The Grammy® Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) makes history this fall when Nathalie Stutzmann becomes music director. As the fifth music director of the orchestra, Stutzmann has been hailed locally as a consummate rock star on the podium by ArtsATL.
Stutzmann and the ASO have planned a 2022/23 season combining audience favorites with rediscovered gems and works from 13 of today’s most compelling living composers, all featuring a diverse roster of guest conductors and soloists.
Highlights of the ASO’s 78th season include eight programs led by Stutzmann — showcasing such repertory staples as Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Brahms’ Third Symphony and Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion“ which her world-renowned interpretation crowns a two-week Bach celebration.
She will also conduct the world premiere of a new choral piece by Hilary Purrington and a Pulitzer Prize-winning work by George Walker. The season will also include U.S. premieres of works by Lera Auerbach, Helen Grime and Tyshawn Sorey. ASO will debut artists including Kazem Abdullah, Justin Austin and Elim Chan. Familiar faces will also return: Lise de la Salle, Gil Shaham, and Principal Guest Conductor Sir Donald Runnicles.
“The 2022/23 season promises to be a watershed moment in the history of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The musical relationship that Nathalie Stutzmann, the Orchestra and Chorus have already forged together promises to produce performances of great depth and intensity, creating musical experiences that will resonate throughout the Atlanta community and around the world for years to come,” ASO Executive Director Jennifer Barlament said.
Barlament added that the Stutzmann will bring her unique vision for the ASO and will lead the city and the orchestra into a new musical cultural era.
“She doesn’t ‘conduct’ so much as she seizes the full potential of every note and wrenches it loose from the silence that preceded it. The boon of that fiery summons was evident throughout the Orchestra, with each section finding a new depth and life in its sound,” ArtsATL marveled after Stutzmann’s first appearance with the ASO following the announcement of her appointment.
Stutzmann said she looks forward to continuing the legacy of the outgoing Music Director Robert Spano of championing new and innovative composers.
“I first want to welcome the community into the concert hall to share beautiful music together. Whether you’re a longtime subscriber or have never been to a concert, please join us,” incoming ASO Music Director Nathalie Stutzmann said.
She added that, for her first season as music director, they have selected treasured works from the French, German and Russian repertoire, and many pieces that will feature the the ASO Chorus.
The world-renowned conductor and contralto launches her directorship with a program featuring the ASO Chorus and a stellar quartet of vocal soloists. The program opens with the world premiere, co-commissioned by The Philadelphia Orchestra, of “Words for Departure” for choir and orchestra by New England native Hilary Purrington; followed by Lilacs, the Walt Whitman setting with which George Walker became the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music; and Beethoven’s titanic Ninth Symphony on October 6, 8 and 9, 2022.