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Robert Spano[edit]

Robert Spano
Genres Classical
Occupation(s) Conductor, Pianist, Composer, Pedagogue
Instruments piano
Labels Telarc, DG
Associated acts Atlanta Symphony
Brooklyn Philharmonic
Boston Symphony

See Robert Spano for the actual article: Here's source code for the refereces, plus some stuff I left out of the article.

Lead section work[edit]

Robert Spano (born May 7, 1961) is an American conductor and pianist. Since 2001 he has been Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), and he served as Music Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic from 1996 to 2004.[1]

Spano has gained national and international prominence in recent years, appearing with major orchestras and opera companies throughout the United States and Europe.[1] He is regarded as an advocate of new music, and has earned a reputation for ambitious and adventurous orchestral programming and presentation.[2][3][4][5][6][7]

In addition to raising his profile with, for example, appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman,[8] Spano has made several prominent recordings with the ASO, which have garnered multiple Grammy Awards.[1] Spano has also won the favor of many major music critics, and he is frequently mentioned as a candidate to lead any of the most prominent orchestras in the USA.[4][5][8][9]

[Please note: The affiliations and lists in this article are as of March, 2007]

Critical praise and awards[edit]

Spano has won praise from several leading music critics, such as:

  • Spano is one of America's most exciting, as well as excitable, conductors, a riveting interpreter. —Justin Davidson, Newsday [2]
  • As Atlanta audiences know, Spano is an undeniable talent, a firecracker of manic energy and intellect, with a flair for creative programming—moving what's supposed to be a conservative town into modern times. —Pierre Ruhe, Atlanta Journal-Constitution [5]
  • Robert Spano is a wonder, capable of organizing deeply shared music-making. —Bernard Holland, New York Times [6]
  • [H]e is widely regarded as the finest American conductor of his generation. —Richard Dyer, Boston Globe [4]
" of the brightest stars in the new generation of American conductors." [8]

Citations: Source Code[edit]

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Original Stub Text[edit]

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Robert Spano (born May 7, 1961 in Conneaut, Ohio) is the current (2007) Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and was Music Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic from 1996 to 2004. He is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and the Curtis Institute of Music, His Grammy-winning ASO recordings include the 2003 triple winner A Sea Symphony by Ralph Vaughan Williams, the 2005 Grande Messe des Mortes by Berlioz, and the 2006 Best Opera Recording for Osvaldo Golijov's Ainadamar: Fountain Of Tears, which also won a Grammy for Best Classical Contemporary Composition. An advocate of contemporary music, Spano has championed composers such as Golijov, Jennifer Higdon, Christopher Theofanidis, and most recently Michael Gandolfi, and with the ASO has made significant premiere recordings of their works. Spano and the ASO have dubbed this group the "Atlanta School of Composers," characterized as mid-career composers who share an interest in tonality, melody, and popular idioms or world music. In recent years Spano's operatic repertoire has ranged from Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle, which he conducted at the Seattle Opera in 2005, to the U.S. premiere of Kaija Saariaho's L'amour de loin for the Santa Fe Opera. In addition to his widespread symphonic and operatic conducting, he remains active as a pianist, particularly in chamber music.


Spano quotes culled from the references below for possible interpolation or new section. left out of article.

  • Davidson 2006 (New Yorker):"I think of composers as setting up possiblilities, not creating objects. There's no such thing as Beethoven's Seventh. It's only a hypothesis."..."Pieces of music are wormholes, which we can enter to excape our normal experience of time."..."You have to invest in a piece's greatness. As far as I'm concerned, it's a masterpiece until proven otherwise."
  • Davidson 2001 (Newsday): "What I seek is magic, and I don't know how to make it. I know how to invite it, and I'm grateful when it happens."..."A concert is inherently a theatrical experience"
  • Tommasini 1997-10-26 (NYT): "Some Americans look at this country and say, 'We have no musical tradition.' Now, I don't agree with that. But even so, we could look at ourselves and instead say: 'We are unfettered by any tradition. We don't have to think that Beethoven is the greatest composer who ever lived and everything else is second. We are not stuck with that cultural baggage. There are many great traditions: French, Russian, Italian, Norse, English, our own. We are free to pick and choose.'"
  • Oestreich 2003 (NYT): (quoting James DePriest)"'[Orchestras] are not museums, we're galleries. We're always changing, and we don't have permanent collections.' [Spano adds] I would even say that from Thursday to Friday to Saturday, in the same program, the exhibit has changed. It's the nature of live performance. It's what makes it so much better than recordings."


