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“Words cannot express how truly grateful we are at this opportunity for our daughter to join you. It is a wonderful thing you’re all doing, to inspire & mentor so many students. The gift you are all giving is priceless and very much appreciated.” Parent, Little Big Rehearsal

With a reputation for vitality and versatility, the internationally acclaimed Adelaide Symphony Orchestra is South Australia’s largest performing arts organisation, established in 1936.

For over 80 years, the ASO has been there to corroborate life and contribute to South Australia’s identity. Today the ASO plays a major role in Adelaide’s cultural and economic vibrancy, and enriches the community through a diverse program of world-class performances to more than 90,000 concertgoers each season. Each year it extends its audience beyond the concert halls through its Out of the CBD series and regular broadcasts on ABC Classic FM. And the ASO’s comprehensive Learning Series for schools and families symphony directly touches the lives of more than 16,000 children, thereby forging a special connection to music from a young age. In 1998 and 2004 the ASO came to the attention of the international community with its exemplary playing of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

“Lucky Adelaide! A city the size of Adelaide is so lucky to have an orchestra such as the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. They are world class. Their repertoire is so varied, appeal to a wide audience and attract some wonderful guests from around the world. Their concerts are always such an enjoyable experience.” Reviewed 29 Mar 2014 Tripadvisor.com.au

Delivering diverse and colourful programming with leading international and Australian musicians, it has also enjoyed hugely successful performances with such artists as Ben Folds, Tim Minchin and The Hilltop Hoods. And in 2015, the ASO and The Hilltop Hoods reprised their collaboration to record Drinking From The SunWalking Under Stars Restrung. In the spirit of innovation, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra frequently showcases new music and Australian premieres. The ASO has embarked on numerous international tours, including China, Korea, Singapore and Carnegie Hall in New York, and plays a vital role in the Adelaide Festival of Arts, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, OzAsia Festival, WOMADelaide, State Opera of South Australia and Australian Ballet.

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