August 2022

ASO announces Barossa concert, plus free events in Strathalbyn, Goolwa & Milang

Get ready to be swept away by the enchanting melodies of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) as they bring their captivating music to audiences in the Barossa. The ASO is set to perform ‘ASO in the Barossa’ at the Barossa Arts Centre on Saturday, August 12, in partnership with Regional Touring Partner Elders. This exceptional concert experience showcases the ASO’s commitment to community and regional concerts, ensuring that more South Australians have access to and engagement with orchestral music.

Under the baton of Conductor Luke Dollman, celebrate the power of symphonic works that perfectly match the Barossa’s renowned reputation. The concert will feature Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, filled with turbulence and tragedy, and Jessie Montgomery’s Strum, an ecstatic celebration inspired by American folk and dance. Additionally, experience the lively and joyous tones of Schubert’s Symphony No 3, known for its bright and playful melodies.

One of the highlights of the evening will be ASO Principal Trumpet David Khafagi’s performance of Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto. Khafagi describes it as the quintessential piece for solo trumpet, a benchmark of solo repertoire that presents new challenges in phrasing and musicality. Performing this concerto with the ASO is a privilege for Khafagi and will undoubtedly be a career highlight.

The ASO’s commitment to regional communities also continues, with their FREE community concerts across the metropolitan south from August 10 to 11. These concerts aim to remove barriers and provide a sanctuary for individuals who may face challenges in attending mainstage performances. The ASO recognizes the power of music in reducing depression, anxiety, and social isolation while enhancing mood, self-esteem, and overall quality of life.

ASO Manager of Learning and Community Programs, Rachel Hicks, emphasizes the importance of regional connections and the educational and inspiring impact of the ASO’s regional and community touring. ASO Associate Principal Trumpet, Martin Phillipson, also highlights the unique joy that live symphony orchestra performances bring to smaller communities, providing opportunities for socializing and connecting. “People in the country and smaller communities value the connection that music brings because it’s a great way to come together and socialise and connect as human beings. I think it’s such a rare thing for them to see a symphony orchestra live, not only do they get a great buzz out of it but we also get a great buzz out of discovering these unique places”.

The ASO’s partnership with Elders, a company deeply rooted in Australia’s rural business landscape since 1839, reflects their joint commitment to support sustainable cultural development in regional and remote communities. Elders recognizes the positive impact of cultural experiences on well-being and aims to make orchestral experiences accessible to all through this partnership.

Mark Allison, CEO of Elders, believes that by ensuring regional communities have orchestral experiences, it will have a lasting and positive impact with clear community benefits. “At Elders, our key priority is the safety and well-being of our people and the communities in which we operate. With our staff and clients located across all areas of Australia, we understand the importance of regional communities having access to cultural experiences as a way to connect and communicate with people of all ages and cultures; having a positive impact on well-being We believe it should be part of everyday life. Orchestras are at the heart of each city’s cultural scene and we believe that by partnering with the ASO and ensuring regional communities have orchestral experiences it will make a positive, long-term and enduring impact with clear community benefits”.

Don’t miss your chance to experience the power of live orchestral music at ASO in the Barossa. Join the ASO, along with their Regional Touring Partner Elders, for an evening of captivating performances that will leave you inspired and connected to the magic of music.

ASO in the Barossa

Saturday 12 August, 7.30pm Barossa Arts Centre

Program to include:
BEETHOVEN Coriolan: Overture Op. 62        
HAYDN Concerto for Trumpet In E-flat Major, Soloist David Khafagi
JESSIE MONTGOMERY Strum         
SCHUBERT Symphony No 3 In D Major D 200              
GRAINGER Irish Tune from County Derry (Londonderry Air)

Book your tickets here https://www.aso.com.au/2023-regional-tour/

Free Community Concerts

PARTICIPATING COMMUNITY CENTRES:

Strathalbyn Chapel Theatre – Thursday 10 August

Goolwa Centenary Hall– Friday 11 August

Milang Institute – Friday 11 August

For more information about the concerts and how to secure your seat visit https://www.aso.com.au/commmunity

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