Robert Spano has announced that he will end his tenure as Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra when his 20th year at the Orchestra’s helm concludes in June 2021. After that, he will assume the title of Conducer Laureate of the ASO, and will continue to conduct the Orchestra on a regular basis.
Spano – one of only four music directors to lead the ASO during its 75-year history – said that “to end an intense artistic relationship is never an easy decision to contemplate, especially one as fruitful and inspiring as the one I have enjoyed as Music Director of this outstanding American orchestra. Twenty years is a good benchmark… I look forward to many return visits in the years ahead.”
The news came a week after two principal ASO musicians announced their retirements. Principal Cello Christopher Rex’s last performances with the ASO were on Feb. 1st and 3rd. Principal Viola Reid Harris’ last performances will be at the close of this season in June. Both musicians joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 1979.