Albany Symphony Orchestra

Albany Symphony Orchestra Our mission is to enrich the quality of life in southwest Georgia by providing and promoting symphonic music through the organization, development and support of a symphony orchestra and related educational, artistic, and diverse cultural activities.
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The Albany Symphony Orchestra was organized as the Albany Symphonette in 1965 by a group of individuals who enjoyed playing good music and foresaw the potential for an orchestra in Albany. Conducted by Mr. E. L. Ziegler, the first concert held May 18, 1965, in the gym of Porterfield Methodist Church. In January, 1967, Dr. Edward A. Tarratus, Arts Division Chairman at Albany Junior College (now Darton College), became conductor. Darton College continues to provide the symphony offices and the Albany Symphony works collaboratively with the Music Department. During the 1967-1968 Season, under Dr. Tarratus leadership, and with the help of the Junior League of Albany, the orchestra was incorporated as a nonprofit organization. At the same time an Albany Symphony Guild was incorporated as the “working arm” of the association with 172 charter members. Mr. Charles DeLaney, professor of music at Florida State University, was appointed Music Director/Conductor in 1979, and he commuted to Albany for rehearsals and performances for nine years. In 1987, in a bold step toward continuing development and deepening commitment, the Albany Symphony Association voted to employ a full-time, resident Music Director/Conductor. Following an international search, Dr. Claire Fox Hillard was engaged beginning with the 1988-89 Season. Hillard charted an ambitious artistic course for the orchestra which included the use of regional soloists as well as artists of national/international reputation. Hillard continues to provide a balance of programming which includes American music, standard orchestral repertory, new music and unfamiliar classics each season

Until 1990 concerts by the Albany Symphony Orchestra were held in the Albany High School Auditorium. The orchestra then moved into the renovated historic Albany Municipal Auditorium performing a Gala Concert with Albany native Ray Charles. Currently, the orchestra performs a series of Masterworks Concerts, two sets of A.I.M. (Adventures in Music) Concerts for all area fourth and fifth grade students, Pops Concerts including Peppermint Pops which is broadcast live on WALB-TV, and an annual Celebration Concert held in the sanctuary of the historic Mt. Zion Baptist Church. In the fall of 1996 the Albany Symphony was a founding member of OPERAlbany, a cooperative project to present live, staged opera in South Georgia. In 1998, the Albany Symphony Association received statewide recognition from the Georgia Association of Arts Agencies for its Celebration Concert performed at Mt. Zion Baptist Church highlighting the achievements of African American musicians in classical music. Additionally, the Albany Symphony has received multiple recognitions for adventurous programming by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publications (ASCAP) and the League of American Orchestras. The Albany Symphony collaborates regularly with many diverse organizations and agencies in the region. The orchestra has participated with the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce in its hosting of the Red Carpet of Georgia tour. The orchestra has additionally partnered with the SOWEGA Council on Aging’s Elder Abuse Awareness program, Albany’s annual King Celebration, Phoebe Putney Hospital’s Gala Fundraising event with Debbie Reynolds, the Southeast Alabama Dance Company’s Nutcracker production, as well as collaborations with numerous area colleges and universities. Ensembles from the Albany Symphony perform regularly throughout the region as a part of the orchestra’s Symphony a la Carte program, which makes available music for all occasions as a service to the community.

Operating as usual

12/19/2020
Peppermint Pops 2020

The Albany Symphony Orchestra and Phoebe Putney Health System are proud to present Peppermint Pops 2020 with support from WALB News 10 and the Flint River Entertainment Complex. This year, we honor our healthcare heroes and present this celebration free of charge to the Albany community. If you would like to make a donation to help the Albany Symphony Orchestra stay vibrant, please visit https://www.albanysymphony.org/. Happy Holidays!

12/19/2020
Peppermint Pops 2020

The Albany Symphony Orchestra and Phoebe Putney Health System are proud to present Peppermint Pops 2020 with support from WALB News 10 and the Flint River Entertainment Complex. This year, we honor our healthcare heroes and present this celebration free of charge to the Albany community. If you would like to make a donation to help the Albany Symphony Orchestra stay vibrant, please visit https://www.albanysymphony.org/. Happy Holidays!

