ASHLAND -- The Ashland Symphony Orchestra will open its 50th concert season with “From Sea to Shining Sea,” on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Robert M. and Janet L. Archer Auditorium.
The first half of the concert features American composers Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland. “West Side Story,” Bernstein’s modern reimagining of Shakespear’s “Romeo and Juliet,” premiered on Broadway in 1957. The orchestra will perform selections arranged by Jack Mason.
Martha Graham choreographed and appeared in the 1944 premier of Copland’s “Appalachian Spring.”
The ASO will also present Neos Dance Theatre performing original choreography by Ashland’s own Robert Wesner. The familiar Shaker melody “Simple Gifts” is featured in this suite for orchestra. “Appalachian Spring” is presented by arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., publisher and copyright owner.
Antonín Dvořák came to America in 1892 and in 1893 presented his Symphony No. 9, op. 95, E minor, commonly referred to as the “New World Symphony.” This piece features visual accompaniment choreographed by Adrian Wyard in the form of glorious American landscape imagery.
The visuals, by photographer Tom Oord, simply depict a journey across the country with each movement centered on a broad theme: water, the desert night sky, animals and spring flowers, and majestic mountains.
The ASO welcomes guest conductor Peter Stafford Wilson to the podium. Now in his 18th season as Music Director of Ohio’s Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Wilson is one of the most exciting and talked about conductors of his generation.
Ticket holders are invited to gather at 6 p.m. in the Little Theatre Lobby for a preconcert reception of light hors d’oeuvres, sponsored by a donor family at the Ashland County Community Foundation who wish to remain anonymous.
Tickets are $24 for adults, $21 for seniors, and $5 for children and students and may be purchased at the ASO office 419-289-5115 or the AU Box Office 419-289-5125, both located at 331 College Ave, or on line at ashlandsymphony.org. Season ticket packages are still available.
The symphony wishes to thank season co-sponsors Doc’s Crocks and Samaritan Hospital Foundation; and program supporters Dr. JoAnn Ford Watson, Packaging Corporation of America, Directions Credit Union, and Sutton Bank. 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.