The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will be welcoming the triumphant return of live audiences for their new 2021-2022 season. The 77th season will open with the crowd-pleasing music from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony this September. Former Symphony Music Director Robert Spano will assume the new title of Music Director Laureate. He, along with Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles, has programmed this season’s diverse repertoire.
Executive Director Jennifer Barlament joined “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes to talk about the changes in protocol and upcoming performances.
“It’s a very exciting, colorful, diverse set of works that we’ll be introducing, and we’re really excited about the opportunity to introduce new voices to the Atlanta audiences as well,” said Barlament. “It’s a really great opportunity to celebrate the full breadth of what an orchestra can do in the midst of this really fantastic season.” This season will feature 23 works composed by women and people of color. There will also be five world premieres, four ASO commissions and three U.S. premieres.
The return of choral music is an especially anticipated feature of the new season. “One of the sad things that we’ve lost, unfortunately, last year, was the opportunity to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the brilliant Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus,” said Barlament. “If you read the press, choral singing was one of the most effective way to spread viruses… but starting in the second half of next season, we’ve got a fantastic set of performances with the chorus.”