The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) is thrilled to announce its 2024 Season today, featuring a diverse array of musical experiences ranging from familiar timeless classics to contemporary performances and innovative collaborations.
At the heart of ASO is a passion for exceptional musicianship and artistic brilliance, and Season 2024 is no exception.
Under a new era of leadership, Colin Cornish, ASO CEO, expressed his excitement about the range of performances lined up for next year.
“Our 2024 season showcases epic collaborations such as the Rachmaninov Symphonies project and Floods of Fire, great musical works in the Symphony Series, and spectacular events including Harry Potter in Concert. ASO is known for its performing brilliance and diversity of engagement with South Australians, and 2024 promises to be a season in which we reach even more members of our community,” he said.
Floods of Fire is a groundbreaking three-part program in response to climate change presented during the final two days of the 2024 Adelaide Festival in March. Floods of Fire is presented in collaboration with more than 100 local partner organisations, including a mass Citizens’ Orchestra, making this event the largest of its kind in the state’s history. South Australians can get involved over a whole weekend of music, dance, theatre and workshops and congregate at the Festival Theatre for an epic finale concert with Electric Fields and the ASO, featuring a new track by the award- winning electronic musical duo.
There is also plenty on offer for those wanting to delve into the classics.
After the sell-out success of Rachmaninov: The Piano Concertos in 2023, conductor Andrew Litton returns for Rachmaninov: The Symphonies in June, presenting a very special and unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a composer’s work over one glorious week.
Andrew Litton said he was thrilled to be returning to the ASO to conduct these Symphonies.
“After last year’s sold-out series of the piano Concerti, it is the perfect way to round out our celebration of Rachmaninov’s genius,” he said.
The ASO’s signature and well-loved Symphony Series, comprising of eight concerts held across the year, showcases the exceptional artistry of the Orchestra with world-class conductors and artists that audiences eagerly anticipate year on year. This captivating fusion of timeless classics and contemporary voices is expertly guided by esteemed conductors, including Douglas Boyd, Shi-Yeon Sung as well as Andrew Litton.
Another opportunity to experience the Orchestra in a new light, will be at the brand new event, ASO at Hart’s Mill. Audiences will hear music inspired by the street art of Wonderwalls in
Port Adelaide. This iconic space will come alive with the sounds of jazz-trumpeter Lazaro Numa, talented saxophonist Adam Page, and recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey, all led by conductor Benjamin Northey.
Female composers take centre stage in May with the She Speaks four-part series; Unearth, Spirit, Dynamic & Discover. Co-curated by composers Anne Cawrse and Belinda Gehlert, this series will celebrate blazing contributions of women composers, igniting the stage with diverse musical voices.
Some of the world’s most recognised music underpin special events that are sure to be crowd favourites. Festival Theatre will host The Music of Hans Zimmer in July, where audiences will be taken on a journey through scores of classic films like Gladiator, The Lion King and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Fans will be treated to the sixth instalment of the wildly popular Harry Potter in Concert film series with Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince in Concert at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in August.
One of the world’s most legendary songwriters will be honoured at What the World Needs Now – a Tribute to Burt Bacharach in November to celebrate his musical legacy with his greatest hits performed by the ASO and stellar cast including David Campbell and Caroline O’Connor.
Kate Suthers, Concertmaster, said that the ASO 2024 season has been thoughtfully curated to attract a broad audience for both their seasoned and first-time concert goers.
“In 2024 there are so many ways to see your ASO. The orchestra will perform more than 119 concerts over 47 programs in venues all around Adelaide and South Australia. We believe music is for everyone, and next year we look forward to welcoming new and familiar faces along the way”, said Kate.
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s 2024 Season packages are on sale from 10am today. Head to aso.com.au to book.
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