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 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 and Rachel Ciraldo, flute
Members of Louisiana State University Chorus (Trey Davis, Music Director)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday, May 13, 2023
Theme: Classical Country Saturday Night
Join us for a festival-style evening 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 a 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.