ASO’s mission is to bring a professional orchestra of the highest quality to our region, provide performances and events to serve the community, nurture careers, and create a strong connection to the music and the people who make it.
Why? One answer is that the arts, in general, improve our quality of life and feed the soul, a very important reason to serve. Arts and culture contribute to the well-being of the community. But there is more.
Professional performing arts play a special role in society. We serve art, artists, and arts-lovers, but also other institutions. We provide education and employment opportunities, enhance the outreach of other community organizations, and support the cultural and business environment of the region.
The ASO is here to create — and connect residents to — world-class excellence in the orchestral arts (classical music) and provide quality experiences of many types for the community. All of our musicians are high level artists; many also perform with other elite orchestras around the globe.
We use the term “family” to describe our orchestra members, our audience, and our supporters, and we mean it. Our goal is to create engagement and meaningful connections from the stage to the seats and back again.
Come to a performance (or other event), and see if you don’t feel a connection — to the music, to us, to yourself.