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             ANDERSON, SC---- Anderson’s own community symphony, the Anderson Symphony Orchestra (ASO) under the direction of Dr. Andrew Pettus, will open its 43rd season with music inspired by South American rhythms and North American pride on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 3:00pm in The Rainey Fine Arts Center at Anderson University.  Featuring the ASO in a “side-by-side” performance with members of the Southwood School of the Arts Sinfonia Orchestra along with a special appearance by the Electric City Big Band, this is one you and your family will not want to miss!  

            The first half of the program will feature the ASO’s performance of Mexican composer Arturo Marquez’s Danzon No. 2, made popular for its prominent use in the Amazon hit series Mozart In the Jungle.  Additional selections will include such beloved works as Bernstein’s Overture to Candide and Charles Ives’ Variations on “America.”  The Electric City Big Band, led by Mr. Alan Nowell, will join the ASO on the first half with Chick Corea’s Spain, Tito Puente’s Ran Kan Kan, and Bill Cunliff’s Chucho. 

            The Southwood Sinfonia High School Orchestra will join the ASO on the second half of the program.  Featuring strings students from Anderson School District 5’s Southwood Academy of the Arts, the Sinfonia High School Orchestra is led by ASO Concertmaster, Kathy Perry, whose mission is to inspire and instill knowledge, love, and enjoyment of music performance in students.  Members of the ensemble’s string section will perform Aaron Copland’s Variations on a Shaker Melody, Gershwin’s An American in Paris Suite, and the 4th movement of Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, Op. 95 alongside ASO members.

            Founded in 1975, the Anderson Symphony Orchestra is a civic orchestra comprised of volunteer instrumentalists from Anderson and the surrounding area communities along with students from Anderson University. The ensemble came under the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium’s (GAMAC) management umbrella in 2006 and is recognized as one of the state’s most successful community orchestras.  While providing performance opportunities to local instrumentalists, membership in the ASO also extends course credit to Anderson University music students as part of a unique partnership between the university and GAMAC. Instrumentalists interested in learning more about membership in the ASO are encouraged to contact the GAMAC office for audition information.  Dr. Andrew Pettus was named conductor of the symphony at the conclusion of the 2016-2017 Concert Season following a successful season as interim conductor.

            Tickets to Music of the Americas are priced at $15 for adults and $7 for students.  To purchase tickets in advance, please call the GAMAC office at (864) 231-6147.  Tickets will also be available at the door prior to the concert. This performance is made possible with generous support from Techtronic Industries North America, Inc.  The Anderson Symphony Orchestra is also funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives funding in part from the National Endowment for the Arts.