Friday, June 16, 2017
THE ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
featuring guest vocalist ROBERT CANTRELL
THE ARTS COUNCIL SMITHGALL ARTS CENTER LAWN
8:00PM (gates open at 6:00PM )
ASO Performance Ticket:
Senior (65+) $32;
Table for 8 $320.
(7% tax added to all ticket sales)
Celebrating its 41st year with The Arts Council, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra consistently affirms its position as one of America’s leading orchestras by educating and engaging audiences with great performances by outstanding artists.
The Orchestra is known for the excellence of its live performances, renowned choruses, and its impressive list of GRAMMY® Award-winning recordings. A leading cultural organization in the Southeast, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra serves as the cornerstone for artistic development and music education in the region.
Guest Vocalist Robert Cantrell
The Arts Council welcomes back Gainesville native Robert Cantrell in his debut performance with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Robert found his voice as a member of Gainesville High School’s Crimson Chorus. This performance is a homecoming for Robert who continues to be a tour-de-force on the Baltimore/Washington opera scene.
“Joining the orchestra was the extraordinary bass-baritone Robert Cantrell, a singer with the Washington National Opera who should be famous. His sumptuous voice, endless breath control and moving delivery of “Ol Man River” and “American Hymn” swept everyone away.”- The Reading Eagle
Robert Cantrell, bass-baritone, has been described by the Baltimore Sun as “A deeply expressive, rich, plangent bass-baritone,” and Washington Post critic, Joseph McLellan mentioned Cantrell “has a warm supple voice that brought out the lyrical intentions of the composers making them treasured moments.” Cantrell is one of the most active bass-baritones in the Baltimore-Washington area who has performed in many different cities throughout the United States, Italy, Germany, France and Japan.
More about Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Since September 2001, the Orchestra has explored a creative programming mix with visual enhancements, such as the Theater of a Concert, to engage the audience in a rich musical performance experience. An example is the Atlanta School of Composers, which reflects ASO Music Director Robert Spano and the Orchestra’s commitment to nurturing and championing music through multi-year partnerships, defining a new generation of American composers. Since the beginning of his tenure to date, Mr. Spano and the Orchestra have performed more than 100 concerts containing contemporary works (composed since 1950), including 15 ASO-commissioned world premieres.
During its 32-year history with Telarc, the Orchestra and Chorus have recorded more than 100 albums and the recordings have won 27 GRAMMY® Awards in categories including Best Classical Album, Best Orchestral Performance, Best Choral Performance, and Best Opera Performance.
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs more than 200 concerts each year for a combined audience of more than a half million in a full schedule of performances that also features educational and community concerts. A recognized leader and supporter of contemporary American music, the Orchestra recently received the 2007 award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. In addition, Music Director Robert Spano was named Musical America 2008 Conductor of the Year. With the opening of the 12,000-seat Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park (vzwamp.com) in May 2008, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra became the first U.S. orchestra to annually perform and present in its concert hall, and in two amphitheaters. In summer 2008, the Orchestra celebrated 35 years at legendary Chastain Park Amphitheater, the award-winning 6,500 seat venue in Atlanta, during the Orchestra’s annual Delta Classic Chastain concert series.
More about Robert Cantrell
Recent performance highlights include a solo recital in the Emmanuel United Church of Christ concert series; A Porgy and Bess concert in the Roth Concert Series in DC; Verdi Requiem with the Johns Hopkins Symphony, Brahms Requiem and Mendelssohns’ Elijah with the Easton Choral Arts; the role of King of Egypt in Verdi’s Aida with Annapolis Opera; and soloist in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Family Concerts. Career highlights include his debut in the role of the Moorish Envoy in Massenet’s Le Cid with the Washington National Opera starring legendary tenor Placido Domingo on PBS; the role of Gubetta in Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia opposite soprano, Renee Fleming; the role of the First Nazarene in Strauss’ Salome with Deborah Voigt; his Carnegie Hall debut in Mozarts’ Requiem; the Metropolitan Opera Chorus; and his debut in Italy at the Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi in Handels’ Semele as the Priest and Somnus.
Cantrell has performed with the Baltimore Opera, Wolftrap Opera, Opera Delaware, Sarasota Opera, Opera Vivente, Washington Summer Opera and Opera Ebony. He has appeared as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony, Prince George’s Philharmonic, Baltimore Concert Artists, Baltimore Choral Arts, Reading Symphony Orchestra, Loudon Symphony, York Symphony, Columbia Pro Cantare, Deer Creek Chorale, Easton Choral Arts, Baltimore Masterworks Chorale, MidAtlantic Symphony, and the Handel Choir of Baltimore.
Upcoming engagements include an Opera Gala with the Prince George’s Philharmonic, Brahms Requiem with the U.S. Naval Academy, and Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem with the Baltimore Choral Arts.
Mr. Cantrell is on the voice faculty at the Baltimore School for the Arts and at the Washington National Opera’s Summer Institute for Young Singers.