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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Performs with the Berlin Philharmonic and at Carnegie Hall
It was an April evening at Carnegie Hall. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus was presented in concert as part of its Great American Orchestras II Series. Music Director Robert Spano led the mass ensemble in a program comprised entirely of works themed upon mysticism, mythology and lore - Sibelius' Tapiola, the complete ballet score of Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé and the New York premiere of American composer Christopher Theofanidis' The Here and Now. The New York Times said, "in waves of climactic crescendos.Mr. Spano drew a swelling, variegated sound that packed a visceral punch."
One of the featured works on the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus' program at Carnegie Hall was the New York premiere of Christopher Theofanidis' The Here and Now. The work was commissioned by the ASO as part of its Atlanta School of Composers, a program created by the orchestra which reflects Robert Spano's continued commitment to commissioning, premiering, performing, and recording works by great American composers of the 21st century. The colorful 30-minute work for orchestra, chorus and soloists is set to the poetry of the 13th-century Persian mystic Rumi, and is said to embrace the expanding borders of classical music. The New York Times described the work as "unabashedly tonal music, with occasional modern effects" and declared that "Mr. Theofanidis's choral writing is bright, open-textured and melodic."
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus gave the world premiere of The Here and Now in May of 2005, and later performed in the 2007 Grammy Award winning recording of the work. The recording is available on the Telarc label.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus Performs with Berlin Philharmonic
One morning in May, one of America's preeminent choral ensembles boarded a flight destined for Germany and one incredible, extraordinary musical voyage. Over three very special evenings, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus joined forces with the Berlin Philharmonic in three landmark concerts at Berlin's Philharmonie, where they performed the colossal Berlioz Requiem.
These concerts marked the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus' second collaboration with the German orchestra. In December 2003, the ASO Chorus made their debut with the Berlin Philharmonic in Britten's War Requiem, after which Der Tagesspiegel wrote: "The world has really turned a bit topsy-turvy when our fabulous Berliner Philharmoniker turn around in their orchestra seats to applaud an American amateur chorus."
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles conducted the Berlin concerts. Norman Mackenzie serves as Chorus Director of the ASO Chorus - a 200-voice volunteer ensemble, which is one of today's most highly regarded choruses. The ASO Chorus is featured on the majority of the ASO's recordings, having garnered 14 Grammy Awards, including a 2005 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance of the very work to be performed in Berlin - the Berlioz Requiem.
Assisting fine musicians in bringing their art to new audiences around the world is Classical Movements' specialty, and we're honored to be a part of such a remarkable musical collaboration as was experienced in Berlin.
Classical Movements has previously held the esteemed opportunity to accompany the ASO Chorus to other prestigious performance occasions, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus' triumphant appearance at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Convention in Miami in March of 2007 as well as the Atlanta ensembles' joint performance at Carnegie Hall early last month.