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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 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 winning 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 broadcasts of the concert on WRCJ (90.9 FM) and WKAR (90.5FM .) You can enjoy the quality concerts by your A2SO from your home or in your car.
A2SO's first CD featured 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.
Mlive.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, A2SO concerts frequently feature world-class guest soloists including opening this season with Jacqueline Echols and Lucas Meachem in Hill Auditorium. Our Symphony is most privileged to be part of a community already enriched with musical talent including Concertmaster Aaron Berofsky and Principal Clarinetist Chad Burrow, this year’s Mozart Birthday Bash soloist. We are proud to play concerts in all venues – from area farmers markets to school classrooms, and from libraries to day care centers and senior centers. 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.