cox, conductor.
    BARBER: Adagio for Strings
    JOHN ADAMS: Doctor Atomic Symphony
    RACHMANINOFF: Symphonic Dances
  • November 7, 9 & 10, 2024:
    Nathalie Stutzmann, conductor; Olga Kulchynska, soprano; Julia Lezhneva, soprano; Lunga Eric Hallam, tenor; Harold Wilson, bass; ASO Chorus (Norman Mackenzie, director)
    MOZART: Symphony No. 40
    MOZART: Mass in C Minor
  • November 14 & 16, 2024:
    Nathalie Stutzmann, conductor; Christina Smith, flute.
    C.P.E. BACH: Flute Concerto in D Minor
    BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 4, “Romantic”
  • November 21 & 23, 2024:
    Nicholas Carter, conductor; Geneva Lewis, violin*.
    HAYDN: Symphony No. 96, “The Miracle”
    MOZART: Violin Concerto No. 3
    WALTON: Symphony No. 1
  • December 5, 2024:
    Eric Jacobsen, conductor*; Yo-Yo Ma, cello.
    DVOŘÁK: Slavonic Dance, Op. 46, No. 8
    CURTIS STEWART: “M. Bett” from The Famous People
    HAYDN: Cello Concerto No. 1
    VILLA-LOBOS: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
    DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 8
  • January 12, 2025:
    David Coucheron, violin & director.
    DVOŘÁK: Serenade for Strings, Op. 22
    VIVALDI: The Four Seasons
  • January 16 & 18, 2025
    Aziz Shokhakimov, conductor; Behzod Abduraimov, piano*.
    POLINA NAZAYKINSKAYA: Winter Bells
    RACHMANINOFF: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
    STRAVINSKY: Petrushka (1947 Version)
  • January 23 & 25, 2025:
    Nathalie Stutzmann, conductor.
    BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 1
    BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”
  • January 30, February 1 & 2, 2025:
    Nathalie Stutzmann, conductor
    BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 2
    BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5
  • February 13 &15, 2025:
    Vasily Petrenko, conductor; Nathan Berg, bass-baritone; ASO Chorus (Norman Mackenzie, director).
    SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 1
    WALTON: Belshazzar’s Feast
  • February 20 &22, 2025:
    Matthew Halls, conductor*; Sterling Elliott, cello*.
    HAYDN: L’isola disabitata Overture
    HAYDN: Cello Concerto No. 2
    HAYDN: Symphony No. 101, “The Clock”
  • February 27 & March 1, 2025:
    Nathalie Stutzmann, conductor.
    BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 8
    BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral”
  • Thursday, March 6, 8 & 9, 2025:
    Nathalie Stutzmann, conductor.
    BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 4
    BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7
  • March 20 & 22, 2025:
    Robert Spano, conductor; Elisabeth Remy Johnson, harp.
    COPLAND: Appalachian Spring Suite
    JENNIFER HIGDON: Harp Concerto
    VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 5
  • March 27 & 29, 2025:
    Robert Spano, conductor; Jae Hong Park, piano.
    SIBELIUS: Tapiola
    SCRIABIN: Piano Concerto
    RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade
  • April 3 & 4, 2025:
    Nathalie Stutzmann, conductor; David Coucheron, violin; Daniel Laufer, cello; Julie Coucheron, piano.
    BEETHOVEN: Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano
    STRAUSS: Eine Alpensinfonie
  • April 10 & 12, 2025:
    Nathalie Stutzmann, conductor; Anna Geniushene, piano.
    TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1
    RAVEL: Ma mère L’Oye
    RAVEL: La valse
  • April 24 & 26, 2025:
    Andrew Manze, conductor; Clara-Jumi Kang, violin.
    KHACHATURIAN: “Sabre Dance” from Gayane
    KHACHATURIAN: “Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia” from Spartacus
    KHACHATURIAN: “Lezghinka” from Gayane
    SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto
    BORODIN: Symphony No. 2
  • May 1 & 3, 2025:
    Jader Bignamini, conductor*; Giuseppe Gibboni, violin*.
    BOTTESINI: Il diavolo della notte Overture
    PAGANINI: Violin Concerto No. 1
    RESPIGHI: Fountains of Rome
    RESPIGHI: Pines of Rome
  • May 8, 10 & 11, 2025:
    Nathalie Stutzmann, conductor; Julia Grüter, soprano; Anna Goryachova, mezzo-soprano; Miles Mykkanen, tenor; Lawson Anderson, baritone; ASO Chorus (Norman Mackenzie, director).
    BEETHOVEN: Missa solemnis
  • May 15 & 17, 2025:
    Marzena Diakun, conductor*; Marc-André Hamelin, piano.
    WEINBERG: Rhapsody on Moldovan Themes
    BARTÓK: Piano Concerto No. 3
    TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 1, “Winter Daydreams”
  • May 29 & 31, 2025:
    Stéphane Denève, conductor; Kirill Gerstein, piano.
    IBERT: Escales
    RAVEL: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
    MILHAUD: La création du monde
    GERSHWIN: An American in Paris
  • June 5 & 7, 2025:
    Peter Oundjian, conductor; Inon Barnatan, piano.
    SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Concerto No. 1
    MAHLER: Symphony No. 7

Subscriptions for the season are now available. For more information and a complete listing of performances, visit aso.org/2425.

EXTERNAL LINKS:

  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra: aso.org

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