Alabama Symphony Orchestra to Play NYC's Famed Carnegie Hall
ASO makes its NYC debut on May 10.
The Alabama Symphony Orchestra (ASO) makes a historic trip to the Big Apple on Thursday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m., as one of six orchestras selected from a field of more than 65 to perform at the Second Annual Spring for Music Festival at Carnegie Hall.
Spring For Music is a festival of six concerts in Carnegie Hall by North American orchestras performing creative, stimulating, and adventurous programs. Eligible orchestras apply for participation by proposing programs reflective of their artistic beliefs and consistent with Spring For Music’s artistic philosophy.
At the 2012 Festival, which runs May 7-12, the ASO will be performing the New York premiere of the pieces commissioned from Paul Lansky (Shapeshifters) and Avner Dorman (Astrolatry) as well as showcasing the orchestra's spirited interpretation of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in this once-in-a-lifetime event.
Following the performance, Greater New York Chapter members are hosting a post-event reception near Carnegie Hall with five ASO performers who have ties to the University. Check out the UANYC Facebook and Twitter pages the night of the performance to find out the exact location of our post-event reception.
The ASO continues under the leadership of Music Director and Principal Conductor Justin Brown, the Elton B. Stephens Chair, during the 2011-12 season. As the state's premier performing arts organization, the ASO employs 54 salaried musicians who give more than 190 performances per year. The organization is supported through the ASO's Board of Directors, which consists of 60 civic and business leaders.
The ASO began with its first performance by a group of volunteer musicians in 1921. Today, the ASO continues to make music and provide vital services to the residents of the state, serving nearly 100,000 individuals a year through concert series, youth programs, and educational and community engagement efforts to fulfill its mission to change lives through music.