…to bring the highest level of symphonic orchestral music to the region through exceptional professional performances, innovative educational programs, and a commitment to integrating the arts into the life of the community. The ASO also serves to encourage the development of superb orchestral musicians, by providing a wide range of performance opportunities within a challenging yet nurturing musical environment.
In addition to our mission, ASO's goal is to create engagement and meaningful connections to classical music and the people who make it, and from the stage to the seats and back again. We are here to build community through music and promote excellence in the arts.
The ASO performance season typically runs from late August through late April. A fully funded season includes 5 symphonic concerts at Thayer Academy Center for the Arts, Braintree (including very popular December holiday and Spring "Pops" concerts), 4-6 chamber/solo concerts (including a late summer "Sunset at the Abbey" concert on the lawn at Glastonbury Abbey, Hingham), a concerto competition for young professionals, a family-friendly "discovery" concert, and other events. We feature at least one internationally recognized "headliner" guest artist each season. We offer discounted seating options, reduced prices for students and seniors, a free ticket program with partner service organizations, and lobby performance opportunities for student musicians/groups form the region.
Under the artistic leadership of our internationally recognized music director and conductor, Jin Kim, ASO has become one of the premier regional orchestras in New England, known for its level of play. Members of the orchestra consist of both seasoned and gifted young professionals from the world’s leading conservatories. Many ASO musicians have earned positions in major symphony orchestras around the world, including Boston, San Francisco, NY Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, and Israel Philharmonic. We contract roughly 100 musicians each season — members, fellows, substitutes, and special guests — after a highly selective process.
Recent programming highlights include:
2016 20th Anniversary Opening Night — included both Beethoven and Tchaikovsky 5th symphonies in their entireties
2017 Masterworks “Gala” at Jordan Hall — featured internationally acclaimed violinist Francisco Garcia Fullana — 2012 ASO Concerto Competition winner; Program included Debussy (“Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun”), Sibelius (Violin Concerto in D minor), and Nielsen (Symphony No. 2 “The Four Temperaments”)
2018 Masterworks “Classical” — features 2010 Menuhin International Violin Competition winner Angelo Xiang Yu; Program includes Borodin (“In the Steppes of Central Asia”), Mendelssohn (Violin Concerto,) and Beethoven (Symphony No. 6 “Pastorale”)