Local Classical Featured Artist – 10/18/21 – 10/31/21
Many great classical music artists have connections to Indiana. In this week’s playlist, we’ll be featuring conductor, Robert Spano, who has Indiana roots. Born in 1961 in Conneaut, Ohio, and raised in Elkhart, Indiana, he grew up in a musical family, composing and playing flute, violin, and piano. His father, Tony Spano, was also well known in the community as a clarinetist, instrument repairman, and flute-builder. Robert attended Elkhart Central High School and participated in the local youth orchestra. At just the age of 14, he conducted one of his compositions with the local orchestra, as well. He went on to study at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied conducting with Robert Baustian and continued his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music with the late Max Rudolf.
Today, Spano is a Grammy award-winning conductor who has been with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 2001. He is set to end his music directorship with the ASO at the end of this 2021 season. Spano recently was appointed as the next music director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. We wish him well.
Connect with Classical Music Indy’s Local Classical channel to hear recordings led by Robert Spano and works by local Indiana artists.
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