By Patricia Abbate
If Opening Night at the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, held on October 20, is any indication of what’s in store for audiences this season, it’s sure to be a huge success. Musical Director Jin Kim masterfully conducted four ambitious pieces before a full house at Hale Theater, Thayer Academy Center for the Arts, in Braintee.
Opening in dramatic fashion with one of Beethoven’s most distinctive works, Overture toThe Consecration of the House, Opus 124, the orchestra followed with The Chairman Dances (Foxtrot for Orchestra), by John Adams, and the familiar Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo, by Aaron Copeland. After intermission the program concluded with a crowd favorite, Dvorak’s Symphony N. 9, “From the New World.” The energetic and expressive performance brought the audience to its feet as the evening concluded with an appreciative standing ovation to mark the official start of the ASO’s 22nd season.
ASO President, Karen Thompson, notes, “Lately, audiences have been telling us each season was ‘the best yet,’ and this season won’t disappoint. We’re over the moon about the programs we’re bringing, thanks to the generosity of our donors, sponsors, and grant-makers. What a wonderful payoff for the region—this excellent, excellent music.”
The remainder of the ASO’s 22ndseason offers, in part, four symphonic concerts held at various venues (Thayer Academy, Braintree), Classical Uncorked dinner concert (Alba, Quincy), Winter Chamber Concert (House of Prayer, Hingham), and a Special Command Performance with international sensation Xiang Angelo Yu, violin (Old Ship Church, Hingham). And don’t miss a holiday tradition on Saturday, December 1, as the “Joyful Noise!” program presents selections from the Nutcracker Suite, Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Overture to The Magic Flute, as well as an audience sing-along and “Sleigh Ride” send off, performed at Thayer Academy Center for the Arts. For a full schedule of ASO performances for the 2018-2019 season, please visit their website, www.atlanticsymphony.org.
Atlantic Symphony Orchestra is a professional orchestra serving the South Shore and Greater Boston. Telephone: 781-331-3600. Tickets/Website: www.atlanticsymphony.org
A very special 30-piece ASO Chamber Concert, aimed to entertain and enrich your classical music knowledge with outstanding performances of selections that span time periods and genres. With special guest vocalist, Chelsea Basler.
Bach: “Brandenburg Concerto No. 3”
Handel: “Let The Bright Seraphim”
Mozart: Marriage of Figaro overture
Symphony No. 40 (1st mvt)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 (1st mvt)
Mendelssohn: “The Hebrides”
Rossini: Il signor Bruschino overture
Bizet: “Je Dis” from Carmen
“Intermezzo” from L’arlesienne Suite No. 2
This concert takes place at Quincy’s historic (and beautiful) “Church of the Presidents” on an important Abigail Adams anniversary!
FREE FOR ALL — This Special Event is generously supported by a grant from The Boston Foundation “Free For All Fund.” Part of the mission of this fund is to open access to high quality classical performances for all the residents of Greater Boston. You can help make this event a success! Please plan to come and spread the word — especially to friends and acquaintances who are “new to classical” or who don’t often attend live performance but would enjoy it. We’d love to fill the house and help more people get to know ASO!