Alabama Symphony’s free streams: two world premieres, plus Mozart and Saint-Georges

Posted on: June 3, 2021

“During the pandemic, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra followed the virtual trend to continue doing what they love most—creating music for audiences in Birmingham and beyond,” writes Patience Itson in Tuesday’s (6/1) Bham Now (Birmingham, AL). “One of their most notable virtual pandemic performances is their Spring Serenades concert series which made it possible to stream ASO concerts for free … ASO wraps up their Spring Serenades concert series with their eighth concert, Mozart & Saint-Georges [streamed] from Friday, June 4 to Sunday, June 13…. Music Director Carlos Izcaray [has] been the conductor … in almost all of the concerts in ASO’s Spring Serenades series, including Mozart & Saint-Georges…. 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…. During the concert, you’ll hear [Kennedy’s] Drift, for clarinet, trumpet and strings…. The orchestra will perform [Mansour’s] latest piece, Spark, composed for brass, strings and timpani.”