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Your gift supports EXCELLENCE in ARTISTRY. Under Music Director Arie Lipsky’s leadership and inspired music making, the A2SO has been favorably compared to the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Record numbers heard the Michigan premiere of Michael Daugherty’s electric Trail of Tears, a thrilling Wagner Ring Cycle, Verdi’s Requiem, Mahler’s Second Symphony, and concert opera versions of Mozart’s The Magic Flute and The Abduction from the Seraglio.

“While I have had the pleasure to hear my music performed by many of the leading orchestras in America and abroad, it is always a particular delight to hear it performed by our talented Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.”

                                               – Michael Daugherty, Grammy Award winning composer, one                                                   of the most performed and commissioned American                                                                                                                     composers of his generation

We are proud to share the music on the radio with our listeners through broadcasts of concerts on WRCJ (90.9 FM) and  WKAR (90.5 FM). You can enjoy the quality concerts by your A2SO from your home or in your car.

A2SO’s first CD featured the music of contemporary composer Paul Fetler as part of Naxos’s “American Classics” series. The CD consists of live performances of Fetler’s Violin Concerto No. 2, with A2SO Concertmaster Aaron Berofsky as soloist, Capriccio for orchestra, and Three Poems of Walt Whitman, narrated by Thomas Blaske. describes the recording as “startlingly wonderful,” and praises Fetler’s “evocative lyricism…in music that is itself protean in color, style, and mood.”

Each carefully prepared season features time-honored classics, a variety of less familiar works by the great masters, plus a bouquet of accessible new works by modern composers, including the premieres this season of new works by American composers William Bolcom and Jessica Hunt. A2SO concerts frequently feature world-class guest soloists including opening this season with Aaron Diehl in Hill Auditorium. Our Symphony is most privileged to be part of a community already enriched with musical talent including Concertmaster Aaron Berofsky. We are proud to play concerts in all venues – from area farmers markets to school classrooms, and from libraries to day care centers and senior centers. The orchestra was also featured on the nationally syndicated radio program Pipedreams in November 2004, performing Once Upon a Castle, a concerto for theater organ and orchestra by internationally acclaimed composer Michael Daugherty commissioned for the A2SO’s and The Michigan Theater’s 75th anniversaries.

Your investment puts your Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra into our area schools, libraries, daycare, and senior centers.