Famed composers + 2 world premieres—this virtual concert has it all


ASO, Tara Mueller, Assistant Principal Second Violin
Tara Mueller, Assistant Principal Second Violin. Photo via ASO

Turn up the volume and prepare to stream because Alabama Symphony Orchestra (ASO) wraps up their Spring Serenades concert series with Mozart & Saint-Georges. Continue reading to discover the magic behind the concert and how to stream it for free from Friday, June 4 to Sunday, June 13.

ASO’s Spring Concert Series

Birmingham, Alabama Symphony Orchestra
Photo via Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s Facebook page

During the pandemic, ASO followed the virtual trend to continue doing what they love most—creating music for audiences in Birmingham and beyond. One of their most notable virtual pandemic performances is their Spring Serenades concert series which made it possible to stream ASO concerts for free right in your own home.

ASO wraps up their Spring Serenades concert series with their eighth concert, Mozart & Saint-Georges. You can stream the concert for free via ASO’s website from Friday, June 4 to Sunday, June 13.

Behind the Concert

Alabama Symphony Orhcestra Conductor Carlos Izcaray
Music Director of ASO Carlos Izcaray. Photo via ASO

If you’ve listened to a performance by the ASO, there’s a chance it was conducted by ASO Music Director and the American Youth Symphony (AYS) Music Director Carlos Izcaray.

He’s also been the conductor behind the baton in almost all of the concerts in ASO’s Spring Serenades series, including Mozart & Saint-Georges.

“It has been magical to return to perform with the wonderful musicians of the ASO, even in this altered virtual reality. Being able to wrap up a series during this turbulent period feels like a triumph!”  

Carlos Izcaray, Music Director, Alabama Symphony Orchestra

During Mozart & Saint-Georges, you’ll be swept away by a variety of beautiful pieces that will make your senses come alive.

For over 12 years, ASO’s Sound Investment program has been committed to expanding the Orchestra’s offerings. Members of the program are given an exciting behind-the-scenes look at how a symphonic score is composed, from creative inspiration to a polished product.

What’s especially exciting about this virtual concert is that it features two world premieres from ASO Sound Investment Composers, Martin Kennedy and Alexander Mansour.

Martin Kennedy is an Alabama native whose music has been performed by orchestras across the world. During the concert, you’ll hear his piece, Drift, for clarinet, trumpet and strings.

Alexander Mansour is a composer, pianist and cellist from Los Angeles, California whose music has been featured on NBC Broadcasts and Netflix original content. The Orchestra will perform his latest piece, Spark, composed for brass, strings and timpani.

Stream and Donate

Ryan Beach, Principal Trumpet
Ryan Beach, Principal Trumpet. Photo via ASO

So, how much does this virtual concert cost? Would you believe me if I told you nothing? It’s true. You can stream Mozart & Saint-Georges for free.

To make this possible, ASO partnered with EBSCO Industries and Vulcan Value Partners to make the Spring Serenades concert series available to music lovers everywhere.

Receiving such a nice gift sure makes me want to reciprocate in some way. If you do, too, consider being an ASO patron. Your support helps ASO continue their mission to change lives through music via programs and performances. 

You’ll be given the option to donate to ASO when streaming Mozart & Saint-Georges or by clicking here.

Listening ears ready?

Mozart & Saint-Georges is available for free online streaming Friday, June 4 through Sunday, June 13. Stream the concert via ASO’s website

There’s more to come for Alabama Symphony Orchestra. To find out what’s next, visit their website and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn

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