Sunday, December 7, 2014

A Conversation with Ken Meltzer....

Ken Meltzer is the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Program Annotator and “Insider.” He is the author of the Atlanta Symphony’s program notes, as well as the Orchestra’s 2005-08 season preview books—“Passion on the World Stage,” “Revolutions in Music” and “Swept Away.”

Ken is a visible and active presence throughout the community as a public voice for the Atlanta Symphony. He hosts the Orchestra’s “Inside the Music” pre-concert lectures and the weekly radio show, “Meet the Classics,” on AM-1690.

Ken began working for the ASO in 2005, when he and his wife Carolyn moved to Atlanta from Pittsburgh. From 1994-2005, Ken was the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Program Annotator. Ken also appeared with the Pittsburgh Symphony as narrator in Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” and Igor Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale.” Ken has narrated Benjamin Britten’s “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” both with Pittsburgh and Atlanta.

Ken hosted and produced “Saturday at the Opera,” a program that aired on Pittsburgh’s classical music station, WQED-FM. His liner notes have been featured in recordings on the ASO Media, EMI, Boston Records, Four Winds, and Curtain Call labels. He is also a consultant to such performing arts organizations as the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, and the Savannah Music Festival.

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