7 classical Alabama Symphony Orchestra events you don’t want to miss in May

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If you’re interested in hearing an evening of classical music anthems, the best of John Williams (think Star Wars) or enjoying the iconic Masterworks series, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra has a stunning schedule of concerts for you to attend in May. Keep reading to learn more about what’s in store.

1. Mozart’s 40th Symphony—Coffee Concert

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Conducted by the inspirational Carlos Izcaray, Mozart’s 40th Symphony will sweep you off your feet with quick string movements and dark sounds.

FUN FACT: Mozart’s 40th Symphony is one of the two numbered symphonies by him that are written in a minor key—G Minor.

2. Mozart’s 40th Symphony & Brahms’ First Piano Concerto—Masterworks 8

If you missed the coffee concert, you still have time to see Alabama Symphony Orchestra play Mozart’s 40th Symphony. Since this is a Masterworks, you’ll also get the chance to hear Steven Spooner’s performance of Brahms’ Piano Concerto, a virtuosic weaving of the piano and the Orchestra. 

“Mozart’s 40th is one of his most incredible symphonies, a full display of his creative genius. While this work hovers and glides in the ether, Brahms’ monumental First Piano Concerto erupts from below in a volcanic fashion. It is a work of deep passion and musical poetry, and a true challenge for both soloist and accompanying ensemble.”

Carlos Izcaray, conductor, Alabama Symphony Orchestra

3. The Planets—ASYO

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Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra is closing their season with Gustav Holst’s most iconic work, The Planets. Fly through the solar system with shimmering strings and swelling brass tones. 

4. The Music of John Williams

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. (ASO)

Embellish your fantasies through the music of John Williams. You’ll hear iconic pieces from films such as Star WarsJurassic Park and Indiana Jones.

5. Ode to Joy: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

Probably the most notable musical score Beethoven has written, Ode to Joy is a piece you must see live. By introducing a choir with the soaring sounds of brass instruments, Beethoven revolutionized music. You won’t want to miss this.

6. Anthems of Alabama

To celebrate 100 years of Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s presence in our state, they will explore the musical accomplishments of beloved Alabamians including Bobby Horton and more.

7. Symphonic Spectacular

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Who’s ready for summer concerts? (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

As they kick off the summer season, join Alabama Symphony Orchestra at Railroad Park. Listen to riveting pieces by Ameican composers—even Birmingham native composer, Brian Raphael Nabors.

Will you be attending any of these concerts? Let us know by tagging us in your posts @BhamNow.

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