DREW PETERSEN and the CALIDORE STRING QUARTET Among Four Avery Fisher Career Grant Winners

Drew Petersen, Calidore String Quartet

On Thursday, March 22, 2018, at 6PM, four 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grants are officially being announced by the Avery Fisher Artist Program’s Chairman, Joseph W. Polisi, Nancy Fisher, and Charles Avery Fisher. The recipients being honored at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WQXR are Xavier Foley, double-bassist; Francisco Fullana, violinist; Drew Petersen, pianist; and the Calidore String Quartet. Also being announced is that with this event, Joseph W. Polisi concludes his tenure as Chairman of the Avery Fisher Artist Program, and that Deborah Borda, President and CEO of the New York Philharmonic, will become the Program’s new Chair. Watch on Facebook live. ... »

Robert Spano Will Leave the Atlanta Symphony After 20 Years

Robert Spano
New York Times

The conductor Robert Spano, who made the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra a force to be reckoned with in contemporary American music, announced on Tuesday that he would step down as music director in 2021, after completing his 20th season.

Mr. Spano, 56, is the fourth music director in the orchestra's history, and he used his tenure to champion new music, regularly programming works by living composers - including Jennifer Higdon, Michael Gandolfi, Osvaldo Golijov and Christopher Theofanidis - who he presented to audiences as "the Atlanta School of Composers." During his tenure to date, the orchestra has performed 49 world premieres, commissioned 28 works and co-commissioned another 13.

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