Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
With a reputation for its youthful vitality and superb artistry, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra plays a central role at the heart of the South Australian community. In 2011, the ASO celebrates its 75th anniversary season under the leadership of Music Director and Chief Conductor Arvo Volmer. It is the largest performing arts organisation in South Australia, each year performing over 100 concerts across a diverse musical spectrum. The ASO also provides the orchestral support for the State Opera of South Australia and Adelaide performances by the Australian Ballet and Opera Australia, and is the most prolific contributor to the biennial Adelaide Festival.
The ASO’s commitment to artistic excellence has also strengthened its reputation within the international community. Following its groundbreaking 1996 tour to China, the ASO won world acclaim in 1998 with Australia’s first production of Wagner’s Ring cycle. This monumental project was repeated in 2004 under the baton of Israeli conductor Asher Fisch. In 2009 the ASO performed at Carnegie Hall, New York as part of the G’Day USA celebrations.
The ASO excels as a dynamic, versatile orchestra, performing with such outstanding artists as Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Burt Bacharach, José Carreras, Tony Bennett, Pinchas Zukerman, Dionne Warwick, Andrea Bocelli, kd lang, Lalo Schifrin, Ben Folds and Herbie Hancock.
The ASO reaches out to all sections of the community with music experiences that are accessible, world class and entertaining.