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ASO announces New Season and Nathalie Stutzmann as New MD

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The Grammy® Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) makes history this fall when Nathalie Stutzmann becomes Music Director. As the fifth music director of the Orchestra, Stutzmann has been hailed locally as “a consummate rock star on the podium”(ArtsATL), Stutzmann and the ASO have planned a 2022/23 season combining audience favorites with rediscovered gems and works from 13 of today’s most compelling living composers, all featuring a diverse roster of guest conductors and soloists.

Highlights of the ASO’s 78th season include eight programs led by Stutzmann, showcasing such repertory staples as Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Brahms’ Third Symphony and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, which her world-renowned interpretation crowns a two-week Bach celebration. She will also conduct the world premiere of a new choral piece by Hilary Purrington and a Pulitzer Prize-winning work by George Walker. The season will also include U.S. premieres of works by Lera Auerbach, Helen Grime and Tyshawn Sorey; ASO debuts from artists including Kazem Abdullah, Justin Austin and Elim Chan; and the return of such familiar faces as Lise de la Salle, Gil Shaham, and Principal Guest Conductor Sir Donald Runnicles.

"The 2022/23 season promises to be a watershed moment in the history of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra," said ASO Executive Director Jennifer Barlament in a statement. "The musical relationship that Nathalie Stutzmann, the Orchestra and Chorus have already forged together promises to produce performances of great depth and intensity, creating musical experiences that will resonate throughout the Atlanta community and around the world for years to come. Building on our already established strengths, Maestro Stutzmann brings her unique vision for the Orchestra and what it will mean to Atlanta, leading the city and the institution into a new musical cultural era."

After Stutzmann’s first appearance with the Orchestra following the announcement of her appointment, ArtsATL marveled, “She doesn’t ‘conduct’ so much as she seizes the full potential of every note and wrenches it loose from the silence that preceded it. The boon of that fiery summons was evident throughout the Orchestra, with each section finding a new depth and life in its sound.”

Watch a sneak peek of the new season below and click here for more information: