ANDERSON — Oct. 12 marks the beginning of the Anderson Symphony Orchestra's 46th season, and it will be a symphony of firsts.
Not only is it the first concert of the five-concert season, but the ASO will premiere a Mahler symphony. That symphony is Mahler’s first, nicknamed the Titan.
In his 24-year tenure with ASO, maestro Rick Sowers has dreamed of performing a Mahler symphony. On Oct. 12 that dream becomes reality.
“Being able to perform a Mahler symphony isn’t as simple as ordering the music, having a rehearsal and selling tickets," Sowers said. "We have been focusing heavily on artistic growth in recent years. Our contract musicians have reached a performance level that has inspired to perform challenging music like the Titan."
The ASO will expand to cover every inch of the Paramount stage with an orchestra featuring more than 80 professional musicians. Intense rehearsals begin early next week.
The Mahler First Symphony will not only be an incredible musical experience for the ASO audience, but the ASO musicians are enthused as well, according to trombonist Brad Koser. “It’s an opportunity for us to play music we love and to truly shine artistically,” he said.
“Although Mahler isn’t a household name like Beethoven, our audiences should expect rich melodies, soaring brass, and truly brilliant music," said executive director Dana Stone. "Mahler’s symphonies were composed for orchestral forces, and it’s a feather in the cap of the ASO to perform one.”
The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. with Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, nicknamed Jupiter, so the combination of the two symphonies Jupiter and Titan adds to the fun, Stone said.
If you’ve been clamoring to learn more about the music at the ASO, come at 6:30 p.m. on classical concert nights for a free pre-concert lecture in the Marquee Room. Dr. Chris Holmes, professor at Anderson University, will dive into the life and times of Mozart and Mahler. Audiences will come away with a rich connection to the music to be performed that evening. Another option to get to know the music is to visit andersonsymphony.org and listen to audio clips.
Tickets start at $18 for seniors, $20 for adults and $5 for students and are available online at andersonsymphony.org or by calling 644-2111.
If you go What: Anderson Symphony Orchestra concert When: Saturday, Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. Where: Paramount Theatre, 1124 Meridian Plaza, Anderson Info: andersonsymphony.org or 644-2111