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Atlanta Symphony Chorus Director Conducts Behind The Curtain

Sep 28, 2015

Norman Mackenzie, director of choruses for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, poses for a portrait on July 9, 2015.
Credit Stephanie M. Lennox / WABE

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra season has started. But, before music director Robert Spano ever took the stage opening night, another conductor stepped to the podium to prepare the ASO singers for that concert.

Norman Mackenzie is the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra director of choruses.
Credit Stephanie M. Lennox / WABE

Norman Mackenzie is the ASO director of choruses. Symphony-goers might not always see him on stage, but they hear his work whenever the ASO Chorus sings.

Mackenzie's role as the conductor behind the conductor is explored in this interview that walks through time and space.

Mackenzie is conducting the ASO Chamber Chorus, who is singing Maurice Duruflé's "Ubi Caritas."  

Other music includes Mackenzie's performance of Robert Elmore's "Sonata for Organ." Elmore wrote that piece for Mackenzie.  

The excerpt of Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis" in this interview is from Robert Shaw's time as ASO music director and director of choruses.