Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Composers

Biography

Active: 1947 -
One of the youngest of America's major orchestras, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra began in 1945 as the Atlanta Youth Symphony, created by members of the Atlanta Music Club to give high-quality performance opportunities to young musicians in the Atlanta area. Over its history, the ensemble has grown from a community orchestra of volunteers and part-time employees to a world-class ensemble with a reputation for musical excellence.

Under the
Read more direction of the gifted conductor and teacher Henry Sopkin, the Atlanta Youth Symphony became the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) in 1947. Although still in its fledgling years, the Orchestra flourished under Sopkins' leadership: expanding its repertoire, increasing its programs for young players, and improving the level of musicianship among its members. As it grew, the Orchestra was able to attract world-renowned soloists such as Glenn Gould and Isaac Stern, which further enhanced its reputation as a top-notch regional orchestra. In 1964, the ASO, still an organization of part-time musicians, became a founding member of the Atlanta Arts Alliance, which later became the internationally acclaimed Woodruff Arts Center.

When Sopkin announced his retirement in 1966, an arduous search began to find a replacement for this talented and visionary conductor. The job was offered to Robert Shaw who initially turned down the position because he felt that he was not well-versed enough in orchestral repertoire to "stay ahead of the musicians." When he finally accepted the music director's position in 1967, it was obvious that he was equal to the challenge. Shaw immediately expanded the ASO to 87 full-time musicians, created the 200-voice Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and raised the expected level of musicianship to a new and highly professional standard. He also began to organize significant tours for the ASO which brought national recognition and recording opportunities to the group. Under Shaw's leadership, the ASO performed for the inauguration of President Carter in 1977 and released the first commercial digital orchestral recording for Telarc.

With its national reputation for excellence of musicianship well established, the ASO made numerous recordings, won 15 Grammy Awards and toured internationally under Shaw's direction. In 1988, Shaw retired from his position as ASO music director although he continued to hold the positions of director emeritus and conductor laureate until his death in 1999. Following Shaw's retirement, Yoel Levi became the third music director in ASO history. A conductor of international reputation, Levi has continued the tradition of musical excellence for which the ASO has become known. He led the ensemble on its second European tour in 1991 to enthusiastic audiences. In 1995, the ASO celebrated its 50th anniversary season with two nationwide television broadcasts and a successful tour of the northeastern United States, and performed for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in 1996 which was viewed by more than 3.5 billion people worldwide. In 2001, Robert Spano became music director, with Donald Runnicles as principal guest conductor. Read less
Golijov: Ainadamar / Spano, Upshaw, Atlanta So
Release Date: 05/09/2006   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 000642902   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 76.
    Classical Zoo With Itzhak Perlman, Narrator
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80443 Release Date: 02/25/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Jean Sibelius,  Ottorino Respighi,  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Patrick McFarland,  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  Yoel Levi,  Louis Lane
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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  • 77.
    Glassmasters / Philip Glass
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 62960 Release Date: 02/25/1997   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Philip Glass
    Performer:  Paul Esswood,  Paul Dunkel,  Bernard Fowler,  Michael Riesman  ... 
    Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies,  Michael Riesman,  Christopher Keene,  Robert Shaw
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart State Opera Chorus,  Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra,  Chorus  ... 
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  • 78.
    Kodály: Háry János Suite, Dances Of Galánta, Etc / Levi
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80413 Release Date: 11/12/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Zoltán Kodály
    Performer:  Laura Ardan,  Brice Andrus,  Reid Harris,  James Earl Barnes  ... 
    Conductor:  Yoel Levi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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  • 79.
    Mahler: Symphony No 5 / Levi, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80394 Release Date: 11/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Yoel Levi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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  • 80.
    Mendelssohn: Elijah / Shaw, Bonney, Quivar, Hadley, Hampson
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80389 Release Date: 09/26/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Jerry Hadley,  Florence Quivar,  Marietta Simpson,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  Atlanta Symphony Chorus
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  • 81.
    Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos / Watts, Levi
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80386 Release Date: 05/16/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  André Watts
    Conductor:  Yoel Levi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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  • 82.
    Classics - The Power & The Majesty / Shaw, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80397 Release Date: 01/24/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Hector Berlioz,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Dent
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  Atlanta Symphony Chorus,  Morehouse-Spellman Chorus  ... 
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  • 83.
    Handel Bars - Popular Works Of George Frideric Handel
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80344 Release Date: 07/26/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Jeffrey Curnow,  Eric Ruske,  Scott Hartman,  Sam Pilafian  ... 
    Conductor:  Martin Pearlman,  Robert Shaw,  Keith Clark,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Empire Brass,  Boston Baroque,  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 84.
    Rossini: Overtures / Levi, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80334 Release Date: 06/28/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Patrick McFarland,  Christina Smith,  Christopher Rex
    Conductor:  Yoel Levi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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  • 85.
    Beethoven - The Greatest Hits
    Label: Reference Gold   Catalog: 3602 Release Date: 04/13/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Sylvia Cápová,  Jan Czerkow,  Dubravka Tomsic
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Chorus,  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  London Festival Orchestra  ... 
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  • 86.
    Classics - Shostakovich: Symphony No 8 / Levi, Atlanta So
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80291 Release Date: 03/29/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Conductor:  Yoel Levi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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  • 87.
    Grand & Glorious - Great Operatic Choruses / Robert Shaw
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80333 Release Date: 03/29/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Christine Brewer,  Kevin Maynor,  Karl Dent
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  Atlanta Symphony Chorus,  Atlanta Symphony Chamber Chorus
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  • 88.
    Ravel: Daphnis & Chloé, Pavane For A Dead Princess / Levi
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80352 Release Date: 11/16/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Christina Smith
    Conductor:  Yoel Levi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  Atlanta Symphony Chorus
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  • 89.
    Prokofiev: Sneaky Pete And The Wolf, Etc / Levi, Atlanta So
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80350 Release Date: 09/28/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Kenneth Broadway,  Ralph Markham,  Peter Schickele
    Conductor:  Yoel Levi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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  • 90.
    Brahms: Serenade No 1, Variations On Haydn / Yoel Levi
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80349 Release Date: 06/29/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Yoel Levi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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  • 91.
    Glass: Itaipu, The Canyon / Shaw, Atlanta So & Chorus
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 46352 Release Date: 06/29/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Philip Glass
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  Atlanta Symphony Chorus
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  • 92.
    The Telarc Collection Vol 8
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 89108 Release Date: 06/29/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Aaron Copland,  Jean Sibelius,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Yoel Levi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 93.
    The Telarc Collection Vol 9
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 89109 Release Date: 06/29/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Phil Moore,  Clifford Brown,  Mel London,  Stefan Schyga  ... 
    Performer:  Jeanie Bryson,  John Heard,  Ahmad Jamal,  Yoron Israel  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel,  Martin Pearlman,  Yoel Levi,  Keith Clark  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slide Hampton/Jazz Masters,  Azuza Pacific University Choir,  Central State University Chorus  ... 
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  • 94.
    Sibelius: Finlandia, Karelia Suite, Etc / Levi, Atlanta Sym
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80320 Release Date: 02/23/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Patrick McFarland
    Conductor:  Yoel Levi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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  • 95.
    The Telarc Collection Vol 7
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 89107 Release Date: 02/23/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ben Bernie,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Paul Dukas,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  André Previn,  Ray Brown,  Mundell Lowe,  Maria Lambros  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Erich Kunzel,  Yoel Levi,  Leonard Slatkin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Cincinnati Pops,  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 96.
    Rorem: String Symphony, Sunday Morning, Eagles / Shaw
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80353 Release Date: 12/08/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ned Rorem
    Conductor:  Louis Lane
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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  • 97.
    Works By Stephen Paulus / Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80363 Release Date: 12/08/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stephen Paulus
    Performer:  William Preucil
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw,  Yoel Levi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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  • 98.
    Classics For All Seasons - Winter
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80330 Release Date: 11/17/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Francis Poulenc,  Howard Blake,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Barry Gordon,  Michael Murray,  Angel Romero,  John O'Conor  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Robert Shaw,  Martin Pearlman,  Leonard Slatkin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Robert Shaw Festival Singers,  Boston Baroque  ... 
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  • 99.
    Haydn: The Creation / Shaw, Atlanta So & Chorus
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80298 Release Date: 10/27/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Heidi Grant Murphy,  Jon Humphrey,  James Michael McGuire,  John Cheek  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  Atlanta Symphony Chamber Chorus
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  • 100.
    The Telarc Collection Vol 6
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 89106 Release Date: 09/29/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  P.D.Q. Bach,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Bert Kaempfert,  John Denver  ... 
    Performer:  Doc Severinsen,  Hilton Ruiz,  Dizzy Gillespie,  Clifford Jordan  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Schickele,  David Zinman,  Erich Kunzel,  Martin Pearlman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turtle Mountain Naval Base Tactical Wind Ensemble,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra,  Cincinnati Pops  ... 
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