Global Georgia Initiative: Robert Spano – “Conversation with Student Composers: Experimentation, Preparation, and Performance”
Robert Spano, artistic director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, will visit UGA for a day of events supported by the President’s Venture Fund, the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, and the Willson Center.
Spano and the ASO will take part in the UGA-Atlanta Symphony Composers Workshop in Hodgson Hall from 1:30-4 p.m., in which the symphony, conducted by Spano, will read and rehearse orchestral compositions by UGA student composers. Works were selected through a call-for-scores competition among UGA students.
The reading session will be preceded by a panel discussion with Spano and the selected composers, moderated by Peter Van Zandt Lane, assistant professor of composition in the Hodgson School and director of the Roger and Phylis Dancz Center for New Music, in Edge Hall from 12:30-1:15 p.m. The discussion is an event in the Willson Center’s 2018 Global Georgia Initiative.
Spano, a conductor, pianist, composer, and teacher, has won six Grammy Awards with the Atlanta Symphony during his 17 years as artistic director. The ASO established the Atlanta School of Composers under Spano’s leadership, a reflection of his commitment to American contemporary music. He serves on the faculty of Oberlin Conservatory and is music director of the Aspen Music Festival and School. Spano is one of two classical musicians inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
The Willson Center’s Global Georgia Initiative presents global problems in local context with a focus on how the arts and humanities can intervene. The series is made possible by the support of private individuals and the Willson Center Board of Friends.