Akron Symphony Orchestra unveils 2017-2018 season schedule – Ohio News

Akron Symphony Orchestra unveils 2017-2018 season schedule – Ohio News


By CRAIN’S AKRON BUSINESS

The Akron Symphony Orchestra is tuning up for its 2017-18 season, one that will feature collaborations with local groups, a Northeast Ohio debut and, of course, works by legendary composers.

The season will include works from Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Stravinsky and Verdi, among others. Plus, ASO plans collaborations with Neos Dance Theatre and the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. And on Feb. 24, ASO will celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Gospel Meets Symphony,” where voices from area churches form the Gospel Meets Symphony Choir in an event meant to bring the community together.

The debut is “Video Games Live,” premiering Saturday, Oct. 28 and combining “the energy and excitement of a rock concert with the power and emotion of a symphony orchestra,” according to a news release. Video screen visuals, lighting and special effects will be a big part of the show, which also will feature on-stage interactive segments.

“Next season we perform several major works of significance, several of which include aspects of visual storytelling,” ASO music director Christopher Wilkins said in a prepared statement. “Visual elements include ‘Video Games Live’, ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’, ‘Petrushka’ and ‘Planet Earth.’ “

ASO’s season opens Saturday, Sept. 23, with the first of seven concert in the Classic Series. The opening night program will feature Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7 and Tchaikovsky’s…

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