Critical acclaim for Symphony No. 3

Richard wrote us a fantastic piece last season, and, as with many of our family of composers, we wanted to follow up this season with more of his music. His music is so powerful, dramatic and colorful, that it has an immediate impact. But living with it over time, it grows deeper and richer.”
Robert Spano, from the Atlanta Journal Constitution

“A major new symphony”, “always engaging and the soundscape is constantly changing”  “…it’s the best new work I’ve heard here. Prior is rapidly becoming Atlanta’s preeminent composer”.
Long-time Atlanta Journal Constitution critic, James Paulk.

This is a major work that is a triumph of integration, flow, emotion and orchestration. It should be heard and the ASO should record it.
William Ford, Atlanta music critic.

Atlanta Symphony/Spano: Symphony No. 3

A whirlwind of rehearsals and three terrific performances of my Symphony No. 3 with Robert Spano here with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra! The rehearsal process was quite extraordinary – and inspiring. My thanks to the wonderful musicians of the ASO and Robert Spano who (after several months of acrimonious lockout) returned to the stage with passion and fire. After a delayed opening to the season and Week 1 with Beethoven 9, to have my symphony preserved in its original spot of Week 2 and so stunningly delivered to the public three times was beyond my greatest hopes during the dark days of the lockout.