This 2023-24 Classic Series season promises to be one of the most exciting yet, with a diverse range of repertoire and world-class performers. It also celebrates the Akron Symphony Orchestra’s 70-year history, and the 30th anniversary of a beloved Akron tradition, Gospel Meets Symphony.
Classic Series Schedule
Lohengrin’s Prelude paints a picture of the descent of the Holy Grail, “radiating fiery beams and shaking the soul with emotion,” in Wagner’s own words. No symphonies surpass those of Bruckner for sheer magnificence of sound. He called the Fourth his
“Romantic” Symphony, for its connection to the spirit of medieval legends. The melodies resound with echoes of Schubert, but the magisterial drama comes from Wagner.
Composer Clarice Assad and trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden introduce a work co-commissioned by the ASO, based on paintings by surrealist Gertrude Abercrombie. The evening takes inspiration from folk song and popular music, in Higdon’s "Reel Time" to American folk traditions at the heart of Montgomery’s "Strum." Tchaikovsky echoes of Mozart and Brahms in "Souvenir de Florence" but in his own deeply personal voice.
The C Minor Mass is Mozart’s most exalted and personal sacred work. He composed it for his own wedding, partly to display the beauty of his bride’s soprano voice. He wrote the Mass in a burst of inspiration, fueled by his discovery of choral masterworks by Bach and Handel. Maurice Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin brings dances of the Baroque master to life, while serving as a tour-de-force vehicle for a virtuoso ensemble. Lili Boulanger was one of the brightest—and shortest-lived—talents of the early twentieth century. Her pastoral orchestral poem, On a Spring Morning, can only make us wish for what might been, had she lived beyond the age of 24.