UPDATE!The Peppermint Pops air date and time have been changed to Sunday, December 6 from 11am-12pm on WALB. It will re-...
12/05/2020

UPDATE!
The Peppermint Pops air date and time have been changed to Sunday, December 6 from 11am-12pm on WALB. It will re-air on the following dates and times:

NBC
12/12 830a-9a
12/24 5a-6a
12/24 5p-6p
12/25 5a-7a

ABC
12/6 11a-12p
12/24 7-730p -
12/24 6-630a

A big thank you to Phoebe Putney Health System for sponsoring our 2020 Peppermint Pops.  Due to concerns over COVID-19, ...
12/03/2020

A big thank you to Phoebe Putney Health System for sponsoring our 2020 Peppermint Pops. Due to concerns over COVID-19, however, this year's concert will be virtual. The Albany Symphony Orchestra performed a wonderful holiday concert, without an audience, that was recorded by WALB News 10. It will premier as a free gift to the community this Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7:00 PM on WALB. Please join us in social distancing while still celebrating the spirit of the holiday!

Donations are welcome and accepted on our website www.albanysymphony.org!

Thursday, October 15, 2020, 7:00 pm Come hear a musical celebration of victory in the midst of the trial that has been C...
10/09/2020
Albany Chorale launches new concert season on Thursday

Thursday, October 15, 2020, 7:00 pm
Come hear a musical celebration of victory in the midst of the trial that has been Covid-19. "Invictus" means "unconquered!" Members of Albany Chorale have been bravely rehearsing each week, with social distancing measures, to present this music IN PERSON and celebrate. The performance will be at Byne Memorial Baptist Church, where there is PLENTY of room for both audience and performers to distance and still enjoy the music. Tickets are not required; your donations will help fund scholarships for local HS seniors. Twos scholarships were awarded for 2020, despite having to cancel some scheduled concerts. Support the Albany Chorale as members of the audience. -- "The Invictus Season"

ALBANY — “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul” is the ending line of William Ernest Henley’s poem “Invictus.” But the choral piece

Have a safe holiday weekend! 💥 🇺🇸 😷 🗽 ❤️
07/03/2020

Have a safe holiday weekend! 💥 🇺🇸 😷 🗽 ❤️

On this final Monday of the month of June, we hope everyone can find some humor in whatever it is they are doing...and i...
06/29/2020

On this final Monday of the month of June, we hope everyone can find some humor in whatever it is they are doing...and if not...we are here to help 🐈 🍕 🎻 😂

Happy Father’s Day to all of the superheroes out there ❤️
06/21/2020

Happy Father’s Day to all of the superheroes out there ❤️

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06/12/2020

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#blackouttuesday #theshowmustbepaused
06/02/2020

#blackouttuesday #theshowmustbepaused

On this Memorial Day weekend we honor and remember those who served our country and made the ultimate sacrifice. We than...
05/24/2020

On this Memorial Day weekend we honor and remember those who served our country and made the ultimate sacrifice. We thank them for our freedom 🇺🇸❤️ (photo credit @tim_perdue)

A big shout out to our resilient and amazing Class of 2020! Big things are in store for you 🎓 ❤️
05/17/2020

A big shout out to our resilient and amazing Class of 2020! Big things are in store for you 🎓 ❤️

Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing mother’s around the world!
05/10/2020

Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing mother’s around the world!

This is just a friendly reminder that our May 10 Symphony Sunday is cancelled due to the current health crisis. Please c...
05/07/2020

This is just a friendly reminder that our May 10 Symphony Sunday is cancelled due to the current health crisis. Please continue taking precautions and stay healthy and safe! 🎶❤️🍻

Musicians be like 👆🤣 🎼 🎶 ❤️
05/04/2020

Musicians be like 👆🤣 🎼 🎶 ❤️

A little Throwback Tuesday (why not) to when this amazing photo that inspired our marketing last season was taken. A big...
04/28/2020

A little Throwback Tuesday (why not) to when this amazing photo that inspired our marketing last season was taken. A big shout out to @srambophoto ❤️ 🎶 📷

Happy National Earth Day 🌍 ❤️
04/22/2020

Happy National Earth Day 🌍 ❤️

A very Happy Administrative Professionals Day to an amazing woman, without whom the A*O would not function! Thank you Mi...
04/22/2020

A very Happy Administrative Professionals Day to an amazing woman, without whom the A*O would not function! Thank you Miss LeeAnna Anglin for all you do ❤️👍 🎶

Adding some levity to the situation...care to share your bingo?! #stayhomestaysafe
04/21/2020

Adding some levity to the situation...care to share your bingo?! #stayhomestaysafe

Anyone else having “one of those days?” It’s almost Friday, folks, so hang in there ❤️🎶 🍹
04/16/2020

Anyone else having “one of those days?” It’s almost Friday, folks, so hang in there ❤️🎶 🍹

Hand in hand, while 6ft apart, we will weather this storm, with love in our hearts. #albanystrong ❤️
04/14/2020

