Past Events from October 17, 2023 – May 18 › Events › – Akron Symphony Orchestra

Speaker Series: Christopher Wilkins and Bob Mollard

Guy's Party Center 500 East Waterloo Road, Akron, OH, United States

Join Akron Symphony Music Director Christopher Wilkins and Principal Keyboardist Bob Mollard as they talk about all things Organ Symphony in preparation for our upcoming Classics Concert!

Organ Symphony

E.J. Thomas Hall 198 Hill Street, Akron, OH, United States

Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony stars the king of instruments, and it packs a powerful punch. The work is part spiritual journey, part sonic theater. Perkinson’s Worship, an orchestral fantasy on the familiar hymn tune, Old 100th, moves between jazz, gospel, and classical styles. Brilliant, sumptuous, and transcendent, Respighi’s Church Windows takes its title from celebrated Italian stained-glass artwork.

$15.00 – $60.00

A Night at the Races

R. Shea Brewing 540 S Main, Akron, OH, United States

A Night at the Races is the Akron Symphony's fall fundraising event! Join us as we bet on real horse races, enjoy a catered buffet dinner by Old Carolina BBQ, and see what's on tap at R.Shea Brewing! All funds raised at this event will benefit the Akron Symphony Orchestra's 2023-2024 activities, including concerts, educational […]

Dvořák & Tchaikovsky

E.J. Thomas Hall 198 Hill Street, Akron, OH, United States

William Grant Still’s spirited and sophisticated "Festive Overture" exhibits traditional architecture, but exudes Hollywood style. It lies halfway between jazz and classical music. Dvořák’s warm-hearted, ecstatic, and deeply lyrical "Cello Concerto" is a showcase for both soloist and orchestra. The brooding intensity of Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” Symphony—his final work—wields an inexorable power over audiences.

$15.00 – $60.00

EarthQuaker & Mozart

E.J. Thomas Hall 198 Hill Street, Akron, OH, United States

Arvo Pärt borrows from the sound of ancient chants to create a style of purity and austerity. Mozart’s 29th Symphony is among his earliest masterpieces: imaginative, unpredictable, balanced, and perfect. Jazz musician-composer-arranger Mary Lou Williams holds a unique place in the development of jazz, especially through the incorporation of classical music into her work. Akron’s EarthQuaker Devices soars to new heights in a sequel to 2022’s live ASO recording.

$8.00 – $60.00

Speaker Series Dinner with Jonathon Turner

Guy's Party Center 500 East Waterloo Road, Akron, OH, United States

Jonathon is in his fourth season as Choirmaster of the Gospel Meets Symphony Choir, which serves as the inspirational voice of the Akron Symphony Orchestra’s annual Gospel Meets Symphony concert.

$20.00

Gospel Meets Symphony

E.J. Thomas Hall 198 Hill Street, Akron, OH, United States

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of Northeast Ohio’s proudest and most enduring musical traditions—Gospel Meets Symphony!

$8.00 – $60.00

Bruckner’s Fourth “Romantic”

E.J. Thomas Hall 198 Hill Street, Akron, OH, United States

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.

$8.00 – $60.00

Tchaikovsky & Bowden

E.J. Thomas Hall 198 Hill Street, Akron, OH, United States

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.

$8.00 – $60.00

Mozart’s “Great” Mass

E.J. Thomas Hall 198 Hill Street, Akron, OH, United States

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.

$8.00 – $60.00