Alabama Symphony Orchestra 17/18 Season


We have something for all musical tastes.


Concert names, repertoire, and artists subject to change.
Harry Potter The Fantastic French Horn Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone™ in Concert
October 20, 2017 at 7pm & October 22, 2017 at 3pm
Samford University Wright Center

Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor

Presented in partnership with Samford University Wright Center

Masterworks
The Fantastic French Horn
October 27 & 28, 2017 at 8pm
Alys Stephens Center

Kensho Watanabe, conductor
Andrew Bain, horn
ASO Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Philip Copeland

BURHANS: Psalm 23 (Dorrie Fuchs Memorial) World Premiere
STRAUSS: Horn Concerto No. 1
MOZART: Horn Concerto No. 4
SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 4

SuperPOPS!
Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch
November 10, 2017 at 8pm
Samford University Wright Center

Chris Confessore, conductor
Kristi Tingle Higginbotham, soloist
Rich Ridenour, pianist

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Baroque Explorations Justin Brown Conducts Beethoven Justin Brown Conducts Beethoven

Concertmaster & Friends
Baroque Explorations: music for trumpets, timpani, violin and organ
November 14, 2017 at 7:30pm
Independent Presbyterian Church

Daniel Szasz, violin
John McElroy, Ryan Beach, Nicholas Ciulla, Alexandru Szasz, trumpets
Jay Burnham, timpani
Jeff McClelland, organ

Transcendent works for trumpets, timpani, violin, and the organ will fill the uplifting surroundings of Independent Presbyterian Church.

Coffee Series
Justin Brown Conducts Beethoven
November 17, 2017 at 11am
Alys Stephens Center

Justin Brown, conductor

CLYNE: This Midnight Hour
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 4

Masterworks
Justin Brown Returns! Mozart & Beethoven
November 17 & 18, 2017 at 8pm
Alys Stephens Center

Justin Brown, conductor and pianist

MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 27
CLYNE: This Midnight Hour
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 4

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ASYO Fall Concert Christmas with Act of Congress ASYO Holiday Concert

ASYO
ASYO Fall Concert
November 18, 2017 at 2pm
Alys Stephens Center

Dr. Blake Richardson, conductor



SuperPOPS!
Christmas with Act of Congress
December 1, 2017 at 7pm
Samford University Wright Center

Chris Confessore, conductor
Act of Congress, guest artists

Presented in partnership with Samford University Wright Center

ASYO
ASYO Holiday Concert
December 3, 2017 at 2pm & 4pm
Riverchase Galleria

Dr. Blake Richardson, conductor



Free Concert

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Handel's Messiah & Bach's Magnificat

Star Wars

New Year's Eve

Special Event
Handel's Messiah & Bach's Magnificat
December 15, 2017 at 7:30pm
Alys Stephens Center

Carlos Izcaray, conductor
Amy Little, Magdalena Wor, Roderick George, Won Cho, soloists
ASO Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Philip Copeland

BACH: Magnificat
CHARPENTIER: Noels pour les instruments
HANDEL: Messiah (Christmas Portion)

SuperPOPS! Special Event
The Music of Star Wars
December 17, 2017 at 4pm
Alys Stephens Center

Chris Confessore, conductor

Featuring music from across the Star Wars universe!

SuperPOPS! Special Event
Celebrate! The New Year's Eve Concert
December 31, 2017 at 6pm
Alys Stephens Center

Chris Confessore, conductor
Michelle Amato, soloist

Ring in 2018 with the music of Johann Strauss II, popular hits from around the world, and classica from the Great American Songbook.

