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The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will continue its “Behind the Curtain” series of virtual concerts through the end of the 2020–21 season in June. The concerts are recorded in Symphony Hall without a live audience, then made available virtually to subscribers and on a pay-per-view basis.

The spring series will feature 10 ASO premieres, a world premiere by composer Clarice Assad and guests that include violinist Robert McDuffie and pianists Yefim Bronfman and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Concerts also will feature individual members of the orchestra, including concertmaster David Coucheron, principal flutist Christina Smith and principal harpist Elisabeth Remy Johnson.

“In this challenging and uncertain period, I am so grateful that we have been able to find new avenues to continue our commitment to presenting great symphonic music,” music director Robert Spano said in a press release. “We have configured our programming for smaller ensembles to allow proper social distancing and other safety protocols, and we have placed a great focus on local talent as featured soloists.”

The orchestra expects to stream its entire 2020–21 season through June, and will re-establish in-person concerts once it is safe for musicians and patrons. A virtual membership for the full season is $130 and individual concerts can be purchased for $15 and 20. Virtual members have up to a month to watch a concert. 

The 13 spring season concerts will feature the works of nine living composers and will close with a Bach and Beyond celebration.

Spano will conduct four concerts, with principal guest conductor Donald Runnicles leading two. Guest conductors include Maxim Emelyanychev, James Gaffigan, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Hannu Lintu, Gemma New, Andrew Manze and Nathalie Stutzmann. 

“While nothing can replace the thrilling experience of hearing a performance live and in person,” executive director Jennifer Barlament said, “our pivot to virtual concerts this fall has been wildly successful, allowing the orchestra to continue making music and sharing it with an even broader audience than before.”

To see the complete season, go HERE.


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