2020-2021 Masterworks Series

Harmony in Nature

With “Harmony in Nature,” audiences will experience a season-long theme highlighting composers and works inspired by the timeless Mother Nature.

Maestro Novo says, “In this new season, I invite you to embrace and relive the transformational relationship of nature to humankind. We will discover breathtaking landscapes, idyllic corners, ominous storms, seasonal beauty, all through the incomparable world of highly evocative sounds as we showcase not only our exceptional orchestra but also a stellar line up of guest artists.”

This year’s featured artists will include violinist Chee-Yun, clarinetist Robert DiLutis, soprano Janice Chandler-Eteme, pianist Olga Kern, and pipa player Wu Man.

Concerts will be virtual until official guidelines allow us to proceed with limited seating performances. To allow for social distancing on stage, the Symphony has adjusted its program through December to involve only string, percussion, keyboard, and harp. Unless otherwise noted, performances will be at the Music Center at Strathmore, of which the symphony is an affiliate member, to utilize its larger stage and multi-camera capabilities.


Sept. 26 | The Four Seasons (Virtual)

The Music Center at Strathmore | 8:00 PM
Chee-Yun, violin

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Astor Piazzolla, Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires)
George Walker, Lyric for Strings
Edward Elgar, Introduction and Allegro, Op. 47

Oct. 24 | Copland Clarinet Concerto (Virtual)

The Music Center at Strathmore | 8:00 PM
Robert DiLutis, clarinet

Grieg, Holberg Suite, Op. 40
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Novelette in A major, op. 52 No. 1
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Grass, Poem for Piano, Strings & Percussion
Aaron Copland, Clarinet Concerto

Dec. 18 | Holiday Classics (Virtual)

Holiday favorites and classical selections by Arcangelo Corelli, Johann Strauss, Scott Joplin, and Leroy Anderson, among others.

Feb. 27 | Billy the Kid (Virtual)

ASO Live! | 8:00 PM
Janice Chandler-Eteme, soprano

Mendelssohn, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture, Op. 27
Strauss, Four Last Songs
Price, Mississippi River Suite
Copland, Billy the Kid (Ballet Suite)

Mar. 21 | Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto (Virtual)

The Music Center at Strathmore | 8:00 PM
Olga Kern, piano

Jean Sibelius, Tapiola
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 1 - Olga Kern, piano
Igor Stravinsky, Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring)

May 1 | Debussy's La Mer (Virtual)

ASO Live! | 8:00 PM
Wu Man, pipa

Tan Dun, Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds
Zhao Jiping Pipa Concerto No.2 - Wu Man, pipa
Claude Debussy Nuages and Fêtes from Nocturnes
Claude Debussy, La Mer

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