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Bach & Mozart for the New Year

Bach & Mozart for the New Year We Are the Champions

Coffee Series
Bach & Mozart for the New Year
January 5, 2018 at 11am
Alys Stephens Center

Carlos Izcaray, conductor

RAMEAU: Overture to Zaïs
PURCELL: Chaconne in G minor
VIVALDI: Sinfonia in G
BACH: "Air" from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D
MOZART: Symphony No. 41, Jupiter

Masterworks
Bach & Mozart for the New Year
January 5 & 6, 2018 at 8pm
Alys Stephens Center

Carlos Izcaray, conductor

RAMEAU: Overture to Zaïs
PURCELL: Chaconne in G minor
VIVALDI: Sinfonia in G
BACH: Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D
RAVEL: Le Tombeau de Couperin
MOZART: Symphony No. 41, Jupiter

SuperPOPS!
We Are the Champions
January 20, 2018 at 8pm
Samford University Wright Center

Chris Confessore, conductor
Eli Gold, special guest

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Ravel's Bolero Rachmaninoff Celebrate Alabama

Masterworks
Carlos Conducts Ravel's Bolero
January 26 & 27, 2018 at 8pm
Alys Stephens Center

Carlos Izcaray, conductor
ASO Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Philip Copeland

RAVEL: Bolero
DEBUSSY: La Mer
DUTILLEUX: Metaboles
RAVEL: Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2

Masterworks
Ravishing Rachmaninoff
February 9 & 10, 2018 at 8pm
Alys Stephens Center

Carlos Izcaray, conductor
Yakov Kasman, piano

SHOSTAKOVICH: Festive Overture
RACHMANINOFF: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 10

ASO Education
Young People's Concert: Celebrate Alabama
February 14 & 15, 2018 at 10am
Samford University Wright Center

Chris Confessore, conductor
Bobby Horton, special guest

Our most popular student concert series returns for an exciting program celebrating the history of Alabama.

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Broadway Dvorak's New World Symphony Dvorak's New World Symphony

SuperPOPS!
Birmingham Does Broadway
February 17, 2018 at 8pm
Samford University Wright Center

Chris Confessore, conductor

Coffee Series
Dvorak's New World
February 23, 2018 at 11am
Alys Stephens Center

Carlos Izcaray, conductor

DVORAK: Symphony No. 9, From the New World

Masterworks
Dvorak's New World & Beethoven's Violin Concerto
February 23 & 24, 2018 at 8pm
Alys Stephens Center

Carlos Izcaray, conductor
Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin

IZCARAY: Yellowhammer (World Premiere)
BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto
DVORAK: Symphony No. 9, From the New World

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Swan Lake Concertmaster & Friends Gershwin in Hollywood

Alabama Ballet
Swan Lake
March 2 - 4, 2018
BJCC Concert Hall
Leslie Fillmer, conductor

Alabama Ballet

Concertmaster & Friends
Different Trains: Contemporary Visions
March 6, 2018 at 7:30pm
WorkPlay

Daniel Szasz, violin
Yuriko Yasuda, violin
Michael Fernandez, viola
Carlos Izcaray, cello


SHOSTAKOVICH: String Quartet No. 8 in c minor, op. 110
REICH: Different Trains for string quartet and tape



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Gershwin in Hollywood
March 10, 2018 at 8pm

Chris Confessore, conductor
Steve Beck, piano

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Romeo & Juliet Faure's Requiem Quartet for the End of Time

Opera Birmingham
Gounod's Romeo & Juliet
March 23 & 25, 2018
Samford University Wright Center

Steven White, conductor
Opera Birmingham

Masterworks
Carlos Conducts Faure's Requiem
April 6 & 7, 2018 at 8pm
Alys Stephens Center

Carlos Izcaray, conductor
ASO Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Philip Copeland

DEBUSSY: Petite Suite
POULENC: Sinfonietta
FAURE: Requiem

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Quartet for the End of Time
April 12, 2018 at 7:30pm
Alys Stephens Center

Daniel Szasz, violin
Warren Samples, cello
Kathleen Costello, clarinet
Yakov Kasman, piano


We are honored to collaborate with the Violins of Hope project to present this important work on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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Violins of Hope Scheherazade Scheherazade

