A Conversation with Robert Spano

Friday, November 06, 2009

WQXR presents a special, Web-exclusive interview with Robert Spano, Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Robert Spano is known to many New Yorkers for his adventurous programming during his years as Music Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic.

Now the Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Spano returns to the city for a concert in Carnegie Hall with the cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The concert is part of Carnegie’s "Ancient Paths, Modern Voices: A Festival Celebrating Chinese Culture." He joins Terrance McKnight in the studio to talk about it.

For more information about the "Ancient Paths, Modern Voices" festival, please click here.

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Comments [2]

Native Brooklynite from Like Spano, Out of Town

It's interesting that Robert Spano becomes interesting to New York and WQXR only after he leaves New York - please read that as Brooklyn. for Atlanta. His performances and programming at the Brooklyn Philharmonic while he was the conductor, literally the Maestro, were magnificent, inventive, innovative, musically challenging and artistically satisfying. So, would WQXR think to interview him when he was in residence in Brooklyn? No! Atlanta! Now that's the place. As long as it is not one of the "outer boroughs", then it is more than acceptable. Where were you guys when he programmed an entire season of works post-Strauss Metamorphosen. The season culminated with a concert performance of three acts from Messiaen's Saint Francis. What a season. What a conductor. Bring him back to Brooklyn. The NY Philharmonic doesn't deserve him.

Nov. 10 2009 08:45 PM
Steven J. Cooper, M.D.

Although I have no complaints to voice regarding Alan Gilbert, I lament the fact that Robert Spano was not considered for the NY Philharmonic. He is clearly one the best conductors in the US.

Nov. 09 2009 11:51 AM

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