Turning Point (noun): a time at which a significant change occurs, affecting the future of people, places or things.

We’ve all experienced turning points – moments of distinct change, for better or for worse, which impact us either personally or collectively. Turning points are marked by a dramatic shift away from what was, to what is, and can affect everything from cultural norms, politics, and economics, to entertainment, technology, and individually-lived experiences. The possibilities for change are endless, and the cycle is constant. ASO’s 38th Season, titled Turning Points, is an homage to significant turning points of the past, and an acknowledgment of our collective arrival at another historical turning point, as we navigate hope and uncertainty, in a post-COVID world. Each concert of our 38th Season is a reflection on turning points, exploring everything from music and film, to the societal influences that created the impetus for change.

ASO38: Masterworks Concert Schedule

Cinema & the Symphony


A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES

Thursday, September 22, 2022 | 7PM | Heymann Performing Arts Center

A turning point in cinema. Join us for the ultimate movie theater experience of the blockbuster film that forever changed our expectations of the modern film industry – complete with a big screen, big sound, and the entire soundtrack performed LIVE by the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. Film title drop coming to social media near you, July 20, 2022.
 


Italian Jewels


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 vocals, just as we see in modern symphonic presentations. Featuring guest artists Giancarlo De Lorenzo (Italy), as conductor, and soloist Dragoş Filip, ASO’s principal cellist. 

Puccini - Gianni Schicchi


AN EVENING OF OPERA

Friday, November 4, 2022 | 7PM
AND 
Sunday, November 6, 2022 | 3PM
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.

Do You Hear What I Hear?


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. This year, ASO will be accompanied by guest vocalists from the Lafayette High School Choir and Chorale des Amis Youth Chorus of Acadiana. Featured guest artist to be announced soon! 

 


Love, Sax & Tango


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. Featuring South African guest artist, Karendra Devroop on saxophone.


Renewed Voices


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. Featuring guest artists Rachel Ciraldo, principal flutist with the Baton Rouge and Meridian Symphony Orchestras, and Andrea Loewy, principal flutist with ASO, as well as members of the Louisiana State University Choirs. 

Musical Rebellion


THE TURNING POINT

Saturday, May 6, 2023 | 7PM | 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. 

ASO38: The Listening Room Concert Schedule

The Listening Room


GIANCARLO LUISI

Sunday, August 21, 2022 | 3PM | Acadiana Center for the Arts

ASO is pleased to premier its new chamber music series, with a presentation of the most famous chamber pieces, by the biggest stars of 19th Century European salons – Frédéric Chopin and Franz Schubert. Members of Acadiana Symphony Orchestra will be joined by world renowned Italian piano virtuoso, Giancarlo Luisi, to bring you a masterful performance in an intimate setting. 

 

The Listening Room


VIRGINIA LUQUE

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. 


The Listening Room


GREGORY HARRINGTON

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.
 
 

The Listening Room


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 in the Sky


SYMPHONY NIGHT FEVER

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 | 5:30PM
On top of the Vermilion Street Parking Garage

Join us for an evening of sunset cocktails, mouth-watering food, and DISCO, performed LIVE by Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, on top of the Vermillion Street Parking Garage, in downtown Lafayette. Each year, the event showcases a repertoire of modern popular music, performed by the Symphony and local guest artists, offering a one-of-kind, ‘night on the town’ experience. Symphony in the Sky is a mainstay fundraising event for ASO, with 100% of the proceeds supporting its music education programs. 
Tables on sale now. Tickets on sale later this summer.

Mad Hatter's


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. Reserve your table in advance with a $50 deposit, TODAY. 

 


Symphony on the Green


CLASSICAL COUNTRY SATURDAY NIGHT

Saturday, May 13, 2023 | 5:30PM
Moncus Park Amphitheater

Join us for a festival-style evening in Moncus Park that will offer local 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 2022, Symphony on the Green is ASO’s newest fundraising event, with 100% of the proceeds supporting its music education programs.
Stay tuned for more details!

*ALL DATES AND DETAILS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTIFICATION*