Classic Series - Akron Symphony Orchestra

Classic Series

Classic Series

The 2022–23 line-up is a smorgasbord of musical styles. By broadening the usual orchestral palette, these programs offer a greater range of expression, more opportunities for storytelling, and a heightened sense of discovery. A telling irony is that much of the aesthetic diversity comes from a single country: America. Several works examine the idea of Americanness through the contrasting perspectives of their composers.

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September 2022

American Fanfare

American Fanfare

September 24 at 7:30 pm
E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill Street
Akron, OH 44325 United States
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Six Americans create varied, vibrant portraits of Americanness and together tell a rich and layered tale of this country’s musical heritage.

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October 2022

Pastoral Symphony

Pastoral Symphony

October 15 at 7:30 pm
E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill Street
Akron, OH 44325 United States
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Beethoven’s vivid Sixth Symphony follows music by Stella Sung, accompanying projections of works of Norman Rockwell, and Britten’s Four Sea Interludes, with original animations by Knight Arts Challenge winner Amber Kempthorn.

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November 2022

Ellington's Nutcracker Suite

Ellington’s Nutcracker & The Ballad of the Brown King

November 12 at 7:30 pm
E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill Street
Akron, OH 44325 United States
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Enjoy an exciting twist to a classic holiday favorite and welcome a special guest, Akron-born Louise Toppin.

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January 2023

Serenade for Strings

Serenade for Strings

January 14, 2023 at 7:30 pm
E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill Street
Akron, OH 44325 United States
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Masterworks of the Baroque and Romantic eras, along with compelling recent work. The young, charismatic Xavier Foley composed his double concerto as a personal plea for equal justice in America.

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February 2023

Global Circus

Global Circus

February 25, 2023 at 7:30 pm
E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill Street
Akron, OH 44325 United States
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Unfamiliar beauties of distant cultures tell human stories through art, film, movement, and music. Mozart and Bizet expanded their expressive palettes by borrowing from other folk traditions.

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April 2023

Mahler Third

Mahler’s Third

April 15, 2023 at 7:30 pm
E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill Street
Akron, OH 44325 United States
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Mahler’s Third is his “Pastorale Symphony.” It seems propelled throughout by nature’s bald power. The opening march represents the arrival of spring in the Austrian Alps—the earth groans, giant ice sheets crack, and cataracts spill forth from mountain streams. The middle movements moves in stages up the Great Chain of Being, from raw matter, through many varieties of forms of life, and ultimately to the realm of the spirit.

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May 2023

Brahms

Brahms Requiem

May 13, 2023 at 7:30 pm
E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill Street
Akron, OH 44325 United States
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Brahms Requiem celebrates the living while composer Timothy Adams tells the story of Harriet Tubman—nurse, spy, reformer, and conductor on the Underground Railroad.

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