September 28, 2019
The ASO opens the 2019-2020 50th anniversary season with Copland's "Appalachian Spring", Bernstein's "West Side Story" arranged by Mason, and Dvorak's "Symphony No.9, op.95, E minor" better known as the New World Symphony. Neos Dance Theatre joins us on stage for "Appalachian Spring" choreographed by Ashland's own Robert Wesner. "The New World Symphony" will feature images of America produced by Adrian Wyard, visual artist. We welcome guest conductor Peter Stafford Wilson to the podium. Preconcert gala reception sponsored by a donor family at the Ashland County Community Foundation who wish to remain anonymous.
October 6, 2019
A Special Fundraiser Event to benefit the Podium Endowment Fund. There’s a reason why Richard Carpenter, himself, gave Helen his blessing to bring Superstar to life. The show is not a tribute act. Rather, it is a one-of-a-kind docu-musical featuring world-class musicians, fresh arrangements and fascinating and rare back-stage stories about the number one selling act of the 1970’s – The Carpenters.
October 26, 2019
The ASO's own Lisa Jelle will be featured on a Baroque classic Flute Suite in B minor by Bach and Carol Oberholtzer joins her for Telemann's Concerto for 2 flutes. The ASO continues its countdown of Haydn symphonies with No.99 and Carl Nielsen’s Little Suite for Strings, op.1 rounds out the program. We welcome guest conductor Raphael Jiménez to the podium.
January 25, 2020
Joan Ellison, vocals
“To say ‘Joan lit up the stage’ is to use a cliché, but that’s why the phrase was coined to begin with. She did just that as she sang the Garland tunes with heartfelt spirit and a warm, vibrant sound — she is a gem! The audience fell in love at frst sight and song.”
- Eric Benjamin, Conductor and Composer
We welcome guest conductor Michael Berkowitz to the podium.
March 7, 2020
Shake off your winter melancholy with Mozart! In addition, we welcome Spring with Benjamin Britten’s Simple Symphony which he composed between December 1933 and February 1934. This program features the ASO’s own Margaret Tung. We welcome guest conductor Raphael Jiménez to the podium.