Oct. 6, 2009
Conductor Robert Spano Named Distinguished Artist in Residence
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano has been appointed an Emory University Distinguished Artist in Residence. He joins a prominent professoriate when he begins his appointment this spring. Emory has named seven other individuals to similar roles in recent years, including His Holiness the XIV Dalai in 2007 to an indefinite term as Presidential Distinguished Professor; and author Salman Rushdie, Distinguished Writer in Residence, who concludes his five-year Emory residency at the close of Maestro Spano's first residency year.
"The appointment of Robert Spano supports Emory's artistic and creative goals," says Emory University President James Wagner. "Spano is an invaluable asset to Emory and the Southeast, and, on a global level, a key figure in the arts. He brings to Emory a wealth of knowledge in a wide spectrum of areas and will bring new strength to the artistic collaborations between our academic community and the greater Atlanta community."
The residency, the latest in a series of connections between Emory, Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, is made possible by funds especially designated to foster these kinds of significant collaborations and partnerships for the benefit of Emory students, scholars and the university as a whole.
Spano will co-teach seminars, lecture and present programs on literature, philosophy, science and musicology for three weeks during each of the spring semesters of 2010-2012. The university-wide residency has the potential to enhance the educational experiences of Emory's 12,500 students from the Emory College of Arts and Sciences and to multidisciplinary graduate programs as well as the greater community. The residency begins March 28-April 18, 2010. Spano will participate in a wide-ranging interdisciplinary dialog as he co-teaches and actively participates in Emory's scholarly community through colloquia and Emory's "Creativity Conversations" series. He also will participate in several public performances.