ASO at Home

Welcome to ASO at Home, a place to connect with your Akron Symphony Orchestra until we are once again able to experience the joy of live music together. Here, we will provide streaming audio of past ASO performances, performances by our musicians from their homes, educational talks and more!

Until we can once again provide life performances, we will continue to provide you with musical experiences on our website and social media channels.

ASO Musicians at Home

Spring from The Four Seasons
Akron Symphony Bass Ensemble
Steve Ostrow, violin
Erica Snowden-Rodriguez, principal cello
Jody Guinn, principal harp
Amy Glick, violin
Heidi Aufdenkamp Peck, Clarinet
Rob Kistler, Principal Percussion
Sarah Miller, cello
Julie Myers King, cello
Justin Kohan, Principal Trumpet
John Gruber, Principal Trombone

ASO Radio Hour

The ASO Radio Hour will be a limited-run rebroadcast of some of the most popular concert performances from the Orchestra’s archives. The series will debut a new performance every Friday at 7 p.m. on the Orchestra’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Sounds of Akron

The Akron Symphony Orchestra in concert, recorded live at E.J. Thomas Hall on April 16, 2016, and March 16, 2019. Conductor Christopher Wilkins leads the Akron Symphony Orchestra in Sounds of Akron, while guest artist Jinjoo Cho performs Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D.

Akron Symphony Orchestra
Christopher Wilkins, conductor

(From April 16, 2016)
Clint Needham Sounds of Akron
Dan Flowers, electric guitar
Miller South Steelband
Matthew Dudack, Director

(From March 16, 2019)
Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Williams Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Korngold Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35
Jinjoo Cho, violin

The Spring of Home (Korean folksong)
Jinjoo Cho, violin

Mendelssohn Elijah

The Akron Symphony Orchestra in concert, recorded live at E.J. Thomas Hall on May 6, 2017. Conductor Christopher Wilkins leads the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Akron Symphony Chorus, The University of Akron Choruses, Summit Choral Society and Summit Choral Society Children’s Performance Choir in Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

Akron Symphony Orchestra
Christopher Wilkins, conductor

Akron Symphony Chorus
University of Akron Choruses
Summit Choral Society
Marie Bucoy-Calavan, Artistic Director

Summit Choral Society Children’s Performance Choir
Heather Cooper, Director
Amber Cocchiola, child soloist

Kathryn Papa, soprano
Kim Lauritsen, mezzo-soprano
Timothy Culver, tenor
Brian Keith Johnson, bass

Sounds of the Sea

The Akron Symphony Orchestra in concert, recorded live at E.J. Thomas Hall on February 9, 2019. Music Director Christopher Wilkins leads the Akron Symphony Orchestra in Debussy’s La Mer, along with the Northeast Ohio premiere of Stella Sung’s Oceana.

Akron Symphony Orchestra
Christopher Wilkins, conductor

Samuel Barber Adagio for Strings

Bernard Hermann Moby-Dick
Introduction
Call me Ishmael
At last the anchor was up
Send everyone aft!
Yonder, by ever-brimming goblet’s rim (Ahab’s Soliloquy)
Hist, boys! let’s have a jig (Hornpipe)
It was a clear steel-blue day (The Symphony)
There she blows! A hump like a snow-hill!
I turn my body from the sun
Sink all coffins and all hearses to one common pool
And I only am escaped alone to tell thee
Timothy Culver, tenor
Brian Keith Johnson, baritone

Stella Sung Oceana (world premiere revised version)
featuring recorded songs of marine animals and human-generated sounds

Claude Debussy La Mer
De l’aube à midi sur la mer (From Dawn to Noon on the Sea)
Jeux des vagues (Play of the Waves)
Dialogue du vent et de la mer (Dialogue of Wind and Sea)

Mahler's Fifth

The Akron Symphony Orchestra in concert, recorded live at E.J. Thomas Hall on January 18, 2020. Music Director Christopher Wilkins leads the Akron Symphony Orchestra in works from two titans of the Romantic Era with the Prelude to Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, featuring horn player Tom Park as the feature soloist during the Scherzo in Mahler 5, one of music’s greatest showpieces for the horns. 

Akron Symphony Orchestra
Christopher Wilkins, conductor

Wagner Tristan and Isolde Prelude
(with the composer’s concert ending)

Mahler Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor
Funeral march: With measured step. Strict. Like a cortège.
Stormily. With greatest vehemence.
Scherzo: Vigorously, not too fast
Tom Park, solo horn
Adagietto: Very slow
Rondo-Finale: Allegro giocoso. Lively.

Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3

The Akron Symphony Orchestra in concert, recorded live at E.J. Thomas Hall on September 24, 2016. Conductor Christopher Wilkins leads the Akron Symphony Orchestra in Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5, while guest pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi performs Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

Akron Symphony Orchestra
Christopher Wilkins, conductor

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
I.  Allegro ma non tanto
II. Intermezzo: Adagio
III. Finale: Alla breve—Scherzando—Tempo I
Antonio Pompa-Baldi, piano

Elgar Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1, Op. 39

Sibelius Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 82
I. Tempo molto moderato—Allegro moderato—Presto
II. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto
III. Allegro molto—Misterioso—Un pochettino largamente

Brahms Symphony No. 2

The Akron Symphony Orchestra in concert, recorded live at E.J. Thomas Hall on January 20, 2018. Guest Conductor Daniel Hege leads the Akron Symphony Orchestra in Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, while guest pianist Gabriela Martinez performs Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

Akron Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Hege, guest conductor

Hungarian Dances Nos. 1 and 5

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, op. 16
Andantino
Scherzo: Vivace
Moderato
Finale: Allegro tempestoso
Gabriela Martinez, piano

Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 73
Allegro non troppo
Adagio non troppo
Allegretto grazioso (Quasi andantino)
Allegro con spirito

The Four Seasons

The Akron Symphony Orchestra in concert, recorded live at E.J. Thomas Hall on November 16, 2019. Music Director Christopher Wilkins leads the Akron Symphony Orchestra in Vivaldi’s best-known masterpiece, The Four Seasons, featuring Concertmaster Tallie Brunfelt. The concert also features Meghan Guegold, principal horn, on Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 1.

Akron Symphony Orchestra
Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Tallie Brunfelt, violin
Meghan Guegold, horn  

Frank Coqueteos (Flirtations)

Haydn Symphony No. 95 in C minor  

Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 11
Meghan Guegold, horn  

Vivaldi The Four Seasons
Tallie Brunfelt, violin  

ASO Virtual Backgrounds

Want to use an Akron Symphony Orchestra background for your virtual meetings? Download these images and put yourself on the stage at E.J. Thomas Hall or at a press conference backdrop!

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Made in America

On March 28, we presented a “virtual concert” in place of the concert that we had originally scheduled for this evening. Music Director Christopher Wilkins shared a special Preview from the Podium, followed by the music of the four originally scheduled works in various performances: Joan Tower’s Made in America, Delius’ Appalachia: Variations on an Old Plantation Song, Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Bernstein’s On the Town: Three Dance Episodes.

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