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Apr 9, 2023
Mahler's Third Part 4
Play • 39 min
Music Director Christopher Wilkins chats with Principal Trombone John Gruber about Mahler's Third.
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Feb 6, 2024
Gospel Meets Symphony 30th Anniversary Concert
The Akron Symphony and the Gospel Meets Symphony Choir will celebrate 30 years of music and fellowship during Gospel Meets Symphony on February 10 at EJ Thomas Hall. Led by Maestro Christopher Wilkins and Gospel Meets Symphony Choirmaster Jonathon Turner, the evening will highlight the community spirit that has made GMS one of Northeast Ohio’s most enduring musical traditions. In this episode, Christopher, Jonathon and Brenda Justice, coordinator of choral programs at the Akron Symphony, discuss what the program means to Akron, share some memories of past performances, and talk about the upcoming concert. The Akron Symphony Orchestra and the Gospel Meets Symphony Choir will present Gospel Meets Symphony on February 10, 7:30 pm, at EJ Thomas Hall. Tickets are available at akronsymphony.org.
Jan 5, 2024
An Akron-fueled Collaboration
The Akron Symphony will open the second half of the season with a performance featuring Mozart’s 29th Symphony on January 13 at EJ Thomas Hall. The evening will also fully embrace Akron as the Orchestra performs Jake Gunnar Walsh & Jon Sonnenberg’s Conflagration - featuring EarthQuaker devices - and Mary Lou Williams’ jazz-infused Zodiac Suite, featuring longtime friend of the ASO and Akron’s own Theron Brown and his quartet. In this episode, Music Director Christopher Wilkins and Theron discuss the program, emphasizing the career and influence of composer Mary Lou Williams. Theron resides in Akron, where he is a Professor of Practice at The University of Akron teaching jazz piano, artist coordinator for the I Promise School, and is immensely involved in promoting the music scene and the arts. He is the founder of the Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival, which takes place in Akron’s downtown historic district. Theron frequently tours and plays with his trio including Zaire Darden on drums and Jordan McBride on bass. The Akron Symphony Orchestra will present EarthQuaker & Mozart on January 13, 7:30 pm, at EJ Thomas Hall. The Preview from the Podium begins at 6:30 pm. Tickets are available at akronsymphony.org.
Nov 1, 2023
Dvořák’s ecstatic Cello Concerto
The Akron Symphony will present Dvořák’s warm-hearted, ecstatic, and deeply lyrical Cello Concerto with guest soloist Khari Joyner on November 18 at EJ Thomas Hall. The performance will also include William Grant Still’s Festive Overture and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6. Like the New World Symphony, the Cello Concerto is another work hailing from Dvořák’s American period and is therefore infused with the same sense of homesick longing that pervades the symphony. Khari Joyner has a following both nationally and abroad as a versatile concert cellist, chamber musician and ambassador for the arts. He has made numerous guest appearances with orchestras and ensembles across the world, and is a passionate advocate for the music of the 21st century. He is also currently an assistant professor at the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music. Learn more about Khari’s career at kharijoyner.com. The Akron Symphony Orchestra will present Dvořák’s Cello Concerto on November 18, 7:30 pm, at EJ Thomas Hall. The Preview from the Podium begins at 6:30 pm. Tickets are available at akronsymphony.org.