Alabama Symphony Orchestrahttp://www.alabamasymphony.org
Now in its tenth season, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra was born from the efforts of 52 volunteer musicians who gathered to perform for the Birmingham Music Festival on Friday, April 29, 1921. Today, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra is continuing to grow and expand its services to the residents of the state, reaching more than 100,000 individuals a year through concert series, youth programs and educational and community outreach programs. This season, the ASO has risen to heights never before imagined. Recently, the ASO’s performance of Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony was named by The New Yorker Critic Alex Ross as “one of the top 10 performances of 2007!” The ASO was on the same list as the New York Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Performances are garnering 5-star reviews like never before, and recent sold-out concerts have created a flurry of new subscribers eager to secure their seats for upcoming programs. As the only full-time, professional symphony orchestra in the state of Alabama, the ASO employs 54 salaried musicians who provide more than 160 performances a year. The organization is supported through the efforts of 300+ volunteers, an administrative staff of 18 and a Board of Directors comprised of 60 prominent area citizens.