Alabama Symphony to mark 100th year in 2021-22

Posted on: October 5, 2021

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra, based in Birmingham, will launch its 2021-22 season on October 8 with Music Director Carlos Izcaray conducting Joan Tower’s Made in America, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with soloist Tessa Lark, and Brahms’s Symphony No. 2. Audiences will be required to wear masks and observe social-distancing protocols; there will be digital program books and digital tickets. In spring of 2022, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra will commemorate its 100th anniversary with a free outdoor community performance, postponed from 2021 due to the pandemic. The season will include symphonies by Beethoven, Elliott Carter, Dvořák, Felix Mendelssohn, Mozart, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky; also planned are John Adams’s Christian Zeal and Activity, Susan Botti’s Glaze, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Petite suite de concert, Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite and Orchestral Variations, Louise Farrenc’s Overture No. 2, Handel’s Messiah with the ASO Chorus, Martin Kennedy’s Trombone Concerto (“Pull Pin and Throw”), William Grant Still’s Suite for Violin and Orchestra, and Max Richter’s Four Seasons Recomposed. Concertmaster Daniel Szasz will perform in several “Concertmaster and Friends” concerts, and the season will conclude with Tania León’s Batá, Brahms’s Song of the Fates, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the ASO Chorus.