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Your gift supports EXCELLENCE in ARTISTRY. Under Music Director Arie Lipsky’s leadership and inspired music making, the A2SO has been favorably compared to the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Record numbers heard the Michigan premiere of Michael Daugherty’s electric Trail of Tears, (photo from sept. 2010 concert with Amy Porter playing) a thrilling Wagner Ring Cycle, Verdi’s Requiem, Mahler’s Second Symphony, and concert opera versions of Mozart’s Magic Flute and Abduction from the Seraglio.
“While I have had the pleasure to hear my music performed by many of the leading orchestras in America and abroad, it is always a particular delight to hear it performed by our talented Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.” Michael Daugherty, Grammy Award-nominated composer, one of the most performed and commissioned American composers of his generation
We are proud to share the Music on the radio to our listeners through a live broadcast of the concert on WKAR radio (90.5FM) and via delayed broadcast the following week on WKAR and WRCJ (90.9 FM). You can enjoy the quality concerts by your A2SO from your home or in your car.
In 2009, the A2SO released its first CD, featuring the music of contemporary composer Paul Fetler, as part of Naxos’s “American Classics” series. The CD consists of live performances of Fetler’s Violin Concerto No. 2, with concertmaster Aaron Berofsky as soloist, Capriccio for orchestra, and Three Poems of Walt Whitman, narrated by Thomas Blaske.
AnnArbor.com describes the recording as “startlingly wonderful,” and praises Fetler’s “evocative lyricism…in music that is itself protean in color, style, and mood.”
Each carefully prepared season features time-honored classics, a variety of less familiar works by the great masters, plus a bouquet of accessible new works by modern composers, including the premiere of a new work by an emerging U-M student composer. The Orchestra was also heard over National Public Radio in November 2004, performing Once Upon a Castle, a commission created by internationally known Michael Daugherty for the A2SO’s and Michigan Theater’s 75th anniversaries.
Audiences have been treated to a variety of stellar soloists who just happen to call Ann Arbor home including world-class artists Bill Bolcom and Joan Morris, Katherine Larson, Deanna Relyea, Arthur Greene, Gemini, Penelope Crawford, Melody Racine, Daniel Washington, Amy Porter, Stephen Shipps and the U-M Gamelan Ensemble. There are many artists who have come to wish Ann Arbor was their home such as Julie Albers, Anton Nel, David Russell, Adam Golka, Orion Weiss, Matt Haimovitz, Arkadiy Figlin, Bella Hristova (winner of the 2007 Michael Hill International Competition) Eli Eban, Anton Nel, Pip Clarke, Augustin Hadelich (2006 winner of the Indianapolis Violin Competition), Ilya Kaler, Jaime Laredo, and Richard Stoltzman. We are proud to boast soloists from our own orchestra including Aaron Berofsky, Kathryn Votapek, Bill Campbell, Tim Michling, Sarah Cleveland and Andy Pelletier.