The ASO is committed to continuing the best traditions of life-long learning and community building through its adult education programs.
Prior to each Lexus Classic concert, the ASO offers a FREE pre-concert conversation designed to enhance and enrich the experience of attending a symphonic performance. Led by Dr. Rachel Franklin, distinguished lecturer and pianist, the lectures provide musical and historical context and perspective to the evening's repertoire. Dr. Franklin’s sessions have been praised by ASO patrons as both highly entertaining and enlightening. Pre-concert conversations begin at 6:45pm in the auditorium.
For more information about Dr. Franklin, click here.
Program notes, included in each classic series concert program, provide valuable composer biographies and shed light on the historical and cultural context in which the pieces were composed, as well as breakdowns of the various parts of each piece. ASO also makes the program notes, along with musical excerpts, available on our website to provide another opportunity for our audience to increase their enjoyment of the concert by enabling a deeper understanding of the music.
To view our audio-enhanced program notes, click here.
For adults interested in an in-depth learning experience, the ASO offers its Symphony Study course, led by Dr. Rachel Franklin. This 3-session interactive class is specifically designed for music lovers who want to learn even more about the world of classical music. The course offers a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary study of a specific topic within the classical music realm. It is designed to educate and illuminate music in a fun, interactive educational program that also takes students "behind the scenes" to see how concerts are rehearsed and more.
Symphony study students have said, "Great topic, Informative, Wonderful instructor."
"Rachel is absolutely fascinating and so knowledgeable."
"Thoroughly enjoyed this class, especially since my musical training is minimal."
"An excellent course and a marvelous instructor."
To view our complete Education & Community Programs brochure, click here.
Support for the ASO’s Education and Community Programs is generated from donations from businesses and individuals as well as a variety of grants for which the ASO applies annually. Such support is vital for the continuation growth of these programs. For information on how you can support the ASO’s Education and Community Programs, click here or contact the ASO at 410-269-1132.