September 12, 2020
The Ashland Symphony Orchestra opens its 2020-2021 season with an exhilarating musical journey across three continents. From Wagner’s explosive opera music to the intimacy of Barber’s famous Adagio for Strings, we will land in Latin America to experience the heart pounding rhythms of Ginastera’s dances. We welcome renowned French cellist Sebastian Hurtaud in his ASO debut, bringing us his fabulous performance of Elgar’s monumental Cello Concerto.
October 31, 2020
Let’s take a trip through time, focusing on the epicenter of European Classical music: Vienna. We nod to Halloween with Johann Strauss’s festive overture to Die Fledermaus, an opera about a costume ball. During the 250th anniversary year of Beethoven’s birth, we need no further excuse to program one of his finest symphonies on the second half. In between is a more recent and still relatively unknown Viennese gem: the eclectic and entertaining concerto by Gulda which deftly blurs the idioms of composers such as Beethoven and Strauss, including elements of jazz, rock, polka, classical, and more!
January 9, 2021
Ring in 2021 with American classics by Leonard Bernstein and Florence Price, and Brahms’ epic Symphony No.2! Bernstein’s On the Town will be sure to get your feet tapping, and the sunny, lush warm tone of Brahms’ Second Symphony will melt away the winter cold. The Ashland Symphony is also joined by Ohio-trained and nationally-acclaimed pianist Michelle Cann to perform Florence Price’s jazzy, soulful, and romantic Piano Concerto. Sure to bring energy, this concert promises to send you out the door humming!
March 6, 2021
Playing with our expectations is at the essence of all great music. What do Ravel’s fairytale-inspired instrumental combinations, Lorenz’s use of Venezuelan Maracas as a solo instrument, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No.9 have in common? They are all unexpected artistic statements made by three seemingly dissimilar composers who span the 20th century. Join us for an evening filled with orchestral color on a program that will delightfully challenge your musical expectations.
April 17, 2021
The works on this program juxtapose extremes of light and dark. Weber’s opera Der Freischütz depicts supernatural evils that lurk in the forest, as well as the eventual triumph of goodness. Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin contains scenes of heartrending sadness as well as joy, and the duet from Iolanta is about a young blind princess learning about light. Sibelius’ Symphony No.5 depicts the bleak cold of the Finnish landscape, but ends with a hopeful flight of swans.