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The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is an American-based orchestra that is managed by a famous musical director named Robert Spano. The Orchestra was formed in the year 1945 after the founding the newly inaugurated Atlanta Symphony Orchestra held its first concert. The Atlanta youth Symphony was directed by a person who was a musical educator in Chicago and remained to be the musical director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra until the year 1966.

The organization changed its name in the year 1947 as the Orchestra began to be famous in the city of Atlanta. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra began attracting the well-known performers which made the Orchestra more famous. Performers like Isaac Stern and the famous Glenn Gould performed in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

After the departure of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Director Sopkin in the year 1967, Robert Shaw Chorale became the next musical director of the famous Orchestra. From the time that Robert Shaw was already the musical director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, it became fully operational and it hosted different events. The very first choir was founded by Shaw in the year 1970 and it was later named as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Choir that performed mainly in Atlanta.

In the year 1988, a new musical director managed the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He was also the principal conductor of the Orchestra and the choir. Under the new musical director, the choir was given the chance to play in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Centennial Olympics in the summer of 1996 that was held in Atlanta. The name “Emeritus” became famous in the year 2000 and this was the musicals director’s nick name. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Choir later performed in Europe under the same musical director in the year 1991. The orchestra and the members of the chorus under the direction of Robert Spano played in the resident Assembly for the festival of Ojai in California. 


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