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Thursday, December 20, 2018 12:05pm

A look back on 2018...


For the 82nd year, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra has been proud to provide South Australia with the joy of music. As another year comes to a close, it's important to stop to reflect upon achievements and the moments that defined the preceding 12 months. Every concert is a culmination of the combined efforts of hundreds of people, including the orchestra, admin staff, senior management team, venue staff, and so many more.

We hosted more than 50 international artists, performed more than 300 pieces of music, and turned over 25,000 sheets of music. 16,000 children were able to experience the joy of the ASO through the SA Power Networks Learning Program. Seven Advocates, aged 30 & Under, helped to drive and inspire engagement with orchestral music and the arts. We performed 2 Australian premieres, including an Oboe Concerto written especially for the ASO by Judith Weir, Master of the Queen's Music. 

But as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words so although we could continue to tell you about our year, instead let us show you: 

Our centenary celebration of Bernstein on Stage at the Festival Theatre

Chinese New Year Concert in conjunction with the Adelaide Festival Centre. If you missed out in 2018, this symphonic tribute to East and West is happening again in 2019!

Travelling to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: A New Hope. We'll be rejoining the Rebel Alliance in 2019 with Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert

George Michael: Listen to your Heart with Hugh Sheridan, Andrew De Silva, Casey Donovan, John Foreman, Rob Mills and Bobby Fox

Hamlet with the Adelaide Festival

Our trip to China to present The Bush Concert. We're bringing this back to South Australian schools in 2019!

Guitar Festival Symphony Gala with the Beijing Guitar Duo, guitarist Vladimir Gorbach and soprano Jessica Aszodi. They performed a world premiere by Cathy Milliken, our new Composer in Association. 

The joy of seeing not one, but two Harry Potter films on a 40 foot screen, with the ASO performing the score live. Will you join us for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert in 2019? 

Paying tribute to the disco music of the era with The Studio: 54 Reasons to Party

Appearing in our Adelaide Fashion Festival debut with Paolo Sebastian

The creative process behind The Pierrot Project with Paul Rissman

ASO Director, Vince Ciccarello accepting the Ruby Award for the inaugural Frank Ford Memorial Young Achiever on behalf of our Principal Conductor, Nicholas Carter

A Musical Chairs supporter sitting in on rehearsals 

ReMastered audiences enjoying food, drink, and live entertainment.

What Do You Do With An Idea? at Adelaide Town Hall with composer and educator Paul Rissman, part of our Family program 

Our symphonic tribute to George Michael: Listen to your Heart

Asking Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again with The Angels in Symphony of Angels

The launch of our 2019 season, which kicks off in February with Season Opening Gala, Chinese New Year Concert, Let's go crazy: A Symphonic Tribute to Prince, and Gigs at Grainger: Now Meets Now.

But of course, this is just a small snippet of what we achieved in 2018. To stay up to date with what we do on a regular basis, sign up for eNotes, our twice-monthly eNewsletter, or follow us on Facebook or Instagram


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