Spano Residency Brings Conversations, Collaborations and Concerts to Emory Public Events March 20-April 5

Courtesy of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

February 27, 2012

ATLANTA (Feb. 27, 2012)—Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano returns in March as Emory University’s Distinguished Artist in Residence. In the final year of the three-year residency, the conductor will inspire wide-ranging interdisciplinary dialogues in and out of the classroom. His intensive schedule includes concerts, conversations, and seminars in music, philosophy, sociology, writing and health.

Along with much academic and artistic collaboration, the residency brings with it a series of events for the Emory and Atlanta communities. Most events are free:

The Classics! An evening in ancient Greece and Rome with songs by Schubert, Brahms, and Wolf
Robert Spano on piano with Emory’s faculty and student vocalists. Prior to the program, concertgoers are invited to explore the relationship between the composers of German lieder, and the ancient world with curator Jasper Gaunt.
March 20, concert 8:15 p.m., gallery talks 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Carlos Museum
Free. Limited space; call 404-727-6118 for reservations.

Creativity Conversation with Robert Spano, Linda Gregerson and Susan Botti
National Book Award finalist Linda Gregerson, composer and singer Susan Botti, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s music director Robert Spano discuss the nature of creativity.
March 22, 4 p.m., Reception Hall, Carlos Museum, Free

Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta: Atlanta’s Young Artists
An annual showcase of some of the Atlanta area's finest pre-college talent, hosted by Robert Spano.
March 25, 4 p.m., Reception Hall, Carlos Museum, $4; call 404-727-5050

Language Meets Music: A Workshop
Emory professor Laura Otis and Robert Spano bring together musicians and literary scholars
who write about music.
March 29, 4-6 p.m., Tharp Rehearsal Hall, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Free

Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta: Noontime Series
Robert Spano and the Vega String Quartet will perform Brahms’ Quintet in F Minor.
April 3, noon, Reception Hall, Carlos Museum, Free

Stage Works class with Robert Spano and Dawn Upshaw, soprano
Emory vocal students perform scenes from popular operas and other works, and receive critiques by Robert Spano and Dawn Upshaw. Open to the public.
April 5, 4 p.m., Performing Arts Studio, Free


Emory University Residencies
In addition to the Spano Residency, Emory has appointed seven other individuals to similar roles in recent years, including His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama who was appointed in 2007 to an indefinite term as Presidential Distinguished Professor; and author Salman Rushdie, University Distinguished Professor. The University-wide residency has the potential to enhance the educational experiences of Emory’s 12,500 students from the Emory College of Arts and Sciences and multidisciplinary graduate programs, as well as the greater Atlanta community.