ASHLAND — The Ashland Symphony Orchestra will present “Champs-Élysées to Broadway” on Saturday, Jan. 22, at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Robert M. and Janet L. Archer Auditorium.

The ASO is auditioning five candidates for the position of Music Director/Conductor. Each will program and conduct a concert during the 2021-2022 season.

Michael Repper is both the conductor and the featured soloist for this program. For the French connection, he has selected one of Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Paris Symphonies” Symphony No.83, G minor (La Poule; The Hen).

Then he brings us back across the Atlantic to Broadway with Made in America by Joan Tower and Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin, arranged by Iain Farrington, and with Repper at the piano. This program is presented without intermission.

Michael Repper has earned a reputation for his ability to engage and excite audiences across all spectrums. As the Music Director of the New York Youth Symphony, which he leads at Carnegie Hall, and the Northern Neck Orchestra of Virginia, he has a dedicated record of building communities committed to the shared spirit of music.

With regular guest conductor engagements with the Baltimore Symphony and other orchestras worldwide, Repper has established himself in the United States and abroad as a strong voice within the symphonic field, and a champion of new and diverse musical talents.

An avid pianist, he regularly performs as a soloist alongside his orchestras and choruses, and as an orchestral player as well. Most recently, he played in the Chicago Symphony for their performances of Bernstein’s Mass, which was broadcast on PBS Great Performances.

In addition to the 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in-person performances, this program will be available to stream on demand from Jan. 28 to Feb. 26.

Tickets for live and virtual concerts are $24 for adults, $21 for seniors, and $5 for children and students and may be purchased at the ASO office 419-289-5115 located at 331 College Ave, or on line at Sampler ticket packages (three concerts of your choice) are still available. Use code ASO2022 when purchasing tickets on-line for the in-person concerts and pay just $20.22 for adult or senior tickets.

At this time, the ASO is requiring all patrons to wear masks. Patrons may also request socially distanced seats at the time of purchase. For announcements regarding any changes to these performances due to the ongoing pandemic please call 419-289-5115 or visit the website.

Thank you to season sponsor Samaritan Hospital Foundation; and soloist sponsors George and Ann Franklin and Bud and Cuda Ingmand. Additional support provided in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.

The Life section is supported by Brethren Care Village in Ashland.

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