February 28, 2011

Spano here for collaboration, conversation

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano. Photo by Andrew Eccles.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano returns in March as Emory’s Distinguished Artist in Residence.

In year two of the three-year residency, the conductor will inspire wide-ranging interdisciplinary dialogues. He will co-teach the seminar “Music in America: Its Changing Social Landscape” with sociology professor Timothy Dowd and visit classes as diverse as theater to philosophy.

“I’m looking forward to interacting with so many people this year—musicians, dancers, composers, philosophers, chemists, historians and free-thinkers; the possibilities for scholarly exploration are endless,” says Spano.

Along with the many academic and artistic collaborations, the residency brings with it a series of events for the Emory and Atlanta communities:

Creativity Conversation with Salman Rushdie and Robert Spano; moderated by Steve Everett, professor of composition and computer music
A discussion of technological innovations and how they pertain to music and literature. March 14, noon, Cannon Chapel (See article "Rushdie returns for residency").

Creativity Conversation with Rita Dove, Alvin Singleton and Robert Spano; moderated by Lois Reitzes, host of Second Cup Concert on WABE 90.1
“This is a Story About Music”: Poet Rita Dove talks with Spano and Alvin Singleton, the prize-winning composer who has adapted Dove’s work to music. March 21, 6 p.m., Oxford Road Building, Presentation Room (See article "Rita Dove residency highlights women's history month series").

Performance of John Cage’s “Lecture on Nothing,” Robert Spano
Known as one of the most imaginative conductors today, Spano performs John Cage’s “Lecture on Nothing.” March 25, 8 p.m., Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall

Creativity Conversation with Simone Dinnerstein and Robert Spano; moderated by Will Ransom, director, Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta and director, piano studies
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein discusses the life of a full-time performer and the creative process with Spano and Ransom. April 1,
noon, Schwartz Center, Tharp Rehearsal Hall

Serafin String Quartet
Spano introduces this noontime concert by the Delaware foursome, who will play the "Sky String Quartet" from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon. April 8, noon, Carlos Museum Reception Hall.

All events are free and open to the public — visit for details.

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