Each year in September, we celebrate Classical Music Month. There’s no better way to celebrate this special time of year than to honor some of the best musicians the Atlanta area has to offer. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra offers a level of excellence unrivaled in other parts of the country, with a rich history of artistry and entertainment spanning decades.
History and Mission of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
For nearly 75 years, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) has been leading the way in orchestral music. Their first performance in 1923 included 60 musicians taken from regions all over the country. As a popular group, the orchestra wowed audiences with Sunday concerts until cultural and economic times forced ASO to shut down before 1930.
In 1945, a group of music teachers organized the Atlanta Youth Symphony with the sponsorship of the Atlanta Music Club. Gradually, more and more adults were added to the ensemble. In 1947, the group’s name officially changed to a more suitable option: the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
From ASO’s humble beginnings, the organization has strived to bring together the most talented musicians to entertain and educate their community with the beauty of classical music. Not only does the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra captivate audiences with stunning, live performances, but the organization also focuses on volunteering, teaching through youth programs, and connecting with the community.
Accomplishments and Accolades
Over 150 shows are put on by the ASO each year, for a variety of audiences. Their strong commitment to music can also be seen in the orchestra’s in-house label, ASO Media. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has used this label to record over 100 albums. These albums have helped them win 28 Grammy Awards and earn the reputation as one of the best orchestras in the country.
What’s Coming Up for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
No matter what time of year it is, the ASO has performances that are sure to captivate and stun. For the fall season, you can expect a wide array of shows from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, as well as other educational offerings and events at their 3 affiliated locations. You’ll have to check out their calendar to see all of the many options yourself, but here’s where you can find some of ASO’s live performances this season:
- Chris Botti with ASO: 14th
- 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince with the ASO: 15th
- Lang Lang with ASO: 26th
- ASO at the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta: 30th
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert: 5-7th
- Chamber Recital: 11th
- BRAVO: Nightcap and Chill with ASO: 13th
- Hanson: String Theory Live with ASO: 20th
- Halloween at Hogwarts with ASO: 28th
- Matthew Morrison with ASO: 16th
- Disney in Concert: A Silly Symphony Celebration: 25th
- Friday Morning with ASO: 30th
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