Stutzmann & ASO Offer Warm Tribute to Ukranian Struggles

Music Director designate, Nathalie Stutzmann, debuted last week during the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s performances of Mozart’s “Requiem.”
PHOTO: Raftermen

It was a concert long in the planning, but who could have known the added significance Mozart’s “REQUIEM” would take on amid the swirl of cataclysmic world events that would surround Sunday’s final performance in Atlanta’s Symphony Hall? But even that dramatic impact would be dwarfed when Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s conductor, newly appointed Music Director, Nathalie Stutzmann, stepped forward to the stage microphone to briefly address the audience regarding the inescapable poignancy of this Requiem, at this very somber moment in human history: “It seems timely to be performing a requiem now, both for those we have lost during the pandemic, and for those who are losing their lives in Ukraine.” Having said that, she opened the concert by first inviting the audience to stand as she took to the podium to conduct with great passion, what would be a stunning orchestral & choral performance of Ukraine’s national anthem.

Emory University Law Professor, Matthew Lawrence and wife, Mindy, felt fortunate to have been in the audience for Sunday afternoon’s final performance. Said Mr. Lawrence, “We were very lucky to have Nana watching both our kids today so we could visit the Atlanta Symphony for Mozart’s Requiem.”

Matt & Mindy Lawrence

He went on to describe what he called, “…the very powerful scene that emerged as the symphony dedicated the performance to Ukraine, and then invited the audience to rise during a moving and emotional rendition of the Ukraine national anthem.” Perhaps Mrs. Lawrence, a teacher of history at Pace Academy, summed it up best. “This was not a performance we will soon forget!” I invite readers to see if they don’t agree after viewing the link below, and hearing what in my humble opinion, could very well serve as a powerful musical soundtrack for the troubled age in which we now reside:

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