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  1. ^ a b c d e Biography: ROBERT SPANO: 2006-2007 Season; Kirshbaum Demler & Associates. Retrieved 2007-03-25
  2. ^ a b c d Davidson, Justin. "CLASSICAL MUSIC: Looking for Magic: Mixing visuals and language into a performance is just part of conductor Robert Spano's pursuit of orchestral risk" (Fanfare); Newsday (Long Island, NY) - 2001-10-07, p. D21. Via ProQuest: Document ID=83361614. Retrieved 2007-03-23
  3. ^ a b c Tommasini, Anthony. "CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK: A Winning Formula for Players and Listeners"; The New York Times - 2000-02-09, p. E5. Via ProQuest: Document ID=49310007. Retrieved 2007-03-23
  4. ^ a b c d e Dyer, Richard. "Spano Tries to Hang Out at Tanglewood" (Feature); The Boston Globe - 2001-07-22, p. L4. Via ProQuest: Document ID=76111773. Retrieved 2007-03-23
  5. ^ a b c d e Ruhe, Pierre. "CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK: Spano Storms New York -- and that's fine"; The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 2003-05-22, p. D1. Via ProQuest: Document ID=339183721. Retrieved 2007-03-23
  6. ^ a b c d Tommasini, Anthony. "Classical Music: Can Brooklyn Keep Its Maestro While He's Hot?"; The New York Times - 1997-10-26, p. 2-33. Via ProQuest: Document ID=20219402. Retrieved 2007-03-23
  7. ^ a b c Brock, Wendell. "Live from Brooklyn, it's Robert Spano" (Feature Profile); The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 2000-04-30, p. L1. Via ProQuest: Document ID=53196617. Retrieved 2007-03-23
  8. ^ a b c d e Brock, Wendell. "New era for the ASO: Appointment of magnetic, media savvy conductor Robert Spano as director praised; Donald Runnicles to share podium"; The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 2000-02-09, p. B1. Via ProQuest: Document ID=49308409. Retrieved 2007-03-23
  9. ^ a b c Blumenthal, Ralph. "Spano Reduces His Role With Brooklyn Philharmonic"; The New York Times - 2002-11-27, p. E16. Via ProQuest: Document ID=246400901. Retrieved 2007-03-23
  10. ^ a b "Conductors Spano and Runnicles Extend Contracts with Atlanta Symphony"; The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 2005-09-21. Via Retrieved 2007-03-24
  11. ^ a b Ruhe, Pierre: "'There's Something Bottomless About It' - Robert Spano on Conducting Wagner's Ring" (Interview); The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 2005-09-15. Via Retrieved 2007-03-24
  12. ^ a b News: ROBERT SPANO: CONDUCTOR, NEW MUSIC ADVOCATE, COMPOSER; Kirshbaum Demler & Associates. Retrieved 2007-03-24
  13. ^ a b Recordings: ROBERT SPANO: Conductor; Kirshbaum Demler & Associates. Retrieved 2007-03-25
  14. ^ a b Ward, Charles. "Busy Spano here to direct and perform" (Concert preview/Profile); The Houston Chronicle - 1998-01-30. Via Thomson Gale: Document no.=CJ64294186. Retrieved 2007-03-23
  15. ^ a b Ruhe, Pierre. "CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK: Spano's first season gives ASO a boost"; The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 2002-06-09, p. L5. Via ProQuest: Document ID=123902471. Retrieved 2007-03-23
  16. ^ a b Brock, Wendell. "Spano's selection wins press nationwide"; The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 2000-02-10, p. F12. Via ProQuest: Document ID=49343506. Retrieved 2007-03-23
  17. ^ a b Ruhe, Pierre. "Ever-better ASO set to conquer New York" (Concert review); The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 2004-04-23, p. C12. Via ProQuest: Document ID=622783431. Retrieved 2007-03-23
  18. ^ a b Kozinn, Allan. "MUSIC REVIEW; Better Late Than Later, a Philharmonic Debut"; The New York Times - 2003-05-24. Retrieved 2007-03-23
  19. ^ a b Oestreich, James R. "Shopping With: Robert Spano: Facing the Philharmonic, Armed With New CD's"; (Feature); The New York Times - 2003-05-18, p. 2-27. Via ProQuest: Document ID=337831501. Retrieved 2007-03-23
  20. ^ a b Kozinn, Allan. "High Notes and Red Ink"; The New York Times - 1998-12-06, p. 14-1. Via ProQuest: Document ID=36529269 . Retrieved 2007-03-27
  21. ^ a b Elliott, Susan. "The Atlanta Symphony Gets a Jolt of Energy"; The New York Times - 2001-12-16, p. 2-1. Via ProQuest: Document ID=95407128 . Retrieved 2007-03-27
  22. ^ a b Robert Spano: Professor of Conducting (Oberlin Conservatory). Via Retrieved 2007-03-24
  23. ^ a b Slonimsky, Nicolas, rev. Laura Kuhn. (2001): Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians -- Centennial Edition, Vol. 5, p. 3415. New York: G. Schirmer. ISBN 0-02-865525-7
  24. ^ a b Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Artist biography and discography from Telarc International. Retrieved 2007-03-23

  • Davidson, Justin. "MEASURE FOR MEASURE: Exploring the mysteries of conducting". The New Yorker - 2006-08-21, pp. 60-69. (Conversations with Spano frame an essay on the nature of conducting.)

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