Sarah Zaslaw

Host, Producer

Sarah Zaslaw has shared classical music and company with statewide listeners since joining GPB in 1998. Long a daytime presence on Midday Music, she moved in 2016 to the evening, hosting Nightcap Monday­–Wednesday at 10 p.m. Since 2008 Sarah has also produced and hosted The ASO on GPB (Thursday and Sunday at 10 p.m.). For the network’s Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concert series, she interviews musicians from the orchestra’s own ranks as well as marquee artists as they pass through town.

Her weekend show A Musical Offering won the Georgia Association of Broadcasters’ GABBY Award in 2000 for best locally produced program. In 2006 her Mozart special K Is for Koechel, featuring her musicologist father, was picked up by stations nationwide.

Sarah grew up in Ithaca, New York. Her first classical radio experience came during college, at WHRB in Cambridge, Massachussetts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard and a master’s from the University of Michigan, both in history. She has also worked as a freelance copy editor and a semi-demi-professional violinist. When not on the air, she likes to make music with friends and family, visit her neighborhood bakery, read and hang out with her family. She lives in Atlanta.

Ways to Connect

“Utility conductor” isn’t his real title, but it might as well be. Officially, Stephen Mulligan is assistant conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. That means he conducts educational and other community performances, leads the ASYO, studies all the ASO’s main concert repertoire, attends all rehearsals, and stands ready to jump onstage at a moment’s notice if a scheduled conductor falls ill.

JD Scott

Elizabeth Tiscione was just 21 when she won the position of principal oboist in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Jeff Roffman

You’ll usually find Alcides Rodriguez in the woodwind section of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. This weekend, though, he’s putting down his clarinet and picking up percussion – as the soloist in Ricardo Lorenz’s Concerto for Venezuelan Maracas and Orchestra. Does the idea of a maracas concerto sound preposterous? GPB’s Sarah Zaslaw asked Alcides Rodriguez how a pair of shakers can hold the audience’s interest for a quarter hour.

Interview Highlights

On the tricky technique

Tim Wilkerson

Mozart’s Magic Flute is a great first opera for children. In additional to magical instruments, it’s got a prince on a rescue mission, a funny but lonely birdcatcher, a high-strung Queen of the Night, wild animals and trials by water and fire.

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After four decades playing music for Middle Georgia, the Macon Symphony Orchestra is bringing down the curtain for good. It gives its final performance Saturday, a program called "A Fond Farewell."

Bob Veto, board chair of the Macon Symphony, joins Sarah Zaslaw to explain the decision to close up shop and the impulse behind the sendoff concert.

Interview Highlights

On the Macon Symphony’s special financial circumstances

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Bassist Jane Little of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra died Sunday. Little collapsed during a performance and was rushed to the hospital. She died shortly after.

 

In a statement posted on the Atlanta Symphony Musicians Facebook, the group mourned Little's passing. "We are deeply saddened to report that bassist Jane Little passed away earlier this evening. She was a gem, a firecracker, and a pioneer for women in American symphony orchestras, and will be sorely missed."