With the support of our community, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra changes lives through music.
The state’s premier performing arts organization and only full-time professional orchestra, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra serves nearly 100,000 individuals a year as we fulfill our mission of changing lives through music.
Our more than 190 performances a year include our classical Regions Masterworks series, our star-studded Red Diamond Super POPS! Series, and our Explorer and Young People’s Concerts for young music lovers. Outside of the concert hall, we reach a large and diverse audience through free community engagement performances, a statewide tour, and education programs that serve more than 30,000 children. We are also home to the four-year-old Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra, which nurtures talent from across our state.
We pride ourselves on producing creative, dynamic programs and have been recognized nationally as an artistic leader in the field. In 2010, 2012, and 2013, the ASO won ASCAP awards for our adventurous programming and frequent performances of contemporary music. In 2011, we were awarded the John S. Edwards Award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music—ASCAP’s highest honor. Further recognition of our innovative programming came in 2012 with an invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall as part of the competitive Spring for Music Festival.
The ASO is proud to help put Birmingham on the map as a vibrant cultural center. Growing national recognition for our orchestra helps raise the profile of our city and state, making Alabama a more attractive choice for new companies and residents. Additionally, a study by Americans for the Arts found that the ASO has an annual positive impact of $18.2 million on our state’s economy.
As in most orchestras, revenue from ticket sales covers only 1/3 of our operating costs. Two-thirds of our annual budget comes from the generosity of supporters like you. Thank you for your support!