The Memphis Symphony Orchestra signs Robert Moody to six-year contract as Music Director.

Robert Moody

"Robert Moody is making a bold statement through his commitment to the Memphis Symphony Orchestra," said Board Chair Gayle Rose. "In his temporary role as principal conductor this season, Robert has demonstrated a deep commitment to our musicians and a unique artistic vision. He brings excitement and relevance to his programming which has electrified audiences.” ... »

Pianist Jeremy Denk takes Milwaukee Symphony audience on a rare journey

Karina Canellakis, Jeremy Denk
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Many musicians make lovely music, but just a few truly transport audiences.
Pianist Jeremy Denk, who is appearing with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra this weekend, is one of those rare few.
Denk gave an extraordinarily engrossing performance of Mozart’s Concerto No. 19 on Friday morning, with guest conductor Karina Canellakis. Denk gave beautiful shape to phrases and created a fascinating palette of subtly shifting sounds, from abrupt staccatos to absolutely liquid, fast, running passages, if a few rhythmic inconsistencies. ... »

Recording of Robert Spano Compositions Releasing 4/28

Robert Spano
Broadway World

Conductor, composer, and pianist Robert Spano releases a new recording on the ASO Media label of two of his own compositions on April 28, 2017 on CD and digital platforms. The album, rooted in the philosophical and divine nature of creativity, consists of the Hölderlin-Lieder song cycle (2013), based on the poetry of 18th century German poet Friedrich Hölderlin. Mr. Spano wrote the cycle for longtime colleague and collaborator, soprano Jessica Rivera, who performs the cycle on this recording. Mr. Spano writes, "The imagery of the poems sparked in me musical correspondences that I attempted to express through a late-nineteenth-century musical vocabulary, in homage to the masters of the intimate and exquisite form of lieder. I wrote them for soprano Jessica Rivera, whose beautiful voice and rich artistry were my muse in the process." ... »