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Akron Symphony to start off season with a bang

ASO banner season features a patriotic celebration, acrobats and a landmark community collaboration
ASO banner season features a patriotic celebration, acrobats and a landmark community collaboration
Akron Symphony

ASO banner season features a patriotic celebration, acrobats and a landmark community collaboration

The Akron Symphony Orchestra will be opening its 2014-2014 concert season on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. with “O’er the Land of the Free” in celebration of the bicentennial of “The Star Spangled Banner”.

Saturday, October 18, 2014 will be a special night as the first Pops Series is titled “Cirque de la Symphonie” and will feature acrobats and aerialists soaring overhead as the orchestra performs on the stage below at EJ Thomas Hall.

Joshua Bell will be joining the Orchestra on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the first ever collaboration between the Akron Symphony Orchestra and the Tuesday Musical Association.

“We strive to make every concert a special occasion not to be missed, through the beauty of music and the quality of the performance,” said Music Director and conductor, Christopher Wilkins. “But this year, it’s truer than ever. From the debut of Joshua Bell, to the historic anniversaries of The Star-Spangled Banner, Appotomax and the end of World War II, nearly every concert is built around a unique and unrepeatable circumstance.”

Led by maestro Christopher Wilkins, “O’er the Land of the Free” (September 13) takes place 200 years to the night that our national anthem was penned by Francis Scott Key. The orchestra will be joined by the Akron Symphony Chorus, led by Maria Sensi Sellner, a chorus from Miller South School of the Visual and Performing Arts and a special chorus comprised of community singers. The concert will also feature appearances by associate conductor Levi Hammer and Dave Lieberth, who will provide narration.

Other highlights of the concert season will be:

November 22, 2014
Levi Hammer
Ravel’s Piano Concerto
Akron Symphony performs Mozart and Ravel

December 18, 2014
Holiday Pops

January 10, 2015
Maestro Benjamin Zander
Zander Conducts Masterworks

February 14, 2015
Classic Valentine
With classical guitarist Vieaux

February 21, 2015
Gospel Meets Symphony

March 14, 2015
Four Rivers

April 11, 2015
A New Birth of Freedom

Commemorating the signing of the peace accord at Appotomax featuring the return of the “Porgy and Bess” Chorus and an all orchestral program that will include Duke Ellington’s river ballet “The River”.

April 25, 2015
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s
South Pacific

May 3, 2015
Akron Symphony Chorus Concert

“All who attend will find attractive and diverse programs throughout the year performed by an exceptional orchestra,” said Wilkins. “And we’re thrilled to bring the community a series of exciting Pops programs that includes circus artists performing to live symphonic music, the debut of our Gospel Meets Symphony Choir at Holiday Pops, and a fully-staged production of one of Broadway’s most revered musicals.”

Season tickets and single concert tickets are on sale now. Subscribers can save up to 35% on the Classics and Pops Series. Discounts are also available on a flexible ticket package and several special series packages. Single concert tickets range from $25-$60 with discounts available for students, seniors and groups of 10 or more. There are no discounts for Cirque de la Symphonie (October 18) and Joshua Bell (November 7) concert tickets.

To purchase tickets, contact the Akron Symphony box office at 330-535-8131 or the EJ Thomas Hall box office at 330-972-7570, or order online through Ticketmaster at www.akronsymphony.org. Season tickets are only available by contacting the Akron Symphony office or online.

To download a season brochure or for additional information about the Akron Symphony’s 2014-2015 season or remaining concerts on the current season, visit www.akronsymphony.org.

The Akron Symphony appreciates its sponsors, including the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, which helps fund Akron Symphony with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Thank you to Previews from the Podium sponsor, Audio-Technia, media partners 89.7FM WKSU and Akron Life.

Classics and Pops Series concerts, Gospel Meets Symphony and some Akron Youth Symphony concerts take place at The University of Akron’s EJ Thomas Hall. Previews from the Podium pre-concert talks with the conductor and guest artists start an hour before each Classics Series concert.

About the Akron Symphony Orchestra

For more than 60 years, the Akron Symphony has been a driving musical force throughout the Greater Akron area. Widely recognized for musical excellence and performance versatility, the Akron Symphony Orchestra is committed to enhancing the quality of life of our community through educational and musical excellence. The Akron Symphony Orchestra is operated by the Greater Akron Musical Association, Inc. (GAMA). GAMA’s vision is to be embraced and sustained as a community treasure that provides a welcoming environment for all people to experience great music. This vision is realized by operating the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Akron Youth Orchestras, Akron Symphony Chorus, and numerous special outreach and educational programs.