The mission of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra & Conservatory of Music is to inspire culture through music. Their vision is to bolster our cultural economy and uphold unparalleled civic value through the power and joy of music by providing excellence in orchestral performances of diverse repertoire, and educational experiences to inspire and enrich our future generations, thus creating a vibrant community in which to live and work.
ASO's 38th Season, Turning Points, pays homage to significant turning points of the past and acknowledges our collective arrival at another historical turning point, now, in a post-COVID world. Each concert of the season is a reflection on turning points, exploring everything from music and film to the societal influences that created the impetus for change. See below for a list of upcoming performances or click here to purchase tickets and to the full schedule of events.
A turning point for music in Acadiana. Celebrate the season with us at this Christmas-themed concert, and one of Acadiana’s most beloved holiday traditions. Each year, the Symphony performs a cheerful and familiar repertoire of popular Christmas songs, alongside a revered local guest artist who has contributed to local music culture.
A turning point in orchestral norms. Join us for an evening of romantic musical masterpieces, accompanied by the sultry sounds of the saxophone. Works will include that of visionary tango composer, Astor Piazzolla, a musical game changer of the 20th Century, who elevated the musical form of tango from the red-light districts of Buenos Aires, Argentina, to be performed on some of the world’s most prestigious concert stages. The use of saxophone in classical music is still a relatively new concept, and the instrument continues to be an uncommon fixture in the symphony – creating a unique and exciting experience for the audience.
A turning point for modern western music. There is no greater transformative turning point for classical and modern western music than the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the music written to celebrate it. This Lenten-themed concert will include Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cantata No. 4, which he wrote for Easter in 1707. Cantatas were written for church services, and in honor of Christian holidays, and are marked by an emphasis on vocal presentation, with an instrumental accompaniment. Bach wrote more than 200 cantatas in his lifetime, which were critical in the development of both vocal and instrumental music, and are considered to be some of his best work.
Saturday, May 6 at 7:00 pm
Turning Points: Musical Rebellion
A turning point for classical music composition. Take a seat for our grandest concert of the season, Ludwig van Beethoven’s 'Symphony No. 9, Ode to Joy', masterfully performed by Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and Chorale Acadienne. Ode to Joy is widely considered to be Beethoven’s greatest work, and one of the most supreme achievements in the history of western music. In the field of symphonic music, there is no bigger revolutionary than Beethoven, whose nine symphonies were heavily influenced by socio-political events of his time, as well as his own political views and engagement as an artist and enlightened citizen. His work created a musical footprint for all symphonic music created by later composers.
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