Hand in hand, while 6ft apart, we will weather this storm, with love in our hearts. #albanystrong ❤️

We “hop” you enjoy your Easter Weekend and give thanks for the extra time to spend with loved ones, whether near or far,...
04/10/2020

We “hop” you enjoy your Easter Weekend and give thanks for the extra time to spend with loved ones, whether near or far, via video chat or phone. Now, more than ever, is a time to reach out (while still keeping 6 feet between you 😜) and let those close to you, know they matter ❤️

In these troubling times, we know we may not be at the forefront of everyone’s minds, understandably. That said, if you ...
04/08/2020

In these troubling times, we know we may not be at the forefront of everyone’s minds, understandably. That said, if you are inclined, here are a few ways you can continue to support the arts, even from afar ❤️🎶 🖼 💃 🎭

Who do you want to be? What do you want to accomplish and learn? Just a reminder to be kind to yourself and others durin...
04/07/2020

Who do you want to be? What do you want to accomplish and learn? Just a reminder to be kind to yourself and others during these difficult times ❤️

The stage is dark, the seats are empty, but our musicians still play on… Practicing and preparing for the next time they...
04/03/2020

The stage is dark, the seats are empty, but our musicians still play on… Practicing and preparing for the next time they will be able to share their gifts with you, our community 🎶❤️

Truth!
03/31/2020

Truth!

Today, on National Doctor’s Day, we honor and thank these heros who are putting their lives on the line daily in order t...
03/30/2020

Today, on National Doctor’s Day, we honor and thank these heros who are putting their lives on the line daily in order to protect us and heal us...you are appreciated and supported ❤️

Without our amazing musicians and production teams we would be lost. A big shout out to the professionals who make us lo...
03/29/2020

Without our amazing musicians and production teams we would be lost. A big shout out to the professionals who make us look good. Take care of yourselves and apply for the benefits afforded to you...you deserve them ❤️🎶

You may feel all alone in this...or like everyday life is a bit blurred. Music can uplift the soul and make the spirit s...
03/27/2020

You may feel all alone in this...or like everyday life is a bit blurred. Music can uplift the soul and make the spirit soar. When you are feeling this way, play your favorite piece of music and lose yourself in it if only for short time and remember...this isn’t forever...it’s just for now ❤️🎶

A big shout out to one of our amazing community partners, local brewery @pretoriafieldscollective! In a short amount of ...
03/26/2020

A big shout out to one of our amazing community partners, local brewery @pretoriafieldscollective! In a short amount of time, they transformed a brewery into a facility able to produce quality hand sanitizer at an affordable price. We thank them and praise them for their ingenuity!

Music is a universal language. It can move you in many ways. What are you listening to today that has moved you? 🎶🥰
03/25/2020

Music is a universal language. It can move you in many ways. What are you listening to today that has moved you? 🎶🥰

What will you be ordering today? @eug_albany, @harvestmoonga, @henrycampbells, @austinsfiregrill, @corkswineandcharcuter...
03/24/2020

What will you be ordering today? @eug_albany, @harvestmoonga, @henrycampbells, @austinsfiregrill, @corkswineandcharcuterie, @catchseafood, @sanjoestogo111, @theflintalbanyga, @therocketalbany, @albanyfishcompany, @thecookieshoppealbany, @thebreadhouseofalbany, @locosgrillandpub_229, and all our amazing local restaurants...thank you for what you do! #thegreatamericantakeout #nomnom #keepingitlocal #supportlocal #229 #albanystrong

A big shout out to local, small business @thegingerandfig for their innovative and creative solution to the mask shortag...
03/24/2020

A big shout out to local, small business @thegingerandfig for their innovative and creative solution to the mask shortage! #lovelocal #supportlocal #albanystrong #socialdistancingdoesntmeanlessconnection #creativityforthewin

We cannot thank you enough for all you do. Stay safe and know we are behind you 🥰 #albanystrong #socialdistancing #thank...
03/23/2020

We cannot thank you enough for all you do. Stay safe and know we are behind you 🥰 #albanystrong #socialdistancing #thankfulforthosewhoserve #realherosdontwearcapes

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St Patrick’s day 🍀
Being silly and having a great time with awesome people!
Our Irish jig
Great time Pretoria Fields Collective
Enjoying the great food, beer and friends at Pretoria Fields Collective with Albany Symphony Orchestra!
A*O 3rd Annual St. Patrick's Day Fundraiser
Having a great time tonight!
A*O Principal Clarinetist Peter Geldrich and Principal Bassoonist Shannon Lowe checking in with Santa before the morning concert!
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