The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra was officially established in 1945 in Atlanta, Georgia. The orchestra is well known for its numerous award-winning recordings, exquisite live performances, presentations and outstanding choruses. It serves as a breeding ground for artistic development and high quality music education in the region. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra launched the Atlanta School of Composers, which reflects music director Robert Spano and the orchestra’s devotion to nurturing musical talent and forming a new generation of composers. Next to their offer of education, director Robert Shaw established the Atlanta Symphony Chorus in 1970 that performs on a regular basis with the orchestra.
The orchestra performs over 200 concerts per year and these performances also feature educational and community concerts. The orchestra has received an award of Strongest Commitment to New American Music in 2007 from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. And their music director Robert Spano has received the Conductor of the Year Award in 2008. The orchestra and Robert Spano have performed over 100 concerts containing contemporary works and 15 world premieres commissioned by themselves.
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