2019-2020 Season

Saturday at the Symphony Series
Sponsored by PNC with support from Accel

Our sensory-friendly series is back this year. These concerts are designed for those on the autism spectrum, our friends in the dementia/Alzheimer’s community, or for those audience members needing a more relaxed concert experience. Performances are never longer than an hour, include pre-concert lobby activities, and tickets are just $8 general admission seating at the door including all fees.

During these concerts, audience members can feel free to move around, talk and BYO reinforcements and motivational systems. House lights will be turned on but dimmed, and “chill-out” zones, complete with live-streaming monitors, will be available in the lobby for those needing a break. All NASO ushers and volunteers will receive specific training to accommodate our audience. Prior to concert day, attendees can download our What to Expect at the Concert tip sheet.

*All concerts take place at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts in New Albany. Programs and artists are subject to change.

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Benefits Of A Community Orchestra

Audience Connection: Seeing familiar faces on stage breaks the “high brow” barrier associated with going to the symphony. As the professional core of NASO becomes familiar, we hope to inspire our audiences to go to the downtown theaters to hear them in their professional setting.

Programming designed for the community: Through competitions, NASO will give local composers the opportunity to compose for the Symphony and student musicians the opportunity to appear as soloists. We can program music to supplement the curriculum in the New Albany schools and consider requests from the community. We will feature guest artists with ties to Columbus.

Valuable experiences for young musicians: Sitting next to seasoned players in a formal orchestra setting is a prestigious and invaluable learning experience.

Semi-professional level of performance: A community orchestra provides adults who enjoy music as a hobby the opportunity to perform.

Archive Of New Albany Symphony Education And Outreach Initiatives

2008-2009 Season

Spring 2008
NASO joined the New Albany SAIL Program (a federally-funded arts-in-education program) to present Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals.  The students wrote poetry and performed choreography to enhance the music.  Prior to the performance with the Symphony, NASO members taught classes introducing the students to the instruments of the orchestra, conducting, concert etiquette, music appreciation and more.

October 2008
NASO, in collaboration with Chamber Music Connection, held a master class for student chamber groups and soloists with eight-time Grammy award winning cellist David Finckel.

April 2009
NASO presented a master class by composer-in-residence Manuel Calzada and the OSU percussion ensemble.  More than 700 students from New Albany and surrounding schools attended.

2009-2010 Season

October 2009
NASO held a master class for student violin soloists with guest artist, Soovin Kim.

March 2010
NASO collaborated with the New Albany Elementary art department and had students and professional artists painting on stage to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

April 2010
NASO presented its 2nd World Premier composition by guest composer Jan Radzynski, who also gave a one-on-one class to the high school orchestra students.

2010-2011 Season

October 2010
NASO held a master class for student violin soloists with guest artist, Chee-Yun.

December 2010
Guest composer Susan Reed gave an in-school performance to students at Columbus Jewish Day School.

February 2011, Carnival of the Animals
Students from Southside Settlement House and local New Albany Brownie troops and Weebelows made animals masks to hand out to children attending the concert. The 4th Grade Gifted Language Arts students at New Albany Elementary, under the direction of teacher Susie Norman, wrote limericks to the music of Carnival of the Animals.

March 2011, Beethoven Triple Concerto
A free in-school concert by the Biava-Uribe String Trio and a glimpse into the lives of this talented family of musicians.

2011-2012 Season

October 15, 2011  Masterclass with guest violinist Karen Gomyo
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  New Albany United Methodist Church
Free and open to the public

Friday, February 10, 2012  In-School Concert featuring a portion of the
“PNC Presents:  Portraits of a Columbus Bicentennial” concert
1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.  Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts

Saturday, April 14, 2012  Chamber Concert with Augusta Read Thomas
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts
This is an open performance with interaction between the composer, performers and audience.  Be our guest in an intimate setting where you will have the opportunity to talk with one of the most well-recognized composers of our time – Augusta Read Thomas.
Free and open to the public.

2012-2013 Season

October, 2012
Masterclass featuring Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Worthington on Friday, October 19. Free and open to all New Albany Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Music Columbus members. Also, Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique mural with students from St. Stephen’s Community House, sponsored by KPMG

December 16, 2012
2012-2013 Season Student Concerto Competition Winner performed on the Holiday Spectacular concert. Also, “Bring A Can to the Concert” benefitting Mid-Ohio Food Bank.

February, 2013
The New Albany Symphony string quartet and professional Latin dancers of Diamond Dance studio presented a week long residency on the art of Latin Dance. Musicians and dancers will visit four locations, including New Albany Schools, Columbus Jewish Day School, Walnut Ridge High School, and a local senior center. The interactive, in-school visits and community outreach taught basic Latin dance steps to over 400 students and seniors. NASO provided live music, while members of Diamond Dance engaged participants to try out their dancing feet to the rhythms of salsa, samba, and tango. Presented by PNC.

April, 2013
Nine-time Grammy Award-winning cellist and Musical America’s 2012 Artist of the Year, David Finckel, hosted a masterclass for New Albany orchestra students prior to his performance with New Albany Symphony, sponsored by Abbott Nutrition and Ernst & Young.

2013-2014 Season

October 13, 2013
NASO partnered with Capital University’s chorale in a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

December 22, 2013
NASO’s Student Concerto Competition attracted young musicians from all over the state of Ohio. Our first place winner, Gregory Hartman, performed the Liszt Piano Concerto with the orchestra and was the highlight of the concert. NASO also gave 5 rising stars the opportunity to perform Haydn’s Toy Symphony with the orchestra. Five young students rehearsed with NASO mentors and got to experience being out in front of a live orchestra on concert day!

February 9, 2014
NASO added a vocal division to the Student Concerto Competition this year and was pleased to present the winner on the “Let’s Go to the Movies” concert. Our winner, Grace Wipfli, dazzled the audience in a performance of “I Have Confidence.”

April 4, 2014
Over 500 students had the opportunity to participate in a free concert given by world-renowned pianist, Jon Kimura Parker. Mr. Parker performed live at the McCoy for a Friday in-school performance prior to his concert with the New Albany Symphony. This performance was made possible by the generosity of PNC Arts Alive.

2014-2015 Season

October 10, 2014
NASO presented an in-school performance by guest violinist Ariel Horowitz and composer Jake Landau to over 300 New Albany music students at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts. This concert also featured a collaboration with Capital University Chapel Choir, which performed on Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Glass’ Psalm 126.

December 21, 2014
NASO’s Student Concerto Competition attracted young musicians from all over the state of Ohio. Our first place winner, Paul Schubert will perform the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the orchestra at the Holiday Spectacular concert.

February 22, 2015
NASO’s Student Vocal Winner, Colin Sproule will perform on our “Shall We Dance” concert. NASO will also give a free performance leading up to this concert during National Salute to Veterans Week at the Chalmers P. Wylie Ambulatory Care Center.

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