Special Event
Violins of Hope Concert
April 14, 2018 at 8pm
Alys Stephens Center

Carlos Izcaray, conductor

Coffee Series
Scheherazade
April 20, 2018 at 11am
Alys Stephens Center

Jan Wagner, conductor


RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade

Masterworks
Scheherazade
April 20 & 21, 2018 at 8pm
Alys Stephens Center

Jan Wagner, conductor
Daniel Szasz,
violin


HAYDN: Symphony No. 83, The Hen
BENCE-MUK: Transylvanian Seasons
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade

 

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Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration Mendelssohn Mendelssohn

Masterworks
Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration
May 4 & 5, 2018 at 8pm
Alys Stephens Center

Carlos Izcaray, conductor


BERNSTEIN: Divertimento No. 2
BERNSTEIN: West Side Story Symphonic Dances
MAHLER: Symphony No. 1

Coffee Series
Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto
May 18, 2018 at 11am
Alys Stephens Center

Carlos Izcaray, conductor
Simone Porter, violin

HIGDON: Blue Cathedral
MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto

Masterworks
Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto
May 18 & 19, 2018 at 8pm
Alys Stephens Center

Carlos Izcaray, conductor
Simone Porter, violin

HIGDON: Blue Cathedral
MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto
SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 2

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Triumphant Trumpet The Firebird and Tchaikovsky's Sixth: Russian Masterpieces  

ASYO
ASYO Spring Concert
May 19, 2018 at 2pm
Alys Stephens Center

Dr. Blake Richardson, conductor

Masterworks
The Firebird and Tchaikovsky's Sixth: Russian Masterpieces
June 1 & 2, 2018 at 8pm
Alys Stephens Center

Carlos Izcaray, conductor


RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Russian Easter Festival Overture
STRAVINSKY: Suite from
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6



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Past Events

Maestro's Ball Sensory Friendly Concert Explorer Concerts

Special Event
Maestro's Ball
September 8, 2017 at 7pm
Alys Stephens Center

Carlos Izcaray, conductor
Daniel Szasz, violin

ASO Education
Sensory Friendly Concert
September 17, 2017 at 3pm
Alys Stephens Center

Presented in partnership with ASO Junior Patrons, KultureCity, and Autism Society of Alabama

ASO Education
Explorer Concerts
Sept. 19, 20, 21, & 26, 2017
Various Locations

Chris Confessore, conductor

Get ready for a musical adventure as the Alabama Symphony Orchestra presents a special program for our youngest audience members.

     
Black Jacket Symphony Black Jacket Symphony Symphony 30 Picnic

Black Jacket Symphony
A 50th Anniversary Celebration of The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
September 22, 2017 at 8pm
BJCC Concert Hall

Chris Confessore, conductor
Black Jacket Symphony


Black Jacket Symphony
A 50th Anniversary Celebration of The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
September 29, 2017 at 8pm
Von Braun Center Arena, Huntsville, AL

Chris Confessore, conductor
Black Jacket Symphony

Special Event
Symphony 30 Picnic
October 1, 2017 at 4pm
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Tong Chen, conductor

Symphony 30's Annual Picnic is one of Birmingham's Best Fall Family events! All proceeds benefit the outreach and mission of the ASO.

   
Carlos Conducts Brahms 1 Opening Night with Carlos, Brahms, & Beethoven Ragtime Revelations

Coffee Series
Carlos Conducts Brahms 1
October 6, 2017 at 11am
Alys Stephens Center

Carlos Izcaray, conductor

BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1


Masterworks
Opening Night with Carlos, Brahms, & Beethoven
October 6 & 7, 2017 at 8pm
Alys Stephens Center

Carlos Izcaray, conductor
Wendy Warner, cello

BEETHOVEN: Leonore Overture No. 3
HAYDN: Cello Concerto in D
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1

Concertmaster & Friends
Ragtime Revelations
October 10, 2017 at 7:30pm
Brock Recital Hall, Samford University

Daniel Szasz, violin
Kathleen Costello, clarinet
Anthony Pattin, piano

Lively works for violin, clarinet, and the piano inspired by the delightful syncopations of ragtime music.

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