Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Copland and Gandolfi
through November 20, 2021
What an incredible evening when you can see the ASO with an audience of more than 1,000 and everybody in total rhapsody with every note. Robert Spano has returned to conduct the ASO and they opened with Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man. It may be a short piece but it is as named and always instantly recognizable.
Then the ASO premiered Michael Gandolfi’s piano concerto. This was commissioned in honor of Maestro Spano’s twenty years with the orchestra; and it is fantastic. With the incredible Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin on the keys. It draws you in from the first bar, and never eases up until the final note. Gandolfi has the talent of a current day Camille Saint-Saëns.
And then the ASO went full power into Copland’s Symphony No.3, which is another one of those works which draws you in from note one to the coda. If you want a night of music you will never forget, then get your seats online, bring your CDC card and masks and head down to Symphony Hall. It just doesn’t get any better!