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Aug 19, 2013 10:10 AM by MELISSA CANONE

Acadiana Symphony Orchestra launces its new, three-year artistic vision: Symphony of Elements

In celebration of its 29th season, the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra unveils its 2013-2014 program with a new, three-year artistic vision, Symphony of Elements, in which each of the next three concert seasons will showcase selections based on the primordial themes of water, fire and earth. The new programming will feature ground-breaking, accessible, and quality concerts for Acadiana, and create novel artistic collaborations that will delight and surprise as well as leave you relaxed and rejuvenated.

September 2013. The H2O season will open with Starting With A Winner, a program offering a rare fusion of treasured musical masterpieces visually accompanied by large-screen photo-choreography. A stunning montage of images captured by world-famous photographers of the Vltava, one of Europe's most beautiful rivers, will illumine the Symphony's performance of Smetana's masterwork, Má vlast: Vltava. The concert will conclude with a performance by NOLA's 2012 International Piano Competition winner, Viktor Valkov, who will lend virtuosic brilliance to Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

October 2013. In collaboration with the Evangeline Area Council Scouts of America, the ASO will premiere a commissioned work, The Legacy of the Atchafalaya, written by composer Glenn McClure as tribute to the beauty and the people of Acadiana. The Symphony's performance of this piece heralds the beginning of its three-year partnership with the Scouts, and highlights the Scout's 100-year Atchafalaya preservation project initiated this year. The program also will feature the cutting-edge, classical group, the Harlem Quartet.

November 2013. Disney's Fantasia needs no introduction. The spectacular musical and magical favorite will be projected onto the big screen with the original soundtrack performed by your Symphony. VIP tickets will be available to children who wish to engage in fun musical activities before the concert, including games, dancing, and milk and cookies with their favorite Disney characters!

December 2013. Come celebrate with the ASO at their annual Christmas concert, I'll Be Home For Christmas, a program featuring traditional yuletide favorites freshly rendered by the luminous and world-renown Metropolitan opera singer, Jennifer Welch-Babidge. The perfect way to begin the holiday season!

March 2014. For the first time, the ASO and Baton Rouge symphonies and their choruses will share the stage in a performance of Mahler's Resurrection Symphony. The inspiration for this masterwork arose from the music played at the funeral of Hans von Bülow, a conductor Mahler revered. This awe-inspiring symphony begins with a terrifying funeral march and concludes with a blazing choral hymn celebrating spiritual rebirth. Over 300 musicians will fill the Heymann stage with immense, high-definition sound.

April 2014. The ASO will close its H20 season at Lafayette's beautiful St. John's Cathedral with Water Music, a program filled with glorious Baroque sounds and contemporary pieces, including the Acadiana premiere of Fratres, a liturgical work of beatific simplicity by Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt. The University of Louisiana Chamber Chorus will follow.

Those preferring a more intimate concert experience will not want to miss the Symphony's Hubbell Chamber Music Series at the Acadiana Centers for the Arts. Because of its intimate nature, chamber music is often described as "the music of friends," traditionally, a composition for a small group of musicians that could fit within a palace's private chamber, or bedroom.

The Symphony will provide a fresh, contemporary interpretation of chamber music by featuring ascendant and acclaimed stars such as the highly-celebrated Marcin Dylla, a Polish guitar virtuoso who has won every guitar competition award in the world, and the harpist powerhouse, Bridget Kibbey, who thralls audiences with her singular blend of "new music" and traditionalist elements. Lovers can delight in the Heartstrings concert on Valentines' Day with ASO's chamber orchestra cello players and a romantic tapas, wine and dessert dinner for two prepared specially by Tsunami. The formidable José Feghali, a Van Cliburn International Piano Competition gold medalist, will close out the Chamber Series with music by Beethoven, Chopin, and the famous "Trout Quintet" by Schubert.

Schedules are busy and sometimes money is tight. The ASO has responded to the changing times by offering earlier concert start times, ninety-minute performances, and flexible ticket pricing. Acadiana spoke and the ASO listened. For tickets, visit www.acadianasymphony.org or call 337-232-4277 ext. 1.

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