One of the highlights of the Akron Symphony’s 61st anniversary season pays tribute to the 100th anniversary of The Rite of Spring through a unique collaboration between the Akron Symphony Orchestra and GroundWorks DanceTheater with artistic direction and choreography by David Shimotakahara. The Akron Symphony will also celebrate the 20th anniversary of Gospel Meets Symphony (February 23, 2013) with a spectacular concert that brings back some of the most memorable moments in the proud history of Gospel Meets Symphony.
“Popular favorites, timeless classics and new discoveries all have a place in our concerts this season,” said Akron Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor, Christopher Wilkins. “This season showcases a magnificent variety of symphonic music. You will find quality, variety, spectacle, and plenty of on-stage drama.”
Akron Symphony’s is also pleased to announce the Akron Civic Theatre as the new home for the Pops Series.
“The Civic is thrilled to host the Akron Symphony’s 2012-2013 Pops Series,” said Akron Civic Theatre Executive Director, Howard Parr. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for two much-loved cultural institutions to come together in a way that increases activity in downtown Akron and improves the quality of life in the entire region.”
Patrons will be dancing in the aisles of the Akron Civic Theatre to The Music of ABBA (October 25, 2012) when ARRIVAL from Sweden joins the Akron Symphony Orchestra to perform smash hits like Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, Take a Chance on Me, S.O.S. and more. Maestro Carl Topilow, Music Director of the Cleveland Pops, will also return to conduct the Akron Symphony’s Holiday Pops concert (December 13, 2012), a much-loved Akron tradition showcasing a festive mix of traditional carols and contemporary holiday favorites. The Pops Series will wrap up with Shower the People: The Music of James Taylor (April 20, 2013). Singer-songwriter Neil Donell and the Jeans ‘n Classics Band will join the Akron Symphony to pay tribute to some of the finest moments in the 35-year career of superstar James Taylor.
Other highlights of the Akron Symphony’s 2012-2013 season include Classics Series concert, Romeo and Juliet (January 19, 2013), featuring Alexander Schimph, the 2011 Cleveland International Piano Competition winner, performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and excerpts from the Romeo and Juliet suites. Apollo’s Fire conductor, Jeannette Sorrell, will lead the Akron Symphony Orchestra for Bach’s Brandenburgs (February 9, 2013) and play harpsichord. Rhapsody in Blue (October 13, 2013) will spotlight American composers Bernstein, Barber and Gershwin and with Akron Symphony Orchestra Assistant Conductor, Levi Hammer on piano for Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and ‘I Got Rhythm’ Variations.
The Akron Symphony Chorus, led by chorus director Maria Sensi Sellner, will also join the Akron Symphony Orchestra for two performances. Gloria! (November 10, 2012) will feature Mozart’s Exsultate jubilate, James Lee’s Sukkot through Orion’s Nebula, which made its world premiere in 2011, and conclude with Sensi Sellner conducting Poulenc’s Gloria. Pastorale Symphony (March 2, 2013) provides a fitting end to the doldrums of winter, featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 ‘Pastorale’
The excitement begins on Opening Night (September 15, 2012) with music of the stage. Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3 will build from a whisper to an exhilarating cry of revolution, followed by Strauss’ Don Juan, bursting with virile energy and ardor. Tchaikovsky’
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About the Akron Symphony Orchestra
For more than 60 years, the Akron Symphony Orchestra has been a driving musical force throughout the Greater Akron area. Widely recognized for musical excellence and performance versatility, the Akron Symphony Orchestra is committed to enhancing the quality of life of our community through educational and musical excellence. The Akron Symphony Orchestra is operated by the Greater Akron Musical Association, Inc. (GAMA). GAMA’s vision is to be embraced and sustained as a community treasure that provides a welcoming environment for all people to experience great music. This vision is realized by operating the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Akron Youth Orchestras, Akron Symphony Chorus, and numerous special outreach and educational programs.