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ASO38: Masterworks Concert Schedule
A BAROQUE BEGINNING
Friday, October 21, 2022 | 7PM | St. John's Cathedral
A turning point in classical music. Let us take you on a joyous journey to where it all began – Italy – the birthplace of the orchestra and the Baroque classical era. Considered to be the one of the most influential periods for modern western music, the Baroque style is marked by fuller and more complex musical compositions, including multiple independent melody lines, performed simultaneously by different instruments, and often incorporating voices, just as we see in modern symphonic presentations.
Giancarlo de Lorenzo (Italy), guest conductor, andDragoş Filip, cello
AN EVENING OF OPERA
Friday, November 4, 2022 | 7PM
Sunday, November 6, 2022 | 3PM
UL's Angelle Hall
A turning point in opera. Join us for a presentation of Giacomo Puccini’s
famous comic opera, Gianni Schicchi, masterfully performed by Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and the University of Louisiana Opera Department. Puccini was among many composers of the 19th century who developed new ways to entertain and connect with wider audiences, by creating works that utilized operatic romanticism, on-stage antics, and a newly developed lyrical style of the time, known as bell canto. The work of Puccini and others from this period influenced generations of musicians and composers who followed.
University of Louisiana Opera Department
A CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 | 7PM | Heymann Performing Arts Center
A turning point for music in Acadiana. Celebrate the season with us at this Christmas-themed concert, and one of Acadiana’s most beloved holiday traditions. Each year, the Symphony performs a cheerful and familiar repertoire of popular Christmas songs, alongside a revered local guest artist who has contributed to local music culture.
Acadiana Symphony Youth Orchestra
Lafayette High School Chorus and Chorale des Amis
A CULTURAL REVOLUTION
Tuesday, February 14, 2023 | 7PM | Acadiana Center for the Arts
A turning point in orchestral norms. Join us for an evening of romantic musical masterpieces, accompanied by the sultry sounds of the saxophone. Works will include that of visionary tango composer, Astor Piazzolla, a musical game changer of the 20th Century, who elevated the musical form of tango from the red-light districts of Buenos Aires, Argentina, to be performed on some of the world’s most prestigious concert stages. The use of saxophone in classical music is still a relatively new concept, and the instrument continues to be an uncommon fixture in the symphony – creating a unique and exciting experience for the audience.
Karèn Devroop (South Africa), saxophone
A BACH EXPERIENCE
Friday, March 31, 2023 | 7PM | St. John's Cathedral
A turning point for modern western music. There is no greater transformative turning point for classical and modern western music than the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the music written to celebrate it. This Lenten-themed concert will include Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cantata No. 4, which he wrote for Easter in 1707. Cantatas were written for church services, and in honor of Christian holidays, and are marked by an emphasis on vocal presentation, with an instrumental accompaniment. Bach wrote more than 200 cantatas in his lifetime, which were critical in the development of both vocal and instrumental music, and are considered to be some of his best work.
Andrea Kapell Loewy andRachel Ciraldo, flute
Members of Louisiana State University Chorus (Trey Davis, Music Director)
THE TURNING POINT
Saturday, May 6, 2023 | 7PM | UL's Angelle Hall
A turning point for classical music composition. Take a seat for our grandest concert of the season, Ludwig van Beethoven’s 'Symphony No. 9, Ode to Joy', masterfully performed by Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and Chorale Acadienne. Ode to Joy is widely considered to be Beethoven’s greatest work, and one of the most supreme achievements in the history of western music. In the field of symphonic music, there is no bigger revolutionary than Beethoven, whose nine symphonies were heavily influenced by socio-political events of his time, as well as his own political views and engagement as an artist and enlightened citizen. His work created a musical footprint for all symphonic music created by later composers.
Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and Acadiana Center for the Arts are pleased to present The Listening Room Chamber Music Series, a new collaboration launching in fall, 2022. The Listening Room offers another way to experience world-class symphonic music, in a smaller, more intimate, salon-style setting. Concerts are held in the AcA’s James Devin Moncus Theater, which is converted to take on the feel of a living room or parlor. In this setting, audiences will enjoy a rich repertoire of lesser-known, but highly-regarded classical music works, performed by small chamber ensembles and guest musicians from around the world. This type of musical experience has a longstanding history in classical music, but has traditionally had very little presence in Acadiana’s local, cultural fabric. The Listening Room aims to enrich and diversify the regional cultural offerings, by adding another unique and distinctive option for people to experience the symphony. Learn more about about Acadiana Center for the Arts.
ASO38: The Listening Room Concert Schedule
Sunday, January 15, 2023| 3PM | Acadiana Center for the Arts
Take a one-of-a-kind musical journey with the sounds of guitar, guiding you from the pristine churches of Venice, Italy, to the colorful streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Spanish-born performer and composer, Virginia Luque will lead us through sensual compositions of the Baroque period, to the contemporary Flamenco musical traditions of southern Spain, with her superlative guitar performance.
Sunday, March 12, 2023| 3PM | Acadiana Center for the Arts
Experience a unique crossover of classical and popular music, from the likes of Bach, Chopin, U2, and Jimmy Hendrix – deftly performed by one of Ireland’s most recognized violinists, Gregory Harrington. Harrington will be accompanied by an ASO string quintet, to bring you a virtuoso interpretation of several classics, in a delightful combination of musical styles and forms.
FERNANDO SAINT MARTIN
Sunday, June 4, 2023 | 3PM | Acadiana Center for the Arts
Join us for an amazingly rich and colorful musical and cultural encounter, from south of our border. Mexican piano virtuoso, Fernando Saint Martin will be joined by an ASO chamber ensemble, to curate exciting dance rhythms and musical impressions from famous Hispanic composers including, Miguel Bernal Jimenez, Samuel Zyman, and Arturo Márquez, to bring a refreshing new dimension to chamber music.
ASO38: Fundraising Event Schedule
SYMPHONY NIGHT FEVER
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 | 5:30PM
On top of the Vermilion Street Parking Garage
Join us for a real Disco inferno at this year's Symphony in the Sky! Come ready to get down, get down & do the hustle, as Acadiana Symphony Orchestra performs Disco’s greatest hits, alongside guest vocalists, Julie Williams, Sharona Thomas, Ray Boudreaux, and Jared Price. This totally happenin’ night on the town experience will be a Love Train of sunset cocktails, mouth-watering food, & groovy music entertainment – set against the best sunset view in Lafayette. Guests will also enjoy access to specially curated vendor booths, featuring some of the hippest boutiques in the funkytown that is Lafayette, from gold leaf henna body art & a cigar lounge, to a photo booth & selfie station!100% of the proceeds supporting ASO's music education programs.
Tables and tickets on sale now.
LUNCHEON & STYLE SHOW
Monday, April 3, 2023 | 10:30AM
La Pavillon at Parc Lafayette
Join us for a mid-day soiree, complete with delicious food, yummy libations, and of course, a style show, showcasing the latest trends in women's fashion and featuring local boutiques. Mad Hatter’s Luncheon & Style Show is ASO’s longest-running fundraising event, with 100% of the proceeds supporting ASO's music education programs.
Tables on sale now.
CLASSICAL COUNTRY SATURDAY NIGHT
Saturday, May 13, 2023 | Time: TBA
Moncus Park Amphitheater
Join us for afestival-style evening in Moncus Park that will offerlocal cuisine, craft beverages, kid-friendly activities, and your favorite country classics, performed LIVE by Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. The event showcases a repertoire of modern popular music, performed LIVE by the Symphony and local guest artists, to provide an night of family-friendly fun under the stars. Launching in 2023, Symphony on the Green is ASO’s newest fundraising event, with 100% of the proceeds supporting its music education programs.
Free and open to